Monday, May 28, 2012

Keaton's Graduation

FINALLY! My computer is up and running again! Yes, that means that my Prince Charming returned from South Korea and figured out the problem I was having. So here, at last, are some photos from Keaton's graduation.

We threw a party for him at Maggiano's. It was all family, with the exception of Mark and Cheri Ranieri. I've known Mark since the 7th grade and our daughters grew up together and are still friends. So really, Mark and Cheri are family, and they drove 8 hours just to come to this party!

You can't see anybody particularly well in this photo. Guess that's what happens with such a big group. Suffice it to say it included the six of us plus Tina (Keaton's girlfriend), Rick's mom and her husband, two of Rick's sisters and their families, my half-brother and his family, my half-sister and her husband, and the Ranieri's. It was a fun evening and the food was yummalish!
HORRIBLE photo of me, but eh. Here I am with Bill and Diane, my half-siblings. Yes, I'm an amazon woman, especially when I wear 4" heels. 
This is the view from Keaton's apartment. That's the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. What a spectacular view!
And for those of you who have never seen a California redwood tree...
Onto the pomp and circumstance! It was really dark in the theatre, so it was hard to get any good photos. Here are a few. Keaton received the Astro Physics award. The video was too big to load on my blog, but if you want to see it click here
Here he is receiving his diploma. (Actually, it was a fake diploma. The real thing will arrive in August.) The graduates walked onto the stage and handed their information cards to this professor who read them aloud. Before reading Keaton's card, he held up three fingers verifying that Keaton was receiving three degrees (Astro Physics, Physics, and Applied Mathematics). Yup, my baby was the only one to receive three degrees. I am so thankful that he got my brains. LOL
Elliot has been Keaton's advisor at UC Berkeley. This is whom Keaton will work with when he returns for his PhD.
Here's Keaton with his sweetheart, Tina.
My baby boys aren't such babies anymore.
The proud parents!
The rest of my photos are of Keaton and his friends. But since you and I don't know any of them, I didn't include them.

Up next for Keaton? In September he'll move to England for one year to attend Cambridge University. He'll earn a Master's Degree in Astro Physics. Then he'll return to UC Berkeley to earn his PhD.

That's it for this post. Hope you've enjoyed your long weekend!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Still Working on It!

Mom, I haven't forgotten about posting graduation pictures. Apparently, I shoot a lot of photos and videos because my hard drive has been complaining about being full. So now I am moving things off of my computer to an external drive which is easy but slow going. I can't upload new stuff until I've made space. So hang in there, I'll have it posted in a day or so!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Can You Say CHAOS?

The last week has been CRAZY! Here's the scoop. Last Friday, we were headed to CA for Keaton's graduation. Emma had a fever, but seemed okay...until she got in the car. Yup, she vomited. So Emma and Brittany stayed behind while Rick and I headed to the airport. By the time we were on our plane, Emma was running around, playing, and eating as if she had never been sick. So Brittany rescheduled them for the 6 AM flight on Saturday. Emma slept well all night and ate a huge breakfast.

As Brittany got out of her car at the airport, she heard air hissing out of one tire. There wasn't much she could do about it without missing her flight, so she left it. Emma fared well for the first four hours of the flight, but wasn't feeling well for the last two hours. When she got off the plane, she chugged a big cup of ice water which promptly repositioned itself out of her stomach onto the floor. Thankfully all that came out was water! She felt great for the rest of the day. In the meantime, Keaton decided not to go to the huge graduation ceremony. It was 4 hours long in the blazing sun and none of his friends were going. He decided he would rather spend the day with us so we went to the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. We wanted to go to the botanical garden as well, but we ran out of time and had to get all gussied up for Keaton's party that evening.

Our plan for Sunday morning was to go to church with my brother's family. Brittany decided not to take Emma because she didn't want her to be exposed to any other illnesses, so the boys were going to pick her up and meet us at my brother's for brunch. Rick and I headed out before Emma awoke so we didn't get to see her ginormously swollen and gunky eye. We were already well on our way when Brittany called us and we would have turned around except that the boys were already on their way to her. So the four of them spent Mother's Day morning in the ER to discover that Emma had pink eye and needed antibiotic drops. We figured that this pretty much killed the rest of our plans as we didn't want to expose anybody. But our families told us not to worry, just to keep Emma away from her baby cousin. Are they sweet or what??? So our offspring met us at my brother's for brunch, followed by Mother's Day dinner at Rick's sister's house.

