It was all Avery all Weekend

Well this was an all Avery weekend. She had her first dance recital. Friday night was her usually ballet class which is ok. Then started the fun. My sister in-law showed up around noon on Sat and took Carolyn and Avery out to have there nails done, which turned out great. Then it was time for the hair and make up to get done for dress rehearsal that started at 4:30. It took a good hour to and hour and a half to get that all done. She looked great in her bright pink dress. And then the ladies were off to the rehearsal. I snuk out at that point to see a Trenton Thunder game with my buddy Engel. Ok game and fireworks but the seats rocked. 4 rows from the field on the first base line close to home. The people in front of us rocked and were fun to talk to. Wish we had a bunch of these seats for the LUG/IP outing on the 10th.

Yesterday started nice and early. Avery had two shows to do one at noon and the other at 3:30. We had tickets for the first show. We had invited all the relatives and our friends Iambe and Engel. Well we owe Iambe and Engel big time. There were 35 performances one from every class and a few solos. Avery’s was 5 from the last. Now my aunt Clora had gone to the dress rehearsal to take pictures and knew the schedule. She must have forgotten to tell me that Avery didn’t go on till after the intermission so she and my Aunt Bea and Uncle Dean didn’t show up till then lucky guys. I have to give these kids a lot of credit..some of the classes were a little ragged but they got up there and gave it there best. My sister-in-law and I cringed a lot at some of the production flaws, but that’s what happens when you have worked backstage and in the lighting and sound dept for a long time.

Finally, Avery’s class was on stage and my heart got real big. I have seen this dance so many time from Avery practicing around the house but put it all together with the other kids and the music it was great. They were one of the classes that got the biggest applause and they were great. I was so proud of my daughter.

At the end of the performance, the teachers came out and announced the awards for the school. Avery won a scholarship for next year for ballet. That just made me feel great and Avery was so surprised.

So after 3.5 hours at Rider watching the kids, Carolyn and I went to dinner with Iambe and Engel while Avery did the second show. After dinner, Carolyn and I wandered back to Rider to get Avery. We got there right when intermission was getting out. I snuck back in to see Avery’s performance once again and then got Carolyn so we could watch Avery actually go up and get her certificate from the teachers. We are so proud of Avery and hope she keeps enjoying dance. I also hope my parents can make it next year I know my dad would have had such a big smile on his face and telling everyone around him that that is his granddaughter.
To days lyrics are from the song Avery performed to yesterday.

You’ll Be In My Heart

Come stop your crying
It will be all right
Just take my hand
Hold it tight
I will protect you
from all around you
I will be here
Don’t you cry
For one so small,
you seem so strong
My arms will hold you
keep you safe and warm
This bond between us
can’t be broken
I will be here
Don’t you cry
‘Cause you’ll be in my heart
Yes, you’ll be in my heart
From this day on
Now and forever more
You’ll be in my heart
No matter what they say
You’ll be here
in my heart always