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Friday, August 20, 2010

My (California Vacation) Week in Pictures

Hi everyone. I'm back. Took a break from blogging to visit my family in California. Relaxing it wasn't, going from baseball game to soccer game to play productions to...now wait, this took a lot of energy...EATING...lots and lots of eating. Krista and I did run a mile, twice, on the beach on soft sand. Now I know why she's so skinny, and I wish so badly that we had sand here. What a great work out!  I know when you see me you'll wonder if I had a butt lift. I did. But I'm not sure it'll stay there.  Probably not.  In fact I think it's already fallen down.

Here's a sample of our week there:

I got to see Mark pitch...



And run...



and blow bubbles...

While Maysie watched and posed...

And "toes"ed...

And Eric ate...

And then I watched Maysie play futsal, which is an indoor soccer-type game


And did I mention that we ate?  A lot?  This was taken at our favorite restaurant El Sombrero...
My sister Krista and my son Eric


Still eating...
Dad, Eric, Krista, my brother Ryan and me

Then we walked a few steps down to the beach and this kitty posed for me...

I love this picture of Eric, Ryan and my Dad at the Manhattan Beach Pier

Who'd have ever thought Ryan and my dad would look short...

We walked up from the beach and took this picture in front of a store...Notice the dog in the lower right hand corner...

He belonged to the owner of the store.  Eric wanted to steal him; he was so friendly.

Then off to my mom and Bob's...
(View from their condo)

To visit them and their pups...

Channing (AKA Shanny)

Coco

Basking in a rare (very rare) appearance of the sun...

Then (are you tired yet?!) it was off to see Maysie in the play Annie, where she played an orphan and also sang her first solo as the character "Star-to-Be"!

Krista helping Maysie get ready before the show...

Maysie and Me

The cast board in the lobby (Maysie on the right)

Maysie in the back center as an orphan

Annie was spectacular, and she's only 11



Maysie - center

Frank, Maysie and Mark after the show

"Annie" and Maysie

Maysie still in her makeup after the show

THEN...(I know, crazy busy) it was off to my Aunt Lyn's house for a Western-themed BBQ

My brother Mike, sister Krista and my mom

My stepdad Bob, Eric, and Uncle Dick

Ryan and Krista

And our old (10 now!) cat Milo, who is now spoiled rotten by lives with my sister

Maysie, who just turned 10, was nervous because it was her first solo and she had never used a microphone until the final show (not even in dress rehearsal), but she did A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.  The Annie production was done through the Family Theater as a summer camp for kids.  They learn their parts, songs, and dances in 10 days, with just one final show.  It went off without a hitch.

So...

Without further ado...

Singing her first solo...

Heeeeerrrrre's....Maysie!!!!

That's her driving up in the taxi...

video





Monday, August 9, 2010

The Neighbors Are Out of Toilet Paper...







It's funny when it happens to someone else...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

My Week in Pictures

Busy week. Besides Eric's basketball tournament in Kansas City (where I took video of him but no pictures), I went with Larry and "the girls" to a local parking lot to meet the truck that delivered his new Corvette.  Yes, another one.  Our garage is full now, so you will NOT be seeing anymore new Corvettes.  RIGHT HONEY?







Then I went with Eric and his girlfriend Alyssa to meet my dad for lunch.  He was in town scouting the Astros. We hadn't seen him since Christmas.

This picture would have been so cute if Eric hadn't looked away



Alyssa, Eric and Dad (yes, we know, she's short, but we forgive her 'cause she's so sweet :)



My dad had to go to the Cardinals/Astros game, so we left him and headed to the zoo.  I had to walk around by myself, but I didn't care.  




I ran into Eric and Alyssa at the elephant exhibit, but at this point he hadn't seen me yet.  Kind of a paparazzi shot...






I saw them later at the penguin exhibit






Ryan, Eric wanted you to know that Ben McLemore, who was on the Majestics 16U team last year, was highlighted on ESPN last week as the number 1 play in the Top 10 Plays of the Week.  (Eric played for the Majestics 16U team this year.)  He also wants you to know that he (Eric) will be playing this season against Brad Beal, who is the #6 high school player in the nation.  That might be a fun game for you to come and watch.  We'll look at the schedule :)
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