Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Compartment Syndrome

Compartment syndrome is one of those things that you never really hear about. I learned about it through my job as a claims specialist. But you never think it'll happen to you, especially after a friendly game of pick up soccer. But it did.
2 surgeries and 4 days in the hospital later, God has humbled me again. It's so easy to take life for granted. To take walking for granted. To take work and going to church and everything for granted. To take sitting in a chair and driving a car for granted. But God reminded me again that everything is a gift from him. The Lord gives and takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.

I'm almost 4 weeks out from my injury. I've just started to get back to my regular routine. It still's hard to walk, to drive, to sit for periods of time. But I'm so thankful that I can do those things. I went to church for the first time last Sunday in 3 weeks. What a blessing it is to sing praise with His church. To hear His Word preached. To serve and be with the saints.

I'm also thankful for my hard working wife. She did a lot while I was down. The boys and girl stepped up too. They showed a lot of maturity and were servants. God is good, always.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Happy Birthday Emery!

Last month, Emery turned 11. It was a perfect time to enjoy free slurpees from 7-11.
Then it was off to Jump Highway where there are trampolines everywhere. Kids were running everywhere. And she was re-living her gymnastics glory days!
Thankfully, Sandy and I weren't permanently injured but we barely survived! This place is not for the middle aged! Happy birthday Emery!

Monday, August 7, 2017

John 1:1-2

John 1:1-2
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

July 4

July 4 in Benicia is so easy. We leave about an hour before sunset. Park a few blocks from our spot and get set up with our chairs, cocoa, games and snacks.
This year Andrew and mom decided to stay home. But Emery, Matt and I had some good bonding time while we waited for the fireworks over the water. I'm still the master of Connect 4, for now. Thankfully, the weather wasn't as freezing cold as in past years. We felt fine with four layers on top, two layers on bottom and our blanket!
It IS better in Benicia!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ephesians 1:3-4

It's easy to forget that we have every spiritual blessing possible in Christ. Every single one. We can' t be any more blessed, being in Christ. If only I could remember that every day and every moment. What joy and contentment would be mine.
Ephesians 1:3-4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Proverbs 15:3

Even though I haven't posted a single verse for this year, we have been memorizing and reviewing verses. Really. We have. Here's proof:
Proverbs 15:3 "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good." If only we could live, remembering that reality. What comfort that would bring. What peace. And what accountability and incentive to avoid sin. I remind the boys and girl constantly that the Lord is with them no matter where they go and what they do. May they never forget it, for their good.

Thursday, July 13, 2017


I don't know why it's so hard for me to keep up with the blogging these days. But the last few years, I'm always months behind! Well, even though we're in the middle of summer, I have to make note of Andrew's first year of track.
He ran on the frosh / soph team and had a blast. He ran the 100, 200, 4x100 and sometimes even the 4x400. I think he really did start getting fast this year. He had a PR for the 200 at 25.63 which is still his best and fastest race. I think he finished 3rd at league championships. Last year, he was in the 27-28 range. But more important than the times, he had a ton of fun and worked hard. Great job Andrew!

Saturday, June 24, 2017


Matt started out with a black cast and then he went to a dark blue cast.
Then he went to a light blue cast.

After 7 long weeks, or at least they felt super long at the time, Matt's arm is finally free! He slowly building up his strength and flexibility. But I think he's going to be back to his old self in no time.

Thursday, June 8, 2017


Emery had her spring orchestra concert. She continues to improve in her violin playing.
Look at that form!
Here are a few of the pieces:

Monday, May 29, 2017

Family 5k

Last month, almost the entire family ran a 5k. Matt was going to run it even with his cast on, but he fell sick that morning. So the 4 of us ran it.
We didn't really do any training. But Andrew did pretty well - 28:04 for a 9:01 pace. He was 18th for his age group (14-18 yr olds).
Emery ran the farthest she ever ran and the fastest she ever ran. Her time was 32:06 for a 10:12 pace which was 5th for her age group (10-11 yr olds). I won't tell you what Sandy and I ran. Great job Andrew and Emz! Hopefully, next year the whole family will run it together.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Food Forest

We're getting close to 2 years into our food forest, and things are flourishing. With all the rain, it has been a great summer of blooms and growth.
Our trees are still trying to mature, and we're still trying to figure out what to put where. But things are progressing nicely.

