Saturday, June 3, 2017

Graduating High School!

On Feb 14th, 2008, I brought ZuZu to Elementary school for the first time. I remember that I went to pick her up after a few hours (the plan was to ease her into it) and she basically told me "no" she wanted to stay.  So I said "goodbye.”  According to my blog, I got in trouble for saying that goodbye, she was there for 1 day and I was already embarrassing her.  ;)   As I walked out the building, with tears flowing, I couldn't believe how brave and strong she was.  To be in a classroom, where she couldn't understand 99% of what was being said, takes an amazing amount of courage and strength.   Here we are, 9 years, 3 months and 20 days later, and she has graduated High School.  She has worked so hard the last 9+ years, she had a lot of catching up to do, a lot of language to learn, all while trying to learn the new things being taught year after year.  Every year she continued to learn more and more and the gap kept closing.  I don't know that I can find the words to explain how proud of her I am.  You see, learning a second language is hard, it can be really hard, but it is even harder, when you don't have someone at home that speaks your native language, and ZuZu didn't.  But we always found ways to communicate and she always found ways to learn.  Lots of hard work and long hours at the kitchen table and it has paid off.  She is graduating with a 3.69 GPA and after taking a GAP year, she is looking forward to attending a Division 1 college for Criminal Justice and shooting on their Rifle Team.  ZuZu, we are so proud of you and can’t wait to see where the next chapter in your journey takes you.  We love you to the moon and back. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

9 years!

I think Luke Bryant say’s it best in his song Fast: 
Sixty seconds now feels more like thirty
Tick-tock, won't stop, around it goes
Sand through the glass sure falls in a hurry
All you keep trying to do is slow it down, soak it in
You're trying to make the good times last as long as you can
But you can't, man
It just goes too fast”

Earlier this week was our 9 year anniversary of the day we meet.  On Jan 20th, 2008, Rich and I met ZuZu for the first time.  That day, our lives were forever changed, in ways we could never imagine.  The only complaint I have, it goes by too fast, a complaint she sometimes has as well.  ZuZu has brought us on a journey we never could have imagined.  She dives into everything with a positive attitude and lots of drive to succeed!   ZuZu, we love you to the moon and back, keep reaching for the stars and stay true to yourself.  Love Mama and Baba.

Nov 2016, lots of changes in 9 years - Lots of changes in 9 years - this was on our way to the Zippy Open at Akron, a college, how did we get to the point that we are thinking about college

2008 - She loves this picture, notice how when I took a picture of ZuZu and Rich they are both smiling, and when he took our picture, not so much... she thinks it is hysterical.

2008 - Flying home to America

2008, in the airport - one of my favorite pictures

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Prom 2016

I am so happy for ZuZu that she went to the prom. I think she loved being a princess for the day. We had a lot of fun together, from dress shopping, picking out accessories, ordering a handbag that came in the day before, getting nails done, hair done and getting help from Gloria Tuttle for makeup. And I can't forget the first seamstress we went to that tried to charge $450 to hem the dress, and no that is not a typo (long story). No we didn't use her. We learned that when you get your hair done, wear a shirt that buttons up, next time we won't have to cut the tshirt off. We will never forget her awesome Uncle Bob Demetrius and Christina Divigard that drove an hour to be a part of her day. They were only a little disappointed that after dressing up for Prom, they weren't able to crash the actual event in Holyoke;). When I look at her pictures (thank you Uncle David Aj BOtte, you are amazing), I realize I can't stop time. She is growing up so fast, I feel the need to take a deep breath and make sure I am living and enjoying each moment. I am afraid that I am going to wake up one day and she will be off to college. Yikes! But seriously, bring it, I am ready. I am amazed at her beauty, inside and out. I feel that the whole look is a perfect fit for her. She wanted flowers in her hair, but we both knew that fresh ones wouldn't last. So we found the head band. The pearls, were purchased on our trip to China over 8 years ago. The dress, when I saw her try on this dress, I hadn't even looked at the price tag, but when I saw her in it, I thought, wow! It doesn't even matter, this is the dress. I had tears in my eyes. She has a good eye, it was the only one in the store she wanted to try on. Overall she tends to be a simple girl that likes the natural look. To me, this is simplicity gone princess with style. ZuZu AkaBigz, I love you to the moon and back, continue to be true to yourself.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

What is Air? What is Small Bore

ok, so when I feel better I will have to do a better job.

basically they are both fancy rifles.  Oh... and expensive.  ;)

Air is shot with pellets, 
Below is a picture of the air rifle
She shots at a target that is 33' away and the bull is the size of a quarter,  the middle/bullseye is the size of a pinhead.  Her last target (10 bulls)  at Camp Perry was all 10 and above except the last bull was 9.9.  Was her best target yet.  :)

Small bore
smallbore is shot with 22 ammo.
It is shot from 50' feet away and target is the same size as air.

I will do a better post in the near future, but that is the general difference between the two.

Small bore is harder,  this year at the Junior Olympic Qualifer for MA, she got 3rd in smallbore and 4th in Air.   Interestingly, she is most likely going to get an invite to the national junior olympics for air, but not smallbore.  Her coach thinks she will make it in 2017 for both air and smallbore.

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