Welcome Home to Frankie and James

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 in Family

My sister adopted two babies.  We put together a video and song to welcome them home.  Welcome home to Frankie and James.

Midnight Snack

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 in Family

We’ve all done it. The midnight snack.  Tu didn’t see me but I caught her raiding the fridge in the dead of night.


Posted on Aug 15, 2012 in Family

I celebrated my birthday yesterday.  It feels good to finally be in my 30’s since I hear they are the best times of your life.  Tu bought me a bunch of presents and an ice cream cake from my all time favorite place – 31 Flavors.

Warm waters in La Jolla

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 in Family

It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it is awesome.  The water off the coast of La Jolla is a bit like Hawaii with temperatures that are over 70 degrees at the moment.  That means that the beaches are packed with swimmers and surfers and Tu and I were there to join them.  The water was so warm and nice that we swam for awhile. I even wore my sun glasses in the water – and of course I lost them.  It was another beautiful Sunday at Sea Lane Beach in La Jolla.

Grunion Hunting

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 in Family

I always thought Grunion were just a mythical creature like those “Skype” hunts that you used to go on in camp.  It wasn’t until I was older that I discovered that those Skype hunts were just a fancy way of getting kids to do some activity at night and that Grunion were actually real fish that people caught on the beaches after full moons in summer.  Well people do catch them, but we didn’t.  We all headed out for a late night trip to Coronado to catch some of those elusive fish but we didn’t catch anything.   It was a fun night, but no fish.

At first Geno was fightened because he heard that he might step on Grunion

Later he became the Grunion Hunter.


A common mistake people will make – confusing seaweed for Grunion.  Here, Eoin is pictured eating seaweed not yet aware of it thinking he is eating grunion.

Tu manages a smile even through the sadness of not finding any grunion.

The hunters at work.

Irish Giron’s Graduation Beach Party

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 in Family

Irish is about to move to Los Angeles to go to Loyola Marymont University.  To celebrate his moving on to college we had one last party. It was great and everyone had a fantastic time. What a great day we had.


Frankie and James

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 in Family

I went to Bridget and Michaels house today to photograph their new little babies – Frankie and James.  Bridget just returned from New York City with the twins that Michael and her adopted. Each of them has their own personality.  Frankie is more of the emotional one but he loves to hug and snuggle with his brother James.  James is more calm, cool and collected and doesn’t like to be snuggled up against by his brother.  When Frankie tries to hug him, he cries and pushes him away.  And they are both super strong.  James grabbed my finger when I was trying to move the blanket out of his face and he practically cut off the circulation to my hand.  These little guys are very healthy and very strong.

Frankie is hugging James here, James probably doesn’t realize it because he is sleeping away. if he was awake it might be a different story.

Bridget kisses there feet.  They have cute feet don’t they?  I think their feet are so tiny.

Oliver says that he loves having two younger brothers. He is a great older brother and takes great care of his younger brothers.

Even if they sometimes scream and cry a little too loud for him.

Welcome home Frankie and James

Sea Lane Beach

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 in Family

I heard someone yell my name, “Frank!” as I was slowly backing my way out of my parking space.  I was on my way to run some errands and while I barely heard my name through the car window, I decided to stop and look to see if indeed someone was trying to stop me.  Then up the street I saw her and some familiar faces – Mary, Lucy, Irish and Charlie were running up to my car.  What a pleasant surprise.  They told me that they were on their way down to Sea Lane beach (the street on my beach) to do some swimming and to hang out for a couple of hours.  Well, needless to say I put my errands on hold and decided to bring my camera down and take some photos of the family at the beach.  It’s July here so the sun is shining and everyday is a perfect beach day.


I brought my bright red umbrella down to the beach because I really hate sitting on in the sun and baking.  Mary gladly took shade under the umbrella happy to have it so she could watch Irish and Charlie swim without having the hot sun on her face.

I remembered about 5 years ago in the same spot we were sitting I took a picture of Irish, Charlie and Lucy running down the beach to the water. That was in July as well so I decided to try to re-enact the scene as best I could.  Well, I messed up the order I discovered when I got home and looked at the original picture but it was still fun. I think Lucy is twice as tall now.

Irish and Charlie are tremendous athletes and do flips pretty much all over San Diego.  We decided to do some flips on the beach.  Some girl came up to Charlie and asked to do some flips with them too.

Charlie was doing some massive flips, you can see the determination on his face to land each one – which he did on his feet.

Irish did some incredible flips as well. In this shot it looks like he is flying straight down from the sky.  He got so high, went upside down and still landed on his feet – amazing.

And there is Mary, looking smashing on the beach in her Oakley glasses which she took from Irish while he was performing circus jumps

Everyone says Mary and Lucy are twins. I think so, what do you think?

Those Giron’s love their awkward family photos.  Here they are posing around the red umbrella.

They call him handsome Charlie.  Why do they call him handsome Charlie?  Well because he is handsome like Rock Hudson and James Dean.

Before we left the beach, Irish wanted one last shot. He called the shot “Illuminati” which I seem to remember being something Tupac started years ago.