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May 16, 2009

It’s Official!

Filed under: Dillon,Photos — Christina @ 1:55 pm


Officially funny looking now! 😉

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May 3, 2009

Photography Field Trip

Filed under: Photos,Random — Christina @ 11:13 pm

Ever since Pristina got her Rebel Xti for Christmas, she’s been wanting more opportunity to play with it.  So I offered to take her around the city on a photography field trip.  I figured we’d to go all the standard places; Twin Peaks, Palace of Fine Arts, Baker Beach, Legion of Honor.  Well….with Pristina being busy throughout Feb, March and April, we had to schedule our day out for May 3.  Wouldn’t you know the day we chose to go out was all overcast and rainy.  Where the hell could we go take pictures on a freaking ugly rainy day??  Botanical Gardens was I think our only choice.  So I drove to the park.  I thought they closed the streets to cars on the weekends?? Or is that only on nice weather days?  Anyway, Pristina still had a good time, and from what I’ve seen on her camera, she got some good shots.  I was not so excited, but I took a few.

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I have more on my Flickr.  Anyway, we totally went down this one path and got “confronted” by a squirrel.  That thing got in the middle of the path the way we were walking, and crouched down and looked at us.  So we froze.  Then it took a few steps toward us and stopped.  So we started to panic, and Pristina got behind me.  I was like – oh shit, I swear it looked like it was going to jump at us.  So we turned around and took off running.  Yeah, we’re dumbasses.  And whereever we went I swear they surrounded us.  Lol.

After the Botanical Gardens, we had to go home because Pristina is really a dumbass, and even knowing it was raining, and that we were going to be walking, she chose to wear her dumb converse that had holes in them.  so her feet were SOAKED.  disgusting.  When we got home, it was still overcast and drizzling, so I didn’t know what we should do.  Pristina wanted to go to Haight, or downtown.  So I told her we could go downtown, and since we were home, why didn’t we just hop on the bus?  She agreed, and she wanted to get off at Castro.  I was like – eww??  But whatever.  I was just along as a chaperone anyway.

So we jump on the K, and take it all the way to Castro.  I love to take the Muni, I’m so deprived.  The Castro was……..different.  I’ve never been…and never seen so many rainbows.  We passed by a hot tub place with posters advertising males together in the hot tub.  Uggh, gave me the creeps.  When we were walking, I saw a guy blow a kiss to another guy he was passing by.  I consider myself very tolerant…but I don’t care to be right in the middle of all this gay-ness. Sorry, not trying to be offensive.  But that’s just how I feel.  Do whatever you want…just not right in front of me, please.

Anyway, so Pristina went on a rampage taking weird pictures of like rusted chains, empty lots.  I was not so inspired.  I think I like taking pictures of people better. But I did take a few shots…

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We jumped back on the Muni at Van Ness to Powell (2 stops, I thought it was ridiculous but Pristina was tired).  While we walked from Castro to Van Ness, the freaking weather finally cleared up.  Of course it would.  Well, we met up with

Mae, Emerald, Donna, HBY and the kids at the SF Centre.  From there Mae took Pristina home because she was complaining of a headahce and the rest of us took the kids to the Yerba Buena playground then to the Tilt arcade in the Metreon.  I was able to take a few extra shots, but after such a long day, I just wanted go home and SLEEP!!

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I had planned to go home and pick up Pristina and go up to Twin Peaks after dark, but of course when it comes to Donna, the fun never ends, we didn’t get home until close to 10pm.  But at least I got to take some of my favorite pictures, with people in them…especially kids 😉

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April 28, 2009

My Son The Photographer…

Filed under: Dillon,Photos — Christina @ 12:38 pm

When we were down at Roaring Camp Railroad for Chubby’s birthday party, I gave Dillon my little 880is and let him loose (after I wrapped the strap securely around his wrist).  First, on the train ride and then pack at the picnic site.  These were the photos he came back with…

He had such a good time running around snapping pictures all day that I decided I’d get him his own little camera.  I gave him my Canon S400 a while ago, the first digital camera I ever owned.  But I felt like it was time for a new one (plus, I’ve been on a total shopping spree these past several weeks – that really has to stop!).  So I thought I’d get him the Canon A470, cute little inexpensive camera.  But I decided to stop by Sears today to look at a toaster oven that Hby’s been wanting for a while and found myself in the digital camera section.  I ended up getting him the Olympus 850SW, it was on clearance for only $104…I couldn’t pass it up.  Waterproof/shockproof – perfect for my little boy…

