29 April 2011

flashback friday {find your inner*hippie}

Did you know the hippie subculture was originally a youth movement that arose in the United States during the mid-1960s, swiftly spreading to other countries around the world. The Hippie culture remains evident in 2011!!!

I love LOVE love the hippie style ... man. Ya, I just can't wear it as often as I'd like because I work a lot.

Did you also know the word "hip" came from Black culture and denotes awareness? To say "I'm hip to the situation" means "I am aware of the situation." Thus the word "hippie" means "one who is aware".  It's sooo true man, I looked it up. ;o)

Have fun finding your inner*hippie this weekend. Peace.


27 April 2011

What's on your plate? {V!}

V is for Veggies! dontcha know (said in my very best Fargo accent)

Of course I would pick VEGGIES for this post. One: I love them and Two: they are uber healthy for the most part.

There are lots of ideas listed below. Pick one or pick them all, my guess is you win either way!

Veggie Burgers (seriously, try this recipe. Yes, even you meat lovers like me.)
All you'll need:
1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
1 cup water

2 (16 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 green bell pepper, halved and seeded
1 onion, quartered
6 cloves garlic, peeled of course ->or more if desired. :o)
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 eggs
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs, or as needed

All you'll do:
Bring the brown rice and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed, 45 to 50 minutes.

Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat. Lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil. Mash black beans in a large bowl with a fork until thick and pasty; set aside.

Place the bell pepper, onion and garlic in the bowl of a food processor, and chop finely. Stir the bell pepper mixture into the mashed black beans. Place the brown rice and mozzarella cheese in the food processor, and process until combined. Stir the mixture into the black beans.

Whisk together the eggs, chili powder, cumin, garlic salt, and hot sauce. Stir the egg mixture into the black bean mixture. Stir in the bread crumbs, adding additional bread crumbs as needed until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide into 6 large patties.

Place patties onto the prepared foil, and grill until browned and heated through, about 8 minutes per side.


Roasted Veggies (A favorite of mine)
All you'll need:
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 large zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large sweet red pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced -> Or more :o)
*Add more veggies if you'd like*

All you'll do:
In a mixing bowl, combine the potatoes, carrots, zucchini and red pepper. Combine the remaining ingredients; drizzle over vegetables. Stir to coat.

Transfer to an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until tender.

That's it! So whippy-snappy.

Veggie Dip
All you'll need:
1 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
3 teaspoons tarragon vinegar
1 teaspoon grated onion
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish

All you'll do:
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix together, cover and chill overnight.

Done! Yup, easy breezy. Oh and DELISH!

For the little chit-lins (kids)
Veggie Pizza!
All you'll need:
2 (8 ounce) packages refrigerated crescent rolls
1 cup sour cream
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
1/2 cup halved and thinly-sliced radishes
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 1/2 cups fresh broccoli, chopped
1 carrot, grated

All you'll do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a jellyroll pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Pat crescent roll dough into a jellyroll pan. Let stand 5 minutes. Pierce with fork.

Bake for 10 minutes, let cool.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine sour cream, cream cheese, dill weed, garlic salt and ranch dip mix. Spread this mixture on top of the cooled crust. Arrange the onion, carrot, celery, broccoli, radish, bell pepper and broccoli on top of the creamed mixture. Cover and let chill. Once chilled, cut it into squares and serve.

*Remember to let the kids help as much as possible.  They'll have fun with this!*

Peanut Butter and Celery A favorite of Daughter. 
All you do is fill the celery with peanut butter and let them grub. Sprinkle raisins on top if desired.

Cucumber Slices
Another favorite of Daughter's. She can eat a whole cucmber in one sitting, then ask for more.

Have fun with these and remember, veggies are our friends. :O)


26 April 2011

dream a little dream {of the sewing machine}

Yup! I still want one.
I WILL get one.
It just may not be until Christmas.
Christmas will not pass unless I get a sewing machine.
Someone might want to share this on to Hubber. (ha!)
I have sew many ideas. Sew many things I want to try.
I just need one little thing ... a sewing machine.
Oh and a little extra time. 

