Saturday, July 29, 2006

Saturday Night at Amigos Grill

Our soccer buddy Juan invited the entire pickup crew to try out his family's new restaurant Amigos Grill in Portola Valley. Michelle and I made a Saturday night outing with Dani and Lola. The food was excellent and I highly recommend it.

We met Juan's sister Rosio (here with Dani and Michelle), who took good care of us. Rosio also plays soccer so I hope we can convince her to join us. We also bumped into Julio and Lisa and Josh and his wife.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Wedding Album

After 9 months, I finally took the time to pick pictures for our wedding album. Click here to see the online album.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Where's your neck???

On her 2 month check up, Dani was measured at 23 inches long (50 percentile) and 12 lbs 5 oz (85 percentile). Here she is at 10 weeks - a very PHAT baby.

Here she is with her Great Grandma
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Andrea's Bridal Luncheon

Last Sunday, Jan Houts threw a bridal shower for Andrea at Lisa's Tea Treasures.

Note: Sorry no strippers, it was a "G rated" event. Click here for more photos
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Connie's Surprise Birthday!

Anand invited us over to last Friday to surprise Connie for her birthday. Big mistake! Big, big, big mistake! Let's just say Hugh will never be invited to any surprise parties ever again! Posted by Picasa

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Dani - 9 weeks

Dani finally found her thumb (thanks to my cousin May)! She's wearing a sock because her mittens are way too small for her! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Gusty and Dani

Last Sunday we went to the Farmer's Market in Mountain View with August, Connie, and Anand. We then headed over to August's house to brunch on the treats. August was a good host and took good care of Danielle. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Andrea and Chuck Visit

Soon to be married Andrea and Chuck came over for dinner tonight.
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Saturday, July 15, 2006

World Cup 2006 Epilogue

For a while, the WC2006 was looking like it would be one of the best tournaments of all time. Sadly, it ended on a pathetic note with the final being decided on penalties and Zidane's sending off. It's too bad really because so many people who watched the finals didn't see some of the other entertaining games in the tournament.

The final looked like it was going to be a scorcher with two quick goals in the first twenty minutes. Italy was showing some of the attacking flair that got them a well deserved win against Germany in the semi-final. Then shockingly, in the second half, Italy retreated into a defensive shell and started playing the kind of cynical soccer we've come to expect from them. Unfortunately, Zidane's header in extra time wasn't good enough to seal the result for France and Materazzi successfully provoked him into the head-butt for the ages.

Of course Zidane should have known better and deserves the same rebuke that Rooney got for losing his cool at so critical a moment. However, you've got to feel bad for a guy who was minutes away from ending his career in legendary style.

I'm looking forward to 2010 and seeing some of the games in person. I hope at least one African team will make it into the final four.

Melody and Martin's Farewell BBQ

Melody and Martin are headed back to Sweden today. We hosted a BBQ for them yesterday.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Please Come Home!

Daddy, please come home! I think Mommy is bored. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Cousins

Here is Dani with her pretty cousin Hannah. At 7 weeks 5 days Dani is already an Ate (big sister) Posted by Picasa

Hannah Margaret

Dani's cousin was born today at 6 lbs 11 oz and 18 1/2 inches long. Posted by Picasa

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Dani Giggles!

We had friends over to watch Italy squeek past France in the World Cup final (more on that later).

Watch Mikey make Dani giggle (and listen to an overly excited mother in the background).

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Saturday, July 08, 2006


Help me mommy!!! Take me away from this man! Posted by Picasa

Missing Lola

My Mom is vacationing in the Philippines and Dani misses her terribly. Here is a picture of Dani posing for Lola (Grandma).

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Friday, July 07, 2006

Lindsay and Ryan Visit

Lindsay and Ryan came over for dinner last night. They'll be heading back to the Philippines next week and are excited about reuniting with their kids. Travel safely! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Seven Weeks Old

Dani is seven weeks old today. Here she is looking content after a feeding. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Posing for Auntie

My sister Yvonne sent Danielle a box full of cute outfits. Man did she hook Dani up! Here she poses in one of her new dresses courtesy of her Auntie. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, July 02, 2006

World Cup Lamentations

Yes, I'm shocked Brazil lost. Deja vu all over again. France completely deserved this win and once again showed up to play beautiful soccer. Brazil? Well they just showed up. I still think Brazil has the deepest roster of quality players so I have to place the blame on Parreira and his mysterious line up choices. He stuck with an ineffective Ronaldo too long. He brought in Robinho too late. He should never have brought in Adriano. He should never have taken out Kaka.

I don't blame Ronaldinho but I do wonder what happened to the world's most brilliant player. He didn't bring his A game to the world's biggest sporting event. Strange.

England was also a disappointment. What happened to the team that was supposed to be the best England team in two decades? They certainly didn't show it this tournament. Wayne Rooney has always been a hothead ready to boil over at any minute. He deserved the red card and I hope he grows up quickly otherwise he'll squander his amazing talent.

It was also funny how Sven brought in Carragher for Lennon near the end of extra time we assume for Carragher's penalty kicking acumen. Of course Portugal keeper Ricardo saved Carragher, Gerrard, and Lampards kicks to knock England out. Brilliant goalkeeping or pathetic spot kicking - take your pick.

I've held a grudge against Germany since the Schumacher-Battiston incident in the 1982 World Cup. I've also found their brand of soccer over the years to be dull and soulless. Sort of the anti-Brazil. But I have to admit, Klinsmann has brought excitement into the German game with an attacking mindset and joyful attitude. They are my favorite of the remaining four to take the cup.

Someone mentioned to me there's still one African team left in the tournament...yes, he was talking about France. Allez Les Bleus!

Cindy and Jason's Wedding

Cindy Huynh and Jason Le had a wedding reception at the Palmdale Estates in Fremont today. It was a beautiful event on a beautiful day.

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Zozo and Family Visit

Zozo will soon be returning to South Africa after her stint in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She's traveling the country with her mom and neice and they came over today to have lunch and visit Danielle.

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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Ed and Cindy's Wedding

Ed Lee and Cindy Liu were married today at the Ainsley House in Campbell. It was a beautiful wedding and we had lots of fun. Check out more photos. Posted by Picasa