Merry Christmas 2008

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We had a wonderful Christmas spending Christmas eve here at our house with Nana Sally, Greg, and John. We all went to mass at St Max’s and then had a nice dinner here at the house. Amy made a very good Shrimp Scampi receipe. On Christmas day Santa delivered for the kids with Old school Big Wheels and a GIANT doll house for Lauren. We went down to San Diego to have Christmas dinner with my Dad, Michele, and Bridget. It was a fun day. The next day we headed down to the hotel Del in Coronado. We picked up a few ornaments from the hotel Del. It was one of my Mom’s favorite places.

Christmas night

Dad and Me

Jack – “feeling” the beauty of Coronado with a panaromic view from Mexico to Point Loma





Happy Birthday Lauren Elizabeth

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Happy Birthday to my little girl who seems to be growing up so fast. It seems like time just flies by so fast. It seemed like only yesterday when I saw Lauren coming into this world. I will never forget the pure emotion seeing her the first time. It was love at first sight

Lauren and Daddy

Thanksgiving in Bodega Bay

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We had an really fun Thanksgiving in Bodega Bay. The Hughes, Cabes and Luthman’s hosted the four day weekend. It was so much fun and such a beautiful place. The northern California coastline is so beautiful with rolling green hills like Ireland. The ocean was beautiful with large pounding waves and a very rocky coastline. The sunsets were beautiful and the fog layer in combination with the Sunset was a sight to see.

The kids had a great time enjoying time with their cousins. I am truly grateful for such a wonderful family.



The sunsets were so beautiful at Bodega Bay with the air turning crisp and cool 

within such a short time. 


“Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward in the same direction.”

Prayer for the Herring family

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My heart is heavy and I feel so sad for my PKE brother Tom Herring during this time of loss. 

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.


Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of Your Peace;

Where there is hatred, let me sow Love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

Where there is sadness, joy.


O Divine Master, grant that I may seek not so much to be consoled, as to console; 

to be understood as to understand; 

to be loved as to love; 

for it is in giving that we receive; 

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.

PKE 121 Malibu Weekend

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We had such a great weekend studying the law school at Pepperdine. Rick raised the bar as the host of the weekend. Outside of studying Marketing we were able to attend a “mock trial” provided by the Pepperdine law students. We had a nice evening at teh President of Pepperdine’s house, and was able to see a show. Throughly Modern Mille. 


PKE 121

Rick provided and excellent blog for the weekend not missing a detail. We are all happy we are away from school until January, but have plenty of work before then.


Jack and Lauren Halloween

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We had a great Halloween this year with Jack as a Teenage mutant ninja turtle (Raphael) and Lauren as Super Girl. They were so excited to go trick or treating and had a great time collecting their loot.

Deep Space Network

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Thought this article on a Deep Space Network (DSN) was interesting

Pepperdine Trip completed

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Its great to be back home I missed Amy and the kids so much, and when the end of the trip arrived I was happy to be home.  I loved the trip and learned so much. My International paper has been submitted for credit. Marketing and Strategy next. Graduation April 09

Check out my Asia Summary




The World is Large –
Its beauty indescrible. 

Zhuang Zi 

Pepperdine International Trip

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The time has come and we are leaving today to depart on the 11 day Journey to Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Bangkok, and Phuket. I am excited for the trip and have so many things I want to do in Hong Kong to start. We leave on Saturday at 1:45am on Cathay Pacific arriving in Hong Kong on Sunday morning about 7:30am. I am staying at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong. Our first offical Pepperdine meeting will be on Monday at lunch.

End of Summer 2008

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What a great trip to lake Piru on Sunday. Amy, Jack, Lauren, and I drove over to meet with David (Davin) and his family and had the best day. It was so fun, I had forgotten how fun a day at the lake was. The kids and Amy did some rafting, and swimming at lunch and I was able to get some wake boarding in. Jack and Lauren had no fear and were 100% ready for the water


Amy, Jack, and Lauren had a blast on the raft. They loved going fast and the water was nice and choppy with some good wind.



Jack got in his first knee boarding session, and couldn’t wait to go again

We had a great day and capped it off with a trip to Islands for cool drinks and burgers. The kids slept really good that night.