See ya!

25 April 2011

Buh-bye Stay-cation, we'll miss you!

A bunch of randomness ...

Oh boy, I actually decided to take 3 days off and I LOVED it.  We had so much that needed to be done around the house but no time to do it, with our hectic softball schedule and all.  Sooo, I decided to take the time off during Daughter's Spring break. Ahhh

I spent two days just on the yards.  I trimmed, pulled, picked, swept, dumped, re-arranged and got the best darn clean-up workout ever. Phew. Our yards looks awesome. {pat pat}

Little Jeter got pooped out. He wasn't used to getting that much exercise during the day.  He's such a cutie. 

Daughter had a friend sleep over one night. Guess what they wanted for breakfast? Blueberry muffins and bacon. Yup!

I got a few loads of laundry done during the week then Hubber and I did a ton yesterday. Thank goodness! Oh and thank you Lynne & Flossie for all of those hangers. YES! Came in very handy once the laundry started getting done. 

[daughter and her blueberry muffin & bacon buddy, Shayla]

We went on multiple bike rides.  For one of them Daughter and I decided, on a whim, that we would try to find the way the Walther's house.  They recently moved closer and we only had to cross one major street.  My blackberry gps wasn't cooperating so we just kept riding in the right direction.  And wa la! 30 minutes later we were at their house.  It was fun.

Saturday, one of our softball coaches invited our team to the UC Davis vs. Cal Fullerton softball game.  Thanks Coach Andy! The girls had a lot of fun and it's good for them to watch the older girls play. 

We watched college softball on t.v. Have you watched before? It's amazing to me how fast these players are.

Finally, on Easter we were able to clean the inside of the house. whoa!  The 3 of us spent about 6 ours doing laundry, vacuming, sorting, straightening up, and then finally preparing dinner for my mom.

I feel so energized.  Guess what?! I feel like trimming another plant. Hmmm, wonder if I missed one?  I'll keep you posted. 


19 April 2011

A Pageant * A Cute Cafe * A Tounament (the weekend)

This past weekend was a busy one for sure but it was a fun busy.  You know the kind right?

It all started on Friday. I was so excited and appreciative when my friend Jennifer asked me if I wanted to be one of their judges for the Sierra Cities pageant.  Of course I jumped on the oppotunity - duh. 

Friday was the interview portion then Saturday was the stage competition.  The categories were Little Miss, Young Miss, Junior Miss and Mrs. Sierra Cities.  I'd say the Little Miss was the hardest to judge.  They were all so adorable, how could I choose just one?!

My favorite thing about this pageant system is they require the contestants to have a platform - a community service project.  This is a wonderful way to get the girls out in their communities.  I was impressed by the platforms of all of the girls. 

I had the best time and all of the girls/ladies did fantastic.  I can't wait for the next event!

While I was in Loomis for the pageant I decided to walk around during our break looking for a little place to grab lunch. 

I saw a sign that in part read, 'gourmet hotdogs'. Umm OK! I am a sucker for some foods and good hotdogs are one of them.  I know, sounds weird but it's true. 

Just look at how cute this place is.  And their name? It's G'Day Donuts Dogs & More.  How cute is that? They are a little Ma & Pa type of place nestled at the end of Horseshoe Bar Road.   Their dogs have cute names like Deputy Dog and Snoopy Dog.  I got the Scooby Doo Dog. A foot long with chili, onions & cheese.  I left some of the bun and cheese behind. ;0)  I definitely recommend trying them out - their hotdogs are yum-o-licious!

Sunday I went to Daughter's softball tourney.  The team did great on Saturday and were seeded #1 for Sunday.  But, we got beat and beat by a team that hadn't won a game all weekend. Oh well, that happens.  :o) The positive was that team beating us probably made their day. You should have heard them cheering-it was sweet. Another good thing is we got home early and cleaned around the pool a little.

