"Family ties are bound by love"

Friday, February 24, 2012

New York City

This years dance line trip was to NYC! When the coach announced this trip back in Sept. I doubted the possibility of both the girls and myself going. Due to the fact that it was more expensive than the last 2 yrs trips to California, and that it would be x3!
So I thought about sending just Mckena since it was her senior year, but felt like that was unfair to Shayla because that would mean Mckena would get to go all 3 yrs. So then I thought I would just send the 2 of them. But my dear sweet optimisitic guy I married, convinced me that I had to take advantage of this time and go with the girls. Not to mention the fact that the day they would leave would be the 6 year mark of Chelsea's accident, and I would be home alone. (That didn't sound fun.)
So we all worked a lot of extra hours and we were blessed with some extra work to be able to make it happen! And I am so thankful it did happen. It was so much fun, and one of the best trips we have ever been on, (minus the great guy I mentioned not being there with us)
Although there was sacrifices made, and it was finacially binding at times, it was truly a priceless time with my girls! WE LOVE NY!
Warning... lots of pictures below :)

9/11 memorial
The only surviving tree from 9/11 that was on the plaza
This sphere survived
Looking at Lady Liberty
The city that never sleeps

Church in NYC with Principal Davis
M&M store
Rockefeller center and ice rink
Top of the Rock
On the Ferry to Ellis Island
Walking the Brooklyn Bridge

Serendipity's Frozen Hot Chocolate... YUMMY!
While girls were at dance classes, we enjoyed a session at the Manhattan Temple

Monday, February 6, 2012

3rd Place in State!!

What a great year of dance these girls have had! Friday was the 4A/5A State Drill Team Competition. It is hard to compete against those Salt Lake Schools, and the Syracuse High Dance Line put them to the test! They placed 2nd in Military, 3rd in Dance and 2nd in Character. They tied for 2nd overall and the tie breaker put them in 3rd overall. Copper Hills coming in 2nd and 3rd time state champ Bingham, took 1st again. We were so proud of them, and feel there was nothing else they could have done more! They danced AMAZING and are 1st place winners in by book! Mckena had to dance with an injured wrist, and Shayla was sick all week, ( with what we think is Pleurisy) and still managed to give it her all! It has been such a bonding for these two to share this year dancing, practicing, performing and competing together. Not many sisters get to share in that kind of memories together. Region 1 Champs and top three in the State of Utah!!