May 31, 2009

My Cousins are Awesome!

I posted a couple of months ago about my cousin Vinnie, who was participating in a triathlon at the time, and is now graduating from UCLA. It made me realize that I don't post often enough about my awesome extended family, especially my cousins. I'm so proud of all of them, and lucky to have them!

Unfortunately, I don't get to see any of them as much as I'd like, but here are just a couple bits I've pieced together from Facebook postings, graduation invitations, and random emails. Vinnie's graduating from UCLA in two weeks. Vanessa is finishing up a year abroad in Rome, then returning for her senior year at Berkeley. Michael just graduated from CSUN and is at Marine Officer Candidate School in Quantico. Matthew just graduated from CSU Fresno and will be pursuing a career in professional golf. Ryan is starting his senior year at Santa Clara University. Alec was accepted to the film schools at Loyola Marymount University and NYU, and will be attending LMU in the fall. Jim is graduating this summer and headed to college in the fall. Matty is rocking his high school academics, and will be taking part in a medical summer program at UCLA this year. Samantha is starting on the Varsity Softball team as a freshman, and is following in her brother's academic footsteps.

And those are just the ones near/in higher education that I've heard about in the last few weeks. The last time I saw Valentina, I tried to answer a question on her math homework and failed miserably. Hayley tends to excel at everything she ever attempts. Jordan and Taylor are getting cuter by the day.

Most recently, we went to an SDSU Aztecs softball game. Jessica starts at second base for them, and this was the first opportunity we'd had to see her play. The game was against BYU, who had the best record in their division. It was an important game to win, and it didn't start off well.

By the bottom of the seventh inning, SDSU was down 4-0. It had been a rough start for Jessica as well, and wasn't looking like a happy night.

Then, one out from losing the game, Jessica was driven in from third for SDSU's first run. Two plays later, the game was tied at 4-4 and going to extra innings. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Jessica was up to bat with a runner on third. I'll let the video speak for itself.

May 30, 2009

Welcome to Ryan Road

Welcome to the new blog.  You'll notice that all of the posts from the old site are still here for posterity, but all new entries will be here alone.  We'll never forget Andrew, and he'll be mentioned here from time to time, but the focus of our lives has obviously evolved in the last two years, and we thought our blog should reflect that.

Here we go.....

May 3, 2009

Pregnancy/Willow Update

Today marks Week 24 (out of 40). There's not much news at this point, but no news is good news. D's last couple of doctor visits have been uneventful (there wasn't even an ultrasound at the last one). But, I thought I'd take the opportunity to take a couple of pictures.

Willow hates to have her picture taken....she runs away any time I point the camera at her. Even when D picks her up, she starts to wriggle and try to get away.

Here's a close-up of Willow's new scar. They took the stitches out last week and it's healing pretty well. Hopefully, in time, it'll be a memory like her other two scars (from her spay and her back surgery). She's pretty much back to 100%, though we had a little scare with an allergic reaction last week.

And here's mommy herself. Tummies always pop a little earlier with subsequent pregnancies, but she still hasn't gained any weight since she got pregnant.