Monday, March 11, 2019

Half Asleep Monday

Happy Monday morning everyone!

I am going to be half asleep at work today due to the time change and weekend activity.

I drove to Columbus Friday after work to help with my nieces dance competition on Saturday.

We all went out to dinner at Liberty Tavern in Powell, Ohio. It was fantastic food! I shared a buffalo chicken wrap with my niece and it was fantastic!!! 

Here is my niece, Aly, posing with the replica of Lady Liberty herself!



After dinner we went home to chill, catch up with each other and watch some TV.  Here me and Aly are chilling on the couch!


On Saturday morning we headed out to the dance competition at Vern Riffe Center in Columbus. 

Here is my sisters coffee lid from GetGo...looks like a panda or a sloth, no??? HA!

It was a long and fun day of hair, makeup, lashes and costume changes. I love being a Dance Aunt with my whole being! My sisters and I danced our entire childhoods so I miss the excitement of the competition! I have no kids so it is so fun for me to help out with my nieces so much!!!

There is a game changer in the world of cheer and dance competitions. At these competitions, everyone has a makeup suitcase and and dance/outfit bag.  Here is what I am talking about...

You have to have all of your makeup and hair accessories together and readily accessible so everyone has one of these...





And you also have to be ready for any emergency...ripped tights (extra pairs available) even STATIC CLING or STRAY HAIRS. So, you bring a bag with anything you could possibly need inside that also has a pull out rack to hang costumes on so they do not wrinkle or get dirty. Everyone had one of these...nifty, hugh??



So now imagine 5000 girls in the small roped off changing areas with their Moms and dance Aunts and Grandmas and friends, etc. Everyone one of them has the above items...it is REALLY crowded to say the least! Some mothers make circles and have an open area in the middle for their kids....really not polite when everyone is really crowded in together. So, the kids all change in front of each other.

At this competition we started to see these!!!! 

 They are a pop up and easily portable changing tent!!!! It is 3 foot by 3 foot and 6 feet high. If nothing else, they keep everyone out of your little 3 foot space!!! There were a lot of them and to me, they are a game changer. My nieces are at the age where they don't want to strip down in the middle of a crowd and I felt the same when I was their age! I would have loved to have one of these when I was a kid!

So, to thank them for allowing me to help, I bought them one for the next competition!!! It should arrive at their house this week!! YIPPEE!


So, onto the dancers!!! Here is Aly (front row in the pink) during her Musical Theater number...



And here is Aly and Kyleigh...Aly in the back and Kyleigh in the front of their lyrical dance number they are in together! The music was God Blessed the Broken Road (one of my favorites).



And finally Kyleigh is on the left in this picture for her tap routine.



I wanted to post the videos but apparently I am not allowed until competition season is over. That is according to their dance teacher so I will respect that...I suppose! HA!

It was a really long day - awards were at 10:45 PM...yes, crazy right?!?! The kids were all peppy and awake but I would not say the same for the adults! HA!

We got home around midnight and then lost an hour because of the time change.

We had to get up at 7AM so my sister and her family could drive 4 hours to Kentucky for a volleyball competition. Yes, for a day!!! So I drove back to PA Sunday morning. I talked to my sister last night and they were headed home around 10PM last night.

I did not go along because I would not have gotten home until 2AM and I would not have made it to work today - HA!

Thanks to my sister and her girls for always making me feel needed and wanted as your dance Aunt! I love you so many bunches!

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend as well...I am heading to your blogs now to read all about it!!! HUGS!

Every dance or cheer in competitions? How about changing in front of others in gym class, ugh!?!? Travel over the weekend? Did you do anything fun last weekend?

32 comments:

  1. We got up even earlier today because of the time change. I wish they would leave the clocks alone.

    We had a cruise with our yacht club over the weekend. We had a lot of fun even though it rained most of the day Saturday.

    Have a fabulous day and week. ♥

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    1. A cruise sounds wonderful Sandee!!! The yacht club of Stone Harbor (where we vacation every year) sponsors a lighted parade around 4th of July every year - it is spectacular!! Ready for the rain to stop here in PA also! Spring should be around the corner! Yippee

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  2. The hotel we stayed at this weekend in VA Beach had a huge amount of these young dancers and their moms etc. It was crazy. A lot of giggles and running around. My silly hubby asked why these little girls had fake lashes and very heavy make up? I had to tell him what was going on. Men. :-) I hope we can just stay on Daylight Saving Time. I love how light it was longer last night. Just leave it here and be done with it all !!

