Sunday, December 28, 2008
Today was our annual family Christmas Party on my mom's side the "Hunts" My Grandpa Roy used to own a moving business in bensinville called Hunt the mover http://www.huntthemover.com/ before he died he gave it to his oldest son who isn't in this picture due to his wife being sick but usually makes it for this party. I sporadically will see some of my cousins, aunts and uncles thru out the year. But this is the only time we get everyone together and it makes me happy to see every one even thou we all look so different as we get older. Actually almost everyone we have one aunt that moved to Florida and one that moved to Wisconsin so we don't always get to see them but I am so thankful my family makes such an effort to get together at least once a year. Since it seems life moves so fast the older I get lol I like to make time for distent frineds and family around this Christmas time. Well its late and Im tired Im getting ready to leave for NYC I'll be in times square when the ball drops this year!! Im so excited to see this. As it is a dream of mine which I happy to make come true. Cheers and a Happy prosperous and Safe New Year to you!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
It's Christmas time at my house once again!! As it is at your house probaly too, unless of course you dont celebrate Christmas in which case its just another day!! But any way I went to a wonderful christmas program at willow creek church the day before Christmas Eve to see the performance called the LIGHT http://light.willowcreek.org/ it was a nice show put together with great visual affects and some pretty good musicians. I would advice you to go next year if you had the chance. The theme changes each year but the tickets are still free, which is great for big familys or students who cant affored any more money this month. Well im off to eat dinner with my family. love you all
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Today this organization http://www.lydiahome.org/ came to my house and picked up all these presents and gifts for the kids in the orphanage. My mom and her twin sister have been doing this for 12yrs now. Every year in October the orphanage sends us a wish and needs list for each kid in the home. Then we find people we know who want to help or support a kid for the holiday. For example one boy wanted art supplies: pencils, markers, paper, but he also needs a winter coat, underwear and socks. So we go out and buy this for them, and then the orphanage comes and picks it up. So the kids have presents under the tree avery year for them that they wished for. I just wanted to let you all know about this since its a great program. hugs
Saturday, December 06, 2008
My favorite part at the US Open was the Cabaret Division this is the entire family they all dance West Coast swing and Irish step dancing and write music as well as play instruments. I danced with one of the little boys it was so fun I had to duck to do alot of the swing moves. hahah well we are off to wisconsin to see my cousins and their dogs. later
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
I was at the US Open dance championship http://www.usopenswingdc.com/ in Anahiem, CA It was a really fun event nice weather and great location. It was interesting to see how nervous every one got before compeating, even though they have been doing the same thing all year. Thats when I realized how much presure we put on ourselves just for the title or name of somthing. Versus the best that we can do for ourselves. Compeating in West Coast Swing is fun to me because of how laid back and relaxed it is even with the routines division. Its not as stressful as other forms of dance.
While there for the weekend I also got to go to disneyland this was my first disney experience ever in my life. It was truely an amazing experience and a totally fun, relaxing time. There was hardly any lines so I got the chance to check out almost the whole park in just a few hours. For those of you who have never been it is not like 6flags which has the fastest coolest and most exciting rides. Its more like the layed back remember the good ole days type of place.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I went to the coolest thing last night! It was a armature ufc fight in Hammond, Indiana www.c3fighter.com I had the best time! Which is a little strange since all I do is dance, teach, perform and watch dance shows but for some reason it was a really exciting and enjoyable time. Of course having good friends to go with is important too! Also I had great tickets which put me ringside front and center provided by my friends company www.missprintsusa.com. He was sponsoring the main and last fighter who ended up winning! But it got me to thinking about how could i get sponsors and help promote them. As a competitive dancer there are alot of expenses and its getting increasingly more difficult as for everyone with the economy and all.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Hey all this was a really great email I got from a friend over the holiday. Hope it touches you just as much as it did me
If your home is like most, your Thanksgiving day will be very busy, with either traveling to where you want to go or preparing your home to have others over for the day. Either way, that can be very hectic and emotionally trying, which doesn't lend itself to preparing your heart to be reflective and thankful.
This means all the more that if we want to be the kind of people who are characterized by thankfulness, then we must make sure that we focus on it, and not just on Thanksgiving Day, but at all times during the year.
Here are a few key words as well as some thoughts that are simple and practical to apply; something you can use right away in your quest for becoming more thankful:
Time. Set aside time regularly to be quiet, to reflect. We live in the fastest paced time ever. From the moment we awake to the moment we collapse into bed, we have the opportunity to go at full speed and never slow down. If we schedule time every day in which we can be quiet and reflect, we will free our hearts and minds up from the tyranny of the urgent and rushed.
Thought. Give thought to the many blessings that you have. Living in a consumer culture, most of us are fully aware of what we do not have and how we absolutely must have "it". But how often do we reflect upon that which we already have? Take some time each day and think of one or two things that you have that you may typically take for granted and then take a moment and give thanks for those. In fact, I make it a part of my reflection time to review a list of things that I'm thankful for.
Generosity. Be generous toward those with less and not envious of those with more. We tend to look at others who may be wealthier than ourselves and think, "I sure wish I had what he does." That kind of thinking breeds envy and jealousy rather than contentment. What can we do to break that cycle? I would suggest being generous to those who are less fortunate than yourself. Go to work at a food bank. And not just during the holidays - everybody works there then - but on a regular basis during the year. That will remind you of how good you really have it.
Ask. Ask a friend what they are thankful for. The next time you are at lunch with a friend, ask him or her what they are most thankful for. You will be amazed at the answers you receive and you will create a meaningful bond with your friends as you focus on this powerful question.
Acknowledge. Lastly, tell those you love how thankful you are for having them in your life. So many times we neglect to take the time to craft the words to express to those closest to us what their presence in our lives means to us. Take the opportunity of Thanksgiving Day to write them a note or sometime during the day put your hand on their shoulder, look them in the eyes and tell them. Let them know what they mean to you, and in return you'll begin to create the possibility of deeper, richer, more fulfilling relationships with those you love.