Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

Over the weekend my family learned the Virginny Reel.  Below, you’ll see Julia Suraez and Julia G as the flawlessly performing lead couple, sashaying along with my Tennessee posse that I’m bringing up for the Hoe-down Show-down. 


Oh Bluedorns… I bet you’re shaking in your dance shoes now!  


Watch closely; you’ll also see Coie (jean skirt black shirt) and Ryann (green sweater white skirt) twirling and leaping and catapulting as if they were made to dance this very dance.  And we even went home and practiced.  Just wait until you see Geoff the Great in his first ever public dancing debut, you’ll be fully astonished.  What.  A.  Man.


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And, here am I, along with my valiant, oldest son, BoBo, as the lead couple.  I like this dance…. Just look how many countering positions I am able to indicate at once – head; shoulders; knees; elbows; feet – all going in completely different directions.  I’m a regular Gumby doll!



And now! rumor even has it that Jay from Cleveland and HIS whole family is going to make it! Jay… I promise not to talk about chewing on my toenails if you promise to control yourself about any talk regarding big hairy oozing goober back zits.  guh-ROS


If you haven't yet reserved your family for the barn dance, you really ought to do that right now.

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  1. Jocelyndixon said,

    on October 23rd, 2006 at 10:26 pm

    Is that you in the middle?

    OH!!! You can’t post anymore… I WANT TO GO SO BAD NOW!!!!! Are you teasing me??? LOL OK, I’ll stop being whining and go to bed! HAVE FUN….

    Love your friend,

    Edhël ó Loriën

    Check out my latest posts: “…it would be a merrier world.”

    Daughter of JacqueDixon, and sister of SuperAngel, Tigerlily and Young Man in Training

  2. drewsfamilytx said,

    on October 23rd, 2006 at 11:10 pm

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    Oh wow, that looks like SO MUCH FUN!!! Seriously, do you ever have a boring day at your house?

    And yes, if Coie painted ya green you would definitely be Gumby-esque!

    Okay, if Jay makes it, and then you have the Bluedorns, Igsuarez’s, and Smoky Mtn clan, I will feel completely, totally, and utterly like a left-out-loser! *sigh*

    Perhaps a video of you and GTG breakdancing will cheer me up. I take that back, a video of that WILL cheer me up!



  3. jayfromcleveland said,

    on October 23rd, 2006 at 11:49 pm

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    Wow, you Ig people really do move and make noise and stuff, huh? Video is much cooler than still pix. OK Jen, it’s a deal — only edifying speech that evening (yeah, right!)

    So we’re gonna try to come, but I don’t actually have to dance, right? I never promised actual dancing! BTW, do we have to sign up after you and Gena both made public spectacles of our attendance?


    on October 24th, 2006 at 12:40 am

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    I can do a dance to that one song, “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes…Knees and Toes”….it’s so cool. And Jay better keep away from the salsa and guacamole with his back issues. Ewwww. Don’t want ANYTHING dropping into those vats of chip dip. I think that just because it’s a barn dance doesn’t mean people can come lookin’ like hillbillies. No shirts, no shoes, no service.

  5. UndertheSky said,

    on October 24th, 2006 at 1:21 am


    Will not work for me! That is supremely unfair. Please email it to me!

    Love you,


  6. UndertheSky said,

    on October 24th, 2006 at 1:24 am

    OK, nevermind

    It worked, but for some reason, unknown to this cable-using internet person, it took forever to load. HOW FUN! We did that with the J’s last Easter. What a fun dance! I did not see Geoff. I will have to watch again.

    Now, who were you with? I know you probably cannot say all their names here, but you can email me! Hint hint… :+)

    Love yer guts,


  7. UndertheSky said,

    on October 24th, 2006 at 1:26 am


    This makes we very sad you no longer live here. Sigh.


  8. CAgirlwithasoutherndrawl said,

    on October 24th, 2006 at 4:56 am

    you are one dancing chick!

    My Mom made a dress for Rebekah that just screams Virginia Reel. I put a pic on my blog just so YOU could see it. Wowsers. It has hoops and everything.


  9. mominpa said,

    on October 24th, 2006 at 7:47 am

    Oh man….

    I am just so sad…. this barn dance is 6+ hours away according to Mapquest……shucks….it looks like it is going to be a GREAT time for a GREAT cause…..

  10. JenIG said,

    on October 24th, 2006 at 8:24 am

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    NONSENSE Mominpa! six hours is not that far of a drive. by all means, get OUT here!!! stay over night in Abingdon after the dance, and then all will be fresh and ready for the quick jaunt home!

  11. LindaI said,

    on October 24th, 2006 at 8:30 am

    oh my goodness!

