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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Basketball, Birthdays, Biceps and Bodies

~ Random news and pics ~

Check out Eric's trainer's blog, where she used a picture of Eric and the other boys she trains.  They're all 16 years old and 6'8" or 6'9".  Eric is on the left, and Nolan, who is on Eric's team, is second from the right.  The other two go to a different school:

Eric's been training hard three days a week.

We'll see if it's paid off.  Practice/tryouts officially started yesterday.  This morning he had practice from 6:50 - 7:50 and again this afternoon from 3:30 - 6:00.  Welcome to the big leagues, right dad? Hehe

For Halloween, Emma was a tiger

And Stella was sad because she didn't get to dress up

Eric went as (surprise) a USC basketball player

Larry told his son Jason that he (Larry) was dressing up as an old man because his wife (me) was an old lady and just wanted to stay home.  And true to form, on November 1st, I turned even older.

To honor my birthday, Emma donned her princess costume

Then she decided to go all out and add the boa

I got an iPhone for my birthday.  It has this cool feature where you can take a picture of yourself by pushing a button so the viewfinder flips and you can see the image you're shooting.  Eric and I tried it out. 

Have you heard about the Bodies Exhibit?  There's been controversy about where the bodies came from, but I went to see it yesterday and thought it was phenomenal.  It was educational and done very respectfully.  It's pricey ($24.00, not including the $5 for the audio tour, which I didn't buy) but well worth it.  My favorite part - since I worked for a neurosurgeon - was the display with brains with tumors and strokes.  There was also a torso of a person with invasive breast cancer, lungs of a person who smoked, a colon with polyps, and a display with fetuses and embryos.  It really was fascinating. 

This video gives you a good idea of what's there...

And here's a short news clip about a 6'10" Brentwood soccer player who just moved here from Africa.    Brentwood is where we used to live, but we still have good friends there.  I love that Brentwood embraced Amadu so quickly...the kids named him Homecoming King despite having been there for only a few weeks.  He'd never heard of basketball before, but now that soccer is over, I think the basketball coach is going to teach him how to play.
The weather here has been absolutely gorgeous.  Yesterday it was 75 and today it's supposed to be the same.  A couple weeks ago I went with some friends on a 3-hour horseback ride.

Here we are lost in the woods..."No, I think we go this way."  I just stayed in the back and took pictures, hoping to get out safely.  We "accidentally" ended up on someone's property and thought we heard gunshots.  Not good considering it was hunting season. 

Donna's mini-horse, Java Joe, galloping towards us when he spotted us coming back from our ride.  He was so excited.  I love that boy :)

Pretty random, huh?

Have a great week, everyone.


Lynette said...

I'm so jealous that you get to go horseback riding. Just the other day I said to Bill "I wish we had horses"!

Hope you had a happy birthday!

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