Monday, February 25, 2013
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Sunday, February 03, 2013
This weekend was the beginning of our dance competition season. This season, Sydney is in eight dances - four tap, two hip-hop, one lyrical, one jazz. [Layne is in one tap, but her group didn't compete in this competition because the coach felt that they weren't ready.]
We were up bright and early for the large group hip-hop (average age 8), For the DJ. It was high energy and a lot of fun. They received the highest points for the large group category of that age group, first place. Yeah!! Here are four of the 14 in the group (Sydney on the far left).
Next up, was Bobble Head, a small group jazz (average age 9). It was an adorable routine. This was their first jazz routine. Here are all six girls in the group (Sydney, again, on the far left).
After that, was Hit Me Up, a small group tap (average age 10). The four girls (same as in the first pic) work well together and did a great job. [No pic.]
Next was Let It Be, a small group lyrical (average age 9). Same girls as in Bobble Head. They did a great job and it was their first lyrical routine. [No pic.]
Closing out the day, was Rock This Town, a large group tap (average age 9). There were 11 girls tapping their hearts out. They had a great time. [No pic.]
At the awards ceremony for "Junior" group (ages 9-11) intermediate division, the girls placed as follows: Bobble Head was 5th, Hit Me Up was 3rd, and Let It Be was 2nd. For our girls to have three places in the top five overall was a great showing. And considering this is only the second year of dancing for most of the girls and first year of jazz and lyrical, it makes it even sweeter.
The large group placed 3rd overall, another great showing.
All routines are judged and adjudicated on a point scale. And there is are adjudication awards given based on the points earned. Based on a range, each routine earns a "Platinum", "High Gold", "Gold", "High Silver" on a score out of 300. All five routines from the day received the highest score, Platinum.
Today, Sydney danced her solo, a tap routine to Blue Jeans, and her trio, a tap routine to Tightrope. Both, yes BOTH! got first place (and Platinums)! Sydney received the highest points for all the junior solos in her age group (9-11) intermediate division (and $50). And also earned an "All-Star" position for the competition company. So cool!
Here is her trio (she's again on the far left):
She danced one last routine, a large group hip-hop to It's Going Up, with the Teen group (average age 13). She was thrilled to be asked to dance with the older girls, and they had a great time with this one. They didn't place in the top 5 overall, and received a High Gold. There are 17 girls in the group and I guess they have to clean up the routine. But it was adorable and you could tell the girls were having fun. [No pic.]
Taking pictures or videos during the competition is prohibited. They offer both for purchase online when the competition is over. We will likely get some. And when we do, I will post them.
It was a good opening to our competition season, and Sydney had a blast. Can't wait for the next one when Layne is competing too. Should be in two weeks.
I'm so proud of my girl!
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Saturday, January 12, 2013
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Thursday, January 10, 2013
It was a couple years ago, that we were first visited by our Elf on the Shelf. We named him Mistle Toe. It took him those couple years to get to know us and show us his naughty side. Last year and the year before, he found fun, yet boring places to sit and watch the girls. This year, he showed us that he is a little less nice than we thought and surprised us each morning with his mischievous nature. One day, he even made Layne cry. (Oooops!) Here is a photo journal of some of his adventures. [Again, after looking at these sorry excuses for photos, I'm inspired to get out my big camera and take good pics. Next year, Mistle Toe better bring it, because I'll have the camera ready.]
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Tuesday, January 08, 2013
... to bring you an update on everyone's favorite leaker.
Late Sunday afternoon, she was able to angle the head of the bed up to about 45° and then an hour later, she was able to get out of bed. The nurse helped her to the bathroom and she looked and felt well. After all the other surgeries, she was wobbly and weak. But after this one, she got right up. Today, she was up with the physical therapist walking the halls. She even showered. She's still tires easily, but as far as surgery goes, she's doing great.
We won't know if she is leaking again - this one or another - for a few weeks. Doc put her on a medicine that purposefully decreases the CSF (cerebral spinal fluid - I'm digging deep to my anatomy days LOL!) and hence the pressure - practically mimicking a leak. So she will definitely have headaches. The idea is that doc will wean her off this medication, allowing her body to gradually increase the fluid (and subsequent pressure) in her spinal column. This is new to the protocol. The laying-flat for 48 hours post surgery is new to the protocol as well. I don't know what he is thinking, but I'm glad to see that he is doing things differently in the hopes of ultimate success.
We ... er, she - because I stay in the hospital with her, it seems like it is a "we" thing LOL! - will be discharged today. Doc would like us to stay an additional night in LA (another "new to the protocol"), so we will stay in a hotel tonight and fly home on tomorrow. We are so excited!
My parents have been so awesome. We FaceTime every night, they took our dogs to the groomer, they buy crickets for the bearded dragon, and when I got a frantic call from Syd's cheerleading coach yesterday morning because Syd didn't wear her cheering uniform to school (for pictures), I called them and they drove her uniform to school, in time for pictures. They are fantastic, they are wonderful, and they are life-savers. I know they are taking great care of our children, and I know our children are loving the visit. Thank you Mom and Dad! I love you!
Now, back to our regularly scheduled blogging.
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Monday, January 07, 2013
And yes, this post is all about December events, but mostly pictures. Not much other than Christmas, happened this month, so lots of pics. (And looking at these terrible pictures are incentive enough to get out my big camera - I'm pretty embarrassed to show some, but will all in the name of documenting our life. LOL! I'm definitely inspired to take better pictures in 2013!)
The electricity had not been restored by the time we went to bed. When we woke in the morning, we realized we still had no power. I built a fire - boy it got cold overnight - and we spent the day trying to get Sydney's bearded dragon Runner (her Christmas gift from last year) warmed up. We took a break to go outside and enjoy the scenery. It was definitely a winter wonderland. It was beautiful.
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