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 in the 12-14 teen category...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 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...


Recital

Well, I survived another dance recital. This year I had 5 costume changes in the afternoon recital and 12 costume changes in the evening recital.  And there were lots of very, very quick costume changes!


Gianna stretching on stage with friends...



Candy Shop...



Tiger Rag...




Julia receiving her 10 year award...


Julia and Alyssa with their 10 year awards...


In the blink of an eye...ten years have come and gone...just...like...that...



Note to self for next year:  See?  You CAN do it!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Nicholas' graduation from Middle School

Boy oh boy it was an emotional day yesterday.  First Gianna graduated from elementary school and then we had Nicholas' graduation from middle school. Time is just flying by and my babies are growing up before my eyes.

My incredibly handsome boy...





Proud Mom and Dad...look how tall he is!!





Three years have come and gone...just like that...


Out celebrating after...who needs fancy restaurants when you can go to a trailer in downtown Attleboro for the best hot dogs around?


That's where he wanted to go so that's where we went!  And they were delicious!!


Congratulations Nicholas!  We're hoping there are a lot of great things in store for you in high school!!

Gianna's elementary school graduation

Well my baby is done with elementary school.  I can't believe it.  What a year it's been for her. Starting a new school in the fall which caused a lot of tears and anxiety, but Gianna adjusted very quickly and really loved her new school.  She adored her teachers and made lots of new friends.

Her school had a really nice graduation ceremony yesterday...




Gianna received two awards!!  One was the President's Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence (not many received that one) and even came with a letter from President Obama!  She's a smarty pants for sure!!





Her second award was the Citizenship Award for good behavior and effort for the entire school year (and not everyone got one of those either)...



Proud Mom and Dad...



Gianna and one of her new friends she met this year, Amanda...


Gianna and Kassie (who is moving to Vermont tomorrow)...


Gianna, Kassie and Maggie...


Gianna and Kate (also a new friend this year)...


Gianna and Abby...


Her awesome teacher Mrs. Miller.  We loved her!!


This is Gianna's artwork that was hanging on the wall at graduation.  This really speaks to who she is and what she loves...animals...dance...art...and her dream to be on TV!



Class of 2023!?!?  That kind of took my breath away when I saw that in the program.  And I'm sure that will be here in a blink of an eye!


Saturday, June 18, 2016

8th grade grad dance

Last night was Nicholas' 8th grade graduation dance.  He looked so handsome...





Julia tagged along to the dance as part of 7th grade Student Council helper...


Big brother really didn't want anything to do with little sister at HIS dance...



 My beautiful girl...





Such pretty girls...