Extra “Leap Day” With Felicia Was *AWESOME*

Alright … I have to admit something. Today wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. It was a second Friday in a row that I had cobbled together the logistics to support a day snowboarding in Tahoe — and it was the second Friday in a row that my plans fell […]

Crazy Schedule Almost Eclipses Eclipse

These days, Wednesdays are far-and-away our busiest day of the week. Both girls have activities at church, and we provide a carpool for cousin Kiana just to enhance the excitement. Karen actually joins in the fun with Jocelyn’s church bell choir, too.

Toss in dinner with Nana & Papa, a bout with the flu for […]

Inspiration from Helen Keller

Since Jocelyn’s school had the day off today, it was the fourth day of our holiday weekend. And since it was a Tuesday, that meant both girls could join me at my weekly Rotary luncheon meeting. Coincidentally, I was today’s speaker finder, having invited San Jose City Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio to speak to the club.


Grandee & Grandpa Tour the Capitol

Today was Presidents Day … so we visited the governor!

On our way home today from Roseville, we stopped by the California State Capitol to tour the building and the grounds. It was a beautifully sunny day, and it was fun to show Jocelyn and Felicia some of the places we spent so many hours […]

Sledding not Snowboarding

After scouting out a few potential vacation cabins on Donner Summit — and confirming that the holiday weekend crowds are insane — we found a great place to sled at Tahoe Donner above Truckee.

This is a picture of Felicia sliding down a steep hill — sans sled — into Jocelyn’s arms. I really […]

30,000 Pictures … 60,000 Miles

Milestones … milestones … We hit two numeric milestones this week.

Our Volvo XC90 hit 60,000 miles earlier today. It was a fairly ho-hum event, with the odometer hitting the number right after we took Jocelyn to piano lessons. It’s showing its age a little bit, mostly because the standard 60K service left it with […]

Red White & Blue Week at Booksin

I know what you’re thinking … “Where’s the picture?”

Sorry, but today’s post is an audio feature, assuming the technology works like it should. This week is “Red White & Blue Week” at Booksin School, as coordinated by the student council. Jocelyn was chosen, along with several other members of the group, to participate […]

Scout Sweethearts Beach Party

It may not have super sunny and warm, but we finally had a sunny weekend this winter … just in time for the beach-themed Girl Scout Sweetheart Dance for Jocelyn’s Brownie Troop and nearby service units.

We went with matching yellow “beachy” outfits, and also sprung for the matching light-up hula hoops for affect. After […]

She Shoots … She Defends, too

In what has amounted to a very busy 24-hour stretch, here’s a picture of Jocelyn draining a basket for her Upward Basketball team during her Saturday afternoon game.

Although it’s not her first basket in regulation, it is reminiscent of her first soccer goal, because the picture was hastily snapped after the fact. That’s […]