Tuesday, June 28, 2011


On a particularly hot day we met our friends at a local outdoor pool to splash around.  Micah was feeling remarkably brave (having just learned to jump off the low dive at our usual haunt, the Azur) and decided he would like to go off the middle dive after watching his brother and all their friends do it.  Luckily, I happened to have my camera with me - unluckily blogger is still a GIANT pain in the behind and won't post my pictures with an option to rotate.  Overcoming fear is a HUGE step in a young man's life however, so you will forgive me the sideways picture so that you can be a part of Micah's big moment in the sun.
(left)Sarah spalshing around with friends.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Munich Feis 2011

Our fifth 
and final Munich Feis. 

The Eight-Hand team before dancing.
Sarah's first dances were her team dances.  She was in a two-hand, four-hand, AND eight-hand.  All the teams she danced in took FIRST.  

The four hand team poses after dancing, Sarah and Leisha on stage accepting their trophies for first-place in the two-hand.  They had to change into their solo dresses before the results
The eight-hand team on stage accepting their trophies.  Even though they're not in their matching team costumes I love this shot of all the girls in their solo dresses ready to start their Intermediate dances.
(Sophie, Sarah, Sarah, Morgan, Olivia, Caitlyn, Hannah, Leisha)
We arrived at the venue 9after a morning of make-up application and wig-adjustment) around 10:30 AM and were there until almost 11 PM.  During the day Noah and Micah set up shop at this little table and dancers, siblings, and parents would stop by to play, visit, and snack.  The boys watched Sarah dance and were there to clap during results.  They never complained, never fought, and pretty much had the time of their lives just chilling out all day.  We sat on the balcony and you can see in the top right-hand corner the main stage below with dancers lining up.

Mary Sweeney (Landstuhl)and Shane McAvinchey (Munich) are the two teachers who run the school Sarah dances for and were in charge of this feis.

I'm SO MAD at blogger that I can not, no matter WHAT I do, get this photo to upload upright.  This is Sarah in her new solo costume.  
Since you're not allowed to take photos during the dancing I took this one right before she started her Intermediate dances.  She is also dancing in the Open/Championship level dances for the FIRST TIME ever - a level she has been working towards for 5 years.  Most of the kids in her age group she was dancing against have qualified and gone to the WOLRD championships!
Waiting on the floor for the Intermediate results.

Sarah placed really well in all her Intermediate dances.  She took a couple of first-paces which places her out of those dances, and even if in second or third she still placed in EVERY dance she was entered in; a fantastic achievement.  During her two championship dances she placed third in her heavy-shoe round and fourth in her light-shoe round.  This is incredible for a first timer at that level!  I have pictures of her on stage during all the different results, but I'm only going to post one of her taking first in the Intermediate slip-jig (or reel?  I can't tell and she took first in both those).
again, such a shame blogger is such a retarded tool!  

Friday, June 24, 2011

PreFeis FUN -

This is a shot of the main building of the hotel we were staying at, as taken from my upper window view from our room in the gastehaus across the street.  The gaggle of people you see to the left in the courtyard are dancers practicing their team-dances at 10 PM!  Crazy Irish dancers.  We LOVE this hotel, though, and it seems this is where most of the K-town dancers and families stay when coming to the feis.
I sneaked over to the impromptu practice session to get a shot of the girls working hard at perfecting their eight-hand.
The boys were happy holding court in our hotel room with Legos and movies.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Friend Dining

though just a dinner among friends times like these are waning as 2 of these 4 families are moving within the next 2 months.  Capturing moments like these before they're gone for good.....

Friday, June 17, 2011

Workshop Sleepover

The girls had planned this EPIC shopping adventure to Ktown on a Saturday when they were surprisingly all free...... that was until Mary sceduled a workshop at the dance studio... and being a week before their big competition they could NOT say no... they were all sad to give up their shopping plans, but instead scheduled a sleepover Friday night.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Piano Recital - Burg Lichtenburg

One of our FAVORITE things about our piano studio is the concerts at the castle.  The Grand Piano is at the top of a tower in the castle and the acoustics are amazing.  My boys, especially Noah, sure does love to have their fingers flying around those keys!! Here are 2 pictures and 2 videos of their performance at the castle.  Noah played 2 pieces during the recital, but the one I filmed a few days prior to the concert on our piano at home.  The sound isn't as great but I am including that video on this post as well so you can see both his recital pieces - mainly because the other song, Linus and Lucy, Noah learned JUST for me (his mom).

 All the kid's that performed

Noah's other recital piece - recorded a few days prior to this post:

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fridays at the Pool

We're still spending all our Fridays at the pool.  The boys are still taking lessons and this session Micah jumped off the diving board for the VERY first time!  He was a champ and will be diving (not just jumping) before the end of summer, I am sure.  You can see his swim-coach, Angie, in the background  - she is so amazing!
The Briggs have lessons the same time as we do, and most Fridays we find a friend or two to bring along and enjoy the pool.  The outside pool is open, which means the playground and sand pit are as well.  The kids LOVE playing in this sand more than anything and if the weather is decent this is usually where you'll find them when they're not in lessons.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Troop 156's Spring Court of Honor

Noah and his friend, Kolbie served as the evening's emcees.  I didn't want to distract them during the ceremony so I grabbed this shot before anything started.  Noah did a great job, although he kept getting quieter....
A pre-ceremony pep-talk for the emcees from their scoutmaster, John Mol

Noah was presented with the 4 merit badges he earned as well as being recognized for achieving the second-class rank since the last court of honor.
The WHOLE troop - a great group of guys!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Pack 232 Crossover Campout

The annual Crossover Campout weekend for Pack 232 takes place right before school lets out for the year.  The boys campout on Friday night and then during a ceremony on Saturday they crossover a bridge where they shed their old rank and are presented with the colors and book for their new rank.  
My Wolf den crosses our bridge over to the other side where their parents are waiting to take off the yellow Wolf attire and put on their new Blue Bear colors.
After the ceremony we pose for a den picture with my new BEAR den and all their families.  Congratulations boys!
After the ceremony the boys change into some shorts (it was HOT) and spend the afternoon playing games as a Pack and doing activities as a Den.  We set up an obstacle course for the boys and they had a great time running the course and competing against each other, boy scouts, parents, and siblings. 
After all the sports and games our Den earned their Whittling Chit.  It is a requirment for their new Bear rank and allows them to carry a knife during campouts.  They have to go through a saftey course and then they practice by trying to carve something out of a bar of soap. Daddy bought Micah his own, brand-new, knife for this occasion and Micah was more excited about this than any other aspect of the campout.  In fact, ALL the boys were asking me (starting on Friday night) - when are we going to earn or whittling chit????  over and over!!
Again, blogger is the BANE of my existence with its retarded uploading problem... but all the pictures I took of Micah carving her soap were in portrait, so this is what you get!  I had to include it, he was so excited and so great. 
 my new bear den with all their knives and soap creations.
(top: Nick, Ayden, Luke, Grant, Micah, Dylan; bottom Brandon, Robert, Koby, Brent)
The campout was cut short Saturday night by severe thunderstorms that moved into the area - but not before we enjoyed a grill-out with burgers and hot-dogs and S'mores.  Rob had to turn the burgers with a shovel since there was not a spatula to be found.  Noah came up as a Boy Scout denner for my den but also enjoyed hanging out with his best bud, Noah, who is a WEBLO II in the pack.  I LOVE the picture of their matching marshmallow mouths.