Saturday, April 26, 2008

Happy Birthday, Babe! (aka Daddy)

Happy Birthday, babe... Hope you enjoy your day (thanks for still going outside to mow the lawn)! I love you so very much- thank you for being such an amazing and wonderful husband and daddy.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Working Parents

I know, I know... People check out our blog mostly to get updates on Grace and Jeremy. This particular post is actually going to be about Jason and me. Here are some pictures that might give you a glimpse into our work.
My school's Open House was a few weeks ago. I really love my work as a teacher, and so despite the crazyness that might come with preparing for an Open House, I always look forward to it. I enjoy meeting with the parents, and seeing how excited the kids get to be able to show off the things they've worked on. For this year's Open House, I would have to say that the kids were proudest of their State Report Powerpoint presentations (I'm proud that I was able to teach them how to create those). Another thing that they loved was challenging their parents to our version of "Are YOU Smarter than a 5th Grader?" We have CSTs (California State Testing) starting next week, and I feel like it's all downhill from there. I can't believe how fast this year has gone by. Of course, that might have something to do with how I was off for 4 months!
Jason lives to coach volleyball. His boy's team's season just started. Grace and I were able to go watch the first game against Terronez. It was a very close game and ended with Terronez edging out Wawona in Game 3 with a score of 17-15 (they had won game point but the call was reversed by the ref). He's had two games since and their record is currently 1-2. He's such a great coach. His boys learn so many things from him. This year's team has got great potential. They are in a tough league against schools with reputable volleyball programs. His two losses were really close against Terronez and Tenaya, and they dominated in their win against St. Anthony's.
Last week was my school's carnival. Jason brought Grace and Jeremy out to my school. We ate, talked with friends, and Grace played in the bounce houses and several carnival games. Jeremy actually stayed up the entire time, taking in all the different sights and sounds. I enjoyed showing off my wonderful family to all the students and staff!Feel free to check out more pictures in our Family Photo Album.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Busy Day for Birthdays

It was a busy day for Grace today! She was invited to two birthday parties- one was for Gabriella whose mom, Amy, works with me, and the other was for Ethan, whose parents, Russ and Alison, are in our small group at church.

Ella and Grace

Gabriella's "princess" birthday was at Storyland. It was so cute- all of the girls were invited to dress up in their favorite princess attire. In addition to making a wand craft, the girls were guided around Storyland by Cinderella. Our friend, Jamie, gave Grace a beautiful princess dress earlier this week, and so of course Grace wore that one to the party. She looked absolutely adorable!

After going home for a short nap, we then went to Oso de Oro Park for Ethan's "dinosaur" party. The kids got to make an erupting volcano, go on a dinosaur egg hunt, and dig for dinosaurs. What a contrast, from princesses to dinosaurs!
Ethan and Grace
She had such a great time at both parties. Happy Birthday, Ella and Ethan! (More pictures in our Family Photo Album)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Six Months Old

Half a year old... that's Jeremy! In just this past week, it seems like Jeremy has grown up a lot- maybe it has something to do with these: him consistently rolling over, or in addition to his bottles, is eating 3 "meals" a day (rice cereal for now), or how he wears clothes made for 9 month olds, or how shoes don't really fit because his feet are too "high/fat," or because he's sleeping longer through the night... We can't believe it! Our son is 6 months old!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Gracie's 1st Ballet Class

For the longest time, we've been meaning to put Grace in some kind of a class- gymnastics, dance, etc. Well, we finally decided on a mommy and me tap/ballet dance class. They also do some gymnastics, so it's a good introduction to all kinds of things. Her first class was last week. She is just the cutest little dancer. I was amazed to see how some things came so naturally to her. It was also interesting to see her watch, listen to, and follow the teacher's directions (Teacher Katie, who Grace calls "Teacher Kitty"). I'm not being biased- many other parents have commented on how coordinated and "good" Grace is! I really thought she might get shy and clingy, but it was very evident that she loves her class. In fact, by the middle of last week's lesson, she told me to go sit down. Tonight, Jason and Jeremy came to watch, and Jason even participated and helped out with Grace so I could take some more pictures. Check out the Family Photo Album!