Monday, June 22, 2015

How to Trap a Cat

Step 1 : Encourage the cat to jump in the basket. Talk about how fun the basket will be.
Step 2 : Watch the cat run away after he feels too pressured. Yell and chase the cat with the basket but just until it appears this will not get the cat in the basket OR until your Grandma tells you to stop, whichever comes first.
Step 3 : Remind the cat that the basket is indeed a desirable place to be. It will be fun. He will be happy. All encouragement should be upbeat and from a distance further than the reach of the cat's front paw.
Step 4 : Enlist the help of Grandpa. After all, the cat likes Grandpa.
Step 5 : Pose for a triumphant picture (that will remind the cat in the future of how much fun this really was).
Step 6 : Watch cat escape. Obviously this cat is a total party pooper.
Step 7 : Remember that with hockey gloves and a little imagination the basket can be a bobsled. Or a rocket. Who needs a party pooper cat anyway? Seriously, this basket is a lot of fun.
Step 8 : Remember that there are 2 cats ...

Monday, May 25, 2015

Gymnastics

Lucy and Jamie both are enrolled in gymnastics classes, Lucy in level 2 and Jamie in tumblebugs 1. He was in the independent preschool class, tumblebugs 2, but demoted himself in about January so we could spend more time together.

Each of their classes had a spring show this year - Lucy lives for the spotlight and Jamie avoids it at all costs. He refused to attend his show, so the following video is just of him in class. He has his leotard on under the army jacket. No, it wasn't a dress-up day, but he plans to be in the US Army just like Uncle Ryan when he grows up. Also, I obviously wasn't thinking when I shot this vertically on my phone. He's got great skills and lots of energy.


Jamie at Gymnastics from Kristin York on Vimeo.

And Lucy has indeed been promoted to the pre-team level 3 class, which is really exciting for her but a much bigger commitment. She's doing great. Check out that solo back hip circle!


Lucy Gymnastics Show from Kristin York on Vimeo.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Skating Show

Lucy joined Central Iowa Figure Skating this past January. She's not learning to skate, she's mentally preparing to be the next Gracie Gold. She's taking private lessons with a coach who was on the Russian Olympic team (!) and is making great progress.

May 9th was her spring show, the recital of the ice skating world. I bought her a skating dress on ebay and decorated it with some crystals. Because, you know, that's what skate moms do. And because it's of absolute necessity that a skater sparkle as much as possible on the ice.
She was ready for the show! It was held at Buccaneer's Arena in Des Moines.

Lucy Figure Skating from Kristin York on Vimeo.

After the show, we had the opportunity to skate on the rink. Jamie and I went out. This will come as a shock, but figure skating is not among Daddy's many talents. I, on the other hand, was so good that my friend Inna who coaches with CIFS told me I should get my coaching license so I could help with the learn to skate program. Either that or they're desperate, not sure.

Lucy had made some fast friends at the show, Zoe and Lillianna, who both skate in Des Moines, not in Ames so they didn't know each other before that weekend. The girls got a little silly.

I'm thinking she probably won't be the next Gracie Gold but you never know, right? Way to go Lucy!






Monday, November 3, 2014

Cy Fever

The city with Iowa State has peppered our town with 30 decorated Cy sculptures. We saw every single one today.
 Ok, the one to the right is where it started to get a little hairy. Jamie did NOT want to take a photo with Cy at the mall, he wanted to sit in the boat that if I put a dollar's worth of quarters into would shake around for about 45 seconds. And he wanted me to carry him. It was #26, ok?
 This last picture was #30 on the list and I had a hard time finding it. While we were trekking around town, we saw a number of other people jumping out at the Cy statues to take pictures too, and there was a heated debate about the legitimacy of this statue. It's bronze, not the composite the other statues are, and apparently has been in this location for years, didn't just crop up this past spring. I say if it's on the list, it's legit.
And yes, I do know that we only have 29 photos. I have 30 in my iphoto and can't figure out which one I'm missing. Loved ones, please let me know if you'd like a photo book this Christmas with our Cy trip. I promise all 30 will be there.