Monday, April 08, 2024

Living her best dance life

 You know, I think we are going to cut down on the number of dances Dorothy does next year. It's not just the expense (although, this is a really really really pricey kid activity, and I say this as someone who has done all of the kid activities). It's that with 6 dances in the same age group, she goes fro. quick change to quick change, and it gets so hectic. I think 4 dances, for example, would still be hectic. 

Still we both had a delightful time this weekend at a competition in our very own town. Her dances did great, and she had a blast with friends. She and I even packed our lunch (because she danced from lunch through dinner, and I was not sure how long Minnie would be with us and how we would be able to get food since Ben was with Coop. But then? I liked having our own food with us so much that I plan to do it again this coming weekend. We snuck up to the rooftop terrace to eat by the lake and didn't have to waste time getting food or waiting for Door Dash, and! I had substantive things to give Dorothy when she got the crabbies instead of thrusting Goldfish and Gushers at her all day-- so, tl;dr will do this again) and had a delightful gossip sesh while we ate.

Since Ben was going to be downtown with Cooper, he dropped me, Dorothy, and Minnie off before the first dance and then picked Minnie up after dive, which was lovely because she got to hang out at dance which she loves, but then she went home before things got super busy. And! I did not have to deal with parking and hauling Dorothy's dance bag around. 

I must remember to wash one of her costume sweatshirts and her sweaty, sweaty gym socks that she wears for 3 numbers. But otherwise, the costumes are hanging back up; her shoes are back in her dance backpack for practice this week. I re-packed all of her costume accessories and threw our extra snacks and box of juice boxes in the travel bag to be a step ahead for next weekend. I have this dance mom thing on lock (CUE MAJOR DANCE-SASTER NOW THAT I SAID THAT OUT LOUD)

Make sure you have body glue for your 11 y/o and all her friends

Walking in! Madison, you are gorg.
Dance besties getting ready for their first number.
My little cheeseball
Minnie ate a picnic on my lap. Cool cool.
Oh my goodness, I bet this pic is cute. I am taking a teeny social media break, otherwise I bet I would see it. Also, I am still doing SAT and I might make a wekeend IG post for my Chatbook subscription-- but otherwise, a total break (hashtag addict)
I asked Minnie to pack some toys to play with. So glad one of them was a witch's broom LOL. She used it as a bat and picked up errant costume feathers to use as balls.
Lunch date

The calm before the quick change storm

Hip hop
Dorothy and her bestie have a little bit to do together in this dance-- love it
After musical theater
Which was after hip hop #3 that I did not take a pick of, so she held her sweaty costmue.
Then an assembly line of older girls came in to change her for jazz since she had literally half a song to get ready and had to wear glued on gloves (again) and double tights, and I got no pics even though that dance is not going to nats, so it only has one more week and a recital-- I will get pics next time!!

Dorothy got to get the award for her hip hop group (not the red and green one) and her bestie got to get the award for her tap group (different than D's tap group), so they had a moment together for 2 different dance, and that was cute, too)
Post dance, waiting for our ride



  1. That is a lot of costume changes, whew. Being a dance mom is not for the faint of heart. There's so much that goes on! I have a friend whose girls do Irish dance and she was telling me about the expense, and the wigs, and I was just standing there wide-eyed with my mouth open. I can only imagine what you're going through with all this! But you can see how much she loves it, that makes it worthwhile I'm sure. Enjoy your break (I noticed you weren't on IG and I was worried, so I'm glad I know you're just on a break).

  2. Phew. I think I could manage about 1/16th of this?

    Also, I am obsessed with your outfit. The top! The jeans! The RED SHOES. You knocked it out of the park.

  3. What an amazing view at lunch too!

  4. This sounds SO FUN. And so exhausting. And I hear you on the expense. For a while my daughter was taking horseback riding lessons. But she wasn't really that into it, and at one point she said she was just doing it to "have something to do." AHEM. Let's find something ELSE to do- that is another really expensive activity. But, it sounds (and looks) like Dorothy really loves dance... so what can you do. Other than enjoy it to the fullest!

  5. I love these pics. Minnie is cracking me up. Glad she brought a witch's broom. Ha. We used to always bring all of our meals to Irish dancing. Who knew who was going to be on stage or how long lines would be during a meal, plus those venues prices were nutty. Having to eat GF was my excuse, but the budget - yikes. It's already so pricey to have a kid dance. People were seriously jealous when I whipped out our thermos of dinner food while everyone else waited in line. Coach once dropped the kids and I off at a competition and I was so pleased with that arrangement. Not having to search for parking and then lug all the stuff. You are a whiz at dance mom stuff.

  6. That is a busy weekend, for both you and Dorothy! So many costume and hair changes! But she loves it and that's the most important part. <3