The Show Must Go On: In Real Life & Link Up

Whether it’s the time of the year or that I’m just feeling a little overwhelmed at my day job, the phrase “the show must go on” seemed as appropriate a title for this post as “December Happenings” which was my original idea. December is a busy time of the year with the holiday celebrations and such so I had intended to share a bit of that along with photos of an outfit I’ll likely be wearing this weekend. Then real life steps in and there are no photos of the celebrations or of the outfit. Fine, whatever!

I could’ve opted for a holiday break on blogging but my ego wouldn’t let me. I fully understand if you skip over most of this post and just go straight to the link up. Briefly, there’s a bit about missing Hanukkah from years past and a video of my tap class performing in a recent dance show. You won’t miss much if you scroll straight to the end.

The timing of the holidays (as in Hanukkah) is odd this year and scheduling time with adult children in order to celebrate is proving to be a challenge. Add to that are the out-of-town travel plans of my sister and her family from today until past New Year’s Eve, and it seems like Hanukkah will be a bit overlooked this year. Not such a big problem in the whole scheme of things going on in the world but I think it is affecting my mood a bit. How I wish I could freeze time.

Hanukkah 2015: Niece Melissa, nephew Josh, son Ben, mom, daughter Josephine, mother-in-law

Are you wondering about the feature image for this post? It’s from my dance school’s holiday show that I performed in two weeks ago. The woman in the center is our instructor and the owner of the school. Last June, I did a post on tap dancing and the dance school’s Spring recital in a post titled Tap Dancing And Happy Feet. You’re in for a special treat because below is a video of our number in this most recent show taken by The Husband.

Winter Wonderland

For our costumes, we decided to wear black boot-cut pants with some sort of sparkly top and color was at the choice of the dancer. Since I didn’t have a sparkly top, I went searching in my local thrift stores and hit the motherlode in one of them. I found not one but six sparkly camisole style tops for $5 each so I bought them all in anticipation that the other ladies would still be needing their own sparkly top. It turned out that a friend of one of the women was making her a top (the red one) and another woman dropped from the show (she would have worn the blue top) but the instructor and two of the other woman were thankful for my efforts.

Not wanting to forgo Hanukkah with my sister’s family completely, we had an early celebration last Sunday at her house from which I did manage to get a few photos. In the first two, you can see my sister in action frying up batches of latkas on her patio in electric pans. There was quite a wind storm that day and we were lucky that nothing was blown away. In the second two, you’ll see a couple of the photos I did manage to get of my kids and some of the other younger set that joined us.

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In the past, the Saturday and Sunday nights during Hanukkah were spent with our families, one night with mine and the other with The Husband’s. This year, with all off in different directions and the convergence of the 1st night of Hanukkah and Christmas Eve, you will likely find The Husband and me at a local movie theater catching a newly released flick.

I’ll be back in full force next week with the latest installment in my special series A Woman I Know and since it will still be Hanukkah as well as NYE, I will sharing a glimpse or two at how we party when those two events converge.

Let’s Wrap This Up

Now, onto the Fine-Whatever link up for this week. My featured contributor from last week’s post is Kimberly from Mud Boots & Pearls who is a newcomer to my link up. Kimberly describes herself as a country girl who loves pretty things, a mama to 8 (yes–8!) amazing kiddos, and a blessed wife to one amazing guy. Through her blog, she strives to share inspiration for beauty and elegance in everyday living.

I’d love to hear about your holiday celebration. What are some of your family traditions and how have they changed over time? Are you traveling or will you be hosting?

Being without any outfit photos this week, I’ve selected an image from a post published almost a year ago when I first started my link up that was aptly titled Powers the Flower: A New Link Up.

Let’s connect! Subscribe, tweet, follow, friend, love, pin, stumble … all options are available and waiting for you. I look forward to hearing from you. And don’t forget to add a post or two to the link up.

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4 thoughts on “The Show Must Go On: In Real Life & Link Up”

  1. Oh how much fun is that? I love dance classes and was tapping my feet right in time with you! Where do you take your lessons?

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