August 2016 ~ A Banner Month!

Besides getting her ears pierced and beginning the first grade (mentioned in previous posts), Natalie had a few other significant events take place during the month of August.

Last year Natalie had a great time being part of the Rock City Dance Apprentice Company. This year she decided that she wanted to do more dancing so she auditioned for the RCDC full company. She worked so hard on her dancing all summer and had a great time auditioning with her friends. The same day Natalie got her ears pierced we got the good news that she had earned a spot in the full company! Audition pics are below.


On ear piercing day we went to the Museum of Discovery where Nat had a fun time lying on a bed of nails. That’s where we got the exciting news that she was accepted into the full dance company (see her happy face below – the one with white tile in the background). After the Discovery Museum we went to a nearby wildlife museum that had lots of cool fish tanks and interesting displays.

A few days later Natalie visited the same 2 museums again with her favorite twin friends.  It was great to reconnect with them a couple of days before school starts.  Natalie was so excited to find out that one of the twins is in her class this year.

I haven’t posted many pictures of Louie lately.  He has been having a rough time for the last couple of years.  His allergies have been absolutely terrible.  He spends most of his time wearing a cone to prevent him from covering his entire body with self-inflicted sores.  He has been getting allergy shots for several months now.  I don’t think they have helped his itchy skin much, but they have helped to clear up his ears which were previously a horrible mess.    In the pics below Louie is finding great joy in eating a pinecone.  I don’t know why he loves them so, but since he chews them up throughly before swallowing them I just let him chow down.  It’s one of the few things that makes him happy these days.  Louie will be 9 years old in January.

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Natalie and one of her favorite dance friends… she is lucky to have such a sweet group of girls to dance with.  She is dancing 4 days a week now for a total of 6 1/2 hours.  She is studying ballet, hip hop, tap, contemporary, jazz and lyrical.  img_4489

Ready for tap class to begin… Nat’s teacher told her tonight that she has great taps and asked her to demonstrate to the class.13958126_10210204064361668_8952057759834831232_o

Two days after school started Natalie had to have 4 teeth pulled!!!!  Yikes!  She was a trooper though as always.  She got a little sad when she looked in the mirror after coming home.  She teared up a bit and said “Mama, I look creepy.”  She had 4 bloody holes in her gums and 2 new teeth coming up in the wrong place behind them.  The next day though her mouth looked so much better.  A week later her teeth had already shifted into the right place.

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Behind our house at sunsetimg_4364

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Dressing up Remy.  This kitty is so laid back…he’s up for anything.img_0155

Meet the teacher night the week before school.  Natalie LOVES her new teacher.  She is so happy to go to school every day this year.img_0178

She also got to visit her sweet kindergarten teacher from last year.img_0182

Water fun… only a few days of swimming weather left.

Near the end of August we got a kayak and finally started exploring the watery world behind our house.  The lake behind our home connects to a swampy area which connects to the Little Maumelle.  Each time we go out we explore a little further.  During our first journey out a big blue heron flew over our heads.  Amazing!

 

July 2016 ~ Summertime Fun

4th of July Silliness

Magic Springs Waterslide

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Fun Stuff

Time with Friends

Vocal Camp

This summer Natalie attended a week long vocal camp at Wildwood Center for the Arts.  She wasn’t really loving it after the first day and was reluctant to go back on Tuesday.  However, she stuck with it and ended up having an amazing time.  Next year if the dates don’t clash with her dance schedule she is planning on attending again.

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Natalie was involved in a photo shoot to represent her dance studio, Rock City Dance Center.  She had a great time and was thrilled to see her photo on the sign in front of the gorgeous new dance studio.

 

Summer of 2015

Last summer we were so busy we didn’t even make it out of the state of Arkansas. Natalie attended several dance camps including an audition into an apprentice dance company for which she was accepted. She also was taking swimming lessons for the first month of summer.  We quit those at the end of June though as she was getting almost daily practice in our swimming pool and has become a proficient swimmer.  Natalie also continued her speech, occupational and physical therapy for a total of 6 hours a week.  At the end of summer she finally tested out of physical therapy -Yay!  All that swimming and dancing has made her so strong!  We also spent lots of time with friends and family.  We saw Nat’s Great-grandmother and granddaddy in SW Ark.  We made several trips to Magic Springs Amusement and Water Park where we did the scariest thing I have ever done in my life.  It is called the Sky Shark… a ride that pulls you 115 ft into the air and then drops you straight down.  (see the final picture).  It was all Natalie’s idea; ironically she gave me the courage to try it.  She wasn’t a bit afraid and immediately wanted to do it again when we were done.  It’s driving her crazy that she won’t be tall enough for several years to ride all of the adult thrill rides at the park.  Natalie is cautious about so many things, but she had a very adventurous side.  During a birthday party at the Science Museum she volunteered without hesitation to hold fire in her hand during an experiment.  Brave girl!