Thursday, April 29, 2010

Happy Jazz Fest!

I'm in Denver now on the way to los Angeles. It was such a great day
at the fest... Thanks again to Cecilia, helen and gang for making it
happen! I love and miss you guys and my family too!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Jazz Fest 2010

 I have the best friends in the world. My girls pitched in and bought me a ticket to come to New Orleans after they found out that it was tough for me to come-- and I am so glad they did. Even though I just got to go for one day-- it was worth any plane ticket. I miss them so much.
We had a really great time at the fest and we are missing Helen, Woods and Emma in this picture! We closed it down and really got the most out of the day.
After the fest, we had an awesome crawfish boil at Chris Joplin's place. It was so nice for him to put us ALL up! It was sooo nice to eat some crawfish- I hadn't had crawfish since last year!
Here is all of us towards the end of the night before they left to go to Tipitinas. What an awesome night..
In the AM, Helen and game made some awesome omelets and I loved Chris' strong coffee! Here is the last group shot of us all together before we took off to Pensacola. Emma took off to Nashville the next day and Helen, Woods and James were leaving on Tuesday. I am in Pensacola now but heading back to New Orleans tomorrow night.

In Pensacola : Its Church Time!

Here in Pensacola spending time with my folks and Rose and Roger are
here as well! We just got out of church (are you surprised?) and on
our way home!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

I made it to new Orleans!

Cil and Emma greeted me New Orleans style! Yay! So excited ... Miss
you family!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day to Everyone!

Isn't our planet earth beautiful? Let's keep it that way! These pictures above were taken last weekend from Jeff's grandparent's backyard in beautiful Valley Center, near Escondido/San Diego, south of LA.

So as you already MUST know by now, today is the 40th Anniversary of Earth day! Hopefully - you did one thing "green"-- but hopefully you are doing green things everyday. Just something simple as re-using the cup that you drank out of instead of grabbing another cup makes a difference!

Today- I decided that I wouldn't drive - ok, so there are many days that I don't! But I wanted to do one thing that really made a difference. I decided I would start composting. The main excuse I used was the fact that I live in an apartment complex and didn't have a backyard really. Also, I thought it would be hard and was just lazy to not take the simple steps to start.

I took 10 minutes today to do a bit or research on composting and I am going to make a conscious effort to do it! Try and do something green today-- you still have time!

Here is some info that I found to help me start composting:
Happy Earth Day! Riza

PS- Congrats to one of my heroes, Rick O'Barry (and the entire film crew), for his appearance on Oprah today to promote the award-winning documentary The Cove! If you haven't seen this movie- please go see it. It will change your life.

I just thought I would post this picture below because it really does show you the beauty of the mountains in the background (and notice they are snow-capped!) and the water. Let's keep our earth healthy and beautiful. Do something good for Mother Earth! Start today..

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Warrior Dash April 9, 2010

Here is a little clip I put together! We had a blast doing this obstacle race-- we were in 4pm wave- they had waves starting at 11am all the way to 5pm, starting every 1/2 hour! I will definitely be doing this next year! Enjoy!

Warrior Dash 4/9/10 from Riza Ayson on Vimeo.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Testing for Scuba Diving Magazine

Jeff and I got up super early this am to be in Redondo Beach Harbor to
jump on the Body Glove boat. We are here with Scuba Labs/Scuba diving
magazine to test underwater cameras today. Jeff is diving today but I
am just hanging out on topside taking pictures and helpin out (when
I'm not sleeping or reading magazines!) I met one of the brothers that
started Body Glove, Bob- and we are actually diving off his personal
boat! We are here at Palos Verdes point, where there is an awesome
kelp forest and very scenic- but the water is a little too cold for
me :) a chilly 58 degrees!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Easter Sunday

We spent our Easter Sunday at Jeff's aunts house in San Clemente with his grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins. We went to church at St. Augustine's before heading down South.
This is a picture of Memere, Jeff's Grandmother and Ethan. Such a cute picture and Ethan and Chops made them really nice Easter cards!
This is Pepere... Jeff's grandfather with Ethan, Chops and Jeff. What a beautiful day we had to celebrate Easter Sunday. However- we did feel a really, really long rolling earthquake this day. The epicenter was in MexiCali and was confirmed at a 7.2 quake! This was only my 3rd earthquake I've ever felt-- the first one ever was actually in Tokyo.
Jeff's cousins hid the eggs and they got really creative. Look how funny- they hid the eggs in the arms and legs of this wetsuit hanging up outside! You can see the tip of the purple egg hanging out of the arm! Ha.... It was a beautiful day! I was definitely missing my family back in Pensacola but can't wait to see them all soon. Click here to see all the photos from Easter Sunday!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Rose's Going Away BBQ

I just wanted to post some pictures of Rose's going away BBQ that we had on Monday night for Rose before she left on Tuesday to head to Portland for a couple of weeks!
We had such a great turnout of people- we were only expecting around 10 or so... but lots of people stopped by! Thankfully we had plenty of elk burgers (the elk meat was incredible-- courtesy of Del and his family that hunted for this elk!) and a lot of people brought food too.
Jeff cooked 3 bags of eggrolls and we couldn't get them onto the platter fast enough! People were taking them right from where he was frying them outside
After the party- they busted out the banana-grams game! (Rach-- we have to play this game- its so fun!) It's no mahjong -- but its really fun! We will play this when we are all home for sure. Be safe in Portland Rose!!! Love you, Riza

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Miss you Rose!

Rose took off on Tuesday to head to Portland and she is there safe and
sound! Miss you already Rose and hope you make it back soon!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Happy Easter!

We just got out of church and are on out way to jeff's aunts house in
San Clemente for Easter lunch and egg hunt! Missing you guys and hope
you have a beautiful Easter Sunday. Love you all! Ps- mom and dad, I
will call you when we get back this afternoon!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Our fun day at San Onofre!

On our way to san onofre beach for a fun day of surf and sand! We just
got here but waiting to get in the beach - they let one car in and one
car out to control the number of cars they let in-- but it's
definitely worth it! This is one of the most famous surf spots in the

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Rose tries Circuit Works!

Rose came with me this morning to my circuit training gym and she
loved it! Rachelle- do you remember going with me? It's an incredible
workout so if you live on the west side-you have to try it!