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I am still here...

Sunday, June 22, 2014

This is my first blog in June. May and the first part of June are busy times at my School. We hold 7 graduations in three days, and begin Summer Camp. On top of that, we had a major state inspection. We did very well, but it was very stressful on everyone and a lot of work.

This week was the first week of summer camp. The School-Age Director went on vacation for 2 1/2 weeks Wednesday. Let's just say it wasn't organized. So, I am working a lot of hours and hiring summer camp counselors. I do not like working reactively. Fortunately, I received a lot of resumes to fill positions. I have one left to fill, and am interviewing someone tomorrow morning for it.

This week, my husband and I are also giving my son a break and dog sitting. His Boston terrier is quite a bit more hyper than Roxy, and spends a lot of time in a crate while my son is at work. She is three, but still can destroy couches, carpets, etc. We are going to try to wear her out!!

I have a workman's comp audit tomorrow afternoon as well - gonna be a typical Monday!!

My weekend was pretty good, got my walking in, I boated, fished, napped and enjoyed time with friends. I am tracking my food, and managing to stay in my recommended calorie range. I haven't run in 7 weeks. :(

I am looking forward to things calming down at work.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 6/24/2014 6:53AM

    I give you many credits. The thought of owning my own business scares me!

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INFLATED 6/23/2014 11:38PM

    You seem to have good managerial skills even when you have a lot on your plate.

It has been humid here. At times I have droplets of sweat on my face. I don't do well with the heat. I don't know about running when it is hot.



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KIWIANN 6/23/2014 9:09AM

    Sounds like you are doing well in spite of all of the many things you are juggling! Are Salsa lessons still a part of your schedule? Things like that are essential for our sanity! Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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EDENZMOM 6/23/2014 8:14AM

    That sounds like a very busy time of year indeed!!
Are you still 5% challenging? I really made my mind up that this challenge I'm going to do super well at it!
I have been doing really well for over a week. I hope you get bak to running shortly! maybe even with your son's dog!

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TORTISE110 6/23/2014 7:01AM

    I think end of the year school stuff is the crazy busiest part of the year. I can understand how absorbed you must have been. Hope once summer camp is underway you will feel more relaxed.

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MWWENSIN 6/23/2014 6:25AM

    Keep at it. Look for opportunities to get your running in. Sounds like you are juggling alot of things.

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QUERIDAANA 6/23/2014 6:03AM

    Congratulations on staying on top of things! You rock! emoticon

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LIZALOT 6/23/2014 2:46AM

    wow!! what a workload! good luck and don't forget some me time. (or should that be 'you' time??)

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BEWELL48 6/22/2014 9:24PM

    Sounds like you are busy but also some balance in your life which we all need. Hope you have a good week!
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WATERMELLEN 6/22/2014 9:01PM

    Sounds very very stressful . . . here's to better times soon!

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NEWKATHYNOW 6/22/2014 9:00PM

    Real good to hear that things are OK - maybe a tad hectic - but still OK. Congrats on the state inspection! Been bust here too, but doing well.
We had our church picnic today which winds up all our classes etc for the summer. Sounds like you had a great day too. Must have been a perfect day for boating! Take care and God bless! emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 6/22/2014 8:35PM

    emoticon glad you checked in. Glad all is well, if busy.

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Half Way Through The Weekend...

Saturday, May 31, 2014

My older son, Joe, took my hubby to Ocean City, MD Thursday thru Saturday for a Ravens gig. Raven players and cheer leaders show up periodically through the three days. My hubby and son saw the cheerleaders a lot but not the current football players. My older son is the one who had/has anorexia so my hubby paid close attention. My son came back looking better (his face fuller, etc.) My hubby said my son ate everything and didn't display anorexic tendencies (eating the ends off fries only, eating 1/2 portions, etc.) My son always says work is too stressful and he does not get a break.

