The Pontow Family Blog

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Friday, January 1, 2016

What will 2016 bring....

I can't believe we are already into 2016. Seems like only yesterday Ally was finishing up Annie.... Oh right that was the last time I blogged. HA!

Last night we sat down the kids and talked about what their goals/resolutions are for the year. It was very interesting to see what they would say. New Year's Eve is usually a game night for us with our kids. I am not much for going out on the town with how many drunk drivers there are, so I liked to keep us close to home and just have fun with our kids....

My goal this year is to photograph on a daily basis as that is my true passion and stick with my healthy lifestyle change. We now eat 90% clean in our house and I work out 5-7 days a week. Yep that's right. It feels great and I don't want to change how good I am feeling since starting this change in our lifestyle.

Our hope for our family and friends is that you have an amazing, healthy and prosperous 2016! Keep coming back as I will be blogging more this year on what our kids are doing....

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow....

Back in early December our girls took the chance of trying out for a high school musical. Yes, they at the time they were only 7 and 9. Their music teacher recommended it. Never in a million years did we expect either one to get a part not because we did not think they were good enough, but because there a lot of kids trying out and it was something they had never done before. There were kids trying out who had been doing theatre for years. A week later we got the news that Ally got the part of Molly (one of the orphans) in Annie. We were shocked. We felt bad for Meg because we did not want her to be discouraged. But, she was a true champion and amazing sister. She was sad at first and then came around to that she would help her sister with her script and songs. Just once again proving to us how incredible she is. 

So, then practices began and Ally jumped right in feet first. No fears hanging with the high school cast and the rest of the orphans who she did not know. She truly has grown through this process. When we got her script we thought WOW this is not just a little orphan part she is a main character. But we down played it with her because we did not want to make her nervous, because again this is was her 1st time doing something like this. Obviously with Irish dance she has been used to dancing in front of hundreds if not more at Milwaukee Irish Fest. But, talking and singing in front of a theatre of people is totally different. 

The high school students have been truly AMAZING. Ally is the youngest cast member out of 52 members. She has been taken under their wings and they have loved her like she is their own sister. It has left us feeling so great and knowing that when she has been at practice 4-5-6 days a week that she was in great hands. These kids talk to her about issues she has at school and give her suggestions about how to deal with things. AMAZING it really is.  I don't think they realize how much she is going to miss them when this all over....

Last weekend was opening night and Ally for the first time said she was nervous. But, she did incredible! We were able to go to a dress rehearsal so I could snap some pictures as you can see. She lit up on the stage and it seems she has found her calling! We have been blessed to have so many friends and family that have come to see the show. It has really made her feel special and she is shocked that people want to come and see just her. LOL

This weekend is the last weekend of the show and I think she is going to be really sad when it is over and she won't get to see her new friends anymore. At the cast party last weekend one of the high school girls, Kate, who plays Miss Hannigan, said that when she was having a bad day at school what got her through the day was knowing she would get to come to play practice and spend time with the kids. She said it was like therapy for her. So, I think they too will miss the kids. We are so glad that she has had this experience and look forward to watching her grow and see where this journey takes her....

Friday, February 6, 2015

Happy Birthday to Jack!

Happy Birthday to our first born Jack! Hard to believe that 11 years ago I had this sweet boy! I woke up this morning around the time when I went into labor it was kind of weird. I remembered all that I went thru those short hours before I had him. He was a very quick delivery for my first child. And look at him now. Just about as tall as his Nama. Clearly he will be passing me by in no time. 

We are so proud of all of the things you are doing in life and how kind you are to others. We can't wait to see where this path leads you. We love how the Cub Scouts have taught you so much about life and helping others and how the younger scouts truly look up to you. We can't wait to see what you do as a Boy Scout as you get ready to cross over in a couple weeks.

We love that you continue to love soccer more than life itself. I know it is my grandpa coming out in you which makes me so excited. I can't wait for some day to take you to Ireland and Scotland and play on the fields there.

We are glad you were born Jack attack!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas Season

We had a wonderful Christmas season. We were able to spend it in IL this year. We got to see all of my family which was really great. The kids got to play with their cousins. We were supposed to go into the city, but Ally was sick so we ended up heading home early. So, that was hard for everyone. The kids had tears and did not want to leave. Maverick wanted to come home with us, but he always tries to sneak into our car.

We are truly blessed to have such great family and for our kids to have both sets of their grandparents alive. Once Ally is better we will get together with Chad's parents to do Christmas. We hope all of our family and friends had a great Christmas and were able to spend it with your loved ones!

Here's to an amazing 2015!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sister Bond

22 years it has been since I saw my sister, Meggan. It is a constant struggle of wanting my sister to talk to when I need advice. There is no fill in for that. I am grateful my girls have each other and hope they never have to experience the loss I have.