Friday, January 7, 2011

For the last several weeks, I have been preparing Katelyn for a very important day! Telling her how exciting it was going to be and that she was going to have so much fun.

Her "first" day was drawing nearer. I think I was actually a tiny bit more excited than her.

Monday morning came. I woke up feeling so happy for her. Again, as the morning went on, we continued to talk about this new adventure.

It was 2:45, Katelyn was ready to head out. I made that familiar drive. The one that I had driven on a weekly basis from the age of 4 until 23! We pulled into the parking lot and saw girls just like Katelyn getting out of their cars. What if she cried? What if she hated it? What if she didn't want me to leave? What if she pulled her ever common shyness when someone said hi to her? I was so nervous not knowing how she would react to this. Hoping she would love it, just as I did all those years ago, we got out of the car and headed in.

Waiting inside was a familiar face to me. A flood of memories came rushing by and for a moment, I was wishing I could rewind time and be that little girl again!

Katelyn was a little unsure at first, but it all quickly vanished and she was ready!

I said goodbye and left her with the other 3 year old girls and her teacher, Sara.
It is so crazy that I have a little girl attending dance where I did all those years ago. For a time, I didn't think I would have a little dancer at Shellie's School of Dance. At the time, I had two little boys and wasn't sure if the next would be a girl. Then, when we did have Katelyn, we were living in Phoenix, and surely a 12 hour drive for dance class was out of the question!

Lucky for us, my dream came true. I now have a daughter to send off to dance. And not just to any dance class. The one where I spent many hours. The one where I made wonderful friends and memories. I only hope the next 15 years are as exciting for Katelyn as they were for me!

Katelyn got some new dancing clothes for Christmas. She was so happy to finally be putting them on for dance class. As we were driving, she kept singing, "I'm going to dance class, I'm going to dance class!" This week I have even caught her playing house and she was taking her daughter to dance with Sara.

This is going to be fun!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Christmas 2010

Christmas festivities started early in our home. Since Kelly was working graves, he got home at 6:00 am. Because the rest of the day would be spent celebrating and visiting his family, he would need to get some sleep. So, as soon as he got home, we woke the kids and started the day!

Their sleepy little faces! Jace was still sleeping soundly and we weren't about to wake him!

Since moving back to Salt Lake, our kids have become obsessed with the snow. Thankfully, Santa brought them sleds and snow gear!

Carson, sporting his new sweatshirt!

Love this picture of Kate and her snow hat.

Jace finally woke up long after the older kids finished opening their presents. Good thing he is only 9 months and didn't know the difference!

One of my favorite thing about Christmas is getting new church clothes. Here are my little beauties in their new outfits.

I had to use two pictures because they looked so cute!

We had a great Christmas. It was a fun day, filled with lots of family and good times!