April 8, 2009

Easter Photo Shoot

Filed under: Photos — Christina @ 1:36 pm
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Some photos from our pre-easter photo shoot…

Dillon has entered the “funny-looking” stage…missing teeth 😉  Plus, he’s developed this really crazy-looking smile.  Alex, on the other hand, has forgotten how to look happy…and I’m sure it has nothing to do with me yelling “LOOK HAPPY!”, lol.  Regardless, here are some of my kids:

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Okay, so about the matching outfits…NOT my idea…my grandma bought them and my aunt brought them back from Hawaii last month.  Figured I should take a picture of them in the outfits and send it to my grandma.  Aren’t I a good granddaughter?  Of course I am.  But a few years ago (3, really, that seems so strange) matching outfits on them looked cute, but I didn’t pick those either.

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Weird how fast the time has passed….*sigh*

So here are some of the shots with the other kids.

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I have a hard time with kids that smile all unnaturally.  It really annoys me, then I start talking meaner, the kids get more tense.  Guess I won’t make a good kids’ photographer 😉  Which I would never want to be anyway.

April 6, 2009

My “Baby” is 4 now…

Filed under: Alexandra,Celebrations,Photos — Christina @ 5:34 pm

Yeah, still a long way to go, but I feel like the “hard times” are behind me.  No more bottles, no diapers (thank god).  No more waking up 4-5 times every night to feed/change.  No incessant crying while trying to figure out what the reason is.  No more need to constantly watch every second to make sure they don’t touch/eat/do something that could hurt them.  Whew.  On the other hand, I’m not much looking forward to the teen or even pre-teen years, especially with the girl.  I guess I better just make the best of this time with them.

So this year, I finally decided to throw Babygirl an actual birthday party.  Normally, we’d take her to her favorite playplace (The Jungle), invite all the cousins and a few friends and just hang out and let them play.  But this year Alex said “I want to have a Princess cake and lots of friends sing Happy Birthday to me”.  So I tried to be firm and tell her “sorry, you don’t have any friends”, but in the end I gave in.  Dillon had a party every year until he turned 6, not really fair to never throw her one.  I know the 2nd-born gets jipped, but come on…

So I put together a last-minute party at Jungle Island in San Jose.  Seriously, I decided like 8 days before the date that I would throw it.  Luckily they were able to fit me in.  And there was a pretty good turn out.

The Princess cake she wanted

The Princess cake she wanted

The "friends" she wanted to sing Happy Birthday to her

The "friends" she wanted to sing Happy Birthday to her

her favorite friend Olivia, they share the same birthday, Olivia is a year older

her favorite friend Olivia, they share the same birthday, Olivia is a year older

She had so much fun all day…until it was time to leave, then she cried her head off.  HBY kept arguing “just let her play for 10 more minutes”.  I swear, sometimes I want to sock that guy.  One day I will.  Then I’ll run, lol.

On her actual birthday, we spent the day with Megan and Joshua.  Took them to the Academy of Sciences and Botanical Gardens. img_9394img_9409

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Then, back home to let Alex open her presents from the party and the millions of presents from Mae Mae.

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Topped it all off with a “tax crunch” ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins.

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I’d never had it before, never even heard of it, but it was pretty damn good, I definitely recommend it…

March 25, 2009

Horrible

Filed under: Photos,Travel — Christina @ 1:36 pm
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Yes, I’m a horrible blogger.  I’m going to be better.  Honest. 😉

First off…check out the new Canon Rebel!  HD Video?? 15 mp?? Should I “downgrade” to a rebel?  Dang!!

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Would it really be considered a downgrade anyway?  Or should I drop the $3g for a 5DMII?  Does the body really matter THAT much?  I should just get the Rebel and the 24-70mm f2.8.  Or just keep my 20D and get the 24-70?  Uggh, decisions decisions.

In other recent events, we took a trip to the snow this past weekend. We stayed at Donna’s house Friday night, I always hate staying there just by ourselves, it’s scary there.  Too big, too many rooms/windows/balconies and it’s too dark outside.  On Saturday, we planned on going to Diamond Peak, and since Donna’s house was right around the corner, Lib and Elma (and families) came over for “brunch”.  I never know what to serve at a “brunch” besides breakfast stuff?  So it was just breakfast.  Lib was so funny, she loved the house so much, she ran around snapping pictures like crazy.  Here are a few from her camera.

