Last week was Patterson's turn. This week was Parker's turn. I love Parent Watch Week. We've never been involved in a dance studio where you couldn't see your children practice until scheduled weeks. I was apprehensive at first about not having the ability to keep my all watchful eye on my children. Were they paying attention? Were they obeying? Were they getting all the steps? And what ARE the steps? How can I help them when I don't know what's going on? Maybe I should just do homeschool dance with them. TOTALLY KIDDING! I've been pleasantly surprised with myself. I've not worried at all about them, outside of day one. Maybe I just have too many to keep up with now a days to worry so excessively. Maybe I'm just growing in that way and learning that they are OKAY. And after all, it is just ballet.
So how'd it go???? It was as fun as watching Patterson's and just a nice gift to receive. I hope you enjoy the photos. For having 10 weeks remaining until the recital, I thought all went pretty well. And as much as I tried not to, I couldn't help but get that lump in my throat when she was dancing. (note ... the format of this blog has changed and I can't figure out where the upload video icon went??? Someone help!)
My little California girl, who beats to her own drum. My second born. My quiet one. My sweet Parker.
NOW for something I wonder if you know about. Richard and I are the WORST about dates. Maybe his lack of presence is one issue (ya think?!) and maybe having a house full of girls is another (hmmmm ...). All the same, we are terrible about dates, but have started enjoying 5 minutes here and there with each other. I've referred to these as mini dates. Sometimes we leave the older three under the care of the oldest while the youngest two nap and we go for a quick run. Sometimes we just simply sit down and talk about things other than the girls (which may not seem that profound or big of a deal, but trust me, it is a special thing and a rare moment when it happens, so it gets to fall under the umbrella of a mini date:)!). Well, I have a new mini date to tell you about. I'm sure many of you have seen this
but how many of you have noticed this?
I have to give the credit to Richard. He was the first to notice and since we've always thought a cup of coffee from Starbucks was a bit elaborate, we have started saving these little freebies for Sunday mornings en-route to church. Sort of helps motivate me with all that is involved in getting 6 girls ready for Sunday mornings, and also helps me remember that my husband noticed something that was special to me and found a great way to make it happen. Hope you all can find these bags of beans in your neighborhood!!
May you all have a peaceful night of rest and wake up refreshed and ready for the day God has prepared for you. May "your light shine before all men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father who is in Heaven." Matthew 5:16
To God be the Glory.