Category Archives: Pic of the Week

Scenes from NYC

Irene recently returned from New York City, where all the Valverde siblings
helped their sister Janet celebrate her 50th b-day. Here are some very cool shots
taken on Irene’s iPhone 7:

Looking down on the Oculus, the $4 billion train station at the Freedom Tower

The Freedom Tower

Night view from the birthday girl’s building.

The iconic Brooklyn Bridge

The Guggenheim Museum

In stark contrast to surrounding Tribeca-area buildings, a 60-story tower rises like a Jenga game.

Perfect day for shopping

View across the Hudson — Long Live Joisey!


Pic(s) of the Week: Zoo-tography

The famiglia took an overnight daycation to Santa Barbara over the holidays and hit the Santa Barbara Zoo; not-too-shabby iPhone shots if I do say so myself:




Pic(s) of the Week: All Rise

Xander takes some warm-up swings before a recent “Fall Stars” baseball game; the way I cropped the photo with the tall palms in the background gives off an interesting vertical style panoramic presentation. The second photo is a shot of our TV screen after the Yanks took all three of their ALCS home games vs. the Astros this week. The palm trees also lended a larger-than-life quality to Mr. X and his aspirations of one day rising to the heights of
the 6-foot-7 Yankee rookie slugger Aaron Judge.

Vid(s) of the Week: Slow Motion Splashes

And making the slo-mo highlight reel from the 60th Anniversary festivities…..

Pic(s) of the Week: Bugged Out

Mowing the lawn this past weekend turned into a National Geographic creepy-crawler photo shoot. Taken on my iPhone7, these pix show a variety of insects that we corralled, starting with a two-inch black beetle, which we decided to drop into a plastic flower pot liner with a caterpillar and some potato bugs, and then the final shot showing the grisly demise of the grub, whom the beetle was obviously merely sizing up in the second photo.


Pic of the Week: BurGR, BaBY!


To celebrate Miss A’s performance at her gymnastics meet in Las Vegas last weekend, we hit Gordon Ramsay’s BurGR on the Vegas Strip (the “GR” in the name is chef’s initials that fit conveniently into the word, sans the “e” of course)! GReat BurGRs and even GReater all-around weekend! (See what I did there? Using the word “all-around”
saluting the gymnastic theme of the weekend!)

Pic(s) of the Week: Towering Shots

Irene took these photos of the Watts Towers on her iPhone during a recent school field trip with Xander’s third-grade class and I tinkered with the colors for a mini Warhol side-by-side presentation. In lieu of an accompanying explanation to the question What-the-Heck-Are-the-Watts-Towers? for those not in the know, check out this link.

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Pic(s) of the Week: Chestnuts Roasting on a Gas Fireplace

image2image1Okay, the chestnuts were actually done in a toaster oven but these two shots seemed pic-of-the-week worthy: our family room fireplace decorated by interior design maven Irene and a snack of said chestnuts & egg nog while we trimmed our 2016 tree.


Pic of the Week: Little Trump & Hillary

We’re the Mini Politico Party and we approve these masks!



Pic(s) of the Week: Batterymate Bros



For the uninitiated, the term “batterymates” in baseball means the pitcher-catcher duo in a game; while Troy and Xander are at different age levels during the more competitive
Spring season in Santa Monica Little League, they are teammates/batterymates on their
Fall Ball Avispas (Spanish for “wasp”) team. These photos show the sibling tandem in
action during last Sunday’s game vs. Culver City.

Pic of the Week: ‘Amazing’ Camp Pick-up


Spotted this banner in front of Gersten Pavilion at Loyola Marymount University after picking up the kiddies from tennis camp one recent July afternoon. Not sure if the campus was serving as a “Detour” or “Road Block” and was perhaps even more curious what the Chinese Phil Keoghan looks like! Minutes later, we passed by a black SUV with one of the teams and camera crew. TAR is one of our favorite reality TV shows so you can imagine our excitement over this brush with TAR China!

Pic of the Week: Pretty Portugal


Longtime family friend and former neighbor Sheba texted me this screensaver-worthy shot
from an annual hiking holiday with friends: while it may look and sound a bit like the
Palos Verdes Peninsula here in SoCal, it’s actually The Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region known for its sunny Mediterranean climate, beaches and golf resorts.