Yesterday was the big day we have been (im)patiently waiting for. Isabelle’s Dance Recital. As most of you know we put Isabelle into Highland Dance this past year. We weren’t really sure what she would think of it or if she would be at all interested. It really was more of an opportunity for Isabelle to get out of the house, away from the twins and with some kids her own age.
Towards the end of the year, the dance studio had their Highland Dance Tests and Isabelle did well. Her teacher even said that Isabelle has shown really good improvement since the beginning of the year. We were pretty excited to hear that. Sometimes I think Ian and I worry that she would just stand around and be “shy” and not want to dance. So it’s always nice to hear good things. As the year went on, they wouldn’t allow parents to watch the class. This was so they could practice their routine for the recital and not give away the surprise of what they were working on.
Isabelle’s class preformed about 3 or 4 times, I can’t quite remember nor can I find the program at the moment. Isabelle did well, there were moments of just standing being shy, but then she would see her other classmates doing a certain move and she would join in. Watching her class was just too much for me to hold back the tears. They all did so well and even when they weren’t doing exactly what they were supposed to it was still really cute! Her class did some dancing to a song called the Choo Choo Train (I think). They came out with a cardboard train, did some moves, and some clapping and waving and then they did some dance work again and were done. They also came out at the finale and dance with the older girls.
Isabelle was very happy to have her family, Auntie, Uncle, Grandma and Grandpa E there with her. She is excited for Grandma and Grandpa D to see the pictures and some video of her recital the next time we visit. She hopes that Grandma D is feeling better and she can’t wait to give her a big hug! (That comes from Isabelle as I sit here typing this)
Ian and I gave our little dancer a bouquet of orange Gerber daisies and she got a special doll(Merida, from the movie Brave) from her Aunt and Uncle. As another treat, tonight Ian and I are taking her to see the movie Brave. It’s a dance studio trip and while I think she doesn’t know she’s going yet, I know that she is going to be very excited to see it!
It was a long day for everyone especially the kids. When we pulled into the driveway last night after having gone out for dinner with the family, Madeline sighs and says “Ah, home sweet home!”