June Photos 2017

ESA Tigers

Gia’s Birthday!

Pizza!

Flora!

Kaya!

 

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May 2017 Photos

ESA Tigers: Back Row – Naomi, Jade or Jasmine, Anna, Mara Front Row – Neah, Gia, Jocelyn, Jasmine, Emma, Jade or Jasmine (Twins)

Kaya practicing w/ESA Tigers

Kaya and her tutor Jaquie

Uncle Sanjay the Silly and Quincy

Spartans: Back – Lilly and Coach Karlie, Front – Naomi, Tayvi, Neelah, Maceana, Natalie, Gia, Emily, Kate

Gia #5 driving for a layup at Yakima Best of the West

Gia completing drive

Maia, Ava, Gia, Fiona

Field trip w/2nd grade at Science Center, Kaya and classmates sit at giant table

ESA Tigers

ESA Tigers jump in the pool, except for Mara:

 

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The Powell Family in Palm Springs

Tahquitz Canyon: Powells w/sister Sarah

Captain Kaya and Co-Pilot Gia

 

Japanese Steak House: Ava. Gia, Kaya, Nikolai

 

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Happy Birthmonth to Kaya

Happy 8th!

Last Snow of the Year

Birthmonth?  This February, for Kaya’s birthday, she went do Disneyland with her Mom, Aunt Melissa, and cousin Gemma, even though Kaya’s birthday was a month later. This meant no big presents. Kaya should be happy, right?

Princesses

Nope:  So for the last couple weeks, every day it’s, “Dad, can we go to Revelation (Fro-Yo)? It’s my birthday this month.” “Dad, can I have ice cream, my birthday is in two weeks!” “Dad, it’s my birthday this Saturday, so can we get dessert?”

Princess Disease:  On April 1 (no fooling) she’s getting a roller skate party with friends, she’s being taken out by her grandparents, and then a combined birthday party with family. Her birthday has lasted part of February and all of March. Talk about milking the most out of a birthday.

Ava at State

Ava the “Tween”:  Now that our 12-year-old Ava is a “Tween,” she’s getting a little bit more private and moody, and this includes taking a plate of food and eating in her bedroom by herself. Plates accumulate, and she was a habit of not putting them back in the sink. So the other day when I discovered dishes in her room, I took her pillows and blankets and placed them by the dining table and told her, “Alright, Ava, if you want to eat in your bedroom, then you can sleep in the dining room.” Her response? “Dad, you’re not funny!”

Band:

Gia in Band

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February Photos

5th Grade Lady Mavs

5th Grade Lady Mavs

Wife Terry scores 27 points w/9 rebounds for CHS

Wife Terry scores 27 points w/9 rebounds for CHS

Basketball:  More basketball in February. Also, found a newspaper clipping of my wife from her high school basketball days, she’s #44. Also, Ava’s 6th Grade Lady Mavs team won the Port Angeles championship. Way to go!

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Kaya and Gemma are going to Disneyland!

Daughters at Demetri's

Daughters at Demetri’s

Hail!

Hail!

6th Grade Lady Mavs

6th Grade Lady Mavs

6th Grade Lady Mavs Feeder Team & Coaches Terry, Caleb, Leon, David

5th Grade Lady Mavs Feeder Team & Coaches Terry, Caleb, Leon, David

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A Month of Basketball

Huskies vs. Stanford

Huskies vs. Stanford

Lady Mavs Feeder Night

Lady Mavs Feeder Night

Kaya the Bluejay

Kaya the Bluejay

Ok, it's not basketball, but it happened in January

Ok, it’s not basketball, but it happened in January

6th Grade Feeder Girls

6th Grade Feeder Girls

Waiting to play

Waiting to play

Feeder Girls 5th-8th Grade

Feeder Girls 5th-8th Grade w/MHS varsity

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The Christmas Wars

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Aunt Tracy w/her nieces, Ava (11), Gia (10), Kaya (7)

Aunt Tracy w/her nieces, Ava (11), Gia (10), Kaya (7)

Christmas Skepticism:  On Christmas morning Ava asked:

“How come Santa uses the same wrapping paper as Mom and Dad?”

Mom and Dad looked at one another. Gia, still a believer, said:

“Sometimes he needs to borrow wrapping paper after he comes down the chimney.”

Christmas Controversy:  I don’t know if the so-called “War on Christmas” is a thing, it seems hyperbole, but evidently there are people offended by “Merry Christmas.” Don’t believe me? Check out the headlines:

Is Saying Merry Christmas Politically Correct?Forbes
Don’t Say Merry Christmas, It Might Offend SomeoneTelegraph
Merry Christmas vs. Happy HolidaysChicago Tribune

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Kaya

War?  The iconoclast in me used to say “Merry Stressmas” or “Happy Holidays,” and write “Xmas,” but no more. PC on steroids has gotten out of control, and thus, to be subversive, we must start saying “Merry Christmas” again.

Respect:  Even religious holidays can be celebrated as secular. Or not, but that’s an individual choice. When I lived in the Middle East I respected Ramadan though I did not fast. This meant I would not chomp on a falafel in front of the other Middle Eastern teachers at our high school, and partaking an Eid feast with them. Holidays should bring people together, right?

Offense Culture:  It’s time to reserve the right to offended…on things that are truly offensive.

These Muslim Americans Celebrating Christmas Remind Us That We’re Not All That Different

Thus I hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas this year, and best wishes for a Happy 2017!

Joke of the Day:  Did you hear about the metal/grunge band that went vegan? They’re called Rage Against the Cuisine.

Christmas Morning

Christmas Morning

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