A Visit With Mom & Dad

Last night I went to bed at a better time then I did the night before. However, I still didn’t fall asleep right away. Once I did fall asleep, it wasn’t into a very deep sleep. It’s like I’m kind of half asleep and half awake. I was awake when my hubby got up at around 4:00am again. I fell asleep at around 7:00am and slept until my son wanted the iPad at about 10:00. Then he wanted to go downstairs, at about noon!! I was shocked that he didn’t bug me until then! He was on the iPad and I actually slept from 10:00 until noon, without being my usual half awake, which was not the norm for me!! He went downstairs and played Fortnite with his friend. My hubby made him some food. I talked to my daughter about her essay that she was working on and the format. She wasn’t sure if she should have 3 body paragraphs, or if 2 were enough. She felt like she had covered all of the information in the two that she had written and that if she wrote a third that it would just be for the sake of having 3 paragraphs, but that the 3rd one probably wouldn’t have much content in it. She didn’t come to a conclusion after we talked about it. I went on my phone for a bit. Then I got up and had a shower. After my shower, I dried my hair, got dressed and had something to eat. Then I did my son’s hair. My younger daughter and I went to La Senza in South Common, because she needed a new dance bra. From there we drove to my mom and dad’s house. The rest of the family was meeting us there. They were taking the black car. We talked for a while, then we played Skip Bo. We weren’t able to finish the game before supper was ready. So, we stopped playing and set the table for supper. After supper we had some coffee and brownies and played a couple rounds of Crokinole (huh, I feel like I spelled that differently the last time that I wrote it on here, but that’s how google tells me how to spell it…) Then we drove home. My oldest daughter went with my hubby and my younger daughter and my son came in the van with me. When we got home, my son had a quick shower. I went to Sobeys quickly to get lunch stuff for tomorrow, my hubby went to bed and my oldest daughter had a nap before she had to go to work to do another night shift. When I got home I got my son into bed. My daughter decided to keep her essay with the two body paragraphs for now and just wrote the conclusion, because she just needed it done for peer-review tomorrow and she’s going to ask her friend, who always reviews hers, what her opinion is. I went on my phone for a while. Now I’m going to, hopefully, actually get some sleep!!

Night All! 💤😴

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A Night Of Zero Sleep…

I didn’t really sleep at all last night!! I mean at all… I was awake pretty much for the entire night!! I ended up going to bed far too late last night and then I couldn’t even fall asleep! Then I heard my hubby get out of bed at 4:00 in the morning, probably because he gets up at about that time for work during the week, so his body is on that schedule. I was also still awake when my oldest daughter came home from her night shift at around 6:45am, a bit early. I don’t know if I should have just gotten up or not, but I was feeling tired and had a headache, so I just continued lying down in bed, not sleeping. So so frustrating…my son asked me for the iPad at about 10:30 in the morning. I kind of half drifted off, but never really actually ended up really sleeping. My son and I ended up going downstairs after a bit. He played Fortnite with an online friend. I got us some food and I had my tea. My hubby came home from my parent’s house. He and my dad were working on the Miata, the back window was torn, so they were gluing in new convertible window plastic to fix it. At about 3:30 I could hardly keep my eyes open, so I went back upstairs and actually had a nap for a while. I did actually sleep for a couple hours, which was different from in the night! My younger daughter came in for a while and we talked. Then I just laid down for a while. Then my oldest daughter came upstairs and was wondering why I didn’t wake her up when I said that I was going to. It was because I was in bed myself!! We talked for a while, then we went downstairs and decided what to make for supper. We decided on breakfast sandwiches. So my daughter quickly went to Sobeys and bought english muffins and orange juice, while I cleaned our breakfast sandwich maker. My hubby cooked the sausage patties. Then my daughter and I cooked the breakfast sandwiches. They were tasty!! The problem with them is that the sandwich maker only makes 1 at a time, so it took a while to make 2 for everyone!! (My younger daughter was at her friend’s house, so we had to make 8, still, it took a while…) Anyway, my son played the play station on the computer monitor and my daughter and I watched a couple shows on the tv until she had to go to work. She had another night shift tonight, not turning out to be her favourite shift!! After she left for work, I got my son ready and into bed. Then I went on my phone for a while. Now I’m going to get myself ready for bed too!! I’m still feeling pretty darn exhausted…

