Sunset at the Pier

A few weeks ago I ducked out early on a Saturday night (while Sue put the boys to bed) to try my hand at taking some pictures of the sunset at the Pier. I didn’t quite know exactly what I was doing and wasn’t sure what to expect from the results. But, I got down to the beach about 30 minutes before sunset and wound up taking pictures until nearly 8:00pm. I was a good night for it and the results were better than expected.

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A Soccer Update

Eric’s soccer season started a couple weeks ago, so we’ve got a couple game’s worth of pictures loaded up. Eric’s been playing with more confidence and less hesitation this season. I think not being the youngest/smallest kid on the team helps, but there might be more to it. He’s aggressive to loose balls and is making good choices passing the ball and finding open space to play in. He’s enjoying it a ton more than last year as well (not hard considering he hated it by the end of last season). He had a breakthrough game this weekend and scored two goals to help his team earn a 4-4 tie after falling behind 3-0 in the first half. He was on cloud nine.

Game #1 (– H E R E –)
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Game #2 (– H E R E –)
Goal #1 (1 of 2)

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Goal #2 (3 of 6)

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Just Because

Recent pictures of boys being boys . . .

Sean, in action!
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Eric at the HB Pier
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The Puzzler

Recently, Sean has turned into a real puzzle fiend. He’s always liked puzzles, and has been pretty good at putting them together without much help. But lately, he’s taken it to the next level. So much so, Sue took him to Toys-R-Us to look at some new puzzles since all of ours were too easy and he’s done them a million times. They came back with a couple 150 piece puzzles . . . which he had to complete immediately.

working . . .
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working . . .

Done!

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Wrapping up a little more baseball

Baseball season is over, but I think Eric will be back for more. He had a great team of nice kids and parents and really had a lot of fun playing. Although, if we’re being honest, he probably liked the uniform and the snack bar more than the games . . . but that’s beside the point.

He got a chance to pitch in one of the last couple games. All the kids pitched at some point in the season, so the coach had to be a little strategic with when certain kids got in. For kid-pitch, the player will pitch up to four balls, or a total of 6-7 pitches (which ever comes first) and then the opposing coach will take over to pitch to his kids. Depending on how things go, that process can take forever. Although Eric didn’t have a ton of success throwing strikes, he did a good job of sticking with it and not getting frustrated or upset. I think he actually enjoyed it.

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One more from an earlier game:
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A Quick Trip to the Aquarium

Sean has a love/hate relationship with sharks and pestered me into taking him to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach so he could see some. He wasn’t very interested in touching the small sharks and rays in the shallow pools, but did spend a lot of time watching the big sharks through the glass of the big tank. Pictures were tough to come by through the glare and thick dirty glass, but I did manage a few – HERE –.

Sean and the Shark Tank:
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Sea Lion Fight:

Sean Outside the Aquarium:

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Another Belt Test for Eric

Lot’s of catching up to do. It’s been busy lately and I haven’t posted any updates in a while, so here’s the first of several updates all at once. . .

Eric’s race through new belts at Taekwondo continued in April. He tested for an orange belt on 4/27. The testing went as usual with all the kids demonstrating the basic kicks and punches. Each belt group does their “form” for the instructors and the Grand Master, showing their progress. In a slightly unusual move, Eric got called out to demonstrate his “Tiger 1″ form by himself. Being singled out didn’t phase him; he did great. The testing pace will certainly slow down now. There is a lot more to learn for each belt and the forms get a little more complicated. But, he’s still enjoying it and even wants to practice at home from time to time. A lot of pictures from the day – HERE –

Tiger 1:
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Board Breaking:

New Belt:

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