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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Dance Company Lock-in

Every December the dance studio holds a lock-in for the company dancers. The girls look forward to it every year. This year the lock-in was held on December 12th. The dancers start arriving at 6 pm and the doors are locked at 7:00.
The girls have pizza for dinner (and lots of other food), make crafts, and play games. They had a bounce house with huge balls you jump accross(like Wipeout). They had so much fun on it.

They hold a White Elephant. Each girl brings a gift. Caeli got a blanket and gift card and Kianna was thrilled to get a Starbucks mug.

The get very little sleep and have fun. At 8 am the owners wake them up with an air raid siren, feed them breakfast and send home very tired kids.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Benchmark goes to BizTown!


JA BizTown is a learning experience that teaches 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students economic concepts, workplace skills, and personal and business finances is a business town built just for them.  The teacher led curriculum enhances student understanding of work ethics, economics, leadership, and team work. It combines classroom learning and real world application. For the last few weeks the kids have had lessons preparing them to attend JA BizTown. They explored career options, created business plans, calculated business operations, and designed a business campaign. On December 2nd, the 5th and 6th grade classes boarded buses and went to Tempe. They spent the day at BizTown. Each student was assigned a different job. (Kianna was the lawyer), They took part in a town simulation where all the children worked at their job, They bought and sold goods, opened a bank account and managed their finances,  practiced responsible citizenship by voting and paying taxes, and implemented a marketing campaign for their business. The goal is for each student to pay off their business loan. I was lucky enough to help on this field trip and we both had a great time.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

November has been very cold in Arizona. The nights have been in the 30's and 40's. We have enjoyed our fireplace
The dogs have quickly learned to lay by the fireplace.
The girls love to cook and helped cook our feast. Caeli even asked to try carving.
My friend Kiki joined us for dinner.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Master class with Erica Sobol

Caeli attended a wonderful master class taught by Erica Sobol. She said it was a fantastic, fast workout. Then on Saturday and Sunday Erica choreographed an amazing dance that the group will perform in the next dance season.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Happy Halloween 2015

 Friday evening we carved our pumpkins. The girls love choosing a pattern and seeing the results.
 They get more creative each year.
 Kianna made Pluto, Caeli made maleficent, and Aunt Pam did the Boo.
 Halloween night was so much fun. The girls went as a pig and a panda. We went around the neighborhood with some neighbors and had a great time.
Hope you had a happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Picnic at Anthem

 Last weekend we drove to Anthem Park. We ate lunch and took pictures. There was a fall festival going on and we looked at all the booths.
 Caeli took this composite picture of Kianna!

Dance Company Picnic

 On Saturday, October 17th the members of the dance company met at a local park. They kids ate lunch, played games, and had fun with their friends.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Horizon Homecoming 2015

 On Friday, October 2nd Caeli attened Horizon High School Homecoming game.
 Caeli and Kaila
 Caeli had so much fun, even though they lost 61 - 14.

On Saturday evening, Caeli attended the homecoming dance. Madi and Kat came over after dance, ate dinner, and got ready for the dance.

 The girls looked so beautiful!
Unfortunately half way through the dance a suspicious backpack was found and the police evacuated the gym. The kids all had to go home early and the police and dogs searched the building.They discovered firecrackers in the backpack.

Houseboat on Lake Powell

 Caeli's best friend is named Madi. Every year her family rents a houseboat on Lake Powell. They invited Caeli to join them, and luckily this year coincided with Fall break.
 They sent a week on the houseboat with Madi's family.
Caeli loved riding the jet ski and had a wonderful time.
Kianna and I missed her so much!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Another School Year Starts!

I can not believe how fast the summer has flown by and it does not seem possible that school started this week.
 On Monday Caeli started High School. How is it possible that she is a Freshman. She is ready and excited. I am so proud of her.
This morning, Kianna started 5th grade. She has two amazing teachers and I know this will be a good year for her.
 
Where have my little girls gone?

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Nationals in Anaheim, California

Cael's dance company competed in a National Dance Competition in Anaheim, California. We left Phoenix early on July 9th and headed over. We checked into our rooms and boarded a bus to Disneyland.
 We stopped for pictures in front of the castle and on a tea cup. Then onto rides. Kianna loved the roller coasters and this was the first trip that we did not spend much time in Fantasyland.
 We left the park at 10, exhausted, but we had so much fun.


Friday, June 10th


We were up early and headed back to California Adventure.
 Caeli and Madi headed off to join their dance group and we went to "Soarin California".
 While we were walking around we saw JoJo from "Dance Moms". She competed in the dance competition and her group numbers were in the same division as Caeli. She was very sweet and posed for a picture with Kianna.
 We loved the Cars ride.
 Caeli had to go back for a few hours for rehearsal, but we continued to go on rides.
 We took the monorail.
It was another long day, but a lot of fun!


Saturday, July 11th

Saturday, was the first day of competition. Caeli did not compete until late afternoon, so we spent the morning by the pool.
 We enjoyed a delicious late lunch poolside and the headed back to our room.
 Caeli did her hair and make-up.
 and dressed in her first costume.
 All her dances received high scores.
 Waiting for awards
We headed downstairs and enjoyed a very late dinner. 

Sunday, July 12th


 Another early day at Disneyland. Caeli and Madi rode over with us and then left to join their friends.
 We went on "It's a Small World" and then headed to Toontown.

 Having fun!
 We went to Goofy's Kitchen for dinner
 "Chip"

We had a delicious dinner and then took the Monorail back to Disneyland.
 Caeli and friends
We met up with Caeli and her friend Samantha and rode "Space Mountain"


Monday, July 13th


 Our last day at Disneyland
 We took Kianna on "Tower of Terror" and she loved it.
 Sisters having fun together
 The lines were long, but moved quickly
 We went back to the hotel and Caeli had another rehearsal
 We went back to Disneyland
 We got in all the rides we could and were able to see the fireworks.

Tuesday, July 14th

The second day of competition
 One of the dancers was unable to attend Nationals, so Caeli was asked to fill in. "Coffee" is a beautiful dance.


 She competed in four dances and all did exceptionally well..

After awards she changed, we bought lunch and headed to the beach.
 The girls couldn't wait to get into the water.



 Kianna loved the boogie board.
 We headed back so we could see the closing show of the competition

We packed and headed out the next morning.
It was a wonderful vacation!