Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Last year, back before Christmas or was it Thanksgiving? can't remember. Anyway, we decided to give each other tickets to Seinfeld as our Valentine's Day gifts this year. No other gifts were expected or required. For reals. These tix were pricey enough as it was. Yes, we'd go out to dinner, but no purchases of any kind were to be made. And we both stuck to that. Hallelujah!
So Valentine's Day came and went and we had to wait until MARCH 25th to see the show! So can we really call it a Valentine's gift? I don't think so. And here's why: because March 25th is the DAY BEFORE JEREMY'S BIRTHDAY. Oi! Why did we not just call it a bday gift to him?!
Well, no matter what kind of gift you wanna call it, we went. We went to see Jerry Seinfeld, live at the William Saroyan Theater, the day before Jeremy's birthday for Valentine's Day.
We went to dinner with some friends at a cute sushi place just near the theater and enjoyed a quick meal before the show. Mmmmm... sushi. That was a delicious start to a fun night.
Jerry was Jerry. He did his whole stand-up comic routine about nothing. Just like his TV show. He began with his bit about Fresno and raisins. "Raisins in my cereal, raisins in my muffin, chocolate covered raisins, and raisins with my raisins..." What the heck kind of hotel is he staying at that all they serve him is raisins? is what i wanna know. Of course, he shared all of his hilarious observations about marriage, children, parenthood, blackberry phones, public bathroom doors, and everything else about nothing.
Our favorite part of the evening was his Q & A session he opened up during his encore. People ask some silly questions when they are in the presence of TV royalty.
"When are you going to do a reunion Seinfeld show?!" someone yelled from the balcony.
Jerry answers with a snarky, "Didn't we just do that on Curb Your Enthusiasm?"
Hello people? Really? (Not that we watched that reunion show - it was on HBO - which we don't have, but we certainly knew it happened.)
"WE LOVE YOU JERRY!!!!" a few fans scream from the mezzanine.
"I've never heard that before," Jerry replies with a sarcastic eyebrow raise.
The last question from the audience was the one he didn't have an automatic prepared response for: "What are you doing for Passover?!" a man yelled from the floor.
Jerry stopped short and turned, "Is it Passover?" he asked with a baffled look and put a hand to his forehead. (Um, yes. Easter would happen the next weekend.) "Woops," was all he could reply.
It was a fun/funny evening. We love Seinfeld. We love Valetine's Day. And we love Jeremy's birthday. Mostly, we just love an excuse to buy tickets that we normally wouldn't buy and go out for a night on the town.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The theme for this year's camp was "All American - Sports". The boys enjoyed some awesome opening and closing ceremonies patterned after the Olympics. All of the teams paraded around the amphitheater to light the eternal flame (pictured below) and proudly waved their team flags.
The boys were divided into "teams" as they made their way from station to station. At each station they earned a pin to collect and display on their bright yellow hats. These pins were a hit! Trevor and Logan were so stoked to show off their collections at the end of each day (now those hats have a place of importance pinned up on the walls in the boys' room).
Logan's team was quite enamored with the Lakers (seeing as the last few NBA basketball championship games were being played this week). They (the basketball team) would become the champions - there was no doubt of this. So, naturally, Logan and his boys decided to name themselves the Lakers as well. Here are some great shots of Logan and some teammates on the last day of camp during the final Olympic Games.
Who do we appreciate?!
Trevor's team named themselves the "Fireballs". Their team cheer was quite awesome - they yelled it loud and proud as they made their way through the camp each day:
"We. Are. The. FIREBALLS!
Yes, we are the best!
We are the Fireballs! - What?!
Yes, we are the best!
We are the Fireballs! - You know!"
I loved watching this team strut their stuff around camp. They are the big boys on campus this year. The old men. The seniors. They are the oldest and the coolest and they knew it. They had the most confident air about them - even as they did their girly cheerleader cheer they didn't care what anyone thought about them. They knew they were awesome and that was all that mattered.
Sadly, this year was Trevor's last. He'll be a big bad 11 year old scout next summer - no more day camp for him.
Trevor and Logan had a blast with the sports theme this year. They played flag football, kickball, swimming, archery, played on the water slides, bounced in the bounce house, crafted catapults from wood, played marbles (with Sis. Davey!), Rocked out to music (with mom! Watch for another blog post on that), raised the flag, earned tons of "dingle dangles", enjoyed buying items from the snack shack each day. and performed skits in front of the entire crowd. These boys did it all this week and enjoyed every minute of it.
