Ashtyn is in her 3rd year at MCE and has been very lucky to have such a great teacher and to be in the same class and her friends Rachel and Rylie. I am lucky to have a carpool! I have said this before, but MCE does a great job with their program. Jay was able to make it to the show AND see her dance. He was very impressed with how much Ashtyn and her friends have improved over the last year. I was impressed with how he noticed the improvement. Ashtyn practiced so hard on making sure everything was 'sharp' just like miss Becky had instructed. She has her dad's perfection in her and it shows. I was so excited to video and be able to post this so grandma and grandpa could see her performance but the video got a little messed up. I started and it was out of focus so I had to restart the video to get it to focus (I don't know why..) So, the first video is the beginning, about 58 seconds out of focus and the second is the rest of the dance in a little better focus.
We put Ashtyns hair in sponge curlers because I knew our day would be busy and hoped it would still be curly by the evening. Well, even after rehearsals, primary party, birthday party, and all the playing with her cousins who came for a visit, she was still VERY curly and very cute. She told me as we were walking in to look for her on stage, she would be the one with the really big hair. (Hey what can I say, I grew up in the 80's :) I got to be one of the backstage mothers to keep the girls busy and under control during the program while they were not dancing. The other mother helping was a genius and brought stuff to make bracelets. The girls were so cute! They loved making the bracelets then necklaces and anklets, I even learned how to make then and plan to do them at girls camp this year. What a smart mom!
So I took one pic of the girls but then they all wanted a funny one as well. It is fun to watch these girls grow up and see each of their personalities come out.
3 years ago after Ashtyns first recital, we went to IHOP. If I remember right, Jay was gone recruiting and I hadn't fed the girls before, so by the time the recital had ended (8:30pm) we were starving. Being Ashtyns special day, she got to choose her fav. place....IHOP. So the 'tradition' started, now even if I am on the ball and feed my kids dinner before 8:30, we still go to IHOP afterwards.
Here's the cute fam after the show. Being the backstage mom, Jay had to come with the kids by himself. I got Alayna dressed in a cute cherry red and white button up shirt, jeans with matching bow looking so cute, but she walked into the auditorium with her sisters green dress on, blue socks and sketchers? The only remaining part to the original outfit was the red and white polka dot bow, barely hanging on to her hair. She had picked it all out and changed herself after I left and knowing that makes the whole look work.....better than when I outfitted her up. What a nut!