Sunday, June 30, 2019

Dance Camp

It is fun to watch her having so much fun, loving dance so much.  Picture quality is bad due to the lighting in that room, but her smile... love it!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Winchester Mystery House

Visiting with Hanna.  The house was built - well, the tour guide never did say when - but it was build around the same time as our house by the widow of the guy who invented the Winchester rifle.  According to the guide, she was 'haunted' by the ghosts of all of those who died because of that rifle and that the told her to move to San Jose and never stop building - the sound of construction would keep the ghosts at bay.  The story gave the house a sad feeling.  The house itself had bizarre construction with much wasted space and with doors and staircases to nowhere.  Interesting, but sad.  Beautiful gardens, though, and nice to spend time with mom and Hanna.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Dance Show

The annual dance show, which feels like the end of the school year and marks the beginning of summer.  I love watching her dance - so much joy is infectious! (Except for the first and last photos, the rest (the good ones) came from my Mom.  Thanks, Mom!)

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Baseball Weekend

A baseball and then a basketball game yesterday, then two baseball games today.  In the second, she was filling in for a team short on players - and crazily played in 95-degree heat, ugh.  But at the end of the game, the team gave her a "game ball," which they don't usually give, because she "trucked" the catcher - plowed right into him - to score.  They both ended up sprawled across home plate and he looked more than a little startled!  I wish I had it on video...

Thursday, June 6, 2019


Beautiful day, fun trip, great company.

Eliz, H, Grandpa, K, G, A, and Abuela with SF skyline in rear. (The other A is missing from the photo.  Camera shy.)

Nesting gulls; I'd never seen a baby gull before!

It always strikes me how tiny the cells are.

Fascinating exhibit with a rehabilitation theme in one of the newly refurbished buildings.  Inmates at other prisons were asked to imagine their future selves and create "identity cards" that described future success.  Shows the power of imagination as discourse to future possibility... that theme keeps recurring (title of a paper I wrote once).

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Redwood City Business Fair

Thank you Casa Circulo and the Redwood City library for sponsoring this event!  The girls had a great time and made a profit while getting some ideas to enhance their business.  They accepted credit cards for the first time and wore their matching shirts (crooked graphic and all) with the logo they designed and imprinted. They sold apple pie, lemon meringue cheesecake, red velvet Oreo dessert, cheesecake with the frosting inside as filling, and more.  Love these hard workers and their creativity.

Their only challenge was that they weren't able to sell their most popular item:  cookies.  Someone else had signed up to sell cookies and the organizers wanted it to be "fair."  Because, you know, communism.  :-}  Ah well, made them stretch and they learned that 1) carrot cake is surprisingly popular (sold out); whole pies sell really well (first to sell out, almost immediately); and desserts-in-a-jar, while delicious, took some explaining from customers who perhaps spend less time on Pinterest than these young businesswomen do.

K wanted to put up a sign that said, "We reserve the right to refuse service to Dodger fans."  I thought it might actually generate business, but she apparently lost her nerve (or got distracted by selling).  Toward the end, G did an especially great job walking around the whole fair and sending people over to their booth.  Gracious yet assertive; not an easy balance!

"Sold Out" - their favorite sign

Announcing their business to the crowd

Drumming up business from the crowd...