Saturday, August 29, 2009

Aly draws her first horse

Today Aly tried drawing her first horse. I think she did really well! She named her horse Rainbow.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Home Made pizza at least once a week!

Ever since I learned how to make bread I started making pizza dough. The whole family loves it, including KK which is a big surprise! Do you know KK is the biggest pizza snob? She would only eat Round Table Pizza but now that she has had mine she is eating it all the time! I have to admit I make it at least once or twice a week! Do you know it only costs about $1.00 to make? I buy the cheese and pepperoni in bulk at Costco or Sam's Club. It is really easy to make too. I use my kitchen aide electric mixer and let it do all the work! The cheese is already shredded and for now I have been buying Ragu pizza sauce for the girls. For hubby and I, we use ranch dressing and add almost an entire head of minced garlic! Yummy! Anyway, here is the recipe if you would like it. I personally just stick all the ingredients at once in the bowl, turn the mixer on for 5-10 minutes, let it rise for an hour, roll it out, let it rise for about 15 more minutes, and then add my sauce, cheese and toppings!

Classic-Crust Pizza Dough Recipe

This recipe will make enough pizza dough for two, 12" deluxe pizzas. It's a good place to start if you've never hand-made dough before. It's not too much to work with at one time and requires no special machinery, (except your hands).


1 1/4 oz. - Active dry yeast, (or 2 1/4 tsp.)
1 1/2 cups - Warm water (110°F -115°F)
4 cups - White, all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. - Salt
2 tbsp. - Olive oil
2 tbsp. - Sugar

Extra flour
Extra Olive Oil


Pour the warm water in a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar and package of yeast. Stir the mixture slowly until yeast and sugar are dissolved. Let sit to allow the mixture to "mature" for about ten minutes or so. The mixture will begin to react; clouding and forming a foamy "head" on the surface of the mixture.

Add the salt and olive oil and stir again to combine and dissolve the ingredients. Add 1 cup of flour and whisk in until dissolved. Add the second cup of flour and whisk it in. Add the 3rd cup of flour and combine. By now the dough mixture should be fairly thick. Add the last cup of flour and, with your hands, begin to combine and knead the dough.

Remove the dough ball to a tabletop to knead it. You may need to add a dusting of flour from time to time to reduce the stickiness of the dough. Be patient, folding the dough ball in half and then quarters, over and over again for about 8 to 10 minutes, (or about 100 "cycles".) Kneading by hand is laborious, but very important. Better to over-knead than under-knead. You'll know you've done well when the ball no longer sticks to your hands. It will become a smoothly-textured ball slightly larger than a large grapefruit.

Coat the dough ball with a thin layer of olive oil, and place it in the bottom of a large mixing bowl which has also been coated on the inside with olive oil. Stretch a piece of kitchen film over the top of the bowl and set it in a warm place such an as un-lit oven, (ambient temperature of 70°F to 80°F). Allow the dough to rise, undisturbed, for 60 to 75 minutes. The dough will have grown to at least twice its original size.

Take the dough out of the bowl and cut in half with a knife. You now have two pizza dough balls, enough to make two (2) 12" deluxe pizzas. Take each raw dough portion and hand-mold them into balls. Press each doughball flat to squeeze and release any air trapped inside. Form the portions back into balls, smoothing the outer surface and tucking each ball "into itself" from underneath, (like folding a sock into itself), before storing or going on with the next step.

Aly and the Dragon

Aly drew a dragon this morning while she stays home sick from school. She pointed out to me that she drew patterns, the body is an ABC pattern, the legs are an ABCD pattern, the wings are an ABC pattern, and the spine is an AB cute!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Combination classes

Wow, I have to say I am still angry over Aly's placement. I have to say I feel powerless and as if my voice as a parent of my child is neither heard nor respected. Seriously, shouldn't what the parent thinks is best for their child count for something? I know we can't let parents run the school and if you make exceptions for a few you have to make exceptions for all but you can at least try and understand where we are coming from.

It has been three days now since Aly has been in her new class. The first day was a total mess. She was sad the entire day and didn't even play with anyone at recess. Yesterday after I encouraged her to play with her friends went a bit better. Today she actually came home at snack recess sick. She also had a substitute teacher. Guess she is getting used to all kinds of change in just three days!

