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Kellisa- The Dancer

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 Kellisa became a dancer 14 years ago this month. To be honest, we knew Kellisa loved music and swinging her arms and shaking her head around, but we never thought Kellisa would take dance lessons. That all changed when she came home from school early in her 3rd Grade Year with a dance flyer given to her by long time friend, Lindsay. Switzerland Dance School , a local business, was starting a special needs class. We didn't hesitate, Kellisa was signed up the same day and she spent years dancing with her peers and able body girls of all ages. The pinnacle of her dance career would be the annual dance recitals held at the Lazzara Performance Hall on the campus of the University of North Florida.  Sadly, Kellisa's friend Lindsay who opened the door to Kellisa's dance career gained her angel wings far too early. We will never forget Lindsay and the friendship she shared with Kellisa.  First day of dance (August 2007)  2011 Dance Recital Back to Kellisa's Path Blog

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High School

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So many years...memories...friendships... Back to Kellisa's Path Blog

Airports Visited - 2020 Update

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All-time list of airports visited: Chris- 122 Kellisa- 60 Lisa- 45 Laurel- 41 Evie- 5 2020 - Chris added Great Falls, MT. Before COVID shut down the world, Egypt flew from Las Vegas to Sacramento (One-Way) and both girls and Lisa flew R/T from Sacramento to Portland, OR, but didn't add any new airports. 2019 was another year where all of our family trips were to Chicago to visit family. Lisa and Evie didn't visit any new airports. Laurel had one father/daughter trip where she added Hollywood/Burbank and Salt Lake City airports to her list.  Kellisa and Chris added Billings and Kahului while working on their book. Kellisa also added Boise, Oklahoma City, and Salt Lake City while Chris added Redmond/Bend, San Francisco, Vancouver, Victoria, and Saskatoon while working his regular job. Back to Kellisa's Path Blog

22

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 GO BIG or Stay Home! After years of going big for Kellisa's birthday, we stayed home for the second year in a row due to the global pandemic. We had HUGE plans last year for Kellisa's 21st birthday, but didn't even think about doing much this year. We're still playing it safe since Kellisa is considered high risk.  Kellisa woke up a 22-year-old young lady and enjoyed a low key day at home with family. She enjoyed a push through the neighborhood before opening presents from family and friends. Kellisa watched and listened to plenty of The Wiggles and Hannah Montana. She selected a Poke bowl with brown rice, raw salmon, avocado, and house sauce for dinner. We ended the festivities with a best of both world cake, half vanilla and half chocolate. All in all another great birthday. We are so ready and hopeful.....2022 will be a very big year as we make up for lost time!  Enjoy a few pictures from today: Back to Kellisa's Path Blog

Kellisa Loves it Loud...Now

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     Kellisa turns 22 on May 23rd and due to the ongoing pandemic, we do not have anything big planned for the second year in a row. I came up with the idea to share a few Kellisa stories in the week leading up to her big day. I'd like to post one a day, but only have two planned so far. These might be stories shared for the first time or stories that can be found elsewhere, but I'll add new details and/or more background.   It's easy to find Kellisa if there's loud music blasting from speakers because she will always wheel as close as she can and park herself for maximum exposure. This is true of every dance she attends and PE class at school when they play music in the gym. And she's not shy, if its not loud enough, she will ask for more volume.  Kellisa spent 113 days in the NICU with alarms and bells going off around the clock, so you might assume she was accustomed to loud noises from her early days. You'd be wrong. Kellisa was petrified of noise, any noise

Spiders

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   Kellisa turns 22 on May 23rd and due to the ongoing pandemic, we do not have anything big planned for the second year in a row. I came up with the idea to share a few Kellisa stories in the week leading up to her big day. I'd like to post one a day, but only have two planned so far. These might be stories shared for the first time or stories that can be found elsewhere, but I'll add new details and/or more background.   Kellisa in her room (5/21/2021) Spiders.  Anyone who knows Kellisa, knows she loves spiders! What you might not know is where her love began. We can trace this obsession back to when we visited Grand Canyon National Park back in March 2006 . We were at the gift store and wanted Kellisa to pick out a souvenir T-shirt. The wall was covered with display shirts and Kellisa was immediately drawn to an orange shirt with a black, hairy spider with 8 legs sticking out the front. We were surprised by her choice and guided her to other shirts, but she kept coming back