Monday, January 11, 2010

Home Improvement - Crown Molding

Since I have some extra time on my hand I wanted to do something productive. So, I tricked some friends into helping me put up some crown molding in the living room/dining room. Although I'm not in the pics helping, I can assure you I helped ... by staying out of the way. They did a great job and here are the pics from Day 1 to prove it. Thanks Jeff and Ryan.

Click the link to see larger pics.
Crown Molding - Day 1 - 1/11/10 10:38 PM

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Award-winning Halloween Costumes

We racked our brains, scoured the internet, asked all our friends and families, went to three different stores and we finally settled on making our own costumes (okay, we had to buy the lips and wig). Turned out to be a crowd favorite.
Click on picture to see more Halloween pics.
Halloween Party Oct 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Memorial Day at the Shore

Once again we were able to spend the Memorial Day weekend kicking off the beach season by going to the NJ Shore. This time we decided to visit places we haven't been in a while, such as Seaside Heights boardwalk and Island Beach State Park. Inside the park we were able to enjoy pristine beaches and see the what the peninsula looks like in it's natural state. There are some points where the bay and ocean are very close. At one such spot we found a little gathering point on the bay side where there was a house boat selling hotdogs and drinks to those gathered. They even offered to bring some to us on the pier, but we had just eaten, but we liked the idea.

We rode cousin CJ's new scooter, fired up the grill and rode some bikes. It was a great weekend and look forward to many more in Point Pleasant Beach (the PPB).
Memorial Day - May 09

Mother's Day in Atlanta

In May we decided to drive down to Atalanta and surprise my Mom and Dad for Mother's Day. They were there visiting my aunt and grandmother so we decided we'd make the most of it and join them. We went on a garden tour of some amazing homes where we admired the creativity of the home owners and took some notes for our future garden.

We also had very enjoyable visits with Grandmother Brown and aunt Carpie.

Visit from Cousin Andy

In April my cousin Andy and his family came to DC for a visit. We were able to enjoy some great weather while we walked around old town Alexandria. We had a great visit and hope to see them again soon.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Welcome baby Katie

Allison's brother, Matt, and his wife, Noelle, had their second child March 3. Thanks for not making it the 4th because that is already taken for our anniversary. 3 years and counting; I know it still amazes me that she said yes.

So, baby Katie arrived healthy and Noelle is doing fine. Little Sophia loves having a baby sister around (and little Sophia isn't so little anymore). Being surrounded with all these kids does get me thinking about having one of my own, but all in good time. I'll keep practicing with the nieces and nephews until I've got it down.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

My Family - updated photos

While Allison and I were in Utah in February we had the chance to get together with everyone except Cezar and Rose, who are far away in Guam. I know what you're thinking, "they have all aged so well, how do they do it?" and the short answer is, we play lots of board games.

Elaine and Lynn

Allison and Tyler

Darin, Jennifer and Gavin Ross.

Rachael and Alex (boyfriend)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Last Days

I mean the last days of my employment with the Bush administration at the Department of Agriculture, although to many it did seem like the end of the world. Since many of you never got to visit me at work, I thought I would share with you some pictures of my office and my fellow co-workers. It doesn't seem like 3 years but I guess when you enjoy what you do the time flies by.

Here I am at my desk.

Here I am with some colleagues.Tyler, Tammy, Lindsay and Beau.

Office mates: Beau, Mike and Tyler.

The brain trust: Beau, Curtis and Tyler.

I had a great time working there and for the president. I will really miss the many wonderful people I got to be with on a daily basis.

Friday, January 09, 2009

2008 Year End Recap

Since we missed the last couple of months I wanted to catch you up on some things we did but never had the chance to write about.

First, the last few months were a whirlwind with a lot going on.

In September my dad and I took a golf trip to Ireland. We took a couple extra days to tour around London.
London Sep 08

We spent a week playing some great links courses in the north of Ireland and next door in Northern Ireland. Some days were perfect and some we had to endure blistering wind and rain. It was a great bonding experience and something we'll be talking about for a long time.
Ireland Golf Trip Sep 08

In November after only a few months on the job, Allison was a victim of the world-wide credit crunch when her firm downsized and gave her have an early retirement. So, she took advantage of her time off and went to Arizona to escape, I mean, spend time with her sister. Two weeks in the desert with her niece and nephews helped rejuvenate her soul.
Al's AZ trip Nov 08

Now she's back in the game and ready for the next big thing. We'll keep you posted on whatever that may be.

In addition to that great bit of news the November elections didn't go quite as well as hoped and come January I'll be looking for a new job too. Thanks "Change we can all believe in".

Next, Allison's brother Kevin took a big step in his life and received his mission call to Carlsbad California. It was fun to see him prepare and get excited about it. He left in December for the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, and will be in California by the second week of January. Things just won't be the same without you Kev, or should I say, Elder Toskovich. We'll miss you.

