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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Let's Make It shine! and another master class

 Kianna's school held their annual holiday show on Thursday, December 18th. The kids met in the lobby and had fun together until the show started.
Each grade performed. This is the fourth grade. Kianna is on the bottom row, fourth from the right.

They performed three numbers "Mele Kalikimaka", "Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" and "Here Comes The Snow," It is always so much fun to see the growth in each grade. 

 Caeli stayed to watch her sister perform and then went to a master class at the dance studio.
Erica Sobol held an amazing class and then worked on cheoegraphy with the group all weekend. Caeli is so excited for this competition season to start.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Our 16th Annual Santa Party!

We held our annual Santa party on Saturday, December 13th. 
We had used the same Santa for the last 10 years and we were upset when we could not locate him. We tried for weeks and finally had to locate someone new and hoped for the best.
 Santa arrived and was amazing. He called each child up, posed for lots of pictures, talked to them and entertained everyone.
 Caeli put on her reindeer costume from Halloween and entered with Santa. No one knew who she was. 
 When Santa called her name she took off the hood (she said it was so hot inside).
 She helped hand out the rest of the gifts. 
 Kianna with her best friend, Brettlyn.
Madi, Caeli, Arianna & Samantha
 Caeli with some of her dance friends. Arianna had never sat on Santa's lap and her mom was thrilled to finally get a picture at 14.
Our annual family picture.

Dance Company Lock-in

 On Saturday, December 6th the dance studio that the girls attend, held their annual company lock-in. Caeli had so much fun. They ate, danced, made ornaments, held a white elephant, and bonded. Finally at 3 am they crashed and went to sleep.
There were air mattresses all over the place, sleeping bags, pillows and girls! The owners watched over them and at 8 am blew a bull horn to wake them up!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Kiki and Cody

 My friend, Kiki owns a horse and boards him in Scottsdale.  On Sunday morning we drove out to the stable and the girls got to meet him.
 The girls each got to brush Cody and spend time with him.
 Then they walked him around.
 The highlight was getting to ride on him. They loved every minute that they were on the horse.
No surprise, now they want to take lessons!

Thanksgiving 2014

 Kianna was very happy to discover that her Elf on the Shelf returned Thanksgiving morning. Snowflake brought her a giant Olaf for our front yard. The girls had breakfast and helped me prepare dinner.
 My dear friend, Kiki joined us for dinner. Pam had to go in to work early and missed dinner.
 Kianna with our pumpkin pie. She is not a fan of sweets or deserts, but loves pumpkin pie.
Kiki brought the girls a kit to make balloon sculptures. They had fun making animals but ended up using swords. Later in the evening we ventured out to the mall and started Christmas shopping.

November Happenings

Wow, November has been a busy month and it just flew by. Here’s a glimpse of what we have been doing.
Caeli auditioned and joined the Encore Chorus at her school. They held their first concert on November 5th. They sang and danced and it was a very enjoyable evening.
 Caeli, Kianna, and I took part in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on November 8th. It was a beautiful day and we walked three mile through downtown Phoenix in mom’s memory

I say walked, but Kianna danced, leaped and did cartwheels most of the way.
Caeli attended the November master class with Alexa Anderson on November 13th. She has danced with so many great teachers this year.
The girls had fun making their traditional apple pie for Thanksgiving. They are both becoming great cooks.
 We continued our November tradition of building gingerbread houses.
 The girls worked on them for a long time and each knew exactly how she wanted her house to look.
 I love the finished houses!