Shayne was cleaning out his closet last night and came upon different t-shirts he wore while living in the Ronald McDonald House in NYC. We were surprised that it has been 10 years! Truly it seems like just yesterday Christi was still here, fighting for her life and doing so with many giggles and much wit. The shirts made him quite sad, yet he didn't want to part with them so I will put them in storage later today. 2013?! We simply cannot believe it! Soon she will have been "gone" longer than she was ever "here". Oh, Christi, we miss you and your bubbly little personality so very, very much! What a blessing it was to know you! Happy New Year!
We have had a lovely Christmas break! Shayla's life is so busy it's been awesome to have time now to play board games, discuss books and politics, be with friends and to slow down a bit. Ahhhh! Life is good!
Over the weekend, we had a former Miss Alabama (and 4th Runner Up to Miss America) fly to Ohio so she could teach Shayla her new routine for the state teen pageant this summer. She does a lot of pageant choreography for ballerinas and I thought it might be fun for Shayla to learn something new. (Both of her daughters have also been state teen title holders and one was even first runner up at the national pageant - very impressive women!)
When I first tracked down and called this sweet lady, we planned for Shayla and I to fly down over break then she got the idea that it would be better if she could work with Shayla's ballet teacher too, since she will be the one working weekly with Shayla so she came north instead. (It was cute as she asked me if she could wear my boots and have her picture taken in the snow! We loved hosting this charming Southern Belle, accent and all - precious!)
We absolutely love Shayla's new routine and we thank Shayla's amazing and sweet ballet teacher, Heather, for being so wonderful allowing all of this to happen! After dancing for 8 1/2 hours in less than two days these three ladies must be exhausted! I had to nap after church and all I did was watch! LOL!
Here's wishing you and yours a very happy new year - 2013! ENJOY!