My gracious older daughter took car of our fur baby for the weekend so we could travel south of the border for our other daughters show choir competition. No, silly not Mexico, but the far reaching part of the globe known as Iowa. For the state being so close, 90 minutes from our house to the border, I've spent very little time in the state. It's hard to get a sense of what it is like from an interstate and a very big recently built out suburb of Des Moines, so I can't really say much about the area we stayed in. In hind sight, we probably could have saved a nights hotel and just drove down on Saturday morning-most parents did. Even though it is our daughters last year, we still seem like show choir parent rookies.
Still, DD2 appreciates me rolling her hair. She also had the advantage of being able to use our bathroom for her morning hair and makeup, saving precious bathroom space for her three roommates. Friday night the entire quadrant of the town I guess lost power. Through the help of emergency lights and the bus driver with a flashlight, free hands helped all the girls collectively get their hair set. One poor girl got trapped in the elevator. She was pretty calm, but I later learned at first, she was scared it was a lock down. Isn't it terribly sad that the first thought our children now have when there is a stopped elevator with the doors sealed shut would be a shooter? The fire department got her out after about 45 minutes and power came back another 45 minutes later, 15 minutes before lights out for the kids.
Long story short, DD2's team won best vocals, best band, best male soloist, and Grand Champion. I guess they performed well despite the power glitch the night before! We were back home by early afternoon, eating leftovers and grilled cheese for meals, getting caught up with laundry, and homework for the kid.
We spent more money on hotels than I had budgeted, so I need to figure out where to tweak other things the rest of the month and year. I'm finding a few categories I am perhaps off in. I'll get it resolved. It's a busy work week and I am feeling a bit stretched. I'm allowing myself a slow morning to appreciate the wonders of the weekend with a good strong cup of coffee. Let the week commence.