Dancing Queen

This past Saturday marked the beginning of the end of Abigael’s dance career.

All year long she has dreaded going to dance class, but she has looked forward to her recital with total excitement. Almost to the level of a holiday or birthday. Not quite… but almost.

My parents came to town to see her performance. After all, who can resist cute little girls twirling aimlessly around stage. Clueless to everything but the music in their own heads.

Friday night was rehearsal. As my southern mamaw says, it was hotter than Helen Foster’s hat band… I thought I was so prepared with my sweatshirt. Stupid me. How could I forget, that once school is out, it is impossible to guarantee that any requests will be received by the proper authority.

But the dance instructors were optimistic and assured us that the building would be plenty cooled off for the recital.

I’m tellin’ y’all – they couldn’t have been more wrong.

It was hot. It was hotter than hot. Worse yet, as we all know heat rises, and my poor family had to sit in the balcony, where it was well over 100 degrees. Abbie and I were able to sit in the cool 95 degree lower level (due to the fact that we had to go in and out of the auditorium for her performances.)

But, oooooohhhhh the cuteness… it was unbearable and thankfully, allowed me brief respites from the heat.

Abigael was in the 4th dance – her ballet. They danced to A Mother’s Prayer, by Celine Dion. That in itself is enough to send me to the floor in a heap of blubbering tears. But with my sweet girl dancing around the stage to it… Oh, how I love that girl!!

After intermission came her tap performance. The tap song was the 80’s hit “I Want Candy” (Bow Wow Wow)… Good heavens. The giggles I had to suppress…

Once it was all over, she was ready for her flowers. Every star knows that flowers follow a great performance.

I present: My Dancing Queen

Oh, the makeup…

waiting to go on stage

this is her “solo” during the ballet — each girl had to stand and do some moves

On a totally different note — I’ve been meaning to post photos from our camping trip (here) They don’t show much camping, but they show the fun we had:

click on this one to enlarge and you’ll be able to tell how much dirt Seamus was eating…


  1. Your kids are SO beautiful, Karla! And your big girl looks like she’s having SO much fun at her dance recital.
    Is that you with her? My gosh, you’re gorgeous!

  2. Melissa @ Breath of Life says

    Dancing is one of those things that gets better as they get older (as far as going to class), but it’s never more precious than when they’re small. My daughter moves up to the older girls’ recital next year, and I will miss watching the wee ones dance!

    Love that purple costume! It will come in handy for dress-up time.

    And your camping pics are hilarious.

    Can’t wait to read the frugality blog!


  3. The Real Mother Hen says

    The pictures are wonderful :) and this post is full of LOVE :)
    Glad to have visited :)

  4. Love the pictures! Beautiful kids, beautiful you!

  5. Terri @ In His Hands says

    Love the pictures—they are so cute and look at how beautiful you are all dressed up!

    Cute, cute kids!!

  6. Sista Cala says

    She’s beautiful. Hopefully she will always enjoy dancing.

    I have been reading your blog off and on for a few months, so I decided to tag you w/the 8 random things- thing. Come on over to my place for the instructions.
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    Ours is this weekend…Jazz & HipHop…
    Photos to follow :-)

  8. Oh the days of dance recitals. Madison danced 7 years. 7 LONG years. One year she had 6 dances…one solo and we traveled…yes traveled. I could have kissed the dance floor itself the day she said she was done.
    Your pics are great….she is adorable.

  9. The Flip Flop Mamma! says

    Awww, your kids are adorable! Cute pics! Looks like camping was a blast!

  10. Becky Wolfe says

    Adorable dancing pix. What little girl doesn’t LOVE to be painted in make-up at that age. Glad you survived the heat & managed to take sweat-free photos!

  11. Michelle-ozark crafter says

    What a precious, precious post! the photos are wonderful!

  12. The last photo in this series just made me laugh out loud. :-)

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