They came back tonight, at dinner he at first ate ends of fries, and pickle then ate whole thing. He ate 1/2 his wrap then picked at other side. I am going to talk with him in private about my observations. Last year I didn't say anything (books said not too and that didn't work).

Anyway, I was so happy that they both had a great time. Dads have a lot harder time with any problems having to do with boys - this trip was progress!

I got a ton done at work and my house. My veggie garden is officially done.
I added soil and then planted two tomato plants, 8 jalapenos, 4 habaneros, 4 yellow pepper, one pinot noir sweet pepper, one candy apple pepper, and several herbs. It looks beautiful!

My house is all clean, laundry is done - now I J=just have to pop into work tomorrow and tie up a few loose ends.

Thursday night I was feeling so overwhelmed, I am glad to be getting back to my happy place.

So that is my weekend at this point - have a great Sunday!!

  
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HLTHYLIVN_BAM 6/6/2014 8:30PM

    Sounds like a very productive May weekend! Hope you have great success with your fruits and veggies!

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MAMMER3 6/4/2014 2:15PM

    Just started a veggie garden with my son, so far the veggies seem lost and all the herbs have been eaten by the groundhog that apparently lives under my deck lol. We will try again do share pointers for my grey thumb. There are ups and down the important part is that you do talk to him, you guys seem close enough to be truthful, and mothers instinct is the one to listen to!!

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EDENZMOM 6/4/2014 9:03AM

    Where are the pictures of your veggie patch? I hope Roxy keeps the animals away... either that, or i hope that you have a good netting or fencing around the patch! ...I'm still sulking about my avocado trees ... :(

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MBTEPP 6/2/2014 12:09PM

    Your son is going in the right direction. He is not hiding from you, which has to be a good sign. Sending positive thoughts and prayers.

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DOGLADY13 6/1/2014 8:07AM

    I pray your son continues to recover.

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POSITIVE41 6/1/2014 7:31AM

    Glad you got to spend time with your son. I always feel better when my home is in order too, glad you are back in your happy place!

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NELLJONES 6/1/2014 7:30AM

    It's a major mind switch to look for people eating MORE. I remember when my youngest son hiked the Appalachian Trail, and I sent care packages to the post office points along the trail to "hold for arrival". I bought freeze dried trail meals, checking the nutrition info looking for the highest calorie content. It was like stepping into another dimension.

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TERI-RIFIC 6/1/2014 7:27AM

    I'm glad they had that time together and that things are going so well. emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 6/1/2014 5:47AM

    I love it when I have time alone to get all those little things done. I completed my container garden last wee and am working on the front this weekend with perennials.

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KRISZTA11 6/1/2014 4:29AM

    Wow you really really did a lot in and around the house!
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I'm glad your son and husband had a great time together, and that your son's eating habits are OK.
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INFLATED 6/1/2014 3:18AM

    Thank you, I hope you have a great Sunday too. I am not running, just walking. I slipped off a basement stair and went down four stairs and wrenched my knee. I told the doctor about it on Tuesday, but she didn't check it. So far, after the walk, it hasn't hurt.

Your garden sounds nice, but I don't like hot peppers. Good for you that you got caught up and can relax. I always feel better when the work is done. emoticon

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    Have a great Sunday! emoticon

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Salsa Dance Lessons - Too Cool!!

Thursday, May 22, 2014


Here is a video of what we have learned so far.

Last night my husband and I had our third salsa lesson. It was so much fun!
It was such a fast 45 minute class!! And full of laughs, serious tries and woohoos!! Our instructor is awesome, he is calm, helps each person individually and has a great sense of humor. It is a joy to go to each lesson!

Here is a picture of my husband and I at the first lesson - trying so hard...



We go out for dinner after each class. Last night I suggested a place that also has salsa dancing. After dinner we went upstairs. It was super cool! I felt like I was in New York City and I had found an underground dance studio. It was packed!

