Thursday, June 26, 2008

diamonds in the rough...

Sometimes there are diamonds in your life. Like this web that caught the morning dew and wouldn't let go...This is kind of like my family...a web of diamonds in the rough, coming together and celebrating this past week...Celebrating what? My parents surprise 61st Anniversary party.

They were surprised alright...and the party was a load of fun with friends from the past gathering together on a warm summers night to celebrate with us.
Becca and brother Chris congratulate themselves on their appetizers

Jesse snaps some pics when the banner with their wedding picture is unfolded...
everyone signed it to commemorate the evening.

the clan

But that was not all, the adventure continued...
the next day we headed to the Bowers Museum.
We came here to see what is sometimes called the Eighth Wonder of the Ancient World - The Terra Cotta Warriors - Guardians of China's First Emperor.

Aunt Mary, Veronica, Chris, Dad and Mom
How great we could all be together...



The warriors were really amazing. My parents were not able to see them when they had visited China several years ago, so here was their chance to fulfill that wish. So much intrigue and mystery tied up in these amazing statues. The Emperor had 7,000 statues made to watch over him in his afterlife. Can you imagine? A selection of them made the journey to Los Angeles. Here we are standing by photographs of them because you can't take pictures inside.


I like this cool primitive animal statue...


After our visit with the warriors we headed to one of our favorite haunts,
We hit Balboa Island for lunch and a walkabout...
then we topped off the weekend with a real diamond in the rough...
meet Dodger Brit...my parents new pup...
He's a a Yorkie-ton... a Coton de Tulear/ Yorkshire Terrier Hybrid.
We call him Dodger Dog...
He's so darling...we are sure Dodger Dog will keep my parents on their toes and youthful as ever and bring them tons of joy for years to come...don't you think?




24 comments:

sf said...

He is sooo cute - as are your mumma and dad, and all of you. Lovely you were all together -
sarah

Lynette said...

Congratulations to your parents!! 61 years!! They look so happy on their special day and what a wonderful family they have. They look so cute with their new friend, Dodger Dog. Dodger Dog will bring them lots of joy.

Natalie said...

Good morning. I was just following a blog trail and came across your site. Congratulations to your parents on their 61st wedding anniversary, and to your family for that blessing. Dodger is adorable... love your parent's gleeful delight!
Thank you for the Terra Cotta Warriors links... my children were recently discussing them, and now that I know more, maybe I should surprise them with an up close encounter.
Your blog looks lovely... thank you for the visit!

Bea said...

What a lovely day for your parents! Their dog is so cute! Thanks for sharing with us!

Lysseus said...

Such a beautiful collage of memories and moments! What precious jewels you've caught within the web of your life... thank you for sharing your gifts.

Jann said...

What a wonderful celebration--your parents are adorable, and you are so very lucky to be able to "party" with them for their incredible 61 years together! I'm sure they appreciated the surprise so much. Love the darling puppy, too--Cheers, Jann

James said...

Congrats to you and you parents!!They seem so precious.

Tiglizzyclone said...

Thankyou for sharing your photos. Your parents are so blessed with such a family! Dodger Dog is so sweet. Has he met Peyton yet?

margo said...

What charming parents you have. You have a very nice family. Wow, what a web! Nature is so beautiful - a work of art by the Almighty. Those statues look like they are interacting with y'all. Like that one smiling at your dad. lol. It's like they are having a pleasant conversation. I wonder how the emporer would feel that some of his statues are in Los Angeles now. lol. Neglecting their duties. lol. Love the animal statue. Cute puppy too. :)

Anonymous said...

Angela, you are a talented artist, and also actress as I loved watching you on Make Room for Daddy. Congratulations to your parents on such a wonderful milestone. You are fortunate to have such a lovely family.
Ann from NY

Anonymous said...

Angela,you have such a "smiley" family! Lots of love can be seen there.

I think you look like your dad.

Puppy is so little and cute. Did all of you decide to present him as a surprise gift? If so, you were sure brave!

61 years is a whole lifetime! Tomorrow my husband and I will celebrate our 30th.
pattisl

Anonymous said...

Forgot to add - beautiful pic of the raindrops on the web!
pattisl again

jedi said...

Hi ANGELA

Les photos d'anniversaire de mariage de vos parents sont pleines de TENDRESSE , la vie passe si vite !
c'est r├ęconfortant de voir qu'ils ont toujours l'un pour l'autre beaucoup d'AMOUR et d'affection.
Nous recevons mon petit fils LOAN dans quelques jours et c'est pour nous un IMMENSE BONHEUR
Many greetings

ac said...

Thanks for all the well wishes for my parents. My parents report that Dodger is such a good dog and is bringing them a lot of pleasure.
Jedi - Congrats on new petit Loan...

Captainsnaps said...

AC,
Great pictures and your parents are so cute! Glad the dog is working out! Just a quick question.. Who is the young Lady standing next to your sister?

ND

ann h said...

Love your pictures.Happy Anniversary to your parents!They always look so adorable.Dodger Dog is a cutie.Thanks for sharing with us.

Deb said...

That is the cutest puppy I have ever seen in my life! I know your parents will adore him.

Looks like it was a wonderful gathering, and a fun surprise for your folks. I loved seeing the wedding photo too - boy, do you resemble your mom or what? Beautiful!

Deb

jedi said...

hi Angela

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

Could your parents BE any cuter??? OH my GOSH!!! And the puppy? WAY too cute!!!

Amanda A. Brooks said...

Dodger is so photogenic! A wonderful Happy Anniversary to your mom and dad. WOW!!!! 61 years. Who knew back then that they'd still be here, happy and healthy, and surrounded by children and grandchildren. What a blessing. :) -Amanda
:)

Carole said...

I love that spider web picture....And the pictures of your parents are wonderful. Congratulations to them!

AmyK said...

Hi There,
I'm sorry to bother you but I have been searching high and low (literaly - I'm from Toronto, ON Canada) for a Yorkie-ton and I see that you or someone has purchased one for your parents and was hoping you might know who the breeder was?
Thank you in advance for any assistance,
Amy

Megan said...

Hello,

I'm from Albert, Canada, and I have been searching for a coton de tulear/yorkshire terrier breeder. In my search I came across your blog, I noticed you recently purchased the same dog I am looking for! You had a comment previous to mine asking about the breeder you bought Dodger Dog from, I'm curious as well as I have been looking around for the longest time! If you could give me any help at all that would be greatly appriciated! megansuem@gmail.com

ac said...

The breeder for Dodger the Yorkie-ton is:
Brule Creek Kennel
315th. Street, Akron, Iowa 51001

sorry there was no phone number but you might find a listing for them.

or you could try:
Russo's Pet Experience,
Fashion Island, Newport Beach, CA
Hope this helps you in your search.