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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Abigail's 2015 Ballet Recital

One of the highlights of the year for us as a family is Abby's yearly ballet recital.  She goes to a local Christian ballet school who puts on a fairly big and always spectacular ballet recital in June.  Starting in January, the girls start to practice their part of the recital.  There is a lower school and an upper school.  Abigail, as a younger girl, is part of the lower school.  The girls dance by class for the lower levels, the upper school girls all dance together as they are usually telling a story (this year it was the story of the fiery furnace - the book of Daniel in the Old Testament).  The little girls told of seven truths about God.  Costumes are ordered early in the year and we get them about a month before the rehearsal which starts all the excitement.  Last year Abigail was a monarch butterfly, and this year they wore pretty pink and glittery costumes.  Abigail was nervous this year, but not nearly as much as last year.  She was quite excited and was looking forward to all her peeps coming and cheering her on.  Margie and Olivia, Tanya and Hannah (Abby was on a road trip to Minnesota), Megan, Olive, Rusty, Rosie, Uncles Chris and Mike, Kathy G. and Grandma all came to the stunning performance.  Only Nathan missed it because of his mandatory all-star practice.  
This year Abby quite enjoyed her ballerina make-up.  The make-up is necessary to see any facial features against the bright light.  Especially a girl with Abby's light complexion would not show any facial features on DVD or photos.  She was really liking the lipstick and kept giggling about wearing it.  She also wore blush, mascara and eye liner.  Next year I will get her a good make-up kit.  This year it got so very busy and there are just too many choices of make-up colors.  Do you have any idea how many colors there are for blush????  Not even talking about lipstick.  And this mom doesn't even do make-up, so all is lost.  Maybe auntie Megan can help us out next year.  ;-)
This year's costumes were absolutely spectacular.  You are only seeing a very tiny selection below.  There are about 6 different costumes for the lower classes (each class has their own) and then the upper school has their own costumes (come in the pics below) as well.
Last year we weren't so sure about ballet but this year we are definitely in for the long haul.  Abby has caught the ballet bug and is constantly dancing to random music (favorite right now is Jeremy Camp's "He knows"), making up her own dances.  She is very good at it too.  And Isabelly likes to copy all her sister is doing.  Wish we had the money to send them both next year.  I will look into their scholarship program and see if it is for that kind of a scenario as well.

The upper school.  In the colored blue costume is Abby's teacher, Miss Cassie.  They are performing the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the Old Testament story of Daniel.

Miss Cassie, Abby's teacher.

My beautiful little girl.  She looks so grown up.  Next to her is her friend Jordan and next to Jordan is Abby's best friend from ballet, Abby.  That's right, there are two Abigails.  And even funnier, in the morning.class that performed on the other night, there was also a little redhead in the exact same costume as Abigail.

Photo credit:  Cavens Photography.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Old but cute

These are from January and I just saw them on Dave's computer.  They are too cute to not share...

Friday, June 19, 2015

Some Super Heroes Don't Have Capes, They Are Called Dad....

Happy Father's Day to an incredible, awesome dad!

Baseball 2015

Baseball season is over and Nathan's first ever All-star season has just begun.  He was a nervous wreck until he found out me made the team.  Now he's loving it and looking forward to the daily 3-hour practices.  Wouldn't you just love to be THAT in shape that you look forward to your 3-hour workout????  
He's had a great regular season, made new friends and learned more baseball.  He's developed into a nice all-around player who prefers the positions of pitcher, catcher, short-stop.  His favorite player is Mike Trout.  Hence, he got #27 for his All-star jersey.  And he finally got himself his first nickname.  A kid on his team calls him "Salmon" since he's got Trout's #27.  Nathan is proud of that.  Although his dad told him it is not good for wrestling season when you do not want to be seen as a fish (a bad wrestler who just flops on the mat like a fish).  
Dave is a fantastic coach and it shows with Nathan.  Nathan does not only have a good set of baseball skills, he also has baseball smarts.  He works hard, thanks to his dad instilling that work ethic into him.  As any 9-year old, he still doesn't quite know what to do when he doesn't experience success (might also be hard because his previous teams where all so successful).  
He made many new friends this year as his dad didn't manage, so many of the kids on the team were new to Nathan.  The weather this year has been fabulous, which always makes it easier for the girls.
I utterly love baseball season.  Mostly, because I love to see my husband coach.  :-)  He is incredible as a coach and I can't wait to see what he does during All-stars, where he was asked to coach.  

This is the first year where Nathan can steal bases and man, did he ever love that.  He was looking forward to it since last year.  

He had a great hitting year, also learning to be patient and not get yourself out when a pitcher is struggling to throw strikes.  That is hard for a 9-year old who wants to hit over the fence,

Sliding, another learned skill.  Pants that mom loves to wash and yes, all of his pants have holes in the knees.

His team relied heavily on Nathan to pitch and catch this year.  So much so that his arm got tired toward the end of the season.  He finished strong and now had some good rest, getting his arm back to speed.  He won't pitch in All-stars or catch for that matter, but he may be able to help out in a tournament situation when all the other guys are used up.

Elsa's Hair

Abby is just like me.  She is very sensitive when it comes to her hair.  Her hair is thick anyways, so any braid runs the risk of giving her a headache.  And with the curly, thick hair come lots of tangles that don't feel too good getting brushed and worked over.  But on this particular day, she was in a braid kind of mood.  She thought her hair looked like Elsa's (from Disney's Frozen movie), so she posed as well.