Friday, November 30, 2012

November roundup

While Atlanta is definitely the less-exciting city that I'd predicted it would be, there have still been a few points of interest in the month of November.

When my Mom was in town, we did our one big sightseeing trip to the Georgia Aquarium, the world's largest aquarium.  It dwarfs every other aquarium on the planet, and it was well worth the visit.  These whale sharks were stunning... I could have watched them for hours.

Santa Claus arrived at Totem again this year!  He emerged from the top of the tent, climbed a mast pole and gave everyone a "Ho-ho-ho!" as part of Totem's Toys for Tots event.

The kids continued to learn some basic circus arts.  Here's Denise Garcia teaching hula-hoop technique to her daughter Gipsy, and Ayla.  A group of Cirque du Monde kids came this past Wednesday, and our Totem school kids did an excellent job as coaches, teaching two full hours of workshops in introductory acrobatics, aerials, unicycling and manipulation.  It was quite a bit of work in preparation, but everyone had a great time and learned a lot.

We've gone to see the show a couple of times in this city.  I've started sending Baz to sit backstage while I take the girls to the front of house.  Baz has truly tired of watching the show, but the girls and I still enjoy it plenty.  And it gives Ayla a chance to jump into the aisle during the Finale and dance.  For a girl who claims stage fright, and whose nose I can barely drag out of her books most days, this little burst of showiness is pretty cute.  Everyone looks at her, this little girl who somehow knows all this choreography?  She makes a solo spectacle of herself and seems to have no qualms about it at all.

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