Monday, May 17, 2010


Two years ago, I sat on my couch and cried for two hours because I was too pregnant to go to Idaho Falls to see my best friend be Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz dance recital. "This baby has already ruined my life, and she isn't even here yet!" I wailed. But never fear, Heidi's dance instructor decided to do it again, only this time she asked Heidi to do it knowing that she would only have about three weeks to recover from a C-section before performing. Heidi really wanted to do it though, so even though she was greatly harassed by her family and friends over it, this weekend was the big event.

Ashley came along with me and we took a road trip away from our babies. We were even able to stop at Maddox, which Ashley had last eaten at when she was like 13, so it was a real treat for her. We listened to some of our favorite old songs and chatted so much that our 3.5-hour trip just flew by.

Before the show, Craig wanted to go out to dinner to a place next to the theatre. I felt pretty cool hanging out with the star of Idaho Falls' production of Wizard of Oz. There were posters with Heidi on them EVERYWHERE. I saw them at the grocery store when I was in Idaho last weekend, and then when I went to dinner at the restaurant before the show, Heidi's poster was plastered right in front of me while I was going to the bathroom! There was even a GIANT billboard showing off the adorableness of my BFF, who was 8 months pregnant in the promotional picture!

We were allowed backstage for some exclusive access to the performers. I mostly was interested in Dorothy of course because she was the star of the show.

When it was finally time for the production to begin I was on the edge of my seat with my camera in hand. I took way too many pictures because everything Heidi did was ADORABLE! Now, this was a children's dance recital, not a play, so it was mostly a lot of dancing, which sometimes got a little long. I felt the same way Catcher did: "When my mom is on stage, I love it, but I just want to fast forward through the other parts." There were some cute dancing moments, but none of them could compare to on-stage Heidi. I had a little tear when she first appeared on stage and again as she was taken up to the rafters on a swing back to Kansas.

At the end of the show Dorothy was bombarded by tiny fans, and gave many an autograph and posed for many a picture with the little ones.

Soon she was back at home with baby Wyn, who didn't even need to see her on stage to know that she is a star.


Christy said...

Wow! I'm so excited that you got to go see it. Those are some great pictures you got of you and Ashley and of Heidi. She makes a perfect Dorothy! :)

angelicindy said...

1) Heidi you're amazing! Dancing and cuteness and mother and all :). Give that Wyn a kiss for me. Maybe two!

2) Ashley, your hair looks so pretty! I love how light and bright it is!

3) Michelle, your production pictures have such wonderful COLOR which is extra appropriate for the Wizard of Oz. As I JUST tried taking some stage pictures, I really appreciate and admire your brilliant-ness :)

mistieleigh said...

looks like a fun show. i need to go to shows like that more often. made me smile to see the pictures! And what a good friend to drive up there for that...but you are always a friend like that! :)

Brandy said...

I could NOT be more jealous! These are so priceless! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I have a tear in my eye because I'm so proud of Heidi and your last comment about Wyn knowing she is a star. I'm so glad you captured the magic of that dance/play. It's been a little less than 2 yrs ago that I saw it and I still remember how great Heidi does on stage.