Tennis, Tap and Ballet…oh my!

Yay!  It’s Friday!  It’s been a crazy week around here.  The kids were supposed to have had tennis camp all week from 8 to 9 am…well, it rained both Monday and Tuesday mornings, so even though we were up and dressed, we weren’t able to play.  (Nothing like pulling your sleeping young children out of bed, sticking tennis clothes on them, driving them to tennis practice only to be told it’s called off…all before 8 am…)  But then the weather cleared up and we were able to finish out the week.
Here is how we spent our rainy days…
We played games…

…and snuggled in Kensington’s bed watching movies on the i-Touch.
We also went to Target.  Twice.  (Because even with a list…I always forget something!).

On Tuesday, Kensington had her first day of a combination tap and ballet class.  You might recall that we tried dance once before about 2 years ago…and were asked to leave after the 3rd lesson and refunded our money (the sobbing 2 year old might have been the problem…), but this time, she was ready!

Look at her in her black leotard and tights!

Learning how to tap!

Practicing ballet πŸ™‚
She loved it all!  When we left, she told me she wanted to dance for the rest of her life.  (I said that too when I was 4 but then 15 years later, I specifically remember after my final performance, throwing all of my dance stuff into the Goodwill bin and eating a banana split…just sayin’…)
I love these little summer classes where the kids can try out a new sport or activity for a shorter amount of time instead of just committing them in September for a full 9 months of something.  That being said, along with dance, this was our week of tennis camp to see what my kiddos thought about that…
I begged bribed convinced suggested to Erika that her kids sign up for tennis camp too.  Here they all are, rackets in hand, marching out to the tennis courts at 7:45 am.  (We are crazy people!)

Don’t they look like a fierce group of 3 and 4 year olds?!  Prayers for their coach were being said at that very moment!

At first they had to run laps…

…and then some basic drills…

…and finally net practice.  
I’m not sure we have any US Open hopefuls in our bunch but they had a great time all week!  And I love getting my kids exercising and enjoying outside activity (hopefully, that enthusiasm will stay with them for life!).
After tennis on Wednesday, we did this…

Summer fun!  Now, mama needs a nap!
Don’t forget, it’s Sheaffer’s turn to show you what she tried on, loved and bought when we went shopping!  Click here to see her shopping experience and click here to revisit mine from last Friday!  The Shopping with Sheaffer and Shay fun continues!

One last thing…you should totally check out my friend Cassie’s blog post about how Google Reader is leaving us July 1!  If you’ve missed this memo…you need to know.  This is why, you’ve been seeing this…

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…on the bottom of my posts.  This is what you need to start doing to follow your favorite blogs once Google Reader is gone.  Click here to read Cassie’s post.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!

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  • Andrea Munding June 21, 2013 at 10:59 am

    This is one of my favorite posts in a long time! Loved all the fun details about y'all's summer activities πŸ™‚

  • Tara G. June 21, 2013 at 11:15 am

    My kids take tennis, and we are at the courts early, too….thankfully it hasn't gotten too hot yet!

  • Jennifer Cannon June 21, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I was cracking up at them running laps!! Their poor little legs! You're about to get 10 thousand questions about Kensingtons bathing suit, bc if I had a daughter I would ask too πŸ™‚ precious!

    Yay for summer camps!!

    Ps. Google reader is LEAVING?! Oh no… I knew nothing!my anxiety is working overtime just thinking about it!


  • Amy F June 21, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I loved this post!! I think it's neat how your kids get to try new things for a short time with not having to commit for long periods! Now off to overload Nordstorm, Gap, etc… With online purchases!!!! Also, I started reading Sophie's book yesterday and it is soooo great!! Thanks for recommending it!!

  • Aubs June 21, 2013 at 11:38 am

    So fun!!! I played tennis in high school and LOVED it!! Looks like a busy but super fun week! =)

  • Kelly Jo June 21, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Some of my best memories are from tennis lessons! I was a figure skater until one day I fell, hit my head, and decided I should play hockey so I could eat a burger and wear a helmet. πŸ™‚

  • Aubrey June 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Summer is so much fun! Loved the kids with their rackets. Hilarious.

    I'm just using blogger as my reader now, but I will definitely look into the gadget you mentioned.

  • Brianna June 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Such great summer activities! Your kids are just precious! Your blog is such a breath of fresh air – praying you guys have a fantastic weekend! πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth June 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I am tired from reading this, lol! They are so cute!

    Some of my best summer memories are from the classes we took. My sister and I learned cake decorating, typing skills, cross stitch, latch hook, calligraphy and a ton of other things when we took summer classes.

  • Jen {Whimsy at Heart} June 21, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I would love for my kids to learn how to play tennis. We've tried lessons twice now & each time they complained the whole time. I'll keep trying though! I hope yours like it!

  • Sabrina June 21, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Looks like you guys had a fun week! Kensington looks so cute in her ballet gear πŸ™‚
    Have a a great weekend! πŸ™‚

  • mel @ the larson lingo June 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    K is SO sweet in her dance class!!! Love it! And, so fun they are doing tennis. Kevin's family is HUGE into tennis. His parents are still on tennis teams & play 4-5 times a week. Kevin played competitively his whole life. When got engaged, his parents gave me a tennis racket and said "welcome to the family" and then his mom got me tennis lessons for my birthday that year. Kevin plays with the girls all the time, it's adorable.

  • {Hi Sugarplum!} June 21, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    stop it!! thanks for the link love, lovie!

    Great pics of the kids, looks they are having the best summer ever. I want to be a Shull kid when I grow up! πŸ˜‰

  • .kerri campbell. June 21, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Cutest.Kids.Ever.!! Those pictures in dance class melt my heart and bring back memories of my early summers!! Too cute!!

  • gypsy soul interiors June 21, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Where is K's suit from?

  • Slightly Askew Designs June 22, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Such a sweet post! The pics of her in her little leotard and ponytail are the best!!!

  • Caravan Sonnet June 22, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    awww… this post was so adorable! I loved reading these precious moments that you share! Such a delightful reminder to look for the joy and blessings in each day- both big and small things. πŸ™‚
    p.s.- laughed out loud about the issue with ballet before and the change to this year! I was once that girl too!! πŸ™‚

  • angel gonzales July 25, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Awww this is sweet. I enjoyed every fun details you shared in this post and the kids are adorable. It's good to know that your little girl after two years is finally ready for ballet class. Yes, i think she really had fun this time and she looks totally cute in her leotards. Keep us posted.