Good Vibrations Gratitude…Saturday #32

Okay, I missed getting this up on Friday but I didn’t want to miss my chance to making my gratitudes for the week.  For what it’s worth, I  haven’t been to bed yet.  So it is still like Friday.  Kind of.

cf405e2987ad50292c6bf9f99dd3bd71It has been busy settling into my daughter’s Pre-K year.  I have been enjoying the process and watching her grow.

I have realized that between raising my daughter by myself and keeping up with her activities, working full time, travelling, trying to have some semblance of a social life and trying to find time to write that I was spreading myself too thin.  It is evidenced by the fact that I haven’t been to the gym since March, I can’t remember the last time I went and had a pedicure (which is something I try to do a couple times a year) and my writing and creativity has suffered.

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I have taken a step back from things and decided that I needed to focus on my daughter and myself.  I have been doing a lot of reevaluating of my life.  I am in a difference phase of grief and I am trying to live my life again so I need adjust to the changes within myself as well as make sure that I am setting myself up for success in this new chapter.

So without much further ado…Good Vibrations Gratitude, um Saturday…

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Here is what I have been thankful for this week-

  1. My daughter loving Pre-K.

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    This picture was actually taken last week.  But this week was my daughter’s first full week in Pre-K and so far she loves it.

    I just can’t believe that this class is her last stop at her daycare.  Next stop is kindergarten.

  2. Celebrating Princess Style

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    My daughter was invited to a friends princess birthday party.  It was so much fun to see all the princesses and princes enjoy themselves.  Belle and Moana even showed up.

  3. Making new friends

    I actually made a new friend at the Princess Party.

    I was chatting with another mother who I did not know.  (I knew most of them because our kids are in school together).  I was talking to this new friend about my recent trip to the LBJ Presidential Library and she was excited.  I am not used t this.  Most people think I am a bit of a nerd.

    Turns out she is reading a book about each U.S. President and created an Instagram with her sketches about what she learned.  If you are into history, you should definitely follow her.

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  4. First day of gymnastics

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    My daughter had her first gymnastics class of the Pre-K year.  To say she was excited would be an understatement.  This was the only picture I got where she was not running around.  It always brings me joy to see her happy and learning and growing.

  5. First day of dance

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    We also had our first dance class of the year this week as well.  My parents had come in that day for her 4th birthday this weekend and were able to watch the class. She was so excited that she did snow angels in the middle of class.

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    I don’t know what was up with the snow angels but overall, she is more focused than last year.

    What are you grateful for this week?

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The first dance recital

Last Saturday was a big day in the McKim house.

It was the day of my daughter’s first dance recital.

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This was her first year of dance.  She was in a ballet and tap combination class for 3 and 4-year-olds.

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I know as a rookie dance mom, I found the whole experience a little overwhelming but my daughter handled it like a pro.  On top of skipping her nap.

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She played the role of “Little Miss Sassy” so well.

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This age is still a little unpredictable.   Age 3 is young to be on stage.  I was worried that she would get scared but she made it on stage.

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And she rocked her dance.

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I asked her what she thought about being on stage and she told me that she liked it.  The stage was a big stage at The Egg Performing Arts Center in downtown Albany.  I asked her if she saw lights or people and she said she saw both.

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This day was very emotional for me because it was her first recital and Bryon wasn’t here to see it.  When she was a baby, Bryon and I talked about how we were going to put her in dance class and that she would be in a recital. It is bittersweet to see her grow and reach milestones and not have Bryon there.  We may be coming up on two years since he died but his absence is still profound.  But she is going to have a lifetime of firsts and milestones and I am just going to have to get used to the emptiness that accompanies those events.

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It didn’t help that it was also Father’s Day weekend. I was in a bad mood (with my daughter’s father being dead and all) but my parents made it for the recital.  My daughter loves her grandparents so much and we were lucky they got to see her.

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