Victoria, Sydney, Lexi, and I at Rockefeller Center!
Taking class from Finis Jhung at Alvin Ailey studios
Night out on the town.
Watching American Ballet Theatre perform Cinderella.
We saw Ethan Stiefel from the movie Centerstage!
9/11: Never forget.
Hey everyone! My mom asked me to write a blog post about my New York trip this summer, it's a little late but oh well! So every year my ballet teacher interviews the dancers at our studio to take on an educational trip to New York. Three other seniors (Victoria, Lexi and Sydney) and I were chosen to go this past summer! We took the red-eye flight from Sacramento to JFK airport in New York, which was a pain....no sleep. Our shuttle driver played that Frank Sinatra song about New York as we were driving in, it was the perfect entrance! The first day we checked into the Blakely hotel, and then went out to Rockefeller Center for dinner. By the way, a lot of restaurants there do not have Root Beer! We didn't take dance classes the first day but every single other day we were in the studio. We took all of our classes at the Steps on Broadway studio, except we took one class at Alvin Ailey. We took ballet, jazz, floor barre, broadway, pilates, and lots more. There was so much to learn! There were some scary teachers....dance teachers think they are always right and aren't afraid to let it be known. These classes were an opportunity to dance to live music, experience new teaching styles, and compare my talent to professional dancers' talent. It definitely motivated me to work harder and focus on specific areas of my dancing. But the trip wasn't all hard work...we went out to a fancy dinner every night and I was able to try a lot of different foods. We watched Memphis the musical, which I highly recommend!! Also, we watched American Ballet Theatre perform Cinderella. Other activities included: a tour of Grand Central Station, a tour of Lincoln Center, Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero, 9/11 memorial, Saks 5th Avenue, legendary New York Macy's store, St. Patrick's cathedral, Hudson River, Central Park, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, TIMES SQUARE, and lots of walking! I enjoyed this trip SO much! I LOVE NEW YORK!
I decided I need to post about the man I love. My blog usually consists of the children's activities but this post is about my husband. Words can not begin to describe what a amazing man I am married to. He works so hard to make me happy and to provide for our family. Lance is a dedicated father. If he has any free time which is rare then he can be found reading a book to Hailey, hitting in the cage with Andrew, working on the "Frog" with Dustin or helping Kiely with her college applications. He makes me happy and I find myself falling in love with him all over everyday.
Andrew just turned 10. He decided he wanted a baseball birthday party. Anyone that knows Andrew is aware of his passion for the game. The party's theme was centered around the San Francisco Giants which is Andrew's favorite team. We had 12 boys come out and play a game of baseball then they ate In and Out burgers. Lance was in charge of the game. Everyone had such a great time. Andrew is growing up to be such a great young man. We are blessed to have him in our family.
Hailey has started to take tennis lessons. She absolutely loves it. She never complains about going to her lessons. After her first lesson her instructor told her she hit really well. Hailey told him about how she hits in the batting cage with her brothers. Apparently it helps her with tennis. When I first suggested that she try tennis, Hailey was hesitant. Then she found out that they wear cute skirts and she was sold. That's my girl!
Lance and his brother, Aaron decided to fly out and meet for the BYU v.s U of U
football game. Dustin and Andrew were pumped. Lance's father also joined in on the fun. They stayed at Lance's uncles house, who happens to have a sweet pool. Unfortunately, BYU did not win but they still had a great time. They went down on the sidelines since Aaron use to play for BYU. It was so fun for them to be up close. The best part was they got to meet JIMMER! They were so excited, he autographed their hats and took a picture with them. Im so glad the boys were able to experience a BYU game.
Our family is definitely a baseball family. The whole family enjoys watching and most like to play it. We love the San Francisco Giants and usually go to a couple games a year. Kiely's favorite player is Buster Posey. Andrew's favorite player is Pablo Sandovol. Dustin's favorite player is Tim Lincecum. It is a nice tradition, since Lance and I grew up Giant's fans!
This year we decided to have a water party for Haileys birthday. Her birthday is in July so it is
always so warm. Dustin built a kid car wash which turned out to be a huge hit. All the kids had such a great time, they were worn out by the time their parents picked them up. I cant believe my youngest is 7, time just flies by.
Andrew has had a great baseball season. Their team took first place in the league. Lance has put in so much time into coaching his players. He is constantly having extra practices to help all his players play better. On wednesday we begin play offs for city championships. Go Pirates!