What I Know Today 2.3.08

Posted in Life on February 3, 2008 by Alli

• I know I haven’t written in a while – sorry to my four readers!

• I know that our second Competition was better then our first. Our Dance Team did extraordinarily well! In our small school category we had the runner up in the solo division, the winner of the duet division, runner up in the duet division, winner of the small ensemble, winner and runner up in the medium ensemble, winner and choreography and precision trophy for our officer routine and a bunch of team awards! It was an exciting weekend – one in which I hope they saw the fruits of all the hours of hard work. I couldn’t be more proud!

• I know that I have been worried about my Mom lately. She went back to Ohio for the first time since my Grandma passed away. She was heading back to celebrate my Grandpa’s 90 Birthday! But days before her trip we got the news that my great Uncle George (my Grandpa’s younger brother) died suddenly. So her trip was now a day a combination of a funeral and a birthday party. I know that family stress and grief was high and I just ask for prayers for my family. I am not sure what my Grandpa is going to do now – his brother lived down the street – they did so much together. With both my G-ma and Uncle George gone, I ask for prayers for him.

• I know that to celebrate the end of January and the stupid M&M fast – Shane and I bought a bag of peanut butter M&Ms for the Super Bowl.

• I know my awesome brother just bough his first house with Kelly and Ireland! I am so happy for them! I remember the euphoria feeling we had when we bought our house. It feels great to set down roots and start your traditions. Congrats family!

• I know it is time to take this “Destination Wedding” seriously! Time to start actually monitoring my food intake.

• I know that weekends go too fast and are always way too full! I can’t believe it is Sunday night, past my bed time! Not quite ready for Monday yet.

I will leave you with a quote for Monday;

“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.”
Alan Cohen 

What I Know Today 1.20.08

Posted in Life on January 20, 2008 by Alli

• I know that I am equal parts exhausted and proud. We had two days of Dance Competition this past weekend and our girls did an amazing job. The Sunday after is always a tough one for me – I am physically and mentally empty and yet my spirit must be like one of a proud Mom once she has seen her own child reach and accomplish their goals and dreams. No, things weren’t perfect and we didn’t sweep everything but that isn’t what it is about. We did our best. And Friday evening, after our seven soloist performed and our four duets performed – we didn’t need a score sheet back from the judges to hug them and express our happiness with each individual girl as she came off the floor. They did fantastic! That continued all day Saturday with ensembles and team dances. Each time the went out – they hit their routines! They were awesome in my eyes and that is all you could ask for – the opportunity for the girls to do their best in that one moment after months of preparation.

And although the deeper satisfaction of doing your best is what we try to teach them – the awards we an icing on the cake for all of us. Below is a list of what we went home with:

Sweepstakes Award Trophy – Awarded to teams with averages between 85 and 100 on their team routines. Teams scoring a 90 or above from all judges on three of their team routines will be eligible for the Shining Star Award of Excellence.

Shining Star Award of Excellence Trophy– Awarded to teams entering a minimum of three team routines, and receiving a 90 or above from all judges.

We received a judges choice SHOWMANSHIP TROPHY for our HIP HOP Routine.

We received a judges choice PRECISION AND EXECUTION TROPHY for our POM Routine.

We also had special honors for the following individual routines or ensembles:

Officer Award of Excellence Trophy – for their Officer Routine to “Apologize”

One of the Top Duet Award Medals went to the duet routine to “Right Now”

Another one of the Top Duet Award Medals went to the duet routine to “Body Language”

A Top Small Ensemble Award Medal went to our trio routine to “You Make Me Feel Good”

One of the Top Medium Ensemble Award Medals went to our Advanced Jazz routine to “Workin’ Day and Night”

It was our first time at this particular competition and we feel really good about the outcome. Next weekend, we head to another one. It is a huge one and we are even more excited now. Some of the nerves were released, some of the fears were danced out and hopefully we can go into this Friday with a prepared and confident feeling to do nothing more then our best. Isn’t that what we all wish for in our life – the chance to do our best.

In honor of my time and efforts spent with the wonderful young ladies on my team, I leave you with this quote. The 15 girls on my team teach me everyday. Thank you for helping me live a full life as I pass my torch onto you.

” I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” to me. It is a sort of splendid torch that I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”
George Bernard Shaw

What I Know Today 1.15.08

Posted in Life on January 15, 2008 by Alli

 • I know I am so happy to have my sister healthy again! She has returned as my side-kick for coaching and the gym felt complete yesterday during practice. Welcome back sibling – keep pumping the OJ!

• I know that I bought the BEST loaf of sourdough bread today! It is perfect! I have had two sandwiches already! Yum-O!

• I know that I can’t nurse this last bottle of water much longer. We are bottled water drinkers and the last one came out of the fridge today. Shane can’t get home from Sam’s soon enough! Does that mean I can go to QT and get a soda?

• I know I appreciate the sun showing its face today. It still has a bitter nip in the air but the sun streaming into the house is a nice pick-me-up!

• I know this week is packed full of rhinestones and routines – that’s right – it is our first of two back to back weekend competitions for Dance Team. And that really is the word “weekend”! Our soloist (we have 7) and our duets (we have 4) perform on Friday night then as a team, we start dancing at 8:00am on Saturday and our last dance is 6:38pm. Then 8:00pm starts the awards ceremony. Full weekend. It really is a lot of planning and prep work, both as coaches and dancers, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t love it! I really do – this weekend is going to be so fun! If anyone is bored, we are at Olathe South 5 Star competition this weekend – cheer loud for Gardner!

