Tuesday, April 10, 2018

4-H TRY conference for Lily and Me!

Steve's muffin with milk poured all over it was his choice for breakfast at the hotel.
Lily and I had an opportunity to join 4-H for a conference that trained youth in healthy living and encouraged them to teach it to others.  Other than the $10 4-H fee for Lily, everything else was free, including the stay at the hotel, all the meals, and the conference with all it's swag.  Since we had the hotel room to ourselves, we invited Steve and Amara to join us.  Then Lily had the chance to be in the room with the other girl in the conference, which she took right away.  Then we met the girl and found out that we actually know her.  She's in our ward! 
Lily, Me, Gabby Pike
We enjoyed our time together at Thanksgiving Point going to the different classes.  Lily was really not looking forward to this conference that I was basically making her go to for her own good.  I'm happy to report that she actually enjoyed it  more than she thought she would.  She had a good time other than the fact that she was starting to get a cold and had a sore throat and other annoying symptoms.
Our first class

Our teacher talking about potatoes

Nutrition facts for 100 grams of potato made 3 ways. P.S. Chips are the worst for you, yes worse than fries.

Comparison of grease from regular chips vs. baked chips

Lily trying a new fruit!  Kiwiberry!

Kiwiberries!  They're at walmart and SO GOOD!  Unfortunately they're like $7 a container.

Taste like a sweet kiwi just without the fuzzy skin!  You can eat it like a plum.

Steve, Amara, Grandpa hanging out until our conference was finished.
It was a short trip to Utah County, but I'm glad we could do it!  More memories for the books!

The Girls Begin Dance Classes

Lily was wanting to take dance classes.  Amara hurt her feelings when she told her that that was never going to happen because they cost too much money.  It crushed Lily, and when I discovered she was so sad about not having dance classes, I told her we could look into it. 

We attended a dance performance in January by Discovery Danceworks and after seeing that, Lily wanted to join.  I spoke with the teacher, Miss Heather, and she said Lily could join the class just below her age group because there was an extra spot.  The cost was $125 per semester and a $25-$35 costume fee.  Lily wanted so badly to join, so I set things up for her to join. 

Well, then Amara suddenly thought she wanted to take dance, too.  So, long story short, I was able to enroll both kids in the same class.  I wasn't super excited to pay for 2 kids to join dance, especially since Steve just had surgery and we hadn't' received the bills from that yet.  The girls have money they have been saving from Grandma Debby for horse riding lessons, but when I mentioned they could help pay for dance with that money, my suggestion was met with dismay, and I could feel their walls going up in defense, a readiness to say "never mind" to dance just so they could hold on to their saved money.  So, I talked to Miss Heather and worked out a way that we could do a trade and do some work for her for their tuition this semester.  I figured that the girls could help me work for their dance classes.
 So, Lily has been stretching.  She started stretching before dance, but dance made her want to stretch more and more, so she's been giving it a good go. 

Steve was watching her do a back bend and he wanted to teach her how to do a sideways move into a backbend, like he used to do all the time in capoeira.  He stood next to her and coached her through it.

 And she did it!  He was so very proud of her!
 In March, their dance company performed "The Red Ribbon."  It was a lovely performance based upon a children's book.  Miss Heather is amazing.  Not only did she choreograph the dances for all 110 girls, she wrote her own script, found all the music, arranged all the costumes, and I'm sure the list goes on.

 There were 2 performances and we went to both of them.  See if you can pick out our girls.

 The job Miss Heather had given me was to make a display that related to the Red Ribbon book, a place where the dancers could make an art piece and pay tribute to someone that had done kindness, just like the people in the book. 

My display turned out really well.  It basically led people down the hallway with excerpts from the book, and then they followed the red ribbon into the room with the display wall.

Amara's art paying tribute to her mom and dad.

Lily's art paying tribute to Miss Heather.
 Because this display was supposed to be something the audience could do while they were waiting for the show to begin, I set up a few other things to make it more interactive.  I gave people the opportunity to think of something they could do to make someone smile and write it down and clip it to the red ribbon that was strung up behind the table.

 It was a lot of work and my kids didn't really help a whole lot with it, which is a bummer because I wanted them to earn their own dance lessons, but oh well.   I feel bad about that.  I guess I earned them dance classes. 
The good news is they're dancing (and stretching), and it brings them happiness as well as me.

Lily was sick one Sunday and stayed home from church and stretched for 3 hours straight just so she could do the splits, and sure enough, she did them!

 I look forward to seeing them dance more and more!