A New Year Begins

What a frantically busy time we had over the Christmas period. New Years Eve was hours of fun, games, and laughter with some lovely friends. We all just let our hair down and were free to be ourselves and just enjoyed each others company and had so much fun.

As soon as Kyah finished school, she participated in the elite ballet program with Queensland Ballet in December. She really enjoyed doing it, even though she was coming off a very busy year. At the end of the week we were able to watch some of what the children had learned.

Kyah also did a two week workshop with Expressions Dance Company, in mid January. She absolutely loved doing this as well. The teachers are the dancers from the actual Expressions Dance Company (EDC). Kyah has participated in this before and really enjoyed it. Even though ballet is her preferred genre of dance, I think she enjoys expressing herself with other genres, and found this workshop relaxing, rather than “work”. She definitely picked up lots of hints and tips for her contemporary dance with Queensland Ballet, so that is also a huge positive.

I think the structured activity was good for her. It was three weeks in total over her eight week break. They were long days, but her body was able to rest and recover and repair while still being active. They weren’t dancing all day, they were also sitting, watching, listening, and learning from the best in the business.

Parents and friends were able to watch a short presentation at the end of the EDC workshop. I never seem to tire of watching Kyah dance.

     

Kyah was seeing a physio to get on top of all of her muscle imbalances. Most athletes experience muscles imbalances because of the nature of what they do. It is funny how I can tell her what to do but she seems to listen to someone other than “mum”. What would “mum” know anyway???  Hopefully other people experience this???  Then it’s even more amusing when Kyah sees someone doing something incorrectly or teaching something incorrectly; Kyah picks up on it and is able to tell me that the technique is incorrect and why. The best thing is that she is learning, even though she may not want to admit it she is actually hearing what I say. Yay!

Psa 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. 

Kyah has been going to Pilates classes two or three times each week. This is to again reduce muscle imbalances and improve her strength. Even though she can do this stuff at home, she responds better and trains harder in a class format. So it is worth the time, effort, and money sending her to structured Pilates classes. She will continue doing these every week just to keep on top of everything. It is easier doing prehabilitation (injury prevention) than rehabilitation.

Kyah spent a week down at Port Stephens. She spent time with her dad, and some other close friends. Long walks and runs along the beach with the dogs and her dad, as well as some core strength activities at his place. Then lots of play time spent with the dogs. She misses them a lot, but there is really no time for them when school and dance start. She spent a couple of nights with Anne and she absolutely loved that. Lots of socialising, eating out, swimming in the pool, relaxing, and I can imagine lots of laughter. Then our friend Tina, was arranged to pick Kyah up and take her to the gym a few times while she was there. This happened too. Kyah got to spend time with her friend Vanessa as well. Then she had a day in Sydney seeing grandparents and extended family.

   

Looks like the dogs missed Kyah, and enjoyed being near her too.

I am extremely grateful to Anne and Tina for accommodating Kyah and ensuring she was able to get some exercise in while she was on holidays. It is a fact that if you want to be one of the best in your industry, you have to put the work in. Kyah definitely put the work in over the holidays. She also had lots of down time. Both essential to be prepared for the upcoming year.

       

We went to GOMA and the Museum one day. Some of the items at GOMA fascinate me. Very different … We caught up with a friend who is travelling around Australia, Glen, and we met at the Sandgate mudflats. It is an amazing sight to see at low tide. There are thousands and thousands of little soldier crabs, everywhere. It was lovely to see Glen and hear of his ventures so far. Kyah and I will be going to the mudflats again. Just a lovely place to walk.

We had a few very serious shopping days at Chermside. Christmas money was spent and some great bargains were found. The shopping centre is huge and there were still lots of people around. We caught up with Felicity and Hannah a couple of times at Chermside. We also saw Tina and Vanessa at Chermside when they were up in Brisbane.

By the time the holidays ended Kyah was ready for school and ballet again. She got back on the Friday, and both school and ballet started on the Tuesday. There are a few more dancers in Kyah’s group this year, which will be nice. Kyah is very keen to get into it and work hard. The hours of dance training increase this year compared to last year, so the intensity has stepped up a bit. All the kids are that bit older and stronger, so should be able to cope with the added workload. She has a new teacher this year with Queensland Ballet. Kyah is looking forward to working with her teachers for ballet and contemporary. This year the girls start doing pas de deux (partner) work with the boys, so that will also be really good to see how that goes.

School started off a bit unsettled, in that Kyah’s subject selection we thought was sorted, agreed on, and approved last year, was all up in the air this week. Fortunately, by Friday afternoon, it was all approved, agreed, and signed off on, so Kyah will have a slightly different timetable to the other children, but we think this is best for Kyah with the way she learns and what her intentions are after she leaves school. The many, varied options for kids these days going through secondary education is just amazing. Most kids are able to benefit from, and do something they are interested, in while at school.

We are very much optimistic about the upcoming year.

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.