Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Grace's 1st Preschool Christmas Program

I took a nice long blogging break for the holidays. I spent a lot of time with the kids and did some deep cleaning on the house, but now I'm happy to be back to writing. I have a ton of things to update you on so I'll start with with some of the fun we had mid December. The first of our many holiday events was Grace's preschool Christmas program.

We talked about this event for weeks before the big night actually came. The only experience she has had with people watching her perform was at ballet. They do quarterly "watch weeks" where we all sit in a big studio and watch the class. Every single time we'd gone to watch week, she'd freak out, say she was scared of the people and the big room, and cry unless she was sitting on my lap. This did not bode well for her first performance in front of a huge crowd. But we talked it up and promised her that she'd get to wear her Christmas dress for the program (she got to pick it out and had been begging for weeks to wear it!)

The day arrived and they had rehearsal during school. When I picked her up, she told me all about it and said that she had practiced "perfectly!" I was not convinced since she refused to tell me anything other than the perfect comment. She was super excited to put her outfit on that night and even let me take a picture.

We got there and she was hamming it up in front of the Christmas tree:

When I went to drop her off at her classroom, she ran to her teacher and said "look at my dress, so pretty right?" Her teacher informed me that all Grace had talked about that day was her dress. I nervously made my way back to my seat. As the kids came in walking in neat lines, I would have bet you money that she was going to have a complete meltdown or just stand silently. The director even warned us that if our child was crying to please come on stage to be with them so I sat on the end of the row, prepared to make my way to the front.

To my complete and utter shock, she performed with a huge smile on her face and did everything she was supposed to. She sang, did every action, and waved at us. I was so proud of her, I'm pretty sure I was beaming. The light was bad in the sanctuary but Mike got a few cute shots of her.

When it was over, she said "I did so good!" There was a cookie reception afterwards and she happily celebrated her achievement with several cookies. I couldn't have been happier despite Connor running around the gym like a wild child trying to take his shirt off. It was one of those nights that reminded me how lucky I am to be a mom and makes the hard days worth it. I can't wait for her next program in the spring. 

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