Sunday, January 29, 2017

My Preteen Has Arrived

Ronin is now a pre-teen and I'm not ready. You can probably tell I'm in denial from my most recent post. He has grown so much since summer of 2016. His feet are big. His voice is changing and cracking. He is becoming his own person. He still has his struggles that stem from his autism, but in many ways he is holding his own and surprising me everyday when we interact with our community. He is still very much a child and looks at life with such naiveté. For his birthday he wanted to race go-karts, eat dinner with his friends at Buffalo Wild Wings and hang out at the local mall. While at the mall, he wanted to try the bungee-trampoline and had all his friends do it too. Everyone had a blast. Junior and I had fun listening to their conversations and laughed out loud a lot. The things boys talk about! Happy birthday son!

My 10-year Old My Baby

My little Lucas is not so little anymore and I am in mourning. Each day I look at him I realize more and more that my time with him is short and fading fast. He'll be a preteen, then a teenager, then a young adult...oh it's all too much. How we need to cherish our times with our children! The day to day seems ordinary, but it's in those times that our children grow and learn about the extraordinary things of life. I want him to enjoy every minute of being a kid and all the great things about not having a care in the world. When all that matters is his family and friends and where the next adventure is. Happy birthday son! May your life be filled with much love, hope and joy. May God grant you a heart that will love and worship Him, too. 

 Kindred spirits: Xavier and Lucas
 His guests: Xavier, JJ, Ronin and Mason
 Me and my baby #forever
 Chopping it up at Fuddrucker's
 Waiting for their grub
 Our big happy "diverse" family
 Loving the food and the games
 Boys being boys
 Cake time
 Silly always
Always silly

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

SUDAMIX® at Elev8

 Making sure our members can find us - the first time is a little tricky
 Starting off the morning right - water, fruit and protein bars

 It was a full house - and then some!
The energy was amazing. So happy to be a part of this. 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Elev8 Training is Open!

The last six months have been a whirlwind of milestones. In the summer, my trainer unexpectedly found himself scrambling to open his own business to continue to push his SUDAMIX® brand. He rented out some space and began building his following as many of his former clients and many new clients followed him to his new location.  Though it was a temporary home, week after week people continued to sign up to be part of his program. I helped him launch and continued to help administratively as well as teaching classes and training others. My role grew and it became clear that we had a great thing here and he would have to find a place of his own if he wanted to continue to grow and expand. 

So here we are, six months later and after much struggle and obstacles we had our first class last weekend. It was certainly a time to celebrate. So with the help of some generous clients, we broke out the bubbly and officially opened the doors to Elev8 Training. The facility is located on Mare Island in an industrial-size space that allows us to do so much with our members and clients. We are both excited to see this grow. I'm so proud of what he has accomplished so far and hope that he continues to succeed in this way. Looking forward to a bright and healthy future. 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve Dinner

 My handsome son ready to enjoy some yummy food
 Brazilian meat - it's mesmerizing
 Lucas was having so much fun eating all the meat he wanted
 Ronin preferred the chicken - as usual
 Had our good friend Jeff join us for this delicious meal
A great way to bring in the Christmas season

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Team Holiday Ugly Sweater Party

 The cutest ladies in the ugliest sweaters: Blanca, Margaret and Veronica
 The winners of the ugliest of them all: Junior and Ed with the judge Berto
 All the ugly sweaters together: A wonderful group of ugliness and cheer
 The most ugly with pretty girls in unfortunate sweaters
 The smartest kid in the room - he chose not to wear an ugly sweater
 A selfie of ugly sweaters gals
 A gaggle of gals who wisely hide those ugly sweaters
 Sweet gals enjoying the best part of the party - one another 
Wishing you all a wonderful ugly sweater season - cheers and stay warm!