Monthly Archives: April 2013

Guess what I can do!

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It’s official….
I am creeping and moving…
Oh boy…
Watch out…
Here I come!

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What if….

As I lay my Little Dragon down for a nap, I reflect on what she did just this morning…

Woke up with a smiley face…
Got dressed in a new clean outfit…
Had a yummy breakfast and even tried some of mine…
Walked to the bus stop with her brother and sister…
Went to her weekly physical therapy appointment..
Attended story time at the library…
Then popped over to the grocery store to pick up some supplies…

What an amazing morning for this precious child. My thoughts often travel to the ” what ifs”. What if she was still in China? What would have become of her? What about all the other little girls that were her crib mates? What has become of them? There are still rooms on top of rooms of abandoned children just waiting for families, yet it’s impossible to be matched.

“What if”….

During our seven year of wait something had happen financially or medically to our family. We could have just given up, switched to special needs, or went into a different program.

But these things didn’t happen. The timing was meant to be and I wouldn’t change a thing. Because if something had gone a bit faster or a bit slower, the result would have been so different.

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She is truly our daughter. No questions, no doubts, no second guesses, and no regrets!

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Build her a shelf…she is going to need it!

We did it…. Or should I say…She did it!!

The first weekend of competition is over and she did great. Each competition is run by a different production company, so they all have different ways of grouping (by age, by dance type, and experience). They also have different judging styles, different point scales, and different awards. So you may do fabulous in one competition because of your grouping and the next week do the same identical performance and get horrible results.

This weekend was a great one to start with. It was a bit smaller and Ms.A was considered a “Junior” (petit, junior, teen, senior) in the “competition” (novice, recreation, competition) level. The scoring point system was silver, high silver, gold, high gold, and platinum as awards.

She danced in five routines: a tap solo, a tap trio, a tap quad, a jazz quad, and a large group lyrical. (Yeah, don’t ask me what we were thinking when we said yes to this huge commitment.) This weekend she scored high gold in each of her five routines. The judges then compare points in each dance category and her large group lyrical also received an overall second place. She was so very excited and I was so very relieved.

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Next weekend we are headed to Cleveland for a competition that is just for solos, duets, and trios. She will just have two routines to perform and she will be classified in the youngest age category. This could mean that she might have higher results because she won’t be competing against girls that are older than her…or it may not.

What about the rest of the crew? Hubby, Dragon, Mr.D, Opa and Nala are going to have to hold down the fort for the next four weekends. I am sure there will be plenty of runs to the ice cream parlor for “good behavior bribes” and if the weather warms up…some well deserved rounds of golf!

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Dragon’s big red shadow.

It is unbelievable how a little baby can change so many things in a household. May it be the already busy schedules, the increase of large musical plastic toys in the family room, or the behaviors of the family members. The one thing in particular that just amazes me with all the transformation happening within our family….the difference in our dog.

Nala, our well documented crazy Rhodesian Ridgeback, is just over two years old. We felt that when she turned two she seemed to calm just a bit and become the beginning of the good dog we were hoping for. Mind you, she is no reformed dog, but there is something special going on before our very eyes.

First off, Nala is a known counter surfer, food swiper, and toy destroyer. When the older kids are playing, rough housing, and screaming with all their might, Nala can get a tad out of hand. We then need to reign her in and on most occasions this leads to her being put in a doggie time out. When the kids have friends inside the house, it’s like she has to let everyone know of their movements. She is constantly barking and on occasion frightening them. So, back in doggie time out she goes again. Outside in the yard she is better, unless they are in the pool. Nala then thinks they are in some sort of danger and tries to block them from the water or even hold them back. All I can say is that we have a lot of bathing suits with holes in them and Nala has been official banned from pool side.

When Dragon came home, we were very cautious. We kept things calm and made a point of always picking toys up to prevent any destruction. We also tried keeping them separated if no one was in arm length of either one of them.

But…. Like opposite magnets, they alway find each other.

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Like I said before…I am witnessing something amazing. I hope that Dragon grows to love her “big red shadow” as much as her “shadow” loves her!

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Lets Dance!

Oh the joys of being the parent responsible for the dressing room with thirty girls. All who are trying to get into crazy costumes and equally crazy hair styles. Ms.A had four costume changes and performances today at the team showcase. As her second year of being on the competition team, she took it in stride.

No costume malfunctions…no personal drama…her hair was manageable…fake eyelashes a breeze…she is becoming quite a pro!

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Next weekend we start into the competition season. We will be spending our weekend at a nearby college. The team will be competing against other dance studios from Ohio. Ms.A will be adding a tap solo to her routines, which will make a total of five dances to perform.

A year worth of rehearsals are really paying off. She seems to be having so much fun and the whole atmosphere is so exciting. Dancing is her “thing” and Hubby and I are so proud of her commitment and focus.

I will post some better pictures next weekend. I am sure you will get a kick out of the costume that is meant to represent “homeless kids”.

All I can say….money well spent!

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Last “catch up” shots!

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Every two weeks for the past three months we have been visiting the doctor to get our immunizations. I am so happy with my decision of spacing them out. Two at a time…Dragon had her last set of shots and is finally caught up. At least until she hits 15 months and then it starts again. The above photo is of her TB test site. We get to have it read on Saturday.

So, here are her latest stats. She weighed in at 19 1/2 pounds, which bumps her up to the 15 percentile. She measured 30 inches long at the 80 percentile and her head was 17 1/4, which landed her in the 25 percentile. Her head has been a concern for me. It was quite flat on the back right side when she arrived. It’s still flat, but has a more equal look to it. The doctor is keeping an eye on it… as long as she shows growth we are good.

Her social progress is unbelievable! The biggest change is that she wants her mama… No strangers allowed… not even to look. I never thought that I would feel so happy to see a child screaming and reaching for me as I am now! She even will rest her head on my shoulder… The littlest things can bring so much joy!

She is going to weekly physical therapy and occupational therapy sessions. No progress on that front. She still is just rolling around and hasn’t picked up on the pincher grasp.

We did start up a weekly story time at the library. It is a very comical scene of ten moms trying to wrangle their toddlers on their laps to listen to an ancient librarian read stories and do crazy puppet shows. Dragon is more interested in destroying her name tag and the ongoings of the other kids than the story. I am just counting down the minutes of sitting on the floor, trying to position my legs so they don’t fall asleep. No “criss cross applesauce” for this old lady!

This weekend is the first dance program of the session. That means Dragon will have the pleasure of hanging out with our favorite sitter…Let me rephrase that… Screaming for our favorite sitter… I think her rate is going to go up after this weekend!

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You know you are becoming a “Dance Mom” when…

What did you do this beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon?

Well, I spent my time at the kitchen counter bedazzling socks for one of Ms.A dance costumes….

Umm…yeah, I just said that.

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Dance season is starting….let the games begin!

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