Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The rest of our trip




I'm convinced our condo was at the heart of everything at 22nd Street...


We spent a day at Busch Gardens which was a lot of fun.  My favorite roller coaster was Verbolten...


Nicholas and Danny did some fun stuff on their own like a harbor cruise and spending a morning at Motor World racing all kinds of go-karts.

The rest of the competition went very well.  Julia's acro production received a perfect score in the dance off and won the prestigious Apogee Award for the entire junior division.  Her other production, Mardi Gras, also placed first and received the Apogee Award for the entire senior division.  Gianna's acro team placed first as well!

Lots and lots of awards were won this week.  All the kids did a great job and all their hard definitely work paid off!!





Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Our condo

So here are some pics of our condo where we are staying this week.  The balcony...it's been so nice to sit out there to people watch and enjoy the ocean...


This is our condo on the beach side.  Our unit is 4 stories up, last unit on the right side...


This is the kids bedroom.  I love that they each have their own bed!


Full kitchen...we've been eating most of our meals in which is saving us money!!


Eating and living area...comfortable furniture for sure...


Master bedroom...


And this is our biggest life savor this week...love love love having clean clothes, bathing suits and towels while we are away...


So just to keep things real...it hasn't been easy being away from home this week. We are all feeling a little resentful that we had to come all the way down here in the first place.  It's not like our summer vacations on the Cape that we've become so accustomed to.  Virginia Beach is in no way shape or form Cape Cod.  We are trying to make it somewhat of a "vacation" but honestly...it isn't working out like that.  The kids have been having their usual arguments and unfortunately that sets the tone for the day or evening.  Ugh.  Then that sets of either me or Danny.  It's been exhausting.  The kids don't want to be here and Danny and I don't want to be here.  I'm thankful that it is hump day today. We have 4 more full days ahead of us and then Sunday will be our long travel day back home.

We all miss home and we all miss KoKo.  Gianna misses her toys.  The kids miss their beds and their quiet rooms to sleep in.  I miss all those things too plus the daily routine of being home.  I miss our screened in porch and our pool.  I miss my bedroom and my TV with all my DVR'd shows.  I miss my clicker and knowing which stations to watch.  I miss the quiet of our neighborhood.  I miss watering my flowers.  Oh boy.  I miss it all.  I really hope the rest of the week is ten times better than today.  : (

Virginia Beach

After a very l-o-n-g ten hour car ride, we arrived at Virginia Beach.  What a view from our condo!!  But one small downside...it's very loud here.  The boardwalk is very busy all hours of the day and night.  And the kid's bedroom faces the street where there is nonstop action with bars and live bands and lots of noise from cars and motorcycles.  Oh...and I can't forget all the fighter jets flying overhead!  But on the flip side...I am very grateful to have this roomy condo with 2 1/2 bathrooms, separate beds for the kids, a full size kitchen, comfy living room, large dining table and the beach and many restaurants and convenience stores within seconds of our front door.  Yes...very grateful we aren't stuck in a hotel for the week!!!

Our view during the day...


and our view at night...


Gianna always gets terribly homesick when we leave home for vacations and this trip is no exception.  She cried most of the way down here.  Very sad...


The other two were just fine though...



When we got here we explored the beach and the shops around us.  We thought it would be really fun to rent one of these...


Well...it was fun for about five minutes...then it was just way way way too much work.  It is very hot and humid here so between that and all the pedaling...we were ready to return it!!  

The next day, which was our first full day here with no scheduled dancing, we went to the Ocean Breeze water park right down the street from our hotel.  The weather was perfect and the park was clean and loads and loads of fun!!!


I love water slides and went down most of them with the kids...


Later that night, we met up with some other dance families for dinner...


Then the next day was the start of the dance competition.  Julia really out did herself with her solo.  She was absolutely gorgeous!!  No mistakes at all. Really...it was her personal best!  I couldn't have been more proud of my girl! She scored a platinum and placed 8th overall!!!  And that was out of 57 solos!! Go Julia!!  The trio was also fantastic!  They scored a "platinum plus" and won a spot in the dance off where the top 5 routines from each category compete again on Saturday.  It was by far the cleanest performance for them.  I hope they have a repeat performance on Saturday!


My Julia deserves all these trophies!!!  Haha!!!  Scary though...her room is starting to look like this...


Today we spent the morning at the Virginia Aquarium which is also right down the street.  You really can't beat this location!  It's not as good as the Mystic Aquarium but it was still very nice with lots of great fish and reptiles like this guy...



huge tanks like this...


and this guy...




Oh no!!!



And we saw a great 3D movie in the IMAX theater about great white sharks...


Then we spent the afternoon at the beach right out our front door...


It was very hot and humid today.  The kids enjoyed some slushies that stained their mouths blue...



As you can tell from that picture above...Gianna still isn't happy about being down here.  We had a pretty big thunderstorm late this afternoon and she is very afraid of them so that didn't help either.

Tomorrow Gianna gets her turn to dance and Julia has two dances as well.

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Headliners Nationals

Update:  Julia placed 7th overall!!  Woohoo Julia!!

Julia competed this morning at Headliners Nationals and she was gorgeous!!  It really was her personal best.  She received an Elite Gold (which is the highest you can get)!  Out of 50 dancers, they only gave out 14 Elite Golds.  So that was fantastic for Julia!  We won't know if she placed in the top ten until the awards banquet over the weekend (which we can't go to).  We'll just have to wait until it's posted on line I guess.  : )  In my eyes though she already won!

Trying to be serious on the "red carpet"...


I got rid of her "wings" which I thought were way too big...I added some pretty stones...and voila!  Much better I think...


Being a goofball...



My two precious girls...


After awards with her trophy...





Friday, July 04, 2014

Summer flipping

Julia...
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Gianna...
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Breezy

I took the kiddies to Breezy Acres for a fun day of riding water slides and swimming...



It's so pretty there....and very very Breezy!!!




Gianna, my very cautious child, didn't want to attempt the water slides at first. But she was finally ready after lunch and was very happy she did.  She had a ball!

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Weekend summering

This is Julia with her friend Katie.  This picture cracks me up.  Julia is tiny for 11 and Katie is pretty tall for 11 so they make a really cute pair...


Gianna being silly...of course...




The weather has been so perfect the past three days.  It's been a great weekend with time spent with good friends, good food and long afternoons by our pool.

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