Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 ~ A Look Back!

Here it is, the last day of 2018!!  Today I'll be at work all day, but can't help and think about the year I've had!  These are the times I am so thankful for photography and even though I drive my family crazy, its a great way to look back.

We traveled a lot this year and besides going to our usual trip to West Palm Beach, FL we also visited some new places this year!   We went to Cancun for Valentine's Day, went to Key West, FL during our Florida vacation, visited Niagara Falls, Canada during Memorial Day Weekend and went to Las Vegas for hubby's birthday!  It was a great year for us as a couple and as a family!

a small hiccup during our FL vacation - hubby needed emergency surgery (A first for us) LOL

It was also a great year for my daughter's dance....friends having a great time, dance competitions, shows and just all around great fun!

This year also included a few Cons - Heroes & Villains, NY ComicCon, Walker Stalker Con

Of course, a great year cannot be without family and our gatherings....both happy and sad - through it all, I've learned the importance of have your family around!

Work was a whole different animal this year.  There were great company events and several tough times which have forced me to think about my future.

 2018 has been a year of new adventures, gains, losses, and re-evaluation of our lives and where we are headed.  
Looking ahead to 2019 with an open mind and heart and trusting the process.  Lots of goals in mind that I have to put down on paper & start working on to make them a reality!

Change is good & Its Coming!

Have a Happy & Prosperous New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

October - The Big Show!!

So as I said in my last post, the days after returning from Vegas flew by!  Before I knew it, October was here and this month is super important in my daughter's dance world.  This is the month of her yearly recital - and there is so much prep for this.  After making a mad dash the day before, to go through everything and go buy whatever was missing, we were ready for the big day!

The morning is same as usual, wake up early, have a great breakfast - we won't be eating much for the rest of the day & jump in the shower.  After the shower its makeup & hair time.

By now, baby girl tries to do some of her makeup but I still do the majority of it - I'm seriously thinking about taking a makeup artist course - well, back to Recital day.  I also have to do her hair, which is such a struggle.  She complains I pull her hair too much, the bun is too low, the bun is too high - yadayadayada.....

Finally, hair & makeup are done - now to put on the dress very carefully so no makeup gets on it & we don't mess up the hair!  I know - we should have put the dress on first but I never think of that.  I must enjoy the struggle.

Everything is on, hair is in place and now its time to load up the car and head to the theatre.  Actually, this year's recital was moved to a high school, because our beloved Park Theatre is being renovated.  It's about time!  It was an inconvenience, but that theatre really needs an overhaul - and I'm not 100% sure it is being renovated, maybe they shut down for good.  Point is this year's show was being held at a neighboring town's high school auditorium.  This worked out fine, the seats were comfortable and best of all there was parking - so it's all good!

We arrived, set up in the dressing room and began the photography session.  LOL, we moms have to take advantage of this day.  The girls are dressed up in these gorgeous dresses and they have no choice but to pose and smile.

It was finally time to begin and it all starts with a graduation, which moved fairly quick.  Then the awards for the rest of the school and then showtime!  This entire show is a mixture of all ages and dances - there is something for everyone and it's a great time!  I love, not only watching my daughter who I am so very proud of but watching all of the other students give it their all up on that stage!  There truly is so much talent there and they all performed beautifully!

10 years of this and I'm still not tired, it still excites me as much as it exhausts me!  It is all worth it to see my Baby Girl up on that stage, doing what she LOVES!

I only hope she continues this dance life, so I can enjoy many more years of this!


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