One of the most awesome things about Salsa is that people change partners with each dance. One man was in a wheel chair having a blast. He constantly had a partner. We saw several people from our Salsa Dance. My hubby got enough guts to dance. We had a blast! We figured out which steps we learned were for "slow" dances vs fast. We did lots of spins. It was so much fun!!

If you ever get the chance, I highly suggest trying salsa. It is amazing, will make you laugh and is such a great work out.

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KAYLEESMEME 6/2/2014 7:12PM

    How awesome! Sounds like so much fun!

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INFLATED 5/30/2014 4:13PM

    I think it is wonderful that your husband is doing this! My husband hates dancing. When I was single, dancing kept me from gaining weight, but it wasn't salsa dancing.

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EMMEELIZABETH3 5/27/2014 3:12PM

    thanks for sharing, I have thought about taking up salsa dancing.

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POSITIVE41 5/26/2014 6:07AM

    What fun! I agree that your husband is very brave for doing this and smart too. Look at all of us sighing over the fact he goes dancing with his lovely wife!

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SMITTY4RL 5/25/2014 6:31AM

    Oh sheesh, it looks complicated! But Dancing with the Stars is a guilty pleasure of mine, LOL, so I'll keep dreaming of dancing one day. Have fun!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 5/24/2014 7:18PM

    Looks like a great fun way to get your cardio workout in! wtg in getting your Dh to join you in the class.

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SHAMROCKY2K 5/24/2014 4:12PM

    It works well in water aerobics too. Love the music! emoticon

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GLUCOZA 5/23/2014 10:15PM

    I love SALSA! Keep dancing!

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GORDON66 5/23/2014 9:44PM

  Looks like a really good time!!!

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BOLEBRON 5/23/2014 9:25PM

    Sounds like fun.

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KIWIANN 5/23/2014 8:42AM

    Sounds like great fun! You deserve every smile it brings!! emoticon

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MBTEPP 5/23/2014 7:57AM

    Love it! Kudos to your Dh. the last time Dh and I danced was at our wedding. How sad.

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EDENZMOM 5/23/2014 7:49AM

    so much fun!! enjoy it! i took lessons a while back with my X, was really fun

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DOGLADY13 5/23/2014 7:18AM

    My husband and I took ballroom dance lessons. The problem is that I know most of the steps. He did not. He has no sense of rhythm. It did not go well. He takes lessons with a good friend. I dance with my friend. We are both happy.

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TERI-RIFIC 5/23/2014 7:14AM

    emoticon I can't see the video on my phone, when I get home I'll watch it.

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KRISZTA11 5/23/2014 4:16AM

    This is wonderful, I'm happy for you!
The best quality time together ever.
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I wish I could do that with my husband - but for the time being I'm happy he likes to do yoga with me ; ) Maybe the time comes and we can go dancing too!

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PRESBESS 5/23/2014 2:42AM

    Wow! It seems as though you are have an absolute ball with salsa dancing lessons. Super awesome! A few days ago my husband ask me if I was still interested in taking lessons. After reading your blog I think I am going to look into it.
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WATERMELLEN 5/22/2014 10:42PM

    Very very cool -- my goodness those teachers make it look easy don't they (and it's really . . . not so much. But fun!!)

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The Delaware Half Marathon Mother's Day Gift...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

This Half Marathon was bittersweet for me. I was supposed to run it last year, and ended up having to defer because I was in California with my son who was deathly ill with anorexia. Two nights before this race, I read all of the blogs I wrote last year. I had a lot of support from my Sparkfriends as I trudged through my son's mental illness. I thanked God that I had access to this site. I also thanked God that I didn't lose my mind...I came close more than once!

Anyway, I reflected on all I had read and my last year as I ran my last practice run before the race Sunday. My son still has eating disorder issues, but is better than last year. I am back to running with a clear mind and am not thinking about it when I run anymore.



