Wow – what a crazy, busy, exciting weekend J and I had. On Thursday, shortly after finishing thanksgiving lunch, she and I headed out to Grand Rapids Michigan where the huge Irish Dance competition was being held.

That evening we stayed in a fantastic Bed and Breakfast in South Bend Indiana – Chosen because of its Irish Theme 🙂

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Friday morning we finished the drive to Grand Rapids – since it was just J and I , I didn’t want to push that drive Friday – I know I would have been a frazzled mess making sure we arrived in time for that 4:00 practice time (which ended up being more like 5:15)

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Zuca bag was very helpful this weekend. J lugged it around ALL day Saturday morning.  We arrived, checked in, vegged out for a minute, and headed over to the venue.

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J stretching out before we headed over.

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We got our Oireachtas book – every dancer and stage and time is listed here, and spent the afternoon enjoying the dancing and wandering around with friends and of course buying things.  J ended up with a cool new sweatshirt. (at the bottom of the post)

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Saturday morning we got up too darn early in the morning to get ready for the big competition! Wig on – Perfect. We got dressed at the venue.We needed to be there at 7:00 for a morning run through of all the dances and I had scoped out the Starbucks the night before so we left a few minutes early to run by and grab mochas, refreshers and a breakfast sandwich for J.

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Waiting for the Traditional set dance to start. Make up on and ready to go!

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Waiting for the team Ceili dance to start. Sassy pose!

Well she didn’t place in either dance but let me tell ya – she rocked it. I am so proud of that girl for all her hard work that although I’m bummed she didn’t place – it doesn’t really matter – there is always next year.  My girls make me so proud.

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Sunday morning was spent watching her spirit buddy dance and just wandering around a bit.  I found a new Irish dancing themed book and bought the first 2 – she read book one on the way home  –

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Ice cream before heading home. I hope we get to enjoy this next year.

Today is back to barn day – Wednesday!

Bright Blessings!

 

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