Happy Fathers Day to three of the best Dads I know: my father, brother and brother-in-law. I hope all Dad’s have a great day.
Love you all very much Dad, Tim and Travis.
My niece, Abby, turned 5 last Friday and on Sunday my sister arranged for the family birthday party at their house. Abby’s only request for her birthday party was that everyone dress “fancy”.
I had to laugh when I heard the request and thought this was a request Sergio and I could manage easily enough. So earlier this morning we woke up, pulled out our tuxedos and drove up to New Hampshire to celebrate Abby’s milestone birthday.
As you can see Abby was dressed quite fancy. I have also included a photo Sergio snapped before we walked in to celebrate Abby’s birthday.
I wanted to take a moment to say Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom, my sister Elizabeth, my sister-in-law Ashley and all the other wonderful women I know who have taken on the toughest job I can think of, motherhood.
Fortunately, I don’t suffer from the same “mother” issues Albert Brooks does in this 1990s movie. Must be because I have a fabulous Mom.
An excuse to visit my brother, sister-in-law and my youngest niece brought me to Carlsbad, CA last month. For those unfamiliar, wikipedia describes the Southern California town as, “an affluent seaside resort city occupying a 7-mile stretch of Pacific coastline 87 miles south of Los Angeles and 35 miles north of downtown San Diego.”
If you have the cash and like suburban life this may be the perfect place. While I look forward to returning to visit my family and enjoy the temperate climate, I think I’m too much of a city kid to ever feel comfortable in such a setting for more than a few days. However, the accommodations, family and the allure of a new place made the trip one I’ll remember for quite some time.
During my stay I did find a few places I enjoyed. Perhaps the best find was Cafe Elysa, which has a large assortment of pastries replenished each morning from its sister cafe called French Pastries Cafe. Cafe Elysa is one block from the beach and has a large covered patio that also includes fire pits to help keep you warm when there is a chill in the air. I enjoyed the coffee, pastries and breakfast foods through out the day, proximity to the beach and people watching. Another cafe just a few blocks away in what looks like an over sized strip mall called Vinaka Cafe was also good and although I didn’t try it, the local chain coffee house, It’s a Grind looked like it was worth trying. If you like chocolate, check out the Carlsbad Chocolate Bar, a lovely shop that sells chocolate and wine (I wish Boston had such a shop). Since we didn’t eat out much for dinner I only had the opportunity to try The Compass, which I’ll review in another post.
Something I didn’t expect and enjoyed was the murals painted on the sides of shops, in parking lots and around the town like this image from the wall of a parking lot in Carlsbad.
If you are planning a trip to Carlsbad, CA and you have any questions leave me a note in the comments section of this post or feel free to email me. I have more information about some of the places mentioned above.
Happy birthday Mom. I know you read my blog so I wanted to be sure to tell you again how much I love you; and yes, I promise I will call more often.
Check out which local designer is currently featured on SoWa Boston’s Create & Enjoy page.
If you are interested in architecture or design or have an interest in lighting, show Sergio some love and like his Facebook page here.
How sweet it must be to attain a goal you have worked towards for most of your career. What a great example you’ve set for my siblings and me.
Today is Sergio’s birthday. If you happen to see him out and about, wish him well and say happy birthday to him. He appreciates the sentiments. I’m looking forward to celebrating such an important day with him later after work, but you can leave him a note on his facebook page here.
I’m not much of one for living in the past which is kind of odd considering my love of history, but every now and again a milestone anniversary sneaks up on me and it makes me pause for a moment.
Fifteen years ago on Thursday, January 28th, 1999 I met Sergio at a restaurant in Harvard Square for a date. We had exchanged numbers a couple of weeks earlier off to the side of the dance floor at Campus; a gay club that once upon a time was in Central Square. I had no expectations but was intrigued by this blue-eyed Brazilian who was different from anyone else I had ever met before.
The past 15 years have had their ups and downs, but the ride has been worth it. Together we’ve traveled the world and made more memories than my head can contain. It makes me optimistic and excited to see what the next 15 years might bring. Happy anniversary Sergio.
My seven year old nephew Austin is an amazing kid. He is also incredibly funny. Check out his response to “I want to do” in 2014. When I read what he wrote I laughed so hard I had to sitdown.
One week ago today I became an uncle for the fourth time. Annabelle arrived about a month earlier than expected so my tiny niece is under close supervision at the hospital. This is my second niece and my brother’s first child.
Below is a photograph of my brother reading to my niece. I’ve missed my brother since he moved away this summer and now that Annabelle has arrived it seems strange not to be able to see them at the hospital but plans have been made to visit them in California over Easter and I can hardly wait.
Here is a photo of my father from a few years ago. Today happens to be his birthday, and I wanted to stop and acknowledge the day. My father continues to be one of my real life heroes and someone I try to emulate in all that I do.
One of the things that I love about my mother is her ability to remember and share funny memories from our past. Earlier this week my mother sent this funny email to my younger brother and me.
“I remember one Halloween when you (MY BROTHER) wanted to be a homo. Rob corrected you and said, ‘You mean a hobo.’ Funny how life turns out!
Sergio is flying down to Brazil today to help his family, and he will be gone for about a a week. I am happy he can make this quick visit, but I’m still doing my best not to mope around the house. I always hate saying good bye to him and feel like I miss him most in the hours leading up to and following his departure, which is kind of odd because this wasn’t the case when we first met and he was a flight attendant. However, since leaving the travel industry, I’ve become accustomed to having him around and his presence will be missed. :-(
Little brother, his wife and their dog are spending tonight at my apartment before flying out to Southern California tomorrow. About a week ago, the entire family gathered up at the parent’s lake house in Wolfeboro, NH for one last get together before their move. I want to wish them much luck. I will sorely miss having them here in Boston with Sergio and me.