A few months ago, our long time friend Boris contacted us trying to schedule a get together during his trip to the states. When we last saw Boris, we were spending a great New Year’s in the Alps and planning to move to France for a spell. This was post-dogs/pre-kids on the Reeves’ timeline and doesn’t seem too long ago.

San Diego was the last stop before heading back home to France and everything lined up. Boris and family were traveling with a friend and her son and we all got together for breakfast, thinking that we’d probably eat something quick and then go on to do some sightseeing, but both assumptions were wrong. We took our time during breakfast talking about life and our past adventures a few of which might still be on the internet if someone were to look hard enough.

Turns out that everyone was really hoping for an easy, fun day that did not involve any ticket purchases or waiting in line. Our group quickly decided to split up and the girls and I (Karine and Nathalie) would go get pedicures and do a little shopping while the boys would go surfing.

Time goes by really fast when you are having fun! We got back to our house later in the afternoon and put together what I call an ‘all hands on deck’ kind of dinner, where basically everyone helps getting diner ready. Somehow, at our house that is pretty much how all diner parties end up, we chat, we remember the old times, we talk about new happenings, we cook a little. We had the most wonderful time with Boris, his wife Karine, their three kids, their friend Nathalie (we are so glad to have made a new friend) and her son and of course our friends Andrea, Andy and their kids. There is nothing like having friends to celebrate life.

Diner with friends, fun, good times, and food

This is one of our favorite recipes. Bobo de Galinha is a very popular dish made in Brazil but instead of chicken it is usually made with shrimp and served inside a hollowed pumpkin, it looks so delicious and fancy the only problem is that I don’t eat seafood, it simply does not agree with me. I decided to try the recipe using chicken instead and just like that, we created Bobo de Galinha! This is a very tasty, creamy and gluten free dish that will please everyone.


2 pounds of Chicken
4 cups of milk
2 pounds of cassava root (also known as Yucca root)
1 can of corn
3 tablespoons butter
1 can tomato sauce
½ cup chopped cilantro
3 onions chopped
8 cloves of garlic minced
2 cups chicken stock
1  1/2 can of Coconut Milk
1 bunch of Cilantro chopped (at least ½ a cup)
1 Bunch of Chives – Chopped

Directions:  Boil the chicken breast until fully cooked,  about 20-30 min. Drain and once it is cool enough shred it and set aside.  Peel and boil the cassava root until soft, let it cool down a little. In a blender mix cassava root and milk until smooth, do not over mix as the cassava root will get very thick in consistency, set aside.   In a large pan over medium heat melt the butter, when the butter is hot add the chopped onions to the pan and sauté until they are golden brown add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add shredded chicken, chicken stock, chives and tomato sauce, mix well. Lower the heat and add the cassava root mixture, continue to mix until fully incorporated. Add corn, coconut milk and cilantro, cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over white rice.


That was the plan at least. My seemingly innocent proposal was, “If you catch one, of course you can keep it.”   I was pretty sure they would not be able to catch a lizard, Mateo was 6, Lucas was 5 and the lizards in our backyard in Arizona were pretty darn fast. It was just about dark, when they scurried out of house, flashlight and mason jar in hand.

I remember having that glorious parenting feeling of winning an argument without arguing and thinking I was pretty smart too.  Actually, I felt that way for the better part of an hour, until my sweet little boys came back running into the house with (brace yourselves) a lizard in a jar! Yep, there it was, a real, live lizard. They were already talking about what to call it and what to feed it, there was no “Can we keep it?” question,  I pretty much dug that hole all by myself. Who knew, some lizards are nocturnal.

The next day a trip to the pet store was in order. The guy at the store said the boys somehow managed to capture a leopard gecko, it was a cute little one. We bought all the supplies that go with a pet lizard and named it Spots. Over the course of a week, I convinced the boys to let Spots go since he was wild and probably was miserable inside a cage not being able to run free; the boys agreed, but only if we went back to the pet store and got one of their leopard geckos that was never wild.  It was close to Mateo’s birthday and he chose the new leopard gecko and named him Anchor.

For a while all was well at the Reeves’ household. The boys took turns having the lizard tank in their room until the week of Lucas’ birthday, when he thought that he could also go to the pet store and pick another lizard. He articulated his case very well and we ended up giving in. He pleaded desperately for a snake, knowing full well that was impossible for me, so when he “settled” for just a lizard, it felt like another victory. Lucas named his lizard Hooky.  And once again, peace was restored to the Reeves’ household.

One day Mateo and Greg were letting Anchor run around our bathroom floor, closely watched, when he disappeared through the trim, into the tiniest of cracks between the vanity and wall. Poor Mateo was in tears. So, we called a plumber with one of those tiny cameras they can poke into all kinds of places, but instead of looking for a leak, we instructed him to look for a lizard, which he did, with Mateo over his shoulder the entire time. He even went into the attic and tried looking down into the walls. It was to no avail. Anchor had been with us for nine months. He was so tame and loved hanging out on Mateo’s shirt while he did homework or read. And now he was gone.

Needless to say, we went back to the pet store. Tiny came home with us that day.  We hoped Anchor would not die inside our walls and stink up the whole bathroom. At some unknown point, late at night, one or possibly two little boys would release crickets and/or mealworms in the bathroom, hoping to coax little Anchor out of hiding. That was fun (not!).

Six months later, on a night when Greg is out of town and the kids are already in bed, I come face to face with Anchor. He scared me so bad I jumped and screamed, after I recovered I gently put him in a portable cage. He was so skinny, pale and not moving much at all.  I thought Anchor was definitely going to die but with much nursing he made a full recovery. It wasn’t much longer after that Lucas pointed out that Mateo had two lizards and he only had one. And that’s how we got Stripes.

I definitely learned my lesson, just keep it simple:  “No Lucas, you cannot have a pet snake, even if you catch one!”

So without anymore delay, I present you Anchor, Hooky, Tiny and Stripes!

Cute pet Lizard Anchor, photographed in Carlsbad California
Cute pet Lizard Hooky, photographed in Carlsbad California
Cute pet Lizard Stripes, photographed in Carlsbad California
Cute pet Lizard Tiny, photographed in Carlsbad California

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This sweet baby girl’s images are ready, there are so many beautiful poses, it was hard to pick the ones to share on the blog. Lakelyn was just 10 days old.
Congratulations Kelli and Chris on your beautiful baby girl.

Carlsbad newborn baby photographer, newborn baby girl in different poses

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