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At Diamond Peak, Dillon declined ski lessons, but has decided he wants to snowboard.  He didn’t get to go this time since when we got there the snow was shitty (like it always is anyway), then it was totally blizzarding!  Oh well, next year I plan on bringing him as much as possible.  And maybe get back on a snowboard myself??  It’s only been almost a decade.  Haha, I’m thinking skiing is more appropriate for a woman of my age.  Lol.  We did stay at Diamond Peak just long enough for HBY to make a little snowman with the kids…then it was back to the house for us.  I don’t like being cold anymore.  At all.

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Anyway, we spend Saturday night in Reno…let the kids go wild at Circus Circus.  It was the first time they were both old enough to play games themselves, so of course they didn’t want to leave.  I told HBY the object was NOT to win stuffed animals, so only let the kids play.  They STILL won. Dillon is actually pretty good at some of those games, and Babygirl is good at the “win every time” games. I must be slipping though, because I didn’t even take one picture and I had my 880is with me.  It was crowded though, and I was more worried about losing Babygirl, but still…HBY did take one pic on the walk over

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We stopped at Boreal on the way home, I wanted to take the kids tubing but that shit is $25 per lift ticket.  I didn’t think it was smart to spend $100 to go for maybe 30 minutes – it was too cold and windy, the snow would have been whipping us in the face.  I’m thinking we should wait until they’re a little older, I doubt Babygirl would even like it.  Luckily, there was a “snowpark” on site.  And luckily too, we had stopped in Truckee to pick up a couple of little saucers.  Dillon had a blast, and at $5 per carload, it was much more worth it 😉

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January 30, 2009

Gotta Love ‘Em

Filed under: Photos,Travel,wedding — Christina @ 1:47 am

I finally got to see the pro pics from Liz’s wedding last summer in O.C. One picture just cracks me up whenever I see it. After the ceremony, we all crammed into the limo and went down to – Balboa Beach? Balboa Pier? I don’t even know if that’s what it was called, but we took a ferry to Balboa Island afterwards, so I kinda figure it should be named that. Anyway, walking on the pier, photographer snapping away, these two young girls (tourists, naturally) come and ask to take our picture with their camera. Can you really say no? And then – of course – we tell them to jump in our picture.

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Hilarious. You gotta love them though, they’re always so cute and happy and fun…

December 9, 2008

Blame it on Facebook…

Filed under: Photos — Christina @ 2:28 pm

Haha, that’s the reason I’ve been neglecting the blog…although I guess I wasn’t always that faithful.  Maybe that can be my new year’s resolution.  Although I don’t really make those, doesn’t make sense to me, since it’s normally something you don’t do normally, and if you needed to start doing it, why would you have to wait for the beginning of a calendar year to start?  Anyway.

I took the kids up to Twin Peaks to take pictures yesterday.  We went up right before noon, and the day was pretty shitty.  And it was COLD.  Dillon put his hood on – which he NEVER does.  And Alex asked for her jacket – which she DEFINITELY never does.   They were freezing…all for the sake of a measly photo…poor kids 😉

 

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Afterwards, we stopped at Mollie Stone’s to pick up some lunch, then took it down to the Botanical Gardens to have a mini picnic.  

 

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From there we wandered over to the Academy of Sciences to check out the Rainforest exhibit.  Looks like the hype is finally dying down, it was only moderately crowded, and only about 25 people in line.  We didn’t stand in line though, of course.  

We didn’t stay too long, though, I had to go to San Mateo to return the lenses I rented for our Xmas photo shoot this weekend.  I only rented a 50mm 1.4, and the 85mm 1.8.  I’m having a hard time deciding which one I should buy.  the 85mm has a SUPER fast auto-focus.  The 50mm opens a little wider, but it’s $350, when the 50mm 1.8 is less than $100.  I could get both the 85mm 1.8 and the 50mm 1.8 for less than $500.  But I REALLY want the 24-70mm 2.8.  Really.  Really.  It’s only like $1100 or so.  Decisions, decisions….

Anyway, before we drove down to San mateo, we went back up to Twin Peaks since while we were in the Academy the weather totally cleared up.  

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The sky (on one side of the city) was nice and blue.  But it was still hazy.  

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Friday I met up with Elma, Jackie, Racquel, Cecilia and Lib at BJ’s at Oakridge mall celebrating Lib’s bday.  

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Saturday we were at Lib’s watching the de la Hoya/Pacquiao fight, same people practically, but with husbands and kids in tow.  I took a few family photos while we were there.  Not of mine, though.  I STILL don’t have a xmas photo with my family, uggh…

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Sunday I met Goldie, Donna and Emerald at Deanna’s house DEEP in Danville for a Xmas photo shoot.  Seven kids, Dillon being the oldest, youngest was 6 months old, and two dogs.  Can you say craziness?  AND I DIDN’T EVEN GET TO GO TO STAMPER’S WAREHOUSE!!! WAHHHH!

