"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Monday, October 10, 2011

Mirror, mirror...















Note: the next series of steps were NOT on the dance card.  Brothers are accustomed to breaking into spontaneous embarrassing acts at any given moment... just ask Audrey.















I could have danced all night
I could have danced all night
and still have begged for more...  

O.K. apparently there is a limit.  Cory hit his around 11:00 and Audrey just shortly after.  The lyrics above could have only been sung by Erin.  Her father and I had been sitting in a glazed stupor for quite some time.  The Ball is not for wimps.  In fact, it's a very good thing that our coach was not really a pumpkin as we would have been sitting in the middle of the highway 15 miles from home when the clock struck midnight.  Will we do it again?  Next time will be our 4th (here is a little something about our first) and I think Larry and I can finally be taken off of the novice list.  The kids have been pros since their second.  Yes, we enjoy this family workout too much to take it off our to do list!  

Is this something that your family does?  What do you think about the complicated steps and the fast paced workout?  Am I totally showing my age when I say that I can only dance every other dance because I need a rest?!

Blessings, Debbie

37 comments:

  1. The photographs are so amazing, telling a story of there own.

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  2. Was this a High School Ball? The dresses are lovely!!! I'm intrigued... every other dance? Do you do this regularly??? Lovely xxx

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  3. All of the dresses are great! I'm sure the kids had a fun time! And yep, I'm a pumpkin long before midnight:@)

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  4. We don't have anything like that around here! I would love it so much, too. The dresses are just beautiful, and it looks like an evening of enchantment to me.

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  5. Ok, I am now having dance envy on this side of the country. What a simply fabulous idea and all the children look so beautiful. I can't even find the words to describe how lovely your children look! I hope you have had a chance to rest those dancing feet and you have a great day today.xx

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  6. Debbie! Our church is hosting an English Country Dance later this month as part of our annual Reformation Day celebration/conference! Our community loves to put on our dancing shoes (although most times, the shoes come off...)! Looks like a lovely time was had by all. Thanks for sharing, ~Lisa

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  7. Looks like a fun evening! Were you dressed up too? Everyone looks so beautiful in the photos!

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  8. Now, this looks like a fun dance!! I'd need some serious lessons first! LOL! blessings ~ tanna

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  9. What a fun time for the whole family this must have been and what a great workout too. The girls looks lovely in their period dresses. Did they made their own dresses? Thanks for sharing. JB

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  10. The girls look so pretty in their gowns. It all looks like fun but I'm out of breath just thinking about it!

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  11. Oh how neat! Is this through a homeschool group or a dance studio or something? It looks like lots of fun. And the dresses are divine. Your girls are so pretty too! I love the flowers in the hair. [o=

    Blessings and ((HUGS))
    -Mary

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  12. Oh that looks like so much fun! Everyone one is so pretty. And how fun you all get to do it together.

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  13. What a fun time and I LOVED their dresses! I think your daughters are REALLY beautiful, inside and out! ;D

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  14. We do English Country Dancing! We love it and are planning one for December...want to come? :)

    So much fun!

    Deanna

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  15. Now that looks like fun! You have such lovely daughters, Debbie.

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  16. Wow, that looks wonderful. Such fun.
    Just look at your gorgeous daughters!xxx

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  17. Beautiful Photos. Looks like an amazing time!

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  18. Looks like a lot of fun! My husband would never agree to something like this, but The Teenager would love it!

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  19. OH MY GOSH!!! You guys all look so gorgeous! It looks like you did all the same dances as last Oct. Fun fun fun! I just have one question. How did just those dances on the card take you all night?? We normally do that many in an hour and a half to two hours. Just curious... :) I wish I could've been there, but the marathon was the next day. Bad timing.. ;( You guys need to come out for a ball!! I think the next one is in Nov. but i won't be going to that one. There should be one in Jan. and I'll keep you posted. The Hehn's just might make it out too. Miss you all more then you know!! :) These pictures made my day... ;)

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  20. Your daughters are beautiful. Love the curled hair and flowers. Did you make the dresses? I had to laugh at 'that dancer'. At first I just looked at the photos and thought - what is this guy doing? Showing off all his 'moves'. She doesn't look impressed. But then after I read it was her brother...it all makes sense! Brothers are supposed to do that, don't you know?

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  21. what fun! love the gowns and the expressions....great captures!

    lisa q

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  22. OK. It all looks like a huge amount of fun, but what was it? All ages? Dance cards? Did I miss a post?

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  23. You betcha about that every other dance so you can rest thing! That's our creed when we do our Civil War Balls. Was this more a Regency era ball - by the period attire it appeared to be so. The dances would have been very similar except for the polka and the waltz which were coming into vogue in the 1860's but definitely not in the 1800's!

    Everyone looks beautiful! Glad you had a good time and are game for more!

    Joy!
    Kathy

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  24. You catch some great candids there, Debbie! Audrey while and after dancing, especially, and Erin getting help with her gown - that's a cute one, too.

    That kind of dancing is a good workout, tho' I've done very little of it.

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  25. That's a great question the Kathryn Ross had. What era was it?? It looked either Regency or Victorian. Or was the theme Masquerade and you could dress in whatever era? ;) This year we had a Count of Monte Cristo Ball, A Sci-fi Ball, a Civil War Ball, a Western Ball and the Nov. one that I'm missing is Victorian. :)

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  26. How fun! I love it, but I'd have to leave early. I turn into a pumpkin before 9. Honestly, without coffee I wouldn't last. The girls look GORGEOUS!

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  27. Simply beautiful! I have some young ladies her who would love this!! Thank you for sharing this with us!

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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  28. Brothers!
    Looks like a good time was had by all.

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  29. This is hysterical!
    Audrey is a good sport...Cory is a nut!
    Audrey's expressions are priceless.
    Erin's haircut is adorable.
    The dresses are stunning.
    You and your hubby are troopers.
    This looks like a blast!

    P.S. The above randomness is what happens to me after 12 straight days of blogging (so far!). I can hardly put two words together tonight, as my brain is in a fuzz. But this post made me smile! I love your family!!

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  30. The girls look beautiful.What fun to dress up. What type of dancing are you doing? We learnt country dancing and Scottish dancing at school. Every 18 and 21 year birthday party and wedding seemed to feature it at one stage, so I'm glad I knew what to do. Not done it for...ahem...lots of years, but I bet the steps would come flooding back. Good fun!

    (I'm the youngest of four, with a big brother, so I know how embarrassing brothers can be.)

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  31. I know all about brothers breaking into spontaneous embarrassing acts.
    The ball looks like so much fun!

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  32. I am so NOT answering your question :-) but what fun, my girls would have loved this!!! Clarice

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  33. It all looks like so much fun!

    Audrey makes some of the best faces!

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  34. Oh, too tired here to say anything intelligent. But, oh how I laughed. Yes, my girls know all about brothers. And everyone looks STUNNING. I want to go dancing in a ball gown. After I've had a good night's sleep.

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  35. Just looking at the pics of the young'ns dancing, made me tired. Looked like a lot of fun though. Maa

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  36. Oh I wish I knew what this was all about - it looks WONDERFUL. it's a Family Ball? At the school? The dresses were so romantic! My daughter's would have given tons to go to a thing like that, and that all children of all ages were there dancing? FABULOUS. I want to do one of these!

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