Archive for November, 2015

Great Moments with Mickey

November 27, 2015

Rudy’s long anticipated birthday trip to the Disney parks was such a GREAT idea that about a million other people decided to tag along but despite the insane crowds, we managed to enjoy the magic and squeeze out a few memory making moments to cherish.  Our first stop was Cars Land in California Adventure and we pretty much could have stayed there our whole visit!  It’s adorable.  Rudy wasn’t quite sure what to think at first…he was a bit awestruck meeting Lightening McQueen, Mater and Big Red up close and personal…but once he had time to process it all, he definitely wanted “more”…especially another ride on Radiator Racers!!

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Welcome to Radiator Springs!

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Main street with Nurse Sara and her daughter Kayley.

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Rudy’s first Lightening McQueen sighting.

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Meet and Greet with Dad.

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A friendly wave with Mater and Kayley.

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Big Red is BIG!

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Rudy looks a little worried in this picture but this race ride was a favorite for sure. 🙂  (We saved a seat for Wilson)

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Max and Livy taught Rudy the thrill of riding with his hands “up high”!!

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Which he quickly discovered applies to all rides!

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More fun in Radiator Springs…

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…and some more…

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…and some more!

Thanks to Nurse Sara and her family’s military discount, we got two days of fun for the price of one and Day Two was spent at Disneyland.  Turns out the happiest place on earth is a little overwhelming for the boy wonder but he did find his “happy place” on Splash Mountain…

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Splash Mountain Selfie!

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Woo Hoo!!

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Again, Dad, again!

Unfortunately, we struck out on the character picture photo ops.  I was looking forward to getting those priceless pics of Rudy with his favorite Disney friends so we tolerated the long lines for our chance to meet the super stars.  Our first attempt was with Olaf but Rudy fell sound asleep while we waited in line and was not easily roused so Max and Olivia followed his lead…

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Shhhhh, Olaf, they’re sleeping!

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Our wait in line wasn’t a total waste though…Rolf and the sibs got a toboggan ride out of it!!

Our next attempt was with the big guy himself…Mickey!!!  Rudy absolutley LOVES Mickey on tv and in books but when we approached meeting Mickey in person, he was uncharacteristically agitated and even screamed at Olivia to take him away!  We pulled out all the tricks in the book but Rudy wasn’t having any of it!

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Not so great moment with Mickey.

 

When Olivia and I failed at providing enough of a protective line of defense, Rudy sought refuge with the official photographer!

When Olivia and I failed to provide enough of a protective line of defense, Rudy sought refuge with the official photographer!

So, the end result was sans Rudy!!

So, the end result was sans Rudy!!

Our little mini-vacation was definitely a memorable start to the Thanksgiving week ‘o fun.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised but from the looks of all the pictures I took, Rudy’s most fun Disney moments were spent playing with Max and Olivia just outside the park gates.  Ha Ha Ha

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Happy Belated Birthday Rudy!

Happy Belated Birthday Rudy!

The icing on top of the belated birthday cake was having Wilson come home for his Thanksgiving break the following day…We are enjoying a laid back weekend with awesome friends, fun holiday prep and simply being…together!

Happy Thanksgiving dear ones!!  How very grateful we are for our community of family and friends near and far!

All is right in "Rudy's World"!

All is right in “Rudy’s World”!

 

Thanksgiving Hummingbird

November 21, 2015

The Geyling household has been a little discombobulated the past couple of weeks as I’ve been working extra long hours in my shop like a little elf.  🙂  The Holiday Silver By Trish Jewelry season is officially open!  Woo Hoo!  I had my first open house last night, another one today and a handful of showings in the community this next month.  It’s beginning to feel a little like Christmas…but let’s not get ahead of ourselves, we don’t want to forget about our equally wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Rudy blessed us this week with a new Thanksgiving decoration that he made at school.

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I was so excited to hang it up and instinctively asked “What is this Rudy?” as I grabbed the tape and proudly hung it in a prominent spot.  Without skipping a beat Rudy replied, “A hummingbird”.  “What?  No, Rudy, what is this bird called?”  “A hummingbird!”, he insisted.  He wasn’t letting go of the hummingbird thing so I decided to go at it from another angle…”Rudy!  What does this bird sound like?”  He thought for a second and said “Tweet, Tweet”.  Ok, so we have some work to do the next few days to nail down “turkey” and “gobble, gobble” before Thanksgiving but all in all, I’m very pleased with Rudy’s “Thanksgiving Hummingbird” and believe a new tradition has been born.

