Sunday, February 22, 2015

Like Daughter, Like Mother...

Nope, I didn't state that backwards.  It was Cosplay Day at my school this week, and I could not come up with a single idea. That is, until I entertained the idea of wearing my daughter's Halloween costume, which I thought would never work. Wrong!  Here we are wearing the same outfits, and by far, it looks better on her. She pulled off the Cleopatra look much more naturally. Hard to believe it's the same costume though (size 8/10), but it really is (It was floor length on her). As usual, my students loved that I dressed up, but the headband gave me a killer headache. 


I don't anticipate raiding her closet more anytime soon. In fact, I don't think we will be able to share clothes at all through her teenage years, like she would even want to! Thanks for sharing with me though, Kaia!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Moving On Up...

Kaia did outstanding in her meet this past weekend. In fact she did so well on her scores that she will be moving up one level in two different events. To qualify for state she has to perform these events in two meets, so we have to make the move now or she won't be able to qualify.  I am very proud of her, because she could stay at the lower levels and probably win state, if she continues the way she has been. However, we have told her we feel it is more important for her to keep growing, and that she should really push herself to the next level to get better. She agreed, and is super excited to be going to the next level now. Can't wait to see how she does in two weeks.  For now, here was one of her tumbling passes from last week. She did such a good job of keeping her feet and knees together, and stuck her landing.

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She took first overall on her two tumbling passes. Here she is on the podium for the double mini.  She got first in her flight, which is against girls at her level, in her age group. After all the girls, no matter what age, but at her level, compete, they give awards for overall. That is when you make the podium.  Well the two other girls on the podium must not have stuck around, so Kaia was up there by herself! She really wasn't the only one in the competition;)  She will be sticking at this level for the double mini for state.


Lastly, she took second overall on the trampoline. She is looking forward to trying something new on the trampoline next meet.  I had to miss the meet due to a fundraiser for the China Team, so was really bummed but not about waking up early and driving. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Encore!

After months of practice, both girls were finally able to perform in public this past week!

First was Jaelyn's concert. Jaelyn's beginning band class did an amazingly good job performing six or so songs; I only heard two misplayed notes (none by Jaelyn). Here she was, beaming before the concert...


The only downside was that baritones sit in the back row, so I could barely get a glimpse of her! Every once in awhile I could see her hair!





Mike was able to get an action shot from his angle. She's got her game face on...

And sorry, but I have to post a video for Grandparents to listen to, so don't feel obliged. It's really pretty good though. It was nice to hear the rest of the instruments that we have been hearing just one part to for some time now. You can hear Kellen in the video, sounding the notes our family knows oh so well!

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Four days later was Kaia's first meet of the season. First, she took a second on the trampoline in her flight. Next, she took third in her flight on her tumbling run. Here's her first run...
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But her best placing of the day was second place on the double-mini, not just in her flight, but overall, amongst everyone in her level, no matter what age. She is trying to move up a level in two of her events, so hopefully this good start will help her achieve these goals soon!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Day of Service...

This past MLK Day I took the girls to work with me to participate in the National Day of Service. Between 30-40 sixth through twelfth grade students joined us too. We made Beanies for Babies out of recycled t-shirts....

Knitted red scarves for foster care...


Knitted Hats for Hope for chemotherapy patients...
and pillow case dresses for orphanages in China (see photos from me delivering them last year)...




I love that these students volunteered their time for these worthy projects, along with some fun! Was proud of my girls for working hard! Hoping my girls have a lifetime of wanting to serve others!






Happy New Year?!

So I may be a bit late, but I am going to say it anyway...Happy New Year Birthday Jaelyn! Here are some highlights from her celebration.

Yep, we raised her right; she's a big fan!


"Yes, my first IPod shuffle, and it's even purple!





Fun with friends bowling and playing video games, celebrated with the traditional Chinese candle.


Friday, January 2, 2015

A Tale of Two Families....

These two photos summarize our Christmas travels, with the emphasis being on our wonderful families we were blessed to spend time with. 

First stop, Crebbin Family celebration...

Only Kellen was missing, as he had to work.
Next stop, Williamson Family celebration (and no, we didn't coincidentally all wear white and black)....

Kellen made it down for this celebration. One niece was missing.

A belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family! Hope you were able to enjoy time with family, celebrating Jesus' birth!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Clip....

I won't make you sit through the whole five minute recital of all 13 girls from today! Instead, here is Kaia's last and best run. Super excited to watch her compete in the tumbling event this season (which starts next month)! She has gotten so much stronger, and boy, can she sky! Watch how high she gets on her back tuck (a skill she has perfected this fall). You'll know which one she is by the sound of her mom the crowd...

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