Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Traverse City Trip

These pictures embody the second day of our Traverse City trip. The first couple of pictures are the view from our hotel room at the Holiday Inn (nice view of Grand Traverse Bay.)
The next is a picture of Kitty and a snow angel that was done outside the hotel.
The next set of pictures are from the brunch where we surprised our moms. My mother arrived first and nearly fell down when I stepped out to say Hi as she got to the table. Kitty's mother was so stunned, I don't think she recognized her own daughter at first. These pictures were taken after everyone had calmed down and had something to eat.
The next couple are us getting ready to leave and David and his wife Annie at David's work. (We had a short brunch because he had to work.)
The last two are of Kitty outside of the Holiday Inn and outside the Cherry Capital Airport when we picked up the rental car.

P.S. If you don't know this, you can click on the photos to make them larger.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Flight into Traverse City

I decided to take a couple of pictures of our flight into Traverse City. The top two were at the Detroit airport as we waited for our connecting flight into Traverse City. The bottom two pictures were at the Traverse City airport. My twin brother, David, called while we were in Detroit and told us he would be happy to pick us up. He and his wife, Annie, were at the gate to greet us. David probably should have reconsidered after trying to lift our bags (O.K., they were not THAT heavy, but they were pretty heavy.)

Monday, December 18, 2006

Merry Michigan Christmas!!

Well, we are back from Michigan safe and sound (some of you didn't know we left at all!) We flew in to Michigan on December 9 to surprise our mom's for Christmas! We will be posting pictures from our trip over the next couple of days.
We had a GREAT time seeing all of our family and college friends!
More coming soon!

Friday, December 01, 2006

My Wife: Wonder Woman

A couple of days ago we received our storage unit from Door to Door. While I have been working all day at Threshold Entertainment, Kitty almost single handedly is unpacking everything and getting everything put into place (she had help from our friend Mellisa), taken to Goodwill or put in our new storage unit (we are trying to cram stuff from our old 2 bedroom apartment into a small studio apartment - it ain't going to happen!) I've tried to talk to Kitty into wearing the Wonder Woman outfit, but she drew the line.
As we unpack, I realized the scope and daunting task it was to pack our old apartment in Burbank while I was in Sydney working at Animal Logic. I have to thank all of our friend for helping Kitty with everything, and of course, thanks to my wife - Wonder Woman!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Alice in Chains and Hurt

I have been a bad boy lately with not keeping everyone up-to-date on stuff.
Last night I had a chance to go see Alice in Chains at The Wiltern in Hollywood.
The concert was AMAZING!
For the people who are not familiar with the group, the lead singer of Alice in Chains, Layne Staley, died of heroin overdose about 4 years ago. Alice in Chains has been on hiatus until recently when they replaced him with William DuVall. William sounds just like Layne and was amazing how the group sounded live! I took my friend Ryan, and while he wasn't familiar with all of their music, he was impressed with the concert and the group. HURT did and hour show with Alice in Chains doing a 2 hour show. Alice did a nice acoustic set in the middle of the concert, instead of at the end like I have seen in some concerts. They also played a couple of video clips that was a tribute to Layne as they set up and tore down their acoustic stage.
A special shout out to HURT, the opening band. They sounded very tight live and the music was a good match for opening band for Alice.
Overall it was well worth the 3 hours on my feet and the expensive tickets from Ticketmaster and the $30 t-shirt.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

HAPPY FEET Opens at #1!

Hi friends! If you haven't already heard, the movie John worked on in Sydney opened at Number 1 this weekend! It's been very exciting to see all the advertising here in LA (not much in Sydney by the time we left), and then go see it, and then find out it opened at #1. Friday night (opening night) we saw it at an IMAX theater with Maggie Langley and some of her friends. Maggie worked with John in Sydney, and now they work together here in Santa Monica. (She's super nice!) Sunday, we saw it again with friends from church - about 16 of us! - with lots of cheering and clapping when John's name came up! We'll be seeing it again the day after Thanksgiving with our pseudo-family in Temecula. Whew! Thankfully, we like the movie, so it's fun to see it several times! :)

It's been a rough couple of weeks as we've moved into our new apartment in Santa Monica and tried to get things organized. Among other things, I (Kitty) about went ballistic when my new MacBook wouldn't connect to our new Internet connection and the Apple tech had me reinstall the operating system. Now I can "see" but can't access my old data! That's one of the things that made it a hard week, and I don't think you'd want to read what I wrote but didn't post. :)

But it's a new week and, as the guest speaker said at church on Sunday, what's really important is that God loves us so much He'd rather die than be without us. The rest just isn't that important - even though it seems like it at the time. :) So this week we're trying to take everything in stride. We will have lived here without furniture or pots and pans for 2 1/2 weeks before it's delivered, but we're managing. And my friend Milissa is going to help me unpack everything when the storage company delivers our stuff next week. Hurray!! I'm looking forward to next Tuesday night - the first night we've slept in our own bed in over a year!

We're going to try to keep you updated on things - especially when we hear things about the potential New Zealand job and how things are moving along with my book - at least twice a week. We hope you enjoy the pictures (more coming, have to get the camera connected to John's new computer first) and our little stories!

Love and Hugs!
Kitty :)

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Happy Halloween!!
We celabrated Halloween with our friends in Temecula. Dougs brother, David, and his wife were kind enough to throw a little party. There was lost of witches brew to drink, burgers to eat, and of course CANDY!
Here are a couple of costumes that showed up:

Friends of the hosts showed up as a ketchup and mustard bottles.

Here is Kitty and our friend Doug. Kitty is a jillaroo and Doug was a friar.

Here is Kitty and I. I had to come as a beat up rugby player.

Our hosts sister and husband came as a mobster and his floozy.

Our host David, is dressed as King, and his 11 month old son, Blake, was dressed as a dragon!
Our other host, Janinne is seen in the background dressed as a fairy.
Home Again

Well, Kitty and I arrived back in the U.S. safe and sound after my job finished in Sydney. We were staying with our friends Mel & Andrew in Sydney for about three weeks after my job ended. They were great hosts!
We then stayed with our friend Doug at his place in Temecula, California, while we set up a job and a place to live in L.A.
Thanks to everyone for your prayers, it's great to be back!

(This is Doug and I)

Friday, October 27, 2006

Work in Progress

Exciting news and pictures will be posted soon.