About 4 1/2 years ago, we moved from Simi Valley, CA to Frisco, TX. We have never regretted the move. Nothing against California (where I lived for many years) but Frisco is just very family oriented. Our population is 102K but we still insist on the small town feeling. A great example is the annual Daddy / Daughter Dance that happens every February. Since the first year we moved here, my daughter (Sidney) and I have attended this dance and have such a great time. I don't know about you, but I do not recall such events growing up.
Our first official dance was in 2006. As you can sort of see, she was dressed in a beautiful white dress that she picked out about one month before the dance. We left early enough to make an entire evening out of it. We first went to dinner, which Sidney picked her favorite place - La Hacienda on Preston Road. She has grown to love Tex-Mex and especially likes the queso and chips. It was just the two of us, which made it super special and we had a blast. And let me tell you, dancing at the Daddy/Daughter Dance can be quite the workout. She didn't let me sit down for more than 1/2 a song. After the dance, we took a trip to McDonalds for some hot fudge sundaes. Since it was our first dance, I'll remember it the most. It was our first official date, so I'll remember this year the most. Since then, we have had a few Daddy/Daughter dates where we will go eat dinner and then do something fun (ice skating, bowling, etc.)
For the second dance in 2007, we decided it to add a few more friends and dads. In total we had 9, which was an odd number because one dad had twins. Since it was a big party, we opted to rent a limo which fit us all very comfortably. As you can see, Sidney picked out a beautiful green dress, which again she had picked at least a month ahead of time. Prior to the dance, we headed to Carrabas in Plano for some Italian food. It was our first trip to Carrabas and we enjoyed it very much. Overall, the girls had a great time at the dance and of course renting the limo. Instead of doing desert after the dance, we decided to enjoy the car a little longer and took a tour around down.
In 2008, we decided to just make it the two of us again. With just the two of us, we allowed us to enjoy each others company more and we could always meet the rest of the group at the dance. Sidney went with mom and picked out another beautiful dress (she has good taste) and is very grown up compared to our first year. Since it was just the two of us, we went to La Hacienda. I know, we went there already, but remember this was 2 years ago. Okay, maybe we go there more often than that, but when its your favorite restaurant you tend to go there a lot. And of course when we got there, we met up with the other girls and their dads.
As Frisco continues to grow, the event must also grow. Starting in 2006, the dance was moved from a local high school to the Frisco Convention Center located on John Q. Hammons Drive. This allows for more ticket sales (almost 1500 per age group). There are 4 different age groups; 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12. In 2006, you had to purchase these tickets in person. Once these tickets went on sale, they typically would sell out so it was mandatory for dad's to wake up especially early and stand in line. How early? Well, tickets went on sale at 8:00 am on the second Saturday in January. My first year, I woke up at 5 am to stand in line by 5:35 am. Honestly, I thought someone was playing a joke on my to get me up and out of bed by 5 am. Turns out that there were already several hundred dad's standing in line and it was only 5:35 am. Also keep in mind I am from California, and it is not typically 22 degrees there. Needless to say, it was VERY cold for the 3 1/2 hours I was in line. As you can see from the above pictures, it was well worth it. Besides, I only had to do that for one year. Starting in 2007, the tickets became available online through www.friscotexas.gov
The dance is usually concluded with this song. I am still unable to attach the actual YouTube video, but feel free to cut and past this URL. Enjoy! Butterfly Kisses Video
And if you made it this far into my story, I'll share this last video. If you laugh at me in the comments, then I'll know you actually watched it. Its Macarena... one of the dads thought it would be funny to place it on youtube. Me Doing theMacarena
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