    That looks so fun and such a great family time! boohoo I want to join you!

  12. TOSPUBLISHER said,

    on October 24th, 2006 at 9:18 am

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    It took me like eleven tries to get that little video to work. My computer just would NOT open it. Finally saw it, though. Julie looks like a little angel. She was gushing about the barn dance this morning!

  13. jayfromcleveland said,

    on October 24th, 2006 at 2:20 pm

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    I’ve been known to do the “Hokey Pokey” and the “Bird Dance” at weddings, but have two left feet for everything else.

    Gena, what do you mean “back issues”? Like copies of last year’s TOS? Anyway, hopefully my one zit a month won’t occur that weekend, but even if it does, I don’t anticipate a problem as long as I don’t take off my shirt in front of everyone and lean over backwards over your salsa and guac dip. I’ll try hard to resist the temptation!

  14. Tiany said,

    on October 24th, 2006 at 2:45 pm

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    What a fun post, wish I had been in the middle of all that dancing and swirling LOL

    I Cant wait to see the pics from the dance, wish I could come join in the fun 🙁

  15. quietcajun said,

    on October 24th, 2006 at 4:19 pm


    Cute! Cute! Cute!

    Hannah learned the Virginia Reel last year in Kindergarten.

    Kaitlyn also learned it at a bday party a few years back! What fun!

  16. spunkyhomeschool said,

    on October 24th, 2006 at 5:00 pm

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    Looks like a lot of fun. Reminds me of my Civil War reenacting. I’m sure you’ll all have fun at the hoe down. Too bad it’s too far for us to travel and get back in time for our other commitments..

  17. frogiggie89 said,

    on October 24th, 2006 at 5:16 pm

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    *wonders how Colonel JFC pulled off the Put your right foot in, take your right foot out part of the Hokey Pokey with two left feet*

  18. bensrib said,

    on October 24th, 2006 at 5:20 pm

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    Too cool!!! I am so sorry my family won’t be there for the fun! And Jay, just so you know, the humidity is still awful, traffic is more horrendous than ever, and the cost of living hasn’t improved any. But the museums are the coolest and they’re all free! Karen

  19. Jul said,

    on October 24th, 2006 at 5:54 pm

    Save Bobo From a Tummy Ache

    We need more folks… attendees, to enter the pie eating contest.

    10 pies and one Bobo don’t add up…

    Who will help with this problem??????

    Is Jen making her curry ‘possum pies for the contest?

    We need to think of a good prize for the winner.

    By the way, there she (Laurie Bluedorn) goes again with her challenges:

  20. chickadee said,

    on October 24th, 2006 at 9:43 pm

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    oh my goodness that looks like it’s going to be a fun time. i hate to have to miss it.

  21. ccpeterson said,

    on October 25th, 2006 at 10:56 am

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    That looks like FUN!


  22. ccpeterson said,

    on October 25th, 2006 at 10:57 am

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    That looks like FUN!


  23. heartmatters said,

    on October 25th, 2006 at 1:09 pm

    Real Fun Stuff!

    Thank you for visiting my bloggy again. You guys are having a real hoot. But I’m wondering who’s doing that great fiddling? Now they should be on the video too. (Unless it’s a recording…


  24. LaurieBluedorn said,

    on October 25th, 2006 at 4:50 pm

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    Jay, If you don’t dance you have to buy 20 pies and 15 gift baskets instead. And participate in the pie eating contest.

  25. SandBetweenMyToes said,

    on October 26th, 2006 at 5:08 pm

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    That looks like a lot of fun! If we weren’t supposed to go camping, I’d see if we could make it. Is Coie going to the writing seminar in Gatlinburg? Ashley is probably going, but I was hoping to find someone she could hang out with insted of being alone. Any thoughts?


  26. eyecorn said,

    on October 26th, 2006 at 5:21 pm

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    How fun! Square dancing was part of PE in jr. high and it was so much fun, ‘cept the boys wouldn’t hold our hands – unless of course the girl was a cheerleader 🙂 I was ping pong champ of 7th grade, cheerleaders are not ping pong athletes. Anyhow, you guys look like you are having a blast!

  27. Prncsstefy said,

    on October 26th, 2006 at 9:16 pm

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    What fun!!!!

  28. Anonymous said,

    on October 27th, 2006 at 4:21 pm

    I loved this!!!!

    You gals are nothing but a barrel o’ fun!


    Nancy B.

  29. Aligirl said,

    on October 28th, 2006 at 4:40 pm


    I wish I wasn’t on the other side of the country! You are all going to have so much fun. If there is ever something like this happening in the west, I’ll be there!


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