The dress rehearsal was on Thursday. The girls only did about 25% of their routine that they had worked on for months. Here are some of the girls before their practice run.
Friday was the big night. Before her dance I gave Natalie a card to commemorate the experience. She was so thrilled and immediately started looking at it with her friends. The girls did a much better job (maybe about 75% of the routine) during the actual recital. I was so proud and loved watching my brave little sweetheart on stage in front of a few thousand people.
For months Natalie had been wanting roses... I'm not sure where she got the idea. I told her that she would probably get some as a surprise at some point in her life knowing that I was intending to give some to her after the recital. When she got them she was absolutely thrilled. It was probably the best $10 I ever spent.