Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Not for the qweezy


content may be disturbing, so if you feel up to it... This is what I have been doing with my life for the past couple months. Hence, no blog updates. I will get back to it soon. Meanwhile, enjoy if you dare. mwah ah ah.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Why is it called Labor Day again?

For Labor Day, we were invited by the Hexburg's to a BBQ. We enjoyed swimming, ping-pong, eating delicious food, and the company of friends and family.

Watch out seamen...the sirens are in full effect.

"I'm gunna shoot it. I'm gunna shoot it."

Here Sara and I are getting ready to beat Levi and Grant in a ping-pong match. Our strategy? Distraction. It works every time.

We be grubbin'

And Kelly be gluggin' and Lori be gabbin'...
and Tom and Cinnamon be grinnin'

and the group be gatherin'...
(okay, that's enough)
Right on Levi! Hangin with the big dogs.

Dynamic duo number one
Dynamic duo number one, too.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Deutschland in the OC

There is this little German village tucked away right in the heart of Huntington Beach. It is called Old World Village. It's actually really random where it is situated. It sits right between a huge, new outdoor mall and a huge, new 24 Hour Fitness. You would never know it was there unless you had German Vision, which Grant happens to have. So, we went to check it out for our "date night"(we have our "date night" every friday, but we unofficially go out during the week :) The whole village consists of about 15 shops and businesses and a German restaurant called... Old World Restaurant (who would have guessed). Our waitress was about 60 years old wearing a dirndl, which Grant's wearing in the picture above. She had a German accent and was serving all the tables in the entire restaurant by herself. So cute. I thought the food was good, but Grant was a little disappointed. I guess European food just isn't as good in America, no matter who's cooking it. After dinner, we took advantage of the photo op that presented itself on our way out. I think we make a pretty good couple.

Then, there was the Orange International Street Fair that is a traditional labor day activity here. Finding a parking space was a lot more difficult than we thought but when we walked up we realized why. They allow you to drink beer in the street! This privilage draws quite a crowd. There were tons of booths set up with food from all parts of the earth (which basically translated into a sausage with trimmings from all parts of the earth). Good fun. Grant liked wandering around German street and we treated ourselves to a norwegian cookie for dessert.
This German explosion has really had an effect on Grant. Now he is considering applying for Deloitte Germany "just for fun". Yeah, it's all fun and games until someone gets a job offer!

Monday, August 27, 2007

3D Harry Potter

I was a little scared to see Harry Potter in an IMAX theater in 3D. The last movie kinda scared me, but it actually was really cool. I'd recommend it, if not for the movie experience, for the fashion statement.
Grant was showing no fear as we waited for the action to begin.
Watch out Lord Voldemort, you don't know what you're up against.

Dinner Parties

The boys helping out in the kitchen.
Pictured: Anne, Carne Asada, Zach

Safety first. You can never be too careful.

Anne, are you ready to eat?

Housewarming! Jim, Grant, Mom, Anne, Bailey, and Levi.

"How to Save a Life"

No, it's not Grey's Anatomy, it's a Frey concert at
The Greek Theater.
It was so much fun and even though we didn't know the words to most of their songs, it was really good music and good company.
Here we are with the wild bunch. We brought a light dinner to eat together before going into the concert. We even had VIP passes which basically translates into free drinks and snacks inside. Hey, when your friends call you with free tickets to a concert at the Greek Theater, you don't ask questions, you just go.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Honeymoon: Take 2

Here we are on our last day with the Schorrs. We are at Waimea Bay. Grant and I jumped off some little rocks that you can see in the distance. The water is so warm and clear. It was the perfect ending to a perfect vacation.

We had to drag this kayak from the rental place. It was kind of an inconvenience but everyone else was doing it so we couldn't really complain. When we got there, the clouds rolled in and the winds picked up. As the sand blew in our eyes, we thought we might go back and get a refund, but then our adventurous spirit caught hold and we strapped ourselves in and started paddling toward the island. After an hour and a half of fighting against the current and the wind, we turned around but we had a great time and saw a huge sea turtle coasting along the waves. Grant and I were arguing whether he should paddle on the same side as me, or opposite side. Does anyone know the proper kayaking rules?

Now, do I look like I belong here or what?

A Bamboo Forest means a makeshift bamboo walking stick. Good job honey.

Our Hosts. Our Parasailing Partners. Our Friends.

Parasailing 700 ft. baby.

We went to the Dole Plantation and it was really interesting. I had never seen how a pineapple grows. Plus, one of my favorite things from the first time I went to Hawaii was the pineapple. Grant's pretty happy about this pineapple slushy with fresh pineapple juice and homemade pineapple ice cream. See that second spoon? Yeah, it's mine...

Go Cubbies

Grant's obssession happens to be The Chicago Cubs who were in town playing the Dodgers. We went with Jared who was obviously rooting for LA. The Cubs lost, but I still won because now I can say I've been to a major league baseball game and I've had a Dodger Dog. My stock is going up by the second. Oh, and I almost forgot,

Spiderman was there too.

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Even if it's an apartment in Anaheim... "won't you be my neighbor?"

This is where the magic happens...culinary magic that is. I am surprized that most of my experiments turn out pretty well and I've even fooled Grant into believing that I can cook! Aren't spellbooks and cookbooks pretty much the same thing?

Another view.

We have since added a few things like a scoop chair and some pictures but you get the idea. TV, couches, yada yada yada...

Settling in

"Don't make me come back there!" This is the view our kids are going to have when they are making a ruckus in the car. Poor things. For now, it's the view Anne has when she comes shopping with us for our new apartment. We had fun burning up those gift cards!

One of the lessons that Grant learned from my former boyfriend "Mr. Wonderful" was that a woman likes it when her man goes shopping with her and carries all her bags. Grant is a quick learner and now he's earned the title Mr. Wonderful. Inside the bags? Our bathroom stuff from Anthropologie. I could get used to this!

The Grove may be a hip place to shop and a good place to spot celebs but we love it because of the Farmers Market. Here's Amber (Anne's friend from her mission), Annabe, and Grant. We are all enjoying delicious corned beef from our grandpa's restaurant called Magee's. We need the stength for all of the shopping we are about to do.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Lua de Mel

A view of Chi-Town from our architectural tour on the Chicago River. We came to Chicago after Yosemite for a wonderful reception given by Grant's parents. We spent a few days with the family and then went out on the town for our last day. Besides the tour, we walked the Mag Mile, saw Oprah's former apartment building, strolled Navy Pier, did some window shopping, and ended the day with a delicious meal in Greek Town. Opa!
John Muir said the clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness. Being in Yosemite, there is no question as to why it inspired such a theory. Here we are at the Penon Blanco Lookout B & B. It was great because we were the only ones staying there that week. We were in the John Muir Suite and it felt like home (I guess that's the point). We woke up every morning to a 3 course breakfast usually involving fresh fruit, homemade bread or muffins, and a main course. We also had a great view as you can see. We enjoyed a massage on the deck overlooking the lake, good baby back ribs, and beautiful sights including the Hetch Hetchy Trail.

Here we are eating the brunch of a lifetime at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego. It is a resort on a golf course. Just a little word of advice if you ever decide to go there for a romantic (or golf) getaway, don't get your directions from Mapquest...

Here we are on the balcony of our room in San Diego.