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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Showbiz 2013

 Last weekend we were all up early and headed to Mesa, AZ for a dance competition. All three girls were excited to compete this years dances for the first time.

Caeli's Teen group worked with the Encore group and performed "Welcome To The Jungle". The girls were all animals. Caeli was a zebra and Mariah is a lion.
The Teens performed "Lucky Strike".
The Mini's finally got their turn on stage. Kianna has made great advancement in dance this year. Her group did an adorable number called "Crush On You".
The last number of the day was a large group number called "In Pieces".
Brynlie plays a huntress.
Caeli is on the far left. Mariah is next to Brynlie. (right side of the picture,in the back). I love the intense look on all the girls faces.
 The group numbers finished around 6:30. We had a long wait for awards so the remaining company members headed to Oregano's.
It rarely rains in Phoenix, but it poured the entire day. We had reserved an area on the patio. Eating outside was interesting. There were umbrellas, but they did not keep everyone dry. The girls didn't mind. After being in the theater for 9 hours they were loud and active.
Dinner was salad, pizza, and Pazookies. The girls had so much fun and serenaded everyone with "It's raining, it's pouring"'.
After dinner we headed back and had to wait for awards. They finally started a little after 11 and at 12:05 am we headed home. The girls were happy and exhausted. They fell asleep in the car.

We were up early again and headed back for day 2. Caeli did her Solo
She danced to "1,00 Ships".
Her leaps were high.
She looked so beautiful on stage.
The Teen group did a trio to "New Soul"

Finally awards were given out and we could head home at 7:30 pm.

Monday, January 21, 2013

11 Years ago today

 I can't believe that 11 years have passed since I was in China and met my second daughter. Caeline Xi Ru was so little. I place her on the bed and could not believe that she was finally part of my life. Over the next weeks we spent so much time together and I fell in love with this sweet little girl
 We came home and Mariah and Caeli were buddies from the moment they met.
 Over the years she has grown into a beautiful, talented, caring responsible young lady. I am so glad that she is part of our family
I love you Caeline
Happy Gotcha Day!

Pam's 60th Birthday

 Sunday was my sister, Pam's birthday. We met her and Jodi for breakfast. Then we spent the afternoon together.  We had dinner at Joe's Crab shack. It was delicious. The day was beautiful (in the 70's and hard to believe that a few days ago it was below freezing).
We came back to our house and Pam opened her gifts. We all watched a movie and then had cake. Pam's favorite is Black Forest Cake and it was delicious.
Happy Birthday Pam!

Friday, January 04, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

New Year's Eve 2012
Caeline - almost 12
Kianna - 8
I love my girls!

We went out to dinner and then came back to celebrate
Happy New Year
Fooling around
Streamers and silly string
"I will get you"
A little after 12.
Caeli, Mom, Pam, Mariah and Kianna
Aunt Jodi and Kianna
Sparklers. It was the coldest night in years. 33 degrees.
Hope 2013 is a wonderful year for everyone.!

Encore / Teen Holdiay Party

In Sunday, December 30th the Encore and Teen dance groups met at the Swift's home for a party. The girls made blankets to take to competition. The girls moms all came and visited. Kianna enjoyed being with the girls.
Everyone made their own pizza. Kianna loved rolling out the dough.
They had bowls of sauce, cheese, pepperoni, sausage, pineapple, peppers, and spices. Everyone created their own pizza.
Each was different and yummy.

The moms ate in the kitchenm and the girls ate at the dining room table.
Encore - Gabby, Mariah, Brynlie, Kayla and Hayley
Teens, IQ (Isabella), Caeline (Missing Angelina)

Christmas Day

Everyone slept until after 8. The girls loved their presents. Santa brings them a nutcracker each year.
Kianna recieved a lot of Lego Friends. She loved putting them together.
Caeli got new bedding for her room
Mariah is at the age where all she wanted was clothes.

They had fun opening all their gifts.
We cleaned up. Mariah went to celebrate with her other family. We watched movies and has a wonderful day.

Christmas Eve

The girls spent the night at Vicki's house. Brittany, Lylie and Vylet were there and they had a lot of fun. They went to zoo when they woke up. This gave Mom time to get thing organized, do some last minute shopping and enjoy a kid free lunch. They got home about 3:00 and got ready. Mariah went to dinner with Vicki and the girls and I went to Christmas Eve mass.
We got home and fixed dinner.
Caiti, Stephen and Madelyn joined us for dinner.
The comapany was fun and we laughed a lot. Danny (Stephen's brother) joined us when he got off work.

We visited and Mariah came back. They left at 11:15.
The girls woke Kianna (she fell asleep on the couch) and baked cookies for Santa.

Following our usual tradition, we opened stockings on Christmas Eve.

The sprinkled reindeer food in the yard so that Santa would know to stop at our house.
Kianna was sad that Snowflake had to go back to the North Pole with Santa.