In case you forgot how to play Bingo, Thing 4 explains all the rules.
Of all the parenting moments I’ve experienced over the last 10 years, one of the most fulfilling, surprisingly, is teaching my kids how to ride a bike.
Maybe because it wasn’t so simple to do. Maybe because they weren’t as eager to learn as I hoped. It’s an amazing thing to watch, really. One minute they are saying they can’t do it. And then it clicks, and they are off and riding.
Here is Thing 3 in just his second try.
Thing 2’s team reached the Superbowl of flag football! Against a tough team they lost by a touchdown. But the kids were not too disappointed because it was a great season.
This is the trophy you get for being runner up. It was a really hot day.
And here is a video of Thing 2’s touchdown. With a little NFL film style editing.
After years of attending flag football games, Little League, and Tae Kwon Do, we got to experience our first dance recital. Picture a hundred girls ages 2-8 on a high school auditorium stage, with 600 family and friends watching in the audience. Yes, it was chaos. Babies crying in the audience. Girls getting stage fright and crying on stage. SuburbanMommy standing back stage with the rest of the dance moms. Things 1-3 complaining about having to sit still and keep quiet, especially after the sound system broke and they had to repeat two routines. I enjoyed every minute of it. Just wait until you see Thing 4 in her blue costume. She is the one walking in on her toes, dancing all the way to the left.
It wouldn’t be spring without a Kindergarten play. You may remember Thing 2’s play a couple years ago. This time it was Thing 3’s turn. He played “Mr Rabbit” with critical acclaim, in front of a jam-packed school gym.
Another spring sports season is in full swing. Flag Football for Thing 2, Baseball for Thing 1.
When you have 4 siblings in your family, everything is a competition. Thing 4 usually gets a pass because she’s the only girl and the baby. But with two older brothers, Thing 3 has it different. He never gets to win anything. But that doesn’t stop him from trying. And when he does best his brothers, especially in something physical, he is thrilled.
Here is a jump rope competition where Thing 3 pulls out a victory.
Thing 3 has been taking a Tae Kwon Do class for the last month, a few times a week. To our surprise he really enjoys it and is a fantastic listener. Hopefully some of that will translate back home.
Here he is performing his moves for the belt test to become a yellow belt. Watch as he breaks 2 boards for the first time.
And here is the ceremony