I just love this picture of Malina and Anuhea. I can’t wait to see the relationship grow stronger as they both grow into great people.
On July 31, Kalae and I became Anuhea’s Godparents on Kimo’s side. It was a long but happy day. It started out with a girls ride up to Sac in Maureen’s mommy van. We had, myself, Moe, Malina, Cat, and Mackenzie. Ray and Ryan were coming up later in Ray’s car. I’m really glad that Moe’s family could be there to help us celebrate. Plus, thanks to Moe, I have pictures of the baptism with me in them instead of always being behind the camera.
After the ceremony at St. Mary’s, the reception was at Jackie’s aunty’s house. I finally got to meet Jackie’s mom, which was nice. Plus, a lot of her other family members too. In typical Filipino fashion, there’s a lot of them. I guess every family is like that. =) We ended up having a fun time, which was nice.
We were originally planning on an April wedding for Jackie and Kimo. Instead, we planned for an April baby. Anuhea Jasmyne was born on April 15 at 12:33am. She weighed 7 lbs 6 oz and 19″ long. She’s so cute. I know I’m bias because she’s my niece, but really, she’s so cute. In just one week, you can already tell she’s getting bigger.
On April 14 at 7am, I received the call from mom that Jackie’s water broke. Since I was just getting off the freeway, I had to get back on it to head back home to get my things. After picking up Malina at school, we all headed up to Sutter Memorial in Sacramento to hang out until Anuhea decided to appear. We first stayed in the room with Jackie since the waiting room was already taken up by another family. After the first couple of hours, we head out to the waiting room and took over the place. You can tell that we are in the generation of technology since everyone had their laptops or iPads out doing their own thing. The positive of technology, I did get some work done. Thank God they had wireless for free. We continued to wait and wait and than waited some more. And than finally Anuhea decided it was time. We got to see her within the first hour before they headed up to the recovery room. By then, we headed over to Kimo’s place so Malina and Kalae could get some sleep. It was already after 3am and Malina had a final on Friday morning at 9am.
So, the next day, we woke up at 6:15 to head back to the hospital so the kids could see the baby before they head back home. I got the opportunity to watch Anuhea while Jackie and Kimo got a couple of hours sleep. She’s such a good baby. She actually slept along with her parents the entire time. Yes, I took a ton of pictures of her sleeping.
So, now it’s a week later and she’s still just so cute. I actually went up on Saturday to visit with her. I’m not sure when the next time I’ll see her since the next month is crazy busy for me. I’m hoping they will come down soon. Luckily, Jackie has been sending pictures daily, so at least I can still stay on top of Anuhea’s changes over time.
This past weekend, my club team took first place in our first Area League tournament. After a 7th finish in qualifiers, I was disappointed because I knew they could play so much better. I believe we have a lot of talent on our team, we just need to play smarter especially when it’s a close game.
This was a very long tournament for me. Because I don’t believe in up officials to be players especially since I’m guilty of yelling at them too, I up ref. Because we took first in our pool, we had to ref the first match of bracket play. Since there was 9 teams in our group, they had a semi-final round. We had a bye, but we had to still ref that match. So I never left the court from 7:45 until we finished. Luckily, one of my mom’s brought me some snacks to munch on. I need to start to learn to just bring my own food especially on days like these. Let’s just say, my calves where hurting once I finally got home from all the standing and walking around I did that day.
Our other club team, Point Break Matt had to play Team Titan in the semi-round, which we had to officiate. They ended up losing and took home 3rd. We played Team Titan in the final round. We won the first set 25-23. They took the second set 22-25. In the third and final set, they had the momentum on their side and took a sight lead. I could totally tell the girls were very tired. When we had to switch sides at 8, I called my first time out. I had to tell them to basically reach within to pull out any energy they had left to finish this match. We slowly turned it on. We took a couple of points and then they took a couple of points. With us at 9 and them at 13, we stayed focused and allowed them to make the mistakes. After 3 hitting errors on their part, we caught up 12-13. At this point in the match, I’m just happy that we were playing as well as we were. They did score another point so it’s now 12-14. We stayed focused again and played very good defense. Everyone played as a team. We took a couple more points to tie the game 14-14. After another hitting error, we finally took the lead 15-14. We closed with a great block from our middle player.
This win was awesome. We needed this just to get the girls to start believing in each other. Not bad for only practicing 1 day a week so far. I can just imagine how we will get when we actually start to practice two days a week. And the cherry on top of this tournament, I found out that Eclipse was playing for 3 or 4 against the other Eclipse team. They were in a different group than us. But at least we get the first place points. I hope we can keep up this momentum going into our next tournaments.
My goals for 2011:
Less Expectations – less disappointments
Do more – Achieve more
I can’t believe that 2010 is already over. A complete decade, gone in a flash. I can remember people saying that the the end of the world was going to happen in 2000. Eleven years later, we’re still here. Technology has definitely improved, so maybe that’s what they meant.
Anyways, I wanted to do a good vs bad with 2010. I’m sure there were a lot of daily good things that happened in 2010, but I wanted to at least write down the highlights that are in my head.
