Julie Lyles Carr: A Week in Review...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Week in Review...

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Actually, more like a day in review. But what a day. Amazing day. That felt like a week.

Does that count?

This past Saturday was 2 of 8's final dance recital as a student. We've been with this particular dance school for 5 years and 2 of 8 has danced for 16. When I think back through all the instructors and intensives and private lessons, I'm so overwhelmed by the people who have sown into 2 of 8's life and have coaxed her gift into bloom.

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I had a speaking engagement that morning (Hi San Marcos Gals!!!! A big kiss and hug from me! Hi Tabitha!!!) which was a fantastic time. Then I booked it back to my city to get to the two shows for recital and then we headed over for a Post-Recital Shindig we threw for 2 of 8 and her best dance buddy and fellow senior, KZ. It was a night of fun and tears and a beautiful marker to show transition into the next seasons of 2 of 8 and KZ's lives and futures.

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Did I mention there were lots of tears?

Just checking.

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My intense level of organization and drive culminated in one blaze of Post Recital Party Glory~~and now I've been trying to dig out my house and schedule and floors and laundry for the last four days.

Seriously.

Even my amazing running partner/sister neighbor JT, who has seen my house in all kind of manner of hot mess, was particularly impressed with how fast the OctaHouse went from immaculate for the in-laws coming into a technicolor disaster of costumes and left over bags of chips and party table cloths and table center pieces piled just inside my front door.

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So with all that craziness going on, I did the only logical thing...

On Monday, I decided to switch three of the kids' rooms. And then I decided to paint.

That's what you would do, right?

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While the costumes and left over chips and table cloths laid quietly in the entry, I successfully ignored my blog, my laundry and my kitchen and tore apart another 30% of the house.

Good times.

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That's how I roll.

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So I kind of feel like I've been reliving all of Saturday's events just by walking in my front door. 'Cuz all that party stuff is sitting there to greet me as I come in the house with more buckets of paint.

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I could probably have my own HGTV show on of these days...'Decorating the in Midst of a Hot Mess'.

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I've just now started on the Post-Party Put Away. And I'm going through my pictures. And realizing how many shots I didn't get of things I wanted to. But for now, I'll just get these up on ye ol' blog and reflect on my photographic failures another day.

Because the thing is, it was a sweet, tearful, wonderful day.

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And I still need to finish up some painting.....

...and clean up some costumes and table cloths....

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