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Tuesday, June 29, 2010


We invited Hannah's best friend from preschool and her little sister (Sierra & Dakota) to enjoy the parade this year.

I neglected to mention to Sierra's Daddy how much WORK it is to enjoy the parade in our town. We're going to just sit in our chairs in the shade and watch the parade go by... Right? Wrong.

First, you and the children have a dodge the unbelievable amount of candy, business cards, flyers, balls and small toys that are hurled at you from every float.

Then you have to make sure that the little ones in all their excitement do not run into the street to retrieve the aforementioned goodies and get hit by a car or tractor or motorcycle moving at about 5 miles per hour (not enough to kill you - but it would definitely leave a mark).

So as a matter of safety, YOU (as the responsible adult that I KNOW you are) need to retrieve the goodies from the street while dodging the cars/tractors/motorcycles and keeping an eye out for the next batch of candy being thrown from the next float.

All the while, it felt like it was about 125 degrees that day - I might be off by a degree or two.

All in all, the girls had a great time and that's what counts. Sierra's Daddy may have needed a nap once he got home, but at the least the girls got an overflowing bucket of candy to remember the parade.

I had to include this cute shot of Hannah cooling off after a long day of parading.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Stranded at the Drive In...

"...Branded a fool. What will they say, Monday at school?" ~ Danny in Grease

For those of you who live in the Charlotte area, did you know that there is a drive in? I think it is new - Chris stumbled across it in one of the region's magazines. Go to Charlotte's Drive In for more information.

They show two movies each night and offer a very limited concession stand. I would suggest you bring your own popcorn, because they only sell candy. That is if you like popcorn, I'm just sayin'. Our plan was to watch the first movie with Hannah - "Marmaduke" and she was SUPPOSED to magically fall asleep between movies so Chris and I could watch "Get Him to the Greek" - NOT a kids movie. Good plan yes? Yeah, No.

Hannah would not fall sleep, Hannah could not fall asleep. Hannah would not fall asleep on my lap, Hannah would not fall asleep in a snap. She would not sleep in the car. She would not sleep out of the car.

But did she fall asleep about three minutes into our drive home? YES. I guess "Get Him to the Greek" is going on the Netflix queue. Sigh.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Show

"Yeah, I was in the show. I was in the show for 21 days once - the 21 greatest days of my life." ~ Crash Davis in Bull Durham.

So here are the pictures from Hannah's recital. I loved the backstage photo I took last year, so I tried to replicate it this year. I can't believe how tall she is getting!

The girls did a good job on their routine. Things fell apart in the middle when the girls were supposed to hold hands and turn in a circle two times and then break apart into two lines and then grab their respective partner and come up the middle (see it's even hard for me to explain verbally). This part of the routine has always been a challenge throughout the year - I think the teacher was a little over-ambitious. Although, I must say that the confusion that ensued onstage was priceless.

After all of the routines and before the finale, the dance school put together a little slideshow. Here are the slides that Hannah was in:

The last two slides were taken the day it was "beach day" at dance class. The girls were asked to wear things they would take to the beach. Hannah is in a bathing suit and a pink hat. When I saw this picture with Hannah's hat pulled down on her head, I immediately thought of "Dumb Donald" from Fat Albert:

Did y'all know his name was "Dumb Donald"? Yeah, me neither. Ahhhh, the seventies, so free with the malicious adjectives.

The theme for the recital this year was "Legends". Hannah's routine was to James Taylor's "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You". We agree that James Taylor is a living legend - he is one of our favorites.

Hannah did a great job with the mini-routine for the finale. And it was nice that she was in the front so we could see her. Overall, it was a delightful afternoon watching our little pixie perform. Supa Star!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Herding Wet Cats

aka The Dress Rehearsal.
While I am OVERJOYED that we did not repeat last year's "performance" at the dress rehearsal, I can't help but marvel at the fact that in every single picture that I took at the dress rehearsal each girl is doing something different. They are all like snowflakes... no two are alike. It is so consistent, you'd almost believe that it is on purpose. BTW - I love it and I wouldn't have these girls any other way. They make me smile.

This one is my favorite. I especially like the girls in the middle that are facing each other. So, how do you think they did at the recital? Did they pull it off?

Monday, June 14, 2010

PreSchool Graduation

Now that I think back on it, last week was a pretty busy week. Hannah's "graduation" from preschool was on Wednesday and her recital was on Saturday (more on the recital in another post).

Hannah's teachers put together a really nice program for the parents. All of the kids were so proud to wear their caps and gowns. Of course, our pixie was the shortest of the group and had to pick her gown up when she walked otherwise she'd fall - but I think she liked picking it up because it reminded her of how Cinderella picks up her dress to run down stairs.

The kids sang several songs, the first of which was "God Bless America". The other songs had to do with numbers, letters, seasons and days of the week. Pretty impressive that they remembered all the words to all of those songs. Especially since I can't remember the songs titles at all. Heh. They did such a good job.

Along with their diploma, each child received a special award just for them. Hannah won "Best Story Teller". Sniff, sniff single tear. Here she is posing with Candace, V.J. and Connor (Hannah's future husband... at least that's what she tells us).

And of course we had to get a picture with Sierra. It's such a shame that the girls won't go to the same school - I hope we can still stay in touch.

Thank you to Hannah's preschool teachers: Mrs. Hall and Ms. West. While Hannah's has known you both for a short while, she is all the better for it.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Don't tell Hannah but I got this cake topper made for her birthday cake. I think it turned out so cute! And Kathy at The Pretty Pixie shop on etsy was so awesome to work with. Thank you!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Dance Cute

I snagged these shots from the Dance Studio's photographer's website: Baby Blue Photography and just had to share. I can't wait to get the prints!