Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pizzazz! Pops/Starquest

 Friday was the day of McKenzie's Pizzazz! Pops Concert. This was their end of the year show for the student body and parents. They did a show at 8:30 and 12:30. David and I went to the second show and enjoyed it so much. Pizzazz! performed a one hour show that included some of their songs from throughout the year plus a new dance number, Magic and a new Lion King medley. Also Mrs. Shute included those members who wanted do a solo, duet or small group song into the show. McKenzie and her friend Alissa sang "Temporary Home" by Carrie Underwood. Towards the end of the program they sang a school song Michael Jackson's" Heal The World" and the student body was invited to sing along with them. Here are some pictures from the concert and also a video taken from David's phone of McK and Alissa singing "Temporary Home".

Friday night after Matt's baseball game, we headed to West Memphis, Arkansas, for McK to participate in her first dance competition, Starquest on Saturday morning. We were all exhausted after arriving at our hotel but after a good night's sleep we were ready for the day. McKenzie is a student this year at Charisma Dance Co. and her teacher is Mandy Bell. Back in November she asked McKenzie if she would like to do a solo at a competition in the spring. McKenzie jumped at the chance because she has always wanted to do one. Mandy doesn't have a competitive team but she does select certain students to go to one competition in the spring. She also put together a trio with McKenzie and two other girls who would also compete. She also had one high school group that competed later that day. We had a blast. Poor little Matt - he was a trooper. I know he was bored at times but was so sweet to support his sister. Also a prize from Target lifted his spirits!  McKenzie's solo was at 9:00 so we had to be at the civic center at 8:00 to warm up. Thank goodness she was no. 4 so she could get it over with because she was one very scared little girl. She danced a contemporary jazz to "One of Those Days".  At 10:00 the duet/trio competition began and she, Kaitlyn and Gabby were first to perform their hip hop routine to "Dance for Life".  I am sad that we were not allowed to take pictures during the comp. as it is against the rules. But we did take a few with David's phone of everyone and one of McKenzie and Ms. Mandy afterwards.  At 12:00 it was time for the awards ceremony. McKenzie received High Gold for her solo and the trio received High Gold and second place overall in their category. They all did great and Mandy was so proud of them.
After we left West Memphis, we headed downtown to eat lunch at the Arcade. We actually got to sit in Elvis's booth. We have been many times and it is always taken so it was a treat to get to eat lunch there. We headed to Target for a few things then it was time to head home. We were one tired crew! Of course some people wouldn't admit they were tired but I have proof!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Matt's First Baseball Game

Matt had his first real baseball game tonight.  This year they keep score and everything.  We won our first game 11-9 and Matt knocked in two runs and made some good plays at pitcher throwing people out.  We went to Spencer's for ice cream after the game.  Here are some pictures from the night. 

Matt went to a birthday party Saturday with a cowboy theme.  They had a great time running around and playing....

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Visions Spring Concert

We had such a good time at the Vision's spring concert. It was a wonderful show tonight. McKenzie's show choir Pizzazz performed a couple of songs at the show. The first song was I Won't Grow Up. The next song was You've Got a Friend In Me which was actually a tribute to their director, Mrs. Shute who is retiring this year after 25 years. It was a big surprise for her because she had no idea they had done an extra rehearsal to learn choreography for that song. She loved it!
Next week, Pizzazz will do their "Pops" Concert for GUES. They are working so hard with extra rehearsals after school getting ready for it. They are performing songs from shows done throughout the year, a new dance number and a couple of new songs they have been working on. We will be back with lots of pictures but until then, enjoy pictures from tonight's Visions show.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sunday Pictures

We have enjoyed a great Easter today. We started our day with McKenzie and Matt enjoying their Easter baskets. I found a cute purse for McKenzie and for Matt, two superheroes, plus their favorite candy. We had a great service at church and afterwards enjoyed lunch at La Cabana with Andy, Jan, Cassie and Caleb. The kids enjoyed hunting eggs at Granny's apartment this afternoon.

Every Easter I love for David to take pictures of the kids in their Easter outfits. So after lunch we headed to my favorite location, the courtyard at the Episcopal church. It is so beautiful there and lends itself for more dressy pictures. We also walked across the street to a new flower garden they planted next to their preschool to get a few shots. Looking at these pictures I can't believe how much they have grown since Christmas. Sniff sniff. Hope you enjoy the pictures!!