Saturday, December 27, 2008

Sean's First Christmas

Although he's a little young to really participate or enjoy it, we just celebrated Sean's first Christmas. We left Campbell on Monday night and drove to Modesto to stay with my parents. This was our first year celebrating Christmas without my sister Meghan, who was in Washington D.C. with her girlfriend Cat and Cat's family. We missed you guys! On Tuesday night, we went to our Aunt Becky's house to see the Carvalho family (my mom's side) and make enchiladas. Then Wednesday morning we opened presents at my parents.

Sean enjoyed looking at the Christmas tree


Here's Sean on my parents new couch, it makes for a good background


Sean enjoying his Christmas Eve meal


Sean and Grandma before we head to the Baker's


Jeff, my mom and I played a game called Settlers of Cattan all day Wednesday before heading to the Baker's house for our Christmas Eve party with the whole family.

Jeff and my parents with Sean


On Christmas morning we drove to Santa Rosa to see Jeff's family. We opened presents when we got there and then went to Grammie's house to see the rest of the family.

Grandpa Narduzzi and Sean


The Narduzzis (Jeff, Beth, me, Sean, Trisha)


Sean playing with Dad


The Narduzzis again (this time with Grammy and Grandpa Dennis)


Yesterday we hung around Jeff's parents house working hard to get their new HD tv and BluRay player working. We got everything working except the DVR (which is Comcast's fault). Jeff's grandparents watched Sean last night while we went to dinner with the family, minus Trisha who left for Thailand last night.



We drove home this morning and are glad to be home, but it was a great trip. We are lucky to have such big families on both sides and fortunate to be able to spend the holidays with all of them. We hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your families!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Tres Agaves, Then Trisha's Party

Last night Darcy and I went out!

We dropped Sean off at babysitter Ronda's house in Santa Clara at 5pm, and headed into San Francisco. The plan was to get dinner at Tres Agaves, which is an upscale Mexican restaurant a block away from AT&T Park, and then go to Trisha's holiday party that started at 8pm.

We weren't starving so we just ordered appetizers, and thanks to a gift card that Darcy won playing in a scramble golf tournament, the meal was practically free!

Following dinner we headed to Trisha's house on Polk Street. Thanks to fast service at dinner, we were the first ones to arrive, and luckily for us, Trisha hogged two spots with her car so we got to skip any parking hassle. She just moved her car up a little and we squeezed in behind her.

By 9pm the party was rollin'. Most of Trisha's high school friends were there, including Meredith and Mark (who have a 7 month old boy named JB), Raina and JP, Alisha and Christian, and Shauna, who is Trisha's roommate. I brought my camera, but it was flashing low battery from the get-go so I only squeezed in one picture before it died. It's blurry, but oh well, better than nothing!

From left to right: Trisha, Meredith, Alisha


We left the party around midnight, and picked up sleeping Sean from Ronda's around 1am. With full-time jobs and a 4 1/2 month old son we don't get out much anymore, so last night was kind of a treat.

Thanks for inviting us Trisha. We had a great time! Trisha's friends who read this blog, it was good seeing you and happy holidays!

Thanks Ronda and Mike for babysitting!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sean's First Food

Tonight I gave Sean his first taste of solid food (rice cereal, which is kind of solid). At first he was a little confused by the whole spoon idea, but after a couple minutes he figured it out and chowed it down. It was cute and he actually ate all of it! Here are some pics of his first meal and then playtime afterwards.




First Round Exit

My East San Jose Church league basketball team won our sixth and final regular season game on December 8th, sending us to the playoffs this last Monday night with a 3-3 record.  Having won two games in a row, we were feeling more confident than we had all season, and we (or at least I) believed we had a chance to ride our momentum perhaps into the depths of the playoffs.


It was not to be.

On Monday night at 10pm we faced a team that annihilated us in the regular season.  When they beat us over a month back we played awful, and they were lights out.  Monday night was different.  They came down to earth with their shooting, and we were in better shape and more cohesive as a unit.  We even led at halftime by two points and at one point in the second half led by 5!  However, by the end of the game we were down, and the season ended with a first round playoff exit.  

Oh well.

The league starts up in January and despite that fact that 10pm games on Monday night (which we get a few of per season) really mess with my schedule, the league seems be passing up my team talent-wise, and the league dues keep going up - I still can't stop playing.  

