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I can’t Dance! But, I guess I’m a “Dance Mom!”

I can’t Dance! But, I guess I’m a “Dance Mom!”

I Guess I'm a Dance Mom!I did it! Makeup, hairspray, fake eyelashes, 7 costume changes. YIKES! I survived another dance competition over the weekend and guess what? I actually had fun! Who knows, maybe I’m getting the hang of this whole thing. My 12 year-old daughter, Ireland, seen here touching up here makeup, is a competitive dancer so, I guess that makes me a “Dance Mom”. I still kind of feel like a fish out of water at these competitions but I’m learning. I’ve had a lot of help from the other seasoned “Dance Moms”. Thank goodness!

This year we are travelling to 5 different out of town competitions. I decided if I’m going to be on the road, I might as well make the most of it! I am going to get out of the theater when I can and check out the town! I’m going to find a good coffee place! I’m going to ask the locals and find the good restaurants. Most importantly, I’m going to not stress, try and relax a little bit and enjoy! All of which I did this weekend! I bonded with a few dance moms! Too cool! The competition was in this cute little suburb of Chicago, called St. Charles. I walked all over downtown. I discovered this most amazing coffee house. Check back, because you need to see this latte!

One night a group of 12 of us, moms and girls went for a delicious Italian dinner to a place called Francesca’s. The best spaghetti and meatballs! Have you been there? Anyway, I am actually looking forward to next month’s competition. Really! I am! Ireland’s team is at the top of their game! They are dancing great and we’re headed to National’s! Sure hope I can figure out the whole side braid, side bun thing by then! Wish me luck! Are you a “Dance Mom or Dad”? Any survival tips! LOL!

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    Joie Baldock

    April 20th, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Hi Amy,
    I am very familiar with St. Charles as my daughter lives in Geneva which is attached to St. Chalres a lot like Neenah-Menasha. Geneva has a ton of quaint litle shops also. The streets are always full of tourists checking out the shops. Glad you had a great time. Tell Ireland that I said “You GO Girl.” Joie Baldock

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      Amy Hanten

      April 22nd, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      Will do! I loved St. Charles! -Amy

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    Connie Wittmann

    April 17th, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    I was a “dance mom” for 7 years!! This will be my last….and I am really going to miss it. My girls danced on their HS dance team. What type of dance is Ireland doing??
    You sure are one busy lady! I don’t know how you fit everything in!! :)

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    Connie Wittmann

    April 17th, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    I was a “dance mom” for 7 years!! This year will be my last….and I am going to miss it VERY much! My daughters danced for their HS dance team. What type of dance is Ireland doing? Is it individual or team competition?? Enjoy it…it goes by fast!!!
    You are one busy lady!! I don’t know how you fit everything in!! :)

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      Amy Hanten

      April 18th, 2012 at 7:44 PM

      Hi Connie, Ireland does it all! Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop etc! She loves it! Thanks! -Amy

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    April 17th, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    You will do just great. And loving it is the icing on the cake!!!

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    April 17th, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    Love ur banana recipes

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