January recap

Is it really February 1st? Where did January go? We had so many wonderful memories to kick off the year!

My youngest nanny kid and i are so happy to be back in the groove with library activities and school once a week!

Karalyn had a friend spend the night. They did typical tween girl things and we had fun listening to them laugh and be silly!

John, Jimmy and i went to the boat show. We had fun walking around and seeing all the different style of boats. The second day just the boys went so they could sit through fishing seminars! They are very dedicated tournament fishermen!

We were all super happy to have Cally spend the night! A lot of times when she stays here, karalyn is not with us, so this time we were lucky enough to have both our girls together!

John surprised Karalyn and i with tickets to Disney Immerse Experience. It’s set up in a warehouse in Cleveland. The first area is all about how Disney movies are made. Then they take you inside a “vault” and the entire room is lined with walls that have Disney images projected on them. From their website….

Disney Animation: Immersive Experience is an innovative celebration that takes you inside the greatest films of Walt Disney Animation Studios, from their very earliest, groundbreaking features to the beloved hit movies of today.

Imagine stepping into the Casita with Mirabel from Encanto, being at Pride Rock as Rafiki presents Simba – surrounded by the animal kingdom as the sun rises. Imagine hopping on a train with Judy Hopps and going into Zootopia or taking a magic carpet ride with Aladdin and Jasmine, and so much more….

After an amazing show we went and had dinner at Fat Heads. They have a wonderful gluten free menu!

Lastly we end the month with our first baton twirling competition. We did not take our teams because they were not ready. However four of my soloists competed and they did amazing!!!

Friday Night Lights

I missed week one, but John and i made it to week 2! It was so amazing to watch my girls twirl under the lights. The half time show blew me away and i could not be any prouder of these young ladies. They have worked so hard to become majorettes and their passion showed on the field!

One of my twirlers from another city
I was imitating my seniors pose on her banner
Me with my students

A very Covid wedding!

This past Friday we were able to finally celebrate the marriage of Rachael and Dan. They were married two years ago during the beginning of Covid!

Rachael was one of my baton twirling students. She twirled with the Pink Ladies baton corp from the ages 6-20! She was also one of my Olmsted falls majorettes. We obviously became very close and her family is so sweet. I am so honored i was invited to her wedding. Jaime, who is also a Pink Ladies alum and now coaches for me, was also invited!

There reception was intimate and very nice. Santos catered dinner and a local bakery made the beautiful cupcakes. They had a DJ playing music and the Girl Scouts serving drinks. Ok that part isn’t true but the bartenders wore green vests and i thought they looked like Girl Scouts!

Jaime, Ben, John and I had a fun evening together!

Summer themes

Over the 7 weeks of summer i allowed my twirling students to pick weekly themes. They follow a dress code during the competition season but we like to give them a break over the summer and during the holidays. They picked some pretty fun themes and of course we loved seeing their outfits each week!

Tie dye
Pink Out!
Pink Out!
Christmas in July
Christmas in July
Christmas in July

Summer Through My Lens

Week 6

Home-days Fireworks!


Waxing Gibbous moon


Recently my former swim coach and science teacher passed away. He was a large part of the community and the city honored him with a beautiful dedication ceremony. This is the plaque that is now hanging at the entrance of the city pool.


The house is clean, the laundry is finished, my nails are done, baton paperwork is ready for tryouts and now i can watch a hallmark Christmas movie and get caught up a little on scrapbooking!

Tonight’s full moon from northeast Ohio


This weeks local newspaper hit the stands and guess who made the front page??!! My Pink Ladies Baton Corp! What a fun surprise and honor!


All moon photos shot with my Nikon P1000

Grindstone Parade

The annual grindstone parade in Berea, Ohio is always held during the Independence Day holiday. It was in the high 80’s and apparently some of my students haven’t played outside much this summer 😂. Heard some moaning and groaning the last leg of the mile parade route!!! Overall great parade and my twirlers did a nice job!

My niece is getting so tall

Rep Monique Smith (who is running for Ohio House) asked us if she could get a photo with us to post on her page 💕

Summer In The City

Parade #2

Well my students did another amazing job marching in the Middleburg Hts parade. It was just over 100° with the heat index which is not ideal for performing outside. The length of the parade was about a mile and a half. They performed their routine 6 times. I did my best to keep them hydrated between performances. I also sprayed the back of their necks to keep them cool! They all survived but they were exhausted! I was very proud of all of them!

Picture Day!

Well we had a rough start but ended strong. Four twirlers showed up without their warm up pants. Three twirlers showed up exactly when pictures should have started and needed help getting a bun in their hair. So after a 25 minute delay, we finally got it together and began taking photos. Lucky for them, i am also the photographer!

Full group
Pink Diamonds
Pink Gold
Pink Gold
Stronger in Pink
Stronger in Pink
Stronger in Pink
Pink Passion
Pink Passion

Memorial Day Parade

As a daughter and sister of veterans, i am honored to march in this parade every year. In our baton twirling world, it’s the kick off to summer. But it’s also a day to remember those who gave it all to give us our freedom!!!

This year was a little extra special because it was the first time they’ve had a parade since 2019! We were very happy to finally perform in front of such a large crowd of people!

After the parade we headed to my in-laws we’re our families enjoyed lunch all together. It was really nice and I’m so happy our parents were together to help us kick off summer!

My step-daughter and myself
Abby found some shade!