The Delaware Marathon/Half Marathon/4 person and 8 person relay team is held on Mother's Day. My other son, Ken, decided to run the Half Marathon with me for my Mother's Day gift. This was Ken's first Half Marathon. He is not really into running - he is into weight lifting and rock climbing. He usually runs about 2 miles, then he says he gets bored and is done. He runs strictly for cardio. He can run a 5K in 23 minutes - I wasn't sure what to expect.

I went to the expo to pick up my bib and swag the day before. It was held outside and it was perfect weather. Here is what I got:



The swag included the orange running hat, the super comfortable orange running shirt, beer glass and light weight green backpack. My hubby bought me the wine in the picture - all the proceeds went to a children's charity. I bought the yellow running shirt - it lists all the Half Marathon runners on the back.

They had a lot of family events and activities at the expo. They also had a 1.2 mile untimed race. I saw a couple families from my school running and took pictures for them. I cheered everybody on as they came in. There were lots of adults running the 1.2 mile race. Made me remember when I ran a mile about 15 years ago before my mother and son ran a 5K. It took all I had to do it and I was so proud of myself when I finished. I knew how the people I cheered on Saturday felt.

We left for Wilmington, DE at 5 AM, got an awesome parking spot then waited. Positive41 was running her first HM with a friend and we got to meet before the race.



They were dressed in Superman outfits, complete with capes!!

Here I am with my son - pre-race:



This race had 3500 participants in total - quite a bit different than the Broad Street Run last week which had 40,000 runners! Yeah, it was so much calmer!!

The Marathoners and Relayers went before we did. At 7:15 we took off out of the gate. We averaged a little under an 11 minute mile. We talked and joked a lot, and my son, for some reason, jumped a lot (to tag high branches, over cones, etc.). I was waiting for him to fall down. Of course, I mentioned my concerns to him - but, he never listens!!

There were a lot more hills than I thought there was going to be. Some were pretty substantial. We never stopped and I was very impressed that my son kept up. In fact, he ran the last 2 miles ahead of me - told me after that his left leg was hurting him really bad so he needed to get it over with!

We ran along the riverfront...




Past the Brandywine Zoo...


Through Little Italy...


And up the last killer half mile hill all the runners worry about (right before the finish line) known as "King Street"...


Here is Ken near the finish line:



And as I came running in, who did I see at the finish line but my husband who came to surprise us!!

Here is my new bling...



This race was extremely well organized. I am glad I trained on hills for this one! Now I just have to work on speeding back up! I think signing up for 10 mile races will straighten it out!!

I am so thankful to have such a wonderful, caring son who wasn't embarrassed to run with his mom!! And, another son who is working on his health.

It was an awesome Mother's Day!!

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SUNNYLIFE72 5/25/2014 6:52AM

  I LOVE it! How wonderful your son ran with you!!! Sounds like a terrific Mother's Day!!!

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DOGLADY13 5/20/2014 6:31AM

    I have a lump in my throat. Great race report. Your happiness comes through so strong. Despite all your heartache this last year and more, you celebrate the joy and blessings. I am so happy for you.

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INFLATED 5/17/2014 8:56PM

    That was great that your son ran with you and that you met other Sparkers. It will be one Mother's Day that you won't forget! I am glad that your other son is doing better. It sounds like a wonderful time!

The route looked pretty scenic too.

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SMITTY4RL 5/17/2014 9:39AM

    So proud of you (and your son)! Doesn't it feel awesome? Love the pics. Congratulations! P.S. I traffic cone orange is the new theme for race shirts, LOL.

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SUNSHINE20113 5/16/2014 5:03PM

    Congratulations!! I'm glad it went well.

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KRISZTA11 5/14/2014 4:09PM

    Congrats to the race, you and your son look wonderful together!
Thanks for sharing the pictures, they made me smile after a long tiring working day.
Ken must be very strong and athletic to run a HM without working on the distance.
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MBTEPP 5/14/2014 12:46PM

    There is a lot of healing going on during this race! It had to have been very emotional given you deferred your registration to this year. Much more than bling here.

