Saturday, December 14, 2013

And the Hip Hop Performance...

The next week was Kai's Hip Hop performance.  She has been less enthusiastic about Hip Hop class, I think mostly because none of her closest friends are in Hip Hop.  She had been saying for weeks that she doesn't want to do Hip Hop anymore and that she wants to take ballet instead.  However, just the other day she found out that Talia (her "BFF"... did you know that 5 year olds use acronyms?!)  is going to sign up for Hip Hop, so now she is all about it.  In fact, now she wants to take Drama, Hip Hop, Club Jam, Ballet, African Dance, AND go to Spanish School.  Oh, and more gymnastics at Head Over Heels.  She is going to have to be a bit more choosy.  I think she wants to do most of these things based on which other kids are also doing them -- at this point, Kai still is a bit of a generalist.  She likes most everything she does.  She isn't particularly into any particular activity... she's just happy to be with her friends and learning various things.  I think that's probably a good thing at 5... but, at the same time, I am not going to sign her up for SEVEN activities!

Anyway, the Hip Hop performance was at 4:30 in the afternoon -- better than the 1 PM drama  performance but, geesh, how do they expect working parents to get to all these things?  The winter concert next week is at 9:30 in the morning!  School hours and functions are not designed with the idea of a life outside of school in mind.  Anyway, Kai's part of the performance lasted 1 minute.  But, it was a cute minute -- and she was quite proud of her "handstands".  
The Hip Hop performance was on a Tuesday, and on Thursday of that week Kai was supposed to join her Spanish School classmates for their winter performance and fiesta (a nighttime performance!  How novel!)  Anyway, I picked her up from school a little early so we could get ready to go -- but, when we got home, Kai burst into tears and said she didn't want to perform and she didn't want to go to the fiesta.  I was a little torn because I felt like her teacher was expecting her, but -- Kai isn't one to turn down a party and I could tell she was just tired.  And, quite frankly, I was feeling a bit worn down by all the work, travel and school function juggle as well (this last week, I was in LA one day, Sacramento two days, and Kai had two performances... it's a lot to try to fit in!)   So, we decided to have pancakes for dinner and watch videos instead.  Turns out it was a good decision -- her meltdown was a prelude to illness... the last couple of nights, Kai has had croup and today she is feeling under the weather. 
This weekend we are all hoping to catch up on a bit of housework and take a break.  Here's to resting!

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