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    1. LOL! My nieces father is not a fan of the heavy makeup and lashed either however, it is promising that they can not wait to rip them off and wipe their faces right after the routine. They like themselves without all of it also so that is a good sign! HA HA! I agree with the light thing...not many farmers anymore so just let it be! Have a fantastic day Margaret!

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  3. I got out of dance before there were any competitions. I was in band and we wore our uniforms on the buses. Hated gym class and the locker room. That portable dressing room is SUPER!!

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    1. Right Terri!!!?? What I woudl not have given to have one of these in my day! WOW! Have a great day Terri!

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  4. I love the idea of that portable dressing room. Oh how I hated changing in gym class. I would have loved one of those.

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    1. Yep - exactly Kathy!! Me too!!!! Have a wonderful day!

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  5. My girls were into cheerleading and dance. I am the veteran of many recitals and competitions. It’s fun, but oh so hectic.

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    1. It definitely is so very hectic but it creates so many lasting memories!!! Have a lovely day! Hugs

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  6. Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥

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    1. Thank you for hosting Sandee! Have a wonderful week! HUGS

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  7. Yeah - photographers use those pop up things for outfit changes now on locations out away from rest rooms :)
    That coffee lid!! haha - it reminds me of those howler monkeys :)

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    1. That makes sense Rebecca Jo! It makes it so easy to change and not have to worry where and who is around! The areas they rope off backstage are so tiny and this allows you to change ANYWHERE! YIPPEE! Have a great day!

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  8. I think the coffee lid looks like a mylodon but I'm just saying that to be contrary.

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    1. LOL! I do not know what a mylodon is but I am going to google it right now! I am happy you are contrary because I learned something new today. Have a great day~

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  9. I took tap and ballet lessons as a child; we had recitals, but no competitions. That tent pop-up would have been used greatly in the locker room for gym class. I spent most of the weekend recovering from outpatient surgery.

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    1. Oh my Robin!!I hope your recovery is going well!!! Have a fantastic week and heal quickly!

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  10. wonderful to be asked along like this!

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    1. Yes it is Cloudia! They make me feel needed even if I am not! HA HA! Have a wonderful day!

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  11. I was late taking dance lessons; starting in high school and after just a year or two switched into an adult beginners class. We went to competition with just one routine (so no costume changes) and we won gold for our category! But I agree that backstage is nuts. What a wonderful auntie to buy them their own changing tent and to do all that travelling for them on a time change weekend!!

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    1. Well that is fantastic!!! Go you gold winner!!! That is awesome!!!! It is more fun for me than it is for them I am sure! HA! Have a great day! Hugs and congrats on the GOLD!

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  12. Tha dance competition looks a lot of fun for the girls and nice that you can be the dance aunt the little changing room is a great idea, I love the coffee lid face too, x

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    1. The lid was hilarious! I had never noticed before but it looked so cute - maybe we were just tired and "slap-happy"! HA HA! Have a fantastic day - hugs!

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  13. I took tap lessons when I was 5 or 6. Then was part of the Drill Team in high school. But I never experienced anything like the back stage of that dance competition! Wow! I bet the girls are going to LOVE that little changing tent next time. You're the best Aunt!

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    1. Aw thanks Cindy! I hope they love - I wish I would have had one! It was truly crazy backstage this time so anything that can giver space is appreciated!!! Have a great day - HUGS!

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  14. Looks like you had a wonderful weekend. I have experienced track meets and baseball games but not dance competitions.

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    1. It is probably just as hectic and maybe even more competitive for track and baseball! Just no primping that goes along with it - HA! Have a great day!

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  15. Looks like a lot of fun. Nice that you are able to share in the experience

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    1. It is one of my favorite things!!! I think I may have more fun than them!!! HA HA!

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  16. Wow, that's all quite the commitment from those girls! Having all sons, I was spared such things. My youngest son's girlfriend was active in color guard - it's like dancing with flags and stuff, an offshoot of marching band. Lots of hair and makeup and costumes. I don't know if they have tents, though!

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  17. I used to twirl and our band had color guard. They are amazing and STRONG women!! Go her! Have a fantastic week Abby! HUGS

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