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 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.
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.
Tuesday, April 13 was a very sad day for our family. Our Missy Girl, passed away. She went into the vets to get surgery done to remove a gall stone. They started to put her under when her heart rate started to drop. So, they stop the procedure until they could get her heart rate up again. After some meds and oxygen, her heart rate improved. They went to shave her stomach and once again her heart rate dropped. However, this time, they couldn’t bring her back. She passed away on the operating table.
That was a sad call to receive from Mom that Missy died. I left work immediately so I can be with her. Kalae, Mom, and I went to the vets to say our last good byes. The doctor told us what happened. The only positive is that because she was already under, she didn’t suffer. So, thankfully, she wasn’t in any pain when she left us.
We decided to have her cremated. Mom and I will be picking her up next week. She’s eating all of the chicken and snacks she wants now. Plus, chasing Neo around, I bet. She will truly be missed.
To this day, it’s still very hard to believe she’s gone. Whenever I go over to Mom’s I’m still looking for her and waiting for her to start jumping on my legs. Or the best is when it’s dinner time and she knows that she’s going to get something of what I’m eating. Now, instead of ‘accidently’ dropping things on the ground, I just give it to Roy. =)
I miss you so much Missy Girl.
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.
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.
Gary and I carpooled today because he had to be at a job at 8am. When we got to his work, he realized that his van was missing. He tried for over an hour to get a hold of his boss. We couldn’t believe that his boss actually took his phone off the hook and didn’t have his cell phone on. When he finally turned on his phone, he confirmed what Gary was afraid of his van was stolen. The sad part is that his was one night that Gary forgot to take his tools out.
You have to understand that for the past year Gary has made every effort to remove his tools on a night basis so if the van was broken into, his tools wouldn’t be stolen. It’s hard to believe that the one time he forgets, the entire van gets stolen.
So, they actually did find the van in Castro Valley. It was completely gutten out. They took everything including the box that was located in between the seats that held everything. They even took the drawers from Gary’s desk area where he rekeys everything.
So, we get to go shopping now to restock his tools. His boss is going to reimburse us, so that’s a good thing. I just feel so sorry for Gary. Hopefully tomorrow is a better day for him as well.