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DRADDIE 5/14/2014 10:43AM

    Glad you had such an awesome race with your son!!

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KIWIANN 5/14/2014 8:26AM

    Congrats to you and your son on a race well-run, and thanks for sharing all the pics so we could "be there" with you!! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 5/14/2014 7:53AM

    Very very nice -- especially love that pic of you with your son. I'm a tall gal myself and look "petite" beside my own DS!!

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BILL60 5/14/2014 7:49AM

    Totally priceless!! Thank you for sharing.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/14/2014 6:31AM

    Lucky you!

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PMRUNNER 5/14/2014 5:45AM

    Nice job! Sounds fun!

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SHAMROCKY2K 5/14/2014 12:28AM

    What a bonding time for your son and you. Nice blog and pictures of Philly. I really need to explore more of it.

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MWWENSIN 5/13/2014 9:46PM

    Glad you and your son had a great time.

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ONMYMEDS 5/13/2014 9:21PM

    Nice job. Wonderful that you and your son ran together. What a great Moms day present. Thanks for sharing the experience.

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Salsa Dancing Lessons -- Day One...

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Not sure how many of you have access to Groupon, but it worked out to be a great resource for Salsa Dancing Lessons. I had a $10. coupon so I ended up paying $29. per person for 8 lessons each! It also included a Dance Social!

So, last night was our first lesson. My husband and another couple that we hang out with were part of 20 participants. I loved the diversity in body types and age. It was so much fun! Lots of laughing, sweating and concentrating! The 45 minutes went to fast! Some students were single and we all kept changing partners which made it so much more fun. I loved the exercise aspect AND my hubby did great!

We went for pizza when we were done. I had eggplant, tomato sauce, hot peppers and crust. It was so yummy!!

We will practice at home and are really looking forward to the next lesson.

It so reminded me of "Along Came Polly"!



Yeah, we were both Ben Stiller!!

  
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SPEEDYDOG 5/12/2014 8:42AM

    I had to look up Salsa dancing. I really had no idea what Salsa dancing was. Looks pretty intense! I looked at a few instructional videos. It may be my imagination but all the dancers were really skinny.

I think you will enjoy dancing. What a great way to get in better shape.

Thanks, Bruce

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OPTIMIST1948 5/10/2014 9:36PM

    When exercise isnt really exercise -- that's the *best*

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HELEN_BRU 5/10/2014 8:30AM

    Makes me remember how much I loved dancing!

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POSITIVE41 5/10/2014 6:33AM

    Sounds really fun, glad your hubby enjoyed it too!

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INFLATED 5/9/2014 2:20PM

    I haven't seen the movie, but the dancing sounded like it was fun. This is a great way to have fun with your friends and your husband. My husband will not dance with me, but he did dance with me at our daughter's wedding.

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KRISZTA11 5/9/2014 9:58AM

    Lucky you!
I'm glad you had so much fun!
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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/9/2014 8:49AM

    Such fun!

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WATERMELLEN 5/9/2014 7:51AM

    Spicy!! So cool that everyone was made to feel welcome and partnered!!

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TERI-RIFIC 5/9/2014 6:17AM

    Fun! And more yet to come.And cheap! emoticon emoticon

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WONDERGALE 5/9/2014 12:30AM

    Wow! That's sounds great. I want to take line dancing. My husband told me to find a class and he would join me, but there just doesn't seem to be enough time. emoticon

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KIMBERTA99 5/8/2014 11:04PM

    How fun!! I would love to do the same, but my husband is so not a dancer!!

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5BADDOGS 5/8/2014 10:26PM

    That sounds like an absolute blast! What a fun way to get in some exercise and togetherness-time! Hubby and I both have two left feet and zero rhythm so that might not work so well for us, but I watch other couples and wish I could dance!
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ELSCO55 5/8/2014 10:21PM

    Sounds like fun

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