Gabby, the dancer

Gabby’s big competition was yesterday. The one that takes the best 150 Irish dancers in 14 states (well, this year the number was around 150, if you take out the no-shows) and tries to find the best of the best. Every year, Gabby has worked hard and qualified to dance in this competition (through her performance at other […]

    Parse this:

    Over the weekend, Gabby scored a huge milestone in dance– finally breaking past her plateau of an entire season and qualifying for Oireachtas this fall. At the next day’s competition, she earned third place in her set dance, which was awesome (and a sign that we should just skip the very last, for-fun-only competition […]

      Irish Dance Takeover

      Look how happy she is.

      Gabby’s big competition was this weekend. As you know, “Go Big or Go Home” Gabby always has lofty goals and high expectations for herself. It’s something I’ve learned to appreciate about her; I used to try to help her set more easily achievable goals. But honestly, this was frustrating for […]

        Thank you, Baby Jesus, for teenage boys and preteen girls. (Really!)

        Cammy was out of state for his tournament this weekend. First of all, I am proud to say that the parents who accompanied the kids have been thanking us all for how well-behaved our boys are, and what fun it was to spend time with that group. Which frankly I might have inscribed on […]

          Amazing Weekend.

          This weekend, the gentlemen in our house drove 6 hours in one direction while the ladies drove 4 hours in the opposite direction. We had lacrosse and dance. It turned out to be the most incredible, winningest weekend ever: Cam’s team went undefeated and won their tournament, while Gabby was on top of her game […]

            I blame the shoes.

            Don’t be fooled: it looks all neat and pretty, but the feet inside these shoes are nightmares.

            Last night I was innocently doing a little repair job on Gabby’s Irish dance buckles. Sitting at the kitchen table, feet up on another chair, hurting no one.

            Let’s back up: we all know that I’m […]

              The New Dress….

              Subtle, no? …This is what we’re up against.

              Gabby, much to my dismay, has outgrown her Irish dance costume. It’s been let out all the way. We could maybe force it through another year– but then, I’m not positive it would last.


              So, new solo dress it is. Lish has been sketching new […]

                Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

                Empty. Something’s wrong, here.

                Today, I have an Irish dancer and a little leprechaun, and a teenager who said, “Mom, you’re not gonna get a picture out of me this morning.” I’ll give a midterm, and head to (yet another) Irish pub, and have (yet another) Guinness while I watch my dancer entertain […]

                  Irish Dance Time…

                  Do you ever get tired of reading about Gabby’s dancing? If so, then I apologize (I guess. I mean, I’m not holding a gun to your head). I never get tired of watching her, and we had a great weekend doing just that.

                  But man, Irish dance is a time-consuming situation. We quite literally […]

                    Insert Nostalgic Irish Music Here.

                    Remember how I only put Gabby in Irish Dance classes because it was close to my house? And how she spent her first two dance recitals waving at us and then shouting, “HI MOMMY!!!!!!!!” –-in case I didn’t see her? And then, when her coach told me they were moving her up to the […]

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