Thursday, August 30, 2007

Save South Africa, I think

Maybe you've already seem it or heard of this clip, but I had not until today. It's a little painful to watch, but also funny, in that it's someone ELSE's pain. Listen, my sincere apologies go out to all of the blonde members of my network or family and friends, but chances are that she's not a natural blonde, anyway. Enjoy:

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

One of those days


Walking up to Pre-School
Originally uploaded by daddyisaninja.
Sean went to school for the first time today. Pre school. Half Day. He's still there as I write this, but probably eating lunch and getting ready to come home. I can't wait to see him tonight and ask him how it was.

Dropping him off was exactly how I imagined: harder on mom than on Sean!

What a day.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Cruisin with my shorty

Sean and I had a rad weekend, and I think the pinnacle of it was our lengthy bike ride through the 'hood on Saturday, including a stop at the Chocolate Bar for a mid-day ice cream sammy. They make a monster version with vanilla ice cream rolled in coconut, squished between two giant chocolate chip cookies. Yeah, it got us through to dinner.



I think that since Sean bought the business he has done some awesome things, including the latest addition of a patio with all kinds of funky steel accouterments by Tutto Ferro. My guess is that it's still a very swanky place to be seen after about 11pm, but I can't think of a more appreciative clientele than the under-5 crowd during the midday downtime. I know (my) Sean would like to personally sample every item on the menu.

In due time.

Monday, August 20, 2007

5

So Babymama and I officially chalked up 5 years on the books last Friday. We celebrated the wedded bliss by taking a night out on the town, so to speak. We started at a place I've blogged on before,Vintage Wine Shop, owned by the very nice David and Dawn Ligon, whom we had the pleasure of conversing with as we sipped some awesome varietals. We were actually treated to our wine by a super-sweet, generous and extremely talented friend, Aaryn Walker, owner of The Red Chair which is in the same shopping center.

The wine was an awesome warmup for our dinner, which was at the (still-new) Melting Pot fondue restaurant on S. McCarran Blvd.
It's a franchise, but the couple who owns this one made it a point to come out and greet us and even congratulate us on our anniversary. This place was truly above and beyond, from the congratulatory card awaiting us on the table, to the service of the knowledgeable staff. As you can see from the pictures, (including my still-smoking-hot-bride)
the spread was unreal. We had the "Big Night Out",("Mojo Style", which is spicy) which included lobster, steak, ahi, vegetables and SO much more. The dessert was, of course, a chocolate fondue stomach-stuffing experience, and it went great with the bottle of Merryvale that we almost polished off!

All said and done, it was a pretty pricey dinner, but worth the dough, and something I would recommend to anyone looking for a very fun night out for food and drinks. I wouldn't mind going back there with another couple some time, as it is a very interactive and lively way to chow down.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Blooosh!


These
Originally uploaded by daddyisaninja.
For about 10 minutes out of a 2-hour rafting trip, the Deschutes did us proper. Here's me trying to paddle fast and my little 10-year-old niece ridini' it like a bronco. Her dad's in the background, trying to get a mouthfull, too. That's SunRiver, Oregon. Funtimes.

Monday, August 13, 2007

And the caravan is on it's way.

So I haven't blogged in a long time because my family and I just took a week-long vacation up to SunRiver, Oregon. As you may have guessed from my last pot, this vacation was much-needed (my mom, a new reader, let me know that the last post actually had her worried about me! Oops. I guess I can over exaggerate sometimes).

Anyway, we packed up the SUV's, my father-in-law handed out the walkie-talkies, and we single-filed it up through Alturas, past Goose Lake, and into the shadow of Mt. Bachelor.


There was plenty of bike riding on the 40+ miles of family-friendly bike trails that Sun River Resort has to offer on it's 3,600+ acres of scantily-developed property along the mighty Deschutes River.





As you can see from these 2 pictures (if you look closely enough) there were also plenty of deer in the background. They were all over the place, and unafraid of walking right up and taking food from your hand.











We golfed Crosswater, where as we speak the Senior PGA playa's are teeing it up this week.



We also golfed The Meadows @ SunRiver. We also did what my 2 brothers-in-law and my niece's boyfriend, Kyle, like to refer to as "a little beer-bonging to keep the edge off".


Yes, everyone had a great time, kids and adults who act like kids alike.
Nobody got hurt, and I only embarrassed myself about a hundred times.

I had a freaking awesome time with my amazing kids, my fun and beautiful wife, and my accepting and loving extended family. It's not always easy to take 14 family members on the road and keep it all together, but somehow we manage. I can't wait to see what next year's trip to some destination yet unknown holds for all of us!