Monday, December 29, 2008


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Villagomez O'Connor Ford Family!

Angelo visited for Thanksgiving this year, and for the first time in over three years we have a family photo of all of  us that I didn't have to photoshop!  This photo was taken at Catie's 9th birthday celebration at Margiano's, an Italian restaurant on International Drive.

Today is Tiana's 8th birthday and we're heading back to Margiano's tonight to celebrate.

Saturday, October 11, 2008


Governor Ben Fitial of the CNMI

In our last week in Saipan this summer we went out to dinner with Alex's godparents Maggie and Fred Camacho.  We ran into the Governor of the CNMI, Ben Fitial, who posed for a picture with us.  

Friday, October 10, 2008


Dancing Cheeseburgers

My friend Jeanne cleaned our her kids' closets yesterday and brought over a bag of dress up clothes, including these ABBAesque dancing outfits.  Catie and Tiana thought they would make great Halloween outfits.  The cheeseburger hats in their video really add to the look.  They were inspired by Mama Mia!, which we went to see last week.  

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Saturday, October 04, 2008


Happy 30th Birthday Angelo!

Hope you have a wonderful birthday!  We miss you and love you!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008


Head Shots


Sunday, September 14, 2008


Busy Week

We've been back in Winter Park for 5 weeks, and I'm finally hitting my stride.   We've got our routines down, and house is looking more organized.  It always takes a while.   The kids have already gotten their half term progress reports, and they are doing great.  Kevin got all A's and Catie had a mix of A's and B's.  

Alex and are still working on the rental house, and we are now concentrating on the back yard.  I never think to take "before" pictures to contrast with "after" pictures, and it would have been a good idea to do this, as Alex has done an amazing job.  I don't think our last tenants did anything out there in the past 8 years, and it was quite overgrown.  Alex dug out most of the bushes that were probably planted over 20 years ago and were half dead.  We're putting new mulch down and I'll get some more flowers to plant.  I'll also get some grass seed and spread it out before we get some rainy weather.  

We had a great day today at the pool.  Nora and Gene came over for the day, and Kent and Rene came over for a barbeque at Windsong with us.  Alex did all the cooking, and everything was delicious.

It's 10 p.m. and the kids are already in bed.  We're back on track.

Saturday, September 06, 2008


More Yard Work

Alex, Kevin, Catie and I went over to our rental house today to do some more yard work.  Catie worked on spreading out new mulch, Alex finished bundling up all the trees he cut down and Kevin and I raked the yard and bagged all the leaves.  Winter Park requires all cut down trees to be cut into 4 foot branches and then tied with twine or they won't pick it up.

It was in the 90's today, so it was pretty hot work.  Luckily most of the front yard is shaded, so we didn't burn too much.  The only thing we have to do in the front yard now is mow the grass and edge along the sidewalk.  It already looks so much better.  The back yard will be a real challenge, and we'll start on that on Monday.

The house is now completely clean on the inside, and the smell is gone.  I did a space clearing yesterday with my bell from Bali and feel like it's ready to rent.  I've been getting a lot of calls, so I feel pretty confident I  find a renter this week.

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