Dance ~ Anne's dancing is consuming the whole family right now. She has been offered a host of special opportunities and for that we are grateful, but it has meant that I am out on the road with her a great deal instead of holding down the fort at home. Dear husband will have to step up even more while we get through the weekend, and Anne will have to be more selective in her opportunities over the next few months. This week alone from Sunday to Sunday she will log about 25 hours of dance/performances away from home and more practice at home. Her current projects include eight normal weekly dance classes, working on a solo dance and a trio dance for the upcoming showcase, two weekly Cecchetti ballet classes that are preparing her for her the level 4 Cecchetti exam out-of-state in May, dance teacher assistant job and performing with the adults in the local Fringe Festival. The festival will be over this weekend, so we can get back to a more normal, yet still too busy, schedule.
|The dance group is doing a series of tableaus around downtown, where they hold their pose for 5 to 10 minutes.|
This is the prom scene.
|In this scene and the one below, they are at a winter beach party.|
Tim ~ Our adult disabled son who lives with us had several cardiac tests this week. This required both of us to hang out in the hospital way more than anyone would want to do during flu season. He had an echocardiogram and a specialized stress test to see how his heart and lungs are working together. These are routine tests to see how he is doing. He had numerous congenital defects plus other cardiac problems, plus he was a Tetralogy of Fallot baby. Children with his complications often didn't survive childhood, so cardiologists are still learning what issues may yet occur in adulthood. Sometimes the lifesaving surgery done in infancy does damage to the heart that shows up in the late 20's. We will have the results in a week or two.
The Dumping of My Brain ~ I realized that one of the things that was going wrong for me was the amount of stuff swimming around in my head. Trying to remember a long to do list in one's head can be quite stressful. I usually have a list of things written down but that list has wandered. So I wrote down all that I could think of on the white board. Now my husband can look at the list and try to take care of some of them. Hopefully, this system will work for all of us.
In between all the dance and doctor appointments, we also did a light school week. Hopefully, we will all avoid illness and life will settle down a bit next week.