This year we've had such wonderful multi-colored blooms. The poppies in the background have exploded beautifully.
Last year, it seemed like everything was purple. We still have a lot of Laker colors which is good.
I wish I had more time to sit outside and enjoy God's creation. He is truly a master artisan.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Beach

We love to go to the beach. We only get to go about once or twice a year, but everyone loves it.
We build some type of sand castle every time. The things you can do with a kimchee jar!
Matt did his best to keep his cast dry.
And Andrew likes to show off his muscles now. He seems to have a few!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

CA Adventure

We went to Disney CA Adventure for a day as well.
We enjoyed some new rides.
And even had time for some photo fun. Cars Land is dope. We loved the Radiator Springs ride.
A few of us got really wet while a couple of us stayed dry and took pictures.
It was another great day for the Lee family.
Oh and I forgot to memorialize my winning score from Buzz Lightyear's ride!
Still the champ!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Disney Part 2

One of the cool things about this trip is that we did some different things in the park that we've never done before. One of them was the Laughing Stock Company show at the Golden Horseshoe. It was a little old west interactive comedy show.
When they were looking for the meanest, toughest, roughest looking outlaw in the land, guess who they picked? That's right, the person in our family who LEAST wanted attention to himself, Matt.
He had a few lines to say. Doesn't he sound like the meanest, toughest...ah never mind.
It sure was a fun show with Matt in it!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Over spring break, we decided to go to Disneyland. We knew the crowds would be bad, and it was bad. But it was still a fabulous time together.
As usual, I'm the man with a plan. And we had a good one. We started off the day at Star Tours! It was dope.
Thanks to the Disney App and Fast pass tickets, our longest wait was only 30 minutes on a day when you couldn't walk side by side because it was so crowded. Andrew's getting ready to get his permit.
The girls were in the Disney spirit with their Minnie ears.
We scheduled some much needed breaks in between all of the rides.
We ended the LONG day with some front row seats at the Main Street Electrical Parade. It was a 14 hour day at Disney. I think we got our money's worth though! Thank God for a super fun day together as a family.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


It's been pretty cool to see Matt's drumline team add on more elements to their drumline performance. Here is the final result.
It's been a great season for Matt. He had a lot of fun and did a great job with it.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Proverbs 15:3

You know, if we could just remember that God is always with us, our lives would be so much better! Whether it's remembering God's presence for comfort, for strength, for encouragement and to drive away all fears or to give us a fear of committing sin, it's always so GOOD to remember He's with us. I hope and pray that the boys and girl can keep that truth close to their hearts when they leave our home.
Proverbs 15:3
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, Watching the evil and the good.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The School Board

Emery was elected to Student Council this year. They meet every other week. One of the highlights for Emery is that she will read the school announcements over the PA system for two weeks this year.
But a big honor was that she was chosen to represent her elementary school at the school Board meeting. She and her friend gave a report to the Board. Go Hounds!

Sunday, April 16, 2017


Matt officially joined the Broken Arm Club (BAC). Actually, it's more like the broken limb club to include me and my ankle. But after 2 broken arms for Andrew, Matt is officially in.
He broke it playing basketball. I told him to tell everyone that he broke it on the rim as he was dunking, but he just tells everyone that he was walking backyards and tripped. He's so humble.
When Matt was in the ER, he got some drugs for the first time. I guess Ketamine is a lot like PCP. He really enjoyed it.

Here's his wrist after it was reduced in the ER. The amazing thing about this kind of fracture in the growth plate is that it basically realigns itself on its own since Matt is still growing. God is amazing in how He created us.
He had a cast put on just 2 days after the splint. And here's his second one. Hopefully, he'll be in this one just a few more weeks.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Emery's Got Talent!

Emery's school had a talent show recently. Emery had two acts!

She opened things off with the Star Spangled Banner. It was quite the way to kick off the night!

Her second act was an ensemble with some of her friends. Unfortunately, they had some technical difficulties. This is how it started.

It was choreographed completely by the girls. Nice job Emery! So much talent!

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.