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Friends are the family you choose. May true friends be around you.

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Jeff and EzriJeff, my co-ed volleyball partner, personal sounding board, best friend and best hubby a girl could ever have... love you, honey J 

Oh, yeah... that's one of our furry children, Ezri, with him in the picture.

Deisi and familyMy cousin, Deisi, and her two youngest sons, Gabriel and Giovanni, at Gio's birthday party. Glen, Yanira & LiamGlen (my brother-in-law), Yanira and Liam.
Laurie, Debbie and CarynThree of my high school friends and their 10 kids! From left to right: Laurie, Debbie and Caryn. Grisel, Jorge & ConnorMe, my uncle, Jorge, and my son, Connor in July 2005. Mark & StephanieMy dear friend Stephanie and her hubby, Mark. Steph and I believe Mark and Jeff to be personality twins. J
Matt, Linda & OwenMatt, Linda & Owen (2 years old) in December 2001 Lena, Elias & baby NicholasLena, Elias & Nicholas (Baby's first Christmas 2001) Amanda & Dan Amanda and Danny on their wedding day in 2001.
Grisel & LisaMy volleyball doubles partner, Lisa, and I hold up one of the prizes that we earned by winning a CBVA unrated tournament (19-Jun-99) and receiving our A ratings. This picture was actually taken a week later at the Estero Beach Tournament. Wonder WomenThe annual International Surf Festival 6 person Volleyball tournament in Manhattan Beach is lots and lots of fun.  Most teams dress up.  It's more like a party than an actual tournament, although there are very good players, including AVP players that play in this tournament every year.

Photo courtesy of Curt Barker.
Surf Fest 2000At Surf Fest 2000, we were the Wonder Women.  And, yes, we did play in costume. From L-to-R, Diana, Tami, Lisa, Grisel, Debbie, Barb, & Rox.
Holiday Party 2004Our 7th annual gift exchange holiday party in 2004. From L-to-R, top row: JC, Jeff, Adrienne, Sean. Middle row: Leticia, Robert, Scott. Bottom row: Nancy, Steve, Jeff, Grisel, Connor, Linda and Joyce.  Holiday Party 2003Our 6th annual gift exchange holiday party in 2003. Holiday Party 2002Our 5th annual gift exchange holiday party in 2002.
Holiday Party 2001Our 4th annual gift exchange holiday party in 2001. From L-to-R, Steve & Amanda, Jeff & Grisel, Joyce & Scott, JC & Alicia, Leticia, Sean, Jeff & AdrienneJiles & Amanda. Holiday Party 2000Our 3rd annual gift exchange holiday party in 2000. From L-to-R, Back row: Steve, Jiles, Ellyn, Grisel, Jeff. Middle row: Amanda, Sean, Jesus, Leticia. Bottom row: Jeff & Adrienne, Jason, Scott & Joyce. Holiday Party 1999Our 2nd annual gift exchange holiday party in 1999. From L-to-R, Back row: Leticia, Robert, Jiles, Adrienne, Elly and Steve.  Middle row: Matt, baby Owen, JC, Grisel, and Dawn. Bottom row: Linda, Jeff and Scott.
Holiday Party 1998Our 1st annual gift exchange holiday party in 1998. From L-to-R, Standing: Jiles, Matt, Jeff, Scott, Alicia, JC, Leticia and Jason. Kneeling: Linda, Grisel, Adrienne and Robert.
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Here are links to some of my friends' web sites:

Dave, a fellow vegetarian and game-aholic

Janna, actually that would be Dr. Janna (Piled Higher and Deeper!) ;)

Jay, Emily and Jay's son, Jason and their impressive family tree

Rob, the part-time gourmet chef

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If I could catch a rainbow
I would do it just for you
and share with you its beauty
on the days you're feeling blue
If I could build a mountain
you could call your very own
a place to find serenity
a place to be alone
If I could take your troubles
I would toss them into the sea
but all these things I'm finding
are impossible for me
I cannot build a mountain
or catch a rainbow fair
but let me be what I know best
a friend that's always there.

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Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 
What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.
- Clive Staples Lewis, novelist and essayist (1898-1963)

Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our
wings have trouble remembering how to fly.
 
- anonymous

Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. 
Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.

- William Arthur Ward

Be mindful that happiness is not based on possessions, power, or prestige, 
but on relationships with people you love and respect.


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