On June 11, 2010 at 2:59am, we welcomed Mikayla Ann Johnston into our wonderful family. She came out weighing 8 pounds 3 ounces and with a full head of dark hair and big blue eyes. Once again, Doctor Kamali and the entire staff at Sharp Chula Vista were incredible! Tracy was incredibly strong, almost making delivery look easy. In addition, Gabriel did a great job of keeping Grandpa Gary occupied while we were at the hospital.
We had a wonderful vacation. One of the biggest highlights of the trip was the purchase of a pillow-top bed for our room. It is so comfortable! We also started planning for the addition of a garage, a side wall to block the wind, and a new septic tank. This included getting quotes from our friend and builder Roberto, purchasing rocks for foundation, and walking the property many times envisioning what the future might look like. In doing so, we were also able to take in how the casita is developing, the plants are maturing, and how fortunate we are to have such a wonderful place for family fun and adventure.
Also high on the list from vacation were the nightly happy hours we had with our friends. Most nights, our neighbors Miguel and Angela would stop by. We would spend a few hours talking about life both north and south of the border, family, school, and some politics. We have really grown to admire and cherish our neighbors. We were also blessed with a visit from our friends Jack and Harriett who were headed down to their place in Elias Calles. Next summer, we plan to visit with them at their beautiful place.
Since returning to San Diego, I was hired on full time to teach Algebra and Math 8 (pre-Algebra) at Eastlake Middle School, one of the top schools in Sweetwater School District. It is a year round school and I started back on July 17th. I must say, I count my blessings each day to be at such an incredible school. So far, the year is unfolding better than planned and I love my job. Besides working with such a talented staff and group of students, some of my favorite trails in San Diego are a few blocks away allowing me easy access.
Tracy is going to return to work after we return from a two week trip to Baja in October. Her return to work is going to up the ante for all of us but I know we'll adjust accordingly. In the meantime, I will continue to count my blessings, cherish the love and laughter we share, and continue living life as an adventure.
Until the next adventure....