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Father-Daughter Dance 2014

May 7, 2014

FatherDaughter2014bSo I know I promised to write about this year’s dance… but we had a couple of soccer injuries to deal with. Oh the drama! And a lock-in the following weekend.

So last year our oldest scout in the troop asked my co-leader if she would help run Father-Daughter. My co-leader loves, LOVES, to entertain. Any reason for a party. We then asked the service unit director (SUD) if our troop could run the event. It can be a fund-raiser for the troop. Unfortunately the date we were given by the venue was the last Saturday of Spring Break and so our numbers for attendance were down about half. At the moment we are hoping to make about $150 in profit though (still need to order badges and tip the DJ).

Hey, that’s a question. One of my co-leaders asked why we were tipping the DJ, especially if she owned her own business. First, I did let the DJ know she would be getting a tip as soon as I got all the financials straight, so it is a done deal, but it is a good question. The only reason I considered it was because the SUD asked if I gave the DJ a tip.

So do you tip a DJ? and if so how much?

I could have sworn we did tip the DJ at our wedding but maybe not the photographer.

Party favors, hand-made decorations of giant dice and playing cards, shopping for refreshments.

Party favors, hand-made decorations of giant dice and playing cards, shopping for refreshments.

Anyway, our girls picked a casino theme but didn’t want it to be Las Vegas ShowGirls casino. Because one of the theme options was a masquerade, the idea was to be a little more classy and think more European/James Bond/Tony Stark. That makes it a little hard to decorate, though, and it still ended up being a little Las Vegas-y.

We made large dice for the photo booth. We had the typical silly mustaches and masks that are so popular at events these days, along with feather boas (classy!). While we had purchased a set of preprinted giant playing cards, to give the girls something to do (and save money) we made our own cards with our Cricuts and my Creative Memories custom cutting system (::Sniff:: I miss Creative Memories). We also made little party favor boxes–drawing all the dots!–and filling them with chocolate poker chips, a pair of dice, chocolate coins, and some “diamonds” (the nod to the fancier casinos).

Our refreshment menu was pretty simple… pretzels, chips, pineapple, grapes, melon, chocolate, cookies, meatballs, spiral sandwich appetizers, marshmallows, chex mix, crackers, lime sherbet punch, water, iced tea and lemonade. Nothing too messy and nothing to stain all the pretty dresses. (::Sniff:: I miss the chocolate fountain.)

I had to step back and let the girls handle this. The oldest scout probably learned a valuable lesson about being in charge and having everyone ask her for guidance. She did a fabulous job–the only suggestion I have for her in the future is that if she has a vision, she should write it down and draw it out for the rest of us to be able to execute her vision. She had a lot of helpful hands standing around waiting for her to tell them what to do and she got flustered. Ultimately, we set up too many tables but we got done in less than two hours and the place looked beautiful!

The troop and some helpful volunteers arrived an hour ahead of time and set out all the food and got the DJ’s table skirted.

The dancing! Oh the dancing! We had two inflatable dice on the dance floor and the little girls loved it. In the first hour the DJ did one or two extra slow songs so that the girls could dance with their escorts (OMG… now I just realized why I got the strangest new follower to my blog for an escort service! Because I used that tag in my previous post!) instead of just once during the level songs.

During the second hour the DJ calls out the various levels to come to the dance floor for their special songs. (Any spelling errors belong to the girls who made up this list.)

·Daisies- My Girl (Temptations)

·Brownie- Isnt she lovely (Stevie Wonder)

·Juniors- Sugar Pie, Hunny Bun (Temptations)

·Cadettes- Time after Time (Cyndi Luaper)

·Seniors- Butterfly Kisses (Bob Carlisle)

·Abassadors- Cinderella (Steven Curtis Chapman)

The dancing! Oh the dancing! During the last hour were all the party songs and dances. Happy. Wobble. ChaCha Slide. Cupid Shuffle. Chicken Dance. Soul Train dance line. Gangnam Style. Hokie Pokie. Macarena.

First of all, many of these girls had some escorts that, shall we say made me worry we’d need to call 911 if they chacha’ed or slid any faster or longer. Then there were the dads who just went all out and did a great job keeping up.

Special shout outs should go to one dad who did Gangnam Style better than anyone there and I promised to tease him at church the next day. He gets a mirror ball trophy for that. In contrast, my BIL’s Cotton Eyed Joe country kick-up succeeded in getting a horrified look not only from T1 but a few other girls. I’d say his attempt to embarrass was a success.

Then there was Duck Commander. The man shows up in flannel and full-on beard as he escorts his two princesses dressed to the nines. And he danced every single dance. Not necessarily well but he danced nonetheless and he probably could have kept going. He was so awesome. BTW, if I’m correct, he is the step-father to both and that was awesome parenting. He gets an award.

And lastly, one of our brave volunteers, a father to one of my girls who put this whole thing on, was there Friday night moving tables, danced Saturday, and stayed to clean up and put tables back. I later found out his foot was hurting him and it had been broken the entire time. He deserves a medal.

My girls had tons of ideas for themes for next year’s but they all resoundingly said, “But we’re not running it!” Agreed. But they did an awesome and fantastic job!

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Talent Show

December 19, 2013

The girls definitely take after the Chief on their musical talent. And math. And science.

Tuesday night our annual scout party was made into a talent show this year. We had a gymnast, a flutist, a demonstration of the Cup Song, a violinist, a violist, and a tenor saxophonist. I also entertained the littlest by singing “Something in My Brother’s Underpants” and “Deck the Mall” from the Alan Katz/David Catrow children’s book Where Did They Hide My Presents? Silly Dilly Christmas Songs.

