Saturday, August 7, 2010

Baptism Video

Ashley's Baptism video.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Last Two Months: Part Deux

Fourth of July Festivities.

Sitting on the Capitol steps on July 3rd watching the rehearsal for "The Capitol Fourth" broadcast.

Our cheesy campaign photos in case we ever run for office.

National Archives featured the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

I wish men still dressed like this!

Friends. :)

Rocking out... Mark in his glasses he bought that day.

The fireworks over the Potomac River.

Church Picnic and "Baptism by the Bay" at the Chesapeake Bay, MD.

National Community Church

Pastor Mark Batterson (left) and Pastor Joel Schmidgall (right)

National Cathedral, DC - who knew they built churches like this is America!

My artistic photographic attempt.

The facade.
The interior.

The Space Window, honoring the man's landing on the moon, which includes a fragment of lunar rock at its center.

The sunny day quickly turned into a thunderstorm! We escaped but not without getting wet.

So, that's that! To see "The Last Two Months: Part Deux", click here!

The Last Two Months

Well, I guess we have been slacking on our blog entries since our last one was May 28th... So here are some highlights from the last two months starting with our trip to Spain at the beginning of June!

First stop, Barcelona...

La Sagrada Familia Cathedral - designed by Gaudi

Park Guell also designed by Gaudi

Magic Fountain in front of the Palau Nacional museum

Cool picture compliments of Mark

Casa Battlo at night - Gaudi once again

Tapas from Tapas 24 - amazing restaurant

From there, we took the bus to San Sebastian...

View of the city from the top of Monte Igueldo

Mark enjoying Playa de la Concha.

Fresh fish everyday!

Then, we headed down South to Granada to visit Mark's study abroad home from Spring '01.

Mark's spanish Senora, Encarna, who cooked and cleaned for him for 6 months. It was so great to see her!! She had paella waiting for us when we arrived.

Paula and Inma, resident directors for Mark's study abroad program.

Mirador (viewpoint) for the Alhambra, a great spot for beautiful views.

3 words... Chocolate con Churros!

Beautiful cathedral in Granada.

View from the Alhambra looking out at the Albaicin. "There's no greater shame in life than being blind in Granada".

Mark took 2000 pictures and we posted 300 of them on his facebook. Click these links to see some more:

Friday, May 28, 2010


NOTE: There are two entries... so don't forget to read the one after this one :)

Last Friday, we went to a restaurant called Willow which was delicious!! We ordered the mussels which I have never had before. Apparently, Mark had them all the time in the Philippines.. who knew? But they were SO good. I knew I would probably think they were fine but I didn't think I would LOVE them. YUM!
I ordered the duck... the lady asked me how I would like it cooked. I thought it was like chicken and they just cook it all the way. Anyways, it came out a little to undercooked but I ate it anyway. The flavor was amazing but the duck was a little chewy. Note: order duck medium or medium well. Here are the sad remains... doesn't look very appetizing but it was!
Saturday morning, Mark and I got to go to his first frisbee tournament (Day 1) with Snack Pack. They needed girls so I brought my cleats JUST IN CASE! They lost the first game :( because they got off to a bad start. The second game, they won and the third game I got to play!! It was SO fun. I am really glad they let me play. Dr. Nick, our friend from OC who introduced us to the Snacks was even visiting for two weeks so we got to play with him too!! Everyone on the team was really nice and afterwards Mark was ecstatic when someone mentioned Chipotle (an Orange County tradition every saturday for 3-4 years). 

Above: notice "Bugs" look-alike (and sound-alike) in 20 years

Small child in the huddle; he did not play
Us with Dr. Nick

The Team (well most of them)

Mark is so happy. He has his Chipotle, his wife, friends and frisbee. Life can't get much better for him here :)

AND NOW, we are leaving for Spain on Sunday for two weeks. We will be going to Barcelona, San Sebastian, Madrid and Granada. I am not sure if we will have time to post while we are there but there will definitely be pictures when we get back. Adios!!


A Day in the Life

4:48am - First alarm goes off... snooze
4:53am - Second alarm goes off... hop out of bed!!
By 5:15 sharp, I am out the door and on my way to the metro. It's usually still dark at this time so I have to watch my back! Ya never know who is lurking around in dark corners. My mom would be proud.
After hearing the morning announcement from the loudspeaker, I get on the second orange line train of the day at about 5:25 or 5:26 exactly and begin to see some of the same people everyday. First is the lady who always has about 25 newspapers stuffed into her bag and sometimes she is bopping to her ipod. She's an awkward specimen. Next, Lady-Wearing-Suit-Tennis-Shoes-and-Ponytail gets on at about the 3 stop in and always stands near the door. As I arrive at Metro Center (one stop away from my gym) I exit the train and several paths quickly converge to the escalator where I spot Blind-Lady-With-Cane and I try not to cut her off as she gets on the right side of the elevator, me on the left. And upon arriving at the train stop for the red line train, I see my favorite: Santa-Claus-crossed-with-Colonel-Sanders with a white beard and a cream colored bucket hat. Sometimes I actually skip the red line and walk to work. This is what it usually looks like.

I enter the gym greeted by Clint, my favorite front desk person. Training ensues. Here are some pictures of me with my boss, Lisa and my filipino coworker, George.

The view from the top floor is nice of the Smithsonian Museum.

Work, work, work. Sometimes I get to go home during my morning or afternoon break. Depends on the day. I recently went to meet some people at a Physical Therapy clinic and the White House was on the way.

I take the metro back home at night. Here are some other things I was able to take pictures of that I thought were funny or cute.

When I arrive back at my stop, I walk back to the apartment but this time I can sneak through the market (it's not open at 5:15am) and I pass by the video store with the CUTE kitty inside.

Video Store (above); market (below)

Back at home, at last. Go to bed by 9:30 to be ready for the next day.