Brazil

March 11, 2014

Hello!
First of all, if you have helped me get to Brazil in any way, such as; letting me collect your recyclables, buying things from my fundraisers, or any thing else that you can think of… I can’t thank you enough! Brazil has been a blast already and today is only our second full day here! I can’t wait to see what will else will happen over the rest of this wonderful adventure.

The total travel time was somewhere around 17 hours. Which was kind of boring but at the same time, was also really fun! The first thought in my head while landing in Brazil was, “WOW!” Because the city that we landed in (São Paulo) is the largest city in the Southern Hemisphere!!

After ten hours in the São Paulo airport we finally made our way to São Luíz with one quick stop in Brasilia. It was a great feeling to know that this would be the last plane that we would be on before starting our wondrous adventure!

So far we’ve gone to a barbecue, toured the school, and had an orientation at Viamundo which is the travel agency that is helping with our trip.

Once again thank you (Obrigado) to all that have helped me over the past few months to get me where I am now. I can’t wait to update you more as the trip goes.

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Pole Dancing, Part 2

June 20, 2011

Two summers ago, I wrote a post about going to a bachelorette party and learning how to pole dance, and showing Sarah a few moves on the clothesline pole for fun.

Guess what?

She’s still at it and now she’s getting her sister involved!!

Sarah started taking Highland Dance lessons this year and it is so adorable to watch her.

She loves it!

This is a good thing because before she was born, D’Arcy used to say that if we ever had daughters, he hoped they’d be highland dancers.  Apparently, the very best students he’s ever had have been dancers.  It teaches organization, discipline & self-confidence, among other things.

Earlier this month, her dance teacher sent me an email which said, “Sarah is capable of doing both Starlight tests. You can’t do the second one without doing the first; not allowed. Sarah is progressing very nicely and it looks like she is nearly ready to try competitions, just have a little to fix on pas de basques and high cuts. She has potential.  Sarah is one of the ones that comes in and you just hope they stick with it because the talent is so obvious.”

So Easter Monday, she took both Starlight 1 & Starlight 2 tests.

For these tests, she had to wear a white blouse with 3/4 sleeves, kilt, knee socks & highland dance slippers.  (She doesn’t have to wear a vest until her first competition.) Her hair had to be in a bun.  As it turned out, we should have had her bangs slicked back, but we’ll know that for next time! She was very excited to be dressed up like a real dancer, and wearing my old kilt!

She went right in to the exam room each time without any trepidation and came out smiling!  She told us she had to skip, bow, show some different positions and various other things.  I’m not sure at what point we’ll get her results, but it really doesn’t matter.  She’s just happy to be a “real” highland dancer!