Friday, November 25, 2011

Applebee's

After a long morning of taking pictures with my brother's wedding party, we decided that we had a couple hours before we had to get ready for the reception and since we hadn't had a chance to eat at Applebee's yet, we decided to go eat there! It was still fairly early so there was hardly anyone in the restaurant. 
I don't even remember what we ordered.
Overall, it was pretty good and we enjoyed ourselves. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Luke & Charmaine's wedding reception

The kids were to walk in front of the line to the table and sit down but I was filming and couldn't & didn't grab them in time :)

Luke asked David to sing a sing at the reception and I must say he did fantastic.
People kept coming up to me to tell me what a great job he did and was surprised that I was his wife.

They were also surprised to find out that I was the groom's sister. Really? Luke, I think that maybe you should have introduced the family at the reception. I mean, at least explain to all the people at the reception you have an older sister and that's why she's all up in the business at the reception. I guess no one really knows I'm alive since I literally left 2 months after my family moved to Fremont and went to school in Hawaii and I've only been back 3 times since 2002. It's my own fault really that no one knows who I am. ANYWAY...I just had to keep explaining who I was and where I live now which is why the guests have never seen me before!

I was wearing Olivia's clothes and her heels. I wore them that morning for the wedding photo shoot and they hurt my feet but I figured I could handle so I wore them to the reception...bad idea. My feet were killing me and I ended up barefoot the rest of the time! I ended up helping with serving the food with Charmaine's older sister and helped with the cake serving. It was a good night and really glad my family was able to come see my brother get married!
Congratulations little brother! Charmaine, welcome to the family! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Aaron is Four!

Aaron turned four on November 1st. I just realized after I did Raya's post that I didn't do one for Aaron. So here goes. 
Aaron likes to eat meat. He'll eat all his meat and then ask for more meat and the rice and veggies are still in the bowl. He loves chicken nuggets. He calls McDonald's, "Old McDonald's", but he's slowly getting it. He is really good at singing along to songs and make up the words as he goes along. He'll randomly start singing a song, any song. One time he started singing "Praise to the Man" since they learned that in Primary. He'll sing the songs he learned at pre-school. 
Speaking of pre-school, I love Bright Beginnings. They are amazing. Aaron knows all his letter and their sounds. He can write his name and other letters, some numbers, shapes and such as he learns them. He's on the 6th book and he's finally starting to sound more of the words out. Before he'll have just memorized how the book went. 
He loves to dance. When he hears "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO, he'll start shuffling. He's actually quite good at it. He'll start doing break dancing moves, where he learned that from, I haven't a clue but it's pretty cool and he can totally do the moves. He can do flips, hand stands and then flip over, or just stand on his hands/head for a little bit and then do something else. He gets really shy about it though when you ask him to do it again, especially in front of other people. 
He loves playing with his cars. 
He can be a really great brother to Raya. He's very helpful and he is very independent. There are times when he will ask for assistance but he can pretty much do a lot of things on his own. For example, he'll dress himself. As you can see in the bike picture, he's dressed to go swimming. We didn't go anywhere near a big body of water that day or since. Aaron loves to have fun, throw the football or basketball or any ball he can find and play catch. 
Aaron amazes us everyday with what he does and especially with what he says. He is a quick learner and is quick to imitate so we need to watch what we do and say around him. He's pretty sharp. 
He still acts like any other 4 year old but he's our awesome 4 year old.

We love you Aaron! 

Lil Bro's wedding photos at Oakland Temple

We met at Oakland Temple for the wedding photos. While we waited for our turn to take pictures with the bride and groom, we took some pictures of our own. 
Yes, I am wearing heels in this picture and by the end of the day, my feet were killing me! I liked how feminine I felt but at the end of the day, I don't need to wear heels. I'm never going to catch up to David! I like my flat footwear. Maybe one day I'll try heels again but for now, I'm good. :)
I like this picture of David and I. We look good!
My little brother is all grown up! 
Luke and Charmaine
I got this picture off of Facebook. Raya is super cute. I may or may not be biased in that opinion. 
I take horrible candid and posed crazy pictures. It's too ugly not to share!
I think Raya and Aaron were trying to shaka...well Aaron did, Raya...not so much :)
Waiting on the side while the bride and groom take their couple-y pictures.
My family with my sister and parents.
I like this picture. David's still looks good in this candid photo. Aaron was all ready for another shot and had his pose ready. Raya...I'm not sure what she was doing. Me...let's move on. 
My Aunty Joyce or Aunty 7 as we call her, took this picture of our family. Too bad neither of the kids are looking at the camera. Nonetheless, my new favorite family picture!
Here's Aunty 7 and Uncle 7. (Joyce and Richard)
The parents with the couple
I'm telling you, my whole family is photogenic, candid or not. Me? Not so much!
After we were done taking our pictures with the bride and groom, we left to get ready for the reception that afternoon. 
As soon as I get those photos with my brother and his wife, I'll post them up. Stay tuned!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Raya's TWO!

This was taken last week sometime. Raya's wearing her favorite Dora shirt...her only Dora shirt...which she happens to have on today...on her birthday. She loves pointing Dora on her shirt and saying "Dowah" a couple times, it's super cute.

