Or as Emily sometimes sings, "My mom's a tax return lady."
(In the interest of actually finishing something, I'm going to break this up into two posts.)
Okay, so I find the girls' dance recital to be so stressful. Well, mostly the dress rehearsal for the recital. And not in a Dance Moms sort of way either. I think it's because I have three to take care of and because I don't bring them to class each week, I feel a bit out of the loop. As with last year, their hair needed to be in 2 french braids. That takes me 1/2 hour from start to finish. And a half a can of hair spray. And then there's the feather that needs to be pinned in for tap and removed without messing up the french braids so the crown can be pinned on for ballet.
The dress rehearsal is fast paced so you need to be on your feet and ready to go. And be sure to have the elastic in the tap shoes instead of the ties or someone may yell at you. Rich and I tend to be opposites when it comes to these sort of things. I'll be rushing around yelling, "Are the right shoes on? When do they need to be on stage? WHAT DO I DO WITH THIS FREAKING FEATHER?" while Rich is asking if anyone wants a snack. (Not really, but kind of.) I didn't want to get yelled at.
We survived and the girls were fabulous. The rehearsal lasted for about an hour and half on Saturday. You can leave once your numbers are complete. The recital on the other hand was a different story. That was three hours on Sunday. We were on our third day of 90 degree temperatures and our schools are not air conditioned. And the windows in the cafeteria only open about two inches so yeah, it was like being in an oven for three hours. I'll take it over winter though. Any day!
In all seriousness, I'm so lucky to be able to do this.
(I love this next photo because I think it's all photojournalistic and you know that's what I like to think I am.)
The girls performed in two tap dances and one ballet. The first tap number consisted of all the kids in all the different tap classes. (I did take pictures but I'm not posting any.) One advantage to being short - you are placed in the front of three rows. Only parent/adult per child is allowed at the rehearsal and this is the only opportunity to take pictures. No photography is allowed during the recital. Or someone will definitely yell at you.
Up next - recital day!