Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Deric's offical BDay but mini pre-celebration

Deric almost shares a birthday with a very special person. Born on Christmas Eve, Eric & I understand this is a time for family. We decided each year to have a mini celebration with cake & ice cream with family.

This is the 1st time Deric has ever tasted anything sweet. As you can see, he initially ate with caution.

Once the cake passed clearance, he obviously enjoyed it as he later devoured it.
I decided to remove his shirt so he would not ruin it.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Jenelle Rae has arrived.

Hello world, Jenelle Rae is here!
Selina did so well in labor & delivery.

Jenelle weighed 7 lbs 10 oz
& in my opinion, looks like
exactly like her big brother Jesse
(the female version)

Here is the proud
Grandma "Vanna"

Friday, October 31, 2008


Deric really enjoyed dressing up & left the hoodie part of his costume on all night. Instead of going trick-or-treating, we decided to spend the evening at a festival at Kiwanis Park in Tempe.

Fry's grocery story had a pre-Halloween fun day so Eric & I literally made this Pirate costume in like 5 minutes utilizing old clothes & material we had around the house. Deric the Pirate sat in one of the nitches we have in our home & I edited the JPG's into this frame.

Keeping with the Pirate theme, Eric & I
also dressed the part.

My friend Kristina got to hoppin around with her Bunny costume.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Selina's Babyshower

The expecting Mommy 2b to a new baby girl.

This marble cake with huge
straberries was super delicious.

The women conjugated in the kitchen 4 good eats & good conversation.

You gotta luv the silly games that entertain us during these festive womanly events. The object of the game is to pass the empty 2liter soda bottle using only your thighs & knees. Jess & Ness did really well as did Sara & friend.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Eric & I had the opportunity to visit the most beautiful picturesque falls.
The falls is located 30 minutes East of Portland offers breathtaking views of the second-highest year-round waterfall in the United States. With over 2 millions visitors each year, the falls and the lodge are one of Oregon’s gems.Though these falls are one of the more popular tourist stops alongside the Columbia River Gorge, they are also the source of legends, a reputed haunting, and even a Bigfoot sighting. The falls are actually two separate falls known as, simply enough, the Upper Falls and Lower Falls. The water comes from the spring melt run-off and underground springs at the top of Larch Mountain. The water drops down 542 feet for the upper portion and 69 feet for the lower, for a combined drop of 620 feet. The size makes it the fifth largest waterfall in the United States and the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon.

There is a Native American legend that explains the origins of the falls. In this legend, a tribe was infected with a deadly disease and was in danger of dying. The daughter of the chief went to the top of a cliff and prayed to the Great Spirit to find how she could stop the epidemic. She was told that to stop the epidemic, she would have to throw herself off the cliff and sacrifice herself. She did this and died. The next day, the chief found his daughter's body at the bottom of the cliff. He wept bitterly and cried out to the Great Spirit to give him a sign if this sacrifice was not in vain. At that moment, water began to fall from the top of the cliff, forming Multnomah Falls. The legend also says that under the right conditions, you can see the daughter's face in the waterfall. The Multnomah Falls Lodge is located at the foot of the falls. U must stop by to enjoy their authentic northwestern cuisine, served in a rustic, romantic setting.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Up in smoke

Fire devastated the storage unit where my childhood dolls lived.
I look through the rubble & I am taken back by this image. As I look down on Raggedy Ann & Andy, I could not help but feel sorry for the 2.
I guess my inner child emerged. The funny thing is, I took comfort that they died together LOL. I know-I know, I'm silly.

This was an old antique classic teddy bear. The kind that have moving joints. He was wearing a green sweater. The yellowish-orange strands I am pointing to is my Rainbow Bright. Since she was made out of plastic all the black is the chard melted plastic which fused to my poor little Teddy.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Celebrating Web's BDay / Seli & Ralph's Anniversary

Buca de Beppo is where we all gathered for Web's BDay / Seli & Ralph's anniversary.

Web stood on her chair while we sang Happy Birthday.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Mission San Xavier del Bac

Mission San Xavier del Bac is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles south of downtown Tucson, AZ on the Tohono O'odham San Xavier Indian Reservation. Named for a pioneering Christian missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus, the Mission is also known as the "place where the water appears" as the Santa Cruz River (which runs underground) surfaces nearby. The Mission is situated in the center of a centuries-old Indian settlement of the Tohono O'odham (formerly known as Papago), located along the banks of the Santa Cruz River.

The AZ Flores' (& fam) packed up our bags & caravaned down south to Tucson AZ. For many years my Father had wanted to go visit this historical landmark but for one reason or another never had the opportunity. We changed that today unfortunately, the exterior is undergoing renovation restoration but it is still a sight to be seen.

Outside, San Xavier has a white, Moorish-inspired design, elegant and simple, with an ornately decorated entrance. No records of the architect, builders, craftsmen and artisans responsible for creating and decorating it are known. Most of the labor was provided by the local Indians, and many believe they provided most or all of the artisans as well. Visitors entering the massive, carved mesquite-wood doors of San Xavier are often struck by the coolness of the interior, and the dazzling colors of the paintings, carvings, frescoes and statues. The interior is richly decorated with ornaments showing a mixture of New Spain and Native American artistic motifs.

The floor plan resembles the classic Latin cross. The main aisle is separated from the sanctuary by the transept or cross aisle, with chapels at either end. The dome above the transept is 52 feet high supported by arches and squinches. At least three different artists painted the artwork inside the church. It is considered by many to be the finest example of Spanish mission architecture in the United States

Deric's 1st Photo Shoot

Friday, July 4, 2008

Deric's 1st 4th of July

We were thrilled that Grandpa & Grandma aka "Lola" Parkman drove down from California & spent the 4th of July weekend with us.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

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