Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Year New Competition Season

Well the start of the new year brought us our First Dance Competition of the season. It was held in New York City. So here we go back to the Big Apple. It was a tight schedule finding out that we would need to be there for the first number on Friday at 3:00 with the bus not getting in until 12:50 and that was without any delays. Oh did I mention that Amber is the FIRST number to open up the show oh yes #1
Well off we left on the 6:00am bus and hit some traffic so we did hair on the bus and then we still had an hour to spare after we took a taxi to the hotel and venue.
Well Amber was first up with her Tap number "I ain't in Checotah Any More" being first is very hard to do you are the one making the first impression she did very well but her nerves showed.
Then only 10 numbers later Amber was up for her jazz solo "Broadway Baby" and every worst dancer, teacher and parents nightmare happened. Amber's music skipped not once not twice but close to five times and did not even finish playing the end of the song. But do you know what my "Broadway Baby did she kept going and going and going and she never once missed a beat if that music was off she made up for it, as I felt my stomach tighten up and tears form in my eyes hoping that she can pull this off.
Well she did it pulled it off and won a platinum and 1st place in her age category it was awesome. That moment will forever be one thing that we will always look back on for a very long time. Watching the support from her big dance sister Liz hug and squeeze her as she came out from behind the stage and her other "Big" dance sisters and "2nd Dance Moms" We truly do belong to a wonderful second family that can show their support to this little dancer. She won a Silver on her tap number and so she needs to work on facials and not being so nervous going first, but live and learn.
Our NYC trip was full of some great laughs and tons and tons of memories. So here's to a wonderful Competition season

Monday, January 30, 2012

Ok Time to Catch Up.

Ok I see that I have put off my blog shame on me, Well it is now the start of 2012 and lets see if I can catch up. Hmm September's blog was me starting something new and that would be my Capture the Moment Photography. It all started with Amelia asking me too take her senior pictures. So I decided to try my hand at a business so since September I have done many photo sessions, (but that is on a different blog)
Dance Dance Dance is once again in full swing with Amber as well as Lauren.
Lauren took a time for two's class on Thursdays in Gorham with Ms. Vicky and two other children. I think I have an up and budding little dancer with Lauren as well. She loved everything about class.
Amber now takes Tap, Gymnastics, Competition Class, Ballet,Lyric, Jazz, Hip Hop. So Saturdays are now our dance day it makes it much easier on all of us. 
We are at our second home in Gorham, on Thursdays and Saturdays and Wednesdays as she does her solo practices.
Our Holidays were great and memorable. Watching Christmas through the eyes of my girls is perfect I love it, Lauren was all over it opening each present and ripping paper very slowly piece by piece then turned into shred by shred. Amber she is just getting so big but still enjoys the little things we welcomed our Elf on the Shelf Tinsel into the house this year on Thanksgiving keeping the Magic of Christmas alive for many, many years to come. The girls loved finding our elf every morning and it was fun having our new friend join our family.
So here's to a Happy, Healthy New Year. Full of laughs, magical moments and memories.