The entire first grade at Maddie's school put on a performance Thursday night (and I've been trying to get blogger to upload my video of it since then. Grrr...) The theme was TEXAS--that's capitalized very intentionally. Texans love their state and their cowboys, and now there's an entire grade level of recently brainwashed Texas lovers to prove it. We have to sign away our rights as parents in the delivery room to ever get mad if they come home with a Texas-related tattoo, run off to join a country band, or bring home a stray horse or cow to have as a pet. It just comes with the territory.
Back to the first graders. They square-danced, they jump roped, they line danced, they sang Elvira (you country Oakridge Boys' lovin' folk know the one I'm talking about), and they praised TEXAS all night long. They even had one boy that did an entire song solo--dressed to the nines in his cowboy gear. Guess what song---? All my ex's live in Texas. Hi-larious. The sad part for the audience was that it was hot in the gym, way overcrowded, and it smelled like stinky armpits and dirty feet.
Maddie had a short solo in a group of 7 girls proclaiming how awesome Texas is (she's the first one to sing once the song starts). I'm pretty sure somewhere in the second verse, the girls all promise to name their firstborns Jim Bob or Bubba. She had a cd at home that she's been practicing with...so much so that Aidan and Avery were singing the entire song with the girls. Sorry for the shaky and off-center camera work. I think Jeremy was falling ill due to the stinky armpit smell, but you'll get the idea.
And I apologize to all cowboys everywhere for Maddie's too big, lining sticking out of the front "cowboy hat." It's been in the dress up trunk being abused by kids for a year, so that should explain alot. And no, she doesn't own cowboy boots. A fact that I was repeatedly scolded for (by her) because "HOW CAN SHE BE A COWBOY IF SHE DOESN'T HAVE BOOTS?!" Perhaps a hint to Grandma for her next birthday present. I can just see her struttin' around in pink snakeskin boots...