Last post.

It has been over two months since our last post. We have been so busy with work, traveling (even more so for me than for Cam) and visiting our families for the holidays. This blog has been a great way to keep in touch with the people we love most in the world who are so far away from us (or rather, we are so far away from them). We want to continue this tradition of giving you glimpses into our lives via a blog, but have decided that we would go in a slightly different direction with it at a new location. We have decided to leave this blog up since it has so many great pictures and memories that we’ve shared with you over the last year since we started it…and before we sign off, we would like to continue that tradition with a few pictures we have shared with some of our friends and family over the holiday season this year.

Enjoy. Happy New Year. And please visit Cristina – at her new blog.

Jac brought college friends to Thanksgiving

thanksgiving dinner!

off to black friday shopping!

decorating the tree!

our two favorite katies.

apollo got everything he wished for!

toby loves the attention.

dewy couldn't get enough of the ribbon.

cameron and timmy.

merry christmas!

cuddly lunita.

happy new year!

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dia de los muertos

this year cameron and i built an altar in our home to celebrate dia de los muertos and honor those we have loved who have passed on. the altar is built by giving offrendas to the dead in order to honor and remember them. the four natural elements – earth, wind, fire and water – are used as part of the altar in order to lure and nourish our dearly departed after their long journeys.

please enjoy the pictures below.

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where we’ve been and what we’ve been up to

we  have been lazy to post anything lately, mainly because we’ve both just been really busy with work and figuring out our lives in LA. the weekends are good, but also get busy with day-to-day chores, exploring our new city, and just relaxing.

this is a little late, but…georgann came out to LA in october on her fall break from teaching pre-school. we were so happy  she was able to come out for a visit to help us celebrate cam’s birthday. over the weekend we did a little relaxing, eating out and exploring more of LA. we went to Paradise Cove in beautiful Malibu for cameron’s birthday dinner on Saturday. the outdoor seating is literally on the beach so it was fun to sip our drinks, eat our food and celebrate cam’s birthday on the beach (especially in october!)  Sunday we went to the counter for some delicious gourmet hamburgers (veggie burger for me!), in Marina del Rey, then to the Getty Center in LA for some art, culture and beautiful picture taking! after the Getty we headed to Santa Monica for some shopping and dinner on the 3rd Street Proaenade. as always the weekend was too short, but very fun. enjoy the pictures below!

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new sunglasses

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apollo wanted presents, too
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birthday drinks

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dinner on the beach

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malibu

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at the getty

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the view

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getty garden

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with juno and minerva

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enjoying the view

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Eric and Evangelina visit LA

My parents came out last weekend to visit us in LA for the first time since the wedding and we had a lot of fun showing them around the city. It was kind of emotional to see them for the first time in almost 4 months so it wasn’t surprising that their visit was a lot of fun. In the 2 and half days they were here we took them site seeing around Santa Monica, did some shopping and site seeing in Venice, did breakfast at Grand Casino Bakery and dinner at Ugo in Culver City (both highly recommended!) and celebrated their birthdays (both on September 23) at La Fonda, close to downtown, where we ate delicious comida Mexicana while taking in a Mariachi/Baile folklorico show. We also took the time to relax poolside and watch Michigan beat Indiana on Saturday (GO BLUE!). It was a great visit and even though Thanksgiving feels far away now, it’s going to be here before we know it.

Enjoy the pictures below.

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at muscle beach in venice
at muscle beach in venice

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dad and a crazy street performer on the venice boardwalk
dad and a crazy street performer on the venice boardwalk
birthday dinner at La Fonda
birthday dinner at La Fonda

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good-bye breakfast at Grand Casino

good-bye breakfast at Grand Casino

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missing AA

We miss Ann Arbor quite a bit these days with it being football season, the fall weather, the start of classes… check out a slideshow of the cube – one of Ann Arbor’s many famous landmarks!

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employed at last!

naleo_mainheaderI have officially been working for over a week now! I started last Monday, September 14th at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, as Program Manager of Constituency Services, Health Policy portfolio. The non-profit, 501-c3 organization is based out of L.A. with satellite offices in Houston, Washington, D.C. and New York. Since 1976 it is “the leading nonprofit organization that facilitates full Latino participation in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.” Learn more about NALEO here.

I am extremely excited and happy to be back at work, and am more than ready after having a nice summer vacation and recuperation from the wedding planning, moving and finishing grad school. Cameron and the kittens have adjusted well to having me gone during the day (Cam gets home earlier than me now and gets dinner started most days! yay!) and I am happy to be working for an organization with a mission near and dear to my heart.

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happy it’s friday

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we are so happy it’s friday around here. this week has been especially tiring with increased responsibilities for cam at work and job interviews for me (yay!). we are ready for the weekend. we might go to the beach and catch a movie this weekend…or maybe just relax at home watching our two netflix dvds we got yesterday (i think we got freaks and geeks).  we love weekends.

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we know what apollo will be doing this weekend…

asleep on our clothes drying rack.

asleep on our clothes drying rack.

we hope you are looking forward to a relaxing last-weekend-of-august, too.

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