Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Fishing Round 2!

At dusk, we went fishing just down the street from my sisters house on
the Atlantic ocean. We had such a great time and caught some fish and
a baby shark!!!! Thanks to uncle jeff! On the way home now to jump
into the hot tub! We love coming to rach and Dans house!

Cale and Lucas caught a puffer too!

Maybe there are only puffer fish in the Indian river!?

Lolo caught a puffer fish!

Jeff caught 3 and my dad just caught one- I am sure Lucas and Cale
will catch one too!!! I didn't know there was this many puffer fish in
the river but they love lolo's bait... Now if they only can catch a
pompano or some other kind of fish!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Jeff made it to Melbourne beach!

I picked him up yesterday and he made it just fine... Although he got
no sleep on the plane (red eye) and is super tired! Glad he is here :)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

On our way to mass...

It's been so fun being all together! Rose, rach and I ran a 10 mile
run this morning and we just got done with church. Now we are heading
to see a movie and tonight it's hot tub time! Happy Sunday everyone!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Skyping with jeff

We had a little too much fun... Jeff had the best graphics on his cam
software. He will be flying down to Florida in one more day! Can't
wait to have him down here with us!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Getting ready for Christmas dinner!

Everyone is busy getting Christmas dinner ready! We will be eating
soon!! Merry christmas everyone!

Merry Christmas everyone!

We are at the butlers and the kids just finished opening their
presents. We are halfway there... Now the adults need to go! Of course
after we assemble all the toys and help charge electronics... Merry
Christmas to everyone! Hope Santa was good to you!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Making cookies for Santa

We spent part of our night making cookies for Santa!!! The boys got
really creative and did a great job decorating. Funny- lucas named his
"Lulu".

My office view for the next 2 weeks!

This is my sisters backyard!!! Gotta love it.. now this is what I call
vacation!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

On the way to Melbourne beach!

My family just came to get me at jersons house and we are now on our
way to rachelles house! Can't wait for all of us to be together- it's
been over a year! It was great seeing you jerson and Minnie - see you
guys in a couple of weeks!

Monday, December 21, 2009

On my way

This am, woke up at 330a and left Los Angeles in the dark and am now
laid over in Washington dc where the ground is covered in snow! I only
have a 30 minute stop and then on my way to Orlando where I should
arrive at 5pm!

Jeff's doing ok!

On Friday, Jeff took a little spill on his motorcycle and came out
with just a fractured rib and some rasberries on his knee. The
hospital visit was not fun and to help with the pain, they did a
procedure called a nerve block to help alleviate the pain on rib
number 6! After lots of pain medication and a prescription for more,
he was able to go home (and not have to stay the night like originally
planned) and has been recovering all weekend! Thanks everyone for your
texts, emails and phone calls and he is still in pain- but doing much
better. Take it easy babe and see you in a week ... Can't wait for you
to come to Florida! I love you.

Friday, December 18, 2009

A Jen fozzy original!

Jen, maggie and I had our little christmas celebration last night and
Jen gave me one of her latest, original pieces of artwork!!! They
aren't even on the shelves yet!!! Yay... I gots some cool ass friends!
I love them... You did a great job in this zoo York line!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

My Venus Flytrap!

One of my friend's Paul gave me this Venus Flytrap for my birthday and I love it! It says to keep the environment moist and to feed it bugs but I can't seem to find any bugs! Today- I noticed these moths flying around so I killed it and gave it to my flytrap and it actually ate it! You can see where I placed the bug here....

And then it closed its trap to eat the bug here! It was soooo cool! Thought I would share this experience with you all! Thanks Paul for my gift (and Rhoi too!) I love it!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

On the way to Phoenix!

We are still in California, just past Joshua tree and heading to
Phoenix to go visit jeff's grandma who had surgery earlier this week
(broke her back and is had it cemented). It's a 6 hour trip there and
back- yes, we are coming back tomorrow- so I am doing work and
catching up on email in the car!!! Thanks to my verizon mifi!!! I
can't live without it.. Especially on road trips!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Driving east in los Angeles...

You see this! Yay!!!! Snow season is here (only up in the mountains of
course!) and that means time to do some snowboarding, sledding, snow
shoeing.... And making snow angels!!! Come visit and go boarding with
us asap!!! Ron is going tonight if you can believe that! Love u guys...

Monday, December 07, 2009

Mike is now Stache-Free



After a month with the stache... Mike is now stache free! Here is an excerpt from his wrap-up! Congrats to Mike for doing such a noble thing for this cause and for raising a ton of money to go to cancer research! Props to you! (And the thing hanging around Mike's neck comes all the way from Hokkaido, who is now his best friend. Yeah, don't ask.)

