Lifestyle

If you've been to our house, you know we love to entertain. Having dinner with friends in our backyard is one of our favorite activities. The fact that Los Angeles weather is so outdoor friendly makes it even more enjoyable. Mark and I have hosted parties ranging from 1 to 40 people, and almost always have gotten compliments on the yumminess of the food and refreshing conversations. We've done so many times that preparing the house and the food for an event, whatever the size, comes like second nature. Our relationship motto is 'we are a team' and this could not be more true than when we get ready to host a guest. He goes to the grocery store, I clean the house, he cooks, I make sure the wine is at room temperature, and the list keeps on going. Sucessfull entertaining does require some effort, but none of this matters when we get to see friends enjoying themselves and indulging in Mark's cooking... after all, isn't that what life is all about?

Abril Diaz Andia

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Introducing Abril Diaz Andia, the beautiful daughter of my dear friends Maria Gracia and Juan Cruz. She is a healthy, happy baby and she is the cutest thing ever. I got to spend a few days with her and her parents in their New York apartment before their big move to Argentina.

You can find more pictures of Abril by clickling HERE.

The Wedding of Celina and Damien

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Mark and I were thrilled to attend Celina and Damien's wedding celebration in Mendoza. The bride looked absolutely gorgeous! The dancing was fun and it lasted all night. Mark and I realized we are not in good shape, we could barely move our hips by the end of the night.

The link to the album can be found HERE.

Christmas in Argentina

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We took a 10-day trip to Argentina in December 2009 to spend Christmas with the family and to attend the wedding of our dear friends Celina and Damien.  We first arrived in Buenos Aires where we spent a couple of days touring the city and absorbing all the changes that have taken place during the past eight years. We visited Recoleta, Puerto Madero, Caminito, and the new cluster of bars and shops in Palermo. Mark had a chance to try several steaks and I got to eat Argentine style pizza.

After a 12-hour bus ride we arrived in Mendoza. Mark spent almost the entire week perfecting his "asado" techniques and I tried to spend as much time as possible with my friends. Christmas Eve was a big deal at my parents' house.  They hosted a dinner party for approximately 20 people (see picture above). I got to see my uncles, aunts, cousins and to meet my cousin's six children!! 

 A link to the photo album is HERE.

Birthday @ the beach

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For Mark's birthday we decided to go to the beach to introduce Roger to an oceanic experience.  We were very excited about the trip since we both wanted to see our dog swimming like a pro in the cold waters of the Pacific.  However, as soon as Roger stepped in the water he got scared and started running on the oppposite direction.  We think the masiveness of the waves breaking on the shore was too much for him to handle.  But aside from the water, Roger had a blast at the beach.  He got to play with a couple of dogs (for the first time!), digged in the sand, explored every square foot, and got to play fetch until he dropped. Mark and I had a great time as well.  The weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cold.  We hope to repeat the trip very soon, and next time we'll be prepared to jump in the water with Roger to teach him that the water is OK.

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