Category Archives: Holidays

Merry Christmas 2013

19 Dec 2013


This is our “runner up” card – we were being Pirates!
Karen Mac took the photo while we were on vacation in Oregon this past August.
(Artwork by someone at Minted.)

I know I’ve been tragic about posting to the blog (a.k.a. family photo album).
I hope to update the blog more consistently (and do some much needed housekeeping behind the scenes). I will back-date some posts so that the December calendar will reflect the warm and full holiday month we’ve enjoyed.

I hope you have a very wonderful Christmas.
love, Vale and Family

Halloween Costumes

29 Oct 2013


These were taken on Saturday, which is our annual Halloween Party at the preschool.
This year the real Halloween falls on a Thursday, and we are excited for trick-or-treating, but it won’t be such a fashion show. If I predict correctly, it will be a race to get out there in costume, a race to get candy with maybe a few clicks of the iphone, and then a race to get the kids into bed.
In any case, here’s this year’s efforts. I give you Elvis, and Rapunzel.

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Happy Fourth

13 Jul 2013


Happy 4th, From Emeryville!
Kristi used her super-duper Marriott discount and got us two lovely rooms.. Why Not!
We were on the 9th floor with a great view of the San Francisco fireworks.
But first we women shopped at the mall, while Mark took the kids to the pool for a couple of hours.
Then we had a magical dinner, alfresco, with the best weather of the year!
I had a view of the sun setting over the city, and it was warm with no wind.
Pasta Pomodoro – who knew?



Mark got Uncle Greg to pick up some fireworks outside of SF, so the boys go to do a little messing around in the parking lot.
We all decided it was a great way to do the fourth!!

Happy Father’s Day Chief!

21 Jun 2013

Photo by Cole Stipovich

Awesome, right?
I know I’m doing the posts in reverse order.. This year Father’s Day was on the 16th.
But The most important thing to note is that we did not smoosh Chief’s Father’s day in with Chief’s Birthday. Two separate events.
Yay us.

Photo by Cole Stipovich
We surprised Chief at an old favorite, Picante.

Photo by Cole Stipovich
The trick was, we went a day early.

Photo by Cole Stipovich
It’s okay, Chief isn’t picky.

And yeah, we got one with Nanu too! :)
Photo by Cole Stipovich