Sunday, August 30, 2009

AG. Pismo. SLO. Lake Nacimiento with the Berkes's

Our weekend started in Arroyo Grande, where we visited Shannon and very pregnant Melissa. In fact, as I type this, Melissa is at the hospital! Good luck Melissa, can't wait to meet Eliott!

On Friday, we hit two of the most popular dining spots during out Cal Poly years - Splash Cafe and Firestones. My sister Beth is living in SLO right now waiting for school to start, so we stopped by to check out where she is staying and took her with us to Firestones.

After dinner, we headed north to Paso Robles to grocery shop, and then onward to Mandi's parents house on Lake Nacimiento. Mandi and Eric, who came from Long Beach, got there an hour after us. When they got there, it was our first time seeing their 10 month old son Finley (Finn), and it was their first time seeing Sean!

Mandi bought Sean and Finn matching Paul Frank pajamas. Even though it was scorching hot this weekend at the lake, we had to put them in the pj's for a picture session, if nothing else.

We had a great time this weekend hanging out with Mandi and Eric. We ventured into downtown Paso Robles on Saturday to wine taste and walk around, went to the pool, played spades, and watched our little ones interact. We're so glad we were able to get these pictures now to look back on when they're all grown up.

The lake house is under contruction and we can't wait to get back there and see it all completed. It's going to be awesome. It works out great having a meeting place halfway between LA and the Bay Area so that we can meet up with Mandi and Eric without having to fly.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Amy & Tim Tie the Knot

On Saturday evening/night, after Sean's birthday party, we headed to Sebastopol to celebrate Amy Alton getting married to Tim Ricard. It was a beautiful setting, and they couldn't have asked for better weather. They were married by Lloyd Johnson, who you can see in the background of this first picture. Lloyd and his family are the Alton's longtime next door neighbor. Coincidentally, I also played basketball with Lloyd's sone Gary growing up. In fact, Lloyd was the announcer at my home high school basketball games so it was no surprise that he was able to take the mic and call a great wedding as well.

Left to right: Tom Kirkpatrick, Dennis Narduzzi, Ken Alton:

Trisha, Beth, Darcy, and Ali, who got married two weeks ago:

My buddy Dylan, who lives in Portland and who at first wasn't going to make it to the wedding, surprised me with a phone call on Saturday saying that he had flown down and was coming!

The traditional Father/Daughter dance:

Even my mom and I got into the action:

I am so happy for Amy that she found Tim. Ever since I met him (about six years ago) I've thought he was a great guy and that the two of them made a great couple. Congratulations Amy!!! ... And Tim!!!

Click this sentence for an album of my better pictures from the wedding.

Sean's Santa Rosa BDay Celebration

On Saturday we celebrated Sean's birthday in Santa Rosa with family and friends. We prepared a great make-your-own-sandwich spread, as you can see here:

Here's a pic of the crowd, even though several people are missing from this photo who were there:

We brought one of Sean's favorite toys. It transforms into either a walking helper or a cart, which it is here:

Family shot:

After sandwiches it was time for dessert. We sang Sean happy birthday and even let him eat some cake!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday Sean!

Today is Sean's birthday. I think we are both in shock that it's been a year since he was born. It's been an amazing year and we can't imagine life without our little guy. Happy birthday Sean, we love you!