Happy thoughts to leave you with…

“Above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that’s why I made works of art. ”
Felix Gonzalez-Torres

What I Know Today 1.11.08

Posted in Life on January 11, 2008 by Alli

• I know I have more friends that are blogging! Check out Justin and Rebecca here! I love keeping up with friends over blogs – welcome to the crazy world of internet journaling!

• I know Dance Team has been a lonely one on the Coaching side this week. Sister is terribly ill and has been since Saturday. We are in full prep mode for our two competitions that are approaching in the next two weekends and I have really missed her. Luckily, I have an amazing group of young ladies and they work really hard for me. But we all hope she can get back soon!

• I know I am so mad about the Golden Globes being canceled…that is all I can say about that without going nuts.

• I know that I am a huge fan and always will be of Rachel Ray – but I must say – not a big fan of her new haircut. I just liked her as long hair Rachel  – what do you think?

• I know everyday, over and over again, that I should absolutely have a Shane Fan Club. He is my lobster!

Here is a positive quote to start your weekend. It is from Daphne Rose Kingma – be kind to one another!

“Language does have the power to change reality. Therefore, treat your words as the mighty instruments they are – to heal, to bring into being, to remove, as if by magic, the terrible violations of childhood, to nurture, to cherish, to bless, to forgive – to create from the whole cloth of your soul, true love.”

What I Know Today…the first post of 2008

Posted in Life on January 3, 2008 by Alli

• I know that I had an amazing Holiday – Christmas and New Years! I am so blessed. I have great family, those that are also my dearest friends. It was a really good melding of family time this year. I don’t like living three hours from my parents during holidays but we had such a nice visit up there with them, I just wish I could see them more often. We spent the weekend leading up to Christmas in Iowa. We also celebrated Shane’s B-day there. Christmas morning we drove back to KC to spend the day with Shane’s family. A couple of fun days between, celebrating Shane’s B-day again, then yet again and before we knew it, it was New Years Eve. We had a great night at Jake, Kelly and Ireland’s house ringing in 2008. The entire holiday season was delightful!

• I also know that along with a new year there is the temptation to make improvements or changes. I am not a big one on “resolutions” but I am going to continue with the monthly fasts that we did as a family in December. Last month I gave up M&Ms and soda. It was hard, but we were able to have it again at Christmas. I am going to implement that into each month of 2008, adding onto the last months items and then having a break on the 25th of each month. I will be having Christmas 11 more times this year then all of you! Trust me, that is what having soda after weeks feels like!  So for January, I am fasting from December’s M&Ms and soda, and adding no more creamer in my coffee (milk only) and cutting Chipotle back to once a week. It doesn’t sound big to some – but it is HUGE!  My point of these monthly fasts are to focus on what I can have and to retrain my brain to not expect “treats” everyday – some of this stuff should be limited. I should actually try the word “moderation”.

A new year, fresh starts and creative dreams brimming. Here is a quote to start off your new year and my first post of many of what I know…

“This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind…let it be something good. “

What I Know Today…Days Before Christmas

Posted in Life on December 20, 2007 by Alli

I know there is much to be done. I am going to take a “blogging break” until after the holiday. I want to enjoy this time with family. I wish you all a safe and marvelous Christmas with loved ones!

What I Knew This Weekend 12.14/15/16.07

Posted in Life on December 16, 2007 by Alli

Friday

• I know that with another Christmas Season comes another wonderful Special Olympics performance with the Dance Team. I can’t tell you how touched I was. We do it every year and yet I still feel so moved and warmed by the joy this children bring to our gym. They know nothing but happiness and laughter. And when they stepped onto that floor as their names were announced – they waved and smiled to all the cheering people in the bleachers. What a magical moment for them, what a great moment for me.

• I know it was great to meet my sister’s new boyfriend. She has been so happy and giddy since he came into her life – I wish her the best with him.

Saturday

• I know I was up way too early for a Saturday – 5:00am! But on the upside – I awoke to a glitter blanket outside. We had morning practice to make up for the two canceled onces we had earlier in the week (due to the ice storm) so I was up early knowing that snow would be waiting for me and the drive. I am so lucky that Shane said he would take me into Gardner – not without a stop for Gingerbread Lattes first. While I was out at practice he got my oil changed too. He is the best!

• I know that I should have started my Christmas shopping earlier. I am actually done with everyone but Shane. The thing is, I also have his birthday to buy for so I have double duty. I went shopping with Ashley and we got a good amount accomplished. I just don’t enjoy the crazy crowds and traffic so like I said, should have started earlier.

• I know that the Living Christmas Tree is a great live, Christmas celebration provided by First Family Church and it is FREE! We started a tradition last year of making an evening out of it with our Dance Team. We go to dinner and then to the Living Christmas Tree and we always have a good time. I honestly enjoyed last years show better, but it was still a good production.

• I know I feel blessed to have in-laws we can call up at 9:00pm and meet for coffee. We had such a nice visit with Ray and Sidna. We really had a great chat with lots of laughs and I appreciate them meeting up with us on the spur of the moment.

Sunday

• I know it was another full day. Shane and I were involved in church and he a photography duty after the service to update directory pics of our families. We also had our annual Christmas lunch afterwards. The morning went fast – before I knew it, we were pulling out of the church parking lot and it was 1:45pm.

• I know DVR saves us on Sundays. We got home and started catching up on the Chiefs game. I don’t know why…it is so frustrating watching them this year. As soon as the game finished, Shane headed off to replace his tires. Unfortunately, it took twice as long as we thought it would.

• I know that even though you have good intentions to do otherwise,  sometimes the only way to end a busy weekend is with a pizza and TV watching.