Sunday, May 30, 2010

Ella's preschool performance


Last Thursday Ella's entire school put on a performance, in a high school theater, for the end of the year. As I was sitting and watching a slide show that the school had put together, I was a nervous wreck. I seriously felt nauseous. What if Ella causes a big scene? What if she takes off running (which is her favorite thing to do.) What if she cries? She HATES bright lights and loud noises, what if she freaks out???

The slide show ends. The curtains part. There stands about 100 kids (or so it seems) and right in the middle is one tiny little girl. My little girl. She looks like a baby compared to all those other kids. BUT, she does it. She knows all the songs. She stays in her spot!!!

I was even more nervous when the curtains opened and her little best friend wasn't standing beside her (as was the plan,) but part way through the first song her friend shows up and comes to Ella side!! This little girl is SOOOOO good with Ella, I hate that she is moving on to Kindergarten next year.

Anyhow, my mom and I got seats pretty close to the front while the guys sat further back. My mother sobbed through the entire first song, I mean SERIOUSLY sobbed. She turned to me and said "could you ever imagine?" I replied, "no. And especially not at 3 1/2." When Ella was born I NEVER imagined her on a stage. I NEVER imagined her with "typical" kids in school. I NEVER imagined her with a little friend. I guess it was all just to painful to think about because of the "what if's." But there I sat, alternating between crying and laughing. My little girl did it and I was such a proud mama!!!

After the show there was a little carnival. I swear at least 30 people came up to me to tell me how cute Ella is and how great she did. It felt so good, and Ella was beaming with pride!!!

Here are a few pics and then the videos (I did not do so good recording. The videos are shakey in places, but I was trying to hold the camera still and yet watch the performance outside of the camera screen!)

> Ella and her wonderful teacher and best buddy








12 comments:

Runningmama said...

Wow, she is one amazing little girl! I am smiling from ear to ear!

RK said...

Looks like she did a GREAT job in my book... she knows the motions and stays with the songs. Too adorable. You've come a long way, Miss Ella Grace!

Jennifer said...

Ok, so a tear seriously just fell in my coffee. :) She is SOO adorable. I loved it when her friend showed up. BEST PART!! Love you guys! Miss you like MAD!

Cammie Heflin said...

Woo hoo Ella! I LOVE how our kids are so accepted and included now! I never saw children with DS when I was in school!

Stevenson Family said...

That was AWESOME!! She did such a wonderful job!! I loved how excited she got when her friend came. Thanks for posting this!!

Kelli said...

First of all, this post left me teary eyed! How wonderful!! Second...as soon as the music started playing, Colin was bopping along!

kecia said...

she did so awesome! Your thoughts and feelings were exactly what I felt watching bree a few weeks ago! It is So amazing to see this for our sweet little girls! I loved watching all her little actions! She was soo cute! i can't believe how tiny she is! what a heart melter! way to go Ella!

Lori said...

Love this! Ella is so stinkin' cute =)
I like how she got tired and just sat down=) And, what a great friend! She was so great about showing Ella the moves and helping her not lift up her dress =)
Thanks so much for sharing!!

Kelly said...

These videos had me laughing and crying at the same time! Ella was such a little rockstar! I just love seeing her up on that stage with all those kids. And what a sweet friend she has:) I am sure this was a very proud and emotional moment for you! Thanks for sharing this Kacey.....not that I want Landon to grow up too fast, but I look forward to these sweet, memorable moments! ***SMILE***

Tiffany said...

Isn't that just the greatest??? You can tell your Mom that I STILL cry and I've seen Olivia do this 3 times now at school...it never gets old and it never gets less amazing!! Way to go Ella!!

Katye said...

omgsh so cute when her little friend gets there and she gets all excited! so sweet!

Nana Price said...

What a little rock star! I grinned until I was teary-eyed! Thank you for posting the videos, they are just darling!

Piper's nana