Wednesday, February 14, 2007

From this....TO THIS!!!!


We spent a wonderful sunny sunday afternoon at Laguna Beach with our friend Katie and her dog Cali. It was so much fun! We all had a blast! Check out Dom's skid-marks, as she realizes the waves are coming!! Cali, on the other hand, could not get enough of the water!

Just enjoying a wonderful Sunday afternoon on the beach...

Skipping and jumping and splashing away, and then...

THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


A Broken foot! Actually, this happened about 6 hours later, but surgery is scheduled for Monday! Please keep Steve in your prayers! And enjoy the beach photos - those will be the last for while! He will be on crutches for 7 -8 weeks, then have a boot & cane, and then a funny shoe! We continue to look at the bright side though- it could be worse, it could be his right foot (wouldn't be able to drive well), it could have been his neck, or something worse! However, this will be a record for how long Steve has gone on without wearing his rainbow sandals! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Romantic Weekend Get-a-way!

Steve and I finally had a chance to go away for the weekend. We went to our favorite bed and breakfast in Cambria. The town where the "pines meet the ocean". It's about 20 minutes from Hearst Castle. We didn't take a tour there this time, as our main objective was to get away, relax and come back rejuventated! Besides Steve having a sinus infection and me fighting a cold, we had the most wonderful time! Domino was doggie-sat by Steve's folks, so we knew she was in good hands and we didn't have to worry about her! We arrived around 5:30pm on Friday and checked in. The policy with the Cambria Pines Lodge is that if a room is avaliable, they will automatically upgrade you! So we had a darling suite, with a kitchenette, a balcony overlooking a pine forest, 2 fireplaces, a living room, a dinning room table and a great bedroom. We went into town for dinner and I had the best brocolli I've ever tasted! Isn't that weird!! Anyway, we came back and ended up going to bed at 9:30pm! We were both so tired! In the morning we enjoyed the complimentary breakfast buffet...consisting of, scrambled eggs, salsa, sausage, pancakes, country potatoes, biscuits and gravy, grapefruit, yoghurt, honey-dew, muffins, danishes, croissants, tea, coffee and orange juice! So delicious! We then walked to the nursery where they also grow all the organic veggies and herbs they use in the restuarant. I was on a mission to find another frog (statue) for my garden. However they were out, so we enjoyed walking around anyway. Watching the resident cats lay out in the sun, and the Koi swimming in the pond. After that we took a scenic drive through the mountains on a road you wouldn't have known existed. We maybe passed 3 cars the whole 40 minutes. A handful of farms were scattered in the hills and it was almost like a scene out of Dr. Quinn. Some of the pictures below are from that drive. There were old barns, which seem to have so much character. You wonder who raised them and what their story was, and how they ended up in the middle of "almost" nowhere! We stopped at Linns', a little farm stall we happened across, which has Ollieberries - a hybrid berry. We bought some jams there for our "dog-sitters", my sister and us! They also have a large store in town, that sells pies and pastries. After our drive we went to the West village and spent most of the morning, early afternoon in the maze of antique shops. They seemed so little from the outside, but inside they were like their own little cities! We had such a great time - it was like time traveling! I did find 2 little frog statues to add to my collection here though! We hurried back to our place to get ready for our Couples Massage - which was the most amazing massage I've had. Not that I've had alot, but they used hot rocks which were unreal! It was so relaxing!! Also hot towels and lavender sprays. We enjoyed a full hour of that and came awy feeling rejuvenated! We then got ready for our dinner at the restuarant as our reservations were for 6:30. It was delicous as per usual. We started our meal off with our traditional Mushroom appertizer. The mushrooms are grown in their little organic garden! We ended the evening playing checkers, which I of course won! And no, Steve's antibiotics are not to blame! I am just that good! haha! On Sunday, we enjoyed the complimentary breakfast again, checked out and went 20 minutes out of the way to go and see the Elephant Seals along the coast! They have quite the little society among themselves. Almost every single female had a pup! It was so cute! There was one pup that was so fat he could hardly move...just waddle in the sand! All I wanted to do was jump the wall and hug him, he was that cute!
Anyway, we had a great time and did come back feeling relaxed. I however gave in to the bug and now I'm sick! BUT...it was worth every minute!


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Man and his dog...

A few weeks ago, we met up with my sister and her family at Laguna Beach. It was such a beautiful day and we thought it would be a great time to introduce Domino to the Beach! You would have thought we had done that already, but for some reason we hadn't! It started out with Dom loving the sand and enjoying running full speed with Steve. He then kept trying to "trick" her into the water, she was too smart for this and would come to a screeching halt everytime he made it to the water line. However, after a few tries, she followed him and ended up loving it! He ran most of the way with her pulling him through the little waves! Right on! Now he needs to teach her how to surf with him!!! Needless to say when we got home, she was kaput!
Woo-HOOO!! We are going to try and take her more often. Good exercise for the dog, good exercise for the owner!

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Last Pictures from the Party!

My Uncle Gary and Aunt Mal (with Frank)! Well, they've known me from before I was born. But, thanks to them, this whole event was possible! I lived with them until Steve and I got married over 4 years ago. Thank you Gary and Mal!!!! (ok..this picture wouldn't post!)

Good times!! My dear freind Katie took this picture! We were cracking up as it was supposed to be Farah and I, but my uncle jumped in to join us, making Katie have to "ZOOM OUT" to take the picture!! It was so funny! You had to be there!

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More Party Pictures!

So, my timeline of friends continues...



Frank & Cynda & I. Freinds for 10 years. I met them fresh off the boat! Literally! The very next day after I arrived!

The Hughes and the Deans! Steve and I have been together over 6 years, known eachother for over 7. Steve and Eric however have been freinds since they were 1!! How cute!
Jim and Rachel, Steve and I. We've been good freinds for almost 4 years! Posted by Picasa

Party with Friends and Family Cont...

I wasn't planning on posting all the pictures, along with the length of time I've known my freinds, but I thought it was a fun way to look at all the history, and all the people responsible for making this home!
Katy (cousin) & me! Met a few times when we were little, but have had the last 10 years together!
Alex & Becca and Me! Met them almost 10 years ago- Thanks to WCC! Have been freinds the last couple years!
Cate, Kaisara & I. Freinds for 10 years, thanks to WCC! Although I'm a citizen, I'm still her "African"!
Cristi & I. Friends for 9 years - Thanks to WCC! Posted by Picasa

Party!


After my Immigration Ceremony, my freinds and family came together to celebrate with me. The party was at Eric and Deb's house and it was so much fun! It was great looking across the room and seeing faces that I've now known for 10 years, who have been a very pivital part of who I am now, to seeing faces I've know for a year or so, who have been just as important! I felt so blessed to be the 'person of honor" by so many wonderful people!
Farah & I - Friends for 10 years! Thanks to WCC
kKatie & I - Freinds for 1 year! Thanks to Domino & Cali!
Ruth & I - Friends from birth! Thanks to Mom and Dad!
Deb & I - Friends for 9 Years! Thanks to WCC! Posted by Picasa