Sunday, July 19, 2009

You'll be missed, Mr. Gomez!

Yesterday afternoon I was notified that one of my most favorite teachers in high school, Bob Gomez, had passed away that afternoon. In the back of my mind I always know that death is a part of life, but when it happens to those whom you have admired, it still comes as a shock.

Mr. Gomez was my high school's band director. And as I was on the color guard for four years, I spent quite a bit of my high school career with him, lol! We had practice with the band on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for about 2 - 3 hours, then 5th period was also mandatory practice. On occasion we even had Saturday practices. Not to mention all the band reviews and other sorts of activities we participated in. So yes, I think he was the teacher I saw the most!

The most vivid memories I have of Mr. Gomez are him threatening us with "F's" if we didn't get our butts out to the football field fast enough during 5th period, telling the guard to think of him in a Speedo in order to help us to smile throughout our performances (but that usually made us cringe!), or that he thought we should wear white go-go boots because that would stand out nicely against the green field.

Mr. Gomez was definitely one of a kind, and I'm sure that everyone at Cupertino High who passed through his music room will miss him.

Me and Mr. Gomez at my high school graduation. Man that seemed like a lifetime ago!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fourth of July

Truly the Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. Who doesn't love grilling, eating outside, fireworks, and celebrating this free land that we live in? Good things all around.

While we didn't watch fireworks this year (Ava got terribly frightened by them last year and didn't want to see them again this year), we did celebrate with a picnic dinner at a local park. After dinner we had fun playing catch, frisbee, and watching the ducks in the ponds.

Ava being cute

Ava dancing with a fork - I think we kept a safe distance from her!

Norah being her cute self

She just loves to laugh!

It's rare to get the two of them together in a photo!

The girls and their dad

And me!

Keira was there too - although she likes to sleep through family functions.