Friday, March 13, 2015

Dancing up a Storm...

Kate's still at it with her dancing. Being apart of the Performing Company at Elite has given her tons of opportunities and has exposed her to a lot of great things. Things I sure wish I had when I was kid.  I hope she realizes just how lucky she is, but something tells me that because she is so young, that she doesn't. 

Kate experienced her first Dance Convention! What a whirlwind of a weekend. I don't think she knew what she had signed up for because by the end she was ready to drop! I am so proud of her though and she did the best her little body could do.  When it came to the audition portion of the comvention she jumped first in line. I can't believe how brave she is! I hope she remembers the amazing teachers she was able to learn from. Some of which were previous members on SYTYCD!
With Laurie Johnson
 With Marty Dew
 With Tiffany Maher
 With Derrick Schrader


SYTYCD came to Portland, and Miss Karin, Kate's coach, offered up 3 extra tickets.  Well being that SYTYCD is my favorite show I could not pass it up and with my mom's birthday a week later I thought what a perfect birthday gift to her to celebrate how much we love and appreciate her and everything she does for us. So we hit a little Pastini's first and had a great night watching our favorite dancers light up the dance floor.  That Tanisha is A-MAZE-ING!  

In February the company took a master class from one of the Broadway Cast members from the the musical Cinderella.  Then later that evening we went to go see the Show. Afterwards the girls got to tour backstage. So fun! 

Last weekend the company performed at Liberty High School for the Drill Dance Competition opener.  Very much like a halftime performance.  Here's some video! Like I said they experience a little of everything! No doubt she enjoys every bit of it, especially the friendships she is making.  This is her buddy Alyssa.

4th Grade Basketball...

Somehow we managed to squeeze a basketball season in between all the soccer this year. No matter how many times we tell Zach this is just for fun, he just can't quite let his competitive nature go and can get pretty hot headed when calls and things don't go his way. All in all though he enjoyed playing with his buddies from school.    Here are some highlights.  Have I mentioned just how much I love iMovie?

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Boy and His Ice Cream...

A cold day during Christmas break did not keep us from enjoying a nice scoop of cold stuff from Salt and Straw.  Lauren, Maddi and Aunt Britt had never been before so we made a trip down.  It kills me that we wait in line for more than 30 minutes for a Vanilla cone, but the look on this boy's face and the excitement to be with family is well worth the wait.  He's cute and he knows it!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

He's 2!

This sweet boy turned 2!  How does that happen, when I feel like I just had a baby? But we have come a long way from those darn 20 minute naps he took as a baby(thankfully). Having a birthday party a few days after Christmas is a bit tricky and since he still doens't quite understand the whole birthday thing yet we surrounded him with family and some homemade cupcakes and celebrated our favorite little guy. Is it sad that he did not get one present? I am sure I won't be able to get away with that for much longer.

Here are a few of his favorite things:
  • pancakes and lucky charms
  • church and fishies
  • daddy and reading books
  • Elmo, Mickey and Minnie
  • Being outside riding his scooter   
  • Getting his back rubbed
  • Saying "Bye" and "See Ya"


Friday, December 26, 2014

Naughty or Nice...

Check out this crew! The same costumes get put out each year and parts get rotated based on size, well except for maybe Halle and Maddi! It's crazy that my nieces and nephews are becoming adults and my kids are the babies of the bunch.  

I think from the kids loot its safe to say they were nice this year.  Zach got his long awaited ipod, Kate her American Girl Doll, Isabella, and Ryan a Train Table, among other things. Christmas of course really isn't about the gifts we recieve but the reactions they had this year were a highlight. Ryan discovered that unwrapping gifts was pretty fun. 

I love Christmas because it brings family together, and its a great reminder for me to focus on what's really important in this life, and that is love. Our Heavenly Father loves us so much that He put a plan in place to help us return to Him again.  And He sent his son, Jesus Christ, to set a perfect example for us in showing us how we can. And even though we can remember Him always its nice to have a Season and a specific Holiday to dedicate to remembering Him.