You know, I am not against combination classes. In fact given the right mix I think they can be a great idea. I taught three years of combination classes. I taught a 2/3, a 3/4, and even a 4/5. My favorite was the 2/3 combination. However, in all of those years of teaching the combination classes, they always had a reasonable mix of students. What I mean is, if it was a 2/3 combination class, I would have 8/12 or 9/11, or 10/10. This would allow for enough in each grade level to have some peers in class that were of the same age.

My problem with Aly's class is that they have 21 second graders and 4 first graders. Two of the first graders they placed in their are the older first graders that actually age wise could be in second grade. One of the boys turned 7 in July and the other one turns 7 in October I believe. Aly on the other hand is on the younger side and just turned 6 in June. She is the youngest person in the class by a huge margin!

Some people may say that age doesn't matter but I would have to say that in some cases it does. Aly's is the tiniest little thing in that class. Plus, they are doing activities that foster competition among the grade levels. So is Aly going to think she is not very smart anymore because everyone else in the class knows more than her? Will this crush her academic confidence? They are already playing addition fact games with the whole class. Aly doesn't like it because she doesn't have any of her math facts memorized. This is making her insecure. Of course I am now working on it at home but it will still take time to learn. Can she understand that she shouldn't feel she needs to know as much as the second graders?

If she was in a straight first grade classroom she wouldn't even have to start memorizing her math facts until the second half of first grade. If they did play Around The World it would be with her peers who are much closer in level with her. This would not crush her confidence.

When I taught fourth and fifth grades do you know how many students would come to me thinking they were stupid? They would measure themselves next to their peers and their own academic beliefs in themselves would continue to lower. Is this what would happen to Aly being in a combination class with 83% of the students being second graders? Will she think she needs to measure up to them?

If she was in a combination class with more first graders I don't think it would be as much of an issue. She would be able to see students higher than her, at her level, and lower than her. Now she is seeing the majority of the class higher than her.

Seriously, how many parents would like this situation? Would the principal put her own child in this class? Would other teachers want their child in this type of combination class? What are your thoughts? Am I over reacting? Voice your opinion whether you agree with me or not. It is good to hear all sides!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pics and more

Here is Aly on her new first day of school...we pretended to just start the year all over again!
Here she is at her new desk. She was thrilled to have a real desk!
Well Aly's second day of school went much better. I did show up at lunch and make sure that she was able to sit with her first grade friends. I am sure I made my self look bad and can count any future employment opportunities gone but I will always put my child first! I think I have learned, if I was already employed at the school and my kids came later it wouldn't be as much of a conflict of interest but now that my child is there first and I am known as a parent, my actions defending my daughter's needs has probably made me look bad. Oh well, there are other schools in the area.
I am glad though that I went at lunch. While the cafeteria workers knew it was o.k., the other first graders didn't and they all began telling Aly and the other three first graders from her class that they couldn't sit at their table. Aly was sad but I let them know that it was o.k.
Aly has already been challenged as well. In kindergarten she only had to write to the number 20. Well yesterday she wrote to the number 50! I think it was her first time ever writing that high. They also played a game called Around The World which Aly isn't quite ready for. The game is to help the kids with their math facts. Since the majority of the class is second graders this is really important for them. However, I don't want Aly to feel down that she doesn't have her math facts memorized so last night we made flash cards for her addition facts 0-2. Once she has those memorized we will add 3's, then 4's, and so on. Hopefully this will help her to feel more confident when they play this game.
Aly reported that she had a great day at school today. Her favorite thing was P.E. and that she got to play with Nathan all three recesses! She says she likes her knew teacher. So I will hope for the best. I am really glad the lunch thing worked out because I think that will help a lot!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Aly's first day in her new class

We spent the weekend talking up her new placement in her class. We wanted her to feel good about it. We focused on what a great teacher she had and how she will still get to see all of her friends at recess.

The first thing we found out in the morning is that the students would not be lining up with the other first graders. They would be lining up on the other side of the playground with the second and third graders. Aly was already looking nervous. I walked with her to the classroom and watched her find her cubbie and her desk. BTW she has a big girl desk which I told her was really cool! I think she liked that desk as well! I did take pics but I will have to post those tomorrow.

By the time I left Aly was still looking nervous and was sucking back the tears. I left feeling totally devastated just hoping that all my concerns were wrong and she would have a great day. I thought about her all day. I was happy when the time finally came to pick her up from school.

