Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Our Weekend - The One with Olivia’s First Ballet Recital and Providence Canyon

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Whew, what a weekend!  We now officially have soccer and dance behind us for the season and it feels so good! 

Friday evening, Olivia had rehearsal for her big ballet and tap recital on Sunday.  We rushed home right after school, had snacks, and started getting her ready.  She had to be at the theater in full makeup and hair by 5, so I was stressing a little bit.  I may have long hair, but I’ve never been good at styling hair and I have been worrying nonstop for months about being responsible for her ballet bun for her production.  I am just terrible at hair stuff.  Well, I bought this kit from Amazon (Mommas with little ballerinas... GET THIS!  It has everything you need to make the perfect ballerina bun!), watched a YouTube video, and I’ll be danged if her bun didn’t come out AWESOME.  I was tooting my horn all night.  Haha.





We made it to the theater right on time, got settled in, and then B came and grabbed Jacob so he didn’t have to suffer through hours of rehearsals.  


Olivia’s dance school has students from age 3 all the way through high school, so their production each year is HUGE.  It’s held at the biggest theater in town, and it usually sells out since they open the box office to the public.  This year, they put on Cinderella, plus they had a tribute to the last 50 years of music and dance since they are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.  The show has one intermission and runs a little over three hours from start to finish.  Whew.  It’s a long one.  Therefore, the rehearsals can run verrrry long. 

Fortunately, both of Olivia’s numbers were before intermission this year, so we only ended up staying for about three hours.  And since this production is open to the general public each year, they don’t allow parents to take pictures or videos during the actual productions, so we had to do all of our picture-taking and videoing during rehearsals.  Some of our friends from school go to the same dance school so we sat with them while we were waiting to get started, and they filled us in about how the evening was going to go.

For rehearsals the moms were able to go backstage to get the girls ready for their tap number as well as get them changed into their second costume for their ballet number.  Then on show day they had a “room mom” who had to get them into their ballet costumes since they didn’t want all of the parents coming and going a lot and disrupting the audience during the actual production.

Olivia was in Acts 5 and 16, so we were shown to our dressing room early in the evening.  I got her changed into her “Bluebird” costume for her tap number and she was ready to go!  Once the girls had been lead towards the stage area, all of us moms were able to go back out into the theater to film them and take pictures.  They were absolutely precious.  Since they’re all four and five years old, naturally, they all forgot some of their moves and steps at times, but Olivia did so great overall.  I was BEAMING with pride.  They tapped to Rockin’ Robin and it was just the cutest thing.  (She's third from the left on stage in the picture below.)





Once her tap number was over, all of us moms rushed back to the dressing room to get our little ladies ready for their ballet performance.  Ballet is where Olivia really shines, and she was thrilled to finally get to wear her ballet costume on stage.  For her ballet performance, she was a “Sunbeam” (she kept calling it a submarine.  LOL) and she danced to “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles.  She did so great again and wasn’t the least bit worried or shy about being on stage.  She is not her mother’s child.  Haha.





Once she had rehearsed her part, we were allowed to leave, so she and I headed straight for the Chick-Fil-A drive through because we were both starving.  By then it was already after 8 PM and we’re used to eating dinner at 6ish, so it was way overdue.  My parents just so happened to be leaving Cracker Barrel next door, so we pulled in the parking lot at CFA because Olivia wanted them to see her “pretty hair and makeup.”  Good Lawd, that child was just as excited about getting to wear makeup as she was getting on stage!


Olivia was starving so she ate in the car on the way home, and we were back home by 8:30 to join the boys who were finishing up watching one of the Star Wars movies.  Snooooze.  Hehe.

B and I ended the evening with Blizzards from DQ that he and Jacob had picked up earlier in the evening, and we watched a couple of episodes of Big Little Lies. 

Saturday we had planned to take a little road trip to Providence Canyon, and fortunately, it was a beautiful day, so we hit the road bright and early to beat the heat.  I had never been to Providence Canyon so I didn’t know what to expect, but since I have been to the Grand Canyon, my expectations were pretty low. 

We ended up walking/hiking for a good two hours taking in all of the views, and it was pretty neat despite the fact that I had already seen the Grand Canyon.  The kids found a playground since it’s in a state park, so we stopped there for snacks and to let them play for a bit, and then we finished our walk/hike.













After we left the canyon, we ate a late lunch at Panera, and then we headed home to have a couple of hours of downtime before church.

We headed to our usual 5:30 mass, followed by dinner at one of our favorite pubs with my mom, dad, grandmother, aunt, and uncle, and then B and I watched two more episodes of Big Little Lies.  It’s getting really good now and I’m hooked!


Sunday was bussssy because it was recital day… the day that Olivia has literally been waiting on for ten months!  Seriously, she has probably asked about 100 times since August when she was going to be able to dance on the stage.  Not even exaggerating.  Lol.

I was up slightly earlier than usual to make homemade waffles with girly sprinkles for the girl of the day, and then I was off to get ready and pick up flowers to give to our tiny dancer after her performance. 

We all choked down a super fast lunch, and then it was time to see if I could duplicate Olivia’s awesome ballet bun or to realize it had all been a fluke the first time.  I’m happy to say, I did just as great of a job on Sunday, and it took less time the second time around!  I guess practice does really make perfect, eh?  And I guess I need to start doing her hair like that more often now. 





After hair and makeup, we gathered our 500 bags of stuff and headed to the theater.  Olivia and I had to be dropped off at the back stage door and then B and Jacob went in through the public entrance to go find seats for us.  I told Olivia she was a VIP for the day since she got to enter through the stage door.  ;o)  We also had to stop by the step and repeat for some pictures there, too.  :o)



We were the first ones in our dressing room, so she and I took a few pictures together and then it was time to get her into her bluebird costume.  All of the other girls from her class came trickling in shortly after, and her teacher and teacher’s assistant both came by to drop off the sweetest little goodies for the girls and to tell them good luck.  Her head teacher and the teaching assistant were both in the production, too, so they weren’t able to stay.






