Polar Express – December 22, 2012

December 26th, 2012 | Posted by james - the dad in Family - (2 Comments)

The weekend before Christmas we took Gavin for a ride on The Polar Express, and to visit Santa at the North Pole!  Gavin had a blast playing in the snow and riding on a train (his first time).  We’re definitely going to head back to the Polar Express in the years to come!

The Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, AZ.


A really neat old train.


Gavin having fun playing in the snow.


Sipping on some hot chocolate (Gavin calls it hot coffee).

A special present from Santa!


Mommy and Gavin snuggling.


Our silly little guy.


A view of the train depot.


Easter – 2012

April 15th, 2012 | Posted by james - the dad in Family - (1 Comments)

We’ve been in Seattle for about a year now, and last Sunday marked our 2nd Easter away from home. We would’ve loved to spend time with the rest of our family, but the flights to So Cal were so darn expensive. We still had a great Easter on our own and Gavin had a blast.

We started things off on Saturday by decorating hard boiled eggs. Gavin started with a nice multicolored egg, but with his second egg moved into the dunking phase. He kept dunking his egg, and hand, into each color for a good 30 minutes until they we’re both a nice dark green/purple color.

On Sunday morning Gavin woke up and found a surprise from the Easter bunny!

After he loaded up on candy he was ready to go on an egg hunt! The Easter bunny hid eggs all around and Gavin ran around searching and gathering them up. This year was his first real Easter egg hunt, and he loved it!

Chanin worked her usual magic in the kitchen and whipped up deviled eggs, potato cheese casserole, green beans with bacon, honey glazed ham, green salad with homemade dressing and rolls. Later, we finished it off with strawberry shortcake. Mmmmm…

We had a nice Easter and our little guy had a lot of fun!

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For our 5th Wedding Anniversary, I wanted to surprise Chanin with something different and a little adventurous.  After dropping Gavin off to spend some time with his cousins, we headed to Seattle Seaplanes for a scenic flight around Seattle.  We were both a bit nervous since this was our first flight in a small aircraft, a Cessna 206, but it turned out we had nothing to fear!

We hopped aboard the little plane and taxied out to the “runway.”   The runway always changes and is dependent on the boat traffic on the lake.

Once the Captain saw a break in the traffic he revved up the engine and we were soon airborne!

We flew the route below, but not in the same order.  Overall, we got a really nice birds eye view of the city and surrounding areas.


After the flight we made our way to Ray’s Boathouse for dinner and an amazing view.  Between the two of us we enjoyed salad, salmon, sablefish, a crab cake, sturgeon, nutella mouse cake, Caramel Pot de Crème (basically fancy caramel custard), a brewski, a fancy cocktail, and coffee.   Mmmmm, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.


We had a great time celebrating our 5th Anniversary and are looking forward to many more!


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Sunny Day in AZ!

September 19th, 2010 | Posted by james - the dad in Family - (4 Comments)

I took the little dude out for a run in the grass today and it was HOT!  It started cooling down a couple weeks ago near Phoenix but the temps have picked up again (record highs yesterday).

We’re looking forward to the cooler weather in the coming months!

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We recently celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary with a short trip to San Diego for some fun in the sun (like we don’t get enough sun in AZ).  We lined up as much as possible in our few days to make the best use of a couple of days off of work.  That included a trip to Sea World, a Go Car Tour (a surprise for Chanin), a fancy dinner, and brunch with Nana and Papa (Chanin’s parents) to celebrate Nana’s birthday.

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We spent Thursday driving out to California along Interstate 8.  Normally, we take the 10 to OC but the 8 offered a nice scenic drive and was less crowded.  After getting settled at the hotel we cruised over to Seaport Village to take in the views and some food.  We found ourselves an anniversary present  (some cool glass fish) and ate some Greek food.

Friday, we took Gavin to Sea World to see the fishies.  He’s still a little guy but he enjoyed seeing all of the exhibits.  His favorites were Shamu, the bat rays, the manatees, and the freshwater aquariums.  At least we think those were his favorites since he wasn’t napping at those times.  Our brave little guy even touched a bat ray!!

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After Sea World we went to the restaurant, and self proclaimed inventor of the taquito, El Indio for dinner.  I had taquitos and Chanin had a taco/enchilada combo.  We found the food to be excellent, despite some of the negative reviews found online.  (Sorry, no pictures of the food)

On Saturday I surprised Chanin with a Go Car Tour which is basically a scooter with 3 wheels.  The controls on the little car are similar to a motorcycle but there is no shifting involved, and the top speed is only 30 MPH.  The Go Car has a built in GPS that guides you around a preset course all while telling you interesting stories and facts about the sites.  It was a blast and we would highly recommend it!  The tour we took followed this path:
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After the tour we took the ferry to Coronado and ate at Il Fornaio.  Between the two of us we had bruschetta, cesar salad, ravioli with spinach and prosciutto, capellini al pomodoro, and two yummy drinks (one with limoncello and one with pomegranate liqueur).  A big Thanks to Chanin’s parents for watching the little guy while we were out for the day!!!

