Dance Camp



Dance CampLast week was my unofficial start of the dance year. Dance By Design held there annual dance team camps. The Demi Dolls & Dudes and The Arabesque Company members worked really hard. Not only did they have a lot of conditioning and technique to work on. They got to know each other better as a team. We have many new members this year, and I can’t wait to see what happens!

This year, The Demi Dolls & Dudes will be performing to Rainbow Connection and The Arabesque Company will put together a Michael & Janet Jackson production number as well as various small group pieces, solos, duets, and trios! I consider myself very fortunate to work so closely with these kids. I love seeing how much they grow as dancers in such a short time. I’m pretty excited about Lyla’s first year on our demi squad too.

The Demi Dolls & Dudes, The Arabesque CompanyTo follow along with our dance season follow us on Facebook. The Arabesque Company, Demi Dolls & Dudes, and Dance By Design.


Lyla goes to kindergarten


My baby girl went to her first day of kindergarten yesterday. She has grown up so quickly, and I’m incredibly proud of her.  I know you want to ask the big question…was there tears?!? Lyla didn’t shed a single tear. She got a little quiet when they sat in their line during check in. I thought I might cry at that point. I will admit that Jazz wanting to play on the playground kept me busy. I pushed Jazz a little farther away from the playground, but where I could still see how Lyla was doing. He calmed down and we watched our big girl follow her teacher to the school assembly on the basketball court.Kindergarten2013

Jazz was fine the whole walk home. until, I took him out of the stroller. He started running back toward the school, crying, and screaming for Lyla. That did it! My pregnancy hormones kicked in, and I did tear up a bit. I managed to get Jazz calmed down, and everything else went fine. We did a couple fun things together, and then he played while I did my housework. After his nap it was time for lunch. After that I told him it was time to go get Lyla. He got a huge smile on his face, and ran to grab his shoes


We walked back up to the school, and waited for the kindergartners to be dismissed. When Lyla made it to the front of the line she still looked happy. When she looked around and found us her face lit up, and she hurried over to give Jazz a big hug and kiss. Yes, even before mom! These two played together the rest of the day like they hadn’t seen each other in days. They really are each others best friend! Makes this mama smile!sibling love

Happy Birthday Lyla


To my favorite girl, I love you so much. I can’t imagine how my life would have turned out if you had not made me a mom.


I love that you share my passion for dance. I love watching you learn new things, and I am privileged to also get the chance to be your teacher some times too. I’m looking forward to your first year on the dance team. Competition season will be a blast this year.


You are growing up to be such a little lady. You are a great big sister to Jazz, and I know Atticus will love you too. Although, you may not be a baby anymore you will always be my little girl.


Check-In: 19 weeks

Today, i’m nineteen weeks pregnant and I had a check up. Everything is going just fine. Baby Atticus Gray, is growing at a great rate. I’ve already passed my normal half way point. Lyla and Jazz were both born at 37 weeks.

red dress, maternity fashion

Dress-Target, Shoes-TJ Maxx



Oh, and let me introduce you to Lyla and Jazz.