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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Random Questions

I saw this as a post on Facebook, but wanted to preserve the answers longer than I'd see them on my Facebook wall.  I'd like to ask these questions of Stephen too.  Maybe I'll get the chance sometime and I'll update.  But for now, here are the girls answers:

Nikki, age 17

1. What is something mom always says to you?  
You should join Crossfit.
2. What makes mom happy?
When we pick up our stuff.
3. What makes mom sad?
When we're sad.
4. How does your mom make you laugh?
Pretty much anything.
5. What was your mom like as a child?
Cute as a little kid & wild as a teenager.
6. How old is your mom?
43
7. How tall is your mom?
5'7"
8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Crossfit/Vacation
9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
Watch Criminal Minds
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
A cooking show.
11. What is your mom really good at?
Managing things.
12. What is your mom not very good at?
Singing
13. What does your mom do for a job?
Homemaker
14.What is your mom's favorite food?
Ahi
15.What makes you proud of your mom?
Being our mom.
16. If your mom were a character, who would she be?
Belle
17. What do you and your mom do together?
Eat
18. How are you and your mom the same?
We like all of the same things; clothes, food, everything.
19. How are you and your mom different?
Mom is neater.
20. How do you know your mom loves you?
She shows it and says it.
21. What does your mom like most about your dad?
He's a good dad.
22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
Hawaii
23. How old was your Mom when you were born?
25


And Ali's answers at age 14:

1. What is something mom always says to you?  
You need to get good grades.
2. What makes mom happy?
Me...then ok her children.
3. What makes mom sad?
When her children are sad.
4. How does your mom make you laugh?
She's weird
5. What was your mom like as a child?
Small-played soccer
6. How old is your mom?
43
7. How tall is your mom?
5'7 1/2"
8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Crossfit
9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
Crossfit
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
Something to do with health.
11. What is your mom really good at?
Crossfit
12. What is your mom not very good at?
Picking out her clothes without my help.
13. What does your mom do for a job?
Mom
14.What is your mom's favorite food?
Chocolate Souffle from Roy's
15.What makes you proud of your mom?
Crossfit
16. If your mom were a character, who would she be?
I have no idea~can we skip that one.
17. What do you and your mom do together?
Watch TV/Shopping
18. How are you and your mom the same?
We both care about our presentation.
19. How are you and your mom different?
We don't look alike.
20. How do you know your mom loves you?
You ask what's wrong when I'm upset.
21. What does your mom like most about your dad?
You balance each other out.
22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
Hawaii/Beach
23. How old was your Mom when you were born?
29


These were fun to ask and see what the girls came up with.  It'd be interesting to see how their answers changed if I'd asked when they were younger.  They know me pretty well at this point.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Nikki's Senior Photo

Oh my gosh, what a fun day!  Nikki wanted to do her senior pics down at the beach.  It was a challenge to find a date that worked for both Michelle (our photographer) and us.  But we did it & headed down to Balboa to meet her for Nikki's photos.  She didn't disappoint!  She's been there before so she had some favorite locations she wanted to hit.  But then we just wandered around and as she'd see something interesting, we'd stop and take some shots.  I had a really hard time picking my favorite one.  There were so many that I loved!  I'll just try to narrow it down as much as I can :)




















I love all of them & had a great time following along watching Michelle in action!

Easter 2015

Since I haven't been on my blog in ages and the last post was Easter 2014, I figured I'd just jump ahead a year.

Stephen had Friday off of school for Good Friday (love Catholic schools!). We asked him to come home for the weekend and invited Caleigh to join him.  They were free, so they flew down on Thursday and back to school Sunday evening. Unfortunately Bill & I had concert tickets booked for Kenny Chesney in Vegas for Friday evening. So we picked them up at the airport, went out to dinner and then headed to Vegas.

Concert was great, glad we went. But we missed getting to spend some time with Stephen and Caleigh.

Anyway Easter morning we had the traditional crepes.  I made some eggs, bacon & crepes with strawberries.  Breakfast was yummy and it was so nice to have our whole little family together!





