Two Harbors family vacation

Day In The Life

9.22.14

If you know anything about April, you know that there is no location on planet earth that is more special to her than Two Harbors on Catalina Island. It is truly hard for me to explain to people just how much this place means to her. Today, I (Joey) am writing this blog post, in the hopes that five-ten-twenty years down the line, there will be dozens of other posts, with images from this same location, but with a whole new set of memories attached to them.

I would say that April did not experience an ordinary "summertime" growing up as a little girl. At least not "ordinary" in the sense that she went to school all year and then had the usual run-of-the-mill, cliche June through September months at summer camp or playing in the evenings on the cul-de-sac with the neighborhood kids. When school let out for the year, her family set sail (or motored) over to Cherry Cove, on the west end of Catalina Island and set up shop for three months. Her dad commuted (yes commuted) from Catalina each week so that the girls could spend their summer days soaking up the Catalina sun, snorkeling, participating in things like "the dinghy parade" and other traditions that so few people have the good fortune to experience. So many of us are familiar with taking the Catalina Express over to Avalon, hitting all of the tourist destinations only to head back to the mainland without experiencing the most special parts of this island. There are areas of Catalina, that for people like April, have become a part of who they are. So many firsts happened for April here and so many memories were made. Friendships were created and nurtured.

I came onto the Cherry Cove scene over two decades after April first visited this place but I instantly saw what it was that she enjoyed so much about being here: Remote. Unplugged (for the most part). Beautiful clear blue water. Stars that don't seem to exists on the mainland at night. Warm breezes and the sound of water all around.

This was our first trip as a family of four to Two Harbors and I know that it will not be our last. I am so grateful to be able to share this special place with my wife and children. So, a few parting words here: if there is something (or somewhere) special that your spouse loves, be sure that you take the time to enjoy these things or places together with them. For me, I often find myself challenged to get away from the day to day hustle and bustle of running a business. April has taught me so much about why it is important to not get sucked into this routine. She has shown me that there is so much out there to experience together as a family and as a couple and I am so grateful that our kids will be able to look back on their childhood memories as fondly as we do. Here is a set of images that will likely be the first in many, of our family trips to the Banning House at Two Harbors.

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Baby Bailey

Day In The Life

3.17.14

As you may have noticed, our blog postings suddenly slowed down toward the end of the year in 2013 and remained slow (stagnant) for the first few months of the new year. In addition to moving into the first house we've ever owned together as a family, we also brought a very special new person into this world. Bailey Joseph Bertocchini was born on December 9, 2013 right around 4 pm. Weighing 7 lbs 3 oz, this little guy has brought us even more joy than we could have ever anticipated. He is  just over 3 months old now and has "grown like a weed" as the old people say. He is full of smiles and joy and we love him with everything that we are. In addition to having all the love he can handle from his two parents, he has also been warmly welcomed into this world by his big sister Tiny E. We are so proud of our little girl for being such a loving, proud big sis. Here are a few snipits from 24 hours that changed our lives forever. We love you Bailey.

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Summer Bucket List

Day In The Life

8.16.13

This summer, we decided to set some goals for ourselves. Not the financial or work related kind of goals. We decided to set FUN goals. We made a Summer Bucket List and have been busy checking things off over the past few months. Although we considered doing a blog post for every single adventure (there have been a TON so far) we thought a "summer-y" of our efforts thus far would be more efficient. We've still got lots to conquer before the summer comes to a close so we better walk away from the computer now and get outside and back to wor............

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We’re having a baby!!!

Day In The Life

6.24.13

Remember how we said things have been crazy around here lately? Yeah, well the one secret we've been keeping from you, aside from the rebranding, moving houses and the chaos of every day life is that we are also beyond excited because we are expecting a new baby this year! We found out that April is pregnant a few months ago and we couldn't be more excited to share the news. Just last week we did a private reveal, just the three of us to find out if we will be adding to our collection of pink or possibly bringing some additional male energy into the house to level the playing field. Having a girl has been an experience like no other, and now, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to be parents to a very LOVED little boy. Baby Boy Bertocchini is due late 2013 so stay tuned for more details. We're having a boy! 001We're having a boy! 002We're having a boy! 003We're having a boy! 004We're having a boy! 005We're having a boy! 006We're having a boy! 007We're having a boy! 008We're having a boy! 009We're having a boy! 010We're having a boy! 011We're having a boy! 012We're having a boy! 013We're having a boy! 014We're having a boy! 015We're having a boy! 016

Durango – A Family Wedding

Day In The Life

6.17.13

Last weekend, Tiny E and April held down the fort in San Diego while Joey flew to Durango Colorado for a family wedding. It was one of those trips that seemed pretty easy on the surface. Fly in Saturday, fly out Monday. Easy-peasy right? Well, things didn't go quite as planned and we had a little snafu on the return flight. A two and a half day trip suddenly turned into about five. It was one of those blessings in disguise as this "flight delay" (okay, truth be told: Joey missed his flight) opened the window of opportunity for some amazing family time. When you have family that lives all across the U.S., extra time together because of a missed flight turns into a really awesome situation. It also gave Joey and older brother Tony LOTS of time to hang out together - it's amazing the things you can catch up on with a four hour layover at DIA airport in Denver. Topics covered: favorite IPAs, lottery-dream-scenarios, work-life balance issues and how to overcome them, love of family, reminiscing about the good old days, love for our parents and younger sister, but above all else, love for one another as brothers. Thank you Frontier Airlines for your awful customer service. It gave me the chance to spend some true, quality time with the people that I love.

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