Monday, May 27, 2013

A Ballet Recital

I have been wanting my daughter to be in some sort of dance recital since she was old enough to dance, so I am so happy to say that it finally happened.  We have had her in various dance lessons but it never worked out where she was in a recital until this last time I signed her up I made sure that she would get to perform.  I just really think it's good for kids to be on stage and feel what it's like to work hard to learn a routine and then experience the jitters that come before going on stage and the rush of performing when all eyes are on you.  Of course, for some people I realize that sounds like pure terror, but I was hoping my girl would enjoy it as much as I did and I'm happy to report that she was not traumatized in the least.

Speaking of sister in law brought my nieces down from a couple hours north to see my girl perform and one of them experienced a little trauma of her own.  Because the day wasn't exciting enough, right?!  Anyway, she was playing our piano and was doing that thing where you play every key in a row really fast in a flourish and she fell right off the edge of the piano bench and hit her head on the only pointy spot on the piano (figures, right?).  I seriously don't even know what the odds of someone getting hurt playing the piano are, but I'm gonna figure that they are pretty low.  Poor girl had the tiniest cut right above her eyebrow and as soon as I saw it I knew it needed a stitch or two.  She was horrified at the mention of getting stitches and I felt so bad for her.  So, off her and my sister in law went to the local Children's Hospital while we headed next door (literally) to the local high school for my girl's performance.  My niece missed the whole thing and now will have a nice tiny scar to help her remember.  Ugh.  What can you do?

We spent the afternoon before the trauma getting my girl ready for her big debut.  They wanted us to put full stage makeup on them which I had never done before and it was so exciting for my girl to finally get to wear makeup.  Funny, I remember hating and dreading my mom putting the mascara on me for recitals when I was little, but my girl was totally the opposite.  We also curled her hair and painted her nails.  It was quite the big day.  I took a few pictures right during the midst of the chaos of my niece loading in the car to go to the hospital, my husband coming home from dropping my son off with a friend to spend the night at King's Island (ballet is so not his thing) and us trying to load in the car so we wouldn't be late.  I'd say all things considering, these turned out pretty awesome!

Wow.  My girl is gorgeous!  She was so funny, after I put on the makeup, she went and looked in the mirror and did this little giggle and said, "I'm so pretty!"  And humble too... : )

I loved her costume.  Her class had the prettiest costumes of the entire recital.

Okay, the makeup makes her look like a teenager!  Yikes!  

Here are a couple from the performance.  That's her in the middle of the group.  She's a natural!  She kept talking the whole week before about how she wanted flowers, and did I think anyone was going to get her flowers, and did I think they might throw them on stage, and on and on.  So she was pretty excited that she got three different bouquets from her fans. : )  

I'm still not sure if she's going to continue with the ballet lessons, but I'm just a happy mamma that I finally got to see my daughter perform.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Perfect Tide Pool

So, I know I told you yesterday about how we were only able to swim in the pool one day this year while we were at the beach.  I forgot to mention how we had our own little tide pool though.  When we arrived at the beach it was really quite large and the kids had a blast running through it and wading around in it.  Over the course of the week it gradually got smaller and smaller until it was almost totally dried up.  It was so perfect while it lasted especially with the weather we had making the waves in the ocean a little scary at times.  We did swim in the ocean on one completely perfect day but I was too busy swimming with everyone to have any photos of that!  So here are some of my favorite photos of our perfect tide pool taken on various days throughout the week.

 Racing...always racing...

I love how you can see all the water droplets in this one!  Although he thinks it's a little too funny to watch me freak out when he tries to splash me and I'm holding the camera. :)

It was pretty deep in the middle.

He was sitting in this pic.  He thought it was pretty awesome that it was the perfect size for him.

You can see it's getting smaller.  There were a lot of birds hanging around.

Which is perfect when you have a kid who loves to chase birds!

This guy somehow managed to get a moment of peace.

It was the perfect spot for my girl to build her drippy castle.  I remember making these with my brother when we were kids.

A friend introduced my kids to Sugar Daddy candy.  Who doesn't love to run around chasing birds while eating candy on the beach?

My girl took this pic for me.

I love all the little bird tracks in the sand.

I've still got more vacation photos that I want to share, so bear with me and I promise I'll move on to new things soon!

Monday, May 20, 2013

A Day at the Pool

While we were in Florida this year it was so unseasonably cold that we were only able to get in the pool one day.  We missed our pool time as we are totally pool people.  I dream of the day I will have my own pool in my backyard...oh yes, we will make it happen.  At some point...not any time soon, but it's a goal.  So needless to say, we were disappointed.  I'm hoping there will be many pool days this summer to make up for it.  My boy learned to swim underwater with goggles which was pretty impressive since he was only in the pool for an hour or so!  I think this summer he's going to be a fish like his sister.  I can't wait to see them.  Here are a couple of pics I snapped of our beach pool day. :)

My little movie star. 

 Poor kid was freezing...his lips were blue!

So cute in his goggles!

I'm hoping for some more summery, warm looking pool shots in my near future.  These make me cold just looking at them!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Her First Love

My girl and her first love.  He's not a fan of photos, so I hardly have any of them together.  Which makes these all the more special to me.  It reminds me so much of the fierce love I had for my dad and the way I idolized him when I was little.  I'm so glad that my girl feels the same way about her dad.

I have even more beach photos so check back soon!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Missing the Beach

We're back from the beach and getting back into the swing of things.  Our vacation this year was a little off kilter with the kids and I starting off the week with colds, and the weather starting off cool and rainy.  Top that off with some general crankiness (probably from the colds and weather!) and it made for a rough beginning.  But the weather warmed up and the colds dried up and we made the best of it.  There was plenty of Pirate Golf (no photos this year, because we are so competitive that I can't drag my camera with me and be bothered to get out of my zone and snap photos) and regular golf (for my husband).  There were a few nice days at the beach with my girl making sand angels and sand castles and even sliding down a sand hill on her stomach when that wasn't enough (the girl likes sand).  The pool was cold but we did brave it one day and my boy learned how to swim underwater with goggles.  We did sunset photos not once, but twice.  There was plenty of good eating and to top it off one of my best friends from college came down with her family to meet up with us.  So, I guess now that I think about it, it was one pretty awesome vacation. :)  I've still got a ton of photos to go through, but I'd say this photo right here almost makes all the miserable moments worth it.

This is definitely going in a frame.

I'll be posting more photos this week, so check back!


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