Saturday, May 11, 2019

For the Love of Dance

Dance recital always catches me off guard with how much emotion and energy is wrapped up in this weekend and performance. This was was no different and even heightened because Aliza's class danced the opening dance to Daughters by Sleeping at Last with their Dads and it was a top secret surprise.

The Dads were on stage and walked through the dance a couple times before the show and their teacher had one of the Dads pray before the recital started. She took this picture and sent it to all the Moms later.

It was beautiful...
...and special...
...and a tear jerker.

Literally the next number was Anna's tap dance.
She was awesome and right on beat.
She loved this dance. Tappin' in the USA.
A few numbers later Anna did her ballet dance.
She's not as crazy about ballet, but this dance was super fun because one of the teenagers joined them as Statue of Liberty. She wore her Pointe ballet shoes and Anna loved that!
After intermission there was a series of songs from the Annie movie. Aliza's class did Hard Knock Life.
Aliza was amazing. She played the part of the mad orphan perfectly.

Thankfully all the attitude was for the stage and not how she acts at home! She really was great!

Aliza got a medal for 6 years of dance.
Grandma and Grandpa go to attend recital with us this year. They usually come for dress rehearsal and have to leave before recital. This year recital was on Saturday so they could come to the performance.

Meanwhile, Joel came for the weekend to stay with Josiah and Isaiah during recital. These boys ADORE their Uncle Joel. They both had the best afternoon and it's quite possible, from the stories I heard, that Joel had a pretty amazing afternoon too.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Joy Dare::April

6283. "I love you more than you love me" -Isaiah
6284. Teaching my children they can choose their attitude
6285. Jeremy can make my videos looks good
6286. Grace to be awake with children during the night
6287. The early bedtime after a rough night
6288. Daffodil bouquets
6289. Peter Pan ballet
6290. Sleeping all night
6291. Full room at Bible study
6292. Doing schoolwork outside
6293. Aliza working so hard in school
6294. Friday night relaxing
6295. Singing choir songs after choir
6296. Josiah working with Jeremy
6297. Weeding and planting
6298. Aliza having Chipotle with Daddy
6299. "Giving activates abundance" (can't remember which podcast I heard that on)
6300. Reading on the deck
6301. Sabbath white space
6302. Picnic at the Cove
6303. Thunderstorm
6304. Aliza's picture of the sunset
6305. Playing outside until dark
6306. Brilliant morning sun
6307. Isaiah showing me a picture he took saying "I took a picture of something you like."
6308. A really good evening with some of my favorite ladies
6309. Jeremy laughing--really laughing
6310. Making a heart bridge to Aliza
6311. Full room (again) for Bible study
6312. Talking BJU with another Mom
6313. Cooperative, respectful children
6314. Enjoying American Idol with Aliza
6315. The driver was there to help us load
6316. Anna so excited
6317. Secret Keeper Girl with Anna, Janell and Renee
6318. Isaiah so excited to hunt Easter eggs
6319. Signs of spring on my walk
6320. Spring/summer clothes in drawers
6321. One child slept through the storm
6322. Making people priority--today that mean a phone call
6323. Watching Anna's ballet dance
6324. Evenings when it is hard to call bedtime because it is light and everyone is still having fun outside
6325. Anna and Isaiah playing imaginary games together
6326. Helping in the girls Wednesday night class
6327. Card in the mail
6328. Home all day
6329. When everything comes together in Bible study
6330. Aliza's perserverance
6331. Bruised but not injured
6332. Getting school done early
6333. Peaceful drive through the strom
6334. Walking the nature trail with Anna and Isaiah
6335. Sneaking in a visit with Christie
6336. Blue sky, green grass, flowering trees
6337. Easter Sunday family picture
6338. Long nap
6339. Easter dinner
6340. Evening outside
6341. Parenting win
6342. Leftovers for supper
6343. Second parenting win of the day
6344. Josiah was so courageous
6345. Aliza asked her questions
6346. Meghan stayed for lunch
6347. Morning conversations and snuggles
6348. Finishing school subjects
6349. Encouraging early morning text
6350. Jeremy got to watch a movie
6351. Dogwood blooms
6352. All the post dancing excitement
6353. Some cleaning up I've wanted to do
6354. The yard trimmed and cut
6355. Ice cream on the deck with Anna
6356. Recycled allll those plastic bags
6357. Children drinking water
6358. Hoping and dreaming
6359. Isaiah wanted a tea party with Grandma
6360. Porch hammock
6361. Aliza had the dental assistant she really wanted
6362. Finishing dance classes
6363. The last Taco Tuesday for a while

