Dancing has long been a central part of Irish culture. It was the pastime of choice and accompanied pretty much every social event. Dance teachers were well respected members of society who traveled from town to town teaching dance in return for room and board. In 1893 the Gaelic Leauge was established to promote and protect all aspects of Irish culture.It was around this time when the Irish dance competition or feis started to become popular. Until 1995 Irish dance was a little known thing outside of Ireland, England and Scotland. It was then the show Riverdance broke into the scene; introducing the world to Irish dance. Since then Riverdance and Irish dancing have gained popularity all over the world. Now there are Irish dance schools and competitions everywhere in the United states as well as many countries throught the world. The World Championships for irish dance, which is taking place at the end of this month, is welcoming dancers from Canada, USA, Ireland, England, Mexico, Scotland, Wales, Austraila, New Zealand, the Netherlands, South Africa, Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and Japan.
This is a video of one of my favorite dances from the show, Riverdance.
Here are some of my 365 pictures that show what we have been up to recently.
Two weeks ago Brendan was baptized after becoming a christian in November!!!!!!!!!
Every year for Dad's birthday we make a big dinner; so food was on my mind thus the pictures ;)
Doesn't he look so happy about his cake??
I was experimenting with my depth of field settings.
Toys of our childhood :)
My brothers have had one of their friends visiting this week which has been fun. On Sunday the boys are supposed to clean the kitchen but I am not sure what they are doing while Han cleans the dishes ;):)
Nathan fractured his arm the other day so now he has this cool orange cast.
And his sister Elli is always ready to take good care of him :)
You may (or may not) have noticed the button on the side of my blog that says "Give to William." Since I am assuming that most of you don't know who William is; I am sharing this video one of his friends made for him. I hope you enjoy it :)
It's Monday, my friends!!! If your Monday has been less than happy and if your week has got off to a rocky start then here is something to cheer you up. At least it cheers me up. These are two of my favorite happy songs. No matter how I am feeling these songs always make me feel a lot happier for no explainable reason.
Come by the Hills by Damian Mcginty
McQueen and Sally from Cars
Do you have any songs that always make you happy? If so what are they??
Last week we went to Disneyland!!! We did so much and had alot of fun it would take a lot of time to tell you all about it so I will simply try to tell the story with pictures :)
Elianna LOVES Minnie so she was very excited to go to where Minnie lives and meet her :)
Matching Minnie ears :):)
Just sitting on the side of the highway trying to figure out where to go next ;)
Besides the Starbucks by us, the Disneyland Starbucks is the best!!
Hannah got a pin that said Just Graduated on it. Lots of people told her Congratulations.
Friends and family make standing in line so much more fun :):)
Tying her own shoes!!!
One of the days we all dressed in our 50's outfits. It was alot of fun!!
Hannah, Scott and I stood in line to meet Captain America. We talked to these two really funny SHIELD agents while we were waiting. Captain America was just like the one in the movie; kinda quiet and very polite.