Friday, August 31, 2007

If Three's a Crowd, What's Ten?

Thursday, August 30th 2007:

Another semi-surprise visit by some relatives for a two-day, one night visit to the nation's capital. Dinner at Tommy Joe's and then our apartment becomes a bed and breakfast for 8 additional people. Quite the handful, and not just because of how many they were. Our treasured Lladro flamenco dancer was almost broken as well as the disrespectful treatment of our new chairs among other things...but enough about that.

We surprisingly still had some open floor space in our living room to walk on after arranging everyone's sleeping area. Gotta love Aerobed.

Friday, August 31st 2007:
We go to the Natural History Museum and view the famed Hope Diamond, which I last saw when I was thirteen, before heading off to the Iwo Jima memorial, which I haven't seen and has all the U.S. - involved wars starting from the Revolutionary War through the Gulf War engraved on the base. The statue is very impressive, and having seen Flags of our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima back to back, it definitely lends an interesting perspective.

Afterwards, we go to Chinatown for a bite to eat, where the food was served within 10 minutes - amazingly fast! before we part ways.

It was a short, but rather insightful family visit.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Randy's Bachelor Weekend

A UPenn Reunion...wish I was there. Randy had so much fun on Friday, he had to recover all of Saturday.

Friday, August 24th 2007 in Baltimore, MD

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Eric Drops By

Tuesday, August 21st 2007:
A nice surprise, cousin Eric stops by after driving up from cousin Gina's place.

We try out our first Italian restaurant in the area, Positano, which has a great ambience, mimicking the feel and architecture of the actual town.

Wednesday, August 22nd 2007
After some delicious lunch at my visitors' lunch venue, Jaleo, we get some s'mores at the Cosi just a couple doors away. We had passed it on our way to Jaleo, and Eric had pointed it out to me, not having known about it before. Quite the yum fest, if you like s'mores (sorry Brian)

Monday, August 20, 2007

Erica & Brian's Wedding - Brian Sullivan, that is

Saturday, August 18th 2007: Long Island, NY

Just a small sample of photos from Erica and Brian's wedding day:

A fashionable lunch at McDonald's. Would have preferred Wendy's but we passed it on the other side of the road.

Thank you for clogging our arteries, that is...

At the church we reunite with friends and relatives. Congrats Kim & Dan on your engagement!

Dad as a principle sponsor.

Beautiful Erica and Ninong Manny. How many tiles are on the ceiling again?

Haidee and Robbie

En route to the Bourne Mansion, where the reception was held.

Driveway to the mansion, I'm thinking My Best Friend's Wedding and fireworks lining the driveway when the Dermot Mulroney and Cameron Diaz leave at the end of the movie...

Annette, Erica & Brian

Gorgeous views in the back, where they had a nice spread of lobsters and oysters.

First dance and proud parents, Ninang Didi & Ninong Manny

Brian, me, Tom, Anna Rae, Hoong-San, Elmer, Jen and Noel

The dancing baby...

SO CUTE!!! Old photos of Haidee, Kim and Erica...and Annette

Enjoying the chocolate fountain, Mom & Ninong Rony

Tita Julie with future son-in-law

Congratulations, Erica & Brian!