May: I officially finished my 4th year with coaching boy’s volleyball at Wilcox. We had an okay season. I had very high expectations especially with the talent that I had, but trying to keep them focused was a challenge especially when it came to their grades. On the 18th, Gary and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary at Alcatraz Island. I’ve always wanted to go there, so this was the perfect opportunity.
June: Malina graduated from high school and turned 18. Two major accomplishments. I can’t believe how fast time has gone by with her. I can remember meeting her for the first time. And now, I have a great memory of watching her walk across the stage to graduate. She started St. Mary’s in August. I’m guessing the next major event is watching her graduate from there in 4 years. Before I know it, that’s going to happen as well. Time has flown by watching her turn into the woman she is now.
July: On the 31st, I celebrated with my friends from high school. I can’t believe it’s been 20 years. This was a positive because I reconnected with some friends I never thought I would see again. It’s great to talk and visit with them. I’m just hoping we can stay connected moving forward.
August: Our new baby, Thumbs adopted us. He was one of the eight cats that we were feeding outside. But for some reason, he decided he never wanted to leave. He eventually moved in with us. And now, he’s officially ours. For all of the cats we feed, we have nicknames. Thumbs got his name because he actually has 6 toes on each of his front paws. Its very different to see on a cat. We’re thinking maybe that’s why his previous owner decided they didn’t want him anymore because he was different. After a recent visit to the vets to get a check up, we realized that maybe it wasn’t because of his paws, but his teeth. The cost involved with his bad teeth probably assisted with the decision to get rid of him. We were wondering why his breath smelled so bad. His teeth were so bad that we had to have 3 teeth pulled. Now, he doesn’t smell, which is a good thing considering he sleeps on Gary’s side of the bed.
October: My high school girls team beat our rivals, Santa Clara, both times we saw them this season. This was the first time in years that this has happened. So, was definitely a huge positive.
November: After growing my hair out for 2 years, I finally decided to cut 10″ off and donate it to Locks of Love. It was an awesome feeling knowing that I hope my efforts will help someone else less fortunate. I’m hoping for my 40th birthday I can do that again. Along with getting my first tattoo. I’m still thinking about the tattoo, but we’ll see what happens.
I’m sure there are more positives that happened through out the year, but these are just the highlights. As for the bad, luckily, there are only a few. Then again, there could be more, but I’m choosing to not remember them.
February: Mom and Roy end up moving from Stubbins to a smaller house in Santa Clara. This is actually a bad, but good, for me at least. The house is located literally down the street from Wilcox. Another positive that came from this move, we threw out a lot of crap. I can’t even remember how many truck loads to donate plus the pile of stuff we left in the backyard that was to go to the dumps.
April: We lost Missy Girl. I still miss her so much.
December: 3 days before Christmas, Roy got laid off from his job. Merry frickin Christmas, plus Happy Birthday. The timing totally sucks. On Christmas Eve, Gary ended up getting very sick with the stomach flu.
So, that’s 2010 in a nutshell. I’m hoping 2011 will bring even more positives than negatives. Or I at least hope I continue to find positives in negative situations to get myself through it.
This past weekend it was a family event at Campbell Community Center. Kimo, Jackie, Malina and myself played in a volleyball tournament. Our other teammates where guys that Kimo and Jackie normally play with in Sac. Their names where Casey and Memo.
We started the day very slow. This was the first time all 6 of us has played together and you could tell. We ended up losing the first match. By the 2 match, we figured out what was going on and ended up either spliting against the other teams or beating them twice. We finished pool play what we thought was first place by 1 point. After the tournament director looked at the scores again, she realized that she was wrong, so we ended up in 2nd in pool play instead. This basically meant we had to play another match before the championship.
We played that semi-final round with determination. The other team who we actually lost to in our first match of the day figured they could beat us again. I don’t think they realized we figured out where our mistakes were and fixed them. We beat them very easily to get to the championship round.
Once again, we were determined. We did make some mistakes, but we kept them to a minimum compared to other matches. We beat this team in 2. So, we started the day off bad, but finished on top. My calf actually held up until the very last game of the last match when it finally said, no more. I’m glad the match was almost over by then because I’m not sure how much more I could take.
So, today, everyone is feeling it. Luckily for me, it’s really only my right leg (thigh and calf) that’s hurting. I’m hoping it will get better soon because I actually like to walk without pain. Walking up and down stairs is a challenge right now. So, at work, walking and stairs are going to be a challenge.
So, here’s a picture of the champions.
This has been a very interesting season for me. We started off with 12 players and by the first week, we were down to 10. It’s been a challenge especially when it comes to injuries and/or sickness. I’m just hoping by keeping the team as small as it is has brought them closer together. I want them to remember that its more than just about wins and loses. Its about the relationships that you build. I actually have a great bunch of girls this season. I just hope they all decide to come back again next year.
In September, Mom celebrated her 60th birthday. We took her along with 25 other family and friends to Vegas to help her celebrate this milestone. Everyone had a great time. It definitely was a trip that is for the memory books. It was great to see family that I haven’t seen in years. It made me realize that a first cousin’s reunion is seriously over due.