Friday, May 25, 2018

Going Away Dinner

Before we moved, my sister in-law wanted to take us out to dinner. So, here we all are, at one of our favorite restaurants, Macaroni Grill. This is actually one of my favorite pictures. I have this framed, and have it sitting on top of my fireplace mantle.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

It's Been A Year Since My Last Entry

I'm sure I'm not the only person who stopped blogging once Photobucket wanted a ridiculous $400 a year to use their site for third party hosting! I figured this was my end to blogging, but I was more disappointed that I couldn't go back to my blog to see the pictures I had up with my posts. I so happened to look up my blog the other day, and low and behold, I saw that my pictures were all back up! What????? I guess there were tons of complaints to Photobucket and now they have a new subscription plan that is more budget friendly! Yay!!

So, with that said, I don't even know where to begin. I'll just start with the biggest news first, and then just start from the oldest to the more recent happenings!

Last August, our family moved from the place we called home for 16 years! This is where our kids grew up, made friends, went to school, etc. Not only them, but my husband and I had our closest friends there too. Plus, we would be moving away (an hour distance) from our eldest daughter.

It was a big transition, but we can see how God had our best interest at heart. We not only moved to our dream home, but our kids have been excelling above and beyond. They have made new friends, been active in school, and have participated in many things! I'm still a stay at home mom, and my husband is pretty much home the same time as he was before. So, it all worked out, and we are all happy!

Here's a little glimpse of our home. We had little things done to it, but it was pretty much turnkey. The biggest update was the landscaping. We had new grass put in the front and the side yard. It looks so green and lush out there!!!

I've also been on a decorating high, so I'll show more pictures later, and share where I get all my inspiration from.

But, it feels good to "be back" and share what our family has been up to!!
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Walker Stalker Con

Once again, Walker Stalker Con was in town, so being that we are Walking Dead fans, we knew we were going to see them again!

Naturally, we all have our favorite characters (past & present), but for this season (call me crazy), I totally cannot dislike Jeffrey D. Morgan's character, "Negan." I think I liked him too much on Grey's Anatomy and The Good Wife to see him as this evil bad guy!

When I saw he was on the lineup at Walker Stalker Con, I knew that if I was going to pay for any picture with a celebrity, it would be HIM!

Unfortunately, that didn't happen. My sis in-law actually surprised me by buying me a voucher to take a picture with him, but we waited in the wrong area and missed him!!! I was bummed inside, but they said we could take a picture with the cast from Boondock Saints. And you know who is a part of that? Norman Reedus who plays "Daryl!"

So here we all are! I literally rushed to stand by him in the pic! My daughter was thrilled because he hugged her!! You can say I was a little star struck!

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And here's a little grid of some of the other actors we were able to talk to! They are all so down to earth!!
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Fantastic Voyage

One of our favorite concert venues is Yoshi's in Oakland. When I saw that Lakeside was performing, I knew I had to get tickets!!

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Monday, May 15, 2017

The House Of Prime Rib

My brother in-law and his buddy were in town for the Giants game, and by a very rare chance, they were able to make last minute reservations at The House of Prime Rib! My brother in-law has never been there, so we were all excited to see his reaction!! We love this place!!
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Last Day of Spring Break

On the last day of our kids spring break, we decided to take the kids to our favorite Vietnamese restaurant in the city, and then to Mount Davidson for a little sightseeing! 
My husband and I went there a few months ago, and it's just gorgeous! The trail is easy, it's green everywhere, and on a clear day, you can see the bay bridge! 
There was a scene from Dirty Harry filmed at this cross.
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Of course, we had to take a picture in front of it! 
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So green!!
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That view!
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My boys ready to shoot more footage!
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More selies!
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Another one...
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And one more!
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Friday, April 14, 2017

Old Friends Getting Together In Memory of A Friend!

A few weeks ago, we got the heartbreaking news that a friend from back in the day had passed away. We all lost touch with this person many years ago, and we all wish we knew he was sick because I know we would have found a way to get in touch with him. So, we all decided to get together in memory of him. It was amazing to catch up with all these people I haven't seen in years. Of course, we see each other on Facebook, but not the same as interacting in "real life." The blessing was that his sister was there to meet all of us, and hear all these great stories we had with her brother!! 

The token group picture!!!
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We went back to our friends house for dessert, coffee, & karaoke!
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I was super stoked to see my long time friend!!!!!!!!!!!
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My sis, Lisa (her house) and me!
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Weren't We Just Here?

 Here we go/went again!

Back at the city this past weekend, and it was a really great getaway! This time we were celebrating my husbands birthday in advance!

Since we go so often, we try to change it up. I look on Yelp and try to find restaurants that we've never been to before, and we like to add in a new activity. This time, we decided to see a comedy act, and I'm so glad we did. The guy was hilarious!! Totally worth it!

For our early dinner, we ate a E Tutto Qua. It won an award for the best pasta in San Francisco! Everything was delicious and homemade, from the bread to the dessert! My husband said this is now our "go to" place! Not only that, the service was amazing!!!
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We started off with their Roman style pizza! This was their Pizza Classica. Prosciutto, arugula, fresh mozzarella, and tomoato sauce.
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My husband had their signature dish, Paccheri Golosi. Large tube past with prosciutto, porcini mushrooms, and truffle oil in a cream sauce.
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I had their Fettucine al Salmone. Flat house-made noodles with asparagus and smoked salmon in a cream sauce. Sooo good!
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For dessert, I had to try the Souffle al Cioccolato. 
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My husband had the Panna Cotta
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After dinner, we headed back to the hotel with minutes to spare before our walk to the comedy club. It felt good to walk after that meal!!
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For breakfast, we headed over to Little Skillet. Love.That.Place!!!
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And, lastly, another token picture!
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