Night All! 💤😴

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Watched The House With A Clock In It’s Walls

This morning I slept in. My son woke up and went on the iPad for a while (the kids didn’t have school today, because it was a PD day… I feel like they get a lot of those!!) Anyway, after giving my son the iPad and ear buds, I went back to sleep for a while. I did stay up rather late with my daughter last night watching tv last night…so I was feeling pretty tired!! When I did get up, my son and I went downstairs. We had something to eat and I had my tea. Then we decided to do his volcano kit that he got for Christmas from my mom and dad. We had to mix the plaster and then pour it into the mould. It needed to sit for a while. So my son wanted to play a game with his walkie talkies. However, when we tried to play with them, we discovered that the batteries were dead and that they took 9volt batteries. So, we decided that we would go to the store to buy some. I decided to get something for supper while we were out!! So, we went to the Dollarama for batteries. Then we went to Sobeys. From there we went to the liquor store, because my hubby wanted rum. Then we went to Seven Eleven and bought my son and the girls slurpies!! From there we went home!! By the time we got home, the plaster had sat in the mould for long enough, so we took the mould off. It looked pretty cool! It still needed to dry for 24 more hours. Then my son can paint the volcano. Tomorrow we’re going to go back to the Dollarama so that he can buy some cheap dinosaur toys that he wants to get caught in the volcano when it erupts!! (This is going to be messy…) After we took it out of the mould, I put the groceries away. My oldest daughter did the dishes and I started supper. My younger daughter grabbed her supper to go, because she was going out. Then the rest of us ate supper and watched the movie The House With A Clock In It’s Walls. It was really good. My hubby went to bed about 10 minutes into it. So, my oldest daughter, my son and I watched it together. My younger daughter came home when we were about 15 minutes from the end of it! We all really enjoyed it! It was funny and entertaining! I usually enjoy Jack Black, because he generally makes me laugh!! When it was finished, my oldest daughter got ready to go to work, because they’re training her on the overnights, even though she definitely wasn’t looking forward to it! My son and I played an Iron Man card game that he got for Christmas that he hadn’t yet played!! Then I took him upstairs and got him ready for bed! Then I went on my phone for a while! Now I’m going to get ready for bed!

Night All! 💤😴

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So Exhausted And Nauseous

This morning I was super exhausted and feeling nauseous. After dropping off my son at school I had something to eat, did some laundry and then went back to bed. I slept horribly for some reason last night… I fell asleep super quickly and slept for a long time!! When I got up I did some more laundry. Then I did the dishes. Afterwards, I got dressed and went and picked up the kids from school. A couple of my daughter’s dance classes were canceled today. So my oldest daughter and I watched a show before I drove my daughter to dance. I dropped her off and then I drove home and made supper. After supper my daughter and I caught up on all of the NCIS New Orleans shows that we were behind on. Then we started watching the new Pretty Little Liars show called The Perfectionists. Afterwards, I got my son into bed and now I’m going to get myself into bed.