Well I am off to plan my projects while on my stay-cation, which by the way, started 2 hours ago.  Have a great night!

18 April 2011

Jeter's Feature {episode 2}

And we're back! Little Jeter is growing fast. Luckily he will stay pretty small but he is visably bigger then he used to be. {weep weep}  He's still pretty darn cute, don't ya think?

Just look at that widdle face. I wish he could come to work with me. :o) Since he is still a pup and hasn't had all of his shots he can't go to many softball tournaments with us so the poor little guy has to stay locked in his pin all day long sometimes. 

Jeter is making progress daily it seems like.  He is going to the door more often when he has to potty and he bounces around after he has gone potty outside like he knows he has done something great.  He is losing some puppy teeth (thank you!) and he can now jump on the couch.  Yes that's right, jump on the geesh darn couch.  The little rascal is stealing articles of clothing and running as quickly as he can from me when I try to get them from him. Stinker!  He finds the dishwasher pretty amazing too but I think he is trying to figure out why there are no leftovers on the dishes.  HA HA HA

He loves exploring the backyard.  Jeter has definitely seen every inch of it too.  He is going to be really excited when I take my little stay-cation. We have big plans of weeding & cleaning the backyard getting it ready for lots of outdoor fun so we will be outside A LOT. 

I've got to run now. It's almost time for Jeter's appointment #2.

13 April 2011

What's on your plate? {oh my sweetness!}

Sweets it is.  Afterall, this is the month of bunnies and chicks and hardboiled pretty eggs and baskets with fake grass and lots and lots of candy.  Hello April, you little Sweetie!

With sweets on the mind this week's What's on your plate? ~ U we've got a few Ulitmates for you.  Check them out and don't blame me for any weight gain. Got it? Good!

Up first [caution: mouth watering ahead] the Ultimate Chocolate Bar = YUMMA!

All you'll need:
1/2 cup butter
1 (1 ounce) square unsweetened chocolate
1 cup white sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/3 cup butter
2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
1/3 cup milk
2 ounces cream cheese
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

All you'll do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour one 13x9 inch pan.

In large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter and 1 ounce chocolate over low heat. Remove from heat, stir in 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup flour, walnuts (optional-think I will try with almonds instead), baking powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 eggs.  Mix well. Spread chocolate base evenly into prepared pan.

In a small bowl, combine 6 ounces cream cheese, 1/2 cup white sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, 1 egg, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Beat for one minute with an electric mixer at medium speed, or until smooth and fluffy. Spread cream cheese filling over chocolate mixture.

Bake base and filling at 350 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare frosting. Melt 1/3 cup butter, 2 ounces chocolate, milk, and 2 ounces cream cheese in large saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat, and add confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat well. Important -->Use heat to soften if it begins to dry before you are ready to use it.

Spread marshmallows over the top the chocolate bar in pan. Pour warm frosting over marshmallows. Use kitchen knife to somewhat mix the two. Let cool to room temperature. When cool, cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. Cut cold into small pieces then savor the flavor!

Amount Per Serving: approximately 30
[Calories: 238] [Total Fat: 11.2g ] [Cholesterol: 44mg]

Next, for all of my Sex and The City sisters, the Ulitmate Cosmopolitan = trouble!

All you'll need:
4 fluid ounces vodka
1 fluid ounce triple sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
1 fluid ounce peach schnapps
6 fluid ounces cranberry juice
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

All you'll do:
Pour all ingredients listed above into a cocktail shaker over ice. Cover, and roll the shaker around gently for 30 seconds (this is an important step). Don't shake the cocktail, or the cosmo will froth. Strain into chilled martini glasses & {hiccup} enjoy!

Nap time!

12 April 2011

What is Real Estate in 2011?

