First Day of Dance Competition

We are back in our hotel room and Alannah is already asleep.  She did spectacularly today in her clogging solo.  She won a trophy.  She only competed in one dance today, but tomorrow will be a very long day for us.  She competes in four group dances.

Here is the Competition my granddaughter Alannah is dancing in this weekend.



Here is Alannah at the beginning of her dance.  I had to sneak this picture.  They don’t like it when you take pictures during the competition.  However, the sign said no video.  I only grabbed this still photo.



This is Alannah onstage to get her trophy.  She took third in her category Emerald.



I just love to watch her dance.  She will be ten this July and she has been competing since she was five.  She loves it.



Daily Prompt:  Amble

I spent the day yesterday with my friend Dottie, her son Brandon and her granddaughter Alissa ambling through Animal Kindom at Disney World here in Orlando, Florida.  We had a wonderful time.  I love to see all of the animals that are in the park as well as going on the rides.  The new ride in Pandora is unbelievable.  That’s all I will say on the matter because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who has not ridden on it yet.  I am always so impressed with the technology and ingenuity that Disney puts into their attractions.

Did I mention that my friend Dottie is retiring from Disney, Animal Kingdom to be specific, on Wednesday?  So over the years, every trip to the park with her is always filled with many introductions to other cast members on the job.  Whoever she takes to the park is privy to an extraordinary wealth of knowledge about the animals and the trivia related to Animal Kindom.  Her shimmering love for both the animals and her career is evident by her desire to enhance your visit with these nuances.

Dottie has never been one to take her responsibilities at work casually.  Even in her first career with Western Electric.  She has always had a very strong work ethic.  Dottie has always been a teacher of sorts in the form of training in both of her careers.

We have been friends since our junior year in high school.  Almost fifty years!  I can remember thinking that I would be ancient when I was fifty.  Now, I just feel blessed to have had a wonderful friend for that long.  We were in each other’s weddings.  She is godmother to my daughter and Aunt Dottie to all of my children.  We were partners in crime (as Mom would say) in our teens. She called my mom and dad, Mom and Dad and I called her mom Mom.  Our friendship has weathered enormous joy, great loss, sadness, happiness and separation of time and distance.  And now I will share with her a new chapter in her life.  Retirement.  Anyone who has retired after working since their teens knows that although we work toward retirement, and for retirement and want retirement, it is a difficult transition.  So I will have the honor of celebrating this special day with Dottie, her husband Frank and her Disney family on Wednesday by attending her retirement party.

As we left the park last night, to the symphony of screams and laughter I looked at Dottie smiling, tired from the day, but happy she had shared her home of the last 19 years with us.    It was the last time she would be hosting family and friends as a cast member at Disney.  Who ever takes her place in the park will have so very much to live up to.

I love you, Dottie.  Happy Retirement.



Happy Thanksgiving!

I will be spending Thanksgiving with my family.  My daughter Kelly is doing most of the cooking. We’ll be at her home for supper with Joe, and the kids Andrew, Aidan and Alannah and the 7 cats. Well she says they have seven, I have only seen 3.  They stay pretty well hidden when company is around.  Sam and Stephen will be there as well.  Actually I drove to their place and will ride with them to Kelly’s.  That way I can stay longer and I won’t have to drive at night.  Joe, my son in law’s dad will be there too.

I hope you spend your day with family and friends too.  

An Ordeal Comes To An End

I have been absent from my blog due to a family illness. My oldest daughter was rushed to the hospital with stroke like symptoms. Neurology ruled out the stroke, but diagnosed her with a new migraine. She spent several hours in the emergency room and then was discharged to home after her symptoms resolved.

The same afternoon she developed symptoms again. This time she was fainting. My son in law called me to come back to their house and we again went to the emergency room. This time they admitted her to the hospital. After a few days an MRI revealed a small bleed from hitting her head. Thankfully no treatment was needed for it. However, it was determined she had also suffered a severe concussion. Kelly had no recollection of doing it. So the treatment was she had to heal. After spending a week in the hospital she was discharged to a rehab center.

The therapist who specializes in vertigo did a fabulous job with her. So, today we are sitting in her room waiting for Joe to pick us up to go home. Kelly is truly blessed to have had many many people lifting her up in prayer. And prayers do work.

So, I have been with my daughter the entire time. Sleeping right beside her both in the hospital and in the rehab center. Today is the first day I felt that I could post. I didn’t even grab knitting or hand sewing to keep me busy. I will stay with her for a day or two then go back to my house where I will thoroughly enjoy my own bed.

Family Is A Blessing

I have been blessed to have my grandchildren here with me. My daughter and her husband moved into a new home and we watched the kids during the process. The three of them are a handful when they are together. It seems that we can’t spend enough time with each of them so now we have started having one at a time to stay with us for a couple of days.

My youngest just had her seventh birthday on the first of July. She is spending the night with us now. It’s amazing how much she has grown up. Time passes so quickly.

I will soon have all three of my children living close to me. My son has been in Florida and now is moving here to be close to family. He’s been away from all of us for years. He’s decided that making a lot of money at a high stress job with to much traveling is not what he wants to spend the rest of his life doing. He wants a family and wants to be around family.

I have so many wonderful memories of singing around the piano while my aunts or uncle or grandmother played. Our family get-togethers were always so much fun. Growing up down the street from my cousins made us close. In my family I had love, forgiveness, support, discipline, and a strong foundation in my faith. That foundation in my faith is what brought me back to the Catholic Church.

Spending time with family has inspired me to make a family tree so that my grandchildren will know where they come from. This has been a very rewarding experience and I have learned so much about my family heritage that I did not know.

Family is truly a blessing.