Lots Going On

Lots has been going on and lots is coming up for the school holidays.

Our dear friends, the Howie’s, came up and we were blessed and were given  tickets to go and see “Outback Spectacular” with them. It is a really good show. 3 course meal, including drinks and almost 3 hours of entertainment. The entertainment was really good too. They had “The Light Horsemen” as the feature show and it was fantastic. Educational as well as entertaining. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone.  It is so nice to catch up with special people and seeing them was a real highlight in our last fortnight. Thank you Kylie and kids…

We have also had little catch ups with other friends over the last fortnight, which has been lovely – some of who have not been very well. The dreaded flu got hold of them. Thankfully, they are on the mend now.

Queensland Ballet had a performance on called “Dance Dialogues”. We went up to Brisbane and saw that. It was really good. The show was at the Thomas Dixon Centre, so it was much more intimate than if it had have been at QPAC or The Arts Centre. As expected, the standard of talent was amazing. The up and coming choreographers all did a fantastic job and it was well worth the effort. It is a great way for Kyah to see all the different aspects of the dance world. At the end we were fortunate enough to have a Q & A with Jack Lister. The other choreographers were Paul Boyd, Teri Crilly and Alice Topp. They are definitely worth looking out for new works in the future.

That evening we caught up with one of Kyah’s friends from her old dance school, Ebony. It was lovely to see her and her family and catch up on the goings on with them. Thanks for a lovely evening Ariane, Craig and Ebony.

The final week of school was a bit hectic with ensuring Kyah did all her school assessments and handed them in on time. It was pretty close at the end, but she got there….

She has been back to dancing twice since she tore the ligaments in her ankle. Her foot is getting better. I’m sure everyone is aware soft tissue takes a lot longer to heal than hard tissue – and it is a matter of time…. The time is almost up and her foot is getting a lot better, almost back to normal again. Unfortunately, she has missed a number of eisteddfods and obviously lots of dance practice, but that is what happens when you are injured.

We have had some amazing sunsets the last few days. Here is a photo of one from 2 days ago.

Amazing colours in this sunset

Kyah has also spent time with Emily and enjoyed it. Time away from school, dance, commitments and responsibilities is important for everyone. We went out on Friday night to watch a friend sing at a local club. It was nice to get out and about. Kyah is learning lessons about what not to do and how not to behave when she turns 18 and is able to drink alcohol. Need I say any more???

Today, Kyah participated in a Queensland Ballet workshop all day. She loved it. Her foot held up – it’s a bit sore, but no problems at all. No pointe work because of their age, so this was a good thing. She is now preparing for a Bangarra workshop this coming week and a workshop the following week with Expressions Dance Company. Both of these are contemporary dance companies, so the style will be quite different from classical ballet, and great for a change. It will also be good for Kyah to get back into dancing, see different styles and different companies and how they operate and whether she prefers that style of dance classical ballet. It is also a great way for her to dance and not be en pointe.  Her dad has come up to take her to the place each day. She is pretty happy about that.

2 Cor 1:22 God anointed you, set His seal of ownership on you, and put His Spirit in your heart as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Recovering Again…

The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a struggle again for Kyah.  She is very much an optimistic, very positive person, but I think the blow of injuring her foot again (even though it was totally unrelated to the previous injury), set her back mentally again.

Unfortunately she tore some of the ligaments in her left ankle when she was en pointe, 16 days ago, just before a performance. We were desperately hoping it was only a sprain, but, it was worse. So she was most upset when I told her I would not allow her to perform in  A Midsummer’s Night Dream, with Byron Ballet. She had spent lots of time rehearsing with them and thoroughly loved the whole experience.  She really enjoyed the girls and the teachers and just seeing a production come to life in such a short time was really exciting and enjoyable.

So when I gave her the bad news, Kyah was very upset. But I think she knew deep down that there was no way she would be able to perform anywhere near properly with torn ligaments. One afternoon, she said to me that she was able to stand on pointe in her shoes so I got her to show me, and she put her pointe shoes on and stood up en pointe holding herself up with the crutches we still have!!! That looks great Kyah, but how do you expect to dance with crutches???

Reality said, she had to pull out. The cast and crew of Byron Ballet were also very upset for Kyah and the production. Kyah was definitely a part of their team.  Yvonne was wonderful and allowed Kyah to assist with the performances. This was great for Kyah. Thanks so much Yvonne.

Kyah is looking forward to the next production – hopefully it won’t be too long before rehearsals get started, but Kyah needs to be fully recovered…..

The last couple of weeks have really been about rehab again for Kyah. This time it is different rehab, because it is ligaments, not some horrendous fracture dislocation with no soft tissue damage to deal with. The recovery time is about 6-8 weeks for full recovery, but she is improving each day. There has been no dancing and Kyah’s mood has been quite low. I suppose when you are unable to do the very thing that is your identity then you do feel like there is something missing, and it has to affect your mood and general demeanour.

Kyah missed a big dance comp last week due to her injury, and again she was most disappointed. There are a few more coming up over the next 4 weeks that she will have to miss out on as well. Again, disappointing for her. The first positive she has had regarding dance since May 24, is that she will go to dance again tomorrow. No pointe work, only flats and see how her foot feels. She is pretty excited.

Kyah and Emily went to Holoverse at Southport yesterday. It is a place that does these virtual reality holograms. Emily’s mum and I  were fortunate enough to be able to go in to the cubicle  with our girls and watch their  session with them. It was absolutely amazing. Both girls, and mums,  loved watching it – it was educational and interesting.

There are lots of things upcoming that we are hoping Kyah is able to participate in – some of it we know she can’t (like I have already said), but other stuff, we are hoping she will be able to – 3 workshops that are upcoming very soon. Then more eisteddfods. Let’s hope and pray.

Apart from the rehab, we have been quite busy with catching up with friends, doing breakfast, dinner out, friends over for dinner, shopping, coffee, school work, and everything else life throws at you.  We are going to see a Queensland Ballet performance this coming weekend. That should be a good distraction for Kyah.

We would both like to say that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, Julie. Losing a loved one is tough and we know Stan was your absolute best friend, and mate. You and he were both so admirable fighting the very tough fight that eventually beat him. We can both only start to imagine how much you will miss him and we are praying that your healing journey is filled with pleasant memories of times you and Stan shared together.

But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength. 2 Tim 4:17