Monday, March 24, 2008

Vegas Easter Basketball Tourney!

We had a ton of fun in VEGAS! We stay at the Fairfield Marriott at the South end of the STRIP, right behind Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino. The whole team stayed together and we had a blast! We swam, rode the Manhattan Express Rollercoaster, watched movies, shopped, layed out, hot tubbed, played a lot of basketball and even got kicked out of the pool one night! We all had an awesome time! We love Al Pal and are glad that he plays with such a great group of frineds and that we are all able to share that experience with him! Go GRIZZ!

So once again we spent the Easter weekend cheering for the Grizz at another exciting VEGAS basketball tournament! Some of the teams we played were incredible. This pic is from the first game we played. We played the California Elite. And ELITE they were! We had a hard time keeping up and shooting over their 6 foot ten year old! YA, their boys towered over ours! The final score was 74 to 19. It wasn't pretty for us....but it was fun watching that team and all of their talent, plus, we did get some great practice!!! ;)

I had to put this pic in so you could see the size of this teams boys!!! It was unreal!!! This dude #20 could NOT move fast but he got every rebound and pass underneath to score! Our little hustler boys could not even jump as high as this dude could reach up! I know unfair! but a fun game! Did I mention this dude was 10....yea!





On Friday, March 21st was Kaden's Birthday! He is 6 years old! We had presents in the hotel and a fun filled day of basketball! Kaden wanted to go to the HARDROCK CAFE for dinner after the games. We had a great time singing and dancing and the waitress took great care of Kaden, making sure he had a big dessert and the WHOLE restaurant wishing him "Happy B-day"!



Ok, I know this is silly, but I love Joshua Trees. This particular one did not have any clustered white flowers on the ends, so it is not as pretty as they are sometimes! Anyway, the trees remind me of BONO and his song "I still haven't found what I'm looking for"....But, actually I have found what I am looking for and what makes me happy. It is being with my family. It is having happy, healthy kids that we can travel with and support in all of their activities! There is nothing more awesome than watching our kids play and try their best and be passionate and love what they are doing! I love watching Al Pal's game face as he brings the ball down the court and Mckall's quick passes on the soccer field, and Ryann taking the ball away from a striker, and Kaden hauling down the mountain on his skis to win a race! How lucky we are to have such talented kiddies!!! ...so, whenever I see a Joshua Tree...it reminds me that I have found exactly what I am looking for....my sweet family!

8 comments:

Tori said...

Cute pictures, cute family!! Looks like Vegas was a lot of fun for you guys, I also can't believe kaden is 6, Wowzas!

jami said...

looks like lots of fun ... and you made me cry. ok. not hard to do :) but still ... i miss you guys. xoxoxo love you ... and thanks for sharing vegas (nice rocker kids... no guessing who their mom is!)

jami said...

ps...i love your joshua tree analogy.:) and i'm glad you've found what makes you happy!

Julie said...

That is so sweet! Very cute pictures and wow...are you sure #20 is 10 years old. Thats insane. Tell Alec I am impressed. I can't wait to see him play sometime. Family is the best. You and Danare some of my fav. people.

Lisa Garcia said...

Hi Steph! It's your cousin Lisa! I found your blog through Mandy's. Your family is beautiful! I miss seeing you guys at the family things. You look so great, too! It will be fun to check your blog and see what you guys are doing. Love ya!

Becky said...

It all sounds great. I have to agree there is nothing to compare with enjoying your family. You have talented 'kiddies' and I am happy that you can all enjoy so much fun stuff. Good job.

jami said...

so it's not like you don't have 4 kids to chase, a house to get packed, etc, but still ... can't you get updating this blog? honestly!! :) since you don't ever call me (i'm sure it's because you lost my number, right? :) ) this is the only way i know what's going on with you ... and apparently life stopped after the vegas trip. must have been a doozer!!:) xoxoxoxo

Mandy said...

Holy...Update your blog! You have time to comment on others...you should make time to update! It may be theraputic! :) Love ya!