Sunday, December 09, 2012

Changing Blog Address

Looks like I can't add any more photos to my blog so I'm going to resolve the issue by starting a new one!  I want to keep this blog mainly because of all the old pictures and stories it holds but I will be only posting to the new one: http://thewinterbottoms.blogspot.com/  Save the new address!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Etta's First Splish Splash Performance

Etta has been working on this routine for the last several weeks for this performance.  She went a little fast on everything and forgot one part but otherwise I think she did well.  She is already talking about performing again.  Who knew this shy little girl would be happy to perform in front of a huge room full of people?
 
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Chloe's Hula Hoop Routine

Chloe performed for the first time on stage at the Greater Las Vegas preliminary pageant.  I wish she would have held her 3 hoops up longer, but otherwise she did great.
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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Nye County Preliminary

Etta and I drove to Pahrump yesterday for her last preliminary as a tot.  The next one in Vegas isn't until the end of January and she'll be seven by then.  This way she can compete at state as a Tot in the 3-6 year old division.
Of course I can never see the closed interview but what I did see of her, she was perfect.  She modeled perfectly in casual wear and party dress then actually did really well in her on stage interview which is typically a nightmare.  It probably helped that the State Director was the interviewer and Etta knows hers pretty well.  So, needless to say I was super proud of how she did because you can't improve on a personal best.  Losing is not new to Etta but I think she had a hard time not winning the overall title since she felt she couldn't have done anything better.  I let her know that she was perfect and that was what mattered more than the overall title from Pahrump.
 
Prettiest hair award
Tot Personality
All the girls from the Nye County Preliminary

The pageant I'm directing is next weekend at the Texas Station.  Hopefully I can get lots of pictures and videos for my blog. The girls have been working hard on their talent routines.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Etta's Bar Routine

Etta's going to start competing in gymnastics this Spring and she just learned her routine last night.  Now it's time to perfect it!
 
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Sunday, November 04, 2012

Hula Hooping

As most of you know I'm directing the Greater Las Vegas preliminary pageant November 17th.  Etta's been practicing an acro routine for awhile now and Chloe has been jealous with all the attention not on her.  So, she has decided to practice hula hooping.  She's been working hard.  Today, she got two hula hoops going, then she got three, then finally she worked on four.  Four seems to be pretty hard for her so we're going to stop at three.  Needless to say we are now working on a routine for her to the Mirror Mirror movie's end credit song I Believe in Love
 
 
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I'm sure we'll record both girls' performance during the pageant.  Lots of pictures and videos to come after the 17th.

Halloween 2012

We went to a pumpkin patch here in town.  And when I say pumpkin patch it's really just a bunch of pumpkins brought in, placed around kids rides and activities.  We didn't need a pumpkin at this point so we were just planning on having the girls do rides.  Let me just say, for what they got to do, it was way too expensive.  But, the girls had fun with what they did.  
 
Chloe and Etta in the background on the swings.
Etta's classmate and friend Kade joined us in the evening festivities.
These three were twirling like crazy!
Happy kids.
Next the kids went to the petting zoo.  They had a mean black duck that bit any kid that tried petting it or the duck next to it.  Etta was one of his victims.
Chloe trying to feed a goat.
Posing for pictures.

 The following day was Halloween.  I helped out for Etta's first grade Halloweiner lunch party.  All the kids had a good time eating hot dogs, fruit, and dessert for lunch.  I followed that party up by going over to the kindergartners and helping out with their party.  Let's just say both the girls had lots of sweets by the time they left school.
Eric had us meet him at Lowe's for some early trick or treating and for the girls to pick out the color they want their toy boxes Eric is making them.  I was rushed and didn't get to take any pictures of this.  But, the girls got lots of candy in their pre-treating.  Etta at this point had asked to be Ariel last second so you can imagine the chaos the house was in since she switched costumes.  Oh well.
We came home and set up for the girls to trick or treat while I stayed at home handing out candy.  Below you'll see how the front of the house looked before night time.  Unfortunately you can't see the pumpkin blow up on the upstairs balcony in this picture:(
The house was a hit with the younger generation.
Chloe's skeleton bat pumpkin.  Yeah, she picked this out not me.
Etta has a cat and a moon.  I thought this one looked pretty cool.
Since Kade doesn't live in such a kid friendly neighborhood we invited him to trick or treat with the girls for a second year in a row. 

I can't imagine how many kids came to our door and I had to pilfer through the girls' candy bags at one point (don't worry, I only took the crappy candy out).  Chloe was done at an hour since she was scared but Etta and Kade went back out for more candy.  The kids had a great time and even after handing out more of their candy, they still had tons for themselves.  Eric and I of course help ourselves way too much to their candy.  Another successful year of Halloween.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Eric's 37th Birthday

Eric celebrated his 37th birthday a few days ago but the true celebration wasn't until last night when I took him to his two presents.  The first present was driving a Ferrari F430 from Try Exotic Cars located in the Palazzo on the strip.  We did have to wait an hour after our appointment time, but otherwise it was a great experience.  Scott even let me sit in the car for a few pictures before kicking me out and taking Eric out on the road.
 
Waiting in the show room.  Behind me was one of our favorites, a Shelby Cobra.
Maybe I should have gotten this gift for myself too!

I got to wait downstairs with probably several million dollars worth of cars while Eric had some fun behind the wheel.   Eric said Scott took him out on an industrial road next to the strip that doesn't have any traffic.  First was a photo opt followed by lots of driving.  I heard Eric got up to 115mph at one point and even had his instructor a little nervous.








Eric was ear to ear grin when he got back and said it was a great experience.  I'm glad he enjoyed the fun!
We went across the street to Caesar's Palace for present number two, Elton John!  Boy can he still sing and play the piano.  We weren't allowed to take in our camera but were allowed camera phones.  Of course our phones are ancient and don't take great pictures so we don't have any pictures of the event.  But the memories are what's important. 
It was fun making Eric's birthday extra special.  Who knows how long we'll be able to take advantage of all the fun things to do here in Vegas so better do them now.