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Sunday, February 22, 2009

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION... On Saturday, the local FCC (Families with Children from China) met at a park in Tempe. Hundreds of children born in China got together to celebrate the Chinese New Year. They always have fun activities for the kids.

Mariah and Caeli both had fun climbing the Rock Climbing Wall.

Kianna loved playing in the sand and all the arts and crafts.

A local restaurant, Flo's provides a delicious Chinese luncheon for everyone.

There are tables for face painting or the arm if the kids prefer.

The girls enjoyed the cake walk. Mariah and Caeli both won a cake to bring home.

Every year the Children take part in a parade. This year all the children were called up by the province they came from Caeli joined all her friends from Anhui province. Kianna was the only one from Gaungxi and did not want to go up at first. Mariah went up and held her so she could be part of the group.It was a wonderful day and everyone had fun.

Friday, February 20, 2009

ANCIENT GREEK PLAY... Caeli's 2nd grade class presented a play on Ancient Greece this morning. I had to work, but Aunt Pam was able to attend. There were many ancient fables told. Caeli was a lion and had so much fun learning her part and making the costumes.

The children have been learning about Greece for the last few weeks. After the play they all enjoyed a Greek feast and in the afternoon took part in the Olympics. They all have so much fun in school.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

HARD ROCK INVITATIONAL... Every year the owners of the dance studio (who also own a large gymnastic center) hold a meet for gymnastics from all over the country. It is called the Hard Rock Invitational. This year it was held at the University of Phoenix Stadium where the Arizona Cardinals play. The dance troop performs at the event and the girls enjoy it.
The girls were all led to a waiting area and has a group pictures taken before going on. This is the Pearls and Rubies with one of their dance teachers.

Caeline said that they were all so excited as they walked out.

The Rubies performed in one area and I took these pictures. Mariah was in another area. Kianna came home from school on Friday with a high fever (105.5 degrees). I took her to the doctor this morning and she has a viral infection. She spent the afternoon at home with Aunt Jodi and missed going to the show.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

CAELI'S 8TH BIRTHDAY PARTY ... Caeli celebrated her birthday with a party at a local indoor pool. Twenty little girls swam for an hour and a half.

The girls had dance class and then eight girls walked to the pool. They changed and played in the waiting area until the others arrived.

Kianna had no fears in the water. She jumped off the sides and swam to me and loved the frog slide.

The girls all posed on the slide for a group picture before changing their clothes and going to the party room

Caeli was thrilled that her dance teacher; Miss Jen, joined the girls at the party. All the girls love her.

The girls sat at the table and sang Happy Birthday and ate cake.

Tonight we went out to dinner and celebrated Aunt Jodi's birthday. What a fun day!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

BIRTHDAY FUN ... Caeline continued to celebrate her birthday at dance class tonight. She brought a treat for her friends and they all lined up to give her her birthday spankings.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAELINE... On Monday, Caeline celebrated her 8th birthday. She had a fun day at school and I was able to join her for lunch. Our family went out to dinner at her favorite restaurant and she was thrilled when the waiters brought out a cake and sang to her.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

SUPER BOWL GAME... The girls were so excited that the Arizona Cardinals were playing in the Super Bowl. We all watched the game, cheered loudly when they went ahead and were sad when they lost. It sure was a fun season!