5/1/2004

Camping In San Simeon

5/17/2004

Congratulations Brock and Mandy Nieuwkoop

Aliciana and I spent most of the weekend in Bakersfield. We were there to celebrate Brock and Mandy’s wedding, which was beautiful. They had an evening wedding in Scott and Lisa Davis’s gorgeous backyard. The ceremony was very touching, including a special presentation by Brock to Brianne, Mandy’s daughter, promising to love her and to form a loving family. After the ceremony, the rest of the evening was filled with music and the usual wedding festivities.

The wedding was attended by our entire group of friends and it was great to hang out with everyone and catch up. In addition to our friends, the wedding was attended by Brock and Mandy’s families and family friends. There was around 60 people in attendance overall, so the evening was a small but intimate event. I was even given the honor to drive the newlyweds to their hotel after the party, which I was more than happy to do.

The joy experienced by all in attendance makes me wish that my own wedding wasn’t still a year away. I hope my own special day is filled with as much love and happiness as Brock and Mandy’s was. I hope that their union is filled with unending love, joy, and excitement. In the words of Ryan’s toast, may your marriage be as long as this pennido!

5/22/2004

BMX And Bands Show

Aliciana and I went to the BMX and Band Show this afternoon at Cal Poly. It was a nice day to get out so we ended up spending several hours there. We saw some amazing professional BMX riders do some incredible tricks and stunts. We also caught a good performance by a band named Joose who sounded a lot like Dave Matthews Band. Before checking out the show, we went over to both Nick and Jessie’s labs and saw them hard at work.

5/23/2004

Hiking Reservoir Canyon

Today Aliciana and I went for a hike on the Reservoir Canyon trail. This trail is located right before you start climbing up the Cuesta grade coming from San Luis Obispo. It is about 0.5 miles down Reservoir Canyon Road off of Highway 101. It is a nice and easy hike, only 2.8 miles long, and a 200 foot elevation gain. We didn’t see much wild life, just some lizards and a few fish, but it was still a beautiful area to walk through.

5/29/2004

Architecture Show

My parents were in town for this Memorial Day weekend. My grandparents also came to town for Saturday. We all met at The Hofbrau in Morro Bay for lunch and then headed to Cal Poly’s Chumash Auditorium for the 5th year architecture student final project show. Both my brother and his girlfriend Jessie had their final projects on display. There were a lot of good projects but I have to say that I feel my brother’s and Jessie’s were defiantly among the best there.

My grandparents left to go back to Bakersfield after the show and the rest of my family ended up at our apartment for a BBQ. The dinner was delicious and it was nice to hang out all evening as a family.

5/30/2004

Elephant Seals

My mom and Aliciana went to church on Sunday morning and then we all grabbed a bite to eat at Cugini’s. From there we headed up to see the elephant seals that sun themselves on a beach 15 miles north of San Simeon. My mom and dad had never seen them before. The elephant seals, as usual, were quite amazing to watch.

We had dinner in a good Mexican restaurant in San Simeon and then headed back to San Luis Obispo. Monday morning we had breakfast at Hobee’s and then said good bye to my mom and dad. They will be back in 10 days for Aliciana’s graduation so it was more like a see you later than a good bye.

6/4/2004

Geocaching – 35°15.621N 120°39.433W

Aliciana and I went on our first geocache yesterday. For those who don’t know, geocaching is quite similar to just going on a hike except the hike is laid out by other geocachers and the goal of the hike is to use your GPS to find the cache at the end of the hike. To find different geocaches to go on, you just go to www.geocaching.com and look them up.

The hike we went on was short but steep. It had some beautiful views of San Luis Obispo from on top of the hill we ended up on. Geocaching is definitely a fun hobby and we are looking forward to doing a couple different hikes every month. It is a great way to find trails you never knew about and to get some exercise and fresh air.

6/11/2004

Tomorrow My Dad Is 50

Well, my parents were suppose to be in town by now but I haven’t heard from them yet so I will instead take this time to embarrass my dad. Tomorrow he turns 50 and he is not really looking forward to it. We are going to go out to dinner tonight to celebrate. They are in town for Aliciana’s college graduation, which is tomorrow. So, happy birthday dad! Remember, you are only as old as you feel… or smell… or something like that.

6/12/2004

Aliciana’s College Graduation

6/15/2004

Graduation Weekend

We are finally recovering from graduation weekend. First off, I want to say: “Congratulations Aliciana! I am so proud of you!” Aliciana graduated last Saturday with a Bachelors in Business with a concentration in Accounting. She also received a Minor in Philosophy. By the time the graduation started, there were 27 people who came to watch her. These people included her parents, my parents, her grandparents, my grandparents, her sisters, my brother and sister, and her uncle and family. It was quite a large group!

There was actually two graduation ceremonies. The first one was for all the students graduating from every college. It was a nice ceremony, only about 1.5 hours long, and included some good speakers. The second ceremony was just for the college of business. All they did was read everyone’s name and hand out fake diplomas. It was complete chaos, you would think that the business school would be organized, but we still ended up being able to see Aliciana walk across the stage.

After the ceremonies we all went to Round Table Pizza to celebrate. We ended up taking over half the restaurant. My family and Aliciana’s family got to talk with each other and get to know each other, which was nice. Everyone went back to our apartment after dinner for ice cream and cake. It was amazing that we were able to fit everyone in our apartment… it was quite cozy.

My side of the family left Sunday afternoon after we had lunch with them. Aliciana’s parents and grandparents stayed until Monday so we got to hang around with them and have some good meals. Overall, it was a very fun and very exhausting weekend. It was nice to have our families meet each other before our wedding in a year. Now that we are sorta recovered, we have to start packing and move to Bakersfield.