Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Ali's Wedding in Healdsburg

It all started in the late 50's or early 60's when my dad and Tom became elementary school friends. Their friendship continued through middle school, and then high school, and beyond. Tom eventually got married to Becky and had two kids, Ryan and Ali, and our families have been family friends the whole way through. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the Alton family (Ken, Loretta, Brian, and Amy), who is a part of this group. If you remember, I wrote about our annual Christmas gathering.

On Saturday, July 25th, Tom married away his only daughter Ali. The wedding ceremony was at a church in Healdsburg, and reception was in their yard.

Our group huddled in the back corner of the church:

Ali with her husband Joe:

Here's Tim and Amy, who will be tying the knot on August 8th. Can't wait! There's a very good chance you can see pictures right here on Narduzzi Nation following that special event.

Brian Alton, me, and the brother of the bride, Ryan:

As always, my mom was taking plenty of pictures:

Here is the proud father Tom speaking at the wedding:

I love this picture of the happy family here:

Trisha with Paul:

Trisha and Beth:

The rest of the pictures are crazy pictures from the dance floor. I don't want to embarrass anyone so I'll leave it at that!

It was a great wedding... Thanks so much to Tom and Becky for being such great hosts.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sean, Addison and Lexi

This weekend we visited our friends Brandi and Japheth in their new home and finally got to see the new addition to their family, Lexi Ava. Sean has met Addison a few times but this time he was old enough to actually play with her.

Here's Addison meeting Sean for the first time last August.

Sean and Addison on Halloween.

And now they're grown up...Addison liked giving Sean hugs.

Sean and Addison with Lexi who is 7 weeks old. Not easy to get this picture!

Monday, July 20, 2009

July Birthdays & Sean Almost Turns 1

This weekend we went to Modesto to celebrate the July birthdays (and Sean) on my mom's side. There were seven total - Aunt Laurie, cousin Athony, Aunt Cobie, Aunt Janet, my mom Barbara, my sister Meghan, and Sean who turns 1 on August 5th. We celebrated at my aunt Becky's house and had a great time. Here's a picture of the cake. It has everyone's initials on it and a 1 for Sean.

It was a HOT day so Jeff took Sean swimming for a long time. Sean was a prune by the time he came out. Here's a great picture of Jeff, Sean and my cousin Anthony.

Sean got to try some cake for the first time and was a big fan. He also got some great toys and gifts...he's in love with the train/block toy that the Parkinsons got him.

It was a great party. Thanks Becky for hosting!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Emerald Bay Hike - July 7th

Even though our Tahoe trip is now old news, I wanted to keep my word on posting about our Emerald Bay hike.

On Tuesday, July 7th, we drove for an hour from Northstar to Emerald Bay, which is on the southwest side of the lake. Once there, we hiked a mile down to the beach where there is an old house-turned-tourist stop called Vikingsholm. It was built in 1929.

The walk back up was tiring since I had to push the Bob stroller all the way back up. Darcy luckily got to push the stroller on the way down, when gravity was on her side. Here's a video of some of that part:

We took our Canon Rebel SLR camera on this adventure so got some quality pics, which you can see by clicking HERE.

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Sean got a bath in the sink the second night we were in Tahoe. Mom thought it would be silly to comb his hair into a mohawk afterwards. It turned out to be a pretty darn good one!

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Northstar at Tahoe Vacation

We just got back from 6 days at Tahoe. We stayed at Northstar, but made quite a few trips into Lake Tahoe to see the lake, go to lunch or dinner, or to check out Emerald Bay. I will follow up with a separate post highlighting our Emerald Bay excursion so will leave it out of this post.

Sean at the condo:

We drove up Sunday, July 5th, and spent the first three nights just the three of us. It was very relaxing, and was Sean's first vacation our first vacation as a young family. When Sean napped or went to bed, we enjoyed good wine, and played lots of Yahtzee and Cribbage.

On Wednesday evening my parents and (nearly) 19-year-old sister Beth showed up. This picture is from Wednesday night when my parents treated us to dinner at Steamers in Kings Beach (north shore). We ate on the deck that looks out on the lake. While waiting for our pizza, my parents took Sean for a walk on the beach. When I chased them down to let them know the food was ready, I got this great picture:

On Thursday, Darcy, my dad, and I drove an hour out to Plumas Pines golf course. It was a great day of golf.

On Friday we drove out to Sunnyside, which is a restaurant right by Homewood on the west shore that serves great food on a deck that overlooks Lake Tahoe. Darcy, Sean, and I went there on Tuesday for lunch after our Emerald Bay hike as well so this was our second visit to Sunnyside of the trip. No complaints as the food and the views are second to none!

Beth and Darcy:

The date on Friday was July 10th, which marked my parents 33rd wedding anniversary. They celebrated with Bloody Mary's.

We of course had to get the famous "Hula Pie" for dessert. Here is before and after pics.

Click this sentence for all the best pictures from our weeklong trip (this album excludes our Emerald Bay excursion).