Thursday, May 19, 2011

On with the show this is it!

My girl lit up the stage at her dance recital tonight! She loves to dance. She looks forward to her lessons every Monday. But she especially loves to dance on stage. In front of an audience. Boy does she love an audience. She never gets nervous. NEVER! She gets those nerves of steel from her Daddy, for sure.

I am so proud to be affiliated with such an amazing dance company. Sonia and Kay are such incredible dance instructors and the show was absolutely perfect! They put a lot of work and passion into what they do and it shows!

I am always so moved by watching Jordan and all of my other girls up on that stage. They are growing up so fast. I remember the feeling of having a "dance family" and I am so grateful that my girl gets to experience that too. Its a different experience than school friendships...they are sharing their passion and love of dance with each other...developing their art form...wishing each other luck...encouraging one another and congratulating each other on a job well done. They are learning so much more, in that dance studio every week, than simply how to dance. Sonia and Kay will instill values in them that they will carry for the rest of their lives.

I absolutely love the preparation that goes into the show, and even though I may have huffed a little bit when Jordan let the door close in my face while I was carrying her costumes and dance bag in one hand and my bag, camera, water bottles and every other thing we might need in the other (while all she carried was her pretty little self)...I loved every minute of it. I cherished every moment of it and when I watched the graduating seniors up on stage, I cried. I always do. I cried because I know what it feels like to leave that dance family. I cried because I was so very proud of them and moved by their passion. But most of all, I cried for their families...for their moms. Because someday that will be my girl getting ready to dance into a new chapter of her life, one where I won't be needed as much; one where she will carry her own stuff.

So, for now, I am soaking up every second of her littleness and cherishing every single moment!

P.S. Thank you, Mom, for all your years of "dance service" (13 years to be exact!). You were surely underappreciated ;) I have so many wonderful memories of the two of us during my dancing years and am so very grateful to get to share similar experiences with my own little girl. You are a wonderful mother...and I appreciate all of the times you "carried my stuff".

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Take me out to the ball game...

My mom gently reminded me that I have not posted, for what has apparently been, far too long. We have had so much going on that I have a ton to write about but little time to do it. Thanks for the push mama ;)

Baseball season is finally here :) We love this time of year. Spring always fills me to the brim with energy and hope. I love this season for so many reasons; everything is so alive, growth is everywhere whether it be in my kiddos (who, by the way, had to get new wardrobes because they are growing so much so fast), Jordan's garden, friendships (old and new), or our own personal growth and accomplishments (I finished another semester of college 4.0 intact! Now I have two summer classes and a fall internship and I will be DONE!)

Kyle is playing his last year of little league for the Dodgers and Jo is playing minor league softball for the Cardinals. Kurt is coaching both teams :) We have been reunited with our baseball families and it is wonderful. I love cheering for the kiddos of this community, I love the camaraderie that they have with each other and that we parents share as well. It is beautiful and warms my heart.

Being a mama is so very rewarding.

My heart nearly bursts with pride watching my boy on the pitchers mound, all confident and almost thirteen. He is turning into a man right before my eyes and, although I miss his baby self so much, I LOVE, ADMIRE, RESPECT, and take so much PRIDE in the man he is becoming. He is an athlete through and through...and an amazing ball player. He is an incredible pitcher and shortstop...actually, he excels wherever he is put on the field and in life. He handles pressure like no one I've ever known. He smiles, takes a breath and when he makes a mistake he stays positive and shakes it off. He learned this from his coach, his dad. This little man of mine is well equipped for life, of this I am certain.

My heart is so happy and proud watching Jordan play softball. She is such a little dynamo...she is still learning the game but is so much fun to watch. And the girl LOVES her daddy and is thrilled that he is her coach. She listens to his advice and always tries her best. She is FAST! I've never seen a girl her age run like she does. She has super long legs and was born powerful...she is a force to be reckoned with, and, like her brother, is an athlete through and through. She is an amazing kid. She is always such a source of happiness for everyone around her. She knows how to make people laugh and she does it whenever she gets the chance. She makes everything more fun. Like her daddy, she does not take anything any more seriously than it should be taken...she loves life, moves along at her own pace and enjoys every moment...I am learning a lot from my girl.

I cannot post about baseball season at fisher field without also mentioning my Uncle Frenchie. He is so deeply missed. As happy as I am to be eating, sleeping and breathing baseball/softball right now, I am also missing him everyday. I miss seeing his car parked practically ON the field, and hearing him honk for a great play. He was such a fan of all kids and is so very loved!

I will post pictures of baseball soon...

Tonight Jordan is with her Grammy-Laurie, getting spoiled with a new dress to wear after her dance recital, and Kyle is going to a friends house. AND...Mama and Daddy are going on a date :) We rarely go anywhere without the kiddos because, quite frankly, we don't care to! Don't get me wrong, we love going on dates and spending some alone grown-up time together, but we will inevitably miss the kiddos and talk about them the whole time and wish they were with us.

I am so very grateful for this family of mine.