Sunday, October 25, 2009

Baby Business and Birthday Ball

Six weeks before her December due date, L was given a baby shower by her mom and mother-in-law, and was truly showered with many wonderful gifts for the soon-to-arrive Baby Z. Taking place in L's childhood home in San Clemente, the party was decorated in pink and zebra print, also the theme for Z's own bedroom back in San Diego.
It was quite a full and joyful party, plus always entertaining with the Greek relatives!

And what an amazing treat: the family and friends were so generous!

Here's the backside of the adorable quilt that L's mom made for the baby.

The proud parents-to-be (A made an appearance at the end of the shower).
And just a few hours later, we dressed up and headed to the annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball to celebrate 234 years of the USMC! (Yes, this dress made it to a few functions this year :).

Happy Birthday, Marines, and remember to remain Semper Fidelis!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fun Fall Flings

In October, A and the Brass Quintet of Marine Band San Diego got the opportunity to perform for the Commandant of the Marine Corps in Reno, Nevada. Instead of taking a commercial flight, the guys were personally flown out of MCAS Miramar in a C-130, a large, military transport aircraft. Because Marine pilots are not too concerned about the comfort of their passengers, this was a wild and bouncy ride!
During some free-time, A and his buddy Ryan decided to hike up Mt. Rose, about 10,000 feet up overlooking Lake Tahoe. Blazing their own trails through pine trees and even snow, it was quite an experience.
Satisfied after a good work-out to the top.
And a few weeks later, A and L attended San Diego State University's Homecoming football game at Qualcomm Stadium. L even dusted off her old bass trombone and played with other band alumni in the stands and on the field with the Marching Aztecs (not bad for being 8-months pregnant!).

Also this month, we attended the beautiful, formal wedding of L's close harp friend from college, Tasha. Congrats to the happy couple!

And of course, we had to get a photo on the lovely staircase of the Westgate Hotel, the wedding location.

The months seem to pass quickly as A and  keep quite busy. In addition to keeping active in a jazz dance class, L continues to give harp lessons to young students and play at unique gigs. Here's a teacher's phone photo of L playing an educational program for teenagers at a juvenile probation center.

And as always, A continues working hard with the Marine Band, here at a Change of Command ceremony near the airstrip at Miramar (yes, they play often at other local bases).

And the fall isn't even over yet! Still more to come!