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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Santa Cruz & More

I was fortunate enough to go to Santa Cruz twice this week. On Saturday Mel, my parents, and I took Tate to the beach for the first time. He seemed to enjoy it quite a bit, though it took almost two hours to get there due to traffic. It was a fun way to spend a Saturday. Yesterday was the annual student ministry post-Arizona beach day. It was fun as well. A few people were baptized in the ocean and we had a bonfire. I won a stuffed animal at the Boardwalk. The highlight of my life. Although Mel and I stayed home from Arizona it was still fun to be there. Everyone had a great time on the trip and Mel and I hope to bring Tate next year. In other news, Justin, Jake, Deej, Emily, Elise, Nate, Lisa, and 500 other people got to see Rocky Votolato in the city on Tuesday night. It was so good. We got to meet him after as well, which was splendid. Super nice guy.

Tate's First Day at the Beach

VBC Beach DayRocky Votolato & Co.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Tahoe Pictures 2

Not a fan of the life jackets...

putting Bella in her place...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

a long time coming

I have been slacking on the blogging lately. I started teaching summer school at Castro Valley High last week. It has been an interesting, draining experience. I am teaching a Freshman English class full of young scholars. I recently found out that many of my students are actually juniors, which makes me that much more concerned about the future of America. It has been a good learning experience however, and it's only four hours a day. As I said before, we went to Tahoe last week with Mel's family, my family, the Foster's, Ty-Town, and more. It was a lot of fun. My brother took a bunch of fun pictures of Tate. He posted many of them on his blog but I'll put a few on here as well. It was Tate's first camping trip and he did really well. My dad and I went on a really cool ike ride on his birthday and we saw a bear. Unfortunately the bear didn't talk, but if he did I can imagine he would have had a lot to say. He looked wise. Anyway, my car died on the way to Tahoe (this is the abridged version of the story). We left it at a mechanic in Rocklin and rented a car. We then had to drive back to Rocklin a couple days later to pick up my "fixed" car only to have it overheat again near Donner Pass. Awesome. I ended up leaving it at a Mechanic in Truckee. They "fixed" my car and then took it back to camp. Long story short, my car overheated again in Vacaville and then again a half mile from my house. It was terrific. Funny part of the story was that I ripped my shorts in the car when I was bored. I pulled on a seam and then instantly I was wearing a camoulflage kilt-skirt. I didn't anticipate having to get out of my car to open my hood. Needless to say I looked funny standing on Palomares with my boxers hanging out of the bottom of my shorts. Fast forward to today and my car is still in the shop. It's just a car and Mel and I have another one so in the whole scheme of things if having a broken second car is the biggest difficulty in our life right now, we live a pretty blessed life. The team from Valley Bible left for the Navajo Reservation on Friday. This is the first Mission Trip Mel and I haven't been on since 1996. Insane. God wanted me to be at home so I could teach summer school and so we could be with Tate. We are going to try to go next summer but we'll see what God wants us to do. Pray for the team while they are away and follow their adventures on the VBC blog.
(I'll add a lot more pictures tomorrow!)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Big Ranch Roundup

I went with the MSM to the Pine's 10,000 acre ranch for the annual 4th of July Big Ranch Roundup. It was a lot of fun. Here is some photographic proof.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

It's not a bummer, it's summer

and am leaving tomorrow for a family camping trip to Tahoe. It's Tate's first camping trip and he is stoked. Tate also had his first trip to the fair the other day.I just got back from the Pine's ranch with the MSM (I'll post pictures soon) He left feeling dirty, confused, and lacking all hope for humanity. Sounds like he has a pretty good handle on the fair already. We went with a bunch of folks and had a good time. I threw up after we left the fair (since you asked) and have since sworn off funnel cakes for the rest of my life. We are enjoying summer. Mel has enjoyed being home with Tate. But, it's off to Tahoe for now! It's a rough life we lead but someone has to do it.

Tate is so punk rock.
The fair.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Master Rev-Bo

On Saturday I graduated from University of Phoenix with my Master's Degree in Education and my Secondary Education Single-Subject SB-2042 Teaching Credential in English/Language Arts. I tried to make that sound pretty impressive. So far school districts are not impressed as I am now 0-4 in the interview game. Technically I am 1-5 I guess since I did get hired to teach summer school at Castro Valley High. I am happy to finally be done with school. I have enjoyed UOP and I met some great people that I hope to stay in contact with but it will be nice to have Tuesday nights free for the foreseeable future. The ceremony was held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. It only lasted an hour or so, which was a welcomed surprise. Master's candidates get a goofy Harry Potter-like hood. I think that the people who designed graduation apparel never actually graduated from any sort of school and as such decided, with vengeance and spite in mind, to create the most absurd looking outfits possible. Their achieved their goal. I looked like a nerd, but luckily 200 or so other folks did as well. Doctoral candidates are probably worse off. Their hats are ridiculous. Look it up. Mel threw a graduation party for me on Sunday. A bunch of people came out to the canyon and some of my extended family got to see our place for the first time. As usual Mel was a great host and Tate was a stunning party emcee. Thank you to everyone that came and celebrated. In other news, Tate has nearly begun to crawl. He gets up on his hands and knees, which is a clear indicator to Mel and I that are lives are about to take yet another drastic turn. We are finding that its is surprisingly difficult to baby-proof a 600 square foot living space. I suppose the srapes and bruises will help Tate build character.