Wednesday, March 29, 2006

No Words, Just Pictures


The birthday boy at work.
Yup, he's a quarter-of-a-century-old!


Laptops galore

And this was how Josue and the guys celebrated his birthday. :)

Happy 25th Birthday, Babe!!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Pictures From The Week

Persian New Year's dinner with my brother Aaron and
sis-in-law Elizabeth. It was yummy!

The birthday boy

The Villarreal brothers (from left): Hector, Josue, Ernesto

Our adorable little niece, Miranda. Check out that forehead! :)

Another irresistably cute look of Miranda.

Friday, March 17, 2006


Sorry it's been more than a week since I last posted. A lot going on around here. Busy with the insurance business as usual, but in between that we've been having family around. My brother and his wife came to visit Sunday and stayed through Wednesday. We celebrated the Persian New Year (my sis-in-law is half Iranian) with a huge Persian feast, went shopping, ate out, and just had a blast together. Today, Josue's youngest brother Ernesto and his girlfriend arrived in from Abilene. Tomorrow we're expecting my mother-in-law from Brownsville and older brother Hector and his family from Mexico. Crazy weekend!

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Watched the movie "The Constant Gardener" last night with our friends Bryan and Tracy. Brilliantly made and no wonder it was nominated for the Oscars. It portrayed parts of Africa in all of its beauty and wonders, and also of its ugliness and reality. Highly recommended.

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Have been baking all day in preparation of tomorrow's family reunion/birthday bash for Josue and Ernesto. Always heard of the term 'the cake collapsing', but today I think I finally understand it. I might have to go out to get a store-bought cake at the last minute tomorrow. :(

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I tore one of my contact lenses last week. So I'm back to glasses all this week, and frankly it's been irritating. I'm not used to having something on my face constantly, and I feel restricted. Oh well, just have to wait for my new ones to come in--all the way from Malaysia where my original prescriptions are!

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We're starting back with the churches' softball league this spring. The team had its first practice last night, and we start playing in April. Hopefully we won't lose so bad this season!

'Til my next blog entry, have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

1st Blog Birthday

One year! I've been blogging for one whole year. I didn't think I'd last this long, although I'm blogging lesser and lesser these days. That's a good thing for me.

Click here to read my first and rather awkward entry. I don't think my blogging skills have improved much since...

Monday, March 06, 2006

My Super Dad

3 weeks ago, my parents went on their long-awaited trip to Hong Kong and Mainland China. 2 days after they got there, my dad ran the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon; not the half, but the entire full marathon (42.195 km/26.218 miles). 58 years old and still going strong, he completed the run in 3 hours 54 minutes. He even beat many of his fellow running mates (those from Malaysia who ran with him in Hong Kong), and they were much younger than him. Yup, that's my super dad on the right in the picture.

I've yet to meet anyone who runs like him--especially at his age. He's been running all his life, and that's one of his greatest achievements (among others, of course). Unfortunately, my brother and I never inherited that gift from him. Thankfully he never expected us to. :)

My dad has run many marathons before, mostly half-marathons (and the 1 or 2 triathlons in between!). This was one of the few full-marathons he has ever done, and it's been his best yet. It just seems like the older he gets, the faster he becomes! I'm extremely proud of him, even if he wasn't running so well. The fact that he's still active and running at his age is highly impressive to me. Way to go, Dad! You're the champ!