Sunday, July 24, 2016

TYT "Alice in Wonderland"

Gianna just finished up her two week theater summer camp.  She absolutely loved it!  This was her 5th play with Triboro Youth Theatre and she got a special certificate.  The summer play was "Alice in Wonderland Jr." and it was super cute! Gianna did a great job with her role as "Daisy".  





 

Gianna with some of her friends...


After the play, we headed to our favorite place for hot dogs and fries. If it was 90 degrees outside...it had to be over 100 degrees inside that little trailer...but we didn't care...the hot dogs are worth it!! 


I really hope she can do the fall play because she is so great on the stage!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

More Musically Videos

Gianna loves making these videos and I love watching them. She just cracks me up!

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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Our 4th of July weekend

It literally took me two days to recover from Nationals.  The girls thought it was so funny because they said "Mom! You didn't even dance!"

Well...I was the one who had to pack and repack and repack and repack their huge dream duffles with all the costumes, accessories and make up.  I'm the one who had to stress about getting them to where they had to be on time...in costume with hair and make up done.  I'm the one that had to be sure we had the right food, snacks and drinks and was the one who had to figure out the timing of when and where to eat to be sure we didn't miss our stage times.  I'm the one who had to drive back and forth to and from Mohegan Sun, the hotel and home endless times.  And I'm the one who had to carry most of the heavy stuff back and forth from the ballroom, hotel, car and home.  See?  Coming off two long shows at the recital and then five days of Nationals almost killed me.

But I digress...oh yes...4th of July weekend.

It was a very nice, fun and relaxing weekend for us. Danny scored Red Sox tickets for Saturday nights game!  Two front row seats behind home plate!  It was an absolutely gorgeous day.  We ate at a restaurant right across the street from Fenway.  It was in this huge warehouse and they had all the windows and doors open so it was as if you were sitting right outside...




Before the game there was lots happening on the field.  I got this picture of the owner of the Red Sox, John Henry.  All I could think about was how much money this guy must have and how I'd like to be out on his yacht.


The view from our front row seats...


This picture doesn't even look real...but it is...


David Ortiz "Big Papi" up at bat...



Kerry and the kids kept sending us pictures so we could see ourselves on TV.  All I can say is...I felt so self conscious!!  Only a few people knew we were at the game but still...it was so weird!! 

There we are...


Haha...


This guy is my sister's favorite so I took a bunch of pictures for her...


Sunday was another gorgeous day.  Danny and I hung out by the pool all day and then took the kids to the drive in later that night to see Finding Dory. There is nothing better than watching a movie outside on a gorgeous summer night with loads of home made popcorn and boxes of candy...


Then yesterday, the 4th, was another gorgeous day so we spent the day at the ocean at Horseneck Beach.  I loved every second of it.  It was the perfect temperature near the water with a beautiful breeze.  Can you tell how much the kids loved it?  They don't like the beach.

Gianna...


Nicholas and Julia...


I did get Julia to come out for a bit for a smile...


Happy Summer!!! : )

Monday, July 04, 2016

Julia's solo "Homeless" from Nationals

Julia placed 7th for this routine out of 182 teen solos!! Just amazing...



Gianna's acro team

"Devil Went Down to Georgia" from Starpower Nationals...



Julia's duo "Enlightenment" from Nationals

2nd place at Starpower Nationals...



Julia's acro team "Glory"

The amazing "Glory"...



The rest of Starpower Nationals

What a competition!!! So many top scoring amazing routines from our studio...but most importantly the girls had a blast performing and being with their friends and teammates.


Gianna in her "Devil Went Down to Georgia" costume...


Julia and Alyssa won 2nd place for their duo (out of 49 duo/trios)!!!  And they only missed 1st place by 4 tenths of a point!  They were amazing!!


Julia and her "Boyz" jazz group...




Julia and her "Vienna" teammates...


They won 1st place!!


Julia being silly in the candy store...this face cracks me up...


Julia's acro team "Glory" won 1st place at the competition and 1st place in the battle...they got a perfect score and a standing ovation from the audience and the judges!!

This is her team right before they performed...I love how they come together like this before they compete...



Gianna got to re-compete "Devil Went Down to Georgia" and "Big Noise" for the Battle of the Stars.  Julia got to re-compete "Glory", "Vienna", "Can Can" and "Where Have All the Children Gone".  The show was broadcast on the web and these two guys (below) were the hosts. Just for fun I kept walking right behind them when they were talking so my sister at home could see me...haha!!!



Big Noise...


Vienna...


Devil...


Can Can...



Winning their 1st place trophy for Can Can...


Big Noise won 1st place in the competition and the battle!!!


winning their trophy...




One of the girls is leaving the team after this year and they were so emotional hugging her goodbye...


Julia and her graduating friend Nicole...Julia has known her since she was little and was so sad to say goodbye...


Winning their trophy for Glory...

 


 2016 Champions...so well deserved!!!


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Starpower Nationals

Yesterday was Day One of Starpower Nationals at Mohegan Sun and what a day it was!!!

Gianna and Victoria had one of their best performances of their duo "Ol' Bamboo"!  They were fantastic and scored 4 3/4 stars out of 5!!  


Then Julia performed her junior small group "Where Have All the Children Gone".  They came in the top five and will be dancing in the Battle of the Stars on Friday! 


The talent at this competition is crazy good.  What a story though. I watched the group dance through a door that was adjoining the solo room.  So while she was dancing on stage...the award ceremony was taking place for the teen solos next door.  I asked one of her teammates to grab her medal for her and never thought it would be more than that. 

There were 182 solos yesterday...yes 182!!!  They had broken it down into 3 sessions.  Julia was in the third session.  First, for her division (13 year old open solos...there were 12 of them) she won 2nd place!! I was so thrilled for her because there was such amazing talent.  But then...they announced the top 20 (out of all 182 solos)...and Julia placed 7th overall!!!!  What an amazing accomplishment for her!  She had the performance of a lifetime and just gave it her all!!  Only one other girl from our studio placed and she was 17th.  And sad to say, Julia missed the award ceremony!  She walked in to see her teammate, Emma, holding a 7th place plaque and assumed she had won...until I ran up to her and told her that she actually won!  She was so happy!!  Yay Julia!!




Look at her sandwiched between all the Studio L girls...they are a fantastic studio with incredible talent...