Night All! 💤😴

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Tired Today…

This morning after I dropped off my son, I came home and my daughter was sitting by the main floor bathroom feeling super nauseous (welcome to my life!!). The Tylenol 3’s that they gave her for pain, along with the antibiotics make her feel nauseous and some days are worse than others. I gave her a piece of bread to try to eat, because she still hasn’t been eating a lot, which doesn’t help!!! She started trying to eat it, while I made myself some oatmeal. Then, while I was eating, she ran and started throwing up! (Not exactly a very appetizing sound to hear when you’re try to eat…) I actually think that getting sick helped, because she felt a bit better afterwards! She decided to go back to bed. She was supposed to return to work yesterday, but took two more days of work off, intending to go back tomorrow. I really hope that she does!! I unloaded and loaded the dishwasher. Then I did some laundry, because we desperately needed clean dish towels! After that I stripped the sheets off of my bed and put clean ones on! Then, at around noon I decided that I would have a nap. I was feeling pretty tired, since I fell asleep late last night and woke up a ton of times!! I actually fell asleep quite quickly! I slept until about 2:40. Then I got up and got dressed. I drove to my daughter’s school and picked her up. My hubby went to pick up my son from his school. My daughter has to be at dance by 4:00 on Wednesday’s, so it’s nice to leave by 3:30, but if we get my son we aren’t even getting home until that time! Then we end up arriving late for dance! So, I drove her to dance, then I drove back home. Once I was home, my daughter and I watched a show on hgtv. Then we did did some more laundry. My hubby made spaghetti for supper, so we ate supper. After eating, we watched a couple of episodes of NCIS New Orleans. Then I had to get dressed again and drive back to the studio to pick up my daughter and her friend from dance. We dropped off her friend and then came home. My daughter had already let the dogs out and in, so I just filled up water bottles. My oldest daughter and I checked the laundry that we started and we took out the garbage and recycling. Then I went upstairs and started to get ready for bed. Then I wrote this. I’m going to go on my phone for a bit, then I’m going to go to bed.

Night All! 💤😴

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A Camp Meeting For My Daughter!!

This morning after I dropped off my son at school, I had some oatmeal. Then I did some laundry. Afterwards I read for a while. Then I went on my phone. At about 12:00 I decided to have a bit of a nap. I laid down until I went to pick up my daughter from school at around 1:45. When we came back home, I went back upstairs to my bedroom. I went into my bathroom and cleaned my toilet. I didn’t get to the counter like I wanted to. Then I went on my phone for a while. At about 3:30 I got ready to drive my daughter to dance. We left around 4:00. I dropped her off and went to Timmy’s. I ordered my usual earl grey tea (2 milks, 1 honey) and a muffin. I was super disappointed when I got back to the studio and discovered that they gave me peppermint tea (2 milks, 1 honey)!! Especially because if I were to order peppermint tea I wouldn’t add milk!! I’d still get the honey though… I decided that it wasn’t worth driving back, because it was during rush hour traffic. So I just drank the wrong tea😔 When my daughter was finished dancing, I drove her to the church that sponsors the camp that she works at in the summer, because they had a meeting for the counsellors that are planning on returning this summer. It was kind of an interview, but not really, because a few of them from last summer are pretty much guaranteed a position this summer! Her friend from town was also there. So, I just had to drop her off and then she had a ride home!! When I got back into town I went to Sobeys and bought some yogurt tubes for my son’s lunches and a caesar salad for myself for supper. Then I went home. It was almost 7:20. My hubby went to bed about 10 minutes after I got home. He’s not feeling well. My daughter and I watched another episode of the Mary Kondo show on Netflix while my son watched YouTube videos on the iPad. My daughter got home from her camp meeting later then I expected. She said that it went well! I got water and let the dogs out and in. Then I got my son ready for bed. I went on my phone for a while. Now I’m going to get myself ready for bed!

Night All! 💤😴

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A Pretty Lazy Day After Such A Busy Weekend!!

