There’s No Crying in Baseball

When Seth told me to sign Kennedy up for T-ball, I honestly did not think she would make the season. My girl is a bit of a drama queen and does not really like to sit out in the sun and sweat. I didn’t think she would stand in the field when it was her teams turn to take the field, and I didn’t think she would listen to Coach Dad (like she sometimes acts up for Dance Teacher Mom).

However, she sure did surprise me. We discovered she is a hitter – she will be knocking them out of the park in no time! And can I just mention how darn cute she looks in a baseball uniform!? I thinks she enjoys the break from bows and dresses for a little while :)

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Her biggest cheerleader, Jules, cannot wait to play next year!

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Of course the entire season comes down to the moment when the team receives their trophies. She had been waiting for this moment for weeks. Our parish cooked a pastalaya for all the teams and provided drinks. It was a nice little gathering to end the season. I think Jules could have eaten seconds :)

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When trophy time rolled around, Jules went in line with the team. When I explained to her that just the players would be getting a trophy, she had a meltdown. She was so upset she wasn’t going to get one. Kennedy saw Jules having a moment, and what did she do the minute she got her trophy? She immediately walked up to Jules and gave it to her :) My heart melted. She really is the sweetest big sister. She looks after Jules and takes care of her so well.

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I’m so glad these cousins were able to play together on the same team this year!

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Way to go Kennedy on your first year of T-ball! We are proud of you, sista!
Let’s hope she surprises Mom like this when swim team meets start :)

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Memorial Day

We spent our Memorial Day holiday at one of our favorite places for the summer – the pool! We enjoyed good friends and family and swam the day away. The girls were exhausted come bedtime!

Thanks to all those who served in the past, and thanks to those who continue to protect us today! It is because of your bravery that we get to share memories like this:

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The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow

We have finally crossed the Frozen bridge! We were stuck at the top for over a year, but we have finally reached a new land…ANNIE!

The Easter Bunny brought the original Annie movie because he knew the girls would love all the singing…and he was right. They have been watching Annie everyday on the way to school. They love the songs, and surprisingly picked up the lyrics fairly quickly. They even “play” Annie with Harley and call him “Sandy”. Does the Easter Bunny know those girls or what!?

Kennedy likes to play Ms. Hannigan. She fusses Jules (Annie) and makes her clean. I finally figured out where her “pig dropping” vocabulary came from…Ms. Hannigan! When she first said it I was shocked! However, when I was paying attention to the movie the other day, and I realized Ms. Hannigan calls the orphans pig droppings….so now they think it’s hilarious.

I love to video them singing “Tomorrow”, and I tried to catch Ms. Hannigan in action while she was fussing “Annie”. I also threw in a short story before the show :)

Say Cheese! Mother’s Day 2015

Everyone knows I’m a picture freak – I love to take them, I love to edit them, I love to make photo books with them. When I want really good pictures, I always borrow my mom’s heavy duty Nikon gem. I’ve been begging Seth for one of those bad boys for years.

I was sitting at work one morning and I received an email from my sweet hubby. There was no text…just a link. I clicked on the link and it brought me to a Nikon camera bundle! I asked him what was the point of the email….he said, “Order it. Happy Mother’s Day!” I literally had a smile ear to ear and jumped up and down. I was that excited. I could not wait to get it in and play with it for Mother’s Day. Best. Gift. Ever.

The girls enjoyed posing for me while dancing and singing on the driveway.
I am so jealous if Jules’ color! It is only May and look how easily she tanned already! She has good tanning genes from her Daddy.

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We spent the day with both sides of our families at our house while Seth barbequed. The kids enjoyed a slip-n-slide with all of their cousins. Such a relaxing day enjoying good old fashioned family time :)

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Dance Recital 2015: Allie in Wonderland

My Jules had her very first dance recital this weekend, accompanied by big sister Kennedy who performed in her third recital! We are so proud of both of our little ballerinas. I truly enjoy watching them dance!

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After their last dance class of the season (dress rehearsal), they received their annual charm from Mrs. Rikki. Each year they get a charm associated with the theme of the recital. When they graduate, they can put them all on a bracelet to remember all of their recitals.

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Our dance studio has a unique way of incorporating their drama classes into the dance recital. Every couple of dances, the drama students perform a scene which ties into the recital. It’s really entertaining and well done. My husband even said it’s keeps his interest…so that’s big! This year the theme was “Allie in Wonderland”…a funny take on Alice in Wonderland complete with a pop star Queen of Hearts and a rapping Mad Hatter.

Since Mom helps teach dance during the year, we had our own little section backstage. The girls got to see all the behind the scenes action that goes along with a performance. Mom brought resources to help keep them occupied :)

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They loved admiring the backdrop before the curtains opened.

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Kennedy had two performances…and Jules had one in between those. Thanks to Nana for snapping pictures from the audience! Kennedy’s tap dance was performed to the song “Let’s Get It Started” from KidsBop. They were the little birds in the show, and their little feathers were too cute.

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Jules class (the two year old creative movement class) was the scary jabbawockeez in the performance. They have been practicing those scares for months! Jules was SO excited for her recital that day. Two days before, she rocked it out at stage rehearsal, and could not wait to get back on the stage to show her dance to our family watching. However, as in show business, if everything is going smoothly…something is about to go wrong!

Jules attempted to run to her spot on the stage and slipped…causing a domino effect for the little monsters behind her. So the beginning of the dance was a little monster mosh pit…with my Julesy at the bottom! She was so upset. I think she was just scared and caught off guard. She just walked to me behind the stage in tears, and I could not get her to go back to her spot. She attempted to dance a little behind the curtain, but she was not happy. I felt so bad for her! I know how much she was waiting for her recital! After the dance, she told me, “Momma, I slipped and I cried.” Poor baby!

Wish I would have gotten a picture of the pile up, but hopefully the videographer was able to get it on film.

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Kennedy’s ballet class was next and danced to Technicolor Phase. The class was split into three colors which made a nice show on the stage. My girl danced so beautifully…I am so proud of her.

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After all the performances, the entire group came back on the stage for the finale. Jules had no problem getting back on the stage (I was nervous that should would have been scared from her fall.)

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Good job to all the dancers for the 2014-2015 year! It was an awesome show once again!