Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Griffin's First Recital

Two weekends ago Griffin had her first dance recital and it was so so so sweet!

She had a rehearsal on Friday afternoon and Dave snapped a couple of pictures of us before heading out.




The recital was being held at our old high school and it was the first time I had been back since I graduated in '02.  The weird thing is that the school has undergone HUGE renovations and looks NOTHING like it did when Dave and I were there.  I felt like I was in a strange twilight zone.


So. Much. Precious.



I picked her up backstage and had a total moment because I performed on this stage DOZENS of times and the auditorium hasn't changed at all.  So weird!  I had solos on that stage, performed many a concert season concerts on that stage and used to SWEAT IT OUT having to improv during Jazz concerts on that stage.


We walked out one of the side doors to the stage and found ourselves in the hallway that connects the band hall and choir room to the rest of the school.  It was absolutely surreal.  Dave and I met in this hallway and so many memories took place in here.  You'll have to ask Dave about the time he skipped school and got caught coming back in those doors and landed himself in ISS :) hahaha



Saturday morning she was ready to hit the stage with some of the sweet girls from her class.



These are the two best photos that I got. hahaha  
She's on the far right.



Picking her up after the performance :)  MOMMY!!!


G and I hung out while we waited for everyone else to join us during intermission.






Daddy brought her flowers (sigh!)



Papa MAC!!!


She was so excited that Baby Beau was there too!


Stephen and Cynthia, as well!


And her two great grandmothers :)  I mean!



How blessed are we to have BOTH of Dave's grandmothers close by!?!?!




Don't her brothers look thrilled to have just sat through an entire half of a dance recital of which their sister performed for about 45 seconds??? :) hahaha  #firstofmany





Uncle Mark (my brother), Aunt Diana and Baby Beau 



When we were leaving there was a little "wind tunnel" near the entry.  The kids thought it was AWESOME!!!





It was such a fun morning with our sweet girl.

When we moved to the U.S. in 1991 we left all of our extended family, so when I had performances and such growing up it was pretty much always just my parents and brother in the audience.  So it's not lost on me how special and awesome it is that there is a SLEW of people taking up and entire row just to see our girl stand on the stage and shake a set of bells ;) 

As of right now Griffin is LOVING dance class (she asks us every single day if it's dance day) and so the plan is to continue it as long as she's still enjoying herself.  She has another recital in the Spring and we're already excited.

I don't have a video of the actual recital, but here's a little video of a few of her rehearsals :)


Happy Wednesday, friends!

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  1. Well, my heart just melted into a huge puddle. What a sweet little dancer GG is!!

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    1. Thank you!!! :) I still can't believe sometimes that I have a little girl in DANCE! hahaha

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  2. Way to go, G!!! There's nothing cuter than a little girl up on stage. Love the boys' faces. That's how my boys feel too! Ha!

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    1. They handled it well ;) Luke did ask me what was so exciting about the whole thing. hahaha

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  3. She just couldn't be any cuter!! :)

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  4. She is cute as a button!! Our recital is Jan 23rd and my four year old begs to wear her sequin costume EVERY single day!!

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    1. So fun!!! For this recital they got to wear whatever dress/shoes they wanted, but for the Spring I think she'll have a costume. Can't wait! :)

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  5. Seriously so cute!! So glad she is enjoying dance!! :)

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  6. What a sweet post! I'm guessing there are going to be lots of recitals in your future!

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    1. I think so, too :) Although I think this may be the cutest one. hahaha

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  7. When my boys sometimes grumble about sitting through performances, I remind them about the hours upon hours that the girls have sat court side and on the sidelines cheering them on! :) G looked precious and what a blessing to have so much family to support her!

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    1. So true! Or how many episodes of Ninja Turtles she's watched :) hahaha

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  8. Little girls and recitals...I'm not sure there is anything sweeter !

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  9. Those grandmas! So precious! Don't know what's sweeter....Dave with his baby girl or sitting between his grandmothers and that hug! Seems like a lot of full circle moments that day!

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  10. shes adorable! great pictures and love your blog!

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    1. Thank you!!! For taking the time to comment and for reading :)

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  11. So, so sweet! I can't wait for my little girl to start dance!

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  12. So I guess Griffin is too good/special to wear her tap shoes like the rest of the girls?

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    1. You clearly have nothing better to do other than troll on a blog and post an unnecessary comment about tap shoes?

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    2. Truth is that they could wear whatever dress and shoes they wanted. I had her tap shoes in my bag (since she was walking in I didn't want her walking down the halls in them) and when I dropped her off backstage her teacher told me not to bother changing them.

      And Elizabeth - you'd be amazed at what people have the time to do :) hahaha

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  13. She's adorable! The toddlers are so cute to watch at the recitals.

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    1. They're the best! The collective "awwwwwww" when they walked out was PRECIOUS!

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  14. Oh my gosh! How precious! Can't wait to see my two cuties dancing!!

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    1. Thanks, Mariel! It'll be here before you know it!

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  15. So cute! My family is doing the same thing as you did growing up, except opposite direction! We moved with my husband's job (John Deere) to Edmonton from Iowa two years ago. So I totally understand the feeling of just our immediate family at all of the kids' performances/activities! It's great that you have so many people there now for your kids!

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    1. Edmonton is BEAUTIFUL! That's where my brother was born! And yes - it's awesome to have so many family members close by. Something we're super grateful for!

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  16. So I just have to share... Elle has her first dance class today. EEK! We are both so excited. She loves to dance and do ballet moves (did you see that episode of Sofia the First?), so I hope she loves it. We have to commit to the recital ASAP, so we don't get a lot of "test" time.

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    1. Girl! That episode is on repeat at our house :) Can't wait to hear how it goes!

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  17. Oh my goodness, stop the cuteness!! She is just a doll! I'm hoping my little girl will want to take dance as well.

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    1. So fun! Nothing cuter than the little leotards! :)

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  18. Love how she is on her tippy toes in the picture she took with you! My daughter MC took for a little while and then said she didn't want to go again. Broke this mamas heart!

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    1. Oh no! Maybe she'll want to pick it up again later! Hopefully whatever activity she's in now she's loving! And yes - aren't tippy toes the best???

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  19. So much fun. She is growing into such a fun little gal - not that she hasn't been fun since day one I'm sure. ha!

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    1. Thanks, Jamie! She really is the sweetest. And while she's been fun since day 1, seeing her personality come out and watching her grow into a little girl instead of a baby is the best. Equal parts heart wrenching and amazing. So I'm going to go cry now :) hahaha

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  20. How sweet! It is so nice to have family close by, I try so hard not to take it for granted!

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  21. Have you ever blogged about why your family immigrated and how? I find that so interesting! G is precious. I still feel so weird going to my old high school too. I have cousins that do sports etc there and anytime I step inside its a wave of nostalgia/weirdness.

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  22. great post! im jealous you family near by!

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  23. ABSOLUTELY ADORBS!!! :)

    xo, Chanda
    www.mcschanda.com

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