This morning I was still feeling exhausted when I woke up to get my son ready for school. My daughter was still super tired as well!! After I dropped my son off at school, I texted the mom of his friend who’s birthday party he was at, because he went swimming at that party and his goggles weren’t in his swimming bag. She couldn’t find them at her house though. So, I told her that I would go by the Aquafit centre and check the lost and found later today. I had something to eat, then I went upstairs to my room. My daughter was still sleeping, she was so tired from yesterday that I let her sleep in this morning. I washed my face and brushed my teeth, because I was so tired when I got up with my son that I didn’t do that earlier! Then I went on my phone for a while. My daughter came into my room a while later and asked me to drive her to school. After I dropped her off, I came home and actually napped for a while. My hubby came home from work early. I guess that his friend that he car-pools with had a dr’s appointment this afternoon. He had a quick shower, then went to the city to find the correct type of plastic to replace the window on the back of the convertible window of the Miata. I stayed in bed on my phone for a bit. Then I got up and made a small grocery list. I got dressed and went and picked up my daughter from school. My son said that he wanted to walk home. I dropped my daughter off at home, then I drove to the pool and looked through the lost and found. His goggles weren’t there though. From there I went to Shoppers. I had them start getting my daughter’s prescription ready and I bought a couple things that I needed. Then I went to Sobeys and bought the groceries I needed. I went home from there. I guess that my son forgot that he said he was going to walk home and he was waiting to be picked up. After a while, when neither my hubby, nor I came he remembered saying that he was going to walk! My girls were beginning to wonder where he was though!! I put the groceries away and got my pjs on. Then I put some laundry into the wash and folded my younger daughter’s clean clothes and brought them up to her. I also opened up the windows in my bedroom and bathroom, because it was really nice outside today, so I thought that the fresh air would be nice! I didn’t have to drive my daughter to dance, because dance is usually canceled the day after competition, to give the dancers and the teachers and the parents a break! My oldest daughter and I went to the Sobeys quickly, so she could get some Gatorade and a couple of other things. Then we went to Shoppers so she could pick up the prescriptions and her face wash and a few other things that she was out of. Today is the first day that she has gone anywhere since her surgery! We went back home and I made supper, well I got things ready, then the kids made their own pizzas. Then we ate supper. It was a bit late though, because the kitchen was pretty messy, so it was hard for me to get started without cleaning a few things first, which took some time! After supper, my oldest daughter and I watched a show, then I got my son into bed and read to him. We’re reading the original chapter book that the first How To Train Your Dragon movie was based on. We just started it, but so far it’s good!! Then I went on my phone! Now I’m going to get ready for bed!

Night All! 💤😴

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Santana Dance Competition Day 4

