Friday, July 17, 2015

Crow Peak - Easter

Catching up here a bit. I just blogged about this hike for work, so now it's fresh in my mind. But this dates back to Easter this year. Cody's dad, Cody, our brother-in-law, and I went for a hike that is basically in Kevin and Michele's backdoor. What a blessing to have these adventures so close. We were glad to take advantage of it while we were there. 

It was a perfect spring day for a hike. The weather was cool enough, there wasn't any snow on the ground (there was a bit at the summit) and we could layer clothing. That's just the way I like it. We took a short drive out of Spearfish and soon enough found our trail head. There were plenty of other cars in the parking lot.

The crunch of the forest, the sound of the wind moving through the forest, the smell of the trees, and the cool, fresh air. The senses of a hike that get me going. The time with family and friends, the peace and quiet and opportunity to reflect, the goal of the top. The reasons I love a hike.

The hike is a rated at a difficult hike and gets your blood pumping as you climb to the top. The hike is about 7 miles round trip. A 3.5 mile climb allows for a steady climb, but there were points we certainly were ascending quickly. There is also an area of a rock slide where we had to tread fairly carefully. 

At the top! Elevation at the top is 5,760 feet. We did it! From here we have a great view of the town of Spearfish, Bear Butte, and the plains to the north.

The boys up ahead on our way down. It was a great adventure with my husband and our family. It felt so good to get out and explore the outdoors and burn some calories before Easter dinner! 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Paint the Day Away

Outfit number two was t-shirt splattered with paint and black leggings! This was their tap dance to "Paint the Day Away." It turned out quite cute!!

I made her do a few photos before we left for the Saturday night performance. While it's a super long weekend filled with lots of fast-food, snacks, little sleep, and no energy, it does go by quite quickly. It's amazing to be she's been doing it for four years already. Stop growing beautiful girl.

Grace and Gracelyn

All lined up backstage. They are all in order, so us OCD dance moms make them keep their taps off (too tappy!) and sit in line like they are kindergartners while they wait. It's just too much work to get them all in order again! Dance Moms know what I'm talking about!

Whew! That was a whole lot of photos for dance recital! Now, I'm still tasking myself with going through the dozens upon dozens of photos of children of my girlfriends and sending them their way. Hopefully they don't mind if they are a month or two late!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Red Light Green Light

This year, Blondie had two costumes! First time for this little girl having to switch costumes back stage. This involves more than most would think. It's changing hair, it is adding a hat, it's making sure all of the miscellaneous pieces from each costume are kept together for three performances over two days. A LOT!

Her ballet song was "Red Light Green Light," and the girls were divided into two different colored costumes each of which had their own parts throughout the performance. Certainly something interesting for the girls, perhaps a new challenge for them, and was fun for the audience. There are several different perspectives as I was in attendance at all three performances! Once in the audience near the stage, once behind stage, and once in the balcony!

Grace and her friend, classmate and neighborhood friend Emma!

Beautiful girls! Caiyah is a great friend of Grace's - they are in different dance groups so it's always fun to see their costumes next to one another.

Grace and Jessika - isn't this "nerd" outfit fun?

This song was a fun one to watch. The girls separated into these two circles, most of which involved some tushie shaking. I know that my daughter has the hip-pop tushie shaking down for sure! They all looked so cute doing this together. Pretty soon, I'm sure that I won't be allowed to say "tushie" or "cute" and I especially won't be allowed to use them together. She's getting too old too fast! Soon she'll be our pretty lady instead of our cute button!

The above photo is one of my favorite from the whole weekend. I may not be a "dance mom" and I may not know all the secrets of the dance life, but I do know one thing. This girl loves being on stage. The happy look she has in this photo makes the long season 100% worth it, the memories she made behind stage with her friends all dolled up are lifelong, and the fun loving - encouraging spirit dance teaches these girls is irreplaceable.

I received several texts from friends throughout the performance that commented on just how smiley our girl was up there. It's evident she loves this and her bright personality shined brilliantly from the stage!

And lastly, here's a video from this performance taken from the balcony on the final night: