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Our Family Is Growing

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We haven’t posted too many pictures of us lately, so after uploading the last few pics of the master bathroom door, I figured I would post some pictures so ya’ll can check out Summer. In about 7 weeks we’ll have a new addition to the family and we’ll start blasting you guys with photos of our daughter. We don’t know what she looks like yet, but she knows my voice from stories and conversations I have with Summers prego belly. Now, when I read or talk to her she starts moving around and kicking. It’s amazing.

Summer is 32 weeks pregnant in these pictures. The first picture is in the living room right before we went to the beach on Sunday to fish for lobsters, relax and get away from our computers. We have both been working a lot but aren’t complaining. We love our jobs, working at home and talking office politics at the water cooler. Ok, just kidding. Not much politics going on in our office, just work. Without further delay:




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43 thoughts on “Our Family Is Growing

  1. Laura V. Romero

    Wow…you look amazing! I am so happy for both of you!

    The remodel on your home is absolutely stunning!

    I hope all is well with you.

  2. Rosa

    Summer – you are glowing in this picture! Can’t wait for pictures of the baby, any names yet?

  3. Leonardo Perez (CUCO)

    Hi, i actually live in rincon (barrio pueblo sect. korea)everyone knows me as cuco the plumber.I cant make out where is your house located,but it really looks nice.Im usually in the puntas area every guesthouse owner knows me , well almost all of them.But anyway if you ever need of my service or assistance with anything you can always count on me.Just email me or ask around you know that in rincon you just say my name and you well be directed to my house.Well have a goodone see when i see yaah!.

  4. Carol

    That’s a very pretty and small belly, which is good so you don’t feel uncomfortable. Good luck with the delivery!!

  5. Mia

    Wow, I am thinking of moving to PR, I have one more year here in Cali, my son is in his last year of highschool, I am very interested in hearing more about the process and following your story, congratulations on the baby and your new home!

  6. linda

    Congrat’s on the bathroom and of course on the BABY! Summer you look so sweet and calm. Best wishes to all 3 of you!
    Can’t wait to get back to mi casa in Puntas. Hopefully July!

  7. Natalia

    Every time I reconsider moving to PR your website comes up in the search engine, Its been a year since I last visited here. My hubby is a native californian and the only thing that is keeping us from PR is my husbands language barrier but its going to be an adventure Im sure once we make it official. Congrats on the baby you carry very gracefully.
    Natalia

  8. Fran and Steve

    This is for Natalia… Think of Summer and Stefan moving to PR with a “language barrier”. There are other blogging couples where neither one is a native Spanish-speaker. And they have adapted EXTREMELY well. Steve (my non-Spanish speaking Californian husband) and I will be moving there soon. I have the same concerns as you, and look to these guys for inspiration and optimism.:) Fran

  9. Billy and Cynthia

    Stefan, congrats on the baby and the home. You guys look great! Website is dialed, looks amazing. I love your yard really great size. I’m living on Capecod and Cynthia is 18 weeks pregnant, pretty ironic. Well take care! Praying for surf as well. Too much work these days and not enough play. Lots of postive vibes. Your old neighbor. Billy and “Long live Louie”

  10. Yadira Marrero

    I am so glad you are doing well my husband and me are moving to puerto rico next month. We are puerto rican but hae liven in new jersey all of our lives. My father owns a home in toa baja and I feel that we should take advantage since we do not own a home here and will not own one any time soon. How is it there now is life good, hows the weather and did it take long for you to adjust to the weather.

  11. steven

    White settlers coming to PR and doing the damage that they’ve always done historically. Sadly, no jobs in PR leads to emigration of middle class so that more GRINGOS can come and buy land and build an exagerated/ridiculous house. If people following this blog think this is too cute, think about how this affects the culture of its people. Americans have ameliorated the culture, bringing the nasty fast processed food to this island plus a number of issues not worth mentioning in this blog because of the sleaziness it’s made out of.

  12. Stefan

    Hey Steven, since you already categorized all “Whites” and “Americans” into one group, go ahead and ‘mention’ the issues you were so afraid to mention that are so sleazy…sounds like good therapy for you.