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Sunday came pretty quickly so we packed up and started heading out.  But first, we planned to take Chanin’s mom out for brunch and a little stroll in Old Town.  We found a place called Rancho La Lena, which everyone agreed sounded good.  We were early enough so we found close parking and headed on in.  Most of the seating is outdoors, which was perfect since the weather was really nice.  We went for the buffett which included homemade tortillas, made to order omelets (with fresh chorizo!), nopalito salad, chile verde, chicken mole, rice, beans, salsas, etc.  The food was really tasty and we’ll definitely return!

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We had a great time in San Diego celebrating our Anniversay, hangin’ with Chanin’s parents, and celebrating Chanin’s 13th lung transplant anniversary.  Her transplant was done in S.D. and she’s spent a lot of time there in the past so I know she enjoyed hanging out there again.


Thanks for reading!!  If you’re interested, all of the pictures are below.


Sea World Pictures

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San Diego Pictures

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Gavin’s 1st Camping Trip

September 13th, 2009 | Posted by james - the dad in Family | holiday - (4 Comments)

I recently had a week off of work so we decided that it would be a great time to take our little guy camping for the first time.  Many of Chanin’s family members have memberships to the Silent Valley campground so we made the necessary arrangements and headed up into the mountains.  Luckily, Chanin’s parents have a travel trailer that we were able to use.  It made things much easier to deal with and little Gavin was comfortable.  There’s nothing like having beds, a table, stove/oven, microwave, private bathroom, etc to make things nice!

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Once we were up in the mountains I turned off my cell phone (well, actually sent a couple emails but after that I left it off) and never booted a computer for 6 full days!  Taking a ride in the wagon was Gavin’s favorite activity, and the only place we could get him to take a nap.  Chanin and I enjoyed eating (of course!), playing mini golf, hanging out in the pool, and taking our little dude for walks.  Gavin also loved the pool so we spent a couple days there. For a change of scenery we took a little trip up to Idyllwild where we bought some yummy beef jerky.

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Later in the week Gavin’s Nana and Papa, and Aunt Lori/Uncle Eric came to visit.  The Aunt Martha’s were also camping with their brand spankin’ new trailer.  We all celebrated Labor Day with a BBQ and margaritas.  MMMmmmm…

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Check out the following video for many more photos!  For best results click >>>RIGHT HERE<<<.  A new window will open with the video.  Then be sure to click HD to make sure it is the High Definition version is turned on.  It looks great full screen which you can turn on by clicking the little arrows in the bottom right corner of the video.

Gavin’s First Camping Trip from j c on Vimeo.

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Food, Food, Food…

June 11th, 2009 | Posted by james - the dad in food - (2 Comments)

A bunch of pictures of food that we never got around to posting!


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In no particular order those are pictures of:

  • Food from Arriba’s Mexican Grill
  • Homemade Birthday Cake – Chocolate with Caramel Frosting (made by Chanin)
  • Homemade Humongous Snickerdoodle (made by James for Chanin’s Birthday)
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage
  • Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream
  • Grilled Ribs
  • Grilled Pork Chops
  • Strawberry Shortbread
  • Tostada
  • Wedge Salad
  • Homemade White Bread

Why does it seem like I always start my posts with “It’s been way too long…”? I guess we just get busy! Anywho, Gavin’s 6 month checkup was today and he’s doing great! Here are some details:


Height/Length: 28.25 inches  (95 percentile)
Weight:19.95 lbs (85th percentile)
Cuteness: Infinity!


Our little guys is sitting up on his own now and eating real food. Chanin is making homemade baby food and so far Gavin has eaten peas and sweet potatoes, along with the standard rice cereal and oatmeal. Next up she’ll be preparing bananas, pears, and avocado. Yummmm.


Along with his relatively new eating adventures Gavin is also very alert and always looking around at everything. He is so interested in everything and tries to pick up and eat anything he can get his hands on. It’s amazing to see how fast he’s growing and developing.


Sometimes we wish our little baby would stop growing because we want him to be our little guy forever! But, we’re also so excited to see him grow and develop and become a big boy.


Without further ado, here are the pictures from Gavin’s last photo shoot.

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