Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Kyle and Angela's Wedding in Houston

Kate and I went down to Houston last weekend for my good friend from high school and college, Kyle Moore's wedding.
We had a great time catching up with of old friends that we wish we saw more often.

Going through the rehearsal with Jared and Kyle's brother Brice

Me and Julie, Jared's wife

Kate enjoying the Rehearsal Dinner toasts

Everybody at the bar after dinner

The aTm guys - Kyle, Brian, me and Jared

The wedding party

The big day

Kyle and Angela

At the reception

Kate and Julie

Fellow Groomsmen Jared and Addam

Angela's family is Colombian and they hired an awesome band for the reception--we were grooving to Latin music all night long.

Taking a break from the salsa dancing

Brice and his daughter

Congratulating the groom

My job here is done

Monday, July 21, 2008

"The coldest winter I ever spent..."

So...I know that Mike will be on soon, sharing all the pics from the festive birthday weekend. I just thought I would share a few of my thoughts on my first San Francisco birthday.

Let me start with the temperature...I don't think we hit 55 degrees the entire weekend. Granted, it gets very, very cold in the mid-west...but July is pretty safe. I've always had a warm birthday. Occasionally warm and stormy, but always warm.

A few birthday firsts for me...

I had never:

worn a coat and scarf on my birthday;

eaten my birthday dinner under a heat lamp;

had an outdoor birthday party where guests were visibly and uncomfortably cold;

had a birthday party where everyone drank beer and wine but yearned for a hot toddy.

I am not complaining...Mike orchestrated a lovely birthday was just cold. I believe it is only appropriate to end with the chillingly accurate quote attributed to Mark Twain:

"The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco"

Ahh, and I see that our friends the Senns have added similar sentiments to their blog...

Kate's Birthday Weekend

Opening presents from family far away!

A birthday drink before dinner

Foreign Cinema for dinner

They showed 'Amelie', one of Kate's favorite movies

Walking home through the Mission is always interesting...

On Saturday we went to Crissy Field for some wintertime fun with friends

Such specific rules and regulations at this park

Friday, July 11, 2008

4th of July Weekend

I'm a little late in posting these. We've been busy all week looking for a new apartment. It hasn't been a pleasurable experience.

Anyway, we stayed in town for the 4th of July last weekend. We had a great time despite the fireworks show being completely fogged out.

4th of July party at our friend Darcy's

"Fireworks" on her roof

5th of July lawn games at Golden Gate Park

Bringing washers to the west coast

Very intense bocce ball game

Bocce action shot

Kate in mid-washer toss

We were treated to sweet sounds of Hippie Hill afternoon. Who knew drumming could go on for 4 hours without a break?

Thanks to Marty for a few of these park shots.

Friday, July 4, 2008

cubs vs. giants - game 4

We were back on the outfield wall for game 4

Little Devin Hester

My score-keeping friend Bob

Did I mention Kate likes Kosuke?

This one's for Dale

Bad guys win

Giants 8 - Cubs 3

I was sad

But this made me laugh

Time to go home

It was a fun 4 days. I'm tired and broke, but it was worth it.

Commemorative photos can be purchased here.

Happy 4th of July.