    What do you eat everyday?

    Are you racist because your parents were or did you learn that through you experiences with ‘white people’?

  13. linda

    Steven, Imagine all the MONEY (Aka JOBS) we pour into the economy.
    Imagine the time and care we take with the land and it’s resources by planting gardens and fruit trees, and as long as your talking about nasty American food.. get the MARGARINE out of the Puerto Rican food (or do you like eating something that is one compound away from being plastic). (sorry Stefan and Summer…hope all it well in PR. Salty Walt told us not to come down cuz it’s just too damn hot)!

  14. Cassie K

    “Americans have ameliorated the culture” -Ameliorate means to make something better. Steven, I think you might need a dictionary before you go on your next rant generalizing whole communities -unless you enjoy using words you do not understand the meanings of.

    As far as your topic itself, too much growth, too fast and for the wrong reasons (often for a quick buck by people who don’t live in or want to live in the area in question) can cause a lot of problems anywhere (look at the Coal towns of Appalachia if you want an example in the US proper) and certainly there might be people -usually huge corporations- who want to come to Rincon just to build a huge 20 story hotel resort and make it like Cancun. They just take the money and leave (exploit might be the word you’re looking for).

    But from what I’ve read about Rincon and especially its Surfrider’s Foundation, it has been one of the more progressive areas of Puerto Rico creating the Tres Palmas Reserve and prohibiting destructive building practices that can damage the reef and coastline while preserving the historical culture and flavor of the area. Many of these people fighting for these things just happened to be white and live in Puerto Rico. This is their home too; they want it to be the best it can be!

    The Tres Palmas Reserve story is a great example of community organizing and of coming together for a great reason: http://www.surfrider.org/rincon/index.php

  15. Rosa

    Summer/Stefan
    You will always get people that are negative about everything, those people you keep away. You do not waste your energy on Steven, he just wanted to put darkness in this great blog, and we are not letting him do it. He loves this attention, so forget him….let’s talk about the pineapple, did you eat it yet?

  16. Tara

    Good God Steven is PISSED! i don’t blame him for being regretful of the Gringos or the Grin-gas in my case, but the truth of the matter is…… I did not personally invade your countryside.. I grew up in a town here in America(and i was pretty sure PR was also America) where the only jobs available were seasonal .. and ALL of the business owners imported their hired workers from PR! i know it sounds crazy, but us gringos and gringos were out sourced to our Puerto Rican Cousins. We did not get those jobs, but we did get to love the people that came, we did not hold a grudge against them for taking those jobs. After all it was the EMPLOYERS that gave those jobs to them. We did not resent them for it….. SO as a Gringa.. I am moving to PR.. to Rincon in particular, for many reasons, the beach, and the PEOPLE that I grew up with, they will remember me.. I will remember them.. I totally understand being skeptical of Americanised people.. but from me you will not get that..Let us realize that the only person that can take the PLASTIC from your food is you! I refuse it, won’t eat it, and I will hold that same standard in PR! I hope you decide to do the same and not blame it on anyone else when you choose to ingest it.

  17. REINALDO LUGO

    STEFAN BEFORE ACUSING STEVEN AS A RACIST DO YOUR HOMEWORK
    IN LEARNING SOME HISTORY OF PUERTO RICO AND YOU DONT FIND ANY JIM CROWE ERA OR ANY RIOTS AGAINST BLACKS IN SOUTHERN STATES IN THE 1960S OF COURSE YOU WILL FIND SOME REJECTIONS OF FEW INDIVIDUALS BECAUSE THEY ARE DIFFERENT BUT THAT HAPPEN IN EVERY SOCIETY

  18. Stefan

    Reinaldo, I agree with you. We need to take every person and every situation at face value. My ‘racism’ accusation was because he used the word Gringo.

