Family Archive

  • Puerto Rico Engagement

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    My sister got engaged during our family trip to Puerto Rico.
    I led her to a cabana by the water pretending like I wanted to take some pictures of the beach before dinner and I needed a model.
    Her (now) husband, jumped out of some bushes and got down on one knee.
    Once she realized it was Ruben and not a homeless bush dweller, asked how he got all the way to Puerto Rico, and if he was staying for the rest of the trip, she said yes!
    My hands were shaking so much trying not to cry, I’m surprised any of the 500 pictures were half way in focus. Ps. Notice my dad’s very firm hand shake 😉
    We then re-grouped and took some less emotional/ugly cry pictures on the beach.
    And then some more around colorful Old San Juan.
    A pretty beautiful place to get engaged!
  • floating down the russian river

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     last weekend we floated down the russian river
    all 20 of us tied together
    it was one of the best times ever
    so fun, relaxing, pretty, 
    and stopping along the way to jump off a rope swing (not me)
    couldn’t be happier
    pure bliss
  • Sunday Family Dinner: Greek Style

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    so refreshing and delicious!
    I never knew I loved feta so much
    I could eat this everyday
  • Thanksgiving at Disneyland

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    i love the christmas season, the lights, the songs, the overall feeling, but i have to say thanksgiving is probably my actual favorite day. there’s no pressure about getting/giving presents, gifts and stuff, thanksgiving is just about being with family and loved ones and being grateful for everything.


    we did our thanksgiving feast on wednesday and on thanksgiving day we all, including my grandma and aunt, spent the day at DISNEYLAND!!
    ryan was so excited watching the parades and all the rides. he even got a ‘1ist visit to dinseyland’ pin. it was so fun to be there as a whole family

    {disneyland is already decorated for christmas, but it was kind of hard to get that christmas feeling when it was 80 degrees out all day!}

    {grandma ‘babi’ with all her grandchildren. we put her in a wheelchair so we got to go in front of all the lines. haha.}
    {most likely our christmas card picture considering taking complete family ones has become near impossible}
  • Thank Heaven for Little Boys

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    Finally finished the baby’s announcement… Doesn’t he look just adorable in the top picture!!! Yes, I took that…I don’t know what it is about baby’s laughing and smiling but I seriously would sit for over an hour talking to him and making him laugh and smile…He is such a happy baby and still can’t believe we are so blessed to add this adorable perfect baby to our family. The adoption will be completely official in July when my parents go to court to legally change his name. I spent the last week (my spring break) playing mommy because the nanny took the week off since I was home. Even though I had planned on spending spring break by the pool and beach, spending the week with him was so much more fun. I won’t be home again for a month but I’m so excited to see how he’s grown and the new things he’s learned in that time.

    “Don’t blink, life goes faster than you think.”