Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My Town is Burning

Over 30,000 people have now been evacuated from Colorado Springs. A fire that started as a plume of smoke on Saturday afternoon has turned into devastation unlike anything I've ever seen. This morning, I looked outside to see the same haze over the mountains that I've seen for a few days now. I turned on the news to see that the Waldo Canyon Fire was 5% contained. Five percent. Well, that's better than yesterday... yesterday it was 0%.

We went to Kennedy and Keeghan's dance class and all seemed to be about the same... as we drove South I saw more of what my friends were seeing... more smoke... some flames... but no structures had been lost. This was good. The firefighters would get it under control. Surely.

Half way through dance, we got a phone call and it was suggested that we might all want to leave... then a little panic took over and the tone was more like, "No really... leave!" I packed the kids up and we walked out to smoke and ash... everywhere. What happened?! A friend warned me to stay off the Interstate, so I took surface streets home watching our skyline get more orange and darker.... I turned on my headlights, even though it was the middle of the day. Cars were crawling along with me... some packed to the ceiling with "stuff". I am guessing it's stuff they felt was important. Pictures... important papers... favorite memories... I don't know.

By the time I got to my street, the sky looked like this...

Creepy, right?

As the night went on and I watched the news... devastation struck. Houses started to burn. Those 3,000 people who were evacuated? Some of them no longer have homes. And the Waldo Canyon Fire jumped into Colorado Springs. They are saying that even though it doesn't appear windy to us down here on the ground, up there, where the fire is, it IS windy... and those 65mph winds have changed directions 3 times which has sent the flames blazing over 600 acres.

The Red Cross has set up evacuation centers all over our city. People are pulling together and the firefighters are out there battling... they're trying their best to contain this thing and save as many homes, and more importantly, lives, as they can.

Tonight, we sat and watched images come across our television and our computer like this...

And all we could do was pray... we prayed for the firefighters. We prayed for the families who no longer have homes. We prayed that no lives would be lost. We prayed for rain. Lots and lots of rain. I have no doubt that eventually the firefighters will get this under control, and then our city will pick back up and start rebuilding once again... just like Clarksville did when we were flooded out.

Right now, our home is safe. We are fine. And we are so thankful for that. I don't know what the future holds, but our house is more central, away from the mountains, and I think we'll be fine. Thank you to everyone who has checked in on us! I do appreciate it so much!! Because of the thick smoke and poor air quality, we have decided to head out of town for California a little early. We have some friends whose kids have become quite sick from the smoke in the air, and when I got home tonight Kennedy started coughing pretty badly. I don't want to mess with it if we don't have to. So, in the morning (or later this morning really since it IS already morning) we will head out of Colorado Springs and start driving to California for our vacation. Frank was able to change his plans and fly straight into CA when it's time for his R&R, so he will just meet us there.

Please be praying for safe travel for us, but mostly be praying for our city and the amazing people who live here. Be praying for our firefighters as they battle this blaze. Be praying for those who have lost everything and have to start over. My heart breaks for them. Just be praying for Colorado Springs.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Well Good Grief!

I have been private for a whole whoppin' two weeks now. Seriously. Blogger allows me 100 readers when I'm private which took me about 2 days to fill up. So THEN I started another private blog and just posted everything twice. I figured I'd be set. Wrong. Yesterday I hit my limit there, too. I also realize that many of the people I've let in as readers I don't really KNOW. I have received lots of emails and facebook messages and even twitter messages asking me for invites, but the truth is, my posts could really be copied and pasted anywhere... I mean, with 200 readers, nothing is really private anyway, is it?

Part of the reason I went private is because I received a couple of nasty comments about my last public post. I realize as a blogger I am putting my life out there (or at least parts of my life out there) for people to read about and do with what they will. I think that people sometimes forget that behind the screen you are reading, we are a real family with real hurts and real hopes and real dreams and sometimes things don't always turn out the way that we, or the rest of the world, thinks they should.

We are ALL trying to do the VERY best we can in the path that we are walking. Some of those paths have been chosen for us, some we have chosen for ourselves; either way, some of the decisions that our family makes may not be the same ones you would make. Some of the things that we believe will not be the same things you believe. Does that mean that you are right and we are wrong? No. Does that mean that we are right and you are wrong? No. It means that we are all trying to find our way... sometimes we are going to get it exactly right, sometimes we are going to get it very wrong and we'll have to pick ourselves back up and keep going. Either way, it's not going to do us (or you) any good to leave us nasty comments, talk nasty about us in private groups, or come up with stories which have strayed so far from the truth, it's almost funny now.