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More photos on my flickr…

November 14, 2008

Decisions…and a confession…

Filed under: Photos,Random — Christina @ 2:06 am

Dillon’s school picture.  When he took them, he had a pretty bad scar on his face next to his eye.  The picture came out okay, but now the scar is completely gone.  Should I risk taking a retake?  If the retake comes out worse than this one, there’s no going back.  Hmmm…

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As for the confession, I gotta admit, a lot of the reason that I’ve been neglecting my blog is that I’ve been wrapped up playing freaking “gangster battle” on facebook.  Anyone have a facebook?  Join my gangster family!!  Hahahaha…

October 20, 2008

Dillon’s 6th Birthday Celebrations

Filed under: Celebrations,Dillon,Photos — Christina @ 10:20 am

We took Dillon to Discovery Kingdom on the Saturday before his birthday.  And, like we always do, we dress up the kids in their costumes since they have the Halloween thing going on at the park. 

Bumblebee, Harry Potter and Snow White

Bumblebee, Harry Potter and Snow White

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It was pretty lame though, they only had a few trick-or-treating stations and all they gave were mini Milky Way bars.  Gross.

The kids had fun though.  Joshua came, so Dillon had a ride buddy.  Joshua didn’t like the roller-coaster though, and that’s the only ride Dillon really likes, so maybe I have to look for a new buddy for him.  Well, when his sister gets big enough, then she’ll be his buddy, she loves those rides.  They got to go up onstage take pictures with the tazmanian devil. 

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At the end of the day when we were heading out of the park, I guess they were gearing up for Fright Night (which I would have loved to stay for if I didn’t have the kids), so there were zombies and monsters and guys with chainsaws running around chasing all these screaming people (girls, mostly, lol).  I was pushing the double stroller with Alex and Katana inside so I had to run past before they scared them.  Honestly – couldnt they wait until all the small kids were gone?  There was one little kid, I guess got freaked out by all the commotion and was crying kind of hysterically, clinging to his mom and there was a zombie/monster guy headed towards him.  The mom looked him in the monster in the eye really mean and said “DON’T YOU DO IT!”  Hahahaha.

Anyway, afterwards we went back to Donna’s house to hang out, have cake, open presents.  THEN! Donna busted out the alcohol.  She made me a mixture of Ketel One Citroen and Odwalla Pomegranate Limeade.  Oh my god.  I didn’t realize until about the 5th drink that she was making it about 90% alcohol and just a splash of the juice.  It was SO GOOD! I couldn’t believe that little juice could mask all that vodka.  Crazy ass.  Well, yeah, I got drunk.  Luckily we stayed long enough for it to wear off a little before we drove home otherwise I would have thrown up.  I’ve come to realize that I can’t drink like I used to…yep, it’s taken me this long…

For Dillon’s actual birthday, we did a celebration in his classroom.  He shares his birthday with another classmate, a Russian one, and his mom and I decided to do a culturally themed celebration.  She brought in some of her son’s favorite Russian snacks and I brought Dillon’s favorite Chinese little egg custart tarts.  Nasty things, Dillon would eat those all day if he could.  So the kids got to celebrate, learn a little about the birthday boys and learn a little about different cultures also.  Pretty cool…

After school, since it was early dismissal that day, we took the kids to the Academy of Sciences.  I couldn’t believe it was still so crowded on a Monday at 1 in the afternoon! 

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We got to see almost everything, except for the rainforest.  We got the membership though, so we’ll definitely see it next time.  We were lucky enough to catch the last Planetarium show.  It was cool…but…I fell asleep.  I couldn’t help it.  The AC was blasting and Alex was sitting on my lap because she was scared, so she was keeping me too warm, with the cold air and the darkness, I didn’t even know I fell asleep until HBY smacked my arm.  Oh well, I’m sure we’ll watch that again too. 

After that, I wanted to go to J-town for dinner,

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and of course HBY convinced Dillon that he wanted to eat at Benihana for dinner.  lol, HBY is still in love with their fried rice.  I don’t mind, and the kids LOVED it.

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We told them it was Dillon’s birthday, but I had to leave before them to get the crepes (which was why I wanted to go to Jtown in the first place), so I missed that whole celebration AND the picture!!! 

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Oh well, needless to say it was a long day for Dillon, he fell asleep in the car on the way home…

 

::Except for the Tazmanian Devil picture, all of the photos were taken with my iPhone, then “massaged” in Adobe Lightroom.  I LOVE that Software!! 😀

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