Needless to say, they can't all fit here. But between
Happy Valley School and
soccer, there are quite a few we all know pretty well. And a pleasure
it is too!
NB. In the unlikely event that any of Charlie's or Alex's friends (or their
parents) actually makes it to this page, the selection below is in no particular
order of priority. They are just photos we like that say something to us
and fit with what we want to say.
Let's start with Agustin, Alex,
Jaia and Charlie, playing pool in the
Britannia Arms, Aptos,
at Christmas 2007. Agustin and Jaia are
friends from Happy Valley School.
|On to Alex and Brendan,
who play on the same Breakers soccer team, during the NorCal tournament
in Manteca, late 2007.
|Here are Alex
and Ricardo, Agustine's brother, in 2003, sitting at the kitchen counter in
The boys are constantly inviting their friends over, typically asking
the parents once the invite is accepted! That's an exaggeration, but
parents will know what we mean.
Charlie's friend Alex (who has since moved away and is missed!) with
him on a
Santa Cruz beach in 2004.
Of course, when boys are
together, they have a habit of fooling around! Jaia is a friend from
both school and soccer. The
Catalyst is soccer training
for children in Santa Cruz County.
More soccer, and a little explaining is in
order. Cameron too is a friend from school and
soccer. All three are wearing Manchester United shirts.
behind them Chelsea are playing ManU, and losing! Hence the cheers.
Just in case you were wondering, soccer isn't the only thing for
these boys. No, there is also swimming!
Here we have (from left to right) Ean, Alex, Charlie, Brendan (more of
him here) and Galen.
also enjoy tourism, in small doses it must be said. Here is Ean with
them again in Carmel at the Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borremeo del
Rio Carmelo, founded by Fr. Junipero Serra in 1770, second of the 21
missions that dot California.
But do they enjoy doing their homework?
Well, truth to tell, sometimes. Other times, there's a certain
encouragement needed. "You will not play soccer unless you do your
homework!" Anton is their partner here, probably before a carpooled
And does Charlie enjoy singing in concert at school? here he is with
Bradley, a good buddy who is now attending a different school. As he's
still in Santa Cruz, they still hang out together.
Here are Alex and Galen (in white) on the attack. Friends on and off
They also love to go out for dinner on the weekend with friends
along. Here they are with Anton at Marie Callendar's in Capitola.