Winding Up the Year

Well the year is coming to close and very quickly. Kyah had the hide to tell me today it is 763 hours until Christmas! That was something I did not want to hear.

Kyah has finally finished all her school commitments for the year. All tests and assignments have been handed in. She has two weeks to go. Goodness knows what they will be doing in the final two weeks, with no formal requirements.

Now it is wind up time from this current school. Distance education has been good for Kyah in the sense that it has taught her to learn independently. she has had to be self directed and motivated and aware of deadlines. Sometimes, the workload has been far too much and something has been handed in late, but always with permission. Mostly though, Kyah has managed to hand her assessments and assignments in on time and do her tests either on or before the due date. So I think that was a success.

I am looking forward to Kyah going back to a normal school environment; where she will be around other kids, particularly, the group of kids that are in the academy program with Kyah. It will be a bit foreign for Kyah initially, but I am sure she will adapt.

We went to Brisbane this week to have the school interview and have a look around the school facilities. Kyah has danced at the dance studios before, so that is a positive; one familiar aspect.  We have been warned that the program is very intense and there is no time for R & R. I will be keeping a very close eye on Kyah for signs of fatigue, tiredness, no energy, and just simply being worn out. I can imagine it is a huge load. But she will manage; bit of a shock to the system initially.

Kyah about 10 years ago. Thanks Veronica for the pic.

A whirlwind trip to Sydney was had last weekend. Kyah managed to see her dad’s side of the family while I was doing my course. She enjoyed her time with them. She also enjoyed seeing my dad and his wife. It was nice to see them again. Monday morning we needed to get up at 3.45am to be at the airport by 5am. Then the flight home. By that evening we were both a bit weary – we had been up since 2.45am QLD time. It probably more hit us on Wednesday evening. We are now starting to feel less tired.

With the permission form Queensland Ballet, Kyah auditioned for a performance coming up next year.  The audition took all day; 9am-3pm on a Saturday in November.  As yet it is extremely confidential, and we won’t hear if Kyah has been successful or not until early next year. So, sorry, no-one can know what it is for, until we are given permission to talk. But that was a great experience for her. Something totally different to ballet.

We went down to Byron Bay to see Les Sylphides and The Rite of Spring. Kyah was supposed to be performing in it, but I decided to pull her out a few weeks ago so she could finish school, focus on herself and not feel too overloaded with everything she needs to get done. The performance was great, thank you Byron Ballet for a lovely evening. We look forward to the next performance from them.

I have been sending Kyah to a Pilates session every week now. This one is taught by an ex-dancer, and she loves working with fellow dancers. Kyah is working hard and Sylvie has my permission to push her. After each session, Kyah looks pretty tired and I can see she is getting stronger, which is great.

There is so much for us to do before the start of next year. Packing Kyah up, organising uniforms for school and the ballet academy, Christmas, visitors, and life. This weekend, I am taking Kyah to Nimbin markets. She has wanted to see them for a while, so we are going there on Sunday, before we have lunch with my aunty. My uncle, her husband died in august this year, so a visit about now is probably welcome.

We have also watched a few dance / ballet movies this week. White Nights, starring Mikhail Baryshnikov, Helen Mirren and Gregory Hines. some amazing dancing in that. A Ballerina’s Tale, a doco about Misty Copeland. Great movie. She is lovely to watch  – so strong, yet graceful. And, finally La Bayadère, a documentary about the ballet productions by Robert Nureyev.  Again, some beautiful dancing. I am amazed at how much Kyah knows about the ballet world. Who is who, where they dance, what music belongs with dances, what the dance steps are.

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2Ti 1;7

 

 

Sinking In

Well, it’s been 17 days since we were told Kyah is accepted into Queensland Ballet Senior Program for 2018. It is finally sinking in for both of us. For so long we have been thinking about if Queensland Ballet didn’t come off, what Kyah should do, where she should dance, what productions she should audition for, specific competitions that would be beneficial for her, and so many other considerations. Queensland Ballet is where she has wanted to go for a few years now, and for some reason or other, there have been road blocks. Now the door is open and she is in! Yay.

