A Day Downtown

The family went to watch a baseball game at the Coors Field in Denver.  The game started out great but the Rockies lost.  We weren’t there to see the end because we left when the second thunderstorm came through.  I took some photos with my phone and did some editing with VSCO.

This first photo was taken when people cleared the seats because the rain was coming down hard.  Everyone moved to the covered seatings or behind the stadium where the food court is.  We waited in our seats for about 20 minutes and then the intercom came on and said everyone had to leave the covered seatings because lightning was coming through.  It was then that we decided to head home.

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3 Current Epic Music Favorites

July was a busy month.  Swim is done for my youngest.  It was very intense and we’re glad to be done with it but we will probably join a less rigorous swim team during the school year.  School starts for my youngest this coming Monday.  She’ll be in 5th grade, the last grade in grade school where we live, then she’ll start 6th grade in middle school.  When I think about it, I get teary-eyed, so I try not to let myself get too deep into thoughts about it.

My oldest will be starting 10th grade in a week.  She loves POMs.  If you don’t know what POMs is, it’s a competitive sport where they compete their skills with other high schools.  The best go to national every year to compete for first place.  But, they also do volunteering and fundraise, and attend and cheer at all the varsity football games, other varsity games, and some junior varsity games.  Although she loves POMs, a part of her misses dance.  A few weeks ago she was so sad that she cried her eyes out begging to take a lyrical class with the dance studio.  So, husband and I signed her up and now she’s happy as can be.  She loves to dance.  There are so many facets of dance and some of them she doesn’t like or want to deal with, but dance, mostly just lyrical, she’s passionate about.

On the 3rd of this month, husband and I celebrated our 16th anniversary.  We had lunch and then in the evening, went to see the movie, Valerian.  In between, we took our youngest to school for registration and to meet her 5th grade teacher, and took our oldest to gynmastics (required for POMs).

Anyway, enough jabbering.  Here are my top 3 epic songs I’ve been listening to so far.

“Lost Tales” by SimBi

 

“Promentory” Remix by Vince Rogers

“Translation” by Tim McMorris

 

 

Hiking

This was my first hike this year. This was a really easy hike. The landscape was mainly flat so I did’t get much workout in, which is fine for now since it’s been awhile. The views were beautiful and very green.

We laid down a couple of rocks for Kat, the girl who passed away in May from suicide, who was the dance friend of my daughter.  We also scattered some wild flowers that was given at her memorial at the top of the hill we climbed to.  Maybe we’ll visit this place again in a couple of years and see if the flowers survived.

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Dance Performance Photos

Earlier this month my girls performed their last dance recital. They’ve moved on to other activities as mentioned in a previous post. This was a bittersweet performance not only because my daughters won’t be dancing anymore (my oldest just loves ballet and lyrical), but also because a girl at the dance studio committed suicide and it came as a shock to everyone. She was only fourteen years old. She was a beautiful girl with a kind heart. It’s heartbreaking that no one saw her internal pain.  My oldest daughter was a good friend to her and she is having a hard time dealing with the loss. The last group photo (the 9th photo) below of my oldest daughter and the other dancers was a tribute dance to the girl.

These are photos from rehearsal since we’re not allowed to take photos on the actual day of performance.

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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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