Afterwards, the kids all headed out back for their Easter egg hunt. Nobody knew the eggs were filled with cash and they were still excited to go hunt for them! I love the enthusiasm! They all had a certain number of eggs to find. It took awhile but everyone found theirs. As a side note I found another egg a week later so I'm not sure where the extra one came from!






Later in the afternoon we headed to Chuck & Joanne's for Easter dinner.  They did a cute carrot pull instead of an egg hunt this year.  Their garden was overflowing with carrots so the kids each pulled one.  There were prizes for various categories such as: longest, shortest, ugliest, etc.  It was a fun way to get her carrots harvested!  As always it was a nice day.  We enjoyed visiting with family and getting to sit and talk with everyone.








The visit definitely didn't seem long enough but I was thankful for a chance to visit with Stephen and Caleigh.  Happy Easter 2015!







Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter 2014

I can't believe we're already at Easter!  Wasn't it just Christmas?  This was the first holiday we spent without Stephen.  It was weird, but we had a good day.  I made crepes for breakfast, which the girls were happy about.  They also wanted to have our annual egg hunt so they got to hunt for plastic eggs filled with scratcher lottery tickets.  They each won a few bucks and had fun searching.  Bill couldn't resist giving tons of clues along the way.  He's such a kid at heart.  I think next year, I'll make sure he doesn't see where any of the eggs are before the hunt and let him search along with the girls.

Then we all got ready to go over to Chuck & Joanne's.  The girls decided to get prettied up this year.  They looked beautiful!


We couldn't have asked for a better Easter Sunday!  The weather was perfect.  The volleyball court was groomed and ready to roll.  The kids had the crazy egg hunt (Nikki found two, really two?!)  They were holding out for the big eggs but didn't find any.





Later on some shuffleboard got going.  We enjoyed just sitting and relaxing and catching up with everyone.  We came home around 7:00 and got to talk to Stephen.  He said he'd had a nice brunch with some friends and had an uneventful day.  It was a perfect end to an awesome day.






Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A Short Visit with Stephen

Nikki had a 5 day weekend this past weekend.  St. Lucy's always takes Valentine's Day off.  Sister Helen couldn't take the barrage of deliveries for the girls from both boys and parents.  So she made it a holiday.  Well then the deliveries started coming on the 13th.  So guess what?  Yep they get that day off too!  Gotta love her.  So that gave us Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Plus both girls were off on Monday for President's Day.  We decided to take advantage of it and pull Ali out of school on Friday and head up the coast.  We wanted to tour some colleges along the way and get in a visit with Stephen.

We left Friday morning and arrived at Cal State Channel Islands for our 11am tour.  The school was very nice.  Bill really liked it, and I think both girls did as well.  The one downfall is they don't have any sports programs.  They have club sports though so it's still a consideration.


From there, we headed into Santa Barbara for lunch.  We walked awhile on State Street and had a great pizza lunch.  Then it was time to jump back in the car for a long stretch.  Our next stop was Monterey.  We arrived, checked into our hotel and headed to dinner.  I'd made a reservation since it was Valentine's Day and we weren't sure what kind of crowds would be there.  I picked a place called Lalapalooza.  It had good reviews and it was in the little downtown and not near Fisherman's Wharf so I thought we'd be okay.  It was a great choice.  Not crowded, good meal and we walked from the hotel.

The next morning, we had another 11am tour.  This one at Cal State Monterey Bay.  This is the school that has been great about communicating with Nikki about soccer.  They've seen her play a few times and have told her they like what they see.  Unfortunately she's had several girls tell her not to go there.  They've said it's all concrete and super ugly since it's an old Army base (Fort Ord).  Needless to say, I'm glad I forced her to check it out.  She and Ali both loved it.  It's near the beach, has bigger dorm rooms and is really spread out over a large area.  Plus it helped that we had an awesome tour guide.  


This was the new library.  Many of the buildings had been converted from the Army base.  But the new buildings have been built using 80% recycled materials from the base.  It was really neat to hear the history of some of the buildings.

