the little extras in life

It’s that time of year again.  You know the one…full of unpredictable weather changes, savory treats, back to school mayhem, and extra curricular activities.  Every year around this time I experience an inner struggle.  Let the littles participate in every activity their heart desire, or preserve our family time.  But why does it always have to be one or the other?  We decided we waned it all and made the leap...onto dance class! 


I guess deep down inside I always hoped that I would someday have a daughter that would love dance as much as I did.  Along came Ruby.  Ruby was absolutely born to a boss!  On the first day of class she happily pranced right into class and sat smack dap front and center.  Two years later, she hasn’t looked back once.  The high energy and physicality of dance speak to Ruby's heart.     

This year it was Violet’s turn to join the crew at the Marion Dance Co.  Everything that Ruby is Violet is not, and   I’ll admit, I did not know how our shrieking Violet would take to dance.  We ordered our leotard and shoes, and waited for our first class.  On the first day of class Violet floated into her classroom like a love struck fool.  She spends most class time dreamily following her teacher around, mimicking every move.   The thoughtful movements and storytelling elements of dance speak to Violet's heart.


While both girls are all heart eyes over dance, it totally serves them in completely different ways.  Dance challenges Ruby to look outside of herself and work together as a team.  Confidence and independence is the lesson that Violet is learning from her time in the studio.    


Let me finish up with saying that I love me some activities for the littles…but the heart of our family is, our FAMILY.  Making dance a family affair couldn’t feel better, and because I am a stickler for being mindful of our entire family needs.   Being involved in an activity that cultivates excitement for each other, rather than jus one's self,  is the one I will choose over and over again. 


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