Saturday, November 7, 2009

Halloween, my favorite time of the year

I think I actually like Halloween even better than my own birthday. It's so fun to get silly and dress up in whatever you want for a day! AND eat a ton of candy and not feel guilty. This year Seth and I went as Batman and Catwoman. But not the new one, the old 60's Adam West TV show style Batman and Catwoman. For pulling these together in a week, I think they turned out pretty fun! Next year, no spandex. We got to wear them to Seth's work party and at our house on Saturday. We had Liv, Jeff, Matt, Jana, Kelsey, and Jake over for food, scary movies, games and handing out candy. Apparently, our neighborhood is a hot spot for trick or treaters. We went through 12 lbs of candy (6 bags!) in 2 hours! whoah!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Jeffy's 8 year old birthday party!

Jeff turned something over 3o this year so we pretty much stopped counting and had him an 8 year old's birthday instead (by his request!). We had pizza, finally got to hang out with Henry (Mark and Karen's adorable baby, who made me want one), played Butts Up at the park, and ate cake at the Puka Bar (I suppose that was the adult part of the evening). It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Happy birthday Jeff!
I was trying not to flash in Henry's eyes so this is blurry, but you can still tell he's really cute!
Butts Up - see Liv's blog for rules -
And the confetti cake with marshmallow icing at the Puka Bar! mmmm yum!
The birthday boy!

Dan and Amber's wedding

Our friend Amber has to be the most stunning bride I've ever seen - she wore a red dress! Amazing! Everyone was shocked but not surprised, because she's just that cool. She looked so beautiful and unique. Dan and Amber asked their guests to wear red and black attire and almost everyone did! it was such a neat addition to their wedding. Everyone looked like they belonged there. It was a great party, lots of wonderful people, dancing, great food, and best of all a great celebration of Dan and Amber. So many personal touches and neat style details! Kudos to a great wedding!
The dress -
So cute! Their flower girls had little black angel wings and red halos!
Dan and Amber cutting the cake. Even the CAKE was red and black-
Seth and I enjoying the reception. Red wine seemed the obvious choice for a drink. Note the cool birdcages on the tables!
Cliff, always looking ready to do something important -
Jim and Aaron, buddies -
Alex and TeeTee, relaxin' -
Emily and Cliff, drinking fake white Russians, also now known as the Colorado Russian -
Ryan and I - masks were provided at all the place settings!
And before the wedding, we got to have our fun friends Cliff and Emily, some of our favorite people, stay with us for the weekend! They live in Colorado now so it was a nice for them to have a break from the 20 degree weather and visit the beach on a day in the 80's. We miss them. (BTW, Seth is standing on a hill and in the foreground, he's not that giant!)

San Diego weekend

Wow, we have really slacked on the blog updates. My bad, I was hoarding the camera with all the photos. Anyhow, here's the recap of what we've been so busy with lately.
The first weekend of October, Ma and Pa Haak (John and Kim) took all of us kids (Daniel, Melody, Seth, and me) to San Diego for the weekend to see the last of the Giants baseball games of the season. The boys went to 3 games and the girls went to 1 game (thanks John!). We also went to Balboa park, the San Diego zoo, stayed at a rad hotel, ate great food, celebrated the Haaks 30th wedding anniversary, randomly stumbled upon a children's ping pong tournament, saw cousin Josh, and got to visit with our dear friends Nate and Hanan. phew! it was a jam packed a super fun weekend! thanks!
The night game we went to at the Padres stadium:
I was enjoying these skittles a lot so i took a picture of them (mostly for Heidi's sake):
Melody and I with our pink friends, the flamingos:
My favorite - the jaguar! She was swimming a lot:
A hippo named Otis, also a mighty fine swimmer:
The rad hotel I was telling you about - the Hotel Indigo. It's pet friendly!
The boys in front of the greenhouse at Balboa park:
John showing the scale of these giant leaves!
It's not every day you run into a ping pong tournament!