On the recommendation of a friend, I’ve discovered two great new things that I’m pretty excited about. The first is a “secret” park and the second is Mr. Melody’s Music Class (and Mr. Melody himself).
Mr. Melody’s Music Class is an hour of singing, dancing and fun for toddlers and their parents. There are stuffed animals, ribbons, bubbles and a parachute. In other words, kid heaven. Alex Highton is Mr. Melody and serenades the kids and parents with his guitar and beautiful voice for an hour each class. We sing everything from nursery rhymes to the Beatles to old school Elvis. Oh rather, he sings and we attempt to chime in. Since one of Lena’s favorite activities is dancing, this class is right up her alley. After class the other day, I asked Alex what other music projects he has going on and he sent me a link to his album. I’ve been listening to it this morning and can’t think of a better soundtrack for nice, quiet mornings at home. I can’t get enough of his smooth vocals and soothing guitar. I’ll definitely be listening to this on the regular; you can check it out here:
He mentioned he is currently working on an album so I’ll be sure to post the link once it’s finished. Hopefully we’ll be able to play music together sometime soon. I haven’t been great about practicing my violin since moving to England and would like to get back into playing on a regular basis. He’s promised to introduce me to some other musicians so hopefully I’ll have some upcoming music projects from that.
After class, Lena and I decided to make a stop at the secret park and I got some pictures (of course). While I obviously don’t remember my own toddler years, I have heard stories and am fairly confident I have cloned myself. The girl is fearless and loves to climb anything and everything. I find it simultaneously hilarious and terrifying. She’s a great little mix of confident and kind with a large helping of stubborn to round it all out.
The park is great because the kids area is completely enclosed while being surrounded by giant fields and beautiful woods. There are always people about walking their dogs or out for a stroll. Lena spent the majority of her time climbing up the steps then throwing herself down the slide head first.
We hit the swings for a little while but she quickly decided she wanted to push it rather than swing in it. This was going great until the swing came back and smacked her right in the nose. True to her genes, she got extremely angry and screamed for a few minutes. Then all was well and we took a break in the playhouse. I can’t get enough of the bright colors at playgrounds; I think they make for beautiful photos.
As you can see, the Bacon Bit isn’t quite big enough to steady herself on the rocking spring toys. This didn’t stop her from going absolutely wild on the things and almost throwing herself off. She thought it was hilarious.
It was nice to have a sunny day despite the weather still being near freezing. I will be so very happy once the weather warms up a bit and we don’t have to wear three layers of clothes to go outside! If you live anywhere near Lakenheath AFB and are interested in trying out a music class, you can find the schedule and locations on Facebook. Mr. Melody runs a fantastic class and does a great job of getting the little ones involved. Your kids are sure to love it. Click on the link for more info: