Life is good! Our blessings are greater than we could possibly count!
I believe in those two statements above all else. Why, then is it so easy for me (& I suspect you, too) to concentrate on those pesky little details that aren't exactly what I want them to be? It would be nice to have a delete button that applies to my thoughts, and I could just delete the ones I am certain are not doing good things for me and a waste of time to even think about!
Here is just one (albeit a doozie) of the frustrating things are happening in the periphery:
1. we rented our precious home in NC. The people seemed like a perfect match, not only to us, but to two different Realtors who worked out the agreement. Epic fail! They have destroyed my beautiful home and caused amazing heartbreak. If an Ashley &/or Benjamin White approach you to rent your home (especially a lease to purchase), just say no! p.s., they have 7 children they don't tell you about, and even more dogs; they don't understand what garbage receptacles are for ... oh, and toilets, they don't understand toilets either. The house I love and have really busted my hump to keep of is now a garbage heap, infested with fleas and bed bugs, lice and feces. Do not rent to these people! And if she works in the establishment where you happen to eat, don't let her get near your food. She and her family were living in that filth. I have serious panic attacks over her children being in that environment. Oh. my. gosh. AND, I have sincere gratitude for those of you up in the mountains who have tried to help us get things worked out. Many, many thanks.
As some of you read my Facebook posts when the **it hit the fan, and wondered what was happening, that was a big part of it. Now we are just trying to keep anyone else from experiencing the devastation this kind of thing brings into your life. Ugh!
But on the BRIGHT side!!! (because there always is one)
Last week the Dancer's Pointe performing company (Pointe of Impact) went to Chicago to compete for the National Dance Titles and THAT, my friends, was magnificent! The Company was tremendous! Pointe of Impact rocked it! AND, we had fun! Ms. McClaine and I were determined to document our journey and accompany it with laughter and light hearted fun. Which you can see we were awesome at accomplishing!
Day 1 - Competition begins
We laughed, we cried, we snorted, we indulged in food and beverages, it was just awesome!
We made new friends, we reunited with old ones. The entire things was amazing! The dancers totally BROUGHT IT to the stage every single time. They worked their magic, they became their dances. They did every single thing dance teachers hope for. I am so proud of the kids I could bust wide open. Still!
Also, many thanks to the best supportive dancer parents & fellow teachers in the world! Y'all are amazing every step of the way!
And as this is the BEST thing that has happened around here for a while, I'm just going to leave you with some shots. Enjoy!
For those of you who always wondered, this is the process of getting to the stage: getting dressed, warming up the body, waiting for the call for back stage, waiting some more, and finally hitting the stage for 2 to 5 minutes of blissful dancing adrenaline!! Yep, all for that chance to dance!
The piece I took was Company Jane. 23 girls tap dancing a Capella (no music) in sync for 4 minutes and 27 seconds (unless they rush, then it's a little less on the seconds). They met every single one of my hopes! Thank you so much, girls! <3
above photo courtesy of David Evertsen (link below)
Ms. McClaine managed these photos from the audience!
And of course, the ever popular jazz hands! As this was a synchronized piece and super serious precision, jazz hands just plain felt good! HA!
McClaine won OVERALL best choreography out of 700(ish) dances in the competition! Amazing talent, amazing performance, too!
And here's to the best roomies ever! What a great trip! Thanks for putting up with me, ladies!
Love & hugs!
And another thing, I'm so grateful for being healthy again. It was a crazy long road. To find out how to manage it all, incorporate it into my life and live a strong happy, healthy existence is SUCH an amazing way to begin every single morning. And I do not take one second of it for granted. It has been an education in patience, perseverance and dedication. Along with my sweet Paul, these two ladies are such wonderful support beams for me, so many, many thanks to you, Kelly & McClaine for all you are. And to you, Susi, for being the catalyst of such joy and love!
Much love to you, dear friends.
If you are interested in viewing more competition photos, there are a go zillion on our Facebook and Instagram feeds, but also, David Evertsen has a bunch up on his professional site. His work is great and his camera is swift! He catches those great leaps in mid air and other amazing shots. Visit his site at www.phabulousphotos.com or just click HERE!
Now, I'm back to art! Making journals and painting, mosaicing and grouting, it's all great fun. I even have some furniture to refinish. So, be prepared for a big subject switch. No whiplash intended! Lol!
Ta for now! Blessings to all!