This year Gavin (turning 8) and Connor (turning 5) both wanted a Minecraft themed birthday party. Because Connor’s birthday fell on Mother’s Day this year, we decided it was a good idea for the boys to combine their celebrations. Poor Steve succumbed to the typical fate of a piñata.




My “Dokie” is 5 years old, already loving school (preschool) and planning on becoming a Robot Engineer. I hope he never loses his love of art projects, creating new things, and figuring out how existing things work. I have no doubt he will make a brilliant engineer one day.

This year Connor had to share his birthday with Mother’s Day, so we opened up his presents in the morning and then headed south for a get together with family. All the Loera clan ended up at Kristel’s house, where we ate an assortment of meats and the kid’s bounced on the giant trampoline.

As the evening progressed a water balloon fight broke out… luckily we keep spare clothes in the car for the boys. Eddie ended up going nuclear, and getting a few of the older nephews with the hose 😉 Unfortunately, I failed to capture photographic evidence of the chaos.


Connor was suppose to have his last game of the season, but the other team never showed up. I guess they didn’t get the memo. On the plus side, his team got a chance to just run around and play together.

Then it was off from the soccer fields at Willow Grove Elementary to the baseball fields at 4S Ranch Sports Park, where Gavin faced the Angels.


We had a quick picnic lunch at a nearby park and then went for a leisurely hike at the Blue Sky Reserve. It was a beautiful day to be out in nature.


Gavin had his last game of the Little League Single A season. Afterwards, he was awarded the “Most Dedicated Player” certificate and a trophy. Then the whole team headed over to a nearby pack for the end-of-the-season pizza party.

Congratulations on a great season Gavin! Get ready for Double A in the fall 🙂


The Loera clan gathered at Kristel’s house to celebrate Diego’s 10th birthday. Of course, his brothers couldn’t leave him alone and managed to get him in the face with whipped cream.


We made the trip up to Alpine to check out Jen and Adam’s beautiful new home. The view from their backyard is breathtaking.


I tagged along with the boys when they went to school and got to see Gavin’s classroom and the chicks his class hatched. Then Connor and I read a book in the library and he showed me around his class before it was time for the main show.

Mrs. Patwa’s preschool classes put on a wonderful end-of-the-year performance. Connor did so well singing the songs and looked so cute up there with all the other little kids. All the little ones enjoyed the after performance party, complete with cupcakes, strawberries, and lemonade.

Videos of three of the songs they sang: