Tuesday, February 19, 2008

First Train Ride
On Sunday I wanted to take Darrian on his first train ride in Tilden Park. My Mom went with us although she mocked he was too young for it. There were lots of kids, toddlers, and a few babies Darrian's age there. The train ride is $2.oo and takes a very nice ride through the Berkeley Hills. I love Tilden Park such a pretty place only 20 minutes from our house, they have a merry go round , petting zoo, and pony ride also, that will wait for another trip :) .

Monday, February 18, 2008

Date Night

Keith and I went to see Kooza in San Jose on Saturday night. It was a gift from my Mom, and it was the first date we have been on alone in 5 months, although it did not feel like it had been that long. We both missed Darrian a lot, but knew he was in good hands and made the best our of a great evening. After the show we had dinner at Citrus on Santana Row. I love Santana Row, and the Hotel Valencia where Citrus is. It was a great night. Darrian waited up for us which was sweet and I think that both he and grandma were very happy to see us come through the door.

I have more updates from the weekend, including Darrian's first train ride, and our walk with another Mommy at Point Pinole. I have to get Darrian to bed so those will come tomorrow hopefully!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope you are all having a nice Valentine's day! Love, The Thornton's

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I don't know how many of you are keeping up with the current presidential race. It is interesting to me that in the short time I have been voting I find this to be the most exciting presidential race we have had in a long time. There seems to be such a yerning for change.. a will to change.
I watched Obama give this speech live in NH and was really motivated by his words, regardless of weather or not he is the man for your taste he really has a way of speaking. I think this speech is one of his greatest.
I have copied and pasted some of it here, you can see the entire speech on UTube.
We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that nomatter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can withstand thepower of millions of voices calling for change.
We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who willonly grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks to come. We've been asked to pause for a reality check. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. For when we have faced down impossible odds; when we've been told that we're not ready, or that we shouldn't try, or that we can't, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people.

Yes we can.

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared thedestiny of a nation.

Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trailtoward freedom through the darkest of nights.

Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores andpioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.

Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for theballot; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Yes we can to justice and equality. Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity. Yes we can heal this nation. Yes we can repair thisworld. Yes we can.

And so tomorrow, as we take this campaign South and West; as we learn that the struggles of the textile worker in Spartanburg are not so different than the plight of the dishwasher in Las Vegas; that the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in America's story with three words that will ring from coast tocoast; from sea to shining sea -
Yes. We. Can.
A lovely day for a picnic ..
I have done many weddings in Sonoma and Napa, and everytime I am there I say it is the perfect place for a picnic. So on Sunday my Mom, Darrian and I headed up there for that reason a picnic. We took some of the things we had left from Monterey and got more at the Sonoma Marketplace near the square. We then headed over to Bartholomew Winery for a picnic. It also has a rich history dating back to 1867, and a muesum on site. It exchanged many hands including the Catholic Arch Diocese who sold it to the State of Ca, then became Sonoma Valley Hospital, and eventually was sold to a journalist Robert Bartholomew after WWII. It now is about 400 acers of lovely land that has several picnic tables, a very nice bathroom, working winery, and lots of trails. Here are some pictures from our day

**You can click on any to make them larger**

This is the sunset on the way home.. breathtaking.
My baby all worn out after a long day..
Some CA poppys inside the window at the muesum.
The vineyards
We got a small cake to share and my mom was singing happy bday, I think Baby D thought it was for him.
In front of the house

View from our picnic table

Another Great Weekend...
So I took my birthday off and had a nice three day weekend, THEN I took Friday off and had another three day weekend, and this weekend is a three day weekend... makes for a very nice Feb. This weekend we went to Monterey, My Mom, Keith and I. We had a really good time. Only downside was the 17 mile drive was closed. We got down there on Friday morning, went to the hotel and then headed out to Cannery Row for lunch. From there we drove over to the beach and Carmel, on the way back we went to Trader Joe's and got some cheese, wine and appetizers for a little cocktail hour in the room. The next day we went to the aquarium, had lunch, and then drove to Big Sur. The weather was so so so nice! Darrian was wonderful the whole time, he had a mini-meltdown from being tired Saturday night but slept really good once he got to sleep. We stopped at Gap outlet on the way back so he could stretch out a bit and I could shop :) . Sunday we went to Sonoma for a picnic, pictures to follow in another post later.

The Drive to big Sur.

Big Sur

View from Ventana Inn
Jelly Fish at Monterey Aquarium
Kelp tides

Outside tides

Beach in Pacific Grove
Monterey Plaza Hotel where we had lunch


Tuesday, February 05, 2008


I am trying something new and posting a video of Darrian in action, I will do this from time to time and esp. as he gets older and learns new things. However when the email goes out to those on my list it is blank. If you ever get an email like that from us you can click on the blue 'Life After We Do's' line at the bottom and it will take you to our blog where you can see the video or the post in it's entire form.

Also the web address for the blog is and you can access it that way.

The video is of Darrian enjoying his jumperoo! Enjoy!

Darrian in Action

Photo Sharing - Video Sharing - Photo Printing - Photo Books
A few more...

you can click on these to make them larger. :)

A happy Birthday!!
I had a really good weekend. It was really really nice. Saturday Mom rented a car and then because she had plans let us use it. It was fun to drive it around, we drove all the way to Santa Rosa talking and Darrian slept the whole time. We went back to Sf and had a nice early dinner and then back home. Sunday we had people over for Superbowl. It was fun to catch up with everyone and watch the game. I SO wanted the Giants to win because I can not stand the Patriots and their classless coach. (told you I didn't like them) It was nice to see the defeat. I also got a WONDERFUL birthday gift from my mom and Keith which was a fisheye Canon Lense.. all a girl could hope for. I am going to have SO much fun with it.
Monday my birthday I took a vacation day and relaxed. I planned to have Darrian's pictures taken by and up and coming photographer I met. I adore her work. Since she is new her prices are very very reasonable for what she offers and compared to others in the industry. She came over at about 1130 and stayed with us till about 230. She put up some sneak peeks and really I was blown away. I LOVE them. She took a lot of shots and we get a CD of all the images. It is a tough age because he can sit on his own for a few moments before he tips over. We managed to get some really good ones in and he was a trooper. After that I just went home and Keith cooked me a wonderful dinner.
Enjoy some pictures.. Don't forget to VOTE today! :0 )

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