Monday, June 10, 2019

Livin' the dream

Last night the Olsons came over for din din and a smore's fire.  It was fun.  Britton and I were sitting on the couch while the kids were playing outside and I said, "Living the dream!"  Like, sitting down and doing nothing is living the dream.  

I wanted to memorialize the event with my big camera.  

Hanna and the critter face

Kira's posed smile is a little more natural than it was in the past

Mr. Hollywood in his element

Monday, May 27, 2019

May 2019

Last week Lindzer and her family came up for the day.  It was fun to see them.

We went to the Oakland Temple open house.  It had been under construction for 1.5 years.  They changed almost all of the colors but it seems the hallways are narrower and the ceilings are lower.  I guess they had to make it to seismic code.   

After, we ate at Chipotle in Walnut Creek.  It was yummy. 

This morning I got the kids ready and took them to the gym.  I wanted to update Parker's wall photo and while he was posing, Hanna joined him.  I just couldn't resist not taking her photo too. 

Good old Mister.  His favorite thing right now is for me to jump him on the tramp.  He absorbs the bounce and gets frustrated that he's not going that high, and for me, it's a lot of work.  But he likes it.  "Daddy, can you bounce me?" 

Now we're gonna run the RC boat a little and then watch some TV.  I've been up since 5:30 working on things.   Okay, bye. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

2019 CYO regional meet

Laurel moved from American Fork, UT, to Eldorado Hills.  It's an upscale neighborhood 30 minutes northeast of Sacramento.  

Cute Missy with her baba

Living the dream!  Ha ha.  Assembling new patio furniture.

Also the American dream:  A 3 car garage.  It was fun seeing them and their nice pad.  I'm a bit jealous of it but not of Ryan's commute.

5/11/19 was the last track meet of the season at DVC.

Kira participated in the 4x100 relay, which took 1st.

Skylar finishes the 4x100 in 1st place.

Kira finished the 100m in 3rd place with a time of 16.2

Kira's medley relay took 1st also, with Mariah, Skylar, Skylar.
Overall, track was a great experience for Kira.  I was pleased that she could get herself to her events and that she made friends.  Also it's great that she was so fast with so little training.   I've been thinking about upgrading my old Rebel XTi to a Canon 5d mkiii since it can do video, but everyone warns me about buying used stuff on craigslist.  I understand they're worried that people get rid of defective stuff, but my experience has been that people need cash or the next model more and therefore post functional, good quality stuff. 

Okay, bye. 

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Daily Events

Conference fun...playing with gears.

 The kids always find ways to make boring objects so much more fun.  Parker went through a stage that he liked pushing Hanna as fast as he could in this plastic bin.
 Everyone has been really into RC cars.  Danny seems to keep buying them.  Scott is trying to get one go really fast and into timing it. Below are all the kids at Heritage watching the cars.  Blake and Nick, our neighbor, play a lot because they both homeschool.  Nick is a great friend to Blake.  Glad they have each other.

 Date to McDonalds.  This is Hanna's scrunchie face.  It is how she smiles.  It is fun to see how Blake and Hanna have gotten a lot closer this year since he is homeschooling.  The benefit of homeschooling is having time in the week to go on special dates.  Blake liked that he got the #7 because he turned 7.

Horrible photo but this is the jazz band at the mattress fundraiser.  We all went to watch and support Scott.  The boys had just found out that they both made Jazz Band which they were so excited about and I am so excited about.  I thought Scott would make it because he was in it this year, but Tyler really just started dedicating time to piano about a year ago since he started lessons.  He is really talented and you has a gift of feeling emotion when he plays.  He and Scott practiced really hard and Scott did an amazing job getting a couple of kids together once or twice a week to go over the songs after school.  Our home became alive with Jazz.  It was neat to see Scott organize this.  Mr. Fallon was so impressed with Tyler.  It is the first thing that Tyler has had the opportunity to try out for and be a part of.  When he was born I was worried about him not being able to play sports but it is interesting how as kids aren't able to do one thing they fill their life with other things taht are equally as awesome.  A couple of his friends made it next year so I know it will be a great thing for Scott and Tyler to enjoy and be a part of together as well as Tyler be a part of with his friends.  Super proud of them!

A pic from Shawna's baptism from a long time ago.  So happy for her!  Not sure if I wrote about it but nothing compares to seeing the blessings of the gospel come into someone's life and the life of their kids!!  She is incredible.  I am so lucky to have her as a great friend.

Uncle Rich's Funeral

My Grandma's brother passed away and I decided very last minute to go to New Jersey to his funeral.  I didn't know how it would all work out but I really felt like I needed to be there.  I found a red eye to fly out Thursday night and be there in time for the funeral Friday morning.  My flight was delayed and I thought I was going to miss my connecting flight in Arizona but all the flights got delayed because the airport was shutdown from rain.  Phew!  I took the subway and bus to the chapel and my family was there.  It was so great seeing everyone!  The funeral was nice and afterward we went to a really great Italian restaurant that they opened up for the family.  It was great catching up with my mom's cousins and all their kids who are my age. As much time passes in between visits, I just feel this immediate connection and love for our Jersey family.  They were my mom and Grandma's life.  My grandma and her brother had a unique relationship.  He was such a connection from our family to our Jersey family.  I was so grateful for the brother that he was to my grandma. The coolest thing to see was how everyone just took care of everyone.  The family had 3 loses within about a month so when I was there was a lot of grief.  Sue travels about an hour every morning to pick up her great nieces and bring them to school.  Cindy helped Janine with pick ups and drop offs whenever she could since John was so sick.  Denise watched her grandkids whenever she could.  It was so refreshing seeing a family just working together to help in whatever way they could to make everyones lives better with nothing needed in return.  Helping to help.  Loving to love.  It reminded me so much of my parents.  It made me miss them and made me so grateful for a family that was all about unconditional love and help for a family.  Having an Italian family is something to be so proud of because there is something about being there for each other no matter what, no judgement, just love for your family. It was a magical week that I will forever treasure. 

River Otters

I made it through my first month at River Otters.  So far it has gone well and I really enjoy it.  The kids and parents are all really nice.  The kids are eager to learn and there is so much to learn.  There are some really athletic kids but they just have their arms go as fast as they can through the water.  So it takes a lot of time to slow down and relearn.  In some ways that is really exciting.  The hardest part is that we have all the kids into two groups so getting to know all the kids and being able to direct the groups is impossible.  Luckily I have 3 great coaches who are so eager and capable of coaching.  They are all fairly new coaches so I try to help them coach while also coaching a group so that is the most challenging part.  Overall, it is a great fit for our family.  I am excited to help swim in our community.  There is something really rewarding about that.