12 Years ago…

Gary and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniserary yesterday.  We went to Point Reyes.  I’ve been wanting to take a picture with the lighthouse and I finally got it.  It was very foggy, but it was great.  We went there early enough that it wasn’t very crowded, which is perfect for us.  We got to enjoy the area without fighting people for parking spaces or traffic.  It was very relaxing. We got to have a picnic near Bear Valley, the park headquarters. It felt great that we didn’t have to rush through it to get back to reality.  The cost value would have been low, but we donated at each of the visitors centers we stopped at.  We also had to pay toll for two bridges (San Rafael $4 and Golden Gate $5).  Since we brought our own food, we didn’t have to worry about spending money there.  Gary did take me to Red Lobster for dinner, but we used our $25 gift certificate, so the meal was reasonable.  Overall, it was an inexpensive day trip that we could easily do again.

I still can’t believe that its been 12 years already.  Time has definitely gone by fast.  I guess it doesn’t help that I’ve been extremely busy with volleyball for majority of the year.  I’m just grateful that Gary is supportive of my coaching.  Now, if I can only find that job that pays me $70-75k a year, I’ll be able to start to build a retirement nest for us sooner than later.  Gary mentioned to me yesterday that he’s going to be retiring 8 years before me.  I never really thought about that until he said something.  Since Al doesn’t offer a retirement plan, we need to start putting away more now because for 8 years, my income is going to be the majority of support for us to live on.  It’s a scary thought to have to worry about it.

Bryan Adams Groupie!!!

Bryan Adams

On Saturday, May 17th, Maureen and I went to Walmart in Union City to stand in line to get Bryan Adams’s autograph.   He wasn’t supposed to be there until 5pm, but we got there early at 3:15.  We were thinking about 1:30, but once we got there and realized that we were still in the front of the line, it was a good thing we didn’t get there that early. The sad part was the line wasn’t that long.  We could have easily got back in line for yet another picture.

The experience was great.  We were having a great time until Ray had to call Maureen and ruin it for her.  Its sad that she can’t have any fun and he has to ruin it every time.  The first call was to find out which field he was going to be on.  When she didn’t know, he got mad.  The second call was to tell her that she forgot Ryan’s belt.  He then went on to tell her that she was a bad parent because she forgot his belt.  How sad is that one.  I really believe he needs to look in the mirror before he starts to question her parenting abilities.

Coach of the Year 2008

I was voted Coach of the Year from my coaching peers during our end of the season meeting which was held May 5.  I was totally surprised.  Our league rep, Matt, nomiated me.  His response actually surprised me.  I wasn’t ready for the nomiation.  He said that I turned the program from having 0-12 seasons to being one win away from making the playoffs.  And that had to do with the coaching along with the players.  This made me feel really great especially since I never think that I would be recognized by my peers.

I’m not sure what happens now though. Wilcox has their end of the year awards banquet on May 29th, so I’m not sure if something will be presented then or if it’s going to just pass by.  I actually sent an email to Wilcox informing them of my win just in case someone calls.

The funny thing about everything is that once my boy’s season ended, I started up planning for my girl’s.  It’s like a never ending battle to keep up with it all.  I have my first preseason meeting for the girls on May 15th. Hopefully, I’ll get a lot of interested players attending.

I’m still finishing up my club season. We had our worse finish so far this year (7th place). The girls played like they never played before.  It was just that bad.  I believe a lot of it was mental for them as well.  I hope our next 2 tournaments the girls will step up and play to their full potential.  I’m really curious how this season will end.

One Game…

My varsity boys did not make playoffs by one game.  One game.  It totally sucks.  Our overall percentage points was higher than the two teams ahead of us in our league standings.  However, because we lost to Monta Vista the second time we saw them, they got into playoffs.  The positive is we ended our season 14-10 which is a lot better than 3-16 we were last year.  During our last match, which is Senior night, the guys ended up giving me a great homemade card which everyone signed and a leather volleyball which everyone also signed.  The surprise of the night was their thank you to my mom. They gave her a build a bear with a balloon.  It was great. 

I did learn a lot this year as a coach too. I know that I can push them to get better even when they don’t think they have nothing left. I also know that I need to be a lot more organized as a coach to make sure nothing administrative is necessary during my season. I’m not sure yet if I’m going to have a JV team or not, but I want to do a lot of advertising now instead of later. In fact, I probably should ask Susan for help on this one. (Susan, I need your help. LOL)

So, now that I don’t have volleyball everyday, I’m hoping to turn my attention back to Gary and scrapbooking. These next couple of months should be less stressful for me so I can enjoy life again.  That is until August rolls around.

We do have vacations every month so far this summer. June (Reno); July (Laughlin & Vegas) (I wish I could go to Hawaii too, but Gary shot down that idea due to finances.) August (Utah). This summer is going to be fun. I’m so excited.