Thursday, June 4, 2015

Sophomore Year Reflections

It's crazy to think that my sophomore year of high school has come to a close. Even crazier to say that I'm an upperclassman. What? There were so many ups and downs to this school year and I'm going to reflect on all of them today.

When I started this school year, I was motivated. Ready for a new start, a new outlook, and a new me.  I made new friends, reconnected with old ones. Everything was going great. Sadies, football games, competing in the title competition. School was hard, as expected, but I pushed through. My last week of 1st semester I finished finals, got cast in Legally Blonde, and finished out our Christmas show. Winter break was a very welcome relief.

We came back to school, all in our new-Christmas-clothes best, ready for the new year. The studio NYC trip happened, and it gave me that motivation to push forward in my second semester. We had our Heathers-themed photoshoot, and I knew I had found some real friends in these drama department seniors.

And then something started to feel off. Y'all know how that one goes. My diagnosis completely rocked my world, especially two weeks before we opened my very first high school production. It was a more than bumpy path, but we did our best to get medication straight and make sure to put my health above everything. Legally Blonde was one of the best experiences I've ever had. A show like that is so much fun, and I won't forget the memories I made there for a long time.

The last two months were long and difficult. I was busy digging myself out of the hole I made before I knew just what was wrong with me, all the while trying to balance dance and social life and holding on to the seniors as long as I could. Dance competition season was a blast, watching not only my team succeed but Avery as a soloist. New York, as you saw in Tuesday's post, was such an amazing trip and exactly what I needed right before finals week.

I'm proud to say I did it. This year was without a doubt a defining year for me. I learned a lot- about myself, about school, about life in general. I can't wait to see what this summer brings for BHMM and look forward to seeing how things will be in the fall. As always,

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

#BHMMTravels: CLB in NYC

Surprise! It was hard but I kept a little secret that I would be spending my Memorial Day Weekend in the Big Apple. From meeting (Queen) Anna to seeing Brooklyn's last performance as Matilda, it was one jam-packed weekend, and here's how it played out. Oh, and of course I vlogged it all.

Saturday morning we woke up bright and early at 4:30AM to catch our 6:30 flight. It was a pretty rude awakening but knowing we would be in NYC in a few mere hours made it a little easier.

One connection in DTW and we were LaGuardia bound. Upon landing, we took a subway to our hotel and checked in, getting settled before the big day ahead. We then walked to my all-time favorite pizza place in NYC, Two Boots. The name comes from their Italian roots with a Louisiana flair. We ordered, caught up with the littlest Shuck and her mama, then began to wait anxiously.

Then this happened.

Anna and I have been best friends since about fall of 2014. We constantly talked over Google+ Hangouts about meeting in person, but never thought it would become a reality. She was the first person I told about the trip, and we immediately arranged a lunch date.

Meeting her in person was so surreal. I kept pinching myself to check if I was dreaming, but I definitely wasn't. We got lunch and took a walk through Bryant Park with my family, her ADORABLE sister Liza, and her boyfriend Cam. It was a sad goodbye, but I know we'll be seeing each other very soon ;)

It was back to the hotel to freshen up and change for the show. Some winged liner, my new favorite dress (post soon?), and my trusty Jacks and we were off to the theatre.

The one, the only, BShuck

We met up with the Shucks again and helped some friends enter the show's lottery. After a quick bite, we were ready for the show.

Matilda. Oh y'all. I cried during Matilda without Brooklyn let alone with. She killed all her songs and is one of the best actresses I've seen, regardless. It made me so proud to see her up there onstage and, while it was sad for her throughout the show, it makes me happy to see what else she'll do.

We attended an after-party with some of the cast where I consumed way too many mozzarella sticks and took way too many pictures. It was then time for a sad goodbye, especially between Avery and Brooklyn. They've been best friends since preschool, so the rare moments they get together are valuable. Hope we get to see her onstage again very soon!

In the morning it was wheels up LGA and on to ATL. We connected there where we ate Popeye's and people-watched. I ended up getting back around 4, very happy to be home.

All in all I had an unreal weekend. We had such a good time as a family and I can't wait for our next adventure. This post is the first of many #BHMMTravels posts, stay tuned to see where I go next!