In addition to my mad jewelry making production and Rudy’s holiday preparations, the past couple of weeks have included some significant fun for the family.  Rolf and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary on November 7th.  It was a super fun day that included Livy’s soccer game, Homecoming for Max and a Santa Barbara Rescue Mission Graduation…all of which left little time for an official anniversary celebration (we didn’t even get a picture together to commemorate the day) but Rolf and I were blessed to spend the day celebrating alongside people we love!! 🙂  One of these days, we’ll grab a nice dinner together.  😉

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All dressed up and ready to dance..with Homecoming date Sophia.

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Olivia and her soccer teammates met Julie Foudy (US Soccer World Cup champ and Olympian) at a SB Round Table event. So fun!!!

Olivia’s X Country team had a two week break to prepare for the city championships which occurred this past Thursday.  Livy was nervous in the days leading up to the race but was able to keep her nerves in check the day of the race.  🙂  The kids ran a two mile course at Elings park that included a handful of crazy hill climbs…I was impressed that all the kids finished the course!  Olivia was the one to beat but she kept her cool and ran a beautiful race.  She won and her team together secured an overall win for GVJH girls…Woo Hoo!!!  The GVJH boys team won too!  All these years I’ve enthusiastically watched the kids play sports I know nothing about…soccer, hockey, lacrosse, etc…but running I know after watching my dad’s successful running career for decades!  It’s fun to cheer on my girl in a familiar environment and see so much of my dad in her stride….eerie but precious!  I hope she decides to continue running in high school.  🙂

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Olivia is focused at the start of the race…

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Good friend Kyle and his sisters are there to give Livy a big hug at the finish!

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Champions! 😉

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The girls with Coach Paulsen and mascot Rudy!

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Livy and Grandpa Dick at a race in 2009.

We’re so thrilled to have a break from school and dr. appts this next week.  Rudy is anticipating a trip to Disneyland TOMORROW (whhaaat?) for a belated birthday celebration and we’re super excited to welcome Wilson home Tuesday night for the long Thanksgiving weekend!!!  Can’t. wait.

Happy Thanksgiving preparations everybody!!

 

 

School Games 2015

November 7, 2015

This has been a big week for the Geylings and school sports.  Max’s HS LaX team began pre-season practice yesterday with a scrimmage and Max came home so pumped about being out on the field again, his cross-training plan for the winter and the new 9th grade players who are interested in playing!!  He so genuinely enjoys hockey and LaX and takes great delight in not only the sport but also the people with whom he plays…it’s fun to watch.  Olivia continued her X-Country winning streak with a win at her last two meets.   She’s fun to watch too…all giggly and chatty with the other girls on her team in the minutes leading up to the race but then it’s “down to business” once she steps up to the starting line and her quiet determination quickly becomes her focus.  Her last meet of the season is in two weeks at Elings Park…with lots of hills!  As team mascot, Rudy’s responsibilities include fist-pumping all the GV runners before each race.  It takes him awhile to warm up to everyone but by the end of the last meet, he was double fist-bumping everyone.

Olivia's XC win in the 1.75mi.

Olivia’s XC win in the 1.75mi with team mascot Rudy…

...and the 2.0 mile!  (with youth pastor and friend Aaron)

…and the 2.0 mile! (with youth pastor and friend Aaron)

Yesterday was also the annual Soccer School Games sponsored by the Special Olympics of Southern California.  Rudy attended this event with his special ed classmates for the first time last year and was, shall we say, less than enthusiastic about participating…

Rudy's passive aggressive refusal to play in 20014!!

Rudy’s passive aggressive refusal to play in 2014!!

As a result, Miss A., nurse Sara and I did not have super high expectations about his participation level this year…even Coach Galvan (Adaptive PE teacher) had a “plan B” strategy in mind to get Rudy out on the field if needed.  The frustrating thing is that in APE class and at recess, Rudy is all about playing soccer but when it comes to the big, organized events, he’d rather not.  Ha Ha

Let the 2015 Soccer School Games begin!!

Let the 2015 Soccer School Games begin!!