After our tour, we stopped and had lunch near the water.  There were a bunch of seals out on the dock so we watched them awhile too.  From there, we headed to UC Santa Cruz.  Nikki really wanted to check out their campus, but I wasn't able to set up a tour.  They only do weekday tours and were closed on Monday due to the holiday.  So we had planned to just do a walking tour.  But by the time we arrived and saw what hill the campus was on, we decided a driving tour would be just fine.  It's a pretty campus, but is much harder to get into.  So Nikki is going to keep it on her list of "maybes".  



From there we headed to Santa Clara.  We knew we wouldn't see Stephen until morning, so we just had a nice dinner and shopped around at Santana Row.  We stayed at the hotel right on Santana Row this time.  I'd seen it before and had thought it'd be a fun place to stay.  It was perfect.

The next morning, we picked Stephen up and headed into San Francisco.  He had kept the day open for us.  So we went into town and ate at Gotts Roadside.  Yes we'd planned our entire day around that meal.  It consisted of hamburgers, fries and shakes for $110!  Although I got the ahi burger, and it was delicious.  Then we walked down to Pier 39 and did lots of people watching.  Of course we had to stop by and see all of the seals there too.



The visit seemed way too fast, but I did get to ask him all of the questions I'd been wanting to ask.  I am just so proud of how hard he's working and the direction he wants to go.  He is loving everything they're doing in ROTC and is working really hard to earn a scholarship.  He showed me the two badges he's earned already.  One was for scoring 290 on the PT test and the other was for German Armed Forces Military Proficiency.  Now he just needs the uniform to be able to put them on!  It sounds like school is going okay and polo is too.  Although he thinks his time is limited for playing polo.  He sees  how busy school and ROTC get junior year and is concerned.  We told him to take it one year at a time and see how it goes.

Monday morning we woke up early.  Stephen forgot to give me a form he needed me to take to the bank for signatures and was leaving at 7:30 to work in a VA hospital.


Then we had breakfast at Stephen's favorite breakfast place, Bill's Cafe.  It was a yummy way to begin our long ride home.  I did enjoy the beautiful blossoms on the trees along the way, although felt really bad about all of the bees that splattered on our windshield!


Overall it was a very successful trip for both college tours and visiting Stephen.  Hopefully he'll be able to come home for spring break.  Otherwise we won't have him back here until the END of summer.  Boo!!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

One Season Left of High School Soccer

This season of high school soccer for Nikki flew by!  With 12 graduating seniors last year, nobody expected they'd do very well this year.  They ended up not making into CIF playoffs, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well they played.  And I think next year they should be fine as well.  It's hard to believe next year will be her final year playing high school soccer.  I am so proud of her for playing all four years.  It's been a struggle trying to balance club and high school.  And unfortunately her coaches didn't make it easy on her.  Then you throw in the fact that she's also got to find time to be a student, and well let's just say I'm very proud of her for sticking it out.  Their last game of the season will be tomorrow.  I hope they end it on a high note.  But they're playing the first place team, and their coach can't be on the bench for receiving a red card in the last game.  Hmm, oh well hopefully it'll be good memories anyway.




Thursday, February 6, 2014

Another volleyball weekend

So excited to get back to watching Ali play volleyball.  She's playing on the 13's team for a second season.  Last year she could've played on the 12's team, but they decided to play her up.  It was a tough beginning being that she was the only one that had never played before.  But as the season wore on, she gained some ground.  At this year's tryouts, she was hoping to stay with her former teammates and play on the 14's team.  Turns out the coaches thought it would be better for her (or them) to keep her on the 13's team for another year.  I think overall it was a good call since they'd switched her to be a setter. She is the only setter on the team and will get a lot of play time to develop.  And her team is having a great time together.






This group has about 5-6 girls that have never played club volleyball, and yet they are doing great as a team.  They are all supportive of each other and are learning so quickly.  Plus I know how quickly these days are going to go.