Wednesday, August 30, 2006

What is wrong with this picture?


No, it's not that I've taken the term "soccer mom" to the extreme....
What's wrong is that this is Jacob's soccer uniform!


They only had mediums's going to be very interesting to see how a bunch of 4 and 5 year olds play in these huge uniforms!  In the meantime, soccer has been going great and Jacob loves it so far.  This is a big step up from the city run activities that we've participated in before.  We have practice a couple times a week and then Opening Day starts September 9th when he will have games every Saturday through November.  With Preschool starting next week, we have now really and truely joined the ranks of all the other families planning their lives around their children's schedules and commitments.....that, I don't think, will end for oh....16 years or so! 

A funny story....when we got Jacob's team info for soccer I told him his team was the "Bears."  He then said, kind of sad like, "So I'm not a Grasshopper anymore?"  It was cute because in all the city activities EVERY kid is a grasshopper and wears the same green shirt.   Welcome to the real world of competitive team sports Jacob!  (Well maybe not quite yet, but it's getting awfully close!)

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Day at the lake

We had a great day today and spent the day at the lake on a patio boat with Grandma and Uncle Jeff.  I think we all got way too much sun!  Jacob got to do a little of one his favorite hobbies, fishing, that is until he accidentally dropped his pole into the lake.  After Aaron and Jeff spent some time attempting to find it and dive down and get it (about 20-30 feet underwater!), we resigned to take the loss.  Ella even got her daily nap in...I don't know how she possibly can sleep in some of the conditions she does! 

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Monday, August 21, 2006

Party On!

Saturday we got together with some friends and did some river rafting down the Sacramento.  Tons of fun and very cold water...I got first hand knowledge of that after going kamikaze on a secret mission gone wrong and ended up fully submerged underwater.  Oops! 
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Afterwards we did a BBQ at our house to celebrate Aaron's birthday. 398998r10103a  (Helpful underwater disposable camera is not good for taking indoor photos!)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Happy Birthday Aaron!!

Birthday1Hey Aaron, hope you have a HAPPY, HAPPY birthday today!!  Unfortuantely you have to work but we'll celebrate it big this weekend (Surreal Neal was fun last night too though...LOL!)!  And don't worry...don't let all the gray hairs fool you, you're still young to me.   We love you Aaron! 

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

A new fav

Pepsijazz1_2Thought I'd share one of my new favorite things!  Having one diet soda a day is a treat (well actually a necessity now) for me.  While at a grocery store in Santa Cruz last week I saw a display for this new Diet Pepsi called Jazz that is Black Cherry Vanilla flavored.  I had to try it and now I love it!  I've already stocked up on 2 cases of the stuff...just in case it's a temporary summer release.  There is also a flavor called Strawberry and Cream.  That one is OK, a bit too sweet for me as a daily soda though.  If you get a chance try it and let me know what you think!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Young love

Here is Ella and Josh.  So cute.  Josh was so concerned that Ella might hurt herself walking along the rocks that he insisted she hold his hand.  She was happy to oblige him. (Photos courtesy of Karen)

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Kinda crazy photos

We had fun hanging at the Sundial Bridge late last night playing around with the camera...
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Friday, August 11, 2006

We're back home again!

Our last trip of the summer is now over!  We got back from Santa Cruz last night and we had a wonderful time.  The weather was beautiful, we had wonderful visits with family and experienced all the fun Santa Cruz has to offer.  I've gone through the 500 or so photos we took and uploaded some of them here....

San Joaquin National Cemetary  Our first night we stayed in Santa Nella and visited Grandpa's burial site in Gustine.  The grounds, while very dry and a bit barren were still beautiful and peaceful.

Santa Cruz Pictures We hung out at the beach, played on the boardwalk, had BBQ's and campfires at our campsite, visited with family members....Jaime, Elissa, Mason, and Morea came up from Southern California; Cindy from Sacramento; Diane, Hayley, and Marissa from Magalia; and Uncle Brad, Aunt Peggy and Great Lee at home in Santa Cruz.

Monterey Pictures  After visiting Grandma and saying good-bye to the SoCal Lee's (guess we're the NoCal Lee's!) we took a drive down to Monterey.  We checked out the Monterey Bay Aquarium and took a mini-tour of some of our old memories.  We lived there for 2 years over 6 years ago and while so many things change, so many things stay the same.  It was odd. 

Off to finish the many loads of laundry.  That campfire smell is in EVERYTHING...even my camera believe it or not!

Monday, August 07, 2006

We're here in Santa Cruz!

Here we are at a REALLY kid friendly campground in Santa Cruz and we’re having a good time. We left early Saturday morning for Sacramento. We attended our dear friend Karen’s Mom, Celebration of Life Ceremony. It was a very beautiful service. That evening we headed further south on I-5 and found an RV park in Santa Nella to stay the night.

Sunday morning we went a few miles to the San Joaquin National Cemetery to visit Grandpa Lee’s burial site. The grounds are beautiful and it was very peaceful and though provoking. We then headed west to the Monterey Bay area to find our campground. We’re staying at a KOA just south of Santa Cruz. There are so many fun activities here and lots of kids for Jacob and Ella to play with. They have theme weekends here and offer tons of theme related activities, this weekend it’s Fiesta time. There is also a heated swimming pool, hot tub, mini golf, train rides, climbing wall, mechanical bull and surfboard, jumping pillow, game room, ping pong, etc., etc.!! We will definitely be coming here more often with the trailer!

That afternoon after loading up on goodies at our favorite grocery store, Trader Joes (we so need one of these in our town!), we went to visit Great Grandma Lee. It is so good to see her again. We then headed to the local drive-in theater to see Talladega Nights, the Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Real fun movie and love the drive-in! We need to start a revival and bring back the drive-in movie theater! So fun and perfect for families.

Right now we’re having some breakfast and planning on heading to the beach to do some Boogie boarding. I wish I could share some photos but Internet service is very slow and intermittent and I’m lucky to even get this posted. Until next time….

Friday, August 04, 2006

Just cause and a bye for now

Here's a couple of pictures I took today that I thought were cute and so I wanted to share....twice today, someone asked if they were twins.  I'm even starting to wonder myself!


Early tomorrow morning we're heading to Sacramento for the day and then down to Santa Cruz for the rest of the week.  We'll be camping while visiting family down there.  Odds are pretty good we'll have Internet hook-ups so I'm sure I'll be back soon!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Ahhh....friends and a getaway

Last night I got back from a much needed, great 2 day break with 2 great girlfriends, Stephanie and Kim.  We headed to San Francisco to see what kind of trouble we could get into.  It was a beautiful time to go and we saw so many interesting things.  We checked out Chinatown,
did some window shopping at the 'spensive stores, some laughing at the crazy fashions in tSfgghe kooky stores (H&M--still saying, huh?), and some buying at a favorite standby (Old Navy, yeah!).  We ate lots of food and drink in Img_1837_2Chinatown, Blue Mermaid, Rain Forest Cafe, a cute little breakfast spot near Fisherman's Wharf, PF Changs, Starbucks...gosh we fit in a lot of food for less than 48 hours!  We also saw some beautiful sights and interesting homes and people.  I couldn't have asked for a better couple of days away!

Here's a link to the photos I took

Here's some of Steph's photos