Thursday, June 25, 2009

Nat Attack | Personal

On the rare occasion that I get to telecommute I get to spend more time with Nat. She's really growing up much faster than I thought - forming opinions on what she wants to wear, combining words to make longer sentences amidst the toddler babble, repeating things that mommy and daddy say (both good and bad), and reaching for things around the house that she could never reach before. Sheesh, it's time to clean up the house again...

In the late afternoon we had a chance to go hiking in Point Pinole - some nice trails up there.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Espresso Salvation | Personal

A couple years ago I spent way too much on this Italian-made Gaggia Espresso machine. Needless to say, I haven't used it for the past year because I couldn't pull a consistent espresso shot with it anymore and it just became cumbersome to clean. I finally picked up a bottle of Durgol decalcifier from Amazon in hopes of restoring my machine.

see how dirty that looks?

after about 5 rinses the water started coming out clear again and voila - my first homemade espresso shot in a long time

2 soy lattes for father's day!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sledge Family 50th Wedding Anniversary | Lifestyle

Helen and Allen Sledge are such a sweet couple - the way they look into each others eyes; the way they hold hands. It's no surprise that they would be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary at the Beverly Heritage Hotel in Milpitas, CA with family and friends. It was amazing to hear their guests recount stories of how the Sledge Family shaped their lives over the years. Helen and Allen credit their devotion to each other and a reverence for God as a foundation for their marriage. Congrats you guys!

I had an awesome time with the Sledge's and their guests on an evening filled with good laughs and LOTS of good music and dancing. Here are some of the highlights from their anniversary celebration:

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Kumon Awards & Talent Show | Personal

Greta, my mother-in-law, hosted her Kumon Awards Ceremony & Talent Show at Harding Elementary in El Cerrito, CA about a month ago. It was amazing to see the math & reading progress some of these kids have made in the short time they've been enrolled in the program. Great job guys!