Thanksgiving brought family into town and we were able to have a great time with the Toskovichs in VA. The food was great and there was plenty of it. It was nice not to have to travel during this crazy time of year.
Thanksgiving 2008

Another tradition around Halloween is going downtown DC to the Drag Races, or High Heel Race, or whatever it's called, but the idea is to watch guys in drag run a couple blocks and then strut for pictures afterward. This year I had some friends dress up, but although I will show the pics I can't release the names. Needless to say I was very impressed.
From Drag Races 10/28/08

Another tradition is to visit and orchard and pumpkin patch outside DC. This year we went our friends Eric and Kristy.
Pumpkin Patch

Allison and I love concerts and one that I really wanted to see was Coldplay. So when they came to DC in December we joined our friends Dayne and Myhoa for a night of good food and music. They put on a great show and didn't disappoint.
Coldplay Concert

Finally, my parents came into town to spend Christmas with us and Allison's parents. We met in Charlottesville and spent the night at a place we like just outside the city. We had a great dinner and enjoyed the time together. The next day we toured Jefferson's home of Monticello. Needless to say it was a little cold. The next night, Christmas eve, we went to the Washington DC temple to see the lights. It was amazing and really helped us get into the spirit of the season.
Christmas visit

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Amanda's Birthday Tribute

Allison has always looked up to her big sister and they have spent every birthday together the last 25 years (because it's on the same day). This year it wasn't possible to be together on the big day so we looked through some old pictures in memory of her and this helped Allison feel better. Here are some of the highlights. Happy Birthday Amanda, see you soon.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Real life Facebook - it's a good laugh

Those funny Brits click here (props to Jon L. for the link)

or watch here

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Weekend Update with Ty and Al

So just because we haven't updated the blog for a while it is not because we don't have anything to write about. In fact, we have been busier than ever. Allison is into her second month of work and is enjoying every second of it (note the sarcasm in my voice). She's doing good work but hates the long hours and getting up early. I say, welcome to my world.

Regardless, we have still managed to jam a lot into our weekends. Here we are at the Kreeger Museum, home of the former GEICO chairman. The home houses their private art collection and is now a full time museum. It was part of Museum Week in DC so went and checked it out. We even talked Al's brother Kevin in to coming along; the culture was good for him.

CROM-E-O-Oh-O.  Just last weekend we went to the 930 Club to see Cromeo in concert. Talk about two turn tables and a microphone, these guys know how to put on an entertaining show. DJ Treasure Fingers was the opening act and did a good job of warming up the crowd.  Once again Kevin joined us for more culture, DC style. What up yo!

Just this week we went to the opera at the Kennedy Center.  We were joined by our friend, Beau, in seeing Verdi's La Traviata.  It wasn't our favorite opera but we really enjoyed some of the middle Acts.   This is us front of the Kennedy Center.  We are lucky enough to have tickets to two more operas this season so look for our reviews.

And just this week we found a new place in DC that looked interesting.  It's called Coco Sala and it's billed as Chocolate Bar - how could you pass that up, right?  So we tried it out and would probably give it a B- overall.  They had small topas style dishes and then tons of chocolate platters.  Here is the Allison looking at the prices on the menu.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Weekend with the Vanderbilts

Oh, sorry, you didn't get the invite to weekend with the Vanderbilts at their little cottage in Newport, RI? (Hopefully you can join us next year)

Here is Al on the lawn of The Breakers.

We took in a polo match (my new thing).

Had fried clams at Evelyn's Drive-in in Tiverton.

Took a water taxi to Fort Adams across Newport harbor.

And so much more...

We had a wonderful weekend and next to perfect weather to see the town. We took a walking tour of the mansions along the cliff walk, visited two mansions (the Breakers and the Elms) and saw the town from the air. That's right, we went on a helicopter ride. Video to be posted later.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Happy birthday T.O.

Since Al and I were going to be in Newport, RH, on my birthday, we decided to have cake a day earlier. That happened to be 8.8.08 which was also the opening ceremonies for the Olympics.

That meant we had to fit in the singing, cake and ice-cream, and presents during commercial breaks.

I'll admit it, the Olympics are probably the only thing on earth that is more exciting than my birthday - barely.

Who says I can't grow hair on my head?

(It just happens to be on my face)

This is what happens when it gets into the dog days of summer.

Handle Bars
Mustache and flavor saver
Straight flavor saver

Monday, June 02, 2008

Mike and Nellie - Congrats on your big day!

This last weekend we went to the wedding of our friends Mike and Nellie Sanders. It was a beautiful wedding held in southern Maryland near the town of Port Tobacco. It rained during dinner but was great weather later in the day. We're very happy for them.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Not just any birthday - It's Lynne's b-day

Thank goodness it was Lynne's birthday - there's nothing better than the gift of a free meal. . . for us. John really went above and beyond by reserving a private booth at McCormick and Schmick's.

He even got a personalized menu with her name on it rolled up like a scroll - nice touch big guy!

We went back to the house to open presents where she got another great gift - books on designing the perfect beach house. . . another gift that keeps on giving.

Navy vs St. Johns - intense athletic competition

Apparently Annapolis is known for being the home of the Naval Academy, a fine institution with a long and storied history. But little did I know that right across the street is one of the oldest colleges in Maryland, or the east coast for that matter. St. John's is a small liberal arts school that isn't exactly known for its athletic programs - except for the croquet team. And I'm not even joking. They hired a coach - in fact they both have hired coaches. They have uniforms, kind of.

One Sunday each year the two schools have a serious match one four croquet fields set up on the main lawn of St. Johns. The crowd is right of the polo catalog - and from what I gathered it's better to be over dressed than under. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.