Friday, December 19, 2014

Capital Air Show

Here's another long overdue post. In the summer, I took the boys to the Capital Air Show in Sacramento. Our beloved Cancun came along too. We had never been to an air show and didn't know what to expect.
 It was way cooler than I thought it would be.
We saw big old historical airplanes from Vietnam, Korea and even WWII.
 We saw some crazy acrobatics. Yes, that is a woman on the plane walking around.
Some of the planes were going super fast and flying super close. It was impressive. You can't capture how fast these planes were going on video. But in real live person, it was amazing!
Our favorite plane was the Harrier jet. It was super cool to watch it hover in the air and turn.
The one thing about Sacramento is that it can get HOT. Good thing we had umbrellas.
This was my artistic photo. Actually, I was just fortunate to barely catch the plane in the shot. It went so fast!
We went because Matt loves airplanes. Maybe he has a future as a pilot at the Air Force Academy. Maybe not. But either way, he had a great time.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sandy's birthday part 2

I forgot to post about the second half of Sandy's birthday.
After we surprised her at the restaurant, we surprised her at home with some decorations and more festivities. We got her twice.
Here are some pics with Sandy's parents.
Grandma is Emery's twin.
Grandpa is cool by the fountain.
This is one of the benefits of homeschooling - field trips! You may notice Andrew is absent. He's at school. Don't feel bad Andrew, I'm at work and not here either.
I think Sandy had a great time with her parents over her birthday week.

Friday, December 5, 2014

My birthday

A little while ago, it was my birthday.
The family treated me like royalty.
I was given the seat of honor.
Just in case there was any doubt.
It was a low key, but perfect night.
The funniest gift of all was my very own mustache to match the boys!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


I'm a little late on posting this as usual. But at least I'm posting this in the same year.
I got some tickets to a Kings game. It's not the Lakers, but this year, that's actually a good thing.
We got all dressed up for Halloween.
We watched Rudy Gay score 40 points and the Kings won the game!
Andrew's still a Lakers fan, but the Kings are moving up on his list of favorite teams.
While we were out in Sac-town, Matt and Emery got dressed up. This mighty lumberjack and nice witch hit the town and scored plenty of candy loot. Emery's been waiting all year to wear those green fingers!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Psalm 62:5-8

This one has really been ministering to my soul lately. My hope is in Him. My hope is in Him.
 Psalm 62:5 My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. 7 On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. 8 Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

1 John 2:15-17

1 John 2:15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Romans 11:33-36

How easy it is to forget that God's ways are unfathomable. Why do I live so often as if I think I can understand Him, and even worse, give HIM counsel? God is amazing. And I am so vile.
Romans 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! 34 For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? 35 Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? 36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Deuteronomy 10:12-13

The cool thing that our church started this fall is having the entire church memorize verses, not just the kids. I've always wanted to do that in a church. We've been using the Desiring God Fighter Verses, and it has been so good to memorize together as a family.
Deuteronomy 10:12 "Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to keep the LORD'S commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?"

This is one of my favorites as I love how it ends. Fearing God, loving God, serving God, obeying God all lead to one result which is God's perfect design - our good.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Deuteronomy 7:9

This is the month I get caught up on all the boys and girl's verses. Really. I mean it. It's going to happen. Here's the first.
Deuteronomy 7:9 "Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;"

Friday, November 7, 2014

Go Bruins!

We were blessed to be able to go see UCLA play Cal. Andrew went on a church event while the little ones (we refer to them as Memz in writing) came with us.
We introduced them to the BART. This was taken before the hundreds of UCLA and Cal fans stormed the BART.
We trekked a block through Berkeley. Emery said it smelled. I agree.
We walked through campus.
We had a few photo ops along the way.
It brought back some memories of when I taught Bible study on this campus 13 years ago.
Cal students were even friendly enough to take a picture of this UCLA family!
We had really good seats.
Too bad we could see the wrong team up close.
We were on that side in spirit. Although there were quite a few Bruin fans all around the stadium.
I think this was Sandy's favorite part - the UCLA marching band!
Even though Matt looks like he's being tortured, it was a fun day. He enjoyed it. I promise. And it didn't hurt that UCLA won! Go Bruins!

Monday, October 27, 2014


The boys and girl LOVE to go camping, and we finally managed to take them this year to Lake Chabot.
It was even more fun because we went with the Choi's.
The boys and girl always do some whittling.

They actually get kind of obsessed with it. I guess this is the one time I let them use a knife so they get excited.
We saw some wild turkeys.
Emery went on her first camping "sleepover" and slept in a tent with Cassidy. Girl camping. She was so brave!
The moms had a good time too!
And with fire and steak, everybody wins!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Happy Birthday Sandy!

About once every 10 years, I try and surprise Sandy on her birthday. The first time it was all my idea. This second time, I have to give credit to her bro Sam.
The surprise almost failed about 10 times. And the most exciting part was having Sandy and I at the hostess desk at Cheesecake Factory about to sit down at our table while I thought everyone was safely sitting down and waiting for us, only to find out that everyone was just outside the front door, 10 feet behind Sandy! Somehow we managed to pull it off, and Sandy was surprised! What a great night! Happy birthday honey!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

San Jose Half Marathon

After months of training, I managed to finish my 3rd half marathon, this time in San Jose. My official time was 1:56:47. It was my personal best though to be honest, I had hoped to run faster. I had my first bout of plantar fasciitis the week before and had a horrible night's sleep to slow me down.
I finished 1700 out of 8362 total runners (top 20%), 1295 out of 4128 men (top 31%) and 231 out of 760 between the ages of 40-45 (top 30%). All in all it wasn't too bad. The race was a ton of fun with bands playing and squads cheering. One of the funniest things to happen to me was that one of the lenses of my sunglasses popped out after mile 1. It was disorienting having one lens in and one lens out so I had to dump the other lens and was just running with empty frames for 12 miles. I kept wondering if they looked like Google glass. How fitting as I ran in San Jose!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Old Town Sacramento

We spent a little time in Old Town Sacramento this summer visiting Cancun and Auntie Charlotte.
It's stayed true to its Western roots with all sorts of brick buildings and wood walkways.
Even though it was super hot, we tried to stay cool.

We did find one cool cowboy...
Sactown was the place to be!
But to the boys, it didn't really matter where they were as long as they got to hang out with their Uncle Sam!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Psalm 119:9-11

Psalm 119:9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. 10 With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments. 11 Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.
 I had Emery take the spirit of the verse and it apply it to herself as a young woman.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Summer fun for Emz

It was a busy summer as usual with the girl. What wasn't she doing?
Emery was shopping.
And getting her hair braided.
And sewing. She took a class over the summer.
And of course, making lots and lots and lots of crazy looms!