Tuesday, June 3, 2008

She's a Hippity Hoppity Frog

Gracie had her Spring recital with her ballet/tap class this past weekend. She has come so far since her first class. She actually knows several tap and ballet steps and positions, which she loves to practice at home. She is also becoming such a graceful little girl, which I never expected from a three year old. She walks and dances with such poise!

Frogs are my favorite animal, so I was thrilled when she ended up with the cutest costume in the whole show. And she sure does the frog face well!! She and her fellow dancing tots did a Hippity Hoppity Frog tap dance routine, which was pretty stinking cute.

Ballet recitals are seriously an experience. I find that the moms tend to get more worked up than the kids, which I just don't understand. I pretty much just stuck Gracie in her costume, gave her a kiss and ran from the backstage area so I wouldn't get roped into watching the kids with the volunteer moms. Gracie is in the youngest class, filled with two and three year olds, and babysitting was not on my agenda for the day. I'll take my freedom anywhere I can get it!

Of course, I did find out after, that Gracie had thrown a wallop of a temper tantrum in the dressing room, but the recital had started so none of the mothers came to get me. Apparently, Gracie put on quite a show!

It was adorable when the five little girls walked on stage and began their dance. I couldn't believe how brave they all were, dancing on that huge stage in such a huge auditorium. Gracie did the first part of the dance perfectly, even though she was scowling at the audience the whole time.

Then, in perfect Gracie fashion, she stopped everything she was doing, faced the audience and stuck out her tongue... and kept it out. For a minute and a half, she just stood there with her tongue out while all the other girls danced.

And since she had so much fun doing that, when it came time for bows at the end of the show, she walked back on stage and stood there with her tongue out again.

Needless to say, we ended up forking over $25 to buy the DVD. That is one performance we need to have for our collection.

15 comments:

Winklepots said...

LOL! Gracie is such a character. Can't wait to meet her when we visit. She can be our own in-home entertainment. Sounds like it was a great performance. :o)

gorgeousredhead said...

what an adorable little froggie! :) i can just imagine the scowl, it sounds too cute!!

ThisOldHenHouse said...

Eeek! Shes absolutly the most adorable little froggie ever!!

Denise Felton said...

OMG! I love this story so much. And the google eyes on the froggie headgear. Whoever thought of that deserves a caipirinha, for sure.

My youngest used to stick her tongue out when she was nervous. Some people blush, some shake. Her tongue came out like a little pink bullet. For a couple of years, both of my little ones were on the flower girl circuit. In every shot of every wedding party, there's the baby with her tongue sticking out. And every bride HAD to buy the tongue photo, of course! I'm just so freakin proud.

Merka said...

Oh, she's so cute. Love the story and am glad you let her enjoy it and not fuss like a stage mom!

Bamdesigns said...

OH MY GOSH too darn adorable- she looked so cute.

Lorissa J. Longfellow said...

So cute. What a great story, it really made me laugh. Sounds like Gracie is a true entertainer.

casserole said...

OMG that's funny! I laughed out loud. And she's the cutest little froggie I ever saw!!! I love the sweet little Gracie eyes looking out right underneath the googlie froggie eyes.

Rowan Willow said...

She has gotta be the cutest lil frog in the swamp...she looks so Happy in the last pic with Daddy(?), no one would ever guess she would spend the performance in stinker-mode. It's all too funny...blackmail for the teenage years! Or American Funniest Videos...do they still do that show?!?

Oh & Rowan arrived...she's even more beautiful in person...you are amazing! THANK YOU!

Take care,
Rowan Willow
aka Tiffany :0)

Karen Erickson said...

I love the costume! She's adorable. :)

Rosebud Collection said...

What a cutie..I just love to see the little ones and enjoyed seeing her first year..Tutu's on little ones..Nothing more beautiful than little ones...

Leah said...

That is one of the funniest things I've ever heard. If only I didn't relate. I did something similar when I was young. ha ha ha. Classic stuff!

blazedanielle said...

Hahaha! So cute! I used to be in ballet in my younger years (3? 4?), and I can't believe all the little ones are so brave!

What a cute story, and you'll definitely have to keep that tape on record for future teasing! :)

Regal Beads said...

That is SO great!

Cathy said...

What a cute little frog - love that first pic with those big, gorgeous eyes!! and love the sticking out of the tongue mid=performance - Gracie's obviously a smart girl...she knows that in show business, you just HAVE to stand out from the crowd :)

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