This morning I woke up early yet again. It was about 7:30 when I woke up. I got ready to go to the final and our busiest day of the Santa Dance Competition. The drive wasn’t bad, because it was a Sunday and traffic isn’t bad early Sunday mornings. We also found parking fairly easily again!! So, we lucked out every day of the competition! My daughter’s first dance of the day was her hip hop dance. I sat with one of the mom’s that I really like and usually sit with. Then I texted my mom to let her and my dad know where we were sitting. They joined us when they got there, which wasn’t that long after I had texted her!! The hip hop went really well! My daughter’s group received gold and first place! Then the younger group from Amanda’s, called AAOD Airways, also received gold and got second and won the choreographers award for the category!! We stayed in the theatre and ny daughter and her friends also sat in the theatre after dancing to watch a full category of Amanda’s hip hop solos. There were literally only Amanda’s dancers in the entire category!! Afterwards, we went to get something to eat really quickly. We wanted to watch her friends tap solo. So I bought a couple muffins and we quickly went to the van, where my daughter had a sub from the other day (my parents had their own sandwiches in their car!!) However, my daughter’s sub ended up being soggy… so she ate the granola bar that my mom gave me and I ate one of the muffins. Then we went back inside. We literally went into the theatre and sat down just as her friend went on stage and began her dance. Then we watched the end of that category. We left the theatre once it was finished and she took a muffin and her drink and went back to the dressing room to get ready for her two lyrical dances. My mom texted me to tell me approximately where they were sitting, so I went to sit with them. We watched a few things, then my younger nieces tap group came on. They did really well. We watched some solos and some more tap groups, the same age as my niece. One of them was an Amanda’s group called Swing, that ended up winning the adjudicator’s choice tap group for the entire weekend!! (Which we didn’t end up finding out until the end of the night!!) Then my daughter’s lyrical category started. There were 3 dancers before their first dance in the performance division, then their first dance was falling, which is her senior 1 lyrical. This is the dance with the 8 foot high ramp that is about 4 feet wide and has a flat platform on top that they can stand on, with a bar that they grab. So, they run up the ramp and grab the bar then step onto the platform. They do some sort of dance step on the platform, my daughter actually does a leg lift while standing on the ramp…you can also climb up the back to get onto the platform, which is what 3 of the girls do at the beginning of the dance. Anyway, they began the dance and the girls did their first steps up on the platform, then they slide under the bar, holding onto it and they’re supposed to let go of it and slide down the ramp…unfortunately four of the screws snapped!!! And it began to slide down with them!! 1 of the girls quickly jumped off the side and out of the way, the girl in the middle also slid down quickly and got out of the way just in time, but the the third girl started to get up and the platform hit the back of her legs! The entire audience gasped! Some of the girls on stage stopped dancing, some continued, they didn’t know what to do, they were all clearly upset, Miss Amanda called them off the stage from the side. It was super scary!! My daughter is one of the dancers who spends the most time on the ramp, but she doesn’t start on the ramp!! The dads came back out and lifted the piece back up, but it looked broken. It was difficult to tell from the audience. We found out afterwards that they didn’t put it together correctly the first time…one side ended up being cracked. He was using a drill, a lot, and the audience was cheering. Then Taylyr (the boy in a bunch of my daughter’s classes) went down each side a couple times to make sure it held. Also, I couldn’t see this, but there were to guys on each side, underneath, holding it together for the whole dance. (This sounds like a long description, but this all happened quite quickly…) Also, my daughter told me that they were all crying and scared and that none of them wanted to go back out there and do it again, because they were scared to go on the ramp now… Anyway, the announcer said something like, “Let’s clear all of that negative energy and welcome these beautiful dancers back onto the stage, Please welcome, Falling!” (My daughter also told me that the announcer was the same lady that Miss Amanda brought into the studio last year who taught them meditation techniques and calming techniques, so she was trying to calm them all down before they went back on stage.) So, they came back out and danced it beautifully, without any accidents or mishaps, my daughter said that their tears and fear probably helped with the emotion, because some of them were still crying when they went back on stage! (I guess that if the ramp is cracked it will have to get fixed before the next competition!!) There were about 4 other dances in the category I think, it was such a long day that it’s hard to remember!! My older nieces class was one of them! Then my daughter’s senior 3 lyrical dance was the last dance in the category. This is the one where they dance with the sheet (that’s sort of