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.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

A Birthday for SAMUEL

                          "Children make life important."

   We did FT with Samuel today to wish him a Happy Birthday.  His birthday is tomorrow and he will be getting lots of calls tomorrow, so we decided to be a day early.  He is getting so big and will be in first grade this year.  He just completed a week of soccer camp.

    He also loves baseball.  We were there in the spring for his first baseball practice.

  He was participating in a basketball camp when we were there in July.  I guess he loves most every sport there is.  He also swims, golfs and plays tennis.

   Anyway, Happy Birthday Samuel!  We love you and miss you so much.  Looking forward to November when you will be traveling to Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Another "Gotcha " Day


May 26, 2008 was the day that Gracie joined our family.  I will never forget how my heart was pounding as we entered the building. 
I can remember Jake saying, "There she is"!  She looked just like the pictures were had seen of her - so tiny - so beautiful!

Since I have so many problems using this computer, I will just post some pictures of her over the last couple years.

Love my girl and can't wait to see her on July 9th!!!