I think I need to back up first to last Tues afternoon and give a few highlights to little Jeff's first ever track event. Actually it was his very first sporting event ever, lol. He has just not been interested in sports. Which I am not saying it is a bad thing, just a different thing for our family. All of my kids were very athletic and VERY involved in sports, and honestly our oldest probably most of all. Joe was just your all round athlete. He played baseball all the way from the time he was 8 making all stars his first year, to through high school as the teams catcher. He was the quarterback on the high school football team which btw, were some of the most fun filled times ever. He was the point guard on the high school basketball team as well, all while being totally involved in karate. He eventually went on to becoming a 5th degree black belt and following his dream to becoming the owner of his own karate studio. He held a title belt in kick boxing for the state of California for two years as an adult, and has gone on to train several others to be as well. So it's pretty safe to say that one might "think" that his sons would follow in at least some of his footsteps, lol. But right from the beginning, while Jeffie is definitely a VERY coordinated boy, he was just NOT interested in sports. Took karate for a while but disliked it. Never wanted to even TRY soccer or baseball or basketball. Joe in my opinion, wisely NEVER pushed Jeff to do any of it. He tried to encourage him to give it a try, but the answer was always a firm NO, lol. Joe did make Jeffie learn to swim (which he does do well) and gives him no choice that he has to do "something" physical to keep himself healthy. No couch potatoes over there, lol. So of course Jeffie swims, doing so almost daily in their swimming pool. Anyway....a month or so ago Jeffie came to his dad and told him he was thinking about joining the track team at school. ALL of us were SUPER excited that he had decided to try his hand at something, and tried not to make too big of a deal out of it to him at the same time, lol. Didn't want him to feel pressured to do well, just to enjoy the sport. Well, as it turns out Jeffie is the fasted boy runner in his 7th grade class which consists of several hundred boys. Sooo now knowing a little of the background, you can see why we all had this first track meet sooo big, lol. Hubby managed to arrange his schedule so he could go too, and I was really happy he was able to. Jeffie did very well! He finished 5th over all in the mile, out of around 35 boys. Jeffie is convinced he will do even better at the next meet and has definitely caught the fever of competition, lol. He was supposed to be in 2 other events, but do to VERY poor organization by the school running the meet, the time was running WAY WAY over, and his school decided to just "forget" those events. We could have all cried, lol. JUST KIDDING, but not really, lol. I did get a couple of pictures to document this event. Let me just add to that it was the very first track meet I had ever attended. None of my kids ever ran track. Can't say it was my favorite as there was SOO much "down" time and we were there over 3 hours! But I am very happy that Jeffie enjoyed it, and is doing well.
|HERE HE COMES (ONE IN FRONT) SORRY THIS IS BLURRY....I DID MY BEST, LOL|
|THIS WAS THE BEST SHOT!|
|SPRING/SUMMER PJ'S FOR CLAIRE. I JUST THOUGHT THIS PANEL AND FABRIC WAS TOO CUTE TO PASS UP.|
|AND THESE NINJA TURTLE SUMMER PJ'S ARE FOR SAM!|
Hubby got the crotch snaps on the romper on over the week-end, and I still have a couple of quick hand sewing things that still need to be completed, but that's it. I will do that this afternoon and then clean everything up and put the cover on my machine for a while. It's time for a little break.
Then this week-end on Sat. we did a little shopping at toys r us. Honestly I LOVE that place, lol. We got the boys some kites and a couple of new books, and Claire is getting a walking dog that talks from the pets life movie. I could have gotten SOOO much more, but I did refrain. Then we went and saw the Case for Christ. It was an outstanding movie in our opinion. We both enjoyed it. It was very inspiring and presents such a good "case" for the reality of Jesus. Definitely see this if you get the opportunity. I always love movies that are based on a true story too.
Our grand daughter Lindsey (Joe's second oldest daugher) attended her very first prom on Sat. night with her boyfriend Adrian. He is a very nice boy, and they had a good time. Let me show you their pics.
Then yesterday was ANOTHER busy day. After church (and we had to go to early service!) we went to Joe's youngest son Cody's very first karate tournament. He is 8 years old and has been doing karate for a while now with his dad. He is the son who is autistic and so therefore comes with it's own set of challenges for sports. A sweeter, happier boy honestly just doesn't exist I think. And this is not just being spoken by a biased grandma, lol, it is just a fact. He is doing VERY VERY well btw, and is near being placed in main stream schooling starting next year. He has also been diagnosed as being ADD so again, another set of challenges. But Joe has done sooo well with Cody, and Cody just adores his daddy. I honestly don't know who I enjoyed more at the tournament. Joe or Cody? lol Joe was soo proud of Cody, and Cody just kind of walked around with his dad taking it all in. Cody competed in two areas. Regular sparring, and continuous sparring which is something that only started recently. Didn't have that when Joe was competing. Cody does not quite have his kata's down yet, so he just competed in sparring. He too did VERY well. He took 5th place in regular sparring, and 2nd place in continuous!! It was all very exciting, and Cody enjoyed every minute which was the important thing. He soooo wants to be like his daddy. And his natural talent is right there. He has a little more of a challenge remembering, but he is doing very, very well. Some kids compete in these tournaments ALL the time, and never place at all just to show you how well he did, and with it being his first as well.
|DAD GETTING HIM READY FOR HIS MATCH!|
|ALL READY TO GO...ALL THE OWNERS HAVE TO WEAR SUITS TO THESE EVENTS...JOE DID LOOK NICE!|
|WAITING WITH DAD|
|TROPHY FOR SECOND PLACE, AND A MEDAL FOR 5TH|
|THERE HE IS!|
Then after the tournament, we popped over to the mall and we did a little shopping for our trip. I needed some make up items, and I wanted a new top for Easter. This took us longer then we intended so by the time we were finished with that it was time to head to Upland to the Spaghetti Factory to celebrate little Jeffie's 13th birthday. I honestly can't believe he it a teenager already. Time really does fly. It was a GREAT night and we all had such a good time! Let me show you those pics now.
|THE BIRTHDAY BOY WITH GRANDMA AND GRANDPA....LOVE HIM SOOOO MUCH!|
|HAVING DINNER WITH JOE'S FAMILY. MY UNCLE DON AND HIS WIFE LIZ WERE ABLE TO JOIN US TOO WHICH WAS REALLY NICE...HAVEN'T SEEN THEM IN A WHILE|
|JEFFIE GOT A NEW SHIRT FROM US, AND A GIFT CARD TO DO WITH AS HE PLEASES AS WELL, LOL|
|JOE'S OLDEST SON (and our oldest grand child) EVAN WITH HIS 3 YEAR GIRL FRIEND KIM, AND LITTLE CODY! CODY LOVES TO HANG OUT WITH THEM TOO...I THINK HE HAS HIS OWN "CRUSH" ON KIM|
I don't think I ever told you that the week-end before we went down to San Diego to church and to celebrate my youngest son's 37th birthday (April is a busy month for us! lol) We took his family to lunch at Phil's BBQ (probably the best bbq food in San Diego!) and then we all went to a movie together. We saw Boss Baby and it was cute and entertaining. The kids certainly enjoyed it. I took just one pic on the day of my son and I. I have looked through pictures recently and realized I just don't have many pics of myself with my kids. I avoid the camera truthfully, lol. But I want to rectify not having many so I forced myself, lol Let me show you that one..
|ME AND MY JAMES MICHAEL. HOW I LOVE THIS GUY!|