Raya is awesome. 
Things she loves to do or say: 

doing whatever Aaron is doing, repeating everything that we say (she'll repeat my scoldings to Aaron!), she loves her little baby dolls, loves to eat (especially candy and can usually be bribed to stop crying with the promise of food), she says "pweas" and "tat too", asks for food and water, says "I want...." whatever she wants.

When she's looking for you, she'll go "Mommy, wheahyou?" and when she finds you, "Oh hereyouah", she loves to sing "I am a Child of God" and "Do as I'm Doing" by asking to sing "God" and "Following" and sings along. She loves to sing songs and makes up the words for it as best as she can. 

She is very mellow but she wants what she wants and fight for it, she'll beat up on Aaron when he makes her mad, she can be picky about what clothes she wears but usually she's ok.

She likes to brush her teeth, helps set the table for her and Aaron and is usually looking out for him.

She'll pretend her baby is "dying" (crying) and comfort it or point to where the sound of the baby is "dying". She is a pro on the iPod touch and my iPhone and loves to look through the pictures and videos over and over again. 

She loves going to Nursery on Sundays and this past Sunday she got so excited, she bounced/walked to class and then literally ran to class and didn't even look back! 

Raya loves to say "hi" and "bye" to everyone and waves to anyone she sees. 

Her hair is getting long enough for me to put in a ponytail or pigtails but when she's over it, she'll take it out by herself and lose the hair tie :)

There is so much more to say about her but this is all I can think of right now. 

Happy 2nd Birthday sassy girl!! We love you!

Setting Up For Luke's Wedding Reception

Helping set up for my brother's wedding reception at the Walnut Creek Building. I used to go there for seminary. So many memories. Anyway, Luke and Olivia decided to mess with Raya and put a mustache on her face. Pretty funny though...She's not really sad. I think she was just making a face. 
Here's the basic set up for the reception. Olivia took this photo. I believe this was in the middle of the setting up. They had pretty much all the Disney princesses and princes as their centerpieces.
I was outlining the names of the Disney princesses and princes with Olivia. 
I should've taken pictures of the reception AFTER we finished decorating or during the actual reception but I forgot that night and I was super busy during the reception. Just imagine it :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fenton's Ice Cream - Oakland, CA

David's uncle, Dean Davis, and his family took us to Fenton's Creamery & Restaurant in Oakland. It's on the corner somewhere but it's a cute little place. It's also the ice cream place that the old man (Frederickson?) and Russell (the Junior Wilderness Explorer) went to eat ice cream at the end of the movie "Up". Fenton's is also famous for it's ice cream.


They also had cool kiddie cups for the kids.


I made David pose next to the ice creams in the cooler.


David & Raya


Collin and Aaron watching the people make pies behind that glass window. They kept going back with all the other kids and saying hi to the workers.





Here is 4/5ths of the Davis family ordering their food. Yes, Fenton's has actual food besides their delicious desserts!




There's the 1/5th Davis next to Aaron.




David with Uncle Dean and 4/5th of the kids looking at a print of the scene in "Up" when they are eating Fenton's ice cream.



Our family eating a giant banana split! I forgot what it's called. Look, it's almost as big as Raya's head!




Here's a closeup of the sundae before we attacked it.




The after picture. It was sooo good! I wish I could go back and get some more! I don't even remember what flavors we got but if I remember I'll update this post. The ice cream is amazing!




TMI coming up...turn away now if you don't wanna know!

This is me being the klutz I am and closed a car door on my leg. I have a huge scar on my leg which now looks like a burn mark.




Friday, November 18, 2011

Dinner with the Bro's (then future) In-Laws

My (then future) sister-in-law's single ward bishop was one of my friend's dad in one of my old California wards when I was in high school...confused? I got a little confused writing it, either way we were in the same ward back in the day when I lived in Cali :)

Bishop Severson and his wife invited both future in-law families to their house for a dinner. I thought it was going to be the families and the Severson's eating together but that was not the case. They had set up their dining table with fancy china, fancy goblets and silverware.


The Severson's weren't going to eat with us, they were going to serve us dinner and ate with Aaron & Raya in the kitchen.
That's Bishop Severson refilling our drinks.


David & I posed with our food on the nice china.


Here's a closeup of my plate. We ate lasagna, garlic bread, salad, & green beans. Yum! I had a second helping!


Raya & Aaron ate and played with the Severson's toys. Aaron found the cars & Raya found this HUGE baby and stroller to play with. The baby was just as big as her!


And it had some creepy eyes! It was the baby that could close it's eyes when laying down but this baby only had one eye that closes and even then it was halfway so it looked pretty funny and a little scary! You can see it in the picture! Hahaha!


Dessert!


It was so nice of the Severson's to host that lovely dinner. It was also nice to be able to sit and chat with them afterwards.
Thanks for the hospitality!

Videos - Naming Body Parts & The Rainbow Song

Raya pointing to her body parts...until she gets distracted :)

YouTube Video

Aaron singing The Rainbow Song he learned from school.

YouTube Video

He just learned that "violet" is another description for purple so now sometimes he'll sing it purple the first time and the next time he'll use violet :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

In N Out Burgers

Need we say more?