Monday, March 23, 2015

KAR dance competition

We had our first studio dance competition of the season this past weekend.  It was in CT so that meant staying in a hotel for the weekend.  Although we didn't see much of the hotel at all.  Just the inside of the dark theater where the competition was held.  Really long days...like 7:00 a.m. call times and finishing up two nights in a row at 12:30 a.m.!  Crazy.

I really loved all their dances! But this is what happens every year.  I'm nervous and overwhelmed with all that has to be done with hair, make up, costumes, accessories, which tights and which dance shoes need to be worn...that I don't take any pictures.  And then I'm so bummed when I get home!  But I did remember to take this one of my little "Newsies" cutie pie...


Gianna was awesome!!!  She is such a great little performer on stage.  This was her acro/tap production and it was fabulous!  I can't wait to see it again!  Gianna is such a ham on that stage.  Her flipping has improved so much and she has such great form.  She also did a beautiful lyric to "Ship in a Bottle".   The costumes were pretty...you'll just have to take my word for that one.  ; )

Julia did her solo and it was absolutely beautiful!!  She has improved so much already from just last year!  She was happy with herself when she walked off the stage and honestly that's all that matters.  She was in the "teen" category and at just 12 years old was dancing with girls ages 12-14.  And believe me there is a big difference between a 12 and a 14 year old when it comes to dance!  But Julia held her own!  She received an elite top first (which is the best you can get) and placed 12th overall!  It's funny that at the two competitions she's done so far she's placed 12th at both.  Hoping she can move her way up a little bit.



I bought the video and some pictures but don't have them just yet.  I'll post them as soon as I get them.

Oh and I got one other costume picture - Julia in her production costume for "Bar Flies".  I really liked this routine.  Very entertaining!  How cute is she?


But the highlight of the weekend had to be the duo Kerry choreographed for Julia and Alyssa called "The Haunt".  Ricky did an incredible job on the music too! What a performance! They killed it!
















They won 1st place in the junior duo/trio division.  They beat some really good dances too.  Very well deserved!!



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Happy Birthday Dad

I love this picture of Dad...


I miss him every single day but I know he is still here with me.  That I know for sure.  I love you Dad!  Happy Birthday!!

Julia wrote this beautiful poem last night for school.  As I was reading it this morning I realized that it reminded me of Dad.  I don't want to change her poem, but if you just insert a "he" for the "she"...you'll see what I mean.

Gone with the Wind
by Julia

a beautiful summers day
laughter fills my ears
we run and play
there is no need for tears
everything is still
everything is calm
as we run up the hill
I reach to touch her palm
but I feel 
nothing
nothing but air
at that moment
nothing can compare
then the dream flies out of my head
for I realize that I am in bed
I notice that my memory is gone of her
I recognize that I am thin-skinned
for I understand that she is 
gone with the wind

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Monday, March 09, 2015

Bantam Champions!

Nicholas' Bantam team won the championship!!!  They fought hard and it was a very exciting game!  Nicholas scored a goal and my eyes filled with tears.  I was so happy because he was so happy!



He is in the front row 3rd in from the right.




So very proud of my handsome boy!



Oh and he ended up in the penalty box...twice.  Bad boy.  You can see when the buzzer goes off at the end of the game, Nicholas hops out of the penalty box to join his team.

video

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Hall of Fame and more...

Julia competed her new solo for the first time last weekend at Hall of Fame. She did a beautiful job.  I wish I took more pictures but we were so pressed for time. We arrived a little late, 6:45 a.m. - ugh, and then she had to compete at 7:30 a.m. That didn't leave much time at all to stretch and practice...


I bought this picture but it hasn't come yet.  This is just the proof.  Isn't she beautiful?  She had to go on second out of 98 solos!!  Crazy big competition! She held her own and got a platinum, the highest score in the open category, a special judges award for "precision" (only about 6 specials were given) and she placed 12th overall.  Not bad for her first time out!



Ugh...the snow.  Just look at all the snow...



It snowed three mornings this past week which meant more shoveling.  I hate to complain about it but I am so done with the snow.


I think the worst is behind us now and it is slowly starting to melt.  Yay!!!  I cannot wait for spring!  I'm looking forward to seeing green grass, opening our pool and eating meals outside on our screened in porch.  Ahhhh.  That will be so nice!!

All the kids have been sick with a cold/fever bug.  Nicholas was first, then Gianna and this past week it was Julia's turn.  She didn't get it as bad as the other two thank goodness.  One day home from school was all she needed...


Gianna's hair looked so pretty after taking it out of the bun maker we just had to take a picture.  She really does have great hair...


Julia went to a birthday party yesterday at one of her favorite places, Arielle Arts...






And Nicholas' Bantam team won their playoff game yesterday and is playing in the championship game later this afternoon!  He scored the first goal yesterday. It was a very exciting game!!

Nicholas is team captain...front row third in from the right...


My handsome boy before the game.  I love how the kids decided to dress up before the playoff games all on their own.  So cute.  The team is headed to Canada next weekend to play in a tournament.  He is super excited!!


That's all for now.  I know that was a lot of randomness but that is how my life is right now.  Just super crazy busy...running in all different directions every day. But I love it!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Weekending

So the kids are back in school...finally...since last week was school vacation. They need to be in school and they need to get back into their routines!!  We didn't do a whole lot of anything over school vacation. The kids played with some friends and the girls had lots of rehearsals for dance as competition is coming up soon. Nicholas rested his arm until this past weekend when he had two hockey games.  He looked a bit tired out on the ice but he did score goals in both games!  Yay for that!

The girls got new tricks at tumbling yesterday.  Julia has been working on her back aerial with a spot but now she has it all on her own!!  And her legs are looking straighter too!



But the BIGGEST surprise was Gianna!  She's never done a back aerial before and did it all by herself with no spot!  She amazes me sometimes because she is such a cautious child and then she does this!  All by herself?? Crazy.

This is how she started to learn...



And it turned into this after just a couple of tries...


Wow!! I'm amazed!

I took Julia sledding yesterday.  It's funny how 38 degrees felt warm to us!! The sun felt so good!



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Snow Snow Snow

So much snow these days.  This was taken last week while Gianna waited for the school bus just before another big snow storm was coming.


We had to take this snow off the roof from a previous blizzard before the next foot of snow arrived...


There are icicles everywhere...HUGE ones...on practically every house and building around here...including ours...



And this is my dining room window overlooking the pool...


Yes, there is a pool under there somewhere...


The snow just keeps getting deeper and deeper...





My poor mailbox...but this is the way all the mailboxes look around here...


And it snowed all day today...only a few inches...big fluffy flakes that almost looked fake.


And I was the one wishing for snow!  Maybe I wished a little too hard?