Special thanks to Michelle and Nadine for herding our kids around every day all day in the heat. You guys are the best!
Monday, June 28, 2010
"Do not come in. Private. It is a secret. If you want to come in you need to pay $1."
We will definitely be taking this announcement seriously. It is, after all, perfectly printed on spaghetti paper. How can you disrespect such a request?!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Logan: Daddy and me had a talk today.
Mom: What about?
Logan Why girls talk so much.
Mom: Some girls do talk an awful lot.
Daddy: (in his best “all knowing” voice) Yeah, no man has ever been able to know what’s goin’ on inside a woman’s head. (he says with a mischievous grin)
Mom: Well, that’s the truth!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
The program was held in the cafeteria. That room was packed! There were wall to wall parents in that place. The kids looked so nice in their nice outfits, "nice, but not too fancy" as per the teacher's instructions.
The STAR of the show,
her adoring fans,
the most awesomest kindergarten teacher ever,
and some of Lizzie's kindergarten buddies.
KINDERGARTEN IS THE BEST!
Friday, June 25, 2010
I really do like his coloring. He's gotten a lot better at this most necessary life skill. It's good to see that he finally understands that he's supposed to be coloring SOMETHING to make it pretty. And the words at the bottom of the page were definitely his own, "I am happy when I... play with trains!" How true it is.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Total price: $31.15.
Total paid out of pocket after coupons and ECBs: $9.12.
Bonus: $14 ECBs to spend next time!!
Coupons I used:
$1/1 Hawiian Tropic
$1/1 Hawiian Tropic
$1/1 Total Advanced Toothpaste
$1/1 Total Toothpaste
$4 off $20 or more @ CVS
FREE item of my choice (CVS shaving cream or CVS anti bac wipes)
It's the best when the checker recognizes the savings, "Wow, not too bad," she said with an approving nod. Anyone else out there love the feeling of a coupon high?
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
We were/are beyond grateful for the generous gift of these 2 tickets. But that posed a dilemma for us. Jeremy and I both wanted to see the show, but how could we go and not take out 2 boys whose lives revolved around Star Wars for so many years? Jeremy headed down to the box office and purchased 2 more tickets. 2 $25 seats. Yes, they were in the VERY BACK ROW, at the TOP of the highest balcony, where their heads touched the back wall. Nosebleeds. You got it.
Here was our plan. Mommy and Trevor got the good seats for the first half of the show. Then Logan and Daddy would take the good seats for the 2nd half. It worked out great.
Here we are before the show is about to start - can you feel the excitement?! Trevor wore his Rebel Alliance hat in place of his wookie costume.
Even seeing the bad guys (Vader and Darth Maul) generated tears. The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme) felt so good to my ears!
Our narrator for the evening's performance was the actual Anthony Daniels. (He's the guy who played C-3PO in the original trilogy.) He was there on stage (no recorded voice over business) in person! He was so entertaining! He walked us through all 6 films, did a fun bit on the importance of his character, and brought so much life to the evening. We were thoroughly impressed by him and his excellent acting skills this evening.
During intermission and after the show we were all giddy school-children out in the main halls. There was a great display of characters' costumes, weapons, backgrounds, and my favorite - written music by John Williams himself! Trevor and Logan were next in line to get a picture with Boba Fett and Clone Trooper, but they were called away just as the boys began to take their places. Here's the best shot of the boys with the cool costumed guys.
A few more pics with the displays: Chewbacca, Vader, and mommy's Princess Leia inspired sandals!
These were the cool backgrounds hung around the outer hallways. Trevor and Logan would portray some excellent Ewoks, eh?
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Almost all of Kelly and Julio's sides of the family were there. It was like their wedding reception all over again! The person conducting the meeting even commented, "Due to the blessing of baby Gaby, Kelly & Julio's family have doubled the size of our congregation." And he was right! We took up the entire overflow area and then the back curtain had to be opened into the cultural hall to make more room!
I counted 11 people in the circle for the blessing. That's a lot of love right there. Julio pronounced a lovely blessing on his baby girl #2 and she never made a peep. That's saying something for Ms. Gaby!
