Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Sydney made the team!  It is BIG competition here and it was an even BIGGER deal that Sydney made the freshmen team!
She's always played setter in the past, but since she's second tallest on the team, her coach put her as middle. 
She's doing great!  She's lacking the confidence in the position, but we are 3 games in now and the difference has been amazing!  She has skills!  :)
I love this picture because it shows the height difference between all the girls. It's almost comical. We have a 6'4" girl on varsity that puts all of them to shame. ;)
They had their first team dinner on Monday and it was a huge success. I am co-team mom and co-snack shack coordinator. It's a crazy busy season for me now, too. What was I thinking!?!  ��

Monday, September 8, 2014

Our first post-summer Saturday

Soccer season has begun!!!
Ty has the best cheering section ever. Once Grammy and Pops get back from Europe, it will get even better!
Ty was a brick wall!  He played sweeper and stopped EVERY play. Out goalie touched the ball two times...just to punt it. We won 5-0!
We then spent the rest of the day at Doheny. At one point, I looked out to see Summer towing Ty in behind her board. I ran out to find he had a pretty decent cut on his finger. Blood was everywhere. I thought it was his head. Needless to say, I was very relieved it was just a finger. He got the bleeding to stop, then headed right back out. He's an animal!!!

Back to school

I'm in denial. I hate when they go back to school...they do too!
My baby is in 4th grade already!
My 5'9" little girl is a freshman!
The smallest one (5'5") is a SENIOR!!!  We have been inundated with college pamphlets begging for this smarty to go to their universities. NO!  I refuse to let her go!  HaHa
It was a wonderful summer and we were all sad to see it end. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Inside the beach house

This place was the best!  Tons of stairs, but it was worth it!
Great beaches!
Great company!
Fun walking partners!
Amazing body surfers!
Some well used boards!
And some narly waves! 
Inside the house were plush amenities. 
Grandma was always keeping the kitchen pristine. 
It was a blast!!!  We loved having Jackie there with us, too!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Photo Shoot!

 I love these two so much!  It's amazing that
these two sweet people married 50 years
ago, and now they have this to show for it!
I introduce the Stewart Family...
 25 people strong!

 These grandkids think the world 
of their grandparents!
 Aunt Jenny is in first place in the favorite
aunt category (sorry Christina, Heather, 
Annette and myself....we have no prayer).  :)
 Will and Christina's beautiful group!
 Annette and Earnest's mid-move to Seattle shot!
Our little family.
Last, but never least, we have 
Heather and Chris' gang.
Is that Christmas card 
worthy, or what?!?
Thank you, Gary and Marie!
I'm so grateful to be a part of
this beautiful family!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

50th Anniversary Celebration

As a way of celebrating my in-laws 50th anniversary, we returned to the San Clemente Beach House Tradition. 
We divided up the meals, and Jason and I were first. We decided to welcome everyone to California the right way...a BONFIRE!!
Everyone pulled into town at different times on Saturday, so we had small numbers at first. 
With 25 family members and 2 friends, we are quite the group!
Photo bomber Chris was in rare form that night....and he would steal everyone's phones and change their wallpaper to random (not so flattering shots) of others. Gotta love Chris!  ��
Sydney loves doing Scooby Doo Jinkies with Jason. 
The girls were awesome helpers. We had to drop them off early to reserve the fire pit. They had a blast!
Then the hot dog and s'more roasting began. 
The guests of honor were the last to arrive. We welcomed them with open arms and couldn't wait to get the week of fun started!!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Gustavo's Farewell

Once Summer met up with the Banks', I lost her completely. Nothing else you can see. 
They had a great time fulfilling Goose's checklist of dates. These were taken as they watched the sun rise in the mountains one morning. 
They were in heaven. 
I never spotted them not touching. 
It was quite nauseating. ��
Have you ever seen her looking happier?
Even when surrounded by little brothers, they were as happy as can be. 
We drove away on Monday, and on Tuesday he flew out. 
He is now officially Elder Gustavo Banks of the Santiago Chile West Mission. I know he will be an amazing missionary and he will have one very faithful pen pal!