We're back! What a long weekend. J had a blast - especially since 2 of her best friends spent the whole weekend with us. There was a parent orientation on Friday and then the kids learned new routines for 4 hours. On Saturday morning, rehearsal started at 8am and went all the way through to 3pm. A makeup lesson and a lunch break were thrown in there too. On Sunday they had a wonderful photo shoot on the beach 40 minutes away. We got there at 7:30am. All the kids (about 80 altogether, from all over NY, NJ, and CT) wore white outfits with a "bohemian" flair. They shot the kids in groups of 20 all over the beach. Then they changed into bathing suits, jeans, cowboy hats, and bandanas for a second round of photos. At noon we left, got the kids changed and they had dance from 1pm to 5pm. On Monday there was one last rehearsal from 12:45 to 2:30. The first performance is in July, I think.
On the evenings after dance, we all went out to eat, swam in the pool, went bowling, and just had a great time. The kids also ran around to each others rooms, did a lot of jumping on beds, and practiced dancing in the hallways. My camera's broken, so I'm waiting for my friend to send me an email of all the pictures she took.
I was late for work on Friday. The traffic was terrible and I ended up in the wrong direction at one point. I ended up leaving J in New Jersey with another mom and I stayed home so I wouldn't be late for work Saturday morning. I hated to do that, but even if I got back there it wouldn't have been til 10:30pm and I would have had to leave by 6:30am. J would have been sleeping the whole time I came back. She was fine, though and loved sharing the hotel room with her friend, A.