T1 performed a duet with the violinist of a Puerto Rican carol called La Media Noche (At Midnight). It was a little shaky at first till they got on beat together but still very good. Then T1 did a solo performance of Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.

T2 performed solo for the first time in front of a group on her tenor sax. She played Frosty the Snowman. Well done!

Both performed at our local Barnes and Noble last night for a school fundraiser. T1 was part of a quartet and T2 was solo. Good job girls! So glad the Chief was home to see it (missed their concerts last week). But T2 left her music portfolio at the book store so we’re hoping someone picked it up!

T2 on tenor sax playing "Frosty the Snowman"

T2 on tenor sax playing “Frosty the Snowman”

T1 on viola playing "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"

T1 on viola playing “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

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Thirty Days of Thanks Week 1

November 8, 2013

A friend of mine beat me to the punch:

KGB: A few years ago a friend of mine used the month of November to  list the blessings in her life. I invite all my friends to join us on our quest to remember to be thankful for at least one thing each day in November. (Thank you, SnipeWife)

Nov. 1 Today I am thankful for God and His promises kept.

Nov. 2 I am thankful for fathers. The Chief is a wonderful dad. I don’t parent alone, even from afar he’s part of the whole process and involved with our family. If the girls are going to “find men just like their dad” (which is my prayer) the bar is set pretty high. The Chief is a provider and a leader just like my own dad (and its scary how similar their sense of humor is!). And the Chief is just like his own dad. I am blessed to have all three still in my life (and so are my girls). Please hug your fathers today or send them a note of thanks … I’ve just learned of the 7th friend/acquaintance to lose their father in the past three months.

JP: Well said, SnipeWife.

Nov. 3 I am thankful for Bright Light. She made me a mother, she changed my world. I can’t believe she is 13 and we’re planning for such a bright future and praying every day that she stays on the path she’s chosen to walk and that she will be blessed. She came home last night from a youth retreat telling me about all the energy and love and friends from camp … acting like such a teenager. And this morning, yelling at her sister for not letting the dogs out … acting like such a teenager. Some days I am in such awe of her and to God for giving her to us (what a responsibility!) and other days I know exactly why He gave her to us as my patience wears thin.

Auntie B: You know I love that kid! I love them all, but I loved her from the start. Thing 2 and I had to get there. Thing 1 has always been there. And that my friend is a testament to you being a good Mom and doing the thing my sweet Shirley said was the best thing any Mother could do for her children. Give them a good  father. And you did one better, you built a village of smart, loving and Christians to take the journey with your family. Thank you for sharing with me.

Nov. 4 I am thankful for Happy Girl. She’s my little buddy, dancing to her own tune, challenging life and always smiling. What an interesting mix of so many things … it is never a dull moment. Sometimes she rails about being second but she just doesn’t get that there is only one J and she will always be unique. I am thankful for her easy temperament (except with her sister) and truly blessed by the gift she is to us.

Auntie B: I believe it is no secret that it took a little time for Thing 2 to warm up to me. But once she did, she is an amusing one. The first time I remember her wanting to talk to me was at [your sister’s] legal entanglement to that thing. She yelled “Auntie B come here!” I asked her what she needed, her response “Did you see my flowers?” But I think the biggest bonding moment for T2 and I came courtesy of a goofy feline. She was so adorable taking care of him. Thank you for Thing 2.

Nov. 5 I am Thankful for music. From rocking out to making a melody in my heart, music is a gift and an expression. I’m thankful my children share the Chief’s musical talent and not mine and they enjoy it passionately. But I still love to sing and love to “quack” my way through a song on the oboe the Chief got me this year. I love sharing musical tastes and experiences with my girls. I love it when the words or the tune express just perfectly what it is that I’m feeling.

Nov. 6 I am thankful for cellular communication that keeps me in contact with the Chief while he is away. There are times when I live for the phone to ring to hear his voice and get comfort, and others where the out of the blue phone call just brightens my day just because. We haven’t entered the modern age of skyping or anything like that (we don’t even have smart phones) just his voice is enough.

JBB: I remember the days that we had to wait until they made it to port to find a pay phone (what’s that?) and then try to remember all the things I needed to tell E or hope that I was home at the right time!  Thank goodness for cell phone and email!  Tell the Chief hello for me!

Nov. 7 I am truly thankful for the women who have come into and stayed in my life the past 5 years (a few of you a little longer than that). Through ups and downs, thick and thin, fan clubs and hot tubs, muffins and pie, you know who you are and each and every one of you is so dear to me. Love you all.

TM: love you too and your pie!

YB: Me likey the hot tub adventure! Lol

Nov. 8 Today I am thankful for all my nieces and nephews and all the experiences I’ve gotten to have with them being their Auntie. The oldest have turned into fine young men and women and the youngest always put a smile on my face. We may be a small family but I’m thankful the girls have such friends and wonderful memories. Love you M, K, C, V, E, I, S!

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Star Spangled Banner Challenge

November 17, 2012

The Chief had this link sent to him. It was the best 99 cents he ever spent. We have been rocking out to this song in the car, on repeat. Belting it out and rocking the air guitars while the Chief pounds the steering wheel.

Check it out for yourself.

The Star Spangled Banner Challenge

And if you’ve never heard the story of that fateful night and what led Francis Scott Key to pen what would become our national anthem, check out: National Anthem Celebration Foundation.

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