Surrounded by Girls

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Spa Day

At our old favorite do-it-yourself dog wash, South Bark.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

State Cup Final Recap

Unfortunately, this is the presentation of the second-place trophy

Sadly, the Scripps Ranch Girls U-11 Red team lost in the finals to the JUSA Jaguars.  But, WHAT. A. GAME.

The wind was the star of the game, as you can see (and hear) in this video. The entire match was played in one-quarter of the field. The Jaguars won an early corner with the wind, and a few odd bounces and mis-kicks took it into the goal.

Our girls fought and fought, and in literally the last minute of the game, we equalized! On to extra time, and once that was goalless - penalty kicks.

Melanie was chose to take the first kick - an incredibly stressful role. I think it's a testament to her coach's faith in her. Despite that, she ended up pushing her kick just past the post. In the end, only one of her teammates scored their kick, and the Jaguars hit three of theirs for the narrow win.

Needless to say, Melanie was heartbroken. The picture below (actually a still from a video) was taken just after the trophy presentation, and while it breaks my heart to look at it, I also think it's beautiful. The emotion on each of the girls' faces... it gets me every time.


Thankfully, it wasn't all tears. Here's Melanie and Avery with the trophy, just minutes later.


All in all, it was a great experience. Melanie and her team got to the finals for the second consecutive year; Melanie scored her first competitive goal, and played some great soccer over the course of the tournament. What more could you ask for? (Save for that penalty kick going three inches more to the left?)

Friday, February 05, 2016

Ripped from the headlines

Hungry sea lion pup seats itself at fancy San Diego restaurant booth

This is an amazing story in its own right, but we saw something similar - if less posh - just two years ago. We were visiting the tide pools in La Jolla with friends when another family spotted this sea lion pup trapped in a cave, halfway up the cliff.

The family called Sea World, and we watched their kids while they went up to meet them. When they arrived, well - when she arrived, we helped her get the sea lion into a net, and then she explained the situation to the kids. She told them about what probably happened and how they were going to help. I don't remember the details, but it was an amazing thing to witness.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Work to Live

I'm not sure exactly what the headline means, but I'd rate the content of the "article" as mostly true.

Work to Live at GoPro's Carlsbad Campus
The action camera empire has traded Cardiff for new digs in the Make campus in Carlsbad, where creative office spaces and kick-ass amenities turn work into play. Here’s 10 cool things we love about the space.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Father-Daughter Dance


Hollywood Glamour

Dog is my co-pilot


Monday, February 01, 2016

Girl Scout Cookie Thank You

A message from our cookie-selling (Junior) Girl Scout:

Click, or tap, the image above to see Jenna's message

State Cup Update


Scripps United Girls Under-11 Red won their quarter final match, 4-0, yesterday morning. They won their group games the previous weekend to advance as the top seed, and Saturday they won 5-0 in the first elimination game.

Our semifinal match was scheduled for yesterday afternoon, but all games were cancelled due to weather, and possible lightning storms.

Melanie holding off the opposition

Oh, did I not mention who scored the fourth goal in the quarterfinal? It was this girl -

Needless to say, she's thrilled, as you can probably tell from the photo. The whole thing is a blur to her, but she does remember nutmegging (passing the ball through an opponent's legs) the keeper. If it were hockey, you would say she hit the five-hole.

Hanging with the boy

High Wind Advisory

It's "prop something against the tree" windy out!

Thankfully, the tree - and the fence, or part of the house - was still standing this morning.