Friday, October 31, 2008

Fun Friday

So...our boss' favorite 'holiday' is Halloween, so the office was a little less serious today. And my husband also decided he wanted to decorate our office a bit, so we ran by walmart on the way to work today to pick up some webs and a few decorations.
This desire came after I asked Tyler if we could dress up together as a couple and he said NO WAY :) So, I was a little shocked, but went along with it.

He decorated our office very nicely, and it's too bad we didn't get more pictures...but here are a few.

The hallway from his office to mine...
And a few decorations we got from our ware house :) We always send out an office email to our staffers (and I did include some non staffers, so you may have received as well) so we took time out to take an office photo today. Before the whole crew got there, Heather decided to take some posed photos, pretending to be getting married to our headless friend...and I was apparently officiating the ceremony :)
And our office group photo (those of us at work today)

What a day...hey we got a minimum day out of it!
...Well, off we go to have a little family dinner :) Not sure that this is the normal tradition on Halloween, but since we are sans kiddos, and my sister's cookin' that's what we're doing :) Hope everyone has a fun and safe night!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure

The last post was actually on my dad's would have been his 73rd birthday this year. In just a few days, we'll be at the two year mark from the day he passed. This is a bit of a rough time for each of us; each in a different way, I'm sure.

I thought I would spend some time this afternoon looking at some pictures, and as I was, I thought I would post a few of them, for some of you to learn a little about him, and others of you to remember him with me :)

Here are some pics from his surprise 70th bday party that my mom, sisters and I threw for him...

This was the best shot of him that we got all day :)

Diane and Chico - we all surrounded him for a while during some music and time of 'story sharing' from some of his friends and family.

My dad and his homies - My Tio Carlos, Mon, and "Pedrio" as my dad called him :) I call them his homies...because, well, they were all little homies when they were growing up!

My Tia Rica next to her 'little brother'
Back inside, surrounded by his gifts...but taking a break to sip some tea :)
For 4th of July (06) we all went to the college to have a picnic dinner, hang out and watch the fireworks together. Here's my dad and my cousin Hermie chatting it up :)

Later that month, we had a family quinceanera,
and here's the last pic that was taken of my dad and I.
Each year, I got my dad Dodger/Giant's tickets for the September series. Here was our last game together. He got to see Tommy Lasorda there, and said they were the best seats he ever had at a game :)
It was just he and I sitting there together, and my mom and Alex were sitting in the bleachers (I could only afford to splurge on two tickets:) I know they understood)
The game was on 9/30, which is also my niece Pagie's bday. So after the game, we went straight to dinner to meet up with the fam. This is the last picture that we have of my dad...and he's smiling :) Unfortunately, my mom's face is cut off in this frame...but they got one earlier that night where she's smiling and in the frame completely.
Last, but not least, my 'signature' picture with my daddy :) I love him and miss him dearly! I wish more than anything that he could have met Tyler, and that he could be sharing with us, everything that's going on in life...but I understand the Lord's plan and his timing. I look forward to be reuniting with him some day, when 'my number is called' as he would say :)

When someone you love becomes a memory,
the memory becomes a treasure.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Flash back to the 80's

Last night, Tyler had an interesting experience...he got a glimpse of what it was to be like a teenage girl in the 80's (and early 90's for the hard core fans, like myself)....and experienced a concert like no other! For the first time in I'm not sure how long, I didn't feel alone - I was joined by my fellow NKOTB fans singing along to EVERY song, dancing in our seats (well...we were on our feet for the full 2 hour show, but in our seating area), and enjoying watching these guys that we were 'in love with' when we were in elementary school and early jhs :)
It was interesting to have a change of scenery in the sense that, for most of us there, the last time we were at an NKOTB concert, we were with our moms. Last night, it appeared to be many fan's 'girls night out'...and there were a few lucky ones that had our significant others with us to enjoy the show :) (Tyler's ratio was 1 man for every 60 women there).
this was a small stage that they had out directly across from our that point, I believe I was 'in awe' and was pretty much just standing there staring at them as they sang, danced, and chatted... (and commenting to Tyler on Jon's obama shirt). You can't tell in this picture, but Joey was wearing a jacket like the one he wore on the Hangin' Tough tour - with the yellow smiley face on the back. All he was missing was his hat that had the top cut off so that his curly hair could show I really remember things like that?! :)...
Yes, they did some of their very popular choreography moves...and everyone went crazy when they did.
Jordan looked a little stiff, and apparently had some 'memory' issues in performing his choreography (I'm sure not many people noticed, I just have the bad habit of critiquing choreography when I see it :)
Some of these pictures were taken from Tyler's camera...others I found online this morning. My little camera wasn't charged up, and we didn't bring the big camera since our tickets so 'no cameras'...only to find a note on the entry door stating that it was ok! But didn't track it back to the car to go get it :(...oh well, at least there are those that shared them online!

...Last but not least, a shot of Joey, who I was happy to feel would still be my 'fave' pic of the group after all these years :) ... So there you have it; our evening. I had a blast. Tyler, well, he got to see what the fuss was about many, many years ago!! And I think he kind of enjoyed himself :)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Red Red Wine

Nope - I didn't have any, no worries :) ...What an amazing month September has been! For our anniversary, I gave Tyler a calendar about our anniversary month, with things planned for us throughout the weeks of September. Of course we were on our cruise the first week, and when I gave him the calendar. The following week we found out that we were expecting (not on the calendar!), then we had a couples massage I had scheduled where we learned different things we can do for each other when Tyler's getting a migraine, our backs hurt, just to relax, etc. Followed by a Tuesday night date-night to see UB40. I didn't realize how much Tyler loved them...I know all their big hits, but when we got the Gallo's fall schedule and Tyler pointed out their concert in there, I decided to get him some tickets for that show. What a blast it was!!
We didn't realize that the lead singer had swapped himself out with a brother of his (new lead/bro above), nor did we know that Maxi Priest (a smooth voice from the 80's - below) was touring with them. We had some amazing seats and had a really great time!! We didn't have the big camera with us, just my little one that I keep in my purse, so these shots aren't the best, but wanted to share them!! this was Tyler's anniversary gift :) Wasn't sure what else to do since we were already going on our trip! What a neat show they put on - and what incredibly comfortable seating in the theatre :) Thanks, Thomas! :)
10/10 we're headed to another concert....NKOTB :) I know, I know...I'm a child of the 80's - what can I say?! I loved those guys!! We'll let you know how that show goes too.