We're back! We got to the hotel in good time, the kids (and B) fell right to sleep, and I got to go up to another mom's room to hang out. In the morning we slept late, had some Starbucks breakfast, and got ready for solo day. J did fantastic! She got a "high gold", placed first in her jazz category (out of 3), and got the highest score overall for age 9-10 solos. J's solo score was a 288 (out of 300) which is the highest she's ever gotten. She got a big trophy and a small one, plus 3 ribbons. Many of us spent the rest of the evening eating and drinking at the hotel bar, playing pool, singing, and just having a great time. The kids were all making up dances together, playing hotel manhunt (lol), and bopping around from room to room. My kids couldn't think of anything more fun than just being with their best friends all weekend. My mom showed up that morning and I'm so happy she got to see J's solo, awards, and be a part of all the fun.
Today was all group numbers. All of J's 4 numbers got "high gold", first place in category, and one even received highest overall age 9-10 group score (with a 292)! They also received a couple of special awards. So that was another 6 ribbons today (along with group trophies, which the studio keeps and displays). We were all screaming and clapping and so proud of our kids. They love competition weekends! But as much as *I* enjoy seeing J get recognized and rewarded for all the hard work she does, J just loves to be on a stage and dance. I think I need to buy a trophy case now!