I can tell you it's not big homes, fancy cars and glamerous shopping trips to Nordstroms.  It's not putting a sign in the yard and going 'sale pending' in the same day.  It's not a huge inventory of 'regular' sales.   

It's more like being smart and patient, working hard, being knowledgeable and seeing every deal to the very last minute.  You never know when something can, or will fall through.  It's about being prepared for anything and preparing your clients.  It's more short sales and bank owned homes.  It's more TLC needed.

Real Estate is rewarding in so many ways.  Being the one my clients choose to trust is a huge compliment all in its self.  I enjoy making people happy and I love seeing them excited about something so big. No matter if they are buying a home, selling a home, or both, it's a big deal to them and there is always excitement.

Real Estate has its challenges too.  I consider myself one of the best short sale agents I have seen but there are still some tuff issues that come up.  For example, having a house sold at auction while you are in the middle of processing a short sale.  A true situation: I sent in an offer through the online system this bank requires, a month and a half ago.  They were very timely with having the home appraised and letting me know they are reviewing my offer/packet.  Then nothing.  I had to initiate every status update which always had the same response ... "we are reviewing the file".  I had to submit 2 requests to postpone the sale date (a sale date is the date a home is set to go to auction) which were honored.  Then the third time my request was denied and the home sold at auction for less then the offer amount.  This is one of the most frustrating things we as agents have to deal with.  Some of these banks and their short sale processes could use some revamping and they could use it immediately! :o) 

Here is a tip: if you are in a situation where you know you will be vacating your home, you need to contact me ASAP.  The longer you wait the smaller your chances are of getting your short sale approved.  Trust me when I say having a short sale (late house payments) on your credit is much better then having a foreclosure on your credit.  It takes less time to recover from a short sale and be able to purchase a home again.  I have more detailed information on this which I am preparing for a short sale vs. foreclosure post in the near future.  If you have any questions now you can definitely contact me.  The sooner the better. 

11 April 2011

{recap} WHOA! Where did the weekend go?

Another week down. Another week closer to Christmas. Another weekend of softball.  All whizzed right on by.  I feel like yesterday was Friday. Oh Friday, please come back. No? Ok, well, on with it then ...

Let's begin with Friday, shall we?  My amazingly cute clients, Tony and Lydia, got the keys to their very first home ... ahhh.  Thank goodness too because Friday was the day they had to leave their apartment. Phew!  I got a text and a facebook wall message from Lydia over the weekend (she is adorable) telling me that they LOVE their new home.  I am beyond happy for them. Now they have enough room for babies! hint ... hint 

Saturday was the beginning of another softball tournament.  This one was local - DF Complex in North Highlands.  I like it there.  Anyhoo ... we got the pleasure of having our niece Mak join us all day on Saturday.  She did so good and was such a little trooper.  Not one complaint came out of her little mouth not even when
she was freezing.  Luckily, I am generally a cold person so I had enough stuff to keep her warm.  I think she enjoyed watching her cousin play softball.

Aren't they cutie pies?! 
Little Mak was so good in fact that we missed the freeway interchange to go to her house. HA HA HA so we had to turn around.  She can hang with us anytime she wants!

Also on Saturday, our Mizuno girls played 3 games - 2 wins and 1 loss.  Our loss was a good game all the way to the last inning ~ final score 1-0.  Talk about a nail biter!  The good thing is that loss was on Saturday and not on Sunday.

Sunday is always the elimination day - you lose, you go home so we don't want to lose on Sunday.  Due to how well the girls played on Saturday we had a bye first round and got to sleep in a little. YAY!  Our first game was at 11:30 and we played the CA Breeze. They are a really good team and sheesh, those girls can hit the ball!  No biggie though, we beat them ~ final score

The next game was the championship game and we were playing the Meyham from Manteca. They are also a really good team and the team we lost to on Saturday.

coin toss

This game was kind of stressfull. We wanted to win for 2 reasons; 1) The team beat us Saturday and we wanted redemption and 2) It was the championship game.  The score was pretty even until we got close to the end of the game, then we had a big inning. Lots of big hits + good plays + fast base running = runs scored and enough of them to give us a cushion. We needed the cushion because the Meyham had the last at-bats.  (sorry if anything sounds funny. I am getting used to the proper softball verbiage.)   

