Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas 2015

This year, we had Christmas Eve at our house.  My mom and Tom, my dad and Adrianna and Dana's brother Travis and wife Karen came over.

The girls with my dad and Adrianna...

The girls with my mom and Tom...

Christmas morning...


They were so excited to start opening...

Stockings first...

Dana got me some Vionic slippers and they are so comfy.  The girls and I match now.

Enjoying one of her presents...

Tempe Dance West's Christmas Recital | 2015

We are so proud of these girls.  Aiyana and Clara had a lot of family come to support them this year in the TDW Christmas Recital.  Aiyana danced in 7 numbers (4 jazz, 2 ballet, 1 tap) and Clara  danced in 5 (3 jazz, 1 ballet, 1 tap).

Those that came to watch...

Dana and I
Nana and Tom
Grandpa Timmerman and Adrianna
Grandma and Grandpa Cummings
Aunt Carminda and Cousin Grace
Don, Nicole, Gabrielle, Andrew and Alexa

Clara & Seyla waiting back stage for their turn to dance.


Clara with some of her company class friends, Sophia & Lexi.

Gemma, Aiyana & Isabella.

Isabella, Gemma, Aiyana & Emma.

Clara, Melia & Seyla.

Backstage pretties.

The starburst company class ready to go on stage.

Hanging out with the older girls.

A side stage shot of Aiyana performing her ballet II number, Mother Ginger.

The girls with Mr. Michael.

The girls with Nana.

Our family...

Shining Stars Company Class
"All I Want for Christmas is You"
Recorded at Rehearsal
(Aiyana starts in the third group, right side.  Moves to the far left side, front row)

Jazz II
"Sleigh Ride"
Recorded at Rehearsal
(Aiyana starts in the back of the group and moves to the left side, second row)

Starbursts Company Class
"Jingle Bell Rock"
Recorded at Rehearsal
(Clara is on the left side)

Ballet II
"Marshmallow World"
Recorded at Rehearsal
(Aiyana is on the far left side, back row)

Ballet I
"The Nutcracker" Chinese Variation
Recorded at Rehearsal
(Clara is center, back row)

Ballet II
"Mother Ginger"
Recorded at Rehearsal
(Aiyana is on the far left side)

Tap II
"You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch"
Recorded at Rehearsal (I was only able to record the first half of the dance)
(Aiyana and Clara are on the left side)

Jazz I/II
"Carol of the Bells"
Recorded at Rehearsal
(Aiyana and Clara are on the right side)

Company Group Number
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town"
Recorded at Rehearsal
(Aiyana is in the front and center, Clara is in the back to the right of the frame)

Thank you to all of the family that came to support them this year!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Aiyana's School Music Program

Aiyana had a quick music recital at her school last week.  It was a super cute performance.  I am grateful for our new video camera.  We arrived right before the show and we had to sit in the back.  I was able to zoom in pretty well.  I had to take the camera off of the tripod for the second song so please excuse the movement.  I'm still getting used to the camera.

Star Spangled Banner

On Veteran's Day

Pumpkin Pie

Hip Hop Elves

I Got the Wiggles

After the concert with a couple of their friends...

What We've Been Up To

Busy... busy...

I feel like we are always somewhere and that there's hardly any time for rest, but I feel blessed for all that we have and for all of the family and friends that share this journey in life with us. It's been a while since I've blogged and I wanted to be sure to include a post about what we've been up to.  This entry is a hodge podge of new achievements and milestones.  I really need to use my good camera for more of our life events, but for now... Here's what I cleaned out of my cell phone.

The girls were invited to an American Girl Doll birthday party at the new AG Doll Store in Scottsdale.  They loved the store and it was really cute to see the expressions on all of the girl's faces when they saw all of the cool doll accessories.

Clara, Aiyana, Gemma, Jessica, Seyla and Lexi

Clara made Principal's Pride for the first grading period at her accelerated school.  We are so proud of her.

Aiyana in one of her jazz classes at Tempe Dance West,  Ms. Tara is a great instructor.

Clara learned how to ride a bike without training wheels...

Spending time with a friend after school... In red lipstick of course.

We celebrated Dana's 36th birthday...

...and my 38th.

Aiyana has been practicing her front handsprings...

The girls had a fall party at school and I jumped between classrooms to help out.

A friend turned 40 and we all went out to celebrate...

More front handspring practice for Aiyana...

Picture Day at school...

Excuse the messy room, but Clara did a front limber for the first time.  She's been addicted ever since.

The girls have ballet on Monday's so Monday's are bun days at school.

Starbursts and Shining Stars company classes at Tempe Dance West.

Some of the Starburst kiddos waiting for ballet to start...


Tap II with Ms. Lindsay is a perfect mixture of fun and learning. They really had fun this Halloween.

The girls performed a fun Zombie tap dance...


We spruced up the front of the house with new lights and flower pots...

The weather got cooler and the girls sported their new school coats...

One of our spare rooms was transformed into a very girly play room.  We are in the process of decorating it still.

Aiyana had her first slumber party at our house...

Clara, Reigna, Makenzie, Aiyana, Emma & Michelle.

I chalk painted for the first time.

I painted my old dresser to match the decor in the girls bedroom....

I got nostalgic and left the original stain on the top...

My sister had a beautiful baby boy.  His name is Theodore and he is so precious.

A family friend from Iowa came to visit.  We had fun catching up.

We decorated our tree a bit early this year.  The girls had fun hanging ornaments.

At another friend's birthday party and the girls got their faces painted...

Th girls got to go ice skating for the first time...

I wish I had more pictures, but I was busy with photo shoots so I couldn't go.  These pictures were sent to me.

Aiyana got to stay the night at her friend Isabella's house...

A fun birthday party at the Crafty Kiln...

That wraps up most of October and November :o).