Sunday, July 31, 2011

Family Weekend in Manteca/Lodi

Saturday we went up to Lodi to visit with my grandma Ruth and my aunt Karen, and to stay the weekend with my parents in Manteca. After a nice lunch with Grandma, we took a dip in the pool and Zoey got to play and swim with her sweet cousin Bailey. It was such a fun day that Zoey skipped a nap, (besides the 30 min snooze in the car on the ride back to Manteca from Lodi.) Despite the lack of sleep, she was a sweet girl all day and took advantage of the newly re-organized playroom at Grandma & Grandpa's house. :)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Glimpse....

....into the daily craziness and silliness of our fun-filled home life with lil Miss Zoey. We all have so much fun laughing and dancing together! Our lil girl is such an energetic, goofy, spunky, confident, spirited, hilarious little person. - we love you Z!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Zoey's new favorite show....Caillou!

It's actually a very cute little show that teaches kiddos many great lessons. : )

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Curly & Grog Get Married!

Last Friday we were honored to attend the wedding of our two close friends, Raquel & Greg. They got married on a lovely Friday Summer evening at the Oakland Zoo's Snow Building . What a beautiful, unique, fun-filled celebration of love! Not only was it amazing to see our dear friends share their vows, but also to party with our old-school crew. Love all around! : )

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Campus Quest!

Today we had a fun-filled staff day at work that featured a scavenger hunt across campus and a BBQ lunch at the International House. Katie, Loy and I had fun running around campus testing our trivia knowledge, seeing the sights and learning more about Cal history, and taking pictures of various Berkeley buildings and landmarks. And our team won the challenge - yay! I was reminded today of how much I enjoy the company of my co-workers, and how lucky I feel to work at such an amazing, world-class academic institution.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Family Camping 2011

We had yet another fun-filled adventure at our annual family camping trip with my dad's side of the family last weekend @ Capps Crossing. Lots of beautiful nature, fun-in-the-sun, rock throwing, splashing in the river, yummy food, giggles, stories & s'mores around the campfire, and laughing kiddos. Love & hugs to all my amazing relatives! xoxo

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Our weekend - Family, Friends & Fun!

Partying and dancing @ Alameda's Crab Cove Concert watching "Foreverland", a 14 piece cover band/tribute to Michael Jackson! Fun times with Beth, Jason, Jonah, Scott & Michael.

Eating homemade Raspberry pie (and finger-painting with it too!), and playing with Grandma & Grandpa Buffon. We had a lovely dinner together catching up.

A lovely afternoon visit & BBQ dinner with Auntie Desiree

What a fun-filled, love-filled weekend!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sad News Regarding Higher Education in California... :(

From a letter I received via email on Wednesday, July 6th from California Assembly Woman Nancy Skinner:

Dear Colleague:

On June 30, Governor Brown signed California’s budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, which began on July 1. Thanks to the voters’ approval of Proposition 25 last November, the Legislature was able to pass by majority vote a budget that was both balanced and on time. It is very important that advocates for higher education in our state understand what effects the budget will have on the UC and CSU systems.

Unfortunately, without the support of any Republican legislators, the Governor was not able to get the extension of existing sales and income tax rates as he had sought since the start of his term. These extensions would have brought in revenue that could have prevented cuts to UC and CSU campuses and allowed us to increase funding for K-12 education. Republican support was necessary because all legislative action to increase or extend taxes still requires a two-thirds vote.

The 2011-2012 budget includes a number of reductions to California’s public higher education system. The budget that the Governor approved contains an additional $150 million reduction in funding for the UC system and for the CSU system. When combined with reductions approved in March, the total reductions for each system comes to $650 million for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

The budget also assumes that current economic trends will continue and that the state will take in an additional $4 billion in revenue in the upcoming year. If revenue falls short of this estimation, however, a number of programs will be subject to additional cuts. If revenues are $1 billion or more below this estimation, the UC and CSU systems will each be subject to an additional $100 million reduction.

Beginning in the fall of 2011, student fee increases that were approved by the UC Regents and the CSU Board of Trustees last year will go into effect. It is now likely that student fees will be increased further to offset the additional cuts. UC President Mark Yudof and CSU Chancellor Charles Reed have announced their intentions to propose further student fee increases of around 9.6% for the UC and 12% for the CSU.

Because the Legislature had to close this year’s sizeable budget deficit and was unable to extend income and sales tax rates, many important state services, including higher education, have lost funding, have been reduced in size or scope, or have been eliminated. I did not want to make these cuts. I have always been, and will continue to be, committed to the principle that our state’s higher education system is the economic engine that drives our economy and educates our future leaders.

The UC and CSU communities – students, faculty, staff, alumni, and their supporters – must organize to fight for new revenue. As your representative, I will continue to look for ways to restore UC and CSU funding, and am eager to work with advocates for higher education.

As always, I welcome your comments and concerns. It is an honor to represent you in Sacramento.


Nancy Skinner
Assemblymember, 14th District

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Oh Austin....

you're such a HOT city, yet so much fun and intriguing. Like a unique combo of San Francisco meets Portland, yet with the thermostat turned WAAAAY UP! : ) Thank you for the good times, fun memories, and beautiful Texan sights.