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our first trip to gymboree!

okay, so my blog 365 is really going to the birds already. i skipped a day. surely i knew it would happen eventually, but i didn’t plan on it happening so daggone soon!

see what happened was my neighbor stopped by early yesterday to inform us that she was having her son’s 3rd birthday party at gymboree in oh, a couple hours. now the party was originally planned a couple weeks ago, but it had to be postponed. we weren’t sure when the party would be rescheduled so we weren’t prepared. no card, no gift. and all of a sudden we went from chill relax mode to okay, i guess we need to put some clothes on and get ready to go.

and go we did.

our local gymboree is located in a shopping mall so we skiddaddled on over to join in the big birthday fun. dutch has never been to gymboree and since he only knew the birthday boy and not the birthday boy’s other three little friends he was a little skeptical about participating in some of the activities.

while the other little boys were “racing” on the padded mats, my boy was off to the side watching. then when watching became a bit boring to him he sauntered off towards the 3 foot ball basketball hoop and shot a few balls with his 12-year-old brother who we drug along to the event.

actually, i think big brother had more fun in the beginning than dutch. he got on the “train” with the kids to you know, show dutch how fun it was, but dutch just decided to let his brother choo-choo around the room solo. i thought dutch would be down for the whole train thing since he loves them so much, but i guess seeing four little boys and his big brother walk around the room with hoops around their waists didn’t really say train to him. it just said, four little boys + his brother with hoops around their waists.

but then it was bubble time!! and oh, how my boy loves bubbles. and these weren’t just any kind of bubbles. these were hang in the air forever without bursting freaky kind of bubbles. these were a million bubbles all over the daggone place. this was bubble wonderland!

then came parachute time! all of the parents were told to hold onto the parachute and then to hold it up and then to bring it back down so that the kids could sit underneath and squeal with delight while we did all of the work. there was a lot of movement going on for the parents at this event. i mean, it was like being in aerobics class (from what i can recall because i haven’t been in aerobics class in oh, about 10 years).

hold the parachute up! put the parachute down! okay, now hold the parachute up again! and now put the parachute down! then we sat a few of the boys down in the middle of parachute while we held onto the parachute and ran around in a circle (clockwise and counter clockwise!) to give the boys a little ride.

then there was the sit on the floor and bounce your legs all around game. actually, your child was supposed to be on your lap for this one, but my son was off trying to figure out the balance beam so i just joined in with the other moms sans my toddler.

forget gymboree, i need to find a gymforme just to keep up with the madness of it all.