I swear that I am a driving fool! This is what I have always wanted to do and my kids and I are so lucky we have their daddy to let them do this...and me to drive! I think this past year of me taking off with the kids has made Derek really become more open to getting out of town. Later I will share how Derek was the 'fun seeker' during our latest trip to Santa Cruz and Lake Shasta.
Where did I drive to this time? Santa Barbara! Who had Lilly and Drew? Linda! I love her summer off! I also love SB, always have and always will. I have not been there since I turned 21 or 23, so going there was so much fun! What made it even more special was the fact that I got to spend time with Emma. She is my traveling buddy and a lover or ballet/show/dance performances like her dear momma.
Who did we see? We actually went to the State Street Ballet Summer Intensive Program demonstration/show. Two dancers from TDAD, where Em dances, had the honor of being accepted (I think on scholarship) to the Intensive Program. For both Angela and Kimmy it was kind of like a 4 week job interview. So who made it? Angela did! TDAD has produced another professional ballerina! How awesome is that! It would have been awesome to see both of the girls make it...really they both could have & the show was really centered around both of their dancing abilities...but they only had one spot. I hope Kimmy tries again, she can do it! I am so excited for the girls and for Em to see what she can possibly do. I wish I could have recorded her face while she was watching the show. She did not even want to sit next to me, so was so excited for the perfect view and I think she had it...five seats away from me. Once again, I got a little sappy while watching the show because I was watching it with my daughter. She just loves this dancing stuff.
How did our journey go? Well, like of my 'adventures' not so good at first then get better. I keep on trucking. Derek thinks I am crazy. Soooooo it took me 3.5 hours to get there...I hate the 101 at times. It was very hot. When we got to SB I have the wrong address, so I could not find the place. I contacted the normal box office for State Street, but this particular show was not through that box office. The gal from the box office gave me the "correct place" and I put that in quotes because the "correct place" was not correct and thank goodness I ran into Ms. Brenda at a restaurant because I really would have been pissed. She gave me the correct information. I put it into my phone and off we went to the show after lunch. Oh then my GPS dumped when we entered UCSB! I drove around and around and could not find this little theater that was showing the performance. Ya know when you start getting worried and sweat all over and then want to cry then say 'screw this' but don't because you have gone so far to get there and if you give up now you will be mad? That was me! Thank goodness I have a very well behaved child, she was great. Oh, then the flipping security guard I asked for directions was of no help. I trusted his directions were correct. I now know never to trust a man on a cell phone while working. He sent me to the other side of the campus. I SWEAR he did. By the time I finally found the theater we were a few minutes late, I did not pay for parking in the meter and I was SWEATING! I did not get a parking ticket though...that would have been the topper. Then again, I should have paid to begin with to avoid the headache of a ticket.
The show was great and like I mentioned before the two girls that were at the Intensive did a great job and were really the highlight of the show. Their level of dancing was just so much higher than the rest. Emma loved to watch the girls and pointed her little figure and had the biggest smile on her face when she saw Kimmy and Angela.
Em and I at lunch. Of course I had a glass of Santa Barbara Chardaney which was OK:)
Picture of Em at intermission...she is funny.
Em with Ms. Sam, another one of the TDAD instructors that we love.
Then her fav gal, Kimmy. She was so sad she did not get a position, but she was a tropper and super excited to see Em there. I think Em was the youngest Tracy Dee dancer there.
Picture with the Martinez Girls. Isabella I call her blondie twin because sometimes it is hard for me to tell the difference btw them. Katrina has the 'sad eyes' like Em does. Katrina is one of my favorite to watch dance.
Then there is Ms. Angela. 17 years old and off to travel with the ballet company. How exciting is that to do something that you love and have been doing since I think 2? I wonder how Em will grow as a dancer?