All of us moms got the girls ready and then we helped them practice, and then it was time to say goodbye and head to our seats.  Our room mom ended up being super late arriving, so I finally made it to my seat only about two minutes before show time.  EEKS! 



The production was fabulous – all of the details were perfect – and the kids all did a great job.  Olivia’s class is one of the youngest classes, so when they came out, the audience all starting oohing and aahing about how tiny they were.  And when a few of the girls struggled with their steps and waved to their mommas and made up their own dances everyone started cracking up.  It was just the cutest thing!  Olivia did really great and I had tears in my eyes the entire time.  I am just so proud of her!

I had worried about not being able to be the one to get her into her ballet costume, but the room mom did a great job!  She was wearing all of the correct items and her hair stayed in place.  #Whew  And all of the girls were just darling for their second act as sunbeams.

Once her ballet performance was over, I snuck out to go grab her from the back, as they wanted all of the moms to come and get them since they were done for the production.  By the time I got to her, she was already back in her street clothes, and we packed up her little ballet bag and headed back to the audience together.  She was able to watch the next hour and a half of the production with us and she was just enamored the entire time.

At intermission, we all went out in the lobby so she could say hello to all of her grandparents who had come to watch her.  We gave her flowers and took pictures, and we all told her what a great job she did.  There was still another 45 minutes in the production after intermission, but Olivia was exhausted, so we all decided to go ahead and make our exit.  We’ll get a professional DVD of the whole thing, so we can see what we missed when that arrives.





By the time we left, it was dinner time, so we let the girl of the hour pick the restaurant, and she chose Mexican – LOL.  What else?  So my parents and the four of us headed to our favorite Mexican place near our house for margs and cheese dip and tacos.  Yum yum. 

Sunday evening, B and I crashed on the couch to watch American Idol (and later, Game of Thrones, for him) and I was soooo mad that Alejandro didn’t win Idol!  It’s probably best for him that he didn’t, though, because now he’ll have the freedom to make whatever kind of album he wants and not have to adhere to American Idol’s rules.  And I’ll be the first person in line to buy it!!!!  Seriously, he is so incredibly talented.

It was just the best weekend and as fun as it was, I’m also incredibly relieved to have it all behind us.  Only 3.5 more days AND WE’RE OUT OF SCHOOL FOR THE SUMMER! 

Happy Tuesday, y’all!







Monday, May 20, 2019

Whimsical Pink and Gold Little Girl Bedroom That is Fit for a Princess

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Blush pink, gold accents, a light and airy canopy, dreamy twinkle lights, and princesses… what more could a little girl ask for? 

Our Olivia is the epitome of a girly girl.  She’s obsessed with unicorns and Disney princesses, her favorite color is pink, she only wears dresses, and she’s already taken a liking to makeup and nail polish at the ripe old age of five.  She’s a girl after my own heart, that’s for sure.

When I set out to turn her baby nursery into a big girl room (cue the tears), I knew it needed to be as feminine as they come.  I did want something that will grow with her, though, so I opted for light grey walls, that stunner of a blush comforter, and very few “child-like” accents.  We did decide to carry over the Cinderella and Belle portraits on either side of her mirror... they are gorgeous in person and they fit in well with the whimsical atmosphere in the room, so they will stay as long as she allows them.  And they can easily be removed when she decides she’s too old for princess stuff… then the gold mirror will have its turn to shine. 

Anyway, enough with the chit chat, I know you’re only here for the pictures!  I’ll just let them do the rest of the talking.  And I’ll be sure to link as many sources as I can at the end of the post.
































Eventually Olivia will trade in her princess dresses for real makeup and other teenage things, and when she does, we’ll just take down the dress-up corner and replace it with a desk or a vanity where she can do homework or get ready in the morning.  I’m sure the unicorn on the wall will eventually need to be replaced as well, but other than those items, the rest of the room will grow with her.  The comforter and canopy are pieces that even a teenage girl would love… I know I would, anyway!  The gallery wall originally held photos from my maternity shoot when she was in my belly, and now it holds pictures of our family, but eventually she will be able to fill the frames with pictures of herself with her friends, and maybe one day, her boyfriend.  Ugh.  I don’t even want to think about that.  Moving on!

I also couldn't let it go unmentioned, that the framed print next to the window is from the talented Hannah Crosby.  She gifted it to us and it couldn't be any more perfect for this space.  Olivia loves it because she said that it looks like the top of a unicorn's head.  You can check out Hannah's website here.

And as promised, here is a list of sources:

Blush Bedding - herehere and here
Sheets - similar here
Unicorn pillow - old from At Home, similar here
White Canopy - discontinued from Pottery Barn but this one is identical
Fairy Lights - here
Ruffled Black-Out Curtain - here
Floral Art Print - here
Princess Dress Rack - similar here
Belle Dress - similar here
Cinderella Dress - here
Tiana Dress - here
Large Wire Basket - here
Round Gold Mirror - here 
Cinderella and Belle Wall Art - old from Hobby Lobby
Tiered Tray on dresser - here
Jewelry Box - here
Crystal Dresser Pulls - here
"Olivia" Wooden Letters - here
Unicorn Wall Hanging - here
Gold Heart Garland - old from Target Dollar Spot, similar here
Lamp Base - thrifted
Lamp Shade - old from Hobby Lobby
Gold Serving Tray - thrifted
Stool - here

And if you liked this post and want to see all of the other rooms in our house, click here for the list.


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