1st Annual Moms (Gone Wild) Weekend

Once a month, I go to dinner with some friends.  We’ve been doing this for about 22 years and there is no sign of us slowing down.  (If anything, we are more committed than ever.)  During those years, we’ve always talked about traveling together (or at least going away for a weekend.)  Well, it finally happened.  We set a date and made a simple plan for a two-night get-a-way and I think it was the first of many more to come.

We spent the weekend in Angels Camp (about an hour drive from Modesto.)  We shopped around in the cute little town of Murphy’s and even drove a little further up the hill to Avery (to take some photos of a property for Leroy.) 

We ate, drank and laughed… a lot.  We poked fun at each other (and ourselves,) reminisced and planned for the future.  We “hiked” around Greenhorn Creek Golf Course (through the beautiful neighborhood) and got lost but came across some deer who watched us with curiosity. 

Kris Lewis drove (although I’m not sure we’ll let her drive the next time,) Stephanie Pizzirulli cooked (and asked a lot of questions,) Chris Yates documented the whole thing with photographs and I relaxed and enjoyed my time with dear friends.

I’m already looking forward to the next trip.

 

One and a Half

One of the best things about Grand-parenting is creating new traditions.  We both (Leroy and I) have big plans for things we want to do with Jameson and the rest of our grandkids.  Some of these activities will be “once-in-a-lifetime” and some will be annual.

Since the parents get to plan and execute the annual birthday celebration… Granny and Grandpa will host the “Half Birthday Party.”  I remember that being “a half” is a really big deal when you’re counting your age, so we’ve decided to celebrate it. 

Tomorrow, April 27, 2018 will be Jameson’s Half Birthday.  (He’ll be turning 1-1/2!)  We won’t get to see him tomorrow, so we celebrated today!

I took him to the park yesterday for a quick photo shoot and it did not go as planned.  Jameson was not a fan (and we didn’t stay very long.)

He was more cooperative in the backyard.

When he arrived this morning, we welcomed him with balloons, a birthday banner, birthday cake and (of course) a present.

The day ended as all days should… Naked in a swimming pool, eating Oreos.

Team Wesenberg

I don’t have an athletic bone in my body.  My only physical attribute is that I’m still pretty flexible for my age (and current physical shape) but athleticism is not my gift.  Not only am I not an athlete, I am not very competitive either so playing a sport (of any kind) has never been appealing to me.  However, I am fascinated with the mindset required by athletes, especially those who compete in sports.  (And to be quite honest, intimidated too.)  I am inspired by their ability and desire to publicly demonstrate their skills.  They are so courageous!  I guess I just give in to my introvert side and admire them from a distance.

A few years ago, I saw my friend Laurie at a high school football game.   I remember the incident not because it was a particularly great game, but for the conversation I had with Laurie that day.  We each had kids at Central Catholic at the same time, but Laurie’s youngest was still in high school.  We sat on the bench and caught up on life events.

It went the usual way with each of us reporting on what our kids were doing between graduations, college, new jobs, etc.  And then Laurie said that Kendall (her oldest) had decided to work towards becoming an Olympian.  (Wait… what?)  That’s not a statement you hear everyday.  Kendall was always a great athlete, but I didn’t remember her particularly involved in any one Olympic sport during her high school years.  Was this a new endeavor? 

Actually, yes!  Kendall had watched the Women’s Skeleton at a recent Olympics and decided that it looked like fun.  After a challenge from her family, Kendall pulled up the US Olympic Team website, clicked on a tab that said “Recruiting” and the rest is history.

Who does that?  Only extraordinary individuals that have an inner drive that I will never understand but profoundly admire.  And I’m happy to know her and call her a friend.

Kendall has focused on this goal ever since and just a few days ago was named to the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang South Korea!  Countless hours of year-around training (on and off the track) as well as thousands and thousands of miles traveled have brought Kendall closer to her goal, but I’d have to say it is that determination that made her goal actualize.  (For those who don’t know… We don’t have snow or a Skeleton track in Stanislaus County.)

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So we’ll be glued to the Olympic coverage in February to catch a glimpse of our local heroine.  I’ve already dug out the cowbell in anticipation.  Just thinking about it makes my heart swell.  I’m so happy for Kendall (and her extraordinary family) and can’t wait to watch her represent the USA in South Korea! 

USA!  USA!  USA!

To read more about Kendall and the upcoming games, click HERE!