She was happy to see me and I was so glad to see her. When we got in the car I asked her all about her day. Her favorite part was that she got to have music class. I think music class is typically for second grade and up. Since Aly's class is mostly second graders they get to go. She was thrilled about this and loved it!

The next thing she told me both broke my heart and made me angry. At lunch she was supposed to be allowed to sit with the other first graders at their table. The principal told me she would tell the lunch staff. Just as I thought would happen, she didn't. I was prepared for this as I wrote a note and put it in Aly's lunch box. I told Aly if the cafeteria workers won't let you sit with the other first graders, just give them your note. Aly told me she tried to talk to them and give them her note but they wouldn't even let her talk. They snapped at her and made her sit with her new class' table. Aly was devastated. Here I told her that no matter what, with my note, she would be able to sit with the other first grade class, and they didn't let it happen. I feel so sad, like I let her down.

She also told me that she didn't play with anyone at all three recesses. She just sat on a bench because she was sad. She did say that she talked to two of her friends at lunch recess but they ran off and played. It broke my heart to know that she didn't play with her friends and sat all alone at recess.

Of course the minute we got home I called the principal. Yes, I am probably ruining all of my chances at any future employment but who the heck cares! This is about my daughter and I will put her needs before my own. I was quite shocked that they actually let me talk to the principal. I thought for sure they would put me off. They actually put me right though. I told her about the lunch incident and she apologized saying she hadn't had a chance to talk to them and she would make sure to talk to them tomorrow so it was all set. I also told her that Aly spent all three recess on the bench. You know what she said? She said, well I don't think she was in trouble. I assured her that no, Aly doesn't get in trouble at school. She said, well then she chose to do it. I said yes, she did choose to because she was sad. I told the principal it was all I could do to keep from crying because it made me sad that Aly was all alone and sad at recess.

So, tomorrow I will go to her school at lunch and make sure they let her sit with the other first grade class. Poor Aly can't be an advocate for herself so it is my job to make sure it happens! I am also hoping to see if I can watch her play at recess. I told her tonight that it would make my heart really happy if she could find some friends to play with at recess. I told her it would make her day happy too!

BTW if I have time tomorrow I want to tell you about how she is already being challenged on the first day of class. Wow, if she adjusts o.k. and stays in the class I bet she will learn a ton!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Working on her outer appearance

Since Aly has been old enough to dress herself I have been allowing her to chose what to wear. Most of the time it means nothing matches and she might even be putting on stained clothes. I didn't say much and allowed her to express herself in anyway that made her feel comfortable. This meant she would never let me do her hair either than brushing it and she wore play clothes most of the time.

Well on multiple occasions last year one of my friends would complain on her blog about frumpy children. I knew I had one and didn't really get why people care so much about how people look. I certainly don't care and want my girls to feel comfortable with however they choose to look. I have heard other people complain about it since as well. So this school year I thought I would try to make more of an effort to help Aly look cute!

This year she decided to cut her hair short so that has helped a ton! Since she never wanted anything done with her hair before, all I have to do now with her short hair is spray it down in the morning to get rid of the lumpy hair. I have also picked her outfits for her each morning. She doesn't seem to mind. I will usually ask her if she wants to wear a dress, shorts, or Capri's and then based on her answer I will pick her outfit.

I took some pictures this week because I thought she looked really cute. Here they are:

I thought Aly looked really cute. KK wanted to take a picture too. See I still let her look frumpy, maybe I will pay more attention when she starts preschool.

On this day she actually let me put a small trendy braid in the front of her hair from the left side of her bangs down to her ear. It looked so cute and I will probably try to do the same thing for pictures. It is probably hard to see in this picture but I absolutely loved it!

Well hopefully I will be able to keep it up. She stains her clothes rather quickly so hopefully we have enough to last through the year. Too bad for KK it is hard for her to get many hand me downs that are still in good condition.

School Drama Not So Good

At the beginning of the school year I was so happy to see Aly was in a class with a great teacher and most of her friends. She was thrilled too! Deep down inside I knew that it could be temporary. I knew I shouldn't get excited because it could all change.