One of many fields!!  It was so great to see so many schools participating...a real Special Ed community building event for sure!!!

One of many fields!! It was so great to see so many schools participating…a real Special Ed community building event for sure!!!

Rudy started out slow all by himself at the kick ball diamond...

Rudy starting out slow all by himself at the kick ball diamond…

Discussing "the plan" with Coach Galvan...

Discussing “the plan” with Coach Galvan…

Warming up with volunteer Spencer...

Warming up with volunteer Spencer…

Having fun at the skills test course...

Having fun at the skills test station…

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Checking out the game in progress with nurse Sara from the sideline...

Checking out the game in progress with nurse Sara from the sideline…

Making his way into the pack with Spencer and Sara...

Making his way into the pack with Spencer and Sara…

And again in Game 2 with Mama and Miss Tanya...

And again in Game 2 with Mama and Miss Tanya…

Rudy rushing the goal (what?!)...during half time!!

Rudy rushing the goal (what?!)…during half time!!

Not that it's all about the goals...but here's the final score!  Way to go Mountain View cougars!!

Not that it’s all about the goals…but here’s the final score! Way to go Mountain View cougars!!

Rudy's ribbon presentation!

Rudy’s ribbon presentation!

Show us your award Rudy!!

Show us your award Rudy!!

Rudy definitely exceeded our expectations and, most importantly, had fun!  And for me, it’s always an amazing sight to see so many people working so hard together to create a memory-making experience for these very special kids in our community.  A big thanks to the Special Olympics of Southern CA, the local school districts, special ed teachers & volunteers,  nurse Sara and coaches Galvan & Tanya for making it all happen!  Until next year…

Rudy's new friend volunteer Spencer.

Rudy’s new friend volunteer Spencer.

Coach Galvan

Coach Galvan (Rudy’s Ad.PE teacher)

Miss Tanya

Miss Tanya (Rudy’s Ad.PE Assistant)

Ride home.

Ride home.

Halloween 2015

November 1, 2015

Holidays have always been something we’ve anticipated and put energy into over the years as a family but I’ve noticed this year that holidays are becoming familiar to Rudy and his anticipation only adds to our joy.  Rolf pulled out all the stops in constructing Rudy’s robot costume and that certainly added to Rudy’s excitement…Rolf cleverly adapted Rudy’s Rifton walker which made it easy for Rudy to maneuver but his stamina was an issue.  Luckily, Rudy was content to wander around the school courtyard during the lengthy school costume parade on Friday and was happy to make two passes trick-or-treating around our cul-de-sac last night before calling it a night.  I parked Rudy’s robot on the lawn to welcome the trick-or-treaters that came to our house and it became a popular photo op prop for all who visited!  Ha Ha

Rudy who participates 110% during music class wouldn't sing during his school Halloween Sing but he did sit patiently and quietly while he waited for grades K-3 sing through their repertoire! (Slow but steady progress! Ha Ha)

Rudy who participates 110% during music class wouldn’t sing during his school Halloween Sing but he did sit patiently and quietly while he waited for grades K-3 sing through their repertoire! (Slow but steady progress! Ha Ha)

Rudy Robot with nurses Sara & Karen and office manager Jill!

Rudy Robot makes an appearance with nurses Sara & Karen and office manager Jill during the school costume parade.

Standing proud with special ed teacher Miss A and general ed teacher Mrs. Gallo!

Standing proud with special ed teacher Miss A and general ed teacher Mrs. Gallo!

Olivia recycled parts of her Minnie Mouse costume from 11 years earlier!! Cutest. mouse. EVER!

Olivia recycled parts of her Minnie Mouse costume from 11 years earlier!! Cutest. mouse. EVER!

These two make holidays fun!

These two make Halloween fun!

Fun with friends...

Fun with friends…

...and neighbors!

…and neighbors!

Halloween marks the start of my favorite season…a string of meaningful holidays made even more special this year with Wilson coming home for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years!  Rudy also begins a long list of doctor appointments starting with cardiology bright and early tomorrow morning and ending with neurology just before Christmas on December 17th.  I’m always grateful for the consults we have with Rudy’s specialists every quarter but it does certainly add to the hustle and the bustle of this next season.  Praying for encouraging reports and, dare we ask, emerging options.  🙂  Happy November Everybody!