All our elementary girls tried out for the school talent show this year.
And they all made it.
I would have been mortified to dance or sing in front of the whole school when I was their age.
They eat that stuff up.
Claire and her friend sang "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus. Those two kindergartners were so darn cute up there on that big stage together:
Grace and her friend did a dance (completely choreographed by themselves) to "Tell Me Something I Don't Know."
Elle and a group of other sixth grade girls did a skit kind of a thing. And gosh darn it, I only caught a few of them on the camera:
I was so proud of those girls because although they were excited beyond measure about it, they were also nervous as heck, and that is so good for them.
The plan was for Dave to go to the school performance and for me to go to the night one because, well, Lucy isn't usually a good addition to things like this, and we were going to take turns staying home with her.
But in the end I couldn't pass up going to both performances. Dave let me come to his on the condition that he could pretend like he didn't know Lucy when she started on her own "performance" on the side-lines.
I LOVED being at that school filled to the brim with those kids clapping and whooping and hollering about all those numbers being performed. I'm a sucker but a couple times I must admit it actually made me tear up a little it was so cute how they all supported each other. I also felt so much love and appreciation as I looked across at a bunch of my friends I adore and who are second and third mothers for my kids through all this school stuff.
I also ADORE how whenever Lu and I walk into that school a group of kids gathers around Lucy like bees to honey. They all know and love her and they don't care if she swats them away and won't give them the time of day when she's in one of her "moods." I got the cutest picture of them all hoovering around her and then realized I had no memory card in so here's the next best thing:
But my favorite pictures are on the sidelines. All these kids were waiting to perform their numbers and Claire had beckoned Lucy over to stand by her. They didn't know my camera and I were watching, but we were:
The best part for the girls, of course, is that their Dad bought them flowers.
And Elle got to go to ice cream with her friends after.
Way to go, girls!
p.s. All but two of these pictures were taken at a 5000 ISO. Yes, 5000. Have I mentioned I love my new camera?