London, Paris, Italy, and vacations

venice italy canalI just got back from a vacation with my wife and one of my daughters to London, Paris, and Italy. It was two and a half weeks of forgetting normal responsibilities, seeing new things, experiencing fascinating cultures, and being with people I love – awesome!

Coming home from such great adventures is always hard for me. I mean there are good things, like seeing my other children and the comforts of home, but I would be happy to still be out there in vacation world for just a bit longer. A friend of mine that just returned from a similar trip said it was nice to be back at home sweet home. I don’t feel this way. What does this say about me?

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NDCA National Amateur Dancesport Championships

All of my children are involved in what is commonly referred to as ballroom dancing – the stuff you see on “Dancing with the Stars.” The more accurate term for what they do is dancesport. This means they have set partners or teams and they compete against other couples and teams. Dancesport is divvied into several categories. The most common two are Latin (Cha-cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, and Jive) and Ballroom (Waltz, Fox trot, Quick Step, Viennese Waltz, and Tango), which was formerly known as Standard. Are you confused? Well, so am I. Just replace the term dancesport  with competitive ballroom dancing.

This last week was the National Dance Council of  America (NDCA) National Amateur Dancesport Championships, which are held each year at Brigham Young University (BYU); we just call it Nationals. Nationals is the biggest dancesport event of the year for our family and one of the biggest dacnesport events in the country.  Nationals to us is like Wimbledon to tennis players.

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