Our Little Ballerina Performed Four Times Last Weekend [Videos]

Autumn participated in her second season of The Nutcracker this past weekend. She was a Bon Bon and had the best time performing three times last week. She has been working on this performance since early October at her dance school. For kids her age, the Bon Bons are the only option for her in the Nutcracker. As she gets older she can move on to other roles in the show. 

Video: Autumn will pop out from under the dress. She is the 2nd from left side of the screen in a green skirt. 

She loves both her ballet and tap dance. She has now been dancing for almost 4 years, since age 3, at Alderwood Dance Spectrum. She also loves singing so I can see her owning the stage more often as she gets older. 

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Wanna wrastle? [Video]

I wrestled from 1988 to 1994. I did 4 years at Oak Grove High School in San Jose, 1 year at West Valley Community College, and 6 years of freestyle and greco with the Soaring Eagles Wrestling Club. I wasn’t the superstar but I sure didn’t suck. I had a great time competing and pushing myself to do better.

Some stats include league champ (1992), 3rd CCS (1992), state qualifier (1992), and 3rd in greco and 2nd in freestyle at the California State Championship Tournament. My senior of high school I was 40-5 (my best record of any year).

This is a video I made in June 1992 when I graduated from high school. The footage is mostly my junior and senior high school with some freestyle footage. You’ll have to pardon the visual effects, I really enjoyed using all the built-in VCR effects.

Good times!

Kids and Pets…like peas and carrots [Video]

Growing up I had a dog named Lucky. She lived 16 years and was truly a part of my childhood. She’s the dog that scared the crap out of the neighbors, but would sleep cozily at the foot of my bed each night. She bit open my lip when I was 10 years old while trying to chase a cat. She spent years pulling my brothers and I around the neighborhood on our skateboards as we excitedly, but a bit nervously, gripped the end of the leash and hoped we’d never would have to slow down because it wasn’t going to look pretty trying to stop her. Honestly, she loved pulling us on our skateboards. She was sweet and vicious all in the same day and she was my loyal companion. Truly a great dog to have!

Ethan and Autumn both have a best friend in Skylee. When Duff was still kickin’ he and Skylee were awesome with Ethan too. Autumn and Skylee have really bonded these past few months. Autumn has always enjoyed observing Skylee run around, catch her toys mid-air, roll around, and just about anything else she does. Autumn will giggle and laugh and reach for her. Now that Autumn is mobile, she’ll crawl after Skylee. Skylee will run ahead, stop, and turn around to wait for her. Sometimes she will give Autumn a lick and run ahead. It’s a great game they have.

These days Ethan will usually chase Skylee around the house as if she’s the lion (or whatever the animal of the weeks is for Ethan) that needs to be captured. Skylee is good about it and loves the interaction. She’ll run away and then chase after him. When she’s really good she’ll allow a blanket or two be thrown on her as if she’s being captured by a net.

Fortunately these dogs are all sweet and have no vicious side to them. I think the only time I’ve seen Skylee show any agression toward the kids is when Ethan decided he would jump off his Little Tykes slide directly onto her. She was a bit pissed and deservingly so. Ethan learned his lesson.

Laura and I hope that when Ethan and Autumn look back on their childhood, the dogs will be remembered as being an integral and fun part of it.

Autumn the Climber [Video]

Our little girl ascended her first mountain, well a 3-foot slide, but it must have seemed like a mountain to her. She hit a few rough spots during the summit attempt, but with an excellent belay by her mother, she pulled through.

The past few weeks she has really learned how to crawl, stand up, ad move around while grabbing a chair or desk. She would tinker with going up the slide but never have much luck beyond getting one leg up and then sliding off.

We decided to help her out by removing her socks and letting her take on the slide in her onesie. This seemed to be the extra push she needed to scale it and finally reach the summit!

Good job Autumn.