The first week of school was crazy. All the classes had high numbers. Kindergarten was at 34 and first grade was at 30. I went to the Board Meeting to hear what they would do about the high numbers. They said they would be bringing back a teacher to help lower the class size. I then hear there would be three different options for re-organizing the classroom. They gave us the student enrollment numbers at the Board Meeting so I was able to figure out what two of the options would be. I couldn't for the life of me, figure out what that third option would be. I knew if it was either of the two that I worked out mathematic wise Aly wouldn't be changed to another class. Unfortunately for us, they chose the third option that I couldn't figure out and Aly will have to change classes.

I got the call from the principal yesterday afternoon. My heart sank. I didn't want to loose such a great teacher that we had and have Aly loose all of her friends. They told me they felt it was in the best interest to move Aly to a first/second grade combination class because she was the highest student in her grade level and it would be a disservice to her not to challenge her academically. They told me who her new teacher would be and it was at least a comfort to know she is one of the best teachers at the school.

Honestly, I am not opposed to combination classes for my child if she is in a combination class where it is her grade and the next grade level higher. However, once I got to thinking about it I started wondering how many first graders would be in this combination class? I went to school early to pick up Aly and asked. This is when I got angry. They are only putting four first grade children in the class. The rest of the class will all be second graders. How sad is that for these poor little first graders? They decided to move two boys and two girls. The girl that they are moving Aly doesn't even really know. She was in a different class last year. I am not sure who the two boys are but it isn't her friend Nathan.

Aly was devastated when I told her the news. She was sad to leave her teacher and sad to leave her friend Nathan. Of course as a parent, it makes me sad too. School isn't just about academics. Shouldn't we be considering their social development too? How is this a good placement for these four children socially? Aly doesn't have second grade friends that she plays with.

We will be looking into our options. If they are unwilling to move her back then we will look at moving her to a different school. There are better schools in our area anyway! This is really making me question if I want to stay at such a small school where there are combination classes in every grade level because they don't have extra money. In the meantime we will let her try it and see how she adjusts. Bottom line is, I will always put my child's needs first!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The girls get new beds

I have never been sure what type of bedroom furniture I wanted to get the girls. I thought it would be good to just take a few years to think about it. A few weeks ago we went to a birthday party and the girls fell in love with the bunk beds at their friends house. They were really cute and feminine. They were off white and had a pretty leaf pattern on them. I asked my friend where she got them and she said Beck's.

I went to Beck's to check out the bunk bed set. I loved it too but wasn't sure I wanted to invest that much money. I also wasn't sure if I wanted a twin over twin set, a twin over full set, or a full over full set. I did some research on the set I wanted and Beck's was selling it at a competitive price. They told me if I went in on Friday I wouldn't have to pay sales tax. I still tried to get more of a discount. I asked them if I bought the beds and two dressers if they could give me an additional discount. They said they could only take twenty dollars off each dresser. I told them I would check out some more furniture stores then and see if I could find anything else.

Lucky for me I did! I found a beautiful dark wood mission set. The night before I looked at this store the girls were both claiming they wanted to sleep on the top bunk. I made a deal with them that they could take turns, one night Aly and one night KK. When I got to the store and saw the beautiful full over full mission style bunk bed set I was sold! It was made of solid wood and both girls could sleep on top if they wanted. The best part was it was $130 cheaper than the other set at Beck's. So I called hubby to make sure he was o.k. with it and he said yes.

The best part about these bunk beds is both beds can stand alone if you no longer want them as bunk beds. They will look beautiful apart and we will never have to buy them another bed set again!

The next day hubby brought the beds home after work. He started working on them and didn't finish until 11:30 at night! Shockingly KK stayed up the whole time in excitement. Aly fell asleep long before! After the bed was built we moved Aly to the bottom bunk. KK wasn't ready to sleep in the new bed yet!

In the past week Aly has been the only one sleeping on the bed. She has slept on the top bunk twice but all of the rest of the nights she is sleeping on the bottom bunk. KK is not sleeping on the bed at all. Hopefully in time she will!

The beds look really cute in their room! Aly is excited to have it! KK just thinks it is a fort.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Aly's first day of school

Last Wednesday was Aly's first day of first grade. She was so excited for school to start. She was thrilled she would see her friends again and couldn't wait to see who was in her classroom.
That morning she woke up extra early and kept asking if it was time for school yet. She didn't want to wait and wanted to leave right away. I explained to her that school started at 9 and even if we did get there sooner no one would be there yet.

