Thursday, December 30, 2010

Recitals and the flu!

A couple of weeks ago I started feeling pretty crappy. I knew it was worse than just a cold, so I went to see Dr. Harris. Sure enough it was the flu! I couldn't believe it, 3 and 1/2 days off from work, separated from the girls for a week and the worst sickness I think I have ever experienced! It was miserable. Thankfully the girls where shuffled around from one family member to the next in hopes that they would not get sick too. It worked for a while, but poor Miss Priss ended up with a lesser case of the flu. Little Bit NEVER came down with it though. I couldn't be more blessed with all the family around. I was able to get over my sickness and keep the girls from getting really sick! Thanks to all the grandparents out there for all their help!

So because of all this flu mess, Miss Priss had to miss her very first ballet recital. I really hated it for her! She was soooooo looking forward to it and she had been practicing so very hard. With a fever of 100.5, we decided to let her stay with Papa Jim while Granny T brought Little Bit to the recital.

We were all delightfully surprised with Little Bit's performance! She was a doll! She has also been practicing really hard and she had her five minutes in the spotlight. I was able to make it to the recital, but I had to sit in the back away from everyone else. Here are a couple of shots I was able to capture though!

Stretching before the big performance.

All the girls listening so intently. Too cute.

Waiting for the music to begin.

The Dance: 
My favorite picture!

Done! Walking off stage.

We were all so proud of Little Bit. She did such a great job and didn't go shy on us! Hopefully Miss Priss will not be sick for the next recital and everyone can see how well she dances too!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Girls afternoon out 2010...... The Birmingham Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

Sugar Plum fairies are still dancing in their heads as the girls go back to school this morning. All thanks to the awesome Birmingham Ballet ballerinas! This past Saturday we started what will hopefully become a yearly tradition of a girls afternoon out. My girls and I invited the grandmothers and great-grandmothers to join us in getting in the Christmas spirit. I think everyone enjoyed going out for a while and spending some time together. This year we all got dressed up to see "The Nutcracker". It was a great experience and the girls, young and old, had a blast!

My girls knew they had a surprise this weekend, but they didn't know what. I wanted to find a fun way to tell them where we were going, so when I ran across these precious ballerina necklaces I knew it would be perfect. The morning of the performance I gave them their necklaces and told them where we were going. It was priceless and completely worth every penny! The screams and smiles are still in my head...."You are the best mommy ever, this is so cool, I love you, I love you, I love you!!!"

Unfortunately, one member of our girly crew was unable to join us. My mom. She came down with a severe migraine the morning of the ballet and just could not go with us. So the girls and I went by to see her on our way and tell her we hoped she felt better soon.

Here they are at Pop and Nonna's before the show:

Mommy and her girls.

Ballerina Miss Priss (even turned her head so it would look real!) Love it! ;)

Ballerina Little Bit (wasn't so sure about this!)

In front of the pink ballerina tree. (Notice Little Bit thought she needed to stand in 1st position!)

Our crew - D, Little Bit, Mimi, Granny T, Miss Priss and Mommy (minus my mom who will hopefully be able to join us next year!) Ms. Rose was able to take the last ticket and go with us at the last minute. Thanks to Ms. Rose for taking our picture for us.

This was the best part for the girls I do believe. The professional ballerinas came out after the show for a photo-op with all the little girls. Again Little Bit was unsure of this, but check out the look on Miss Priss's face! She kept saying "this is the best day of my life!" Priceless!

Now hopefully this will be an inspiration to the girls as they continue their ballet classes! I'm just glad they enjoyed it so!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Daddy's new toy!

Daddy's new toy.....mommy's new payment plan! Yippie!