As I said, February was great and fun things happened. My JV Cheer team won at Nationals and my varsity team came in 3rd (which is really fantastic - see the title). March was more fun, tho.
The month of March began with the national dance competition in Orlando at Hard Rock - Universal Studios. It is always a fun weekend and exciting; however, this year was a little more harrowing than usual. Due to a misunderstanding, the team came very close to not making finals!!! There was a HUGE deduction that put the team into 10th place. We didn't think they'd take more than 9 to finals. The girls were horribly sad. We couldn't believe the season would end like that. But when the finalists were announced, Fleming Island made it!! Whew! So they danced another day!
|Maddie helped out with makeup|
|Maddie getting her makeup done.|
|Each year, Rozzie and Nora get pictures taken right here on this "sofa" at the Hard Rock hotel|
It was really exciting as they announced 10th place and it wasn't us!! We came in 4th and were very happy with that finish.
|Maddie has made some friends on the West Springfield team (who have won the competition 4 years in a row)|
I don't have all my dates straight in my head and I'm sitting here typing. If I get up, I don't know if I'll finish this, so I'm just going to continue typing. In March, my grandmother passed away. I was happy to be able to travel to California (Yuba City - outside of Sacramento) for her funeral. It was wonderful to see so many of my cousins - many I haven't seen in over 20 years, and may never see again in this lifetime. Grandma's funeral was wonderful. Her casket was brought to the grave preceded by my cousin's husband playing his bagpipes. Grandma is Scottish, so this was appropriate and meaningful.
|Aaron on the pipes in full regalia|
|Grandsons and a great-grandson as pall-bearers|
|Aunt Laurie, Aunt Marylee, and my Dad|
|A cousin picture|