It’s been nearly two weeks since Lala’s first ballet recital… I meant to post about it right away, but never got to it in the hubbub of the last couple of weeks. 🙁 First of all, let me say… she did wonderfully! Waited patiently back stage and then went and performed with her class. Way to go! I think it was an experience for all of us…
The challenge began with a request for make-up and curled hair… Two things I rarely, if ever, even do for myself. I didn’t even own any make-up. (You can check out the post about my ‘angst’ here. 🙂 ) A dear friend read my post and made a couple of great suggestions. She pointed out that this was an opportunity to learn about ‘standing out from the crowd’ and a chance for Lala to decide what she would like to do. I was so hung up on the ‘make-up’ that my thoughts hadn’t gelled, so this advice was perfect. Thank you! I sat down with Lala and asked her how she wanted to look. She wanted make-up…
After giving it some thought, I decided the Dollar Tree store might solve my problem… Lala and I ventured over and picked out the necessary supplies… Eye shadow, blush, mascara, lip gloss, and curlers.
We also found some cool nail polish and picked out one to go with her recital costume and a couple more for fun later. 😉
We did a trial run with the make-up the day before the big event… And put her hair in curlers before bed…
And painted her fingernails… She sat patiently through the whole thing.
The next morning the curlers came out and a fancy dress went on…
Since we had a 30 minute drive to the recital venue, we waited on the make-up and costume until we arrived. I think the final product was tolerable for a first effort from this amateur ‘dance mom.’ 😉
After we got her all ‘done up,’ we ventured back stage to add her feathery hair piece. She was lined up with her class to wait for her number, while I went out to join Mic and Tbear. The mom who I had told at Lala’s class that I didn’t even own make-up happened to be standing there. She made eye contact and said, ‘You did a good job, mom.’ 🙂 I really appreciated the support!
Tbear did not find much of interest in sitting to watch the dancing… Poor daddy!
I snuck out to take a peek at Lala back stage… I couldn’t help myself. I stayed where she couldn’t see me… She was calmly waiting. Then it was her turn to dance… The front row was open, so I slipped down to record her performance. She did awesome!
I went back stage to ‘collect’ her when she was done. She was supposed to go back on stage for the finale. I wanted her to see part of the show, so we went and sat in the theater for a bit. She didn’t really want to go back on stage, but I cajoled her into going. And it was over…! Whew!
Mic had gone to the store before the kids woke up and got a huge bouquet of flowers for her. She was tickled pink! We nearly lost Tbear in the crowd, but Mic grabbed him. They were both so excited they wouldn’t hardly even stand still for a picture!
Lala told us she had fun. I think the giant bouquet made the experience even better. 🙂 I’m not sure what the future will hold with dance for us, but I’m glad Lala was able to enjoy a fun dance experience. Another awesome living and learning experience for all of us!