Sunday, May 7, 2017

PROM 2017

"A good snapshot stops a moment from running away."

Last night was the Prom.  Cole wan't sure if he wanted to go. I don't know what changed his mind.  I had to laugh, he had his white Nike socks on and his Mom told him to put black socks on.

His sisters loved the way he looked.  They aren't used to seeing him so dressed up.

The corsage was fastened to 3 bracelets and he was afraid that he would break them.

It was cold and rainy, so we didn't have many options for pictures.

Sisters Chloe and Cali, needed to get in on the act.  Cali loves her brother so much, she always worries when he goes out, especially with a girl.

Since everyone else was getting their picture taken with this handsome boy, I decided the Grandma's should also.  I wasn't dressed for the occasion, but what the heck!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Softball With Cali

"We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no children in it."

Cali loves playing softball.  The weather has been so crazy, last night the sun was so hot and
tonight a cold wind was bowing.  I was freezing, and so were the girls.

She hasn't been hitting the ball real hard, but at least she is hitting.  It's still early in the season.

She loves it when she can steal while on base.

AND score a run!

We won the game, but I don't know the score.  I was too busy taking pictures!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


"Playing soccer with your feet is one thing, but playing with your hear is another."

  Soccer is my favorite sport.  Some weeks we have 8 games, and I absolutely love it.  Cole plays for the varsity high school team and we don't miss a game.  

This is how they stand for the National Anthem, arm in arm.

This is how they pray, in the middle of the field, before the whistle blows.

 Last minute instructions from the coach.

Cole usually plays a holding midfielder position, but can move up to score.

Which is exactly what he did on Saturday night, 2X!

Both goals were headers off of corner kicks.  The second goal was the game winner.  He was pumped, as was the whole team.  


One more game this week, and then the playoffs start.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Homecoming 2015

"Homecoming means parades, soccer, traditions and reuniting with old friends."

Today is HOMECOMING for our school.  Our soccer game will be earlier than usual because of the dance.  They will announce the Homecoming Court and announce the Queen at half time of the game.  Some of the soccer players are escorts, so they will be escorting the girls in their soccer uniforms.  It's nice that they can be a part of Homecoming, but it takes time away from the halftime talk.  Hopefully, they won't be needing a lecture at halftime!

Cole is a sophomore and wears the #13.  It"s kind of a family #.  His dad, and coach wore the #13 as did his uncles.  

He plays so hard, even with a bad back.  He goes for therapy 1-2 times a week.  He has a lot of pressure on him with his Dad being the coach, but it has been that way since he was 5.  I guess he should be used to it, but it still hurts when his dad yells at him.

This is a bunch of good kids, family like group.  They do a  lot of things together.

Here's hoping for a great game, one to make the Alumni proud!

Friday, September 25, 2015

First Soccer Game

" God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow into them."

Camryn had her first soccer game last night.  She was so excited when I picked her up at school!  She wanted to get dressed for the game right away, BUT - she didn't like her uniform.  She wanted to wear something else.  Her Daddy told her that she didn't have a choice, that was the only team uniform she had.  Once she was dressed, she was fine.

They introduced all of the teams as they ran through the Polar Bear (school mascot) Tunnel.

The whole team stood very still, even Sadie, for the playing of the National Anthem.

I know she loves having her Daddy as her coach.  

  I am so proud of her for working  hard!

Every soccer player needs a rest and a drink.

I think this smile on her face says it all!  Oh how I love my "Sunshine" and can't wait for her next game.

Saturday, August 22, 2015


    "A smile can brighten the darkest day."

Today our Grace Yan Cui is 8 years old.  I wish we could be spending   
the day with her, but it just wasn't possible.  They are having a party today, so I know she is having a great celebration.

We sent shopping when we were in CA in July.  She showed me a few things that she wanted for her birthday.  I hope they arrived in time for today!

She is such a beautiful, smart little girl.  I wish I could spend more time with her.

Oh my, she loves to play games.

Being a big sister to four brothers is hard work!

A strawberry lover, just like her Mam!

Loves the beach!

Did I ever tell you that she loves to shop!

Climbing a fallen redwood tree.

My girl loves to do so many things.  She recently finished soccer camp.  Playing in the goal is her favorite spot.  She likes tennis, is a great swimmer, learning to golf, taking Chinese lessons,sew, cook, play the piano, gymnastics, loves to read and loves school.

Happy Birthday sweet girl!  Love you and miss you so much.

One Dozen

"Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born."

Yes, we are having grandchild #12 in February!  As always, I am so excited for a new addition to our family.  Troy and Bethany are expecting this angel on February 14th.  My birthday is the 11th, so I might have  a wonderful gift this year.

The told us on our vacation in June and it has been a very hard secret to keep!  The girls, Camryn and Sadie, are so excited. They are telling everyone.  Most times they want a sister, but a few times it has been a brother.  We will find out on September 1 and I will be letting you know!!!

                     Sadie is 2 1/2.

Camryn is 6 1/2.