Monday, December 10, 2007
For being thrown together at the last minute the kids party was pretty good. There were games, a big bounce house with a slide attached, pizza and cookies to eat, and a visit from Santa. All the kids that showed up had alot of fun.
Gabriella's Birthday Party.
Well I lucked out let me tell you. Kristi was supposed to work this weekend but it got switched at the last minute. I knew that there would be at least 10 little girls showing up and to tell you the truth I was scared.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Yeah it was kind of like that but no snow... (and I didn't sing joy to the world). I did short out some lights and an outlet on the front of the house. All the lights seem to be working now and the house looks pretty good. We have people driving down our street every night checking out our display. Kristi and Sean got some pictures.
I found some dead bulbs on one of the snowflakes. The $4 bulb tester I bought is so fun.
Gabriella got bored helping on the garage roof. She was up and down that ladder so much.
Sean helped out with straightening the icicle lights.
All in all I spent 2 days on the roof trying for "Perfection" but ending up with "Good enough for government work" (just joking).
This is how it turned out... Not to shabby.
Along with the lights we had to get the trees up, yup plural. Now, why do we have two trees in the house? You can call Kristi and ask her because I'm not brave enough to put the reason in print...
Here is mine and the kid's tree. These are all the ornaments we've collected over the years. The ones Gram gave Kristi and I when we got married for our first Christmas tree, and the ones given to the kids each year.
Here is Kristi's tree, I call it the "Martha Stewart tree". I like the way she did it. It took her alot of time to get it just the way she wanted it, and it looks good in the living room.
So I guess it's almost time to start putting things under them... Two trees should mean twice as many presents for me!
Next Saturday is Gabriella's birthday so on Sunday I get to host a party for 10 little girls while Kristi is at work... stay tuned to the blog for pictures of that one!!!
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Sean got to pitch the first two innings of the game.
This is the second time he's pitched for the team this season.
Here is his normal position. He's shaping up to be a great catcher.
His hitting has come around pretty well too.
So what is Gabriella up to? We tried to get her into soccer then tee-ball, but I just don't think team sports are her thing. She just likes to socialize too much. When she wanted to try cheerleading I thought hmm maybe this will work out. It's kinda the best of both worlds... she's on a team and being active; and she gets to laugh and joke with other kids while doing it.
She's cheering for the "Raiders" flag football team... yeah they didn't have a "Pats" team.
I think we found her sport. She's having so much fun. Next year she will be cheering for the Pop Warner football team in our area: The Tierrasanta Cougars.
Go Raiders!!! (These are the only Raiders who will have a winning season this year!)
Here are the kids Halloween pictures this year. Gabriella wanted to be a demon fairy and Sean wanted a skull face. He found a cool black hooded robe.
Here are the little kids in the neighborhood: (left to right) Maya is Wednesday Adams, Lily is a princess, Gabe is a zombie, Gabriella a demon fairy, Marcus is batman, Jasmin a Cowgirl, and Naji is a bumblebee.
Sean wanted to do his own thing this year. He wanted to hang out with a friend and pass out candy at his house.
That's it for now... We'll keep ya posted.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Here is the fountain outside the science museum.
This is the tower and dome on the Museum of Man.
Here is the same spot but I like how she got the sun in the clouds and the reflection in the lily pond.
I just like this picture...
This was a good perspective shot. Kristi used software to make it black and white.
We had a discussion today about tuning pictures with software. Now I'm not talking about "Photoshoping" a third eye on to Gabriella's forehead... I mean adjusting the light, color tone, that sort of thing. Kristi said it's cheating, I disagree. Do you think Ansel Adams got all those pictures with out a little "tuning" in the dark room? Same thing if you ask me.
You can tell Halloween is almost here. Gabriella has been asking to get pumpkins for the last 2 weeks. With the wildfires going on out here the pumpkin patches have been closed, so we ended up at Wal-mart picking out pumpkins. We got them on our way back from Balboa Park around 7 pm, and about 2 minutes after I took them out of the Explorer, the question that I would hear over and over started... When are we going to carve them? After it was all said and done the kids pumpkins came out pretty good with minimal effort from dad... Kristi is working this weekend.
Gabriella waits patiently to start carving her pumpkin.