All Photos Taken By Darlene Torres
All photos taken by Darlene Torres
Read second post HERE
At Cousin J, Cousin Jo, and Cousin Jul’s house. They are losing their house 😦
Now… the purpose of the 3 part post of Christmas day.
The Mystery Machine.
This van used to be ours. I remember car-pooling in that miracle van since 3rd grade. We extended family used the miracle van for all of our excursions. It held ALL of us. In later elementary my dad gave it to my uncle. I completely forgot about the van until it made a miracolous appearance 🙂
Of course we needed to take a picture with it!
For these next pictures… you’re going to see the angle change. In order to get the van with everyone in it and to have the flash actually make an effect on the picture my sister had to place the camera in the middle of the street. By the way, the “town” we were in is called Richgrove; population: 2000 approximate. My cousins happen to live on the last street of the town.
So camera in the middle of the street my aunt is watching for any oncoming cars. It’s supposed to take 3 pictures on self-timer.
Maybe now you know why I’m so random and crazy, kind of 🙂
Missed the first part? Read here!
Continuing on from my last post…
Now everyone wants to go outside. Play some basketball. Etc.
I’m looking for my boots to join them… I can’t find them! I see other brown boots that are NOT mine.
I give up looking and stay inside to join the older folks with the karaoke. (I hear you: typical.)
They also went caroling without me. (New tradition)
They went next door and were given $4 for their
Such manners… as they relayed the information my bro J took the money. Cousin Ry yells “SCORE!” as they’re walking away… Someone also adds “JACKPOT!” to the shouts of surprise and thanks…
Apparently, there were some cute guys in the audience mix. To console myself by missing the cute guys sighting… I say… “Oh well they’re [Cousin Jul & sister D] still in college they’re probably like 19s.”
Cousin Jul: No! They were in college. Cousin J saw them to!
Cousin J: Yeah.. they were cute.
Cousin Jo: MAN! I missed it.
Me: Were they black?
Cousin Jo: You like them bros?!
Me/Cousin J: Duh, she dated a black guy for 2 years…
Cousin Jo: dude! I didn’t even know you like them bros!
Me: Uhm, yeah! Lol. FOUND OUT! Hahaha.
Somehow the conversation steered back to the cute guys.
Cousin Jul: I didn’t even notice them because an old guy answered the door and there was little kids running around.
Me: How do you know it’s not their kids?!
Cousin Jul: It’s probably their cousins!
Me: Oh no. I’m not signing up for no baby mama title.
Cousin Chuck: Oh yeah.. that’s what they were looking for. Good thing you didn’t go Mel.
Cousin Jul: You guys are so messed up!
And with that conversation we wrapped things up at this house and proceeded to say our goodbyes, hugs, and “see you tomorrows” to everyone…
Packed up for the next house. It was 7:30 pm.
And what did we do?
At this house we continued our gift opening from this family.
We continued our caroling to random people (my cousin’s friends).
One more post left 🙂
Wednesday night I took my brother out for some sushi…am I not such an awesome sister? Anyway, it doesn’t matter that I was craving sushi so he benefited; I did offer.
So! We went to Haru Sushi in West Covina across the Westfield West Covina mall.
I didn’t remember to take pictures until the first roll was almost done. I know, fail.
Sunday Lunch Shogun at La Verne. Treated my friend Courtney for her birthday and Dar wanted to be consoled since the rest of the family is out-of-town for the week on vacation.
I also ordered a spider roll. It was absolute fail. The crab tempura helpings were minimal. It got lost in the california roll.
As you can see…all of the rolls have the sweet eel sauce. Mhmmm yummy. I have to because I can’t have soy sauce, LOL.
Any sushi lovers? What’s your favorite roll?
My brother’s football tournament was today.
My brother asked me to print off directions for my dad. Before I left for work.
I did. I couldn’t remember exact directions from the last time I dropped off my brother. So I went on google maps. Instead of giving the bare minimum of directions based off google maps. I wrote extra stuff down, i.e. pass Ramona Blvd don’t pass Central. 2.1 miles from your last turn, etc.
When I handed my dad the directions I relayed the information I wrote down with a bit more detail. “You’ll pass Ramona and you keep going straight. It will look like you’re lost but you’re not. Monte Vista will be a small street-you’ll stop at a stop sign, etc.” My dad says, “Yeah, I’ll remember when we get closer.”
Fast forward 10 minutes…
My dad and brother are in the truck pulling out the driveway…
I’m in the kitchen getting ready to leave as well.
Hm, there’s this sheet of paper with my hand-writing on it…
OH MY GOODNESS! It’s the directions!
Hurrying out the door to catch them…I shake my head as my dad is smiling as he opens the car door.
Fast forward 30 minutes….
I randomly check my phone for any messages as I’m getting ready to exit the freeway
I got a missed call from John.
My thoughts: “Oh dear…what now?”
John: Never mind…we’re here.
I walk into my office and check my phone.
Text message from John: Nvm we found it lol we had to make 2 U-turn; haha.
So much for remembering…
Funny e-mail from my mom:
As soon as this happens…..
Retire with dignity…
Remember when I said my sister was going to take pictures of me during our family vacation?
I lied, we never got to do that. We did squeeze in a very pretty family picture of the gorgeous view that looks like a fake background 🙂
She was however able to take pictures after my dad’s party….
looking at these pictures, I probably should have put make-up on to define features alot more but eh, maybe next time. I literally mean MAYBE.
Comments, votes, thoughts? More pictures to come of family and sister poses.