The girls headed home bright and early on Monday morning. Emma was fine for the flight, and actually slept for three hours. But remember Brittany's tire? Well, she got to her car and this is what she found.
Thankfully, the airport has a free service for battery jumps and tires. But when the guy got to Brittany, he informed her that he's not allowed to put on spare tires, only inflate low tires. The sight of a young woman alone with a child at night must have touched him because he called his boss and asked for permission to put on the spare. We were all very thankful! We spent the rest of the day enjoying the pomp and circumstance of Keaton's department graduation ceremony. Brittany and Emma made it home safely.

Then came Tuesday morning. Rick flies a ton, and by that I mean at least 100,000 miles a year for many years. He gets upgraded to first class a lot. We were happy to get the emails saying that we had been upgraded for the flight home. Then we got to the airport and were "helped" (and I use that term quite sarcastically) by a very rude woman in the Red Carpet Club. Not only were our email notifications a "computer glitch and are untrue," but our original seats had been released when we received the phony upgrade. When we tried to ask questions, this rude woman stuck her hand out at us in a "stop" motion and said, "Don't tell it to me, write a letter to United." Can you believe this???????? It's a good thing that my calm, gentle husband was with me. I seriously thought about crawling over that counter and doing something worthy of a pair of shiny metal bracelets. But since I really didn't want Emma to have an incarcerated grandma, I let Rick calm me down and deal with this woman. Long story short, we  did end up with seats and Rick's working on the letter. After all of that, our flight was two hours late. Argh.  In the meantime, Brittany and Emma spent two hours getting her tire fixed. 

After four hours of sleep for us, Miss Emma and her better looking eye arrived bright and early Wednesday morning. I was so out of it that I napped with her before we headed off to Mommy's Facing History awards ceremony in Boston. Brittany's grad school graduation was last night and her party is tomorrow night. Then Rick leaves for Seoul before the crack of dawn on Sunday.

Yes, I am exhausted but it's been an awesome week. I'm so proud of my kiddos! I finally made it through my 200+ photos. Now I need to upload some video and then I'll start posting. In the meantime, I thought you'd like to see Emma's fashion designs. Some friends of ours gave Emma a Barbie dress decorating kit. Can you tell she likes bling?
And then there's this one. Emma calls it Barbie's "happy dress." Now picture this dress on Barbie. I'm pretty sure it's Ken's "happy dress," too!
Off I go to treat my girls to Starbucks treats and pedicures. TGIF!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Just Humor Me...

Thankfully, my ear FINALLY feels better! That was a long  two weeks. Ahh, the joys and mysteries of growing older! But since I staunchly refuse to participate in being old, I will instead post happy, youthful things. Which, of course, leads right to Emma, LOL. Here she is hugging the Easter bunny. 
I may have posted this already. In fact, I may have posted all of these photos already. But if I go back and check that will prove that my memory is getting old. So please humor me and act like you've never seen these before, okay? 

Here is some art work from Miss Emma. I love the way she spelled mine. Yes, this made her mommy cry!
And here's one she made for me. She's so good at drawing flowers! And because I am a proud and braggy grandma, I would like to point out that not only did she draw a beautiful rainbow, but she drew the colors in the correct order. Roy G Biv still rocks! (Roy G Biv is how I taught my students to remember the colors of a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. I'm sure we all remember that from elementary school.)
And just because it's pretty, here's a sunset photo I took from my front porch. 

Up for a few Emmaisms?

Emma: Giffy, I got shots today. 
Giffy: How many?
Emma: Two. One for chicken pots and one for weasels.

Emma comes up with some very sophisticated games. We were playing "Tangled," in which Emma was Rapunzel and was running an ice cream stand in the park near her kingdom. Apparently I was her mother, the Queen. 

Emma: Mom, could you please watch my ice cream stand while I go into the castle to make brown balls?
Giffy: Sure. But what are the brown balls for?
Emma: Mother! I don't want you to tell everyone in the kingdom that I am pooping, so just tell them I am making brown balls!

Emma: Mother, I'd like you to meet Eugene. You can call him Flynn. 
Giffy: It's nice to meet you, Flynn. Rapunzel, is Flynn your husband?
Emma: No, we're not married yet. So all we get to do is hold hands and kiss a lot.
Giffy's mind: (Her mother is soooooooooo gonna freak out! Ha ha!)

That's it for this morning. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!