Hello All,

The Movember moustache growing is alas a wrap.  You are receiving this email because you were one of an amazing 30 people that donated to the cause of researching cures for prostate and testicular cancer.  Together we raised over $2,000 and I couldn't be more proud of the effort.

Thank you all for supporting me with your fun comments and your wallets in this challenging financial time.  Knowing that in my 36 years on this planet, I've assembled a group of friends and family that can spring to action and step up for a worthy cause in such great numbers really warms my heart.  Having the blessing of your friendship is truly my greatest accomplishment.  You are the best!

The final request I have of you is that you simply ask all the men in your life over 40 - when was the last time they were screened for prostate cancer?

WHY?

1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer, typically there are no symptoms until its spread beyond the prostate.  Regular screening is vital as prostate cancer is 90% curable if detected and treated early.  Sadly 27,000 men will die from prostate cancer in the US this year alone, don’t let it be someone you know.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Christmas is here!


IMG_0366, originally uploaded by rizanola.

This past Sunday, Jeff and I went to get a tree! Love the holiday season, but can you tell its not exactly holiday weather? We had a good time picking out a tree though :)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving in Cali

Here is a group photo with everyone!!! We actually got everybody in the shot and everyone looks great! It took a long time to get this shot!

Here is a picture of some of the girls! Thanks for all the delicious food-- we ate ALL day!! And Antoinette did such a great job decorating the house! Its always so much fun getting everyone together!


It was fun skyping my with my mom and dad and the family back in Pensacola! We also got to spend some time with Lito, who is here visiting the states for the first time! Welcome to the US Lito! We have a couple more Thanksgiving parties to attend before the weekend is out ... we are going to need a vacation after this holiday!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy thanksgiving from Cali!

It was fun skyping with you guys!!! Just a few shots we took from my
iPhone to share with you all! I'll post the group picture soon! Love
you guys!

Cil, jon and GGG make it to Cali!

Happy thanksgiving everyone!!!! Just picked up jon, cil and GGG up
from the airport- it's so great to see them and now on my way to
thanksgiving lunch at Jeff's families house. Love you all and skype
you soon!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A fun day in malibu

Shay, roger and I at staircase while watching the boys surf. If you
look to the left of me, that is a dead dolphin that turned red and
black. Not sure how long it's been there but it was so sad to see.
Can't wait for you guys to come back and visit! Actually Shay-- see
you in a couple of days!

My brother Roger

I love these pics of roger, taken at a surfspot called staircase off
pacific coast highway past malibu. I love how you can see the sun rays
beaming down on him! It was such a beautiful day and thanks again
roger for coming down to la! Love u, Riza

Week 3 of Muson's Stache!

Here is the latest update on my "brother" Mike's stache that he is growing to raise money and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer research.  He has raised over $1300 this month...but his goal is $2500... Let's help him get there!!! Here is his update:


The "stache" has been the subject of much debate, ridicule and thankfully tons of laughter.  I am currently visiting my Mom in Florida and she couldn't help but note how much it reminded her of my Dad's back in the 70s.  That provided a nice connection and launching point for more involved conversations about their courtship and insight into my Dad that I didn't have before.  Beside the money we've all raised together for cancer research, learning more about my Mom and Dad has been the best reward I've gotten from this fun endeavor.

If you haven't already, please donate through the following link :
https://www.movember.com/us/donate/your-details/member_id/107693/

As a reminder, all donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. The Prostate Cancer Foundation will use the money raised by Movember to fund research to find better treatments and a cure for prostate cancer. 

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Riza's Birthday at Manna Korean BBQ

What a lovely night with good friends at Manna Korean BBQ in the heart of Korea Town. The food was amazing, the people were awesome and the atmosphere was delightful. Until it was time for the cake. They made the birthday girl feel so special. Watch the video and you will see why. Payback to come. If anyone takes you to Manna Korean BBQ for your birthday, you might want to think twice!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Meeting with Meredith

On Monday, I had a meeting here in Los Angeles with an old colleague
of mine from one of my stations that I handled in Portland - it was a
meredith station! It was so great to see those guys and the offices
are beautiful! This post is for you jers!

Skyping w/ Rose and Rach


Skyping w/ Rose and Rach, originally uploaded by rizanola.

Me and my friends were skyping with Rach and Rose while we watched the video that Rach put together for me for my birthday! We had so much fun chatting with them and can't wait to see them for Christmas!