Sunday, July 13, 2008

Parties & More

Saturday was a busy day of parties.

Back in May, when we had Alex's birthday with kids from his class, we had no idea we were at the beginning of a wave of birthday parties from his class. Every 3 weeks since then has been another birthday for a classmate. Saturday's was Amanda and her older brother Joseph's pool party. It was held at their great-aunt's house, who happens to teach swimming to little kids--one of her students was a 9-10 month old girl who astounded us by how well she was swimming!

The birthday girl, Amanda

Lucas, one Alex's best buds at school

Amanda’s brother, Joseph, and mom, Elizabeth

Alex discovering the joy of lounging by the pool

We had to leave the party early, as Armilyn and I had to go to a wedding in downtown LA. We had an hour to get home, shower, get dressed, and drop off Alex at Oma and Opa's house. When we left, we saw Dad coming home on his motorcycle from the hardware store.

The wedding was for Armilyn's distant cousin, Carlito and his bride Mylah. We later found out it was the first anniversary of their civil marriage, so this was the church wedding. Well, the wedding was at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the huge, new (a few years old) cathedral in downtown. We had never been there, just driven by a few times. This place was amazing. Very modern on the outside, but still beautiful and spiritual on the inside.

A panorama after the wedding, from the back of the cathedral

The beautiful cross above the altar, inside and outside

Detail of the lights in the cathedral

The happy couple posing for pics in the cathedral garden.

A panorama of the garden photo shoot. Click for a bigger picture

The Ancheta girls strike a pose

So as we were waiting for the photo shoot to end, we went downstairs to the masoleum as Justine's dad said Gregory Peck was laid to rest there. We found him.

Well, I immediately noticed that 2 spaces to the right and 1 space down from Mr. Peck is the future resting place of another (unrelated?) Ancheta girl. Cue the Twilight Zone music.

The reception was at Lumineria, a hill top restaurant in Monterey Park. Our cellphone battery was low, so no pics, but we had a great time and the food, once it arrived, was delicious.

All in all, a busy but fun day.

by David

1 comment:

Melissa Spence said...

Wow a 10 month old girl swimming!? Glad Alex has all these fun birthday parties to attend, looks like he's enjoying them.

I'd love to visit that cathedral. Looks like it was a very nice wedding. Crazy about finding that spot for an Ancheta!