June has been chock full of activity and milestones and I've been wanting to share every bit of it. Unfortunately, Typepad has been giving me fits and I only just resolved the problem today. It turned out to be fairly simple, but I didn't have time to figure it out until today. Because...I'm on summer vacation! Oh, those sweet, sweet words :) Since I'm on vacation, I can now write a big, wonderful post and even post more later this week.
It was an incredible month for Hope. Early in the month, she participated in her first recital with the dance studio that she joined this year and she was amazing. Last year, Hope took a year off from dance lessons but she danced in every spare moment -- getting ready in the morning, setting the table, doing her homework. Her heart was in dancing, but wasn't quite in the right school previously. We tried a new school this year and she has grown so much. She has really learned dedication, once telling me, "sometimes getting a new routine is hard, but I don't mind because I love it". The recital was particularly exciting, as it was held in a performing arts center...no high school auditorium for this dance school! It was the same stage on which we had seen The Nutcracker - what a thrill to be dancing there. She performed in tap (costume in top photo) and ballet (blue costume) and just sparkled. We were those parents in our seats - "look, there she is!" "isn't she beautiful?" "0ur baby!".
And, if that wasn't enough to proverbially burst our buttons, less than a week later, our baby graduated from elementary school! Not only did she graduate, but she received an award for her academic excellence! Though, you'd think that they would know how to properly spell her name after 5 years of attending the school...! She has worked so hard through elementary school, both in academics and other areas and we are so, so proud of her.
For those of you who have followed this blog from the beginning, here is a picture of what she looked like when I started:
Look at her, reading even back then! Our babies grow so fast...with only one child, I've really tried to cherish every day with her. Squeeze her hand a little tighter when walking in the parking lot, kiss her cheek every night while she is asleep, watch her crazy dances when she says "Mommy watch this!". And now, six more years left until she leaves us for her own life. I need to squish in as many cuddles, dances, giggles, cookie baking, conversations and kisses as I can.
Look at me, I'm practically making myself all teary!
Before I end up in a puddle of tears, I'm going to end this post, but I'll be back later this week to write about our escape to magical Maine....