She is a beautiful baby and a sweet new addition to the family. Kelly and Julio make some fine-lookin' babies! We were so happy to be there for Gaby's special day.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
*see recipe below
Corn in a Trash Can
1 brand new/clean metal trash can
fresh husked corn
salt & pepper
Fill can with enough sea water to cover the amount of corn you wish to cook. Place can over hot coals. Bring water to a rolling boil. Add corn and cook for 5 minutes. Remove can from heat and serve.
The sea water salted the corn perfectly. The flavor was perfect with or without any of the fancy toppings Kelly brought for us to try. I have to admit that the chili powder was quite tasty and a new alternative to our same ol' boring butter, salt, pepper routine.
#3 And for dessert... smores!!
The kids did love watching the big tall flames that put off enough light to illuminate the beach all the way down to the water. There's something about fire that is so magical and brings out the kid in all of us. It was a fun way to end our day at the beach.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Undefeated Varsity Football Team
1st Place in Science Fair
1st Place at D.I. Regional Finals
1st Place at D.I. State Finals
Tennessee Trip to compete at D.I.Globals
Add all of those accomplishments to his academic endeavors and you have one very well rounded boy. Trevor finished the year with a bang. He received his Block R award for keeping good grades and for participating in so many extra curricular activities. He was recognized in front of the whole school at a fancy schmancy program as his teacher said lots of nice things about him:
It took a LOT of work to earn this award. He had to maintain an above B average for his grades while he participated in, choir, band, D.I., cub scouts, the drama production, science fair, football, volleyball, giving service at school, and in qualifying as a character counts citizenship student at school. I'm telling you, this boy was BUSY this year!
The final academic awards ceremony of the year happened this week. Trevor was honored 3 times!! His first award was for High Honor Roll. This accomplishment alone, has so much value. Trevor has finally learned how to get good grades. He was self motivated this year more than any other year before. He was so good about getting his homework done all by himself and being responsible for any and all class assignments. This attitude is a far cry for where we were just a year ago - every afternoon, at the table, both of us pulling our hair out from homework frustration, and after all that still not getting the best grades. And now here he is. All grown up. Being responsible for himself and his grades. Boy, what a difference when he cares!
We are so proud of Trevor for putting himself out there and trying new things. 5th grade was a great year!
Friday, June 11, 2010
The 2009-2010 school year has come to a close and summer vacation is here. Don't they look ready for summer? Their already sunkissed skin. The lazy looks and carefree smiles...
And sheesh! they look so much older than the first day of school pictures. My how time flies. When did my babies get so old? 3 in school full time? How old does that make the parents?
These kids are movin' on up! So long 5th grade. Catch ya later 3rd grade. Adios kindergarten!
We unloaded all of our gear and made our way across the sand only to discover that the sand was hotter than any sand we'd ever encountered! It was like LAVA! Jeremy and Trevor both had red blistered feet from the burns we all got from the hot hot sand. We were all sweating buckets by the time we made it to our beach spot. The temperature outside was a warm 95 degrees - that's hotter than we've had at home! As soon as we dropped all of our chairs and junk everyone made a mad dash across the hot sand to the freezing cold water.
The hot sun and hot sand made for an enjoyable time splashing in the waves and hanging out at the water's edge all day. (No one wanted to cross the lava sand anyway.) Lizzie was a boogieboarding animal! She was out there ALL day enjoying herself to pieces. Trevor, Logan, and Jackson all did their time in the frigid water, but spent most of their day playing in the wet sand.
Jackson was just happy to be with his best buds. Tyler and Sierra (or, as he calls them "Tyner and Sera").
As we left the beach for our hotel Jackson says, "Tyner go to the hotel too?!" (Because he only speaks in exclamation points.)
Mom answers, "Yes, Tyler's coming to the hotel too."
Jackson excitedly replies, "Dats ridiclous!"
Apparently Jackson does not know what ridiculous means, but we got his meaning - he was EXCITED!
Logan enjoyed some ball time with daddy towards the end of the day. He's a ball catching fool these days. Thank you baseball season for giving our boy a new hobby that he enjoys!
It was definitely the hottest beach day of our lives, but it was a great time nonetheless.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Splash Cafe has made a mark on our lives forever. We've had some of our greatest dining moments in this restaurant and we truly feel like we own the place when we visit. Maybe it's because this place represents vacation, full bellies, and relaxing times - who knows. Anyway, we love it and we consider that place a part of the family!
And if you have not been there then you need to go. Go now. Drop whatever you are doing this weekend and get out of town to the Splash Cafe for the best clam chowder you will ever have in your life!