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.
this is probably my favorite photo of the day. this was the first time samson went and his face said everything!!!! hahaha!
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.
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.
the pointed toes and arches in this photo make the old dancer in me so very very proud. ;)
landing in the net and not being able to contain the smiles and excitement!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.