Friday, June 29, 2018

Fun on the Mendocino River

A day on the river, no one else around.  How gorgeous; perfect weather, delightful fun.  The water was the perfect temperature; Puck wasn't the only one who felt like he was in heaven.  I love being in the water, surrounded by redwood forests.  The mosquitoes were only bad in the evening, but the butterflies and dragonflies were out all day. The latter looked like small, red helicopters - just awesome!

Here our silly dog is "rescuing" his girl, towing her to shore.

Looking upriver, vintage mode.  This type of idyll is timeless...

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Inverness Day 2

A gorgeous sunrise, lovely hike to the very deserted and gorgeous Kehoe Beach with friends, then a fun game of basketball.

I had to drive past our destination over a hill to see this field of yellow glory up close.  All gorgeous and wild!

Our very own deserted beach

Basketball with Father Ken and friends

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Inverness Day 1

Gorgeous!  And a gift from Father Ken for the girls!  Thank you so much, Marianne, for having us!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Pacific Association Track Championships

She rolled out of bed, no recent coaching or practice in a month and not much athletic training, and qualified for the state championships!  I had told her that though I was rooting for her success, part of me wouldn't mind so much if she didn't qualify, since she was obviously capable, but not putting in any work.  So afterward she put her arm around me and apologized, "Mom, I know that you wanted me to learn the value of hard work.  Sorry."  Ha, ha.  Funny, kid.  (She then committed to a daily workout from now until the state championships.)

(I love track meets; pole vaults!  hurdles!  teensy kids running so fast... we saw girl in the eight and under category running the 1500 meters and when she was done, they had to tell her to stop... she just kept charging around the track.  So cute!)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Last Basketball Game of the Season

Three seasons with this league, plus two other leagues since fall; long year of basketball.  Love this league; always mellow and fun.

Yep, she's taller than the coach, but only the fourth oldest on the team.

Monday, June 18, 2018


We have wildlife at home, too.  The wingspan on this one had to be nearly six inches - incredible.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Yosemite Hugs

Ah, the beauty!  Ah, the incredible animals!  Ah, the cousin fun!  All awesome... but just as awesome was day after day of Yosemite hugs from this funny, cute, affectionate, giggly, loving, nephew:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Yosemite Animals

No bears this time, but June bugs (not pictured), the unidentified shiny bug below, a really gorgeous and healthy-looking coyote (not pictured), water snakes (wow!), and the first bobcat I've seen in the valley (pictured below). We were headed to the car and G said, "that was a mountain lion!"  I ran toward where it had disappeared (prompting my sister to say that I'm the only person she knows who will run TOWARD an alleged mountain lion) and we promptly identified it as a large bobcat.  Not perfect, but pretty good photos follow and it was really awesome to see.  An employee told someone later that it is really cool when they catch a squirrel and do a happy victory dance; too bad we missed that!

Under a tent cabin

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Yosemite Valley Day 2

Hiking and water play competed as priorities.  Who could choose? 

Silly cousin fun with a view; life doesn't get any better.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Yosemite Valley Day 1

An incredibly beautiful hike around the valley floor.  I don't think I've ever seen the park more beautiful (but I think I said that every day for the three years I lived there, so it's not unusual, just always true.)  Great company made the trip absolutely perfect.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Happy Birthday, Dad

As we prayed before dinner, the gratitude toward Dad/Grandpa was awesome:  greatest dad ever, greatest man on earth, best grandpa imaginable.  Lots of love for a truly great man.  He said, "I wish I could live up to all of that" and G quietly and definitively told him, "you do."  Amen!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Pancake Breakfast Volunteers

Helping out at the parish's pancake breakfast.  The girls were serving, I was announcing our youth ministry program, and we all had our turn at the mike.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Pacific Association Track Championships

Well, she's a girl without a team or a coach, but when her season ended her coach did suggest considering participation in additional meets, for the experience and continued exposure to the sport.  So we did - I registered her in the Pacific Association Track Championships, which seemed to be a meet composed primarily of young people from private track clubs, as opposed to from teams affiliated with schools.  Boy, were they great!  Even some of the teeniest runners looked dead serious in their spikes and cool uniforms and their pace was truly intimidating.  Plus, they had events that the girls' league doesn't have:  we saw race walking, discus throws, and hurdles, which are all fun events to watch.

K competed in the shot put, though she's had no practice or coaching in a month.  Not bad!  She didn't do her best, but placed fourth and was competitive with the top athletes her age and a year older.  It was a longer day than we expected, but the weather was great and we had fun watching, even before her event.

Then she went off to her basketball game and they won again too; having a great season and a lot of fun.

The ref blocked my view of my favorite athlete, but the throw is represented by the angle of the shot putt, which is cool.....

Glow Stick Game/Teen Movie Night

A create use of glow sticks; I thought this was so cool. We also helped host the third event for our parish youth ministry, a movie night, and it was relaxing and fun; glad we are trying to get this started....

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Baseball Championships

They won in overtime, after being down 5-0 after the first inning.  Exciting game.

Love this awesome kid

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Spring and Summer Class Log

It helps me to remember...

Math: Algebra with biology; Geometry with manipulatives
US Government (an online open-access class through Harvard)
Production of Henry IV with SF Shakes 
US History "Origins of the Black Lives Matter Movement" class 
World History Through Film (G3)
Religious Ed
Basketball; baseball; track and field
Writing (Using a L1 High School text with prompts)
Analyze This! Literature/writing class through Athena's Advanced Academy
Genetics (through Next Level Homeschooling; not recommended)

Math: Decimals and Percents AND Geometry with manipulatives
Chemistry (Sharon's class)
Botany (Sharon's class)
Ballet, Basketball, Track and Field
US History, "Origins of the Black Lives Matter Movement" class
Production of Henry IV with SF Shakespeare
Religious Ed
Marine Biology (through Athena's Advanced Academy)
Writing Class with Shu-hsein and Royd, plus Spelling/Grammar (using two texts)
Literature to Film class (through Athena's)
20th Century History through Innovations (a Berkeley-based course)

Summer Classes:
AP Literature Prep (K)
Coral Reefs (G)
Fantastic Beasts and Where She Found Them (mythology, etymology, literature) (G)