Monday, April 29, 2019

Nature Walk with My Littles

We actually went to Jeremy's parents for Easter. Karen had to work Friday night so she needed to sleep on Saturday which meant that a couple loud children needed something to do! I took Anna and Isaiah to a nearby nature preservation. As with so many things in the Martinsburg, WV area, I can't believe we haven't been there! It is so close to the Van and Karen's house and the trail is really nice.

Anna and Isaiah were super enthusiastic and thought it was great fun to do something with me without the big kids.
It was a most beautiful day! The leaves were just starting to come out, the sky was brilliant blue and the sun was shining.

We watched a centipede.
And they requested pictures of the landscape at various locations.
That's the Potomac River beyond the trees.

Anna thought this umbrella plant was pretty neat and took a picture.
The quarter of the trail they got tired and thought we must surely be lost and would never find our car again.
Isaiah wanted a picture of the rock he found.
Amazingly, we did make it to the end of the trail!
And at the very, very end I almost stepped on this camouflaged snake. (It's running right through the shadow of the tree in the picture.)
I was a really fun Mom that day and picked up Aliza and Josiah and took all of them to McDonald's and even said yes to milkshakes. When we got home Karen was awake and ready for us!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Secret Keeper Girl with Anna

Last year I took Aliza to this show 3 hours away so when I found out it was coming to a town only an hour away, I decided to take Anna.
Anna counted down for 3 weeks for this day. She had her bag of things to do in the car, a pillow and blanket packed for at least 3 days. She was so excited to do this special thing with Mom that she really didn't know anything about.
Janell also took Renee and a friend of Janell's came from PA with her girls and nieces. We all met for supper. The church was packed! Janell and I wanted to sit with our girls, but Anna really  really wanted to sit by Renee and she was having trouble seeing so we ended up with this arrangement.

I was pretty sure Anna was going to need a flower crown with blinking lights. They were comfortable enough during the second half to go out in the aisle and dance.
Being on the younger side, Anna didn't fully understand all that was being taught, but she did get some things out of it. Her favorite was the Mom/Daughter fashion show and the tips on dressing modestly. Afterwards we waited for the actresses. Anna got pictures with all of them.
And then Janell and I lost all of our good sense and I let Anna go home with Janell and Renee for the night since we were going to see them again in about 14 hours. Anna got her things out of the our car and barely gave me a hug good bye. I thought she would be so tired she would fall asleep right away. Boy was I wrong! She kept Janell up until 2am because she wanted to go home and whatever else she could think of to keep herself awake. I felt horrible when I heard that! Bad parenting call! We won't try that again anytime soon!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Early Easter

Isaiah has been asking when "Easter egg hunt day" is for several weeks now. He could hardly stand it that he had to endure a long family dinner before he could find eggs. But he did survive and ended up with the most eggs--because all the others counted their allotted amount and Isaiah just kept hunting.

Sean had his own area for hunting eggs. It's always the cutest to watch 2 year olds pick up Easter eggs and realize that there is something inside the eggs.

It was a warm, sunny afternoon so all the kids had squinty eyes on the deck! Anna was pretty funny when she opened up one of her eggs to find a pine cone inside. Uncle Brian had taken the candy out of one egg and replaced it with a pine cone. Apparently the lesson was that there is always one bad egg in the batch?! Aunt Meghan made it up to Anna with a dollar and Anna thought that was pretty great.

Isaiah could not have been happier to get the same shirt as all the other boys. He told me today that it's his favorite shirt and I'm pretty sure he's worn it since Sunday.
Since we were a week early egg coloring took place after the egg hunt. As expected it was a busy table with lots of excitement. There was only one mishap with a packet of blue egg dye and, thankfully, it washed off the floor, wall, clothes, skin and hair without staining.