Monday, June 22, 2015

Ellie Sue's dance recital.

Hard to believe that I haven't even post about my darlings' recitals!!  This year, we had two!  First up was Ellie Sue!
She's in her best bud's dance class, so they get to enjoy this fun, celebratory day together.

One new thing that was implemented a few years ago was that mamas were not allowed to be backstage during the recital.  I, for one, LOVE that rule!!  Miss Linda hires college girls to come and see to it that every kid has every headpiece tap tie, lacy glove, and bobby pinned bun perfectly in place.

So, I came back, gave my girls  a little sugar, and headed back out to my spot in the audience.  My hard fought seat in the 10th row.  Talk about some serious action... trying to get a primo spot in the audience with back to back recitals!!
This is Miss Ella Kate.  She lives right across the street from us.  She's a year younger than these two divas though.
Madi be like, "Yo!  You photo bombing, Isabella, or what?!".

Might as well welcome her on in to the group!!  Isabella has been in class with Madi and Ellie Sue since they were all three years old.
This is the first year Ellie has three dances and an actual costume change.  This is pretty big stuff!!  Look at the jazz shoes.  YEP!  She had a JAZZ dance.  And anyone who has a little girl in dancing knows that this is a coming of age thing!!

I snapped a few pics while she was onstage.  (second from end below)
Can you find miss Hotsy Totsy?!
And would you look at this!?  A real live ballerina costume!!
I personally think this is the style of dance where she most excels.  But, I think she'd prefer I say that about hip hop.  :(

Yep.  I had less than an hour between this recital and Gabbi's recital. So, as soon as this one was over, I was in that dressing room, taking all of one's costumes out to the car asap, and collecting flowers and gifts and getting another one's bun put on top of her head as fast as I could.
Glad these two get to do so many of these important things together as kids!!  They'll have lifetime memories!

Friday, June 12, 2015

What's your word? For 150 kids!

We have really had a great year at the studio!  Just this week, I was honored to have SIX speaking engagements in 4 days.  And we are working with adults, kids, and corporations.  

These pics are from a fun day we were asked to spend working with 150 kids from a local elementary school.  Yes, I said, "ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY"!  Suzy went on behalf of the studio and facilitated this activity.  The kids were given a brief little talk on their word of the summer, and each were told to think of the work that they felt represented what they wanted to be, focus on, or do more of over the summer. 
I love how they turned out.  I especially love that we were able to preserve each of their sweet little unique handwriting on their canvases.
Looking through these, do you have a favorite or two?

I really loved these!!!  I like the handwriting and the upper and lower case of of "faith".
And how cute is this little "happy"!?

If you recall, my word of the year this year is "Maximize".  I have seriously made a very conscientious effort to MAXIMIZE my time.  I do the things that only I can do.  I try to avoid taking on projects that take me off the path of my purpose this year.  Did you decide on a word this year?  Are you still honoring and recognizing that word?

This is about 40 of the 150!!

We do something similar for kids' birthday parties!  Sometimes it is a "word" and sometimes we encourage the kids to do their monograms in that center space.

This was their end of the year party.  We had them spread out in the multi purpose room, and also had a little extra surprise by also doing face painting.  It seemed to be a hit.  If you are a teacher, and think your students might enjoy this project or another canvas project, holler, and MoJoy will come to the school for your special event.
Shelby was a top notch helper!  Just sayin'!!
Doing art and teaching personal growth to kids is a pretty great day.  I am living the dream. Are you living yours?


Saturday, June 6, 2015

The days after the retreat... Miss Pat.

This pic was taken the morning after all the art retreaters left to go home.  The girls were up and dressed for school.  So, of course, it was time for the #grovesgirls pic!  I wonder how many I have by now!
So, although the ladies left, I had one gem who stayed behind.  Miss Pat is a beautiful lady who came down to the retreat from Columbus, Ohio.  She decided to stay a few extra days so we could mastermind a little, discuss ideas, and even consider collaborate on the writing of a book.
(Look at sweet Lizzie girl... she was ready to have her house back.  She's a patient dog, though.  She just hangs back when everybody is here and watches the show!)
Miss Pat got a firsthand look at the crazy lives of the Groves!  She was up with us to run the kids to school, and she got to see that we hardly ever really stop.
I took Miss Pat with me to the studio where she got to witness the hours of preparation that goes into all of these speaking and training engagements that I am currently honored to have/ do.  Oh yeah, this was Cinco de Mayo, so I did my most festive jewelry for the occasion.
I don't think she slid in on this though... this was Cade's last day at MMPT.  He has been one of our MMPT PT techs for four years.  This year, he was accepted to PT school in New Orleans.  We have a "Jesus nugget" on Tuesdays before work.  7:45 am.
Cade decided that on this particular day, he'd lead the meeting.
One must admit... there's not a better way to start the workday!
Flash forward to lunch... Miss Pat and I went to lunch, and if you'll notice every time you see a photo of her, she has a notepad in her hand!  So do I , actually.  She is a lifelong learner!!  In fact, she will be featured in my daily Motivation that will go out Monday morning.  The first one went out today.  If you want to receive these, email Suzy at, and just say, "please add me to email list".  I've been wanting to roll out something like this for a year, and TODAY I finally sent my first bulk email.  Hallelujah!!
ANyhoo... here we are after FLYING home from work, grabbing the girls, and heading to the ballpark!  Would you believe that she later shared with me that she thought I was a housewife who was just making a little extra money by having a little art weekend.  She was shocked how busy my life was!  That kind of cracked me up!!  We have perceptions of people that can be very, very wrong!!  Beware.
Todd the Bod came to the game.  His shadow had to sit and hang with him.
Miss Gabbi Lou LOVES tee ball!  She has really made improvements this year too!
I love watching her run the bases.  She has the most unique way of running, and so many people comment on it.
This one has enjoyed ball too.  She really doesn't have the technical parts of it down yet, but, well, let's just say she must have a heck of a positive self image, because it never seems to bother her much.
She RARELY gets a change to run, if you know what I mean.  She's usually heading right back to the dugout.  BUT... she comes back smiling!
She went right to coach pitch after NOT playing tee ball for two years, so I think it was a bit of a radical change for her.  I think watching her keep going back, smiling, and showing a great attitude is what makes me to the most proud of her though.

I don't like my girls to quit.  I will be really excited when they decide exactly what it is they really like the most and feel passionate about, so we can CHOOSE the sport/ activity they want to stick with and really pursue long term.

JinJin hardly misses any event of any kind!!  She is there EVERY TIME!
It was fun having Miss Pat there this time too!!  She and Gabbi had a really special bond!
And then came the best part... some really deep reflection time on on the back porch!
Even the girls got in on it.  They wrote in their "journals" and we all enjoyed the peacefulness of the back porch area on a Louisiana summer night.
One more morning on this post... Ellie is up and taking notes of some kind!  Who ever really knows!
Miss Pat got in on the morning pic, as it was her last day!
ANd I took a pic with an expanded view for her to take home with her to Ohio.
She even went to drop them off at school with me for one last hug and goodbye.  It was a good few days!!
If you don't have one, you should find an older mentor.  One who has been there, done that, and is still growing.  Also one who is "ahead of you" in growth so they can teach and share.  I am thankful for Miss Pat.