I don't know why I was worried. With our defense it would be hard for the other team to come back and score 7 runs in one inning, but then again, anything is possible. Just not possible yesterday. :o)


Daughter grabbed this button on our way out of the park yesterday. I think it pretty much states how our girls played the entire weekend.

Until next time!

08 April 2011

flashback friday {the economy} EEK!

Remember when ...
the real estate market was booming?
businesses were thriving?
we were eating out more then eating in?
we were spending without worry?
we could travel with no stress?
it was so easy to save?
there was a cute shop on almost every corner?

Ya, I remember too. Boy those were the good ol' days huh?.

The real estate market is not as hot as it was.  Homeowners are losing their homes.  Bank foreclosures and short sales are the majority of the market.  Agents are working harder and hopefully learning more. ;o) I have done more short sale business then I have 'regular' sales.  Not a bad thing and I am pretty excellent at it.  Any questions?

We are seeing more vacant buildings and empty store fronts then ever. It's so sad to see so many people's dreams be shattered by the bad economy. I've been there.

We are eating in more than we are eating out.  It's actually not bad, we eat healthier and are saving a ton of mula.  It seems like the only two restaurants in town that have a wait at dinner time are BJs and Mikuni. Both are great by the way.

We are smart spenders now. A thought and a purpose goes behind every spending decision, behind every item bought.  Shop smart is what I like to call it.  Daughter is in on this path too. I am so proud of how mature she is when it comes to her own money.

Picking up and going spur of the moment is not an option.  We have to plan our trips and save for them.  This is a good thing.

Saving isn't as easy as it used to be but it is possible.  We have made life changes which have been hidden blessings.  Seriously. 

I can't say that the past few years have been easy but I can't say that's been a bad thing either.  We have learned so much and do so many things differently now that sometimes I sit back and think, 'now why didn't I do this or that before'.  Every thing happens for a reason.  Sometimes it just takes a while to find out what that reason is.  Our lives have come full circle and we couldn't be happier with where we are today.  I am proud of us. :O)

Have a wonderful weekend!    

06 April 2011

What's on your plate? {Let's talk turkey}

With Easter (or whatever you celebrate) right around the corner I thought turkey would be good for our T post this week.  Speaking of turkey, I love LOVE love those giant turkey legs they sell at places like Disneyland.  mmm mmm mmmmmm!  Between the thought of the giant turkey legs and the recipe below my mouth is watering. I want some turkey!

Here we go ... T is for Turkey Mercedes

All you'll need:
3 heads garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons salt (or to taste)
2 cups fresh lemon juice
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 (16 pound) turkey

All you'll do:
Crush the peeled garlic cloves, and place into a large bowl. Season with pepper, cumin, oregano, and salt. Pour in lemon juice, wine, and orange juice concentrate; whisk together until well mixed.

Using a sharp paring knife, pierce the turkey breast, thighs, and legs; creating holes for the marinade to penetrate. Pour the marinade over turkey, and into the holes. Finally, stuff garlic pieces into the holes. Cover the turkey well, and refrigerate overnight to marinate.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

Roast turkey in the preheated oven until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh measures 180 degrees F (80 degrees C), about 5 hours. Baste the turkey every 30 to 45 minutes. Once the breast has browned, cover loosely with aluminum foil to prevent it from becoming burnt.

I have been told this is a Cuban recipe. Sounds delicious don't you think?!

[Prep Time: 40 Min] [Cook Time: 5 Hrs] [Ready In: 13 Hrs 40 Min]
Amount Per Serving (approx 20 servings)
[Calories: 589] [Total Fat: 25.6g] [Cholesterol: 215mg]

Did someone say leftovers? Enjoy! 

