Lisa and Pete were married at the Millennium Resort in Scottsdale. Quite simply, they’re lovely people. When we arrived, there was this wonderfully comfortable, peaceful and happy atmosphere. We walked into the bridal suite to find a surprisingly calm and radiant Lisa. Pete was helping Tyler get ready- so cute- I’m such a sucker for little guys in tuxedos (Pete looked okay too 😉 )

This is why I love weddings so much, the LOVE in the air, the ritual, the happiness, the festivity. To be a part of such an important day in people’s lives really is an honor and to be a part of Lisa and Pete’s wedding day was amazing; it was everything a wedding is supposed to be. Their vows were so fitting and genuine, they made me cry and I normally don’t cry at weddings.

From Pete’s vows:
“… We are truly the right ‘fit’ for one another; I am the peanut butter to your jelly, we belong together… I will bring to you the very best of me, to bring out the best in us, and the best in the children that we cherish…”

From Lisa’s vows:
“… together we will raise our family and create a home filled with kindness, honesty, laughter, and mutual respect, a place where we support and encourage one another in the spirit of love that surrounds us today…”

I loved their vows, such simple words, yet so meaningful. Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary. Watching them share these vows reminded me of a quote (that I’m too lazy to Google who said it right now).

You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.

This wedding was a wonderful success for Pete, Lisa and their new family; truly a “celebration”, in every sense of the word. A fantastic day shared with great loving friends and family.

Congratulations Lisa and Pete!!!!

It’s an hour before dusk. We are approaching the swamp. The children are restless and not quite the model, back-seat travelers we know they can be. So it begins. We remind them that if there ever was a time to be their best, this was it. The swamp is teaming with alligators. And remember what happened to that kid from Michigan, you know, the one that ran on the boat, tripped and fell in the alligator water? “What?” comes the back seat echo, in full stereo? No, no, you don’t want to know.

Fast forward another ten minutes and we’re near the end game. We explain to the boys that they really can do whatever they like, but when we go by where Big Al lives, the child that behaves the worst, will be fed to the that gigantic, nine foot alligator. We had worked the boys up into a little frenzy- in our defense, it was an hours’ drive from New Orleans- but at that moment, a calm, confidence, washed over Mateo, as he slowly turned his head towards Lucas and proclaimed, “I’m safe.”

If you ever find yourselves in New Orleans, we can’t recommend this little detour enough. Greg from Airboat Tours was a stellar mix of entertainment, education and top notch boat handling skills, all wrapped up with a noticeable enjoyment for what he was doing.

New Orleans swamp
New Orleans swampBig Al the alligator,  if you look closely you can see him waiting, patiently, to get a snack!
New Orleans swampOur Lucas was the only one of us wanting to hold the alligator (and the frog).
Lucas holding a baby alligator at New Orleans swamp
Lucas holding a frog at New Orleans Swamp
Lucas holding a frog at New Orleans Swamp

  • Nola - What a great photo of a super cute kid and a cool family adventure!!

Over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, we spent some time at the beach and I know kids grow up fast, but I never thought how much that could hit me in just a single day. I came to the realization that I no longer have little kids, I have little dudes, specifically, little “Surfer Dudes”.

When this transformation took place, I really don’t know. I do know that it was clear as I watched them paddle out on their little surf boards, get up and actually catch some waves. If that wasn’t enough, on our way back home, we bumped into a couple of the kid’s friends:

Mateo spies a buddy skateboarding, rolls the window down – “Hey Ryan- Stop by later?” and as we round the next corner, Cammy yells out:

“How was the surf?”

Lucas – “Awesome!”

Mateo ” Great waves today!”

Cammy “Sweet!”

Really?! These are 7 & 8 year olds! My little boys are not little any more… Here are a couple of surf shots. Aren’t they the cutest?!

Carlsbad kid surfing

Carlsbad kid surfing

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