Tag: Basketball

Graduations, Vegas & Future Planning

Posted July 13, 2017 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 0 Comments

As of June 21st, my kid is a high school graduate. It’s so weird to have registered for her college classes for the fall and to be dealing with grown folks business where she’s concerned because she’s my baby and yet this week, we’ve knocked out some pretty big things to get her ready for school next month. She’s off to Colorado for a few weeks to live it up until she has to come back home and buckle down. She’s got plans and I’m glad to see that she’s taking her future a lot more serious than I did when I was her age. Her to-do list is a mile long but she’s making it work. I’m doing a lot of hand-holding but I don’t mind because this is all new to her. Her graduation was nice, short and simple with not a lot of speakers that spoke for days and it kicked off with her Principal being a complete savage, making me laugh. He opened up the ceremony with, “For those of you who brought big balloons after we told you not to, tuck them in and keep them out of the way.” LOL! There was a good turnout, as always and I’m fortunate to have such a great family surrounding Brenna with such love and support, no matter how long we go without seeing each other. It’s always love when we’re together. Here’s a bunch of pictures from Bren’s graduation…
My Graduate Team Wilson Gang Bren, Me and Brenna’s boyfriend RJ My biggest headaches J Hong, Bren and Yusei (missing Kenna) So Cal Mustangs Crew The cutest little girls, Logan, Genna and Hunter Brenna, all lei’d up
On top of Brenna’s graduation, we had her cousins Kenna’s graduation from Redondo Union and her other cousin Makaela’s 8th grade promotion. So we were hecka busy making candy lei’s and trying not to lose any kids…ha! We did eat lots of tacos that week. This past weekend, we played in our final club team basketball tournament and while I was thrilled that we went undefeated in the tournament, a small part of me found the whole thing bittersweet because I didn’t want the weekend to end. The end of the weekend meant that we played in our last tournament as Mustangs. I’m still low key sad over that. Here are some pictures from our mini vacation for basketball purposes:
Ran into Lakers Rookie Kyle Kuzma at dinner on Friday night. Here’s the girls picture with him. Kainoa wanted in on this action so here’s his picture with Mr. Kuzma, who was in Vegas playing in the NBA Summer League Ran into some family in Vegas right after Kuzma left. Here we are with Jacob! Right before the Colorado crew went home after spending two weeks in California with us Turn up picture! Our last team picture together before everyone goes off to college. We finished out strong as only Mustangs can.
I’m going to miss this team. Brenna played for the same club since she first started playing basketball seriously. Only 5 girls from our original team played in this tournament but we’re planning on getting together one last time before the girls head off in different directions in the fall. Our coach was emotional at our team dinner Saturday night at the M Buffet (so good but so expensive) and it was just a lot of fun reminiscing over days long gone. Remembering games and players and practices and seeing the girls laugh and have fun playing the game they chose to play as kids. A lot of the girls had issues during their time playing for their high schools and this tournament was a reminder tournament for them. A tournament that gave them back the love of the game that was missing in the last four years, playing for different schools and different coaches. It was so good to see Brenna having fun playing basketball with her friends again. It was great to visit with old friends and chat with them over our kids future. Of the bunch that came to Vegas, only 3 are playing basketball in college. Some are going out of state to universities, some are going to state schools and hoping to walk on at their schools while some are staying home, attending the community college with plans to transfer. Brenna’s plans include playing basketball at the community college and then serving a mission when she turns 19. Ugh, I’m so freaking old.

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Basketball, It isn’t Everything

Posted January 18, 2017 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 6 Comments

Last week, I posted about Makenna’s kindergarten journal and that post made me laugh. Today’s post is about Makenna as well but this post made me cry. For those of you guys that don’t know, my family is a huge basketball family. It’s our favorite sport. Well, the girls anyway. We follow Lakers basketball. We follow college basketball. We follow high school basketball. If there is a basketball game on, we will watch it. Meghan probably has the worst because she can watch basketball all day and night long but you get the idea. The kids love to play Knock Out in the backyard that even my 70-year-old Dad participates in from time to time. Ever since our girls were in fourth grade, it’s been basketball, basketball, basketball. We played on a club team that played year round so every weekend, we were traveling all over Southern California playing against other teams. They’ve learned everything there is to know about basketball and the one thing on their mind was to get better, to work harder, to make the basketball team once they got to high school. First and foremost on their mind during a game, was to help their team win and we have won a lot of games. Winning has always been the goal. Last month, Kenna’s basketball team traveled across the country to play in the Diamond State Classic in Delaware. As part of the tournament, each team adopted a kid and Kenna’s team adopted Aryn. Aryn is a young girl who has been living with Leukemia and before her trip, Kenna went to buy some stuff that she thought Aryn would enjoy.
Their team was featured in the local newspaper and reading the article brought warmth to my heart because while basketball is great and all, it’s not everything and it’s good to see young girls embracing the importance of life outside of basketball.

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So I Took a Quiz…

Posted July 13, 2016 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 3 Comments

…because my co-worker thought it would be funny to see which team I would want to be sent to in free agency and is it any surprise that my dream team is: Lakers Go Lakers!

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Friday Five (2)

Posted December 4, 2015 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Friday Five I took last week off from the blog because I spent it with the family for Thanksgiving so this week’s Friday Five will be a random catch up session.

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[1] The Comeback Kid is Back!

Meghan is back in action on the basketball court and she’s in season. She’s playing at El Camino College and she’s got, I think it’s 3 college season games under her belt and she’s lighting up the stat sheets. It’s been really great to see her playing again. She looks strong, she’s playing well and she’s made the Daily Breeze (our local newspaper) Blog consistently so I’m happy for her. She’s got plans and she’s got goals and the exposure is a great way to accomplish those goals and plans. Go Meg!
Wilson Gang Thanksgiving 2015
[2] Team Wilson Gang Thanksgiving 2015.

Thanksgiving this year was at Blanche’s house and we had a good turn out. Ingrid, Chloe, Markus and Chach came in from out of town and we had a good Thanksgiving. We had too much food, leftovers for days and loads of laughing. Chach had an interesting weekend while she was in town and as a family, we laughed a lot at her because that’s what we do. Haha. We also spent some time at the cemetery with Mom and Seko. All in all, it was a good holiday for us and I can’t wait to do it all again at Christmas.

[3] Brenna’s Got a Concussion.

Last week at practice, Brenna got elbowed so hard she saw stars. Literally. She was playing defense against one of her teammates and like Smokey from Friday said, “Got knocked the f*&%ck out!” Haha. So she’s not playing right now. She got cleared to play from the doctor so hopefully she’ll be back on the court soon…cause her team needs her.

[4] Basketball Season Has Started.

Basketball is my favorite sport, I like the way they dribble up and down the court…haha. Redondo’s Battle of the Beach tournament kicked off this week and all of the games from here on out count! As of right now, both of my high school teams are 1-1. North lost to Troy on Monday and Redondo lost to Winward on Wednesday. North battles it out with Long Beach Poly today at 3:30 and Redondo plays Harvard Westlake at 6:30. Go Lady Saxons and Seahawks!

[5] Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake’s CMA performance.

This song, actually this performance has been getting a lot of play time at work. I can’t stop listening to it. I’m obsessed. Justin Timberlake is the man! Apparently, so is Chris Stapleton. Mulu, Chris has written a lot of our old country jams. He wrote Your Man by Josh Turner!

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