Jennica has been taking dance lessons since September and Saturday was her first ever performance.
I don't have a video yet... I taped the dress rehearsal, but I don't know how to get video's from my video camera onto my computer.. then during the actual performance, our camera jammed so I didn't get that video at all. I thought for sure I had taken some pictures of her through the day, I was sure of it, but then when I downloaded the pictures I only have pics of her with Santa. I'm such a crappy mom. The scrapbooking industry should shun me.
The good news is that one of Jennica's friends was performing right next to her and her parents, are GOOD parents, and have the tape... already uploaded to facebook. I asked for the clip, so when I have it I'll post it.
Before posting it though, I think it's important to note that the class Jennica is in is a second year ballet class, Jennica was the only first year student in the class, some of the other girls are going on their third year. I also should note that Jennica's mom (we won't name names...) tried out for drill team once in high school... I was working 20 hours a week after school during tryouts so I thought I had the routine down and I was practicing it alone at home in the evenings. I thought I was doing pretty well till I went to tryouts.. and well let's just say I didn't make the team. My then boyfriend's upperclassman Friend was the videographer for the tryouts and she was laughing so hard the camera was shaking. I was turning the wrong direction and stepping the wrong direction... so let's just say Jennica couldn't get a whole lot of help at home. Andy was more helpful with her practices. On top of all that, Jennica had the stomach flu from Tuesday till Friday afternoon the week of the program so she didn't get to practice much at all that last week.
That said, she did FAN.TAS.TIC!!!!!!! A little slow on some of the moves, and not as well polished, but I am so proud of her!
Santa was at the program during intermission. Here's a peak at how Jennica looked.
And here's Noah with Santa. I should have known I needed to pick out clothes for the kids to wear... but i just didn't think of it. So we have Yoda for the dance recital, which is actually a far cry better than Aaron looked in a 2 yr old stained fourth of July t-shirt, with his elastic waist denim pants on backwards. I didn't notice till he was laying on the floor in the foyer and there was the stitched in faux fly on his back side...
Speaking of Aaron he was SO excited when I told him Santa was there! He could not WAIT to see him... until he actually saw him, and then he would not get anywhere near him. This was as close as we could get, and it he had known I was taking this picture with him AND Santa in the background he probably would not have allowed me to take it.
We were the Clampets of the Christmas recital.
Tonight we tried to make cookies to bring to our neighbors.
Make sure you a good look at Aaron. Fairly typical expression when it comes to helping bake sweets.
Noah did a fine job arranging the cookie sheet.
And here are my faux pax gingerbread men. Faux pax because clearly they are sugar cookies, and not gingerbread cookies.
Hum... This one looks like a ninja.
And this one looks like a ninja...
Hi-Ya! This one just karate chopped you.
After I baked them they didn't look like ninjas anymore. They looked like fat, pudgy, wanna be ninjas.
Tomorrow, back to kits. I am hoping to get the last album cut and started. I feel completely frazzled. The flu really put me behind schedule, now I am completely stressed about getting finished in time. Hopefully the last album will turn out well. The last one, the post office hasn't done so well. It looks amazing in person, easily one of my favorites, but on camera the front doesn't look right with the dark gray and cream. I guess you win some and loose some.
The last kit, I am anxious about. It's going to be Santa's Reindeer Stables. It's going to be either top notch, or no good at all. I'm shooting for top notch, but honestly a bit worried. I want reindeer, but... lets see.. I seem to have a complex about doing faces. They generally turn out looking like plastic surgery gone wrong. Pray... not for me, but for my reindeer.