Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Jason attended his first All-Comers Meet since college this past February. Our family drove to Sacramento (it was a reeeaally long day- the kids didn't do so great). Between Gracie pulling my arm trying to get my attention, and Jeremy practically falling off the bleachers, I pretty much missed Jason's race. He pulled a muscle and barely made it over the finish line.
Last week, Jason ran in his second All-Comers Meet. It was held at Los Gatos High School, his alma mater (Los Gatos is in the San Jose area). It coincided with our week in San Francisco without the kids. I was soooo excited to go support him on his home turf! I loved seeing his world- he showed me their track fieldhouse where the records are kept. We discovered that 2 of Jason's records still stand from 1994 (100 m at 10.47 seconds, and the 200 m at 21.28 seconds). WOW! Jason was able to meet up with 2 of his former coaches, Butch Lumby and Willie Harmatz, and even a former college teammate, Etroy Nelson, who he'd run relays with at Fresno State. He barely had enough time to warm up before his race, and I was worried that he was going to get injured. His first race was the 100m and he was placed in the first heat against runners who just recently graduated from college. His goal was to finish the race without injuring himself. He did great, coming in 5th (not bad for an old guy!) with a time of 11.95 seconds and no injuries! Unfortunately, I didn't think he was going to be in the first heat, so I didn't get the camera out in time to get the entire race recorded. He does have ongoing problems with his achilles- he's got tendonities which he goes to physical therapy for. They hurt enough, that he decided not to run in his second event, the 200 m. His next two All-Comers Meets will be in July in Edmonton! Let's see how he fares against Canadians!
Friday, June 26, 2009
-Can't go to San Francisco without exploring Chinatown (I've been so many times and still haven't gotten tired of it... I know, weird)
We are sooo grateful to Jason's mom for taking the kids! Our getaway was a great way for us to reconnect, make new memories, and reminisce! It was indeed, a very happy birthday! (Picture slideshow on the right)
Friday, June 19, 2009
Mona threw Grace and Jeremy a goodbye party today. All of the kids at the daycare colored a picture for a "Goodbye, We'll Miss You" book. Mona also had goodbye gift bags with balloons for the kids when we came to pick them up.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Having written that, I am willing to bet that next year at this time, I will probably be writing a post about all of my anxieties and emotions as I grapple with heading back to work... And with that, this chapter of my life comes to an end as a new one begins... PS: We just found out this week that Grace got into A.M. kindergarten!!!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Tuesday night was Grace's Year End Program at Shining Star Preschool (at Northwest Church). Jason's mom watched Jeremy for us so we could focus 100% on Grace. The place was packed! Grace's teachers have made several comments this past week about how great Grace has been during their practices. One actually said, "We're putting her front and center, so you better come." We had no idea what to expect. In children's programs at church, she hasn't always participated- she has been the one who has flipped up her dress, made funny faces, and a few years ago, even ran around behind the risers while everyone else performed! Today, her class performed last. I personally think they saved the best for last! Not only that, I think (and yes, I realize I'm a little biased) that Grace totally stole the show. Watch the video! (And there are pictures on the right).
She was amazing- I laughed so hard. Where'd she learn those moves?! After the program, we returned to her classroom for Open House. She showed us around and we got to see some of the things they've been doing in class. She told Jason that after the program, everyone would be getting some bread and sticking some ice cream in it and putting it together (get it? ice cream sandwiches). It was such a great evening- we are so proud of our little girl and are amazed at how much she has learned this year. Preschool has been a wonderful experience. She is going to be incredibly saddened when school ends next week. I don't think she realizes just what that means yet...
Grace's teachers: Mrs. Laura and Mrs. Becky