As soon as we arrived in Lake Tahoe, we met Desiree and Pancho.    The couple to be married :-)Night Before the Wedding (2)

 There was a dinner hosted by the groom’s family the night before the wedding at Chart House restaurantNight Before the Wedding (3)

 It was dark already outside but there was a beautiful view of  Lake Tahoe Night Before the Wedding (5)

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Delicious dinner
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Toasts and speeches from the Groom’s family

 

 

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Our home for two nights in Lake Tahoe Grand Residences by Marriott (2)

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 Love the acrylic reindeers in the receptionGrand Residences by Marriott (6)

 Not one room is alike because the owners design their own spaces.  When they are not using their place, they put it in the pool and can be rented out Grand Residences by Marriott (3)Grand Residences by Marriott (4)Grand Residences by Marriott (5)

A few meters away from the hotel is a stoplight and after the stoplight is the border of Reno Nevada.  And you will see already three Casinos :-)  Harrah’s, Harvey and MontbleuGrand Residences by Marriott (1)

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 The whole gang is here! :-)  Grand Residences by Marriott (1)Click below to go to their website

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It’s our first time to go to Lake Tahoe and I just loved the drive!!! It’s so beautiful!!!!  I am imagining being here during the winter and everything is white and all around you are fresh Christmas trees!!!  Road Trip to Lake Tahoe (2)

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Road Trip to Lake Tahoe (11) These are just parts of a wider view…it’s just so spectacularRoad Trip to Lake Tahoe (12)

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James kept telling me to look at the stone mountainsRoad Trip to Lake Tahoe (14)

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 These are just a few.  We could not stop all the time Road Trip to Lake Tahoe (18)

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Another loyal member of the family who we all love!! Conchita!  She’s been with the family since Sept. 12, 1960 ( she knows the date!) or 54 years!  She was the assistant/Yaya of my Lola Glecy. She went wherever she went ( and that’s all over the world) , she would do the trusted duties assigned to her by Lola and she was the only one who could touch and fix Lola’s things. When Lola passed away in 1994, she still continued to stay and now still watches over Lolo and the family.

Lolo told her jokingly “dito ka na nagkamens ( menstruation) nagmenopause at nagkaold maid” haha!! :-)

Conch told me that she enjoys working for the family and she’s crying telling me this. She specifically mentioned that she was so happy she reached Mt Makiling by helicopter and also met many important people because of my Lola. She’s grateful. Tomorrow she turns 73 – Happy Birthday Conch!! We love you!!

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I don’t have really photos of Conch but I found this :-)

She takes care of anything that is Lolo’s including the dog :-)  Duke was given to Lolo as a gift and was still a puppy so Conchita took care of him like her baby

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For the past eight years, since 2007 when I first attended Mother’s Club, Gaita Fores has been sharing her recipes with a group of mothers.  Mothers Club is a monthly club that gathers lady friends of the gracious host, Mimie Huang de Ocampo.Gaita fores mimie huang de ocampo Mothers Club (10)

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