Tuesday, July 27, 2010


We took a trip to Arkansas to visit Andrew's grandparents in Bella Vista. They live on a beautiful lake and it was wonderful to visit in the summertime. We had a fun time swimming in the lake, boating and visiting with family. Grandma Ginny cooked great food and the girls loved playing with their cousin, Emily.
Finley and Emily playing together.
Our family with Grandma Ginny and Grandpa Bob.

The Greatest City in the World

Anyone who knows me knows that New York City is my happy place. This may seem obvious or cliche because most artists would agree that NYC is Mecca. There is just something magical about this sparkling, energetic city. I love it! Sure enough, I left feeling charmed yet again.
Every summer I attend a dance conference in the big apple. As a benefit to my staff, I invite them to come along as well. It is such a good time. This year we attended the Pulse -- a convention put on by Broadway Dance Center. All of the SYTYCD peeps were there. My favorite class was with Mia Michaels. Anyway, the weekend was grand and for a moment I stepped outside of my life and partied like a rock star.
I missed my family like crazy! It was so hard to be in NYC without them b/c they always come with me. But, it was really great to have time to re-connect with old friends, hang out in the city that never sleeps and get my dance on....Can't wait to go back!

Grand Central Station with Elizabeth, ADC instructor.
Out to dinner with Jaime.

Going to the new Twyla Tharp show, Come Fly Away. Absolutely fabulous -- she is my creative role model and I love her choreography. The dancers were incredible.

Our lovely hotel room at the Waldorf Astoria -- thanks Seth!

My favorite place to enter Central Park.

Welcome Baby

I was so excited to meet my dear friend Staci's little girl, born June 6th, 2010. She is precious! Staci and I have been friends since freshman year of highschool at Westlake. She was new to Austin and was in my Spanish class. Apparently, I started chatting with her and we've been friends ever since. Anyway, it was so wonderful to get to meet her sweet bundle, baby H. Jana and I went together to hang out with Staci. We had bar-b-que and played at Staci's beautiful home. I love you baby!

Sweet sleeping baby.
Outside our dinner spot in Fort Worth.

Mom & Dad's Trip to Hawaii

On June 23rd, we celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary with a romantic trip to Maui. We honeymooned on Kauaii, so it only seemed fitting to celebrate on Hawaii. This was the first time for us to leave the girls and they had a wonderful time without us -- I think it was all of the activities and field trips that Gigi planned! It was so fabulous to reconnect and enjoy each other's company -- long, uninterrupted dinners, sleeping in, watching the tide come in and out and going hiking. We're ready to go again!

On our lanai at our beautiful hotel.
Our secret beach that we found -- fabulous snorkeling and calm waves.

Twin falls hike and swimming hole.

Andrew summitting.

The river we hiked along in Iao Valley.

Charlotte's Big Recital

Charlotte had her big dance recital over Dad's Day weekend. She danced in two routines -- one with her class to "Over the Rainbow" and with her Daddy to Rod Stewart's "Forever Young." I wasn't expecting to be so moved by seeing my little girl for the first time on the big stage. It was so meaningful. During her rainbow dance, she turned around and looked at the magical lights during the first minute of the dance. It was precious. Ms. Karen and Ms. Kara had designed a really cool rainbow across the cyc. It was so fun to see Andrew and Charlotte dance in the Daddy Daughter Dance with all of the other pairs -- over 60 dads and girls onstage for ADC's annual routine. We were so blessed to have Gigi, Papa, Seannie, Grandma Bonnie and Grandpa Dave all in town for her big day. We were so proud of our little bear!!

Here is Charlotte on her last day of class -- wearing her rainbow costume and enjoying the end-of-year class party. Now she graduates to ADC's Twinkle Stars class. Look out tap dancing....here she comes!