Monday, May 18, 2009

Gian's Graduation Ceremony and Dinner

My cousin Giancarlo graduated from Berkley Law School this past Saturday and I couldn't have been more proud. Way to go Gian! His twin brother Tony graduates from medical school next year. So proud of them both. Here are some pictures taken after the graduation ceremony and the dinner celebration that followed. It happened to be my little cousin Noalani's and Lindsey's birthday that day 5/16. So move over Gian, birthday girls are in the house too!!

Tony holding birthday girl Noalani

La Familia, Joey, Noalani, Claudia, Makani and Tony

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Rawhide Ranch

While it was difficult letting Lindsey go on this 3-day camping trip without tagging along to protect her and keep an eye on her (yes folks I AM one of those hovering mothers and proud of it!!), I knew it was necessary for her and for me. She was thrilled to be on her own and promised me she would exercise caution when sitting on or standing near a horse. Lindsey had an awesome experience at this horse camp. Aside from the less desirable responsibilities like cleaning up horse poop and feeding the animals, she learned how to horseback ride and how to perform a horse gymnastic routine known as "vaulting". She even made a new friend, a horse named "Bonnie". She said it was tough saying goodbye to her. Bonnie was all she talked about when she got home. Lindsey even thought it would be a good idea to buy the house behind us so we could tear it down and build a horse stable. Pretty creative thinking. I told her that she must have our avocado tree mistaken for a money tree...LOL!! Anyways, here are some pictures she took of her and Bonnie.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Nikki's Speech Meet

Nikki won 2nd place ribbon in the speech meet. She did a wonderful job and showed a lot of expression. Too bad we were not allowed to video tape or snap pictures. But here is a nice one outside the school where the speech meet was held.