Sunday, May 31, 2009

Gavin Turns 7

Yesterday we went to Andy and Davina (brother and sister in law) house to celebrate Gavin turning 7 years old. They had a TON of good fun. It was a pretty fun time. It was technically going to be a pool party but it was pretty cold but still Parker and a few other kids did go in the pool anyway.
Ava Crawling around on the couch..she just cannot sit still

Jesse brought over a pinata for the party. Davina was helping his daughter Allister fill it up.

They had a bounce house but the manager of the Mobile Estates they live in made them deflate it..that still could not get the boys out of it

My pinata pictures came out too dark but them grabbing the loot came out pretty good.

Time for CAKE!

Singing Happy Birthday. Gavin made a party hat for himself out of the pinata

Rich and his son Hunter

Time for presents..It was cuter how all the kids sat in a circle to watch Gavin open his gifts.

He got some good stuff..What a fun party

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Midnight Cellars Wine Dinner

So Last night we went to our monthly wine dinner at Park Ave. It was great. Only 10 of our party of 14 we reserved for showed up. The wine Host for the evening was Midnight Cellars.

Gabe and I walked over to Chris and Holly's place and met up with Mike and Karen and Toni and took a cab from LBC to Stanton.
We got there early so while waiting in the bar area The guys had beers..

Us Gals had water and soda
Ally soon got there ..I love the purple bar.

It was now time to be seated and move to the appetizers and Sangria being served out in the garden. For Appetizers they had servers walking around with silver trays of Salmon Tar tare (I was too chicken to try) Tomato Carpaccio ( cold tomato soup..It was really good) and a St. Louis Toasted Ravioli (also very good)..Now the Sangria was beautiful!! It was so delish!
The Guys

The Gals

After Sangria in the Garden it was time to move on to our seats inside. Sean finally showed up.
Holly wanted him to put his head under the lamp and read something as if he were at a hairdresser..that's the story of this pix

The first course was served with a chardonnay. It was a petite plate with a pinch of freshly cut Arugula from their own garden,Seared Tuna (just cooked on the outside edges raw inside) with a yogurt dressing and a little pita cracker for crunch ..It was good

Our next course was Osso Bucco. It was very rich and flavorful. Mike getting ready to conquer this battle

I caught Chris sticking his tongue out at Holly again..just like the last time

We had a lot of this time we just kept toasting to a bunch of different I got to get a shot of one of the many toasts

For Dessert they gave us Poached pears stuffed with Marscapone cheese with chocolate sauce..It was pretty gross ..I don't think any of us ate it.

Well It was time to call the cab to take us back. We could not end the night though just like that. We went over to Mike and Karen's house and had a few bottles,sang some Beatles and had lots of convo. It was a nice time. When It was time to go home ( 2:40am) Gabe had to throw Toni over his shoulder though and carry to her front door.

It was a fun night. I love the wine dinners. They have a special one coming up in June but it will be the weekend when we are on our family camping trip but we will have plenty more to go to.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Memorial Day

I am finally getting to my memorial day photos.
We went to John and Kirsten's house to BBQ with them. We had a excellent time,had some good wine and food and the kids had a lot of fun too. After awhile Gabe had to leave to go to work and Alex and Ally stopped by. Ally brought over some awesome rice krispie treats.

Ava getting ready to head over to the BBQ.

First thing Parker did was go right to the pool

Ava played with the toys inside

Me and Kirsten enjoying wine..Kelsey's was having fun posing in the picture as well

Back for more pool fun

John and John Jr sitting by the BBQ

funny kids

even corn on the Cob could not get them out of the pool

The babies got to play in their own pool but instead of water they had toys

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Colorado Lagoon

After the strawberry festival on Sunday we stopped to check out the BBQ at Colorado Lagoon for the Orange Crush. I saw a bunch of people that I have not seen in a long time. I was too tired to get up and take photos so Gabe did it for me.

Here are the kids, My Ava and Parker, Todd's Erin and Jesse and Hilary's Allister.

Jesse and Collin

Benny in the white pants..I forgot the other guys names

I don't remember the guy in the white shirt but next to him is Steve Davis, Kevin and I think Kevin's gf

Dean and Guillermo (sp)

Mike and Mark and Toni..don't know who the dude is in the far back

It was a good time..I wish I would have gotten more pix but MEH

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Carnival Fun at the Strawberry Festival

Sunday we started the day by going to the Strawberry festival in Garden Grove. It really was not what we were expecting. We didn't even have anything strawberry. Parker still had a good time hanging out in the carnival and going on rides and playing games.

Parker and Kelsey had fun on the little boat ride

Parker always has to go on the fun houses..they are his favorite

This was a fun kiddie coaster

Now this was one HUGE was really tasty too

Nap time for Ava

and more rides for Parker

They had one of those fresh squeezed lemonade booths..I always have to have one of those..
We still had some fun..afterwards we went to the Colorado Lagoon to meet up for the Orange Crush rally BBQ..Pictures will be posted later tomorrow..I am tired

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Garden Party

Yesterday afternoon we went to Vanessa's Birthday party and Glen's too.(hers was actually yesterday though) We had the best time there. We were greeted with Martini's and appetizers.

We than went outside in their backyard which was full of plants and trees it was really nice and ate out in the garden. There was good music and good company ..just all around good times.

Vanessa was in the kitchen making tons of food and glen was outside working the BBQ. He made some sausage links and Chicken Kabob. The chicken was FANTASTIC!

Parker was having fun inside

Time for food..there was falaffel, couscous, watermelon mint salad, macaroni salad, Grilled veggies, Green bean and tomato salad with Feta cheese upon load and load of more wonderful fresh and tasty exotic food

The Couscous with the asparagus was awesome. Vanessa's added carrots and dried apricot in it as well.

After eating we continued to have champagne in the garden . Me and Paula were having a blast.


Loryn and Paula...CHEERS~

Glen had some sparklers and him and Parker were lighting them

We have not seen Rich in awhile..this is about 1 hour before he was to open up his club that was going on last night. Ava was Crashed out!!

Somehow the parties always end up in the kitchen

Every time I take a picture of Michael looks the same...Same goofy face

Gabe and I had to leave the were tired and we had more plans later in the evening

When we got home Carl and Ally were on their way over to do Trivia Game night. Ally brought some fried chicken and some broc salad and a case of beer and we played trivia for about 3 hours on the Playstation2. Anyway it became another night of me going home at 3am..I am so glad I got a 3 day weekend!