like a parachute) and at the last competition it fell off the stage!! This dance is called The Village. They danced beautifully as well! And, no sheet falling off of the stage!! Yay!! During the adjudication the adjudicator commended them (in Falling) for working as a team and having each other’s backs and for having the courage to come back out onto the stage and dance again after the ramp broke like that!! Then she gave them high gold and first place and choreographers award!!! WooHoo!! I had tears in my eyes, it was pretty scary and then when they called out Miss Amanda for the choreographers award she was crying and most of the dancers were also crying on the stage!! Also, my daughter’s other group also received high gold and got second place!! So, they really did incredibly well in that category!! It’s late and I’m rambling, I’m going to try to speed things up here…We went out to stretch our legs for a bit and I saw my daughter. I hugged her and told her how incredible she did. They were all pretty emotional still. It was pretty scary for them. They could hear it cracking and crashing down as they were dancing!! We looked at the photos and you could see it falling down in slow motion and see the girls trying to get out of the way…kind of crazy! You also see their faces!! My daughter had to get ready for her next dance. We went back in and watched some jazz solos, a couple of my daughter’s friends. We probably watched some other things, I can’t remember it all!! Then it was my daughter’s modern category. There were only 3 groups in the category, so it was a small one! My daughter was second, I’m pretty sure my older niece was first. My daughter’s group did way better than they did at the last competition! They aren’t as confident with this dance as they are with their lyrical and jazz, but it was definitely much better! It was cleaner and easier to follow. It looked pretty to watch! They received a high gold and got second in the category! Another group got first, they were from Devon and it was a good dance and my niece’s dance got third. We had a long enough break after this that my daughter changed and we went to the Wendy’s/Timmy’s with my mom and dad for supper. Then we went back to the theatre. My dad found parking fairly easily. Back inside my daughter went back to the dressing room to get ready for her jazz dances. We went into the theatre. We watched some modern solos. Then we watched my younger nieces modern group. They did really well. Then we watched some younger jazz groups, Amanda’s groups did great! Finally the last category of day was my daughter’s jazz category! What a very long day!! My daughter’s first group was her senior 1 jazz Lady G. they were amazing!! They were absolutely on fire tonight!! They did so well! The audience was cheering like crazy!! They were very in sync with each other and they just did awesome! It was fun to watch!! My older niece was also in this category. My daughter’s second jazz dance, senior 3 jazz, Just Say was the second last in the category and they also did amazing!! Both groups were full of energy and really brought it tonight! There was just something about Lady G. tonight. They were just so great! The adjudicator must have agreed, because she gave them a high gold, first place and choreographers award! My daughter’s second group, Just Say also received a high gold and took second place! My niece’s group got third place. That was the final category of the entire competition! Then there were overall awards for the entire weekend. They actually went through them fairly quickly, last year they took a photo with the adjudicator with every person who was still there to receive an award! And, let me tell you, we got home very late!! Tonight, thank goodness, they did not do that!! Amanda’s did really well with the final awards! Miss Amanda already sent out an email with all of the awards on it, but I won’t list them all! We just won quite a few, with every award you win, throughout the weekend and then including the final ones, they give you an overall score. Then they add up all of the scores for the top 3 studios from the weekend. The third wins $200, the second wins $500 and the top studio wins $1000!! And this year, we won top studio!! They had the kids bang on the stage for a drumroll and then announced that Amanda’s Academy of Dance was this year’s top studio!! WooHoo!! The kids were really excited and the youngest ones that were still there went up and got a huge trophy and Miss Amanda got the cheque! Then they took photos!! So they ended up having a great weekend, just the one dangerous mishap with the prop, that could have gone much worse than it did, one person got a bit scraped up, but not bad. The way they hang off of that, they are lucky that it broke when and how it did. It could definitely have been far worse… When it was all finished I took a few photos of them on the stage. Then I saw my daughter in the lobby. She said goodbye to my mom. Then she went to get changed and get her things from the dressing room. My parents went home. When she finished, we drove home, we got drinks on the way, neither of us was hungry, just tired and thirsty. We drove home. I hung up her costumes when we got home. She just threw a bunch of them into her costume bag. Her shoulder is in major pain, but she doesn’t know what she did to it. Not good… Now I’m sooo bloody beat and I have a brutal headache. I took my migraine medication, but it didn’t do squat! I’m off to bed!

