Sunday, March 18, 2018

Elite Performance Challenge

Julia was absolutely gorgeous last night up on that stage.  Just watching all her talent and joy for dancing makes all the long hours at the studio and all the driving back and forth totally worth while.  We couldn't be more proud of our young dancer!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Remembering the lives lost in Parkland FL

It's already been one month. My heart breaks for their families...

March Weather Madness

What a wild month of weather we've had so far here in the Northeast.  The first weekend of March we had a terrible nor'easter with hurricane force winds and thankfully mostly rain. I was a nervous wreck at home all day thinking one of the giant trees around our house would fall on us.  Julia was home from school that day so that helped calm my nerves a bit.

Then a week later we had another nor'easter with enough snow to call off school.

And another nor'easter hit yesterday with lots of snow to call off school for two days.  Yikes...the kids now have 5 snow days to make up which brings them to the last week of June.  It's only a matter of time that our town will join the many other towns implementing the new policy of not making up snow days.  There is no reason why the kids can't do assigned work at home.  It would teach them time management and responsibility.

Pictures from this morning. The sky is so blue...

(our basketball hoop blew over during the first storm)

Such a beautiful morning.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Dance friends

Dance friends are the best kind of friends...

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Julia's Confirmation

Yesterday was Julia's confirmation...

Julia and her Godmother Auntie Kerry...

and her Godfather Uncle Ricky...

She received the most thoughtful gifts from her Nana, Uncle and Aunts.

Sadly her Confirmation wasn't held at our own church due to a big storm a few weeks ago that caused lots of damage.  So instead it was held at another church in town.

A bit chilly outside but overall a really nice day for my girl...

Kim's Hall of Fame induction

My sister, Kim, is a Superintendent and was recently inducted into her school's Hall of Fame.  She'll be retiring in June after serving in that school for over 30 years.  I'm so proud of all her accomplishments and really loved her speech.  She is always so gracious.

All the inductees...

Monday, March 05, 2018

Dream Dance Challenge

Julia really wanted to try for a title this year.  So I searched around and found a local competition which had a really fun title competition.  She not only performed her solo but also had to answer a question and perform a 20 second routine without music in a different style than her solo.  Nerve wracking if you ask me but she did great!

Her friends Annie and Carlie came to support her...

Julia and I are so appreciative of my sister, Kerry, for all her hard work and fabulous creativity. Julia loves this new solo.

Taking a break after her solo performance...

Not only did she win the Teen Title but she also received an ultimate medal which is the highest one you could win...only 4 were given out all day.

These girls really deserved a sash, crown and trophy of their own for being such troopers and loyal friends.  It was a long long day. 

So proud of Julia!!

Here's her 20 second routine.  She's practicing it here to music but she had to do it without music at the competition.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

License's official.  My boy has his license.  Like in driving...all a car.  I don't think parents are ever ready for this milestone.  As happy as I am for him...I'm just as nervous.  Be safe my boy.  And turn down the radio!!!

Friday, February 16, 2018

It happened yet again

...and it will continue to happen again...and again...and again...and again...and again...

We are not safe anywhere anymore.  Whether it's schools...colleges, high schools, middle schools or elementary schools...indoor concerts...outdoor theaters...places of work...and the list goes on.  We are not safe anywhere.  Because how do you protect yourself from an assault weapon?  Install metal detectors?  What match are metal detectors to assault weapons?  When you can just blast your way into a building...and through doors and windows...with an assault weapon?  Or be match for ANY gun...whatever the type of gun?


1. The N.R.A. calls the AR-15 the most popular rifle in America.

2. Five of the six deadliest mass shootings in the past six years here in the U.S. -the gunman had an AR-15 style semiautomatic rifle.

3. Under federal law, you must be 21 to buy a handgun from a firearms dealer. But 18-year-olds can buy semiautomatic rifles.

4. Florida has a 3-day waiting period for handgun purchases. But anyone without a felony record, domestic abuse conviction, or a handful of other exceptions - can walk into a gun store, wait a few minutes to clear a background check, and walk out with an AR-15 style rifle, magazines and ammunition.

5. Congress explicitly banned AR-15s and other semiautomatic rifles that fit its definition of assault weapons from 1994 to 2004.  Since that law expired 14 years ago, in most states, it has been just as easy to buy an AR-15 style gun as it is in Florida. Buyers can also purchase the weapon in person or online from private sellers who are not required to perform a background exemption known as the “gun show loophole.”

The FBI failed to do their job in this particular case.  Mental health played a role in every single one of these cases. 

We need to fix what is broken. NOW. 


I kissed my kids goodnight last night knowing those families couldn't do that.

I kissed my kids goodbye this morning and said "have a good day"...and wondered if those were the last words their moms and dads said to their kids as they left for school on Wednesday...which was Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday.

My hope is that we, as a country, have reached our breaking point...and come together to finally do help control gun violence.