  19. Fran and Steve

    Stefan, don’t take Steven’s remarks personally. He has it backward. As a native Puerto Rican, I moved to a place where people don’t trash the land, don’t abuse animals, don’t drive on the shoulder, respect the privacy and personal space of others, where I can get a variety of healthy food choices, etc., etc., etc. Steven (why the Anglo name??) speaks from a position of ignorance and envy. He envies who you are, what you have, and what you stand for. As a mature adult, I find your blog far from sleazy! Your blog and those of other west coast bloggers of stateside origin are my favorite blogs because they make me more nostalgic for the Puerto Rico of my dreams than any native Puerto Rican blogs (which often hatred-laced). I will be back one day to live my dream on my island, and indulge in tasty but unhealthy Puerto Rican food, which I’m sure will negatively affect my health. I will welcome statesiders who help make it a better place and steer clear of sorry people like Steven. Fran

  20. REINALDO LUGO

    FRAN AND STEVE I PRETTY MUCH AGREE MOST OF YOUR COMMENTS BUT I DONT BELIEVE YOU ARE REALLY BORICUAS I DONT BELIEVE YOU GUYS ARE EVEN NUYORRICANS DONT TELL ME YOU DONT LIKE PELEAS DE GALLOS ARROZ CON GANDULES Y LECHON AND YOU MENTION NO HEALTHY FOODS IN THE ISLA DEL ENCANTO SOME STUFF THAT ARE IN THE 48 STATES ARE THE SAME THINGS ARE IN PUERTORRICAN GROCERIES MOST OF HEALTHY STUFF LIKE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES ARE IN PUERTORICAN GROCERIES STORES LIKE PUEBLO AND GRANDE GUESS WHAT MOST OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES IN US GROCERIES ARE IMPORTED FROM OTHER TROPICAL NATIONS SO DONT TELL HOW DIFERENT THINGS ARE IN PUERTO RICO THAN OUR COUSINS IN THE MAINLAND

  21. Fran and Steve

    Reinaldo, for the record, Steve is not Boricua, pero yo sí lo soy, ¡de a beldá, y no de los nuyores! LOL!!! And also for the record I DETEST PELEAS DE GALLOS and think they should be outlawed. I stand by my statement of having more healthy food choices stateside, but am guilty of eating my way across the island every time I visit! Fran

  22. REINALDO LUGO

    CASSIE K WHERE WAS THE SURFRIDER FOUNDATION WHEN THE BEACHES OF VIEQUES NEED IT LIKE THE PAST 15 OR 20 YERS WHEN THE BEACHES OF VIEQUES REALLY NEED IT. WOULD IT BE INTERSTING SEE YOU GUYS PROTESTING AGAINST US NAVY FOR VIEQUES BOMBING RANGE

  23. Alicia Cordero

    What’s up with the ALL CAPS? lol. Relax. Just for the record, the Rincon chapter of Surfrider is strictly a volunteer organization comprised of locals (be it “Whites,” Boricuas, whomever)from surrounding municipalities. They DONATE their time and energy towards preserving the ocean and marine life of PR as well as the other activities that Cassie K mentioned in her July 7th post. I should know, my husband interned (meaning unpaid) the entire summer at Surfrider Rincon. As for Vieques and what happened in ’99 to Mr. Sanes – -that was a terrible tragedy. And, the damage done environmentally can never be fully rectified (if at all); however, maybe if YOU donated YOUR time and energy you wouldn’t be so bitter, you might actually help your island, and gain some perspective as well. Ok, I’m off my soapbox.

  24. REINALDO LUGO

    ALICIA FIRST OF ALL I HAVENT TRASHED SURFRIDER NAMEA AT ALL I ADMIRE WHAT SURFRIDER HAVE DONE FOR RINCON. I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT IM NOT AN ENVIROMENT FREAK BUT I RESPECT THE JOB THAT YOU GUYS HAVE DONE IN RINCON.BUT YOU FORGOT ANCWERING MY QUESTION WHERE WAS SURFRIDER LIKE 10 15 YEARS I REMEMBER SEEN JESSE JACKSON ROBERT KENNEDY JR AND SOME OTHER GRINGOS WITH THE VIEQUENSES PROTESTING BUT DID SURFRIDER WAS 10 YEARS AGO IN PR THATS WHAT I NEED TO KNOW