If you have questions, ask me. My email is or you can find me on Facebook and send me a message. I'm almost always around. There are some details of our lives that I will keep private, especially regarding my children, and you'll have to respect that, but I feel like overall I have been pretty open about most areas of our lives. It may take me a bit to answer, but I'll get back to you. If you've been "hearing things" don't assume it's all true. I feel like I'm back in high school and the prom queen is out to get me. It's silly! (As Kennedy would say.)

So, in order to save myself the work of opening up a THIRD blog and triple posting all my blog posts, I'm opening back up. My comments are going back to moderated, and anonymous comments will not be allowed. I won't publish any nasty comments and I won't acknowledge them... I'm trying to teach my children that if they don't have anything nice to say, not to say anything at all. I need to work on that myself sometimes. One of our many purposes in life is to help others along the way, in any capacity we can. That may be to offer advice, to listen, or to act. But if there's nothing we can do to help, we at least should not hurt them through our words or actions. If you'd like to know what's been going on with us, have seat, take a read... there's a few posts to catch up on.

We have a lot going on here... fires all over Colorado Springs and HOT weather and busy days. I'll do another update on all that later. To those of you who haven't seen me in a couple weeks, "Hello there!" To all of you who sent me emails and FB messages, thank you so much!! Now, it's time to get on with our summer. :)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Elitch Gardens Two

We went back to Elitch Gardens today... we are determined to make good use of our season passes! ;) I love spending time with the kids there and seeing them laugh and try new rides! Kass and Kam went on their first roller coaster EVER today! Frank and I LOVE roller coasters and have been waiting to have thrill seeker kids to enjoy them with us. :) I'm not so sure Kass and Kam are ready to jump on every roller coaster they see, but I'm glad they're getting their feet wet.

It was HOT today... temps broke 100 and the kids made several stops on the water rides to cool off. I even went on one, and I must admit, it felt GOOD!! We brought a picnic lunch and avoided the park prices, and enjoyed a great day together. Here are some pictures, in no particular order...

 The kids first time down the boat ride... Kass, Kam and Kenn are in the back row. They were soaked! LOL 

Kam and Kass on the roller coaster! They're brave!

 They're second time on the boat... with Keeghan... He didn't like it much. LOL Kass was mimicking Keeghan's face! haha

My sweet girls

Kam on the merry go round

Keeghan on the merry go round

They're about to get REALLY wet! 

 This is one of Kameron's favorite rides

Kass on the merry go round

 Sweet kids :)

 You read it... didn't you? ;)

My handsome boys

Now we are relaxing, watching a movie and getting ready for bed. I love summer! 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Kennedy and Keeghan's Birthday Portraits

These are some of the birthday portraits done by JCM Photography. My friend Carmen did such a great job capturing Kennedy and Keeghan's personalities. I know there are A LOT more, so I'll share those too as soon as I see them. ;)

Thank you, Carmen!!!!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Q&A #243

OK, so my Q&As have just become a little more complicated! LOL For those of you reading on my main blog, I ran out of room for readers. Blogger only allows 100 readers when you're private. SO since people were still asking to read, I decided to just open ANOTHER blog and double post. So the same posts are going to 2 blogs with different readers... both private. Therefore, I'm getting two different sets of comments. SO if you don't see the questions that are being asked on the blog you're reading, it's because it was asked on the other blog. Clear as mud? No? Sorry! LOL I'm going to link to the posts on the main blog always because then when I open back up, the links will still be active... I guess. I haven't figured this all out yet, can you tell?! Anyway, here are the Q&As... 

Have you tried visual schedules with Kellsey? I use visual cues for my middle school speech kiddos all the time, and I usually just use clip art instead of Boardmaker or some other expensive program.
She's not QUITE able to do that yet, she can't identify pictures by sight correctly... hopefully in the near future. Kennedy uses them at school and they work great! :) We don't use them at home though because we literally have no set schedule. Ever. LOL Sad, I know.  

