Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Snowy Afternoon!

We had another snowy day on Sunday!  We decided to let the kids go out and play for a little bit.  They always enjoy getting all bundled up and playing in the snow.  I have to remind myself that I was once a child who liked to do the same because sometimes I don't understand their fascination with it!

 It soon turned into a "photo shoot" in trying to get a picture for our Christmas card.  This year we didn't have a nice professional picture to use, so it was up to me and Kelly to try and get something decent enough for our card.  We had fun doing a snowy one for the first time in a long time!

 Of course the kids all had to taste the snow.

Then they all played some football!

Jace loved knocking the little icicles off the garbage cans and daddy's car.

And Katelyn cleaned off Kelly's patrol car!

The boys wanted to help mom shovel, which lasted all of 10 minutes!

And one shot of mom!
It was a fun little activity and something that we don't always do on a Sunday.  But, we were all together, which hasn't happened on a Sunday FOREVER , so we took advantage! When we were all done, we had some nice hot cocoa!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas!

 Katelyn had her Christmas recital yesterday.  Every other year her studio has a big Christmas concert on the "big stage," AKA the high school! 
On the off year, they just have a small recital in their studio.  I do love the big Christmas concert.  It is a special way to feel the Christmas spirit.  But I will say, that I love the studio recital too. December is a busy and hectic month.  Having a performance during her normal dance hour helps ease the craziness!  I love the intimate setting and that you get to see your child close up.  I also love seeing them show off their technique and all the different things they learn in class, not just the dance.  It was definitely a fun afternoon of watching my little girl turn into a little dancer!
And, it of course brought back all the memories I have of dancing in that very same studio.  I can name every single song I ever danced to in there!  And I can picture every single costume and every single lovely teacher that taught me!
 Kate's dance was to "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas."


Her teacher was Shannon.

She has learned all 5 ballet positions.

She has learned the names of meanings of several ballet terms. Here she is doing her plies!

I love her pointed toes!

They each go across the floor showing off their leaps, kicks, and sashays.

Then they perform their dance.  Loved all the cute Christmas jammies that they wore!

Then they finish off with a free dance.  I loved watching Kate and it is amazing how far she has come in just a couple of years! So proud of my Katelyn!