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Friday, February 27, 2015

4th Grade Middle Ages Project

 The 4th grade has been studying a unit on the Middle Ages. In January each student picked a castle built during this period. They researched the castle and wrote a report on it. Yesterday they had to bring in a replica of the castle. Kianna chose the Bodiam Castle. 
Today the classes combined and took part in a Middle Ages Festival. Each child was assigned a part and Kianna was given the Court Jester. Aunt Pam made a costume for her and she excitedly went off to school this morning.

Advanced Chorus Performance

 On Tuesday, February 24th, the Sunrise Advance Choruses put on their second presentation of the year. Encore performed the first number "Festival Sanctus" with the Advanced Girls.
  Encore performed the first number "Festival Sanctus" with the Advanced Girls. They also sang and danced to "Defying Gravity", "Home", and "Popular". All three groups performed "Home" at the end of the show.
It was an amazing show!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gong Hey Fat Choy

 One of our favorite ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year is to have a festive feast. The love Chinese food (our favorite take out is just around the corner). We order all the favorite dishes and the girls eat with chop sticks.
  Our cousin, Laurie traveled to China last year and sent an amazing box full of things from China.
 Kianna and Caeli loved the beautiful jade necklaces.
Kianna quickly read the book on the Terracotta Warriors. Caeli is holding the warrior that she sculptured in elementary school.

Happy New Year from all of us!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Dance Workshops

 Last weekend Caeli attended a two day workshop in downtown Phoenix. She took tap, hip-hop- jazz, ballet and contemporary classes.
Last night she took a workshop with Donna Shepard. She said the classes were amazing.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hall of Fame Dance Challenge

 Diverse Elements attend the Hall of Fame Dance competition the weekend of February 8th. We were lucky and only had to attend on Sunday, however it meant getting up at 4:30 AM (hair and make-up take a lot of time) to be in Gilbert for a 7:30 check-in.
 Caeli had six dances in a three hour period. She had some very quick changes, but loves it.
 The dances all looked great.
 They all gathered on stage for awards. Her dances got :
Bonniez and Clyde                1st Platinum
The Chain                               1st Platinum
            1st Place Overall (small group)
                                                Top Lyrical
Grown Woman                       High Gold
He Vaus My Boyfriend           1st High gold
In Your Eyes                           Platinum
             2nd Place Overall (small group)
                                               Best Costume
She Always Takes It Black    1st Platinum
             2nd Place overall (large group)
 Caeline, Kaila, & Madi with some of their awards.
 Caeli loves the owners of the dance studio.
The Teen and Senior dancers.

Riding Lessons

The girls were so excited to discover that one of their Christmas presents was riding lessons. They both take the lessons at the same time.
 The lessons include how to care for a horse. They brush them and put on the saddle.
 They both love it!
 The girls have only had a couple of lessons, but have made so much progress.
 Kianna was so happy riding the horse.
 My friend Kiki, has a horse at a nearby stable. She came and helped with the lesson and the girls loved it.
The girls look forward to the lessons on Saturday.

Caeline's Birthday Dinner

 Caeline did not want a party this year. She celebrated her birthday with a delicious dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory. Her friend Madi joined us for dinner.
 The food was delicious and everyone had  a great time.
I can not believe she is 14 years old!

Monday, February 02, 2015

Happy 14th Birthday Caeline

I find it so hard to believe that my sweet Caeline is 14 years old. It seems like just yesterday that she arrived back in the United States to celebrate her first birthday
 2002 - 1st years old
 2003 - 2 years old
 2004 - 3 years old
 2005 - 4 years old
"Good Ship Lollipop"
 2006 - 5 years old
"Somewhere Out There"
 2007 - 6 years old
"The Nutcracker"
 2008 - 7 years old
 2009 - 8 years old
"Mama I'm A Big Girl Now"
 2010 - 9 years old
"Music Box"
 2011 - 10 years old
 2012 - 11 years old
 2013 - 12 years old
 2014 - 13 years old
2015 - 14 years old

I am so proud of the sweet, kind, caring, smart, talented young lady that Caeline has become. I love her more each year.

Happy Birthday!