A most extraordinary weekend!

by Amy M.

We’ll begin with Eliza’s recital.  Her costume was adorable, and so was the dance!  She had some last-minute jitters and almost refused to go onstage, but Jimmy gave her a pep talk and bribed her with her favorite treats, so all went well!

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Running laps around the auditorium during rehearsal.

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So cute!!

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JJ, Papa, and Aunt Jana had a tea party luncheon with us on Saturday before the recital!

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Fancy ladies!

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Jed loves Aunt Jana!

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Learning about the birds of South Texas.  

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Recital time!

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Right before the jitters took over.

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And right after she overcame her fears and danced beautifully!  We were so proud of her 🙂

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and she was so proud of herself!

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Time to enjoy the bribes now.  Parenting win or fail?  You decide.

Here’s some cute video of her performance at rehearsal:

And she wanted to perform her dance at home, too!

 

 

On Saturday, my favorite annual event took place–the Downton Abbey Tea Party!  As usual, Anne (the hostess) when to great lengths to ensure that everyone had an absolutely marvelous time.  This year’s theme was The Titanic, and Jimmy was invited to come along and play the role of Patrick Crawley (who died at sea).  She reserved the private room at Landry’s Seafood, which added another layer of awesomeness to the whole experience.  The people who happened to be dining at Landry’s while our party took place were equally intrigued and baffled by us.  It was hilarious and wonderful.

 

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Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong century, but then I remember how much I love air conditioning and modern medicine.

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He played his part with great aplomb.

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Anne, the lovely hostess.

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She sought to replicate the tea room aboard the Titanic as closely as possible, down to the huge frond centerpieces.  And smartphones (j/k).

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His repertoire included Swanee River, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, Beautiful Dreamer, Loch Lomond, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, O Solo Mio, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, and various other tunes that were popular during the time.  A harmonious sing-along spontaneously erupted (some of the ladies in attendance had BEAUTIFUL voices), and I thought my heart was going to explode.  Oh–he played Nearer, My God to Thee when the ship began to sink (naturally).

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Gentlemen playing Spades.

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The captain toasting his retirement.

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The captain announces that the ship has encountered a problem.

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Chivalrous and nimble–that’s why I married him.

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Having Jimmy there made it even more special.  He also watches Downton Abbey now 🙂

It was practically perfect in every way!  I’m always a little sad when it’s over!