Start writing a book ;).
LOL Who knows, these may be the first few chapters! ;)

Have you thought about (I'm sure you have) what will happen at the end of the summer? A whole summer of one on one time, and personalized attention.. and then back to the hustle and bustle of normal life.. What if you see that she is just thriving with your mom? Would you guys consider keeping her there, or just work harder on readjusting her when the time comes?
Yes... we've been thinking and talking about that A LOT lately actually. Someone said to me recently, "Renee, you adopted Kellsey to make HER happy, you didn't adopt her to make YOU happy." I sat there in awe. Yep. You're right. My priorities may have been a little screwed up in the beginning (and I'll talk more about that later) but when it comes down to it, we adopted Kellsey to get her out of that orphanage. We adopted her to give her a family and a life and love and everything she never would have had if she was put into an institution. We adopted her so she could thrive. And sadly, because of circumstances beyond our control (and beyond Kellsey's control) she is NOT thriving in our family. Is it just our family dynamics? Are we too loud and busy and overwhelming for her? Maybe. She has made it CLEAR that she craves one-on-one attention. I have tried to give her that to the best of my ability, but she quickly figured out that it would always be interrupted by someone else (such is life in a big family) and the rejection patterns kicked in and got worse and worse until she wouldn't let me in ever. We are going to see how this summer goes. Of course MY dream is to see all my children together under one roof, healthy and HAPPY and singing Kumbaya (ok... I don't think my kids even know that song. LOL) but in the last 6 months God has really shown us that maybe MY dream is not HIS plan. Right now, we're just taking it one day at a time... we're letting Kellsey lead really. Ultimately, I want to see her grow and be happy and thrive... wherever that is. 

As someone who has first hand SEEN your family together, I know FOR A FACT, that your decision was not entered lightly. And I know that its the best choice for Kellsey.
I think this is important to note because everyone who KNOWS us and has met Kellsey and spent time with her agrees with you (and us) on this. It's the people who haven't met her and have only seen pictures that are having a harder time... granted, that's partly my fault because I haven't been as open as maybe I should have, but it was to save us from being bashed for being honest! LOL I feel like I'm damned if I do and I'm damned if I don't. Did I just cuss?! There goes my 'G' rating! 

Curious...what is a para
A para (short for paraprofessional) is sometimes called a one-on-one aide. Dawna works with Kennedy in school during her academic times (she's not with her all day, but quite a bit of it). She helps Kennedy stay focused and make sure she understands what's going on in class. If Kennedy's assignment is modified in any way, Dawna will help her with that. This ensures that the classroom teacher is not being pulled away from the class as a whole any more than she needs to be. It's really the best of all worlds, it's an extra boost to help Kennedy thrive in the classroom with her typical peers and it helps her teacher at the same time! We love Dawna (and the other aides who rotate throughout Kennedy's day). They helped make her 1st grade year successful! 

I had an undiagnosed autistic toddler in my Sunday School class many years ago. He was fine if in a room with only one teacher and himself. Once we brought him into the class with other children, he could not cope. Your description of Kellsey in the 1-on-1 scenario sounded so much like what the little boy did. Perhaps, it is the autism that is making the RAD even harder.
Yes, her ped in TN and here both have mentioned Autism and offered to have her formally evaluated and diagnosed. I asked if they saw a benefit to slapping one more "label" on her as it wouldn't get her any more services and they agreed it wouldn't DO anything to help her so we've held off on that for now. I agree though, it could very well be feeding into her struggles with coping in certain situations. 

Are you able to see who reads daily? Just curious if you can see from your end who doesn't check in often? 
No, but no big deal. Now that I've opened another blog it doesn't matter, and we probably won't hit the 200 readers... if we do, I guess I'll open a THIRD blog! haha

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Elitch Gardens

In Denver there is an amusement park called Elitch Gardens. When we knew we were moving to Colorado, Kameron got online and started doing some research... because that's just how he is. LOL He discovered all sorts of fun things, but the one that made his eyes light up was Elitch Gardens. "I want to go THERE!" He said. Last summer was a little crazy. We were busy moving in, trying to find our way around town (and getting lost), getting the kids ready for school and just getting settled! SO now is the time. :) Kassidy and Kennedy actually got to go last week with Kennedy's dance company. Kameron was at drama camp so he couldn't go which just about did him in, but he made a commitment and had to stick with it. He lived. Amazing, I know. ;)

Kennedy's para Dawna (who is pretty much part of our family now) and her daughter Brooklyn and her niece Angela met us there for the day. The kids had so much fun going on all the rides and deciding what they liked and didn't like. Kassidy and Kameron have never been one for scary rides... they don't like roller coasters, they don't like being turned upside down... basically, they don't like the rides that Frank and I LOVE! HA! However, Kennedy and Keeghan seem to be little thrill seekers! They went on some FAST rides yesterday and laughed and laughed. :) Kennedy doesn't like the jerky rides (but neither do I) and we went on a water ride (think Splash Mountain) and even though we told her what was going to happen, she obviously didn't GET it. We did a HUGE drop, got soaking wet, and she was NOT happy! LOL We got to the bottom and she threw her hands up and said, "What the heck?! My clothes are wet!" SO funny!! Needless to say she didn't go back for a second ride with Kass and Brooklyn! LOL

Keeghan of course loved the kid area where there were NO height requirements and Kameron even liked it because there was a big ball room where he could shoot balls out of air guns... he was in there for a long time and came out sweaty and tired. Boys!!