I love basketball.  I love the exercise.  And I love to compete.  

These three things keep me coming back for more!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Altons, and Kirkpatricks, and Narduzzis, Oh My!

As I indicated in my recent "Update..." post, this weekend was the annual Alton, Kirkpatrick, Narduzzi Xmas get together. The group stems from Ken Alton, Tom Kirkpatrick, and my dad growing up together in Santa Rosa. As kids they roamed the neighborhood together, and then stayed friends through high school and beyond. Besides getting together for a holiday dinner once a year, our families also went on several camping trips in the 90's to Burney Falls. Those epic trips are still a major topic of conversation when we get together.

The camaraderie of this group is strengthened by how well the wives get along, as well as the kids, who are mostly the same age. With the exception of my little sister Beth (18) and Alison Kirkpatrick (24) who are a tad younger, we are all either 28, 29, or 30. However, you can add the age of 31 to this list on Thursday when Trisha turns 31!

Like always, we had a great time last night catching up, reminiscing, telling stories, and enjoying good food. My mom cooked her signature Lasagna and it didn't disappoint!

Tom coaches football at Healdsburg High School and has had some very successful teams through the years. One of those teams was in fall of 1996 when Ryan (his son) was the quarterback. Pictured here is Tom and Becky Kirkpatrick with their daughter Ali.


Here is "the kids" picture:


The crew is definitely growing now. This year both Alton kids are recently engaged - Amy to Tim, and Brian to Alisha. I added Darcy to the crew a few years back, and Ryan has now been dating Carolyn for a few years. Ali is engaged as well, but her fiance was not able to make it.


And here's everybody (using the 10 second timer feature on the camera)!


Everybody except Sean because we didn't want to disrupt him from this:


Every year it takes a little effort to get everyone to Santa Rosa from around the bay area for this event, but it's always worth it, and I look forward to continuing the tradition next year. We should have plenty more to talk about since between now and then the group will be involved in not one, not two, but three weddings!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Update...

- My basketball season is down to only one regular season game, which is Monday night (12/8) at 7pm. We are 2-3, and are hoping to get to .500 for the playoffs. We need a win not only to gather some momentum going into the playoffs, but also so we aren't one of the lowest seeds, meaning we'll likely play the top 1 or 2 teams right out of the gate. We were 1-3 going into last weeks game, so hopefully we can make it three in a row tomorrow night! I'm in shape, I'm motivated, and my game is pretty sharp right now, so hopefully the ball will bounce the right way and my fellow teammates will all bring their "A" games for the rest of the season so we can do some damage.

- Saturday night Darcy and I stayed at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose. Every December, her company throws a Christmas party there, and employees can get rooms at a special rate. This year we decided to take advantage of it since we had Meghan and Cat to watch Sean for us overnight. Thanks Meghan and Cat!!

- Next weekend we will be heading back to Santa Rosa. The occasion is the Alton, Kirkpatrick, Narduzzi Christmas dinner. My dad's buddies from growing up and their families get together every year for dinner. It's always great to get together with them and we look forward to introducing Sean to the group. This tradition goes way back into the 80's and I think there has only been a few years that we weren't able to make it happen - last year being one of them. This year my parents play host.

- On December 20th Darcy and I will be heading into San Francisco to attend my big sister Trisha's party. We look forward to mingling with her friends and enjoying a night out in the city. The gathering starts at 8pm but we plan on going out to dinner just the two of us beforehand. We already have a babysitter lined up for Sean.

- My company shuts down the week of Dec. 22nd - Dec. 26th, so with weekends I'm off from Dec. 20th - Dec. 28th. Darcy and I plan on going to Modesto on Monday night the 22nd. We'll stay there for 48 hours and then drive to Santa Rosa on Xmas eve. We'll then drive back to Campbell on either the 26th or 27th.

- Sean turned 4 months old on Friday, December 5th. I'm torn between thinking it's already 4 months and it's only 4 months. On one hand time is absolutely flying. On the other hand it seems like forever since Darcy was pregnant.

Here he is showing off his muscular body:


Here he is with mommy after her haircut this past Thursday:


- Darcy got in the Xmas spirit this year in our condo by decorating our mantle. Notice how Bosco and Eddie both have stockings and we (including Sean) don't!