Hey guys!

It was another good night! I’m really happy with our rumba! It was so nice out there and one of those performances where you feel carried though.

It was hard this week putting the whole dance together. We struggled Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and even Saturday a little bit and really Sunday was when it all started to come together. I think it was important for us to create our alter egos. The first day, Mark’s like, ‘This is how you have to move and look at me.” And he was in my face. I was like, “Oh my God! I’m a mom with kids! What are people going to think?” Obviously, no one else in the competition is thinking that — they are married with kids. So it was just like, “let me just take myself out of this and put someone else there and become that person so I don’t have to think about being a mom."

I was so excited to see my kids in rehearsal! They were up in San Francisco for a week, so it had been eight days since I had seen them. That brought a smile to my face and made my whole day. And [my husband] Bret came too, which was even better! I definitely wanted him to see the number before we performed it. We got his approval. He really liked it and was actually moved by it, so I think that gave me the confidence to really take on that part of Kristiana!

I still can’t believe we’ve been getting these kinds of scores! It feels great! We’re really just trying to dance our best and enjoy the audience and the floor, but of course, pleasing the judges is vital. I love Bruno’s ‘Yamalicious’ comment. He took that right out of our little video diary thing. It’s fun to surprise them once again in another week of dance.

Thank you to everyone for voting and for your support! Now the competition is getting closer and closer, Mark and I are relying on you guys more than ever, so we want you to know we really appreciate it!

See you tonight!

Kristi

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