Fear not, you won't see all those pics, I just take billions of pictures so I get one or two that look half decent. A photographer, I am not.
Anyhow, Isabelle had her big clogging competition in March. She has been working all year on her team and solo routines for it. Last year we took the entire herd and it was fun (Remember? Click here).
This year because Sam had to work we changed it up a bit. My mom subbed for my piano (thank you) and the three bigger boys stayed with her until Sam got home from work and I took Sis and Henry to Poky. I know I could have taken all 5 kids with me, but I don't entirely hate myself and everyone around me, so I didn't.
We got up there right in time for her team to get ready.
Belle said it was like a "Mother Daughter Date, only with Henry tagging along". Yep.
They way they do solos is you all get in lines and one line does the steps at a time and they judge you. If you score above a certain level you get a 1st place. 1st place gets to compete in nationals. The teams score the same way.
Essentially, you are in a competition with yourself and that is pretty neat.
Once the solos were done I scooped up Belle, Sky (her sis had to stay longer so the girls got a treat and got to ride home together) and Indy (who was an angel the entire time) and we went home. We didn't hear how Belle did for a day or so.
I was worried because I knew her team didn't qualify to move on and we didn't know how she did on solos.
I know she worked on them, but Sam and I decided to let her be in charge of her own practice and if she did well it would be because of the hard work she put in on her own and if she didn't do well it would hopefully teach her to discipline herself in order to succeed.
Well... the girl got 2 first places in her solos! She had 5 solos total, and got 3 second places on the others. But, because she got the 2 first places she can compete in all of the solos at Lagoon in a month or so! Yay!
(Of course her bff did the same so they both get to go, hooray!)
A very proud girl.
We are so excited for her but the thing that makes me happiest is that she worked for this on her own and truly earned it because of that hard work.
It is nice when stories end happily this way.