Jenya is volunteering as an English teacher at a school for young kids in China. She’s the only American there — all the other teachers are Chinese, and of course all the students are Chinese. She’s having a great time, and learning bits and pieces of Chinese as well. The school is only 3 blocks from our hotel, so the walk is not bad even given the 95 to 100+ degree heat.
De’s last synchro show was yesterday at Shamrock, so today she got her hair cut off! She donated her hair to Locks of Love, and is very happy with her new bob cut.
Jenya got her braces put on today. A very long procedure – 3+ hours – but she was a trooper. They let her pick the colors on the braces, so of course she picked rainbow. So here’s the girl with the rainbow braces, with her favorite rainbow pony, also wearing braces! (And yes, that’s my old tie-die dress from Stanford that she is wearing.)
De's last synchro competition, the Mentor Diamond Classic. Her team got 4th.
Today was the end of term show at Schenley Learn to Skate. The girls all had worked with their students to choreograph routines, and they enjoyed watching them perform! Jenya also did her Pinkie Pie "Smile" show number, and their Theater on Ice troupe performed as well. Lots of fun – and for once the weather was pretty good, not freezing cold, not so warm that the ice was melted.
Jenya's Smile Program:
A wonderful potluck dinner for Team Citius last night – that's the bike racing team the kids are on. Fred published a slide show retrospective of the last year. Jenya and Ana are shown several times, so they enjoyed watching it. All 3 girls are planning to be on the team this year.
Wonderful day at the RMU Christmas show. The girls were in several numbers, as usual, so lots of quick costume changes, also as usual. Here's Crystal's Candyland number – Ben and Ana had their pairs solo during it, plus Jenya was a peppermint girl in the group number, and Dealia was a red M&M in the other group number. Very nice!
Ana & Ben competed Juvenile Pairs at Eastern Sectionals in Ashburn, VA. They got a personal-best IJS score and placed 6th (of 7). This was their very first time at sectionals, and they did a terrific job – it was a great skate, they looked really nice. A LOT of hard work went into this, and it was a wonderful experience all around.
Here's their program:
De's first synchro event on her Beginner 2 team. They participated in Capital Critique, which is a critique, not a competition. It was in Ballston, VA, at the Ballston Commons Mall, one block from where Lunn & I lived when we first moved to DC. Except there wasn't an ice rink there when we lived there.
Ana once again won a costume contest with her same red dress and big ret hat outfit — she won the RMU halloween skate costume contest with this same costume two years ago. Today she won the PALS costume contest at their halloween party. And De got an honorable mention for her Army outfit – which is actually Jenya's TOI costume from two years ago. Jenya created a Pinkamina costume, very nicely put together, but I don't think many people at PALS knew who she was supposed to be.
Ana won a very cute little trophy with a pumpkin on top, and De got a pirate duck as a prize.