Anyway, we bought season passes and I told the kids we could have a standing date for every Friday... we're going to get our money's worth, dang it! LOL Here are a few pictures from my phone, I didn't even take my real camera! I think Dawna took more pictures than I did, so when she sends them to me I will post them. Today we are off to meet Hello Kitty at the mall. I have a very star struck 8 year old. ;)

Keeghan wanted this banana SO badly! LOL

 Spinning on the hot air balloons

 Brooklyn and Kennedy on the swings

 Keeghan swinging 

 The girls on the Ferris Wheel... we were high up! 

 Keeghan's first ride on a ferris wheel

Kameron on the Ferris Wheel

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hey Everyone

Because we can only have 100 readers now that I'm private... if you find that you're just not checking in to read as much, please let me know and I'll take you off the list. I'm going to run out of room quickly I think!! I wish blogger would allow for 200 and then I'd probably be fine! Oh well!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Q&A #242

**Nancy and Anne, can you two please shoot me an email?** Thanks! 

It sounds like what Kellsey needs to function & do well is the complete opposite of what "normal" is for your family. I mean, you're an active, on-the-go family, yet Kellsey needs routine, structure, calm & not a lot of external stimuli in her environment? How does that work with 4 other kids in the house & your busy routine? It must be really difficult to balance Kellsey's needs against those of the rest of your kids.
It doesn't work... we've had a HARD couple years (not Kellsey's fault at all) but we've shuffled and rearranged our lives the best we can. A lot of times I still fail. 

Maybe it's some funky side effect of Ukrainian baby prison? ; ) Seriously...praying!!!
Funny you say that... that's her pediatrician's theory too... or at least his hope! He is hopeful that it's something from her Eastern European descent. It's hard to know for sure since we don't know her family medical history. Hopefully her blood work will never get any worse and she'll just be a mystery. 

So did the numbers change? Or just have stayed the same? So strange. Well, hopefully she has just odd blood and all is fine and remains fine. What would you be looking for that's different in her though? Might be hard to figure with her not feeling pain and all, no? 
They are still basically the same... a few of her counts skewed one way or another, but not enough to warrant a bone marrow biopsy yet, thank goodness! I am praying hard that she'll NEVER get to that point. As far as what we're looking for... lots of petechaie (burst blood vessels creating a "rash") as it's a sign of low platelets, random fevers (which is hard since she gets random fevers all the time from not sweating) and lots of kids with leukemia get leg pain or other extremity pain (Kennedy's was her hands) but we wouldn't know that with Kellsey. That's why the blood checks every 3 months are so important. 

My 8 year old daughter with DS just got her blood results back from an annual physical and her WBC count was low at 3.2. Last year it was 6.1. Her pediatrician wants to wait 3-4 months before we recheck it, but I'm a wreck waiting that long. From your experience, do you have any insight for me. I feel like we should recheck it more quickly, but I'm no physician, just a mom who is concerned! All other blood results were within the normal ranges. 
Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of advice... they're basically doing the same thing with Kellsey. The fact that her platelets are good is reassuring. Kellsey's are normal too. If you see any sign of petechiae, if she starts sleeping a lot (like 20 hours a day), or complaining of pain in her legs or hands, I would take her back in for a CBC. Better safe than sorry. 

Wonderful pictures... Beautiful one on Kennedy.. and little Keeghan is just adorable... Frank doing okay??? Prayers are said for him here in VA.. 
Yes, he's doing well! Bored and ready to come home for a break! But I always say that bored in Afghanistan is a GOOD thing! ;) 

Random question: Where is the donut of deployment? Too depressing? Maybe after August you can update it? Praying for you and this deployment right now! 
LOL No not depressing! We've been hearing lots of rumors of a changed time frame (a little shorter thank goodness!) so I don't know what's accurate anymore. As it stands right now, here's where we're at (not counting R&R of course). 

