Tuesday, June 30

Take Me Back Tuesday

With our short, but exciting upcoming trip to Disneyland a few days away,
here is a take-me-back from 8 years ago.

A few, quick things to note.

**Bill is well on his way to a second intervention for anorexia.
**Garrin will be on this ride with Bill because
a. the rest of us will be on the California Screamin' roller coaster
b. this is about as adventurous as Bill gets on theme park rides
**Connor's hair color in this photo is now Bill's new hair color
(you go with your bad self, Bill!)
**Hannah's one hand in the air, will now be used for something else:

"OMGeee! I m on a rllrcoster rit now! Txt me bk. LOL!"

Monday, June 29

Day Three....all done!

Final day of the meet, was a good one.
50 breaststroke and 100 fly.
Bettered her breaststroke by a smidge,
took 3 seconds off the fly.

I got some nice shots of her starts,
this meet.

One thing I did notice is her routine.
She has one.
I like the way she pushes her goggles onto her face before
she takes her mark...
This meet was a big one, but just a precursor to the
Summer Junior Olympics which start at the end of July, beginning of August.

Back to California for that one.
We can't WAIT!

Great job Hannah. You continue to make us proud!

Sunday, June 28

Day it done.

How about a little butterfly?

This was the first leg of Hannah's 200 IM today.

5 (five) F.I.V.E. second drop

Great swim. Just a little funny thing though.
Hannah went in seeded 11th and finished 10th.
That just tells you how smokin' fast these girls were.

Holy Crap.

50 Backstroke - added 5 tenths of a second.
Oh well.
Did I mention she dropped 5 seconds in the IM???

Saturday, June 27

Day One...down....

two to go.

This is one of Hannah's most favorite pools to swim. And I must say, compared to the
last time we were here, the weather is exceptional. Not too hot, nice cool breeze.
Just perfect.

A perfect set-up for some great swims........
If you decide to really take it seriously, and do everything that you are supposed to
do as a competitive swimmer to get ready for a race.....Hannah apparently "didn't have
enough time to warm-up" before her 100 breaststroke, which translates into...
"Mom, I was talking to my friends and laughing and joking around and having fun
and by the time I realized I needed to get ready to swim all I had time to do was go
talk to my coach....."

(Come to find out, after I spoke to her rather curtly and my eyes popped out of my
head as I glared at her, she ran to the warm-up pool to do a quick warm-up before
her race.....'cause we ARE here to race, you know.)
Turned out to be a great race day for her.
Took time off of her 100 breaststroke AND her 400 freestyle.

The girls had a medley relay too.
They always get so pumped up when they swim together.
The adrenaline alone, gets them moving in the water.

Hannah had the breaststroke leg...
(pictures courtesy of my friend Tom trying his hand with my camera!!)
Here she is headed down the first leg....
and then heading back, for the next girl to get ready to swim...
And it is pretty cool to watch all the crazy moms, yelling to their kids,
like the swimmers can actually hear them or see them...

I mean seriously. Some times it's embarrassing to watch these people.

And we get to know some of them....or their voices, I should say,
from listening to them holler, or scream, or whistle...

Got one on film today..
Oh, shit.
That's me....

Crazy, I tell ya'.

Looking forward to tomorrow.

Friday, June 26

The Drive

oh the joy of riding in the car with Hannah for four hours.

Drove yesterday together to California
for a swim meet.

Let me just back up a little, to rag on myself a bit.
We left about 2 hours later than anticipated.
I was hoping to be on the road about 4 pm,
to have everything
spic and span
in its proper place
in my house, before I leave it for a few days
put us heading out at 6 pm.


So here are a few observations I made within that 4 hour ride.

(that would be the sound of the bugs hitting the windshield)
since the silence in the car was deafening with Hannah plugged into her iPod.

***my daughter can text faster than anyone I know

***I hate my Blackberry Storm when I need to text while I am driving
fast on the's just plain ol' difficult.

***I'm really not sure why cars just putt along in the left hand lane on
Move the hell over.......
I know my big dark EXPEDITION must be really hard to see on the approach,

***Did you ever wonder why owner's of SUV's that have the spare tire attached to the back
of their vehicle and have a cover over it, that has the model name on it -
like HONDA - even back out of their driveway and go anywhere knowing that
the name is crooked??? Don't they have one tiny ounce of OCD that might make them
FIX THAT before heading out?

***No matter how loud I put MY music, how loud and out of tune I sing, how
ridiculous I look movin' and groovin' while I am driving, I can't manage
to sneak one little smile out of Hannah.

