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As we were driving out to our grandparent’s house in California we passed by a small town called Blythe. Downtown Blythe has a small  park with metal giraffes statues! I was instantly in love with that park (because giraffes are my favorite animal). It was absolutely AWESOME!- Ivie

Bus Stop bench in front of the Sawdust Festival entrance in Laguna Beach, California


On Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 my sister, Ivie, and I went to the California Sawdust festival. It was fun and it was cool to see all the artwork they had done.  To Disney artwork, to jewelery, and to butterflies. The Sawdust festival was a fun way to get closer to the artwork that people had made. My most favorite artwork was Christmas ornaments. They were hand crafted and we actually got to meet the artist, Patti Klingenmerier, that made the ornaments. They were little people, my sister got a dancer ornament, I got a cheer leading girl, she is doing the splits. She taught Ivie and I to make flowers. That was the time my grandma, my sister, and I went to the Sawdust Festival.  -Bailey






On Wednesday my grandma, Bailey, and I had a great time. It was really fun to look at some of the art that was created.  I also bought another picture of cows in meadow from him 😛 hahaha! I also got another picture of a giraffe (because giraffes are awesome) and a REALLY cool ear cuff. But of course I went bike riding later that day and lost the ear cuff -.- And as Bailey mentioned we bought ornaments from an artist named Patti Klingenmerier, her clay ornaments are VERY cool! (:



My favorite was a cartoon artist that drew a very cool picture of my favorite movie UP!

This is my favorite drink at Cheesecake Factory- Frozen Ice Mango drink- Bailey


On Thursday, Grandma, Bailey, my Aunt Rita, and I took a little trip down to The Grove to visit the American Girl  Store in Los Angeles, CA. Have lunch at Cheesecake factory and eat some cheesecake. My aunt (actually… my great great great aunt) is turning 91 this December and has an American Girl Store Doll. Every time we visit the big store in L.A., our Aunt Rita buys a little something for her doll. This trip she bought a cute dress for her and a bird cage with a tiny bird because Aunt Rita loves birds. She  has a bird of her own named, Alvin. Afterwards we went to the Cheesecake Factory and ate until our belt buckles exploded. We had so much fun! (:



My grandma took my picture before the game started. My whole family went to the Dodgers Training Camp game. The Dodgers played the Cleveland Indians. I had nachos and a root beer float.

The Dodgers won!





  The Dodgers baseball players are practicing their hitting before the game.








My sister got to invite two of her friends because it was her birthday.













Our grandparents came out to our home and spent it with us. We had so much fun with them. After we opened  our Christmas presents, we decorated these gingerbread men. Grandma made her gingerbread a woman, my mom made hers a cute Hawaiian Hula girl, Bailey made hers a snowman and I made mine a hippie. It was so much fun. I hope we can do it again next year!- Ivie

I  took these pictures with my grandma’s camera.-Ivie










My grandma, my sister and me spoke at this Yellow Ribbon event. It was our second Yellow Ribbon event. We displayed our books, we got to talk to kids and we spoke to a group of soon to be deployed soldiers and their families. We tried to share what we did during our mom’s deployment so families would know what to do- Ivie








We spoke to the families and after we spoke we received our own  Unit coin from the Commander Darrel Brown.








We helped pass out backpacks for the kids with Jhoselyn Ramirez she is a Army Reserve Family Readiness.



Starting in early January, our dance studio begins planning for our June recital. They measure us for costumes, we learn dances, and we practice… A LOT! The 2nd to last week before recital is when pictures start. We all get glammed up and we put our costumes on and we take pictures. Once picture week is over, we jump into “Tech Rehearsals”. Tech rehearsal is the last couple of days leading up to recital. Our studio takes different classes and they all dance together. Then after the last day of tech, we have dress rehearsal. We run every dance in costume on stage at least once. That is an all day adventure! Once dress rehearsal day is finished with, we have our first recital that Friday (Dress Rehearsal is always on Thursday). Then on Saturday, we have 3 more shows and Sunday we don’t have any. Bailey was in 4 dances all together and performed 2 out of the 4 every show. I on the other hand had about 10 to 11 dances and danced different amount of times in each show! Recital is always so much fun! 🙂 We can’t wait for next years recital coming up!

We went to  20th Century Fox movie studio. They were filming ‘Bones.’ We saw part of that. It was really cool to see. We were with my grandma’s friend, Tony. He makes sure movie commercials are shown on TV, we actually got to see some commercial stuff. We went to lunch with Tony and spent the rest of the day with him. After we ate lunch we went to the a little store for employees . I bought Shirley Temple videos and a Glee poster. Then we went back to Tony’s office and dropped him off. Then my grandma, my sister and Ivie walked around 20th Century Fox. My favorite part in 20th Century Fox was when we got to see cars go in a circle so it looked like there was traffic. That was my favorite part there. I had a really fun time.







We met up with one of our grandmas’ old friends, Tony. He wanted a copy of our book Deployed Kids , Bailey and I autographed it for him.  Tony knew our mom when she was a little girl.  Tony showed us around the studio lot . He makes sure the 20th Century Fox movies commercials are shown on TV. He showed us an unseen commercial about a movie that hasn’t been aired yet.  Then we went to eat at the “Commissary”, this is a very nice dining room. When you entered there was a display case of Oscar’s and Emmy award statues. We even got to get a glimpse of where Shirley Temple ate her lunch when she made movies.

After lunch we bought a little book about the upcoming Glee movie and a bunch of Shirley Temple movies! (We loved them by the way) After lunch, Tony had to go back to work so we walked around the lot a bit and we got to see the shooting of “Bones”.And this old movie stage.  It was kind of funny because we saw the same cars driving in circles around the props but on  the show, it looked like traffic!  We also saw a cool movie stage  that was built a long time ago.

But unfortunately we didn’t see any stars.  Maybe next time!


We started school in the beginning of August so our last day of school was May 19.



Our grandma came to see Ivie’s promotion from 8th grade which was our last day of school.  So the next day our grandma took us to the Phoenix Science Center. We arrived around 10:30 am. Not all of the kids were out of school yet, so we were able to spend a lot of time at the exhibits.

It was so much fun! One of my favorite parts was the bicycle that told you how many calories you burned. I got all the way to the top and burned a hamburger… that was over 400 calories! Then my grandma did it as well! 🙂 It was so fun!!- Ivie









I spoke to a guy through the computer with a radio transmission. His name was Douglas, he was in his 70’s. He just wanted to know my name, what school I go to now and things I like to do. You had a microphone in your hand, then you talk,when you are finished you had to say “Over”. It was quite interesting- Bailey
What are you going to do when you are out of school?