We got to school about twenty minutes early. She found her friend Kendall in the parking lot and was thrilled to see her. She also found her friend Nathan who she had missed all summer long.

Don't Aly and Kendall look cute? Poor KK didn't understand why she didn't get to go to school. She lined up with Aly and kept saying she wanted to go to school too. She really wanted to ride the bus though!

Aly was happy to go to class. Her only fear was wondering where she was supposed to sit at lunch since she wouldn't be sitting at the kindergarten tables anymore. I snuck into the class and took a quick picture of her at carpet time!
She had a great day! I on the other hand did not have such a great day. I had only gotten around 4-5 hours of sleep. Yes, KK woke me up! I couldn't go back to sleep and I don't even know what I was thinking about. When we woke up in the morning the power went out and remained off until shortly before lunch. I went to Walmart to pick up a few things and locked my keys in the Corolla. Thank goodness I have AAA but I did have to wait for 30 minutes for someone to come and unlock my door! Then I came home and cleaned for a few hours, picked up Aly from school, and drove to Lincoln to pick up hubby's mom. She was kind enough to volunteer to watch KK. We ended up getting home shortly after 8:30 as we stopped for dinner at IHOP. It sure ended up being a long, exhausting day!
I am glad that Aly had a good day though! I look forward to this week of school and being able to focus more on how school is going for her!

Subbing Day 2

On Friday I subbed for the second day in the kindergarten class. KK woke me up around 2:30 in the morning and I wasn't able to fall back asleep until 5:30. I lay awake thinking about the day with 34 kindergartners to myself. I was trying to think of new ways to make things work more efficiently so we could get things done without them taking so long!

The day went much better than I could have anticipated. The kids were more settled and I was even lucky enough to have a parent volunteer for the entire day! I was thrilled. She was awesome too! It was a big help to have her and I was so happy for her help. She was previously an 8th grade teacher so she knew some tricks as well!

The one difficult boy in the class didn't start having any problems until after 10:30. The rest of the day was rough for him and I did have to call the resource teacher to come and help with him. It was nice though to have her help with him when he refused to comply. It takes away learning time from the other students so to be able to have someone come and deal with him was a huge relief!

The day was tiring and I was glad when it was over. All the children were accounted for and safe! That was my primary goal! Let us hope that over the next few weeks they get the numbers figured out and will drop them down to 25. If not it will sure slow down learning in the classroom and I am sure far less will be accomplished!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Subbing Day 1

Wow, I couldn't believe it myself but yes it is true, I was already called to sub on the second day of school. The teacher's daughter was extremely ill and had been running a high fever of over 104 for four days straight. The doctors did not know what was wrong with her. I am sure it was really hard on the teacher to leave her class but I agree with her decision as you should always put family first. What would any mother do? I would bet most mother's would make the same decision.

So I subbed in a kindergarten class the second day of school. The thought of it isn't too terrifying for me but when I found out there were 33 children in the class, I became very nervous! My biggest concern was keeping all 33 children together, making sure they always knew where they were supposed to be, and that they stayed with me!

I have to admit I had a little trouble sleeping! I knew parents would be unhappy to see a sub and I knew the children would be very confused. I told the parents the situation and let them know the teacher's daughter was extremely ill.

Lucky for me the teacher has a student teacher in her class this year. The student teacher whose name is Sarah, is already very good with the class. I know she will do very well in her program. She volunteered to stay with me for the morning. This was a HUGE help! I was also lucky to have a resource teacher pop in and out and help out with the class as well!

My hardest part of the day ended up being after lunch, the last hour and forty five minutes of the day. I was alone, with all the children, they were tired, and ready to go home. There is also a special needs student in the class and I had a hard time getting him to listen and follow any of my directions. One of the hardest parts of the day was when we went into the classroom from the playground and he refused to come in. In fact he climbed onto the top of the playground equipment and said he would not come into the classroom. At this point all of the other students were in the room and I was standing in the doorway. I couldn't leave the students alone and I couldn't leave him alone either. The phone is located all the way on the other side of the classroom. So after coaxing didn't work I threatened to call the office. He didn't care the first three times I said it but after I stomped my feet and pretended to walk towards the phone he finally came in! So exhausting!

