Archive | November, 2008

And some not-so-great news…

17 Nov

I have been putting off writing about this, but little Alex has a kidney condition and will undergo an operation this coming Tuesday. Luckily both her kidneys are working well, she just has a partial obstruction of one of her ureters (the tubes going from the kidney to the bladder). It’s a fairly simple procedure as far as they go, but still a major operation.

Some good news…

17 Nov

I’m so happy to announce that there is another addition to our family. Last Tuesday my newest niece Lilly Hope was born. She was given the middle name ‘Hope’ in honor of Obama — how cool is that???

The Day I Cried…

5 Nov

What more do I have to say but 8 years of despair are almost over???

HOPE LIVES. HOPE CAN HAPPEN.

Today I feel that I can finally hold my head high as an American for the first time in a long long while.

Halloween in Sierra Madre

1 Nov

Hi, this is Doug–I’m guest posting for Katie today to show off some Halloween pics from Sierra Madre last night. If you live in the Los Angeles area, it’s worth a drive to the sleepy little town where they filmed Invasion of the Body Snatchers in the 1950s; it really hasn’t changed much.

A tree-lined block on Alegria Avenue is closed off every Halloween to showcase the amazing decorations residents make, including lights, fog machines, and hundreds of pumpkins grown in their own backyards. Thousands of visitors walk up and down the sidewalk throughout the night. If you go, be sure to stop by the excellent indie coffeehouse, Bean Town, for some hot chocolate or cider.


A corner of one yard with scores of Jack-o’-Lanterns.


A VW pumpkin that is at least five feet in width.


A whole scene–the pumpkin cauldron and chandelier are a couple of feet wide.


This is a serious work of art–the photo hardly does the detail justice.


And, of course, our own little pumpkin!