What will your mom do with Kellsey when she's at work? Isn't that a huge burden on your mom to care for such a medically complex child all summer long? And won't Frank miss seeing Kellsey during his R&R? I know you've mentioned before how close she and Frank are. 
She actually works from home so she'll be there all day... she does have a friend who is a retired RN who is available as back up. She's very excited to meet Kellsey and spend time with her as she works with an adult with Down syndrome on the weekends. My mom offered to take Kellsey and we have her pediatrician there aware that Kellsey is back and ready to help if something comes up. We got all her specialist appointments done until August so she's covered there. Kellsey was not going to go to California with us anyway. It was already set that my mom would come out and stay with her. Originally when we made these plans we weren't thinking about the summer heat of California and all that entailed. When I talked to Kellsey's doctor about it he said that if she was going to go, she'd have to be in a/c the whole time which is impossible. I don't think I've ever said that she and Frank were close except for right after they came home from Ukraine. Because of Kellsey's short term memory issues, she doesn't really remember him and refuses to talk to him on Skype or the phone. 

Will your mom fly out with Kellsey to CA when you all go to Disney? Did Kellsey enjoy Disney? Now that I think about it, that's probably not really her cup of tea is it? Sounds like you've got lots of fun planned. Think you'll make it the whole summer without Kellsey? 
Kellsey did well at Disney when we went in November, but it wasn't hot there then and we didn't take the risk of her overheating. We did still have to try to preempt her self injuring behaviors as she was extremely over stimulated the whole time. It was a difficult week and her self injuring behaviors have gotten a lot worse since then. She's much happier when she stays on routine, knows what to expect and doesn't get over stimulated. I think Kellsey is going to have a great summer and her being happy makes me happy. We'll see how the weeks go.  

I have read lots of blogs on where the familes have children w/ special needs, and they don't always have someone to take care of their child when they need a break. I think it's called Respite Care? Sounds like a good thing to me! Everyone needs a break now and then!
Yes, in a way, this IS respite care. I have tried and tried to get respite care here in town but either got denied because she's "not medically needy enough" which makes me laugh or because there was no funding available. We have exhausted every avenue here in town and in Denver. 

 I was wondering if Kellsey is getting any regular therapy outside of her school day specifically for her issues with RAD? I know it is a very difficult diagnosis, and there are mixed reviews on how to best treat children with this issue.
She is not... when we went to the Down syndrome clinic about 6 weeks ago, I talked to the doctor there and he said that unfortunately there was not a RAD expert in the area and he didn't have anyone to recommend. Her OT in school has been passing along ideas for me to try with her and she is on medication that's supposed to help with her behaviors but so far, it's not working. Hopefully in time... I agree that there are SO many different views out there about "treating" RAD... it's hard to know what is right. 

 I was wondering if you could someday write a post about RAD ,and how it is affecting your family. I know that I personally have no clue about it, and would like to learn more about it. Is this RAD going to be permanent with Kellsey? Would it be better to send her to live in a residential school type place where she can be safe, and it won't affect your daily family life? I can only imagine how her intolerance of the heat limits where you can go with the rest of the children. I hope you can explain more about it someday, so that people like me can understand how it affects families, and I am sure others would like to learn as well. 
Yes, one day I would like to do a post like that... there are lots of websites out there talking about RAD but every child is different. Even talking to friends who are parenting kids with RAD, I am amazed that while there are some similarities, we are all dealing with different issues as well. I think that RAD IS permanent in some way shape and form. My friend Brook commented on this post about RAD and how it still affects her daughter even YEARS after they brought her home. I came across this letter on a RAD website the other night when a friend sent it to me and thought it was excellent! It is really written to give to a teacher who will be working with your child with RAD, but it explains a lot of behaviors and covers a lot of the things we've been dealing with. Of course there are some things on there that don't apply to Kellsey due to her age and having Down syndrome. I know a few people who have utilized residential schools for their children, and we're not at that point yet... I still have hope that she CAN thrive in the right environment and situation. I'm hoping this summer will prove that... one way or another. 

 Just read about a wild fire in your area. Hope all are safe.
Yes, we are safe, thank you! I think the fire was north of us. It definitely hazed in our mountains for a couple days. From what I heard on the news it's all under control. 

