My oh my, I got behind again!! Jon came down with strep and simultaneously work became insane. I wish I could tell my boss I need personal time to make sure I'm staying connected with my blog friends. Hah! If only...
First I owe you all pictures from the OKC feis I participated in September 17th.I, personally, had an absolute blast. Jon was there, as was Leo, and it was so nice to have them there for support along with my great ID family. I did well in my dances, screwed up right in front of the judge on my reel though, so I rightfully placed second (though her comments were very positive overall, so I think she liked me). My two main goals were to dance well, better than my last feis, and to have fun. Mission accomplished!! I even looked forward to getting back on stage after dancing twice. I cannot begin to tell you how big this is. Huzzah!!
A new addition to the Goode Academy (my dance school) is this little guy, Greer. He's my dance teacher's first son and kinda like the school's kiddo too. lol He made it through the entire day very well, sleeping for the most part, and was held by many moms at my school. Can you blame them?
Another new thing, well for me, is that I decided to wear a wig. That's right, I have jumped on the wig bandwagon and I don't intend on getting off. It is just SO much easier to get ready in the morning sticking a wig on than it is curling my hair for over an hour. Don't get me wrong, I love having my hair curled, but, as these competitions start at 8am, I'd rather spend a little extra time sleeping and warming up than on my wig. I'm going to tinker with the look of this one, but, overall I was rather please with it.
Leo was a HUGE hit at the feis! I had so many people come up to me and ask to pet him, or ask what training a service dog to be is like, and I even had a couple of people thank me for being a trainer! Initially, I was worried that fretful dance moms would freak out about his shedding (which there is a LOTof) and tell their daughters in their nice dresses to stay away, but, that didn't happen. In fact, I was the one who was telling dancers to watch out for dog hair! lol
Leo was also useful as a pillow for worn out dancers. ;-)
Yeah, I just had to post this picture. What a great leap by my uber talented friend, Susan. She placed third in the highest level, Open Champion, at this feis. I was so bummed I didn't get to see her dance as Jon and I had to book it back to Tulsa in the late afternoon. Feisanna (plural for feis) are an all day affair, and the champs get the benefit of not having to dance first thing in the morning. Which is just, as they've worked their tails off to get at that level.
Susan!! Love this girl!
Greer was such a great baby during the entire feis. He just napped or was patient with the many moms who held him so that K.t could coach and watch the dancing. I know it's a bit of overkill to have two pictures of him sleeping, but, he's so stinkin' cute how could I not??
Of course, no feis blog post would be complete without the 'Goode Academy feis camp' picture! These are many of our dancers and their moms hanging out and eating lunch after a long morning of competition. Thank goodness for Jon, he went out and bought me a really good hamburger, and checked us out of the hotel room, AND took care of Leo while I competed. I didn't have to worry about much except dancing, which is a first for me! When I completed my last dance Jon brought Leo over to me as I left the stage and I got a big hug from him and Leo. It was wonderful to have him there and he actually told me he had fun too! Unfortunately, Jon can't make it to the next competition as he'll have class. I'm hoping, however, he'll be able to go to another one or two next semester. The younger dancers have feis moms, but, I have a feis boyfriend and service dog!
What else can I say? It was such a freakin' fantastic day! I cannot express fully how lucky I feel to be part of such a fantastic and unique sport and to be surrounded by such lovely people. And to have a supportive boyfriend on top of it all?? Brilliant. Simply brilliant.