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Thursday, January 22, 2015

13 years ago

 January 21, 2002 was a day that changed my life forever. I will never forget the moment that I saw Caeline Xi Ru for the first time.
 She was so scared. After filling out tons of paperwork we went up to hotel room. She relaxed as soon as I fed her.
 We had a wonderful time getting to know each other.
 The medical exam.
 My beautiful baby.
 At the American Consulate swearing to take care of her forever.
 Our last night in China
Arriving home and becoming an American citizen.

I fell in love with Caeli the moment I saw her and have been privileged to watch her become a beautiful, smart, talented young lady. I am so lucky that she is in my life.

Showbiz Dance Competition

 Last Friday, January 16th, Diverse Elements Dance Studio took part in their first dance competition of the year. It was held in Gilbert. Caeli left school and got ready to compete.
 Her first dance was The Chain. The girls were all so excited to compete.
 Some of the dancers on stage for awards. Caeli's dances earned two High Golds and a Gold.
 We were back early Saturday morning. Her first dance was She Always Takes It Black. It earned Best Choreography.
 Getting ready to go on stage. These girls are so close and I love the way they support each other.
 Her hip-hop number was next. Bonniez and Clyde was fast and fun.
 Lat was her musical theater number. He Vaus My Boyfriend was so cute.
The girls take turns go up to get the award. When it was Caeli's turn  She Always Takes It Black  won 1st place! She was thrilled to accept the award.

This was an amazing start to the 2015 competition season.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Happy New Year 2015

 The weather in Phoenix has been really cold. (The nights are in the 30's). We like to stay home for New Years Eve and celebrate.
 We went out for dinner and then the girls each invited a friend over. Caeli and Samantha started dancing together at 4.
 Kianna invited a friend from her class, Sophia.
We welcomed in the new year with Champagne (the adults) and sparkling cider (the kids), sparklers and a fireworks show from a neighbor.

Happy New Year from our family to all of you!

Christmas 2014

 The girls started Christmas break on December 20th. Caeli had a few practices in dance that weekend and then had two weeks off.
 We spent time wrapping gifts and the girls made cookies. They love to make Nana's butter cookies.
 They always turn out so good.
 Christmas Eve started with a dinner at home.
 We always open stockings after dinner.
 Kianna still enjoys sprinkling reindeer food on the lawn.
 Then it was time to put out cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeers.

 Christmas  morning and the tree was ready.
 Ready to start opening gifts.
 The girls get a nutcracker each year.
 Caeli and Mickey Mouse pajamas.
 Kianna got the Lego Friends shopping mall.
Over the weekend we went bowling.