Thursday, January 31, 2008

Sleeping Beauty - the ballet

Sleeping Beauty went WELL! It was an amazing show and the cast did FANTASTIC! We were so proud of all of them!
We asked for curls and God granted them! :) The first night she had more curls than she knew what to do with. We got to experience trying to tone down the curls for the first time ever! :)

Karly with her VERY sweet friend (she is one of 6 kids, 5 girls and 1 boy. 4 of the girls are ballerinas and GREAT ones at that).

Karly and her mommy backstage before the show.

just a few of the show (the photographer did an awesome job capturing the show and I will share those pictures when I get them)


Karly's in the yellow on the right

Karly is the little girl farthest on the left

Karly getting lifted (her favorite part)
From the wingsBackstage - all the birthday party girls
Birthday Party Girls and the director's son who is a nut!

Kollin & the director's son. They're 32hrs apart in age and have become really good friends over the past 3 years.

Cast photo (excited to get the pro shot...mine is icky)
Karly and her daddy after the show

Karly was very excited to see that one of her teachers came to watch.
And several of her friends from school

and Gran and Grandad too!

Signing autographs after the final show

Karly and Saturday Aurora
Karly and Jeff, the professional from Louisville who played the part of the prince
Karly and Lori Ann, the director of our ballet and played the white angel in the ballet.
A bunch of silly girls after the show
Karly and Fri/Sun Aurora (she's the oldest of the family of 6 kids I mentioned above)
Karly and Dante, the professional from NY who played the part of the jester. He was a HOOT! Karly and Tanya, another professional from Tennessee who played the part of the doll at the birthday party. She has FIVE children (all bio). Can you believe she can look like this and still dance professionally TOO? She's amazing!
Karly and one of our favorite little girls (my friend Dawn's daughter) in the whole wide world!!! She was one of the little devils and did an AMAZING job! Acting is certainly her THING!

Karly was happy to see Aunt Kayla, Aunt Kasey, mammaw, nanny and pappaw there to watch her.
Karly and another one of her school friends!

Karly absolutely adores Parke who played the meanest person on stage - Carabosse! Karly and the white kitty. :) This gal graduated on last year but came back for a part in this year's ballet which thrilled everyone!

Friday, January 25, 2008

FFF -to Dawn

Favorite Foto Friday
~To Dawn~

This week is a very sad FFF for me. We learned in the past week that a very wonderful family we love so dearly will be moving back home to WI. Dawn has been one of my very best friends for 9 years. Dawn has taught me so much about life and being a better person, friend, mom, and volunteer. I have become a much better person because of her, but I still have such a long way to go to hold a candle to her. She is definitely a role model to me.

Dawn is one of the best moms I know. She is so understanding, supportive, and loving with her 2 daughters and it shows. Both of them are amazing. They are both beautiful, extremely talented (what these girls can do with ballet shoes on is amazing), intelligent, and most of all two of the kindest, most considerate, well mannered children I have ever known. I love those girls like nieces! She puts her family first - always! She is one of the only people that understands my crazy ideas of family values.

Dawn is one of the best wives I know. She is everything Proverbs 31 says to be. She is so supportive of her husband, John. She has helped me become a better wife.

She is a great volunteer. Dawn and I actually met when she was volunteering as the first leader of our MOMS group. She usually outdoes herself and everyone around knows if Dawn is in charge, not only will the job get done, but it will be done unlike anything anyone else could ever do. She is the most organized, responsible, planner I have ever met from school functions, social functions, community functions, church functions, work functions, YOU NAME IT! Dawn has taught me so much about event planning but most of all not to become so over stretched you stop enjoying it.

Dawn is a fabulous gardener. Her home is so inviting with her beautiful rose garden. She is always cooking with the fresh herbs she cuts from her garden and that's just something that boggles me because I have never been good at that myself.

Dawn is one of the greatest friends anyone could ever ask for. If Dawn is around, everyone feels welcome and involved. She is so friendly and easy to talk to. She doesn't care to tell you when you are out of line either which I LOVE! I call her every time I have one of those "am I overreacting or too sensitive" moments because I know she will tell me straight up. She has such a loving way of doing it though. :) I respect her opinion on every issue. She is just such a good good friend I cannot even say enough. She has been there for me everytime I have needed it (and even when I haven't but appreciated it anyway) even if she thought I was a nutcase and disagreed with me. LOL We're all going to miss Dawn so much. My heart is going to break every time I'm strolling our neighborhood this summer and see her house occupied by someone other than her, and when I take the girls into ballet and she isn't there, and at every school function when I walk in looking for her friendly face to go sit by.

We have made some wonderful memories and had tons of fun through our mommy aventures the past 9 years. We have cried together (like when her youngest daughter was ill) and laughed together (like during our mommy ballet classes....what were we thinking?? lol). Life definitely won't be the same here without her family.

Saying we will miss you, Dawn, is an understatement. Our whole community will have a huge hole in it for some time. WE LOVE YOU DAWN!

Sunday, January 20, 2008


Our upstairs heat pump wasn't working right so of course here comes my dad...the savior of all home repairs. LOL Kemry really adores my dad. Our upstairs heat pump is in the attic. Kemry has never experienced the attic and boy was she amazed!!!! The added bonus to her curiosity - her PAPPAW was up there!
Before I knew it, she was nearly in the attic!!!!! She is such a daredevil! She just climbed right up there without any fear at all (Kollin had climbed up there to take my dad some tools minutes before and was shaking like a leaf).
My handsome boy is stuck. :)
Oh and here's the "blizzard" the weather guys had the whole town torn up about. I'm so glad they warned us so everyone could rush out, stock up on groceries, and go into a panic a nuke was headed this way. We just ended up with a dusting as usual, but Karson had a blast. :) I miss the big snows we used to get though and wish the kids could experience what we did as kids.
Kemry already knows how to drive like a Tennesseean! :) What's that bump in the road?? Probably just one of our giant potholes.
No it's DADDY! :) Yep she's just wearing a diaper. This was just after dinner and before bathtime. We stripped her off in her high chair because she was a mess.
See what I mean? LOL Karson is going through a changing clothes stage. The minute he gets home he strips down to undies. If he gets cold or wants clothes on he starts going through his PJ drawer. He sometimes changes 6 or 7 times before he is finally satisfied wearing nothing again.

This ballpit hasn't been used as a ballpit at all, but it has been used nonstop for something! LOL Playhouse, trampoline, club house, fort, you name it.
Sweet Karaline and her daddy.

Saturday was "hair day" at ballet rehearsals. Our ballet director wanted the girls to wear their hair the way they plan to wear it for the show so they could get her approval or disapproval...they're supposed to be bratty little birthday party girls. I much prefer the bun we're used to. So easy to get up and STAY up. :) This was our first attempt at rollers (we've done them for weddings and other things before and not had a lot of success OR we've had a professional doing it). She slept in them with no problem. We just have to figure out what to do about school this week. She has to wear them several hours before the show and her hair has to be ready by 4pm everyday for the show.
SWEET girls!
The red bow was just for size practice...she won't be wearing a bow at all with the purple forest girls parts and will be wearing a matching color in the other parts. LOL

Ack....scary part!

The lady in the middle is a doll that was given at the birthday party. She does such an amazing job you forget she ISN'T a doll. Karly is sitting on the stage with the dark plum dress on at the doll's feet. FIVE more days before the first show night! (THANKS AGAIN Cindy for the good pictures I didn't get!)