Archive for June, 2011
So, school’s out for summer.. well preschool is anyway. Brinley has been done with school for two weeks now. Gone is her routine of waking up and getting ready for school on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Gone are my 3 mornings a week with only one kid in tow. Now it’s the three of us ALL.THE.TIME! It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just much more difficult to keep two kids busy all the time than it is one. Not to mention that all of our extracurricular activities have also come to an end. No more Tuesday dance class for Brinley or Friday gymnastics for Nora. No more playgroup on Monday mornings. The carefree days of summer are upon us. In order for me to keep my sanity, I have to keep myself and the girls busy.
I’ve signed Brinley up for a few mini-sessions of gymnastics and dance but other than that our calendar is empty and it’s up to me to fill the days with fun, exciting activities. Sure there will be play dates and visits with friends, but we need a little more spice than that in our lives. Luckily we had some hot weather last week and the girls and I were able to hit up a local swimming hole with friends. It took up a good chunk of our day. Today we visited Davis Farmland with even more friends. It’s a great little discovery farm with animals galore that the kids can feed, pet and brush. We had a great time.
We’ve got quiet a few fun things on the calendar for the rest of the summer like our annual trip to StoryLand with our New York friends (Hi, Kel!) and some weekends out to my parents lake house but it’s the day to day monotony during the week that I need to work on filling. I’m open to your ideas for fun things to do with the kiddos this summer. I don’t mind spending a little bit to have a good time, but free and/or cheap events are best!
Last weekend, Brinley danced in her very first dance recital. Since September she has been going to dance class once a week and learning some ballet and tap moves. She absolutely loves going and adores her teacher. Of course wearing a leotard, tutu, tights and ballet slippers/tap shoes makes it just about one of the best things she does all week. I’ve enjoyed it because it makes her so happy (and I can drop her off for an hour and know that she’s having a great time while Nora and I go enjoy a coffee and some munchkins).
Talk of this recital has been in the air since about December when the girls were fitted for their costumes. Detailed emails were sent to parents on what color tights and shoes the girls were to wear as well as how their hair should be done. The little girls had been practicing their routines like crazy. So how come I was the one who was nervous about the recital?
I worried about getting her the right tights and about how I’d get her super silky and not very long hair to stay in a bun. I worried about where we’d sit in the audience to get a good view of her. I worried about who would watch Nora while Scott, myself, my mom, my mother in law and my sister (basically all of our babysitters) were in the audience watching Brinley perform. I worried about Brinley getting stage fright and freezing on stage or running off stage or crying. All the while Brinley seemed just fine and excited about it all.
I’m not going to get in to all of the details, but let’s just say that I was worried for nothing! Everything went off without a hitch. My fantastic friends Nellie and Chris offered to babysit Nora (who had an absolute blast with them!), we got awesome seats at the auditorium, Brinley had all of the right equipment and her hair was stunning (thanks to the discovery of a “bun donut” and some YouTube tutorials).
Here is a shot of Brinley and her best friend Nina dressed for their tap performance to “Petticoat Junction”. This performance was adorable and the girls did great. The best part is when they all threw their arms up and yelled out Petticoat Junction. I had a huge smile on my face the entire time and Brinley looked like such a natural up there.
Here’s Brinley performing her ballet number to “Dynasty”. She was really in her element up there. Ballet has always been her favorite and watching her prance around on stage literally brought tears to my eyes. I was so proud of her and she looked so adorable. I even saw some tears welling up in Scott’s eyes (but don’t tell him I told you!).
The entire production of the recital was amazing. It was so much more than I expected and I’m so thrilled that Brinley was a part of it. I look forward to many more years of dance in our future. Brinley will definitely be taking ballet and tap again in the fall and she’s also going to give Irish Step dancing a try!