05 April 2011

Jeter's Feature {episode 1}

Little Jeter has been keeping us busy.  It's like having a toddler all over again - we don't rest until he's asleep. I am not kidding.  He is definitely worth it though.  Just look at that little face. ahhh ...

He loves to be outside but can't be out there alone just yet.  We have fun watching him run around.  It's especially funny when he pounces on sticks like they are going to run away if he doesn't get them ASAP.

Here he is running in the tall grass.  It had rained so much
that the ground was too soggy to mow.

Here he is exploring the yard or is he trying to find an escape route? 

He is so cute. He won't sleep on the carpet, he prefers a blanket under him.

Jeter wasn't too happy when we moved the cat food so he couldn't get to it. HA!
We are still working on potty training the little stinker.  I have heard that it will 'just click' when he is about 4 months old. Sheesh, I hope so.  He's 3 1/2 months old now and has gone to the door 3 times ... puppy steps.

His last shots can't come soon enough because we are all so anxious to get him out and take him on walks. We do take him to Daughter's workouts at the indoor facility so he can get used to his leash and people which gets him very excited.  Jeter does really good on car rides too.

Well we have to go now.  Let's see what he can get himself into over the next week or so.  Stay tuned.

04 April 2011

Weekend recap - All softball

No seriously, that is what the weekend consisted of ... just softball.  It's cool because we really enjoy the game.

This weekend we were in Tracy, CA playing in the NSA Tracy Invitational.  Our Mizuno All American 00 girls played 5 great games this weekend and oh boy, they sure did play their booties off.  They won 4 and lost 1. The good thing is they won the 1 that mattered most - the championship game. 

Bottom center is our little bat boy.  He's the cutest little bat boy.

We saw some great plays this weekend along with great improvements from the girls.  One of our players even did a head first slide into 1st base in an attempt to beat the throw.  She got out but it was still fantastic to see her react that way.  Watching the games is so exciting because these 10 year olds are so talented.  It really is jaw-dropping.

I think we may be getting a little addicted to the sport. As if 3 games an hour out of town on Saturday were not enough we went to watch our good friends play in their last game. We didn't get home until after 9pm.  Then Sunday we stopped on our way home to watch the championship game at another tournament that was going on and didn't get home until after dinner time. Phew! I'm sleepy today.  :o) It was all worth it though.

Pupdate: Little Jeter was not a happy puppy about being locked up all day long, both days this weekend. More on this tomorrow with cute pics. :O)

Shout out: I want to thank my mom for raising me to have common sense and decency for others.  I witnessed a ridiculously selfish act this weekend.  The sad thing is the behavior was not shocking.

Remember to check back tomorrow for the Jeter feature. See ya!  :o)   

01 April 2011

flashback friday {a year + ago}

I can't believe that Daughter first slipped on a softball glove August 2009.  She played 8U winterball with the Elk Grove Stingers and boy were we lucky she got on that team.  They were awesome coaches and are amazing friends to this day.  Coach Deidra and Coach Jeff patiently worked with Kylee each week and each week we could see her getting more and more comfortable.  They are also the ones who referred us to All American Softball School. WOOT!

The Stingers Stayed 8U for Spring 2010 so in April she joined the 10U Lady Giants.   
[I LOVE this picture]

We met some great parents and had fun that season. 

Then Winterball 2010 she joing the 10U Rebels.  Again, we got lucky with this team.  We were very thankful that Coach Mike gave Daughter a lot of time catching which developed her so much and helped to prepare her for where she is today:

              A starting catcher on the Mizuno All American 00 ASA competitive team.

I am partial to the head coach since it's Hubber.  :0)  We really enjoy this team; the kids and the parents are so much fun and the talent blows my socks off!

Welp, I've got to run.  After work we need to get things ready for our tournament this weekend.  Wish us luck!