Night All! 💤😴

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“Hopefully one day I’ll get it right, or at least have fun, while about it I write!!”

Santana Dance Competition Day 3

This morning I woke up early again for the dance competition. My daughter likes to arrive early. The traffic on Anthony Henday was so much lighter than yesterday, which I suppose should have been obvious to me, since yesterday was a week day and during rush hour and today was the weekend!! So we arrived even earlier then we anticipated! We were easily able to find a spot in the free lot, which was nice! She only had ballet and pointe today and they were both in the same category. I talked with my sister and her friend for a few minutes and then they went into the theatre. They asked me to join them, but I was finishing my tea. My mom and dad came in just as I was finishing it, so I ended up sitting with them. We ended up sitting in the row just behind my sister. My younger niece had her ballet group in the category before my daughter’s. So we watched them dance first. They did very well. They got first place! Then my daughter received gold for both of her dances. Everyone in the category received gold except one group, who did exceptionally well, they received high gold! Actually, the entire category was quite good! There was definitely a lot of competition!! My older niece was in the same category and they got 3rd place. Since those were the only dances that my daughter had today, we left. I got her Wendy’s on the way home. I just had a small grilled chicken snack wrap, because I wasn’t feeling that hungry! Then we drove home. I was feeling super tired! So was my daughter! My son hadn’t left yet for the birthday party that he was going to, so my oldest daughter quickly helped him have a shower and I wrapped the present that we bought last night. Then my hubby drove him to the party. Both my younger daughter and I laid down and we each fell asleep for about 3 hours!! We were both conked!! Then she had me read a chapter in her English book, so that I could help her with her homework. She is doing assignments on The Life Of Pi. They had to Rewrite a chapter from the Tiger’s perspective. She was feeling confused, because she didn’t quite know how much consciousness to give the tiger. I tried to help her with ideas, but it’s really up to her interpretation… I went on my phone for a while. Then my oldest daughter and my son came upstairs and we talked for a while. My hubby made supper. So, I went downstairs and ate, although I wasn’t feeling really great! Then my younger daughter and I went to the Dollarama, to see if they had elastic, so I could try to do a temporary fix to her dance bra. It broke in rehearsal hall and we were just going to go to La Senza, but both South Common and Southgate closed at 6:00pm. Then we went to Shoppers and picked up a couple of things that we needed. Back at home, I made my oldest daughter some chocolate pudding that she was asking for. Then, while we watched our Mary Kondo show on Netflix, I fixed my younger daughter’s bra the best that I could. It will definitely work tomorrow and hold together, which is what matters!! Then I got my son ready and into bed. I went on my phone, wrote this and now I’m going to get ready for bed, because I have to get up early again. Tomorrow is our long day at the competition!!

