Posted on Jul 13, 2012 in Family

Tu and I teamed up tonight and took some beautiful pictures of Ayden, Marisol’s Baby.  He is a beautiful and tiny little baby and is so cute. Check out the pictures we took of him.


4th of July Fun

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 in Family

4th of July is just one of the favorite holidays in our family.  Growing up in San Diego you get an appreciation for the beach and 4th of July is pretty much the most spectacular beach day in this city.  Generally certain beaches get upwards of 250,000 visitors – so adding up all the gorgeous beaches here you can expect a few million crowded along San Diego’s coastline.

Well, yesterday didn’t meet up to the typically sensational San Diego weather.  It was drizzling in the morning – a product of some pretty heavy leftover “June Gloom” marine layer that we get here in San Diego.  With global warming our June gloom is starting earlier (May) and ending later (Mid July). Imagine all of the tourist that come to San Diego expecting the weather to be awesome only to find out that it is some of our worst weather of the year during the summer. If you want to come to San Diego, come in January. That is when the rest of the country is sub-zero temperatures and San Diego is experiencing sunny skies and 70 degree weather.

4th of July was a blast in spite of the weather.  The whole family met at Mom’s Coronado cottage and had a blast.  Nephews,nieces and lots of guest were in town so it made it an extra special occassion.

This is not an apron, this is Danny’s actual body and he is wearing a speedo with pants underneath the bottom part of his legs

Danny smoked this pork for over 12 hours, it was delishcious.

How cute is Oliver. On a scale of 1-10, and if you say 11, you are correct.

Oliver and Geno are great friends and love to pose for pictures.

Oliver just chillaxin.  You know, chilling and relaxing at the same time.

Hello, I am wearing Frank’s super cool shades and I look much better in them then he does.

What the heck Geno.  How do you always manage to take such awesome portraits.  You are amazing little guy.

Oliver looks like some type of enforcer in this picture.

Tu is so patriotic!

Oh my goodness.  What is going on here with Tu?  Some explain this to me please.

Ahh, what a great day with family.  We love the 4th of July here.

More Adorable Darla in Yellow Summer Dress

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 in Family

Another rare treat – Elizabeth and Darla were in town for the weekend so we get to see them and catch up with all that they are up to.  We saw Darla at the BBQ Pit in National City and she came dressed in yellow summer dress and matching walking shoes.  And in her Yellow shoes Darla was all set to walk – and that is just what she did – she walked all over the entire BBQ inside and outside talking to every table she came upon.

Wearing an adorable yellow summer dress and matching shoes – Darla was ready to walk. And she did just that – practically running I must say.

Sure she fell a few times, but she always got back up and clapped for herself. She clapped for herself every time she fell down.

Another fall and let’s all give ourselves a round of applause.

Darla has seriously discovered the sheer joy of walking.  It can be loads of fun and makes it easier to get to more places.

We were really hoping this grass was clean because she kept rolling around all over it.  But look at that smile.

Meanwhile, back in the restaurant Darla carries on a lively conversation on her cell phone paper plate.  Good gossip among girls. Much was discussed – Darla was stunned at some of what was said by her good friend – and amused at other times.

Darla tried quite a variety of the cuisine that night.  She had a little ketchup, some mustard, bread, french fries, beef, cupcakes, struddle, potato salad, pepsi, water.  She wanted something called “ladi ladi ladi ladi ladi” and kept pointing in the direction of somewhere else.  We never did figure out what it was actually.

Pretty much pooped out by the end of the evening and ready to call it quits.  Goodbye Darla, we’ll see you again tomorrow.  Perhaps we can go to the beach?

A visit from Aaron and Gem

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 in Family

Aaron and Gem planned a little last minute surprise trip to San Diego this week and we had a blast showing them around the city.  Aaron and Gem are just a couple of months from having a newborn baby and this was to be their last hurrah before they become full-time parents and diaper changing machines.   It was a fantastic trip that ended way to soon. I had drop Aaron and Gem back off at the Amtrak station just 36 hours after they arrived.  But in spite of the short time – it was worth every minute.





It’s her first summer. She is off to Catalina Island.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 in Family

June officially arrived last week and while we have seen the onset of June gloom here in San Diego where the Marine layer is as thick as cloudy London there is one thing that is not gloomy – Isabella.  Isabella is doing fantastic new things everyday and getting cuter by the minute.  Isabella has some cute summer time outfits and she tried some on for us as she prepares for summertime in Catalina.  You see the whole family is going over to Catalina to have a beautiful summer in the bay of Avalon and spend it on a boat. Imagine the joy of waking up in beautiful Avalon every morning and taking walks around the Island.  I am glad that I will get to go and visit and we plan to head over there as much as we can to enjoy the good life with Isabella and family

Everyday, Isabella begins each outfit by wearing a pretty pink bow in her hair.  She thinks the bow makes her look more cuter than she already is.  Agreed.

We created nice little vignettes for Isabela’s pictures.  She could not wait to knock the blocks down; something she did over and over again each time we put them up.

Isabella’s monkey is one of her favorite toys.  She likes to keep him close. Isabella is a dainty and delicate baby with nice big eyes.  Look at this charming little princess.

A classic blue and white striped bathing suit is the classic ensemble for any effortlessly stylish baby such as Isabella.  When on the beach, maintain that classic and vintage look is her motto.

Isabella brought out a red rose to play with on her baby blanket.  The red rose only seemed to accentuate her cute quality – which is the effect she was seeking for the photography session.

My name is Isabella. I imagine that these letter blocks will be saved for many years by Michelle and Bill.  They hold so many important stories of her childhood that will be important to her as she gets older.

What deep thoughts are running through Isabella’s mind.  Perhaps she is thinking of all the fun she will have this summertime on the beautiful Island of Catalina.  What treats and fun are in store for this lucky baby?



Little Nerd School Photos

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 in Family

School is almost over so that can only mean one thing.  It’s that time of year again.  It’s little nerd school photo time when kids of every age put on their nerdy glasses and take pictures of themselves. Take a look at this little guy in his nerd glasses.  My, my, my what a cute little nerd huh?


Natural Born Ham

Posted on Jun 2, 2012 in Family

Geno is always great for entertainment.  I mean the kid is a natural born actor and entertainer and I always enjoy every moment we get to spend with him.  Now granted he is my nephew and I might be a little biased but I think he is a 1 in a million personality that just shines through in everything he does.

We spent the night with Geno, Camille and Dan and as usual Geno was the hit.  Another great Friday night in San Diego.

In front of the camera

Posted on May 21, 2012 in Family

It is rare that you will find photos of me lately. I spend a lot more time behind the camera than in front of it.  Kevin took this cute picture of Tu about to give me a kiss.  We were trying to come up with a new cover photo for Facebook for her and she wanted one with both of us in it.