  25. REINALDO LUGO

    TARA I DONT THINK MIDDLE CLASS OR RICH KIDS FROM MONTAUCK OR THE HAMPTONS GONNA DO FARMING JOBS IN THE FIELD PAINTING HOUSES MAUWING LAWN CLEANING HOTELS .
    I GUESS THE IMPORTS PEOPLE FROM PR TO DO THOSE SEASONAL JOBS. I GUEES IN 2009 THOSE SEASONAL JOBS ARE DOING BY MEXICANS NOW

  26. Cassie K

    Reinaldo,
    In response to your question, I am not associated with Surfrider (yet!), but I do believe they help out in all beach areas that they can. Here is a report that includes the Vieques area.

    From my search online, it looks like Surfrider has only been around as an organization since 1984 but has made a lot of progress in that time.

    Alicia is right, you need to learn to type without all the CAPITAL LETTERS! In computer correspondence it is like yelling.

    ¡Cuando se usa mayúscula en communicación por internet parece que está gritando y personas piensan que usted está enojado!

  27. REINALDO LUGO

    Cassie
    im not mad with with anybody. As a amtter of fact log to my Facebook page and i will give it to you.Thanks for the Sufrider article .But from all the letters i wrote in the past Alicia and you only commplain about my orthography no one else.I really respect you in becoming bilingual thats mean you want to be part of us.You really want to become boricua. Thats like hoosier in Indiana or tar heel in North Carolina because a lot Gringos dont want to be like us they want Rincon and other areas be like South Africa. Next time try to write me a letter in spanich it will encourage a lot of people doing the same thing

  28. Reinaldo

    Steven , i remember your controversial comments regarding white settlers coming to PR.I disagree with your comments because brittish and american colonialism happend long time ago.But this time is different loook at Vistas de Puntas ,developers GRINGOS from Long Island NY.Buying cheap selling 1/2 million to a million per residence no wander locals and some long time GRINGO residents are pissed.Developers havent done anything ilegal.But i have gut feeling that Rincon will become like Hawaii .Locals will be more territorials and less friendly in the future

  29. Rosana

    Wow, Stefan and Summer, please do not think for a second that Steven’s thoughts are the standard in PR.

    He is just part of a club of narrow minded people that migrated from, only God knows where, and decided to settle arround the world.

    I don’t think your adventure is cute, I think is awesome and it actually inspires my (language barried husband) to continue with our plans of moving to PR very soon. Good luck.

  30. Linda

    Wow, I can’t believe this discussion is still alive! I agree with Reinaldo about Vistas de Puntas, but to tell the truth, I bet it never gets built. They are still trying to sell all those condo’s in town, plus the ones that are going in above Fish Eye. Crazy crazy..
    About Surfrider, my husband was chapter chair in NJ for 4 years. It is a long and thankless job that happens DAILY. Try it sometime. you’ll see.
    Now we limit it to our yearly longboard contest and let some of the younger ones handle the daily stuff. As for Rincon’s Surfrider, I don’t think it was in exsistance 15 years ago.
    Thanks Summer and Stefan for all your blogs/classificados etc.. you guys are great.

  31. Ruth

    There is always a resentful idiot who has to drip a sour note. Summer and her husband are just enjoying a very organized life. The “gringo” thing was so uncalled for… Yes, I think this blog is cute, cool and entertaining. I’m a local and Rincon is an incredible town, I believe anyone making good use of their living space has a right to flaunt their happiness.

  32. Danny

    This is funny. I think both Steven and Stefan are racist. Both of you seem to think all whites are gringos. Stephan are you whiter than every Puerto Rican?because you refer to gringos as white people and whites as gringos, here and in your FAQ’s? As if you can be white, but a Puerto Rican can not. and Steven if you are Puerto Rican than you surely have plenty of non gringo white friends or family because there are plenty of white people whom are Puerto Rican. I live in Cabo Rojo. I have family in Mayaguez, I speak English as my first language and Spanish as my second, my family is from Panama, Ireland, Lower Skagit, ect. I am a Gringo because I am from California, not because I AM WHITE.

  33. Rosa

    Wow…I see all the positive people are still blogging! “Can we all just get along”! Ooops and that comes