Monday, April 1, 2013

An Easter Surprise

I hope you all had a Happy Easter.

We were fortunate to have our son home over Spring Break.

He came home to decompress from a stressful winter quarter which involved a lot of prep and a series of intense interviews both in LA and SF for a summer analyst position at an investment bank.

What began as an opportunity in San Francisco has morphed into a summer internship in NYC

Needless to say, he is thrilled to be going to NY where he will be sure to come away with the experience of a lifetime!

It was the icing on the cake to have him home to celebrate his Dad's birthday.

On Saturday night, we took him to dinner in San Francisco, scoring a table with a prime view of The Bay Lights.
Unfortunately we had to bid him good-bye after Easter Mass and send him on his way which is always tough on the both on us.  We decided to  head over to my mom's house to take a walk around her classic Alameda neighborhood which is where we stumbled upon our "Easter Surprise". 

As we were rounding the corner we ran across some neighbors who were doing some spring cleaning in their front yard.

I know this couple well...
I went to school with Debra and her husband, Doug, is our dentist! 

Our timing couldn't have been better...  
they offered to show us the spectacular display of wisteria that was in full bloom in their backyard! 

And now I get to share it with you!

Debra told us that their wisteria has been featured in Sunset Magazine.

I can certainly see why! 

It was misty with a light drizzle while we were there.

I was able to snap some gorgeous photos with my iphone.

As you can see, I couldn't get enough of the show!

She took us out in front of the garage where she pointed out that the wisteria overhead was a rare double variety that was being studied at UC Berkeley.

I didn't know how talented this duo was...

They don't have a gardener, they do everything themselves!

Dr. Mitchell even did all the iron work you see supporting all of this gorgeous wisteria!

I hope you enjoyed seeing this stunning display as much as we did...

Thank you Doug and Debra for sharing your yard! 


Kathysue said...

Congratulations to Chris on his internship, that is fantastic!! Omgosh what a beautiful yard and that wisteria is the prettiest I have ever seen, just gorgeous.
Happy Monday,

kim at northerncalstyle. said...

How wonderful for your son. He will have a great experience being in NY! I loved this yard! The wisteria is amazing. Ours just bloomed in time for Easter. I love it. Their plant is unbelievable.


Woodside Park said...

Congrats to your son. What a great honor, and how exciting to be interning in NYC!!! As for the wisterias: absolutely beautiful. What specimens!!! Unfortunately our wisteria is a big mess. I'm a bit overwhelmed with it.

Divine Theatre said...

Wow. New York. That's pretty far away. Are you going to be okay with that? I know you are so proud, though!
My wisteria needs a place to grow. Hopefully we will have our pergola installed before it grows too big! This one is stunning. Just stunning!



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Unknown said...

Omg you had dinner in San Fransisco....Loved it

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La Brocanteuse said...

A big congrats to your son and wishing him the best in New York! Thank you for sharing your Easter surprise, I can understand your joy for finding this couple in their lovely garden and this amazing Wisteria!
Love to you Colette x

cjsullivan133 said...

That is great about your son. Bittersweet for you, but fabulous!
And that's some vine. How beautiful the wrought-iron work that they built around it is. Magnificent!

French said...

That's some seriously beautiful wisteria! And for your Son I wish all the best; I did the UCLA to NYC investment banking transition too, and he will surely have a really wonderful summer there~

Leslie said...

This is wonderful news! Congratulations to your son:) I know this is a tough time with the kids growing up and having all of these experiences. I'm in the same boat.. my daughter is looking at internships and you never know where they will end up. BOTH my kids are moving into apartments this week.

Gorgeous Wisteria! We have some in our yard .. it's not growing well like this though!


Unknown said...

Oh my gosh the wisteria is just gorgeous! I am definitely having bloom envy here in Boston where we are still officially in "mud season". Thanks for sharing such beautiful pics. And congrat's to your son...I can't think of much more exciting than an summer internship in NYC for a twenty-something!


Monica said...

How exciting for your son. Now that wisteria WOW! so beautiful I wish it would grow in Texas but might be too hot and dry here.

Blooming Rose Musings said...

What a wonderful time Chris is going to have! Many congrats to him. And, I hope husband Chris had a wonderful birthday.
Your friend's wisteria is breathtaking. Gorgeous and what a wonderful surprise find on Easter morning. XO

Sarah said...

Sounds like your son has a bright future with wonderful opportunities ahead. Thanks for sharing eh beautiful wisteria.