Night All! 💤😴

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“Hopefully one day I’ll get it right, or at least have fun, while about it I write!!”

Santana Dance Competition Day 2

This morning I had to wake up early, at about 6:30 to get ready for my daughter’s dance competition. We wanted to leave around 8:00 – 8:15 and I still had to get my son ready. So I got up early enough to get myself ready before I got him ready. He woke up while I was getting ready and went on the iPad. Then, I got him ready and we went downstairs. Once we were downstairs, I got his snack ready, he didn’t need a full lunch, just a snack, because he had hot lunch at a school. I had to wake up my oldest daughter to sit with him until it was time for him to walk to school, because my younger daughter and I had to go before it was time to go to school. He said that he would fine walking to school. He has walked home by himself numerous times!! So we said goodbye and left. We had to stop at the bank, because you always need cash. I also got my daughter and I some McDonald’s breakfast, even though it’s not the healthiest…because it’s fast and we left later then we had intended. Then we drove to the Arden Theatre in St Albert. I, by some kind of fluke, found parking in the free parking all day lot across the street!! Yay me!! I didn’t move my van for the rest of the day!! We went inside the theatre and I helped my daughter pin her bra to the back of her costume. Then she had to go back to rehearsal. I went and paid for a program and a pass and went into the theatre. By complete fluke, yet again, I went into the state right at the row where my parents were sitting!! They were in the middle of a tap solo category. My parents were at this competition because both my sister’s kids and my daughter are dancing in this one. My niece was dancing in this solo category. There were also quite a few of Amanda’s dancers. One of whom actually goes to the same school with my niece!! My niece is an exceptional tapper. She received a high gold in the category and took first place! The second and third both went to Amanda’s dancers, who each received golds. The one who got second was the one who is actually in the same school class as my niece! Afterwards, we went out into the lobby briefly and talked to my sister and my niece. She thought that she made all sorts of mistakes…none that were obvious to us or judge, obviously!! My sister and her went home, because they didn’t have to dance for quite a while and my sister’s oldest daughter was at school, but danced later in the day and they had to pick her up. My daughter’s solo was not long after though. There was only one category in between the two, so by the time we went back into the theatre, the small category in between the two was just ending!! My daughter’s lyrical solo category was huge!! There were something like 17 dancers!! The age started at 13 and went up to 18!! They divided it into 13 – 15 and 16 – 18, with a first, second and third in each; then a top 3 overall who received scholarships. My daughter did a great job! She received a silver. I thought that she should have gotten a gold, both Miss Alexis and Miss Amanda apparently told her the same thing!! She said that she felt good about it, which is important. I said that her teacher’s opinions are more important! She wasn’t that upset or anything, which was good. Also, it was such a huge category and there was a lot of tough competition!! There were some exceptional dancers in the category. When they were finished, my dad and mom drove us to Subway, so that we could pick up some lunch and bring it back with us. That way we didn’t lose our good parking spot. They were going home anyway, so they dropped us off and we went back inside and they left. We ate, then we watched two sisters from Amanda’s (both her friends) do a beautiful solo that is about breast cancer that they dedicated to their mom. This is her 10th anniversary of being cancer free since having breast cancer. This will be the only duo that they ever do together and it’s quite lovely. Watching it brings tears to your eyes. Especially when you know that it’s true. Also, because it’s the one mom that I’m probably the closest to at the studio. It was a wonderful dance. They received gold and second. It makes you wish that the adjudicator knew that it was a true story for them and not just a random song that they chose…After that category we watched some little guys do hip hop. They were awfully cute!! Our little group took first place and was the only group to get a gold!! Then my daughter had to go back to rehearsal hall for her next dance. So, I stayed in the theatre and watched some junior tap solos our little girl took first place, she’s just amazing, she totally stands out at all of the competitions!! She’s 2 years younger then everyone else and looks so tiny up on stage, but she just kills it!! It’s too cute!! After that there was another fairly big lyrical solo category (pretty popular style) and there were about 4 or 5 of Amanda’s dancers in it. One of the moms came in at this point and was sitting with me. So we watched this category together. We didn’t really agree with the adjudicator on this category, interestingly enough, just like during my daughter’s lyrical category… she picked people that I thought were kind of meh and then people whom I thought totally stood out she would give a silver to…so strange! Not that I have years of dance training, but you can certainly hear the mumbling around the audience to know that the two of us weren’t the only ones who had differing opinions!! And, it wasn’t just Amanda’s dancers, just certain dancers that seemed to totally stand out, would receive a silver and then dancers that seemed a bit immature or who made no eye contact and showed zero emotion (for a lyrical solo – which is all about emotion) she would give a gold to!! So strange! Anyway, the next category was the category that our daughter’s were in, their Oh The Terrors dance, their production – oh right, I was going to check what it’s actually called, I think it’s Musical Theatre Large Group or Line (I’m not sure if it’s a large group or a line…). Anyway, they did AMAZING!! Like they always do in this category! It’s just such a fun dance to watch! I know my daughter told my parents not to bother watching it, that it’s okay if they go home, but it’s incredible!! It’s so entertaining! You really don’t want to miss it! It’s just so good! The adjudicator was blown away!! She was cheering and thanking Amanda for entertaining her and for all her hard work and for instilling in every single dancer the importance of face and spacing and timing and being together and performance quality…she couldn’t stop gushing about it. It really is quite an amazing performance. It looks professional. They’re so on the ball and in time with each other. It’s just very very well done. They received high gold, choreographers award and overall choreographers award for the day!! So Amanda was very happy about that!! After that dance, we were finished for the day. My daughter came out front to get the group photo taken, then went back to the dressing room to change. She took a while longer than normal, because she couldn’t find one of her shoes!! I was just heading back to help her when she texted me to tell me that she found it!! It was almost out the door of the dressing room! It looked like someone must have thought it was theirs and, thankfully, realized that it wasn’t, but just kicked it off by the door. At least it wasn’t gone! Those are her Vans that she wears for her hip hop class and they weren’t cheap shoes… She finally did come out and we went to the van and started to drive home. We stopped at a Husky on the way to get something to drink, because we were both very thirsty. Then we drove home. Once we were home, I was feeling exhausted. She was stressed about English homework that was due tonight by midnight. My son and I went to Shoppers and I bought my daughter face wipes and we bought a birthday present for the party that he’s going to tomorrow. Then we came back home. We had supper. Then my son and I played a game for about an hour. Then I went upstairs and steamed my daughter’s pointe costume. Then I got her stuff ready for tomorrow, her correct shoes, tights, costumes, bras, makeup, etc. So that she didn’t have to worry about doing that like she usually does and she could do her English homework. She still only got half of it finished. She had a super bad headache and was really tired. So she went to bed. Then I got myself ready for bed and my son ready for bed. Now I’m actually going to go to bed, because I’m sooo exhausted and I have to get up really early! Thankfully tomorrow she only has her regular ballet and her pointe. Sunday is her crazy day…she has Hip Hop, Modern, 2 Lyrical dances and 2 Jazz dances…so yes, we will be there ALL day Sunday! However, tomorrow she can finish her English and then get ready for Sunday, the crazy busy day!! I mean only 6 out of her 10 dances are on Sunday…sigh!

Night All! 💤😴

To help with research and treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia please go to http://www.tnnme.com (Trigeminal Neuralgia and Me) to sign a petition to have the we’World Health Organization (WHO) add Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) to their Health Topic List.

“Hopefully one day I’ll get it right, or at least have fun, while about it I write!!”