In addition to essentially homeschooling, Ruslana started her swimming lessons and gymnastics this week. I'll admit, I was slightly nervous about her taking swimming lessons. While her orphanage had a "pool," she was only allowed to walk in the water and they told her she could only get water up to a certain point on her chest. She followed these same rules in our pool at home and has had a few meltdowns when we tried to get her to swim or go deeper in the water. Leading up to the swimming lessons, Ruslana kept telling us how hard swimming was. I replied by telling her that it was easy, that babies swim, and that she'd be great at it.
Ruslana ended up doing great and after just her first lesson she told me that swimming was fun and easy! She's looking forward to continuing the lessons and I'm looking forward to seeing her turn into a little fish!
Her first gymnastics class also went great. She had a lot of fun tumbling, working on the bars, and standing up on the balance beam. I think she looks so cute in her little leotard! Man, what I'd do for her legs!
|Ruslana and Grandmother|
|Showing off her dental treasures--a deck of cards, a sticker, and her pearly whites!|