October 8th- I left work early, and so got to flee the hornet's nest I inadvertently stirred up to get everything packed up for the feis. It felt so good, I'm wondering if I shouldn't do it more often (leave work, that is - not cause trouble :-) ). Traffic wasn't too bad, and since Mr. L came along this time, he did the driving.
October 9th- The feis went spectacularly well for my girl . . . she was really on and took almost straight 1sts, including the last one she needed (her treble jig) to qualify for the regional championships. This is where I got to put my 'mothers know all' look on my face and say, "See, practice does pay off!' Getting smug with an 11 year old never works, though. "But I got a 3rd on my hornpipe, and I practiced that one the hardest," says she in her 'I told you so' voice. My pointing out that she placed 9th on that in her last feis only got me a 'hmph'. My husband, who actually *can* take pictures, got some of her dancing, which I can never manage. Here's a few, and then I promise I won't bore you all with this again until after Thanksgiving.
She's doing her slip jig, reel and hornpipe, respectively.
The dress she is wearing is her school dress, which I like, but which is much less elaborate the the solo dresses the girls at this level usually wear. She outgrew her last solo dress over the summer. These dresses can cost a lot of money. New ones, especially those made in Ireland, can cost between $1500 and $3000, depending on how elaborate the design. Even the used dresses are very expensive. But, I'm one of the lucky ones - I can sew (thanks, Mom!). I am working on her new dress now, and have most of the bits figured out. Minvera would be proud - when we were looking for fabrics, I found a beautiful blue velvet and a crinkled Thai silk silk the color of storm clouds that I thought would be lovely on her, but she insisted on a Thai silk in cranberry red embroidered in gold. So she'll look a like a Gryffindor princess when this thing is finished! I'll post a few pictures when it's done, if anyone's interested. Otherwise I'll keep my promise. :-)