Weekend Dance Convention

Over the weekend, my daughters had a dance convention just north of us, where they took classes and where my oldest daughter competed in a couple of dances.  We booked a hotel near the hotel where the convention was because there was no time to return home and then drive all the way to the convention again.  The hotel where the convention was, was booked by the time we decided we’d stay up there, but our hotel was only about a three minute drive away so that was nice.  It was exhausting for husband because he did all the driving.  I was tired because I couldn’t sleep.  The girls enjoyed it and my oldest loved it so much she wished it had lasted longer.  I’m so glad to know she loved it.  In past conventions, she’d come home exhausted and miss school the next morning because she would be hurting all over from dancing.

I was surprised to see that my daughter’s dance group was used for the main photo/video page.  It’s also on the entry to the gallery page.  In the screenshot, my daughter is the farthest left.

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Goals Completed in 2016

Twenty-sixteen went by fast.  I now have a feeling technology makes life move faster.  Not literally, of course, but just the time spent on the Internet on social media, blogs, and smartphones takes up almost every minute of our lives.  I’m happy to say that I was still able to accomplish 2 of my 5 goals set earlier in the year.  The ones I accomplished were:

1. Read 40 books.  Favorite out of the 40 was The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.  To see all 40 books I read, click here.

2. Wrote 50K words toward my novel.  I actually put down ‘finish my novel’ but I felt that 50K words was a lot so I’m going with that. 🙂

The other 3 were: organize the study (which I tried but didn’t finish), eat a lot less junk food/carbs and more fruits/veggies (I tired too but those carbs are hard to get rid of), and draw a lot.  I think I painted more than drew/sketch but I really wanted to just draw with a pencil/pen and maybe color pencils.  I was only able to turn out about 6 and they were just sketches while I was doing other things on the computer, except the bottom right, which was drawn in my Midori.

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There was one thing I did accomplish that wasn’t included on my goals list and that was to knit.  Out of nowhere, I had this urge to learn to knit so I went for it.  I was afraid I wouldn’t finish because it was really boring once I got the knitting started but I’m glad I kept with it because it’s a great feeling seeing this knitted scarf and knowing I made it.  You can see the beginning of it here.

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Tonight and tomorrow and maybe all week next week, I’ll be honing down the goals I want to accomplish for 2017.  I have a very general idea what I’d like to accomplish, but I’d like to be more specific and so I think that’s what I’ll spend some time doing.

Happy New Year!

Happy Halloween!

Decided to dress up this year for the Knights of Columbus Halloween party and will also be doing the same look for tonight’s trick-or-treating.  This look was founded on Instagram and seemed easy enough.  It wasn’t as easy as it looked, to be honest, but the end result was so much fun to look at.  My youngest will be a kitty and my oldest will be wearing a previous costume: Snow White.  Husband took these photos as I was getting ready.  I also did the kitty makeup on my daughter but she said it was too much makeup so she washed it off and I repainted just the nose and whiskers.

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This year we also decided to carve pumpkins instead of doing the spider web thing, which felt like work.  Carving was a lot more fun.  Unfortunately, pumpkins don’t last very long so they molded over and we had to toss them.  We realized that in order to keep them longer lasting, we had to wash them in bleach after carving, etc., (husband looked up the process) so we’ll be trying that next year.

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Lunch With Husband

The girls are both officially in school for the 20016/17  school year and I am back to having more time for myself and with my husband on his days off work.  I remember when the kids were babies and toddlers and kept me on my toes.  Now, they rarely need me.  It’s nice but sometimes I wish they were still little.  I can’t believe my oldest started high school.  It will take me awhile to accept this giant step.  Anyhow, I’m really enjoying spending more time with Husband.  It kind of feels like we are dating again.

Having lunch at Q Doba:

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Lunch With My Sister and Herbs

Went to lunch with my sister.  It’s always nice to spend time catching up over lots of food.

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After lunch, I went over to my parents’ and Mom gave me some cucumbers from her garden and some Hmong herbs.  Every year I ask her for herbs to plant in my pot because I don’t have a ground garden yet.  I hope to one day but for now, this is it.

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Hillsong United Empires Concert

Yesterday, husband and I went to see Hillsong United in concert.  It was unbelievably spectacular!  I had been wanting to see them live for so long so when the opportunity came I made sure to get tickets early.  We sat far up but it was because I wanted to just see the whole thing from above.  This was an amazing experience because this group of singers were more geared toward rock yet it had that underlying Hillsong-ness to it.  All the singers had beautiful and powerful voices that touched deep within my soul.  And, the music…perfection.

The opening singer was the very talented Lauren Daigle.  The funny thing is, within the last couple of weeks, I had been listening to Lauren’s music on YT.  I had no idea who she was or that she was even opening for Hillsong.  So, when she came out on stage and started singing, instantly I knew who she was.  Her voice is so unique that you can’t miss it.  You know it’s her.  I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears that I was actually seeing her sing live.  I was wiping tears just out of pure joy of this little surprise.

In the photo is Lauren singing one of her songs.

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Here’s a song that she sang called, “Trust in You.”  Words cannot describe how beautiful it was to hear this song live.