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Fashionably Late...

Hi Ladies!!!
I am the "Guest Blogger".
 And I have to say I am ashamed of myself.

I usually am a guest that arrives on time--and sometimes early.
But being a "Guest Blogger" stressed me a little!

Allow me to introduce myself...
My name is Amy.
I am Cheryl's niece. Her husband Billy is my mother Sandy's brother.
You've probably read about me and my 3 kids in previous posts from Cheryl.

I became a "guest blogger" because I harass Cheryl about not blogging enough.
I will either call her and say "uh...I'm bored with your lack of blog" or leave little comments like "it's time...".
She told me next time I say something about her not blogging she was going to tag me to be a guest.

I didn't think much of it until the time came
and all I felt was fear and stress!
I never realized how hard it was to come up with something to talk about!
I even laid in bed at night thinking "what if nobody cares about what I write"...I hate rejection...LOL!

Well, I've put it off long enough.

But I have something AWESOME to blog about!

Last night I was doing the dishes and the phone rang.
It was my friend Christy.
She asked me what I was doing tomorrow, if I had any plans,
and if I had someone to watch my youngest Sadie.
She went on to say that she'd won a prize and wanted to share it with me.
I was thinking she won a free lunch or a free manicure or something.

 Well, she shocked the heck out of me
when she said she'd entered her name in a contest with a local TV channel and won...
are you ready????...

Yes, you read that right!!!
I danced with the Rockettes this afternoon!!
My friend won this for her and 9 of her friends
and I was so touched that she chose me as one of 'her 9'!

 Well, after she gave me all the details of the day
I got off the phone and went straight into panic mode!
What will I wear?
How should I do my hair?
I have no dance experience except ballet when I was 5...
I almost thought about not going just because all those thoughts were stressing me out.

I held it together and ran to Kohl's and spent an hour searching for that perfect outfit.
What I ended up with was actually cute {whew}...
a pair of grey workout pants...a black shirt with "bling bling" from Canton, TX. and a black fleece vest.
I put it all on this morning and was happy with my choices.
My hair was cute and I even put on a dab of eye shadow.

When I arrived at the convention center I had no idea what to expect...
But when we all met up and went to our room I was happy to see
the other girls that Christy invited were normal like me.
For some reason I had envisioned the other 8 girls showing up
in full-on dance gear with professional shoes and all.
 But nope, sweat pants and tee shirts {whew}

Then...the moment we'd been waiting for...
(drum roll please)...
the ROCKETTES arrived in FULL costume!!

They looked awesome!
They had on cute Christmas hats with fur trim!
Their outfits were cute little Santa dresses with sequins and fur all over!
...Sooooo cute!

There were 4 Rockettes to spend the hour with us.
(I have to say that I was surprised to see that some were shorter than I thought they would be).
I learned that the height requirement was 5 6' to 5 10' 1/2 MAX.
Their dance shoes are 3 inch heels so that makes them look taller.

They had us line up and they told us where they were from
and how long they have been Rockettes (mostly ranging from 3-7 years).
We learned they all lived in different States (you don't have to live in New York to be a Rockette).
They perform 4 to 5 months out of the year
and the rest of the time they have normal jobs (one was even a Yoga instructor).

I asked if there was an age limit and the answer is 18.
You must be 18 to audition. There is no max age so that brought me to my next question which was, "how old is the oldest Rockette now?"
Their answer was, "We don't know."
They said, "No one will give their ages because it becomes an 'occupational hazard'
and they are afraid they will not get picked the next year.
So everyone is 18!"{LOL}

It was time to learn dance moves.
We started off with the traditional kick line.  That was awesome to learn!
We were taught how to pose, how to stand, where to put our hands (every part of the body has a place it needs to be), even where to look...
It was crazy!
 Everything is so timed and on-point.
We were also taught the 360' circle
(this is where 1/2 the women face one way and the other 1/2 are facing opposite).
You are in a line and turn the line 360'. We actually accomplished this after 3 tries.
I was amazed that 10 women with no dance experience were able to do this.

The hour went by soooo fast!
I was sad that it was over but what a great memory!
We all took pictures with them and said our goodbyes.
Here is a group picture of us...take a close look at the costumes, they were so cute!
(I am the one in the middle up front...short hair, dark gray pants and a black vest.)

Well there you have it!
My first guest blog...that wasn't so bad.
Actually, kinda' fun!
And you know...I didn't realize it was so easy to upload pictures.
Now that I know this, I think I should upload some of my kids! 
This is my youngest Sadie, she is 4
This is Kaylie, she is my oldest..8 yrs.
Here is Brandon, he is 7 and he's my sweet boy!!!

I am blessed to have such wonderful kids!!

 I hope you enjoyed my post!
Please leave me a comment so I know that someone did read it
and I won't lay in bed at night wondering if anyone liked what I wrote...LOL.


Lisa said...

I loved your post. Cheryl did a great job picking you to be the Guest Blogger. I would love to get to do something like that and as I read your story, I could just see it all even down to shopping for the outfit. Your kids are beautiful as well as you are. Love ya ~ Lisa

Cheryl said...

Way to go Amy!!
Great, Great job!!
Thank you SO much for being my Guest Blogger Today! You stepped right up to the plate and hit a home run!

And you are such a LUCKY GIRL to be able to dance with a Rockette!
I would be honored to even just meet a Rockette--let alone have a private dance lesson with one!!!

Thank you again! And now you can get some rest {grin}


mattiecakes said...

Hi my friend Amy! I feel bad leaving a note for you when I didn't leave one on Cheryl's yet!! I loved your post and could just envision each moment from the telephone call to the final pictures! A day you will long remember! Now that you know how to do this blog thing, we'll be looking for your own blog with your daily, cooking, etc! Believe me, we read all that kind of stuff!!

Love ya,

Cheryl's (and your!) friend Nancy

Tiffany said...

I am so GREEN with envy! I have always dreamed about what it would be like to be a Rockette. What an unforgetable experience! Now you better not forget a single step, because I am ready to learn. I too am looking forward to you starting a blog. I will comment all the time....i promise!

Marsha said...

I visited friend Cheryl yesterday and was reminded that I had not been keeping up with her blog! She can't say that any longer! I remember you and the girls at her cookie exchange last year -- which, by the way, was so fun and your daughters are 'Angels'.
I enjoyed your guest blog and it brought back memories of when our family traveled to Branson, MO and saw the Rockettes perform their Xmas program several yrs. ago. The dancers, costumes and set were glorious and my daughter was mesmerized. I can't imagine dancing with a Rockette and I'm way JEALOUS! What a neat memory for you!


Anonymous said...

Hi, Amy,
I'm the publicist with the Rockettes and was at this event. You all did so well and the Rox really enjoyed spending time with this fun group. I'll be sure to pass this along to them - they get as much of a "kick" out of these things as you all do. They really are special women. Thanks for joining us and Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!

Laurie Korcuska
(Radio City Christmas Spectacular PR)

Sharon/primthyme said...

You must be so proud,you have beautiful children !!Love your blog .I don't even have grandchildren ,that young !
Stop by & enter my giveaway !
Prim Hugs & Blessings,

Joy Zaczyk said...

Hi Cheryl,

Thanks for your very sweet comment! You made my day!

Your children are so beautiful and your blog is lovely. :) Off to poke around!


Joy Zaczyk said...

Woops, I just realized those aren't your kids! lol

Still beautiful nonetheless! hee hee