Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Alyssa is 10-months old!

Aly loves her baths.

Aly has some wild hair after the bath...there is some definite curl there!

That's better, we've gotta tame the mane!

Aly loves to crawl with these rings in her hands and any other object for that's so funny.

Alyssa is 10-months old today! Where does the time go..seriously?! Here are some things Alyssa can do at 10-months:
-she can walk holding on to chairs, couches and tables
-she can walk when I hold just one of her hands
-she can stand all on her own without holding on to anything
-she loves to hug and kiss her teddy bears
-she loves to go out and in doors
-she gets so excited when her dad comes home and crawls super fast to see him
-she loves to try and pick the freckles and moles off my arms
-she makes and laughs at silly faces
-she loves it when we chase her and she likes to chase us
-she has started to throw tantrums (not mom's favorite thing, I thought that started at 2)
-she likes to coo and sing

Alyssa and George the Lobster

On Saturday night we went to dinner at Jon's fish market in Dana Point with my grandparents. At the fish market they had a 14 pound lobster that they had caught...14 pounds!!!! Alyssa weighs 18 pounds. The picture that Doug took on his iphone really doesn't do the lobster (named George) justice.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Old Town, The "U" Game and Happy Birthday Doug!

This weekend we celebrated Doug's birthday by visiting Old Town San Diego and the University of Utah game v. San Diego State University at Qualcomm. Our good friends the Boyds (Brad, Lisa and Morley) got us tickets to the game. We had a blast and the U beat SDSU...a nice B-day gift for Doug. Brad and Lisa also brought these awesome cupcakes from a bakery called Vanilla located in Santa Monica...the cupcakes were so so good. Thanks guys for the tickets and cupcakes...what a great B-day are too good to us.

When we got back from the game Doug opened his gifts from Aly and I; he received Season 4 of "The Office" and a new Tumi briefcase.

The last pics are of our HOA's pre-holiday party at the Citrus City Grill. We had some yummy food and there were tons of crafts for kids and raffle prizes. Our development participated in a gingerbread house contest, we came in 2nd place and won a $50 gift card to some shops...very nice. There's also a pic of Alyssa with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Aly...the Great Pumpkin for Halloween!

For Halloween Alyssa was a pumpkin. We trick-or-treated in the OC this year with Doug's family. It was lots of fun! Morgan, Daniel and Taylor were the 3-blind mice. Doug's sister Liz was an Indian, Becky a pig (which Alyssa was not a fan of as seen in the very last pic where she's funny) and Mikey was a ninja. Driving to the OC Alyssa fell asleep and we could not get her to smile at all once we woke her up and dressed her up. Maybe she was going for a "serious pumpkin" portrayal. Funny girl!

My birthday...the big 30.

My birthday was on a Sunday this year, so Doug and I went out for sushi at Maki Maki which was so good Saturday night. Then Doug made me a great birthday dinner on my birthday (Sunday). We had some yummy pizzookie as my birthday cake/dessert on Monday. I received some new True Religion jeans and a new Nicholas Sparks book. Thanks hon for a great birthday!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

VOTE Today!

If you haven't done so already make sure you get out and VOTE today! Alyssa and I made it to the polls this morning and she even made her opinions known by opening and throwing her entire container of cheerios all over the lovely. After I cast my ballot I was picking up cheerios off the floor...what a little pill.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Election Day is almost here...Get out and VOTE!

So tomorrow is election day..make sure you get out and vote. And before all is said and I'd like to share some thoughts on our experience with Proposition 8. For the past two weekends Doug and I have been heavily involved with Prop 8 work. We've hung door flyers encouraging people to vote and have waved Prop 8 signs in some intersections. What has been most enlightening is both the support (about 90-95%% of drivers, cops and firemen all supporting, when they've driven by) and those opposed to Prop 8. Those opposed drivers will sometimes give the thumbs down or shake their heads, which is totally fine. We live in America where we have the freedom of speech. What is completely classless are the people who curse, name call, or shout angry hateful things out their window. Seriously, we had families on the corner with kids ranging from 9-months to teenagers...the whole no on 8 campaign is based on tolerance and equality, yet I've found that those individuals have been the least tolerant and have said the most horrible things. In one area we've known people who have had bleach and even urine thrown at them from a car window. Seriously...can you believe that. If you disagree with the message then hold up your own sign in protest. To me name calling and throwing things at people is just hate and violence and definitely not "tolerance" of another person's views..I think tolerance is just a one way street with some people. Anyways, fortunately we didn't have anything thrown at us. :)

Overall it's been a very good experience, something I never imagined myself participating in. For those who are yet undecided, my reason for voting Yes on 8, is because I'm Pro-family. I have family and friends who are gay and I completely agree that they should have the same right and privileges as heterosexual couples (voting Yes on Prop 8 does NOT take any rights away; homosexual couples can still enter into domestic partnerships/civil unions). Jack O'Connell in his no on Prop 8 commercial says schools are not required to teach about gay marriage, well Mr. Jack O'Connell (California's school superintendent) if you checked your own website you would see that 96% of schools teach a sexual education class where marriage is taught and gay marriage will be taught (under California code parent's cannot opt their kids out of this). Also, I don't think taking an elementary school class on a field trip to witness a gay marriage ceremony is "educational"...did they take that same class to a heterosexual marriage ceremony and say it was "educational"..I sincerely doubt it. I don't like the fact that the 4 activist judges just decided to overturn Prop 22 (in 2000 Prop 22 passed by 61% of voters which declared that only marriage between a man and a woman is recognized in California.) because they felt like it. This is America and we vote and you should have placed it on the ballot not just overturned the will of the people. Lastly, the far reaching effects of Prop 8 is that churches who do not condone homosexual marriage may lose their tax exempt status if they refuse to marry homosexual couples in their churches. Catholic Charities in Massachusetts had to close down their adoption agency because they refused to allow homosexual couples to adopt from their agency was considered unconstitutional..where's the separation of Church and State? So I'm voting Yes on Prop 8, to maintain religious freedom and keep more parental rights.