***If Hannah did not beg to stop to pee in Victorville I am pretty sure
my, now 44 year old, bladder, could have made it the whole way!

***I should NEVER listen to Hannah when she asks to get a Starbucks
because she never, ever ever ever finishes it even when she promises.....
it is still sitting in my truck right now.

***I really love the toll roads here in CA because you call haul some serious ass,
but the stinking toll machine spits out dollar COINS. WTF am I going to
do with dollar coins??? (Well, I paid the second toll that was on the same road....)

***I managed to get myself in the ONE lane at the Agriculture Checkpoint Stop on the 15,
where the guy was actually checking cars. So he makes the Michigan car in
front of me open his trunk to check for fruit, plants or animals......
Then I pull up and he asks where I am coming from. I say Henderson and he says -
Well that's quite a long way........
I'm practically thinking out loud - NO the Michigan guy in front of me came a LONG WAY.
I came from the closest town to this checkpoint where people drive something
other than a tractor......

***I only took me 4 times yelling Hannah's name to get her attention
to ask her to get THESE pictures:

I guess if we'd left at 4 as planned, we wouldn't have driven through
the Mojave Desert at the most perfect time, huh?
Hannah wouldn't have put her phone and her iPod down
to enjoy this sunset with me.

The meet starts today.
I may or may not be posting.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, June 25

A Thought for Thursday

something we all take for granted

We just do it.
Without thinking.

A close friend of ours was telling us this past weekend that she
ended up in the emergency room at the hospital.
After never really "shaking" bronchitis she'd had,
she wound up visiting a walk in clinic.
A severe oxygen deficiency prompted an immediate
emergency trip to a hospital where she learned,
had she not gone, she would have lived only 3 more hours.

I could not even imagine.
Imagine not having her as our friend.
Her daughter not having her mother.
Her husband not having his wife.
Her knowing that 3 hours was all she had left
to take nothing else for granted.

The following is a quote from the song
by Pink Floyd.

"Long you live and high you'll fly

and smiles you'll give and tears you'll cry

and all you touch and all you see

is all your life will ever be."

I need to start being thankful for the less obvious.

Wednesday, June 24

What Photoshop CAN'T do.

Make this photo of Bill and our kids any better than it already is.

Trust me when I say, I looked online for a tutorial on how to change the kids
hair and eye color to match mine, because that would have been funny.
Bottom line is.
I am in love with this picture. Period.
So I left it the heck alone.

With a family portrait not on my list of top ten things that needs to get done
professionally right now, but on my list of top 100 things that I'd like to do eventually
- right next to actually fold and hang the clean laundry instead of letting it
pile up in baskets,
I took on the job myself.....amateurishly.

I decided since we were actually
(yup...say it with me .....alllllll together)
on Father's Day, it would be the perfect opportunity.
We headed to the park and I shot away.
And for a change, I was A-OK with the lack of cooperation, at times.
I am too much of a grump sometimes, when it comes to stuff like that.
Felt good to lighten up a bit.

No shots of the five of us all together,
but overall
of very beautiful pictures
of my very beautiful family.

Tuesday, June 23

Take Me Back Tuesday

Remember the $326 per person, hotel/airfare for a week, honeymoon
Bill and I took to Cancun after we eloped?

Not bad, huh?
August 1992

Can I just say too that it totally F**KING SUCKS
is awesome that Bill looks like he hasn't aged a day?

Monday, June 22

Living with a bad rap.

After living here in the Las Vegas valley for 8 years now,
I should be used to hearing all the comments about -
"How can you live there? How can you stand the weather?
How can you raise your kids there?"

Well. It really gets tiring after awhile. Trust me, I totally "get"
someone being curious. I too, am curious about why people do certain things.
But sometimes it isn't curiosity, it's just lack of respect for someone else's choice
on how to live, that just really bugs the crap out of me. And we get a LOT of THAT
here in Vegas.

So, some very good friends of ours own a condo at Lake Las Vegas Resort.
It is a little piece of paradise away from Las Vegas and even away from busy, residential
Henderson. You feel like you are so much further "away" than you actually are.
And you know you are in a place that people who wonder what you see in the Vegas lifestyle
have NO FLIPPING clue about. I like that.

We joined friends this past Saturday for a party
celebrating one of Hannah's friends 16th birthday.
We all had an amazing time! Their condo sits on Reflection Bay.

The weather was just perfect. Sunny, warm, breezy. We spent the day between
visiting friends indoors, walking the sandy beach, watching the kids have fun on
the lake and in the pool.

And I've said this before. These kids, no matter the age, ALL get along
so well with each other. All of them.

This is what life should be all about.
No matter where you live.