Am I understanding that Frank gets to come back to USA for 2 weeks? I have no idea what military life entails - but havng him back would really make this summer special. Sorry if I have misunderstood.
Yes! Every deployment he's had (because they've all been a year long or longer) he has been able to come home for a 2 week R&R. I think one time he came home for the kids' birthdays in November, once he came home (or to Philly really) for Kennedy's spine fusion surgery, before that he came home for Kennedy's Make-A-Wish trip and I forget what the first time was for. We always try to do something though and not just sit around at home for the 2 weeks. (Uhh... spine fusion surgery was not at the top of our R&R wish list! LOL) 

 Hey, *I* would have LOVED to been able to spend the summer with a relative (all by myself!)when I was a kid!! :) I hope though, that your Mom has a camera, and will take some fun pics of what they have planned so we can see too. ;)
Oh I'm sure she will!! I will of course pass them along. :) 

I still think you should've kept it quiet until September, lol! Have a super summer and make sure Frank puts some guacamole and carne asada in the freezer for when I come out in August :) xo
HA! Probably! LOL That's what I get for trying to be open. As usual though, the good has outweighed the haters. (Though I know there are more behind the scenes. Whatever.) Frank won't be coming "home" at all... we're going to pick him up from the airport and drive straight to CA, so I can make no promises of carne asada... but I hope you will still come anyway! ;o)

Sunday, June 10, 2012


Here is Kameron in his play with the Academy of Children's Theater here in Colorado Springs. They had drama camp for 4 days and then did their performance on the 5th day! We were so impressed with everything they learned and retained in under a week!!

Kameron plays the part of Abu and is in all brown with a red hat and vest... just in case you can't find him... it's long so it may take awhile to load... be patient! :) (Oh and I missed one short section in the middle when my phone died and had to switch to my mom's... OOPS!)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Still Here!

I haven't forgotten about you all out there! We have had a very busy week or so around here! We have been to Elitch Gardens (a local theme park) with Kennedy's dance company; Kameron has been in drama camp all week and did a fabulous job on his play yesterday! I have it all on video and it will be coming soon! Kassidy and I were able to sneak away for dinner and a movie one night, which was nice. I love hanging out with my girl! Four of the kids (everyone but Kam) had dentist appointments and they all got good reports! Kassidy and Kellsey both need sealants, so that will come in time. My mom and I have been hanging out with the kids and enjoying the beautiful Colorado weather... mixed in with some thunderstorms and flooding. Thankfully, our house is fine.

Now we are onto our crazy summer! We have so much lined up for dance, sleepovers for the kids, trips to the water park and lots of other fun stuff!! And of course we're counting down the days to Frank's R&R when we will take off for two weeks in California. Can't wait for that! :) My mom is leaving in a couple hours to head back home, and she's going to take Kellsey with her. She was set to come back in July and stay with her while we went to CA but after lots of thinking about that, we decided that would be silly! She's been back and forth a lot lately... not that I mind seeing her, but it gets expensive! So Kellsey is going to hang out with grandma for the summer and get the one-on-one time she so badly craves and the rest of us will go to all the places we can't take her... the park on hot days, the pool, the bowling alley and other stuff. The kids here are very excited and Kellsey will be too once she realizes that Grandma is not leaving her in a couple hours. She's definitely a Grandma's girl! ;)

Anyway, that's what is going on around here... busy as usual and about to get busier! I will try to get Kam's video up soon... I sort of need to piece it all together! HA!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Party's Over...

OK maybe not the party, but dance recital is over! What a crazy week... dress rehearsals, photo shoots, first time recital moms trying not to cry tears of happiness and veteran recital moms not even bothering to hold back the tears. And now, it's over. Well, until next week when the new season starts and we go again! HA! But for one week, no dance... no tap shoes... no costumes... no make up or tons of hair spray... no trying to figure out how to get a high, curly ponytail into a low, left bun. ;) Enjoy your week off, dancers!

Here are a few pictures from our week in completely random order... eventually there will be video too... someday. ;)

 Kennedy ready for company pictures

 Kennedy, Jordyn and Hannah... beautiful flowers

 Lila, Kennedy and Miranda... the pink ladies ;)

 Kennedy and Keeghan with their tap class

Beauty takes time. ;)

My 50's kids

 The senior company at the end of the year party (and Kennedy who jumped in last minute!) ;)

The flowers... (JCM Photography)

 The Mini Company (minus one) ready to perform for the last time 

 A little bit of silliness after dress rehearsal! ;)

 2011/12 Mini Company (JCM Photography)

Wonderland - The KDA Company Kids (JCM Photography)

There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good.  
~Edwin Denby