A beautiful bunch of flowers given to us as a congratulations. Their beautiful scent wafted through the house for at least 12 days. Thank you Cathy and co for the gift.

 

We are now deciding the logistics of it all. We needed to send a letter of acceptance to Queensland Ballet. Hmmm, that wasn’t a hard decision. That letter of acceptance was sent off within a couple of days of receiving the great news.

Kyah needs to change schools, so she attends the school that is affiliated with Queensland Ballet, up in Brisbane. I am in the process of filling out those forms now. I have notified her current school she will be leaving at the end of this year. The hardest and biggest decision is: do I move up to Brisbane or does her dad. If her dad can get a full time job up there, then he will move up and Kyah will live with him. Otherwise, I need to look into me moving up there with her, finding a job, renting out our house.

Again, it is a waiting game for us. We are waiting on Kyah’s dad to find a job up there. However, we need to set a date for us to say that if Kevin has not been offered a job then I need to act. What date should that be?? Any suggestions, would be very much appreciated. I have already had some great ideas given to me for what I could do next year. It’s amazing, when you are in my situation, you think you have thought of all the options and then someone suggests something completely left of field and it’s a great idea. So, suggestions please.

We went to see Queensland Ballet perform their Prelude 2017, on October 22. This is the Senior students performing.  Basically it is year 12 graduating from this Senior Program. Both year 10 and 11 students also perform, but it is generally for year 12. It was a great performance. We watched it last year as well and thoroughly enjoyed it. This year was different. Kyah has a dear friend dancing in Queensland Ballet this year, Ebony, who you may remember went shopping with Kyah very soon after she injured her foot. So it was lovely to see Ebony dance – she did really well. I also think Kyah and I had in the back of our minds that she will be involved in that performance this time next year. Wow! It is slowly sinking in.

We have had friends stay with us for 8 days. That was lovely. Kept us busy. It is always good to catch up with nice friends. We’ve also had other friends have a sleep over so the parents could go to an overnight work function. We’ve had other friends come over for dinner. We’ve been out catching up with other friends for coffee, we went to see some friends of ours new home they have bought, we had lunch and a lovely long swim in their pool. Kyah has also been up to the theme parks on the weekends. So it has been a busy few weeks.

I made the decision to pull Kyah out of some dance commitments she had at the end of the year. I want to ensure she is totally strong, stable, and prepared in every aspect for next year. There is so much to do, school continues and has to be completed. Then she has a lot of things to pack up and sort out, along with continuing her dance training, prehab and strength work, as well as the essential socialising and just hanging out. So I decided to prioritise what I think she needs to focus on. It seems to have been a good idea, because Kyah has a little bit of spare time now, which is great.

Kyah also got her braces off this week. Her teeth look lovely and straight. They are all the correct length and shape and her mouth looks beautiful. 22 months with them on. Regular check ups and adjustments. Thank you Coastal Orthodontics for such a great result. Money (a lot) well spent!!!

We went and saw Peter Pan today. Performed by Queensland Ballet. Again, a fantastic performance. It was a very light ballet in the sense that the production has comedy in it and again, no tutu at all, similar to La Fille Mal Gardee. I am sure this type of ballet will attract another portion of the population – it is just so different to the traditional ballets. The cast we saw had David Power as Peter Pan, Mia Heathcote as Wendy, and Victor Estévez as Captain Hook. It really was a great show. Some of the roles would have been so much fun to play. Thank you to Queensland Ballet and all the dancers for a great afternoon.

Well, apart from the busy schedule we all seem to have now-a-days, at the moment there is nothing exciting planned in the next week. However, in a couple of weeks time we are in Sydney for the weekend. We are both looking forward to that. Hopefully things start falling into place for us and we can start preparing for next year, one way or the other.

So is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.   Isa 55:11