Where has time gone…

I can’t believe it’s already the end of March.  Where has time gone?

I’ve been meaning to keep my blog updated but life tends to get in the way. =)

So, to recap since my last blog posting:

Volleyball

The boys played in their first tournament on March 20 at Willow Glen. The average height was about 6′, where my boys are about 5’9″. So, it was a bit scary at first. But to my surprise, they played very well against the stronger teams. We learned that they do it have it in them to play well, but for whatever reason they aren’t consistent. I need to email some coaches to ask their opinion about how to practice on this. We have played a couple of league matches as well. If we played up to my expectation, they would have won or at least played better.  But of course, they didn’t. So, we’re now 1-2 for league. It appears that winning our league is going to be much tougher than I expected. If only they would believe in themselves more, I think we would be a big surprise to a lot of people.

As for my girls, we had our worse tournament play so far this season. They couldn’t pass or work together as a team if their lives depended on it. But the positive, is they did turn it on in the end to win a couple of matches.

Home Life

We celebrated Gary’s 46th birthday on the 22nd. The previous Sunday, we actually celebrated at his parents house. It was a small celebration, but Gary loved it. It was perfect. I ended practice early on the 22nd so I could surprise him with a cake when I got home. Another small celebration just for him. He’s a good sport about it too. I know he really doesn’t like celebrating birthdays, but he does it to humor me because I love it.

As for me, I’ve been fighting off 3 weeks of bronchitis now. I think today is the first day that I woke up and didn’t have to cough up a lung to clear them out in the morning. So, we’ll see how the day continues to go.

Scrapbooking

I haven’t scrapbooked at all lately. I still have to finish my Road Trip album so I can officially say that it’s done. I’m very proud of my girlfriend Tina because she’s been on a scrapbook roll. Ever since we attended that workshop, she’s been using that method to complete another album she’s been meaning to put together.  I’m glad that I found another buddy to scrapbook with.  The challenge now is to actually get into the room to scrapbook. I did print out over 1000 pictures to work on for my next album project which is our stayaction 2009. I figured I would treat each day as a separate album and then in the end put them all in one or two albums. With over 1000 pictures, I’m sure there’s going to be some in there that won’t make the cut, but oh well. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Well back to the grind. Until next time.

Volleyball recap

We won last night against Lincoln.  They really didn’t have a strong team, but leave it to my boys to play down to their level.  I was so bad and frustrated. I had a feeling we were going to do that.  I want them to be mentally strong not just physically. This way, when we play against stronger teams this season, we can be consistant. We have our first real match against Cupertino tomorrow. Last year, we beat them in 4 and then they turned around and beat us in 5. So, they are a strong team. It’s just a matter of which team of mine is planning on showing up.

I found out today that my club team will be traveling to Watsonville on Saturday for our Area League 1. I just don’t understand how we always seem to get the short end of the stick when it comes to locations. It appears that majority of the teams we were originally grouped with is going to San Jose City College.  Now, we’re being paired with the other Eclipse team in Watsonville.  The Zhang’s must have done or said something because it never fails. We always have to travel at least an hour away. I really wanted San Jose because that’s also our monthly girls night out at Tina’s place. I was planning on going when we were originally playing in Santa Clara, but now I have no idea if I will or not.  I did print out directions, so we’ll see what happens.  It’s possible that I might just go and end up leaving an hour later.

So, I have double duty today for practice. I’m going to be missing players from both teams, so it should be an interesting practice all together.

Our First Real Game

My boys had their first real game last night against King’s Academy.  Going in, my logic was to just hit our goal of 10 points. King’s actually took our league last year 12-0, so I know they have talent. We ended up losing the first game 13-25. I was happy because we got our 10 points. However, the level of play from my boys was not up to par. I knew they could do better. Eventually, they did show up and we lost the 2nd game 19-25. This was much better than the 1st game, so I’m much happier.  For the 3rd game, we actually won 25-23. I wasn’t paying attention to the score so when we won I was a little surprised. This game showed that they can stay focused and play strong. We came out a little slow for the 4th game, but made it a match. We ended up losing on Tyrell’s missed serve 20-25.  But I was happy at the outcome. Even my bench was great. The positive attitude that came from them encouraged the guys on the bench.

After the match, the other coach came to me and said that as long as my guys continue to play tough, we have a great chance on winning this year.  The sad part is that we do have a lot of talent, it’s our mental game that will get us every time. If only they can stay focused, we will make a mark this season.

We have 2 more matches this week against Lincoln and Cupertino. We need to focus on our strengths and start to utilize them more.