Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Winter Concert

Matt's band - the Norse Band - put on their winter concert a couple of months ago.

He's working the xylophone.

This one's a foot stomper.
Here he goes completely on his own. Nice job Matt!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

And they're off!

Andrew has started track in HS. He's running on the JV or Frosh/Soph team. I think the coach and Andrew are still figuring out what events he should run in, but for now, he's working on the 100, 200, 400 and 4x100, 4x200 relays. This was his first meet and his first race. He's actually one of the younger guys as a lot of the boys competing were sophomores.
He's in the first lane on the right.
The 100 isn't his best race, and he's still getting used to using blocks.
He's not usually the fastest starter, but he got a good jump this time. The most important thing in his first race was that he didn't finish last! Good job Andrew! It'll only get better from here!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Snow!

The boys and girl love the snow. So do I. Unfortunately, we don't live near snow. So what has become an annual trip, we went up to visit our good friends, the Paytons, and did some sledding.
It's a big hill.

But surprisingly, Emery didn't go down that fast even though I tried something new and waxed all the boards this time.
But she had a blast with her bud Hannah.
I think Andrew had the best run of the day.
The day started off quite wet with rain though it turned into sleet and then snow. Everyone had fun, and the boys thought it was dope!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Warriors

As our beloved Lakers are still in a down season :( we root for the Warriors. Unfortunately, they keep letting us down too! I took Matt to see the Warriors play the Sacramento Kings at their new arena - the Golden 1 Center.
We started off the night with dinner at Squeeze Inn. My cholesterol level went up about 20 points. Matt's eating like a man now. Good to see. Bad to pay for.

We tried to get there early and see all of Steph's famous warm-up drills. We got there just in time to see the end of his dribbling routine. He's on the baseline going at it. Shawn Livingston is at the free throw line.

Then Steph started shooting. It was pretty cool to watch.

Iggy came out to warm-up in his usual hoodie.

It was an exciting game that went to OT. Unfortunately, the Warriors lost. But we had a blast!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

LA Trip

At Christmas break, we went down to LA to visit a lot of family and friends. As usual, the weather was real nice and we even got to hit the beach one day. Though I didn't take that many pictures, we managed to capture a few moments.
 This was our first Christmas with cousin Dorothy! I don't she caught the significance of the moment.
One of the highlights of our trip was visiting the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Ronny was one of our favorite Presidents so it was a fun and educational trip. Sandy had a soft spot for Nancy too.
Future President Andrew has strong words for the country. Aaron is backing him up.
Air Force 1 was a pretty cool sight to see.
And as usual, the cousins had a rowdy party with all of their crazy hats.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Drum line

It seems like such a cop out, but every week I keep thinking we are so busy I can't even blog about what we're doing. Maybe some day, I will be bored and have lots of time. But I can't imagine that's even possible. Life has been super busy and this time, I have photos to prove it.

Matt started drum line. He's on the cymbals. As I have never been in band or drum line and never really had friends who did drum line, I had no idea what to expect. So we went to Matt's first competition and boy was it cool.
Here's how they started. If you can't tell, it was a space theme. Sci fi baby.
There's Matt!

And they're off! I didn't know Matt could be so artistic!

And then they all grab their instruments. Matt is probably the best cymbal player ever, ever.

Can you see him? It's a swirling vortex of percussion.

Ta-da! And they won 1st place! I guess our band program is really good here in Benicia. The funny thing was that Matt had sprained his wrist a couple days before the competition. He was icing and take Advil and in pain, during the performance. Who knew that percussion players have to suck it up and fight through the pain, just like NBA players, right?! Way to gut it out Matt! Nice work!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

1 Corinthians 2:1-2

At times I wonder what the boys and girl will think of their childhood. What memories will they have? What will they think of my parenting of them? What do they see as my highest priorities? I know that there is plenty of hypocrisy in my life. That's why I need Christ. Hopefully, they will see that I did not rely upon my age or experience in parenting them but that I wanted most of all for them to know Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:1-2
And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.