We’re so proud of Daniel’s getting a STAR testing honor student award tonight. Last year Daniel’s school spent a whole week taking California’s Standardized Testing and Reporting exams. Some kids did well in the Language Arts portion and got awards, some kids did well in the Math portion and got awards, but Daniel did well in both. Everything up to here has been written before (see here). Now having done it two years in a row, we are doubly proud of him. Great job Dan.
Sandy and I celebrated our 19th anniversary today. We kind of celebrated our 18th too since we skipped it last year because of my mom’s funeral. For lunch we shared a wonderful meal at a sushi restaurant and we took the kids to celebrate at a brand new California Pizza Kitchen at the mall. Then we went home, finished homework and got to the kids to bed early for school in the morning. More romance probably was in order but hey it’s a school night. It’s just another day to remind me how much I love Sandy and am so happy to have her in my life.
I have many great memories of my mom, who passed a year ago today, but one thing she told me when I was growing up stuck with me. She told me she didn’t care what I did with my life just as long as I was happy doing it. Because of her wisdom, support, and inspiration I now find myself very happy with my life. I have a great family, wonderful friends, and a job that pretty much has me doing the same thing I was doing when I was five playing in my room; looking down at little vehicles and making them do things, only instead doing it from the edge of my bed with matchbox cars, I’m doing it from a control tower with airliners.
Every day, I think about my mom and miss her. But I always am remembering things she’s done or said to me and those memories keep her here with me.
For my 48th birthday, I was feeling kinda old and a little blue for some reason. But my family pulled me out of my funk by first taking me out for lunch and later by getting me presents and cake and ice cream. They also took me to Rockin’ Jump in Dublin, which is a giant trampoline warehouse, where we all had lots of fun, despite my pulling a muscle in my shoulder and Elizabeth twisting a knee. Of course I was the oldest one jumping and maybe the second oldest one in the whole building. A few days later I got a plate that Elizabeth made me. (I have to be extra careful with it since I dropped a mug she made me earlier.)