This is the Schneider-Farris Family's Blog. Keep up with what we are doing by logging into this site regularly! (The reason this site is called "Tragedy and Triumph" is that when I first founded this site, my husband, Dan, had been in a horrible accident, and he recovered. His recovery was a miracle! Go back to the 2005 archives to read our story.)

Saturday, May 31, 2008

One Year of Modern Dance With Sara

Sara has taught the kids modern dance for one full year. It's been really fun! Every week, on Thursday, we've made a special effort to get to Sara's class. She'd been great.

Rebekah Honored With Other Girl Scouts

Rebekah and many other girl scouts in Colorado Springs were honored on Thursday, 5-27-08 for earning their Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

3 Years of Figure Skaters' Ballet

The kids have had the same ballet teacher at the World Arena for the past three years. Her name is Corrine. I thought it was about time we took a photo of the kids with her!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Our Friend Valerie Gendernalik Is Dead

  • Investigation ongoing in fatal shooting
  • Gendernalik killed by gunshot wound to head

    The photo on the left was taken in 1995 or 1996. My dear friend Larisa Gendernalik, volunteered the baby sitting services of her daughter Valerie. Joel loved when Valerie watched him.

    The photo on the right was taken at Chanukah on Ice in late 2005. Jo Ann is standing next to beautiful Valerie. Valerie was probably about 22 or 23 years old at the time.

    Sadly, Valerie died tragically this past Memorial Day Weekend in Fort Collins. It is believed she was shot. Please pray for the Gendernalik family.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Cool New Photos

The girls wore their new colonial outfits today that match their American Girl Dolls and we dragged Joel along for a professional photo shoot!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

We Went Roller Skating 5-25-08

We had a great time roller skating as a family on Sunday 5-25-08. Dan didn't skate and took photos and videos!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Pair Skating Lesson 5-24-08

Rebekah and Joel had a great pair skating lesson with Dalilah on Saturday, 5-24-08. Like a television movie, they had the ice all to themselves!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Evening at Larkspur House

On the way home from the Carol Fox Ice Dance Weekend, we first went to Safeway in Castle Rock and then stopped at the Larkspur house and had dinner. It was so fun and relaxing to be in such a beautiful place!

Carol Fox Ice Dance Weekend 5-17-08

We went to the Carol Fox Ice Dance Weekend on 5-17-08. It was fun to dress up and just do ice dancing together for fun!

Below is a video montage of a very fun afternoon!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Friday, May 16, 2008

Broadmoor Skating Club Fire and Ice 5-16-08

Here are some photos from Fire and Ice that took place on 5-16-08. Rebekah did her Juvenile singles program, Annabelle did her Pre-Juvenile competition program, and Joel and Rebekah did their Juvenile Pair Program on stand-by. What that meant is that they had to be ready to go in case there was time. For that reason, Joel wore all black since Rebekah didn't have time to change out of her new dress. It turned out that their costumes looked great and the kids skated great too.

Notice that in these photos, Joel is lifting Annabelle! These photos were taken just before Rebekah took the ice for her singles warm-up, so she had to go! Joel and Annabelle wanted to show off Annabelle's pair talent!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Rebekah's New Skating Dress

Rebekah wore her new skating dress today. Isn't it pretty? Annabelle wanted her pictures taken too!

Monday, May 05, 2008

Videos of the 5-4-08 Figure Skating Tests

Here are the videos showing the actual test day....and what a day it was! The kids passed everything!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Tests Passed 5-4-08!

More skating tests were passed today! Annabelle passed her Pre-Juvenile Moves in the Field test and Joel and Rebekah passed their Willow Waltz and are now done with their Bronze Dance test! I went wild with the camera and took tons of photos of Annabelle in her new dress after the test session.

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Jo Ann Schneider Farris has participated in skating for most of her life as a competitor, coach, and author.