Monday, December 03, 2007
my little reindeer
So we had a very exciting weekend...Payton had her first-ever dance performance on Saturday and let me tell ya, it was, hmmm.....dramatic, to say the least! I guess I should tell the story...
Payton's little dance class was dancing at an event called The Festival of Trees...they've been practicing their "Rudolph" routine since October, my mom made their costumes and Payton's been very excited. So on Friday night Payton and I were practicing together at home and I was very impressed, actually, with how much she knew of her routine! Anyways, Saturday morning came and we got her all dressed and ready (see cute picture above) and she was totally ready to go. We got to where they were dancing and the girls were so cute and Payton was just super excited and happy. They did a practice run-through of their dance before they would actually be doing it on the big stage and everything was fine...
So when it was time for the parents to leave I started getting a little nervous....come on, it's my baby's first time on stage and I'm just supposed to be like, "See ya!"??? Payton looked a little overwhelmed and I could tell she didn't know what was going on, but Graham told me not to be a "stage mom" and that she would be fine. (Okay, and I would just like to say...I don't think that making sure your 2 year old isn't freaking out before going on a huge stage all by herself for the very first time is being a stage mom! hehe.)
Anyways, we went out into the audience and I just had this feeling that I should be backstage with Payton, but I tried to brush it off. Keep in mind she had Grandma and Grandpa and aunts and uncles all there to watch her....so when it was Payton's turn to dance all the little reindeer came on stage except, of course....Payton. I was like, "uh-oh"....
So I quickly ran backstage to see what was going on and I found her just totally crying. I didn't know what had happened so I just picked her up and asked her if she wanted to do her dance and between her tears she said "y-y-yes!" The rest of the girls were already onstage with their teacher and their music had just barely started so what did I do? Yup, I took her out on the stage and just did the dance with her!! Oy. Once I got out there I realised I couldn't just walk off...so I just stayed there and did the dance! And Payton was AWESOME....totally did all her steps and was happy as could be. I was so proud of her. Good thing I've taught and danced a million times on stage before so this wasn't a big deal for me...and Gray said I just looked like one of the "helpers" that each class had with them anyways. AAAaaahh! So Payton's first dance and mommy was up there with her! Oh, good times.
Okay, I know this story is getting totally long, but afterwards I found out what had happened and as the girls were heading on to the stage, I guess Payton fell somehow and smacked her head on the concrete floor, so of course she was crying! Oh, the drama. But she is totally fine and it all worked out in the end. So this video is of her when they were practicing...and no, there are no videos or pictures of when she was actually on stage because, uh, I was onstage WITH HER!!. (my family had a good laugh about that.)
So that is the end of our dramatic story. Glad it's done and now we have a fun story to tell of Payton's first time on stage. Can't wait to see what will happen when Gabby dances for the first time!
P.S. There is some fun stuff happening at the Goodie Box for the next 12 days!!!