Oh yeah and I forgot to mention we got a new student today putting her numbers at 34 students in one kindergarten class! Crazy if you ask me! I think the Superintendent and principal should each be left alone with the class for an hour and then tell us if they agree with the high numbers!

I found out tonight I will need to return tomorrow to sub again. The teacher did find out her daughter has rosiola but she has to take her back to the doctors for additional tests such as a chest xray to check for pneumonia. Her fever is still ranging around 102 so they want to rule out an additional bacterial infection ontop of the rosiola.

A big thanks to my mother in law for coming to watch KK today and tomorrow while I sub. I know KK has enjoyed the alone time with her and it has really made it easy for me not to worry how KK is doing. She is in great hands!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

3D chalk from Grandma

O.k. Grandma I just want to tell you, I am not sure if your gift of the 3D chalk was really for the kids. You see, hubby had way more fun with the chalk then I have ever seen him have! He was so impressed with the 3D capabilities and had a blast drawing dragons with the children! He is such a big kid, so cute! He even made me grab the camera and take a picture and he told me to make sure and blog about it! So Grandma, not only do the children thank you for the hours of fun you have provided them with the 3D chalk, but your son thanks you too! You made his day!

Lucky for the girls they got to play with their chalk before Daddy discovered it! LOL.... KK loved the glasses! Aly's favorite part were the stencils. She loved tracing the elephant and lizard best!

Here are the dragons Daddy drew! KK helped him with the dragon on the right. She chose the colors to color it in for and colored the inside of the dragon! Aly helped with the orange dragon. She said she made him have a flower tail so he could trick his enemy's who would smell his tail, then he would breathe fire on them!
I wonder what Daddy and the girls will draw this weekend?

Hubby had a bad day!

Friday was one of those mornings where I bet my hubby wishes he could just go back to bed and start the day all over again! On his way to work in the morning he hit a deer! It was crazy, nothing he could have done to avoid it. Apparently the garbage truck on the other side of the road startled a deer. That deer jumped all the way from that side of the road and landed right in front of hubby's car! There was nothing he could do! The deer apparently took off running after he hit it too! By the looks of the front of the car you would think that deer was dead!

It may be hard to tell in the picture but the dents were big enough that hubby couldn't get the hood to stay closed. So he had to drive the Corolla back home. This meant that he had to take his Jeep to work!
Check out our dog smelling the deer on the hood of the car. Isn't it amazing what a great sense of smell they have?
Well anyway, hubby came home and got his jeep. Unfortunately for him his alternator was bad. He drove the jeep to work and made it off the battery alone. Apparently on the way to work he spilled coffee all over himself too!
Once at work he was afraid he would not get his jeep started again so he walked at lunch to get something to eat. Good thing food is only a few blocks away! He also stabbed himself with a pair of tweezers!
By the time he was ready to go home I was on standby to pick him up if the jeep broke down. Of course luck would have it that it did. It broke down half way home luckily at McDonald's play center. At least the kids got to play while hubby took my car to go buy an alternator and battery. He put the new battery in and made it home. Today he will be replacing the alternator.
Poor guy, hopefully his weekend goes a little better!
Our little artist KK drew a picture of her Daddy holding a flower. Pretty good for a four year old. Many four year olds are still drawing a head with stick arms and legs poking out from the head. She must also be taking after Daddy's side of the family in the drawing department. I look forward to watching her drawing talents develop! Good Job KK, we are so proud of you!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

More Pictures

Wow, I can't tell you how much of a success last night was at the show! It was as if the girls have been doing this every night in Vegas! They both were very relaxed and they both danced both songs! It was great. If the girls are still in dance next year I am going to make sure to watch the show on Saturday instead of volunteering!

Here is a picture of the girls after I got them ready for the show at home. The second picture is KK dressed as Dorothy. KK didn't want to put on make up which was fine with me, guess she takes after me huh?

The girls lined up for their Dorothy dance. I think there are over 25 girls in the show!

Here the girls are lined up outside waiting to go in backstage. They are quite hyper outside jumping around making lots of noise. The good news is once they got backstage where it was dark they did a good job being quiet. They loved the glow sticks taped down on the floor to show the girls where to stand.

On Friday night Daddy had the camera so I wasn't able to get backstage pictures. I made sure tonight to get some of KK since I didn't have any of her in her costume.