the day my kids flew.

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well, it happened. after about a month of asking josh and me almost daily if we had scheduled their first trapeze lesson yet, we finally put one on the calendar for eleanor and samson and somehow, we all survived and it’s in the running as one of the very best days ever over here. these kids never fail to surprise me. i really didn’t think we’d get as far as climbing the entire ladder or actually letting go on the platform and flying. BUT. i should have known. they ride their tiny two wheel bikes as well as roller blade all over this city’s parks and playgrounds. they love a good challenge and after seeing pictures and videos over the years of their parents trapezing, and hearing us talk often of how much we loved doing it, i think they were like, enough, let us have a go!

we took them down to pier 40 which is where josh and i have always gone (at the trapeze school new york). they start kids as young as 6 but last time josh and i went, we asked if they ever take younger kids and they said they do make exceptions for 5 year olds sometimes if they have their heart set and are very brave (eh hem, samson!) and so, with their permission, we met up with friends and their little ones too and went for it.

i think the day was successful based on both E and S asking before we even left the trapeze place if i could schedule another lesson for friday. haha! so i guess we are going back!

i also have some great videos of the kids up there in action from my phone, so be sure to check my Instagram later today, I’ll post them there.

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this is probably my favorite photo of the day. this was the first time samson went and his face said everything!!!! hahaha!

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what i was especially proud of, is how my kids did everything themselves including strapping themselves into their harnesses (we were checking it, not that we needed to, but you know). they would walk over to that ladder when it was their turn, strap themselves in and start climbing! a few times they yelled back down, “hi, mom!” and i melted. they were so sweet.

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once this cutie discovered the powder chalk for his hands and wrists, there was no going back. he was lathered in it up to his elbows “just in case.” also, please note the eye patch around one eye that somehow mysteriously made its way to his face at one point. he cracks me up.

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the pointed toes and arches in this photo make the old dancer in me so very very proud. ;)

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landing in the net and not being able to contain the smiles and excitement!

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eleanor told me that the next time we go, she wants to try to do a superwoman flying pose as she lets go of the trapeze bar and slowly lowers into the net. i think that’s the best idea ever.

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oh yeah, mister conrad was also at our trapeze lesson. but we tried to time it with his nap (i knew he’d be bummed if he was awake and couldn’t do it too), and fortunately he slept through the entire thing! can’t wait for him to join his sister and brother in a few years up there.

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i think this photo was from eleanor’s first go on the trapeze bar, actually! she is all half smiles, half complete fear! i was so surprised by both of them when they kept climbing the ladder the first time and never stopped or looked back. i honestly am still so amazed.

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all smiles!

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i’m sorry for so many photos that are practically duplicates, but they are so special to us over here it was impossible to narrow them down and i’m just posting them all out of pure mom pride and wanting to preserve them for posterity’s sake.

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at the very end, when samson successfully completed the catch!!!! eleanor came so close, and has been asking me every day since about when our next lesson is scheduled so she can complete it! she is so determined. i’m so proud of these kiddos pushing themselves and having fun and doing hard things!

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such a fun day. so proud of my kids for sticking with it and trying again and again and having fun with it. i think i’m starting to realize i have my work cut out as a mama in the years to come with how adventurous this batch of kiddos can be. it’s taking years off my life with the amount of anxiety and nerves it often creates in my head, but over all, just proud. so very very proud.

  1. Whitney

    Awesome! I took a lesson on that very spot for my birthday a few years ago, and was definitely sweaty-palmed walking up that ladder. Go Samson and Eleanor! So brave!!!

  2. Jen

    They’re so amazing. I just love them even though I’ve never even met them!

  3. Gabriella

    Naomi, your kids are absolute rockstars! Truly. We just spent a weekend with friends of ours and their littles, and it just goes to show how different kids are! Their little boy was so afraid of even jumping in the pool. It took a lot of coaxing and encouragement to get him to even tiptoe in. And his brother was completely different! I wonder what Conrad will be like! :)

    Also, are Eleanor or Samson doing any sports regularly (dance classes, swimming, etc?). Especially with you being a dancer and getting so far, I wonder how you go about with their activities.
    x

  4. Dana

    they are the BEST! all your posts are good, but this one — man, the joy is radiating off my screen. go E + S!

  5. Bridget

    I’ve always always wanted to go there to try the trapeze but haven’t gotten around to it. I’m going back to school too soon to do it this summer but it’s for sure on the list for next summer. Does anyone have advice for someone who’s never done it before??
    Bridget
    https://bridylife.wordpress.com

  6. Sonja

    how super cute do look the freckles all over E’s face ?!?!
    I really love the big smiles during this lesson – just so beautiful and brave kids!!!

  7. Trisha

    this is incredible! you have some lucky kids right there! love that yall do this kind of thing with them!

  8. Leanne

    One of my favourite posts you’ve done — those smiles are contagious! Bravo to your kidlets on their bravery and fearlessness:) Your family has plenty of adventures to look forward to, it seems!

  9. Niken

    this looks so fun! I have a slight fear of height but I would love to try. Also, your kids are so brave!!

  10. Jill Hammershlag

    My kids won’t even go upstairs by themselves! 😂This is amazing!

  11. oh my goodness, your kiddos are absolutely AMAZING!!!! i know you are so so proud!

  12. Briel K.

    That’s so awesome how brave they were! Looking forward to seeing videos of the experience! That’s going to be so fun for them to look back on when they are older too.

  13. Two words: Eleanor’s freckles

  14. Emma

    Oh my gosh look at them! So brave!

  15. Gem Sills

    Oh wow! What amazing kids, and how good of you to give them the opportunity.

  16. The chalk and the fact that my son loves gymnastics will be his motivation to do this, and I am excited for him to go soon! I see future dancers in your kids too! Great poise, and those smiles on their faces proves all too well that they loved it too! Great job E & S!

    xo

  17. Kate

    This is so awesome!! We are coming to the city next week and maybe I should check this out for my seven year old. She would love it. Awesome pics!

    Kate

    http://Www.mwdgaf.com

  18. JB

    SO wonderful that you give them these experiences! Love these pictures!

  19. Violet

    This is beyond amazing and incredibly adorable to boot! They are so adventurous and brave! Cheers to you and Josh for encouraging your kids passions with such excitement.

  20. Corina

    Have been going through a very tough time recently…
    but seeing your kids in these photos, I really needed that.
    Thank you Naomi and thank your little ones for putting a smile on my face.
    I love them

  21. This is amazing! I often joke with my husband that I’m thankful the kids have him to allow them to do “scary” stuff because if it were just up to me they would be wrapped in bubble wrap before they left the house everyday.

    I especially love the pic of your son with the chalk…pretty much sums up childhood perfectly!

    Kudos to you for timing the nap time too…almost impossible to do some days!

  22. Katrina

    Wow, this looks amazing! My kids ( same ages as yours, except 2 boys then a girl) would LOVE to try this!

  23. Lauren

    Okay, your kids are so much braver than I am. They have no fear! They are something else! I am seriously so impressed! You have some extremely special souls.

  24. Susanna

    Wow, this is so… American?! :)
    A country where even kids can fly! Absolutely not meant sarcastic but probably it’s those little things that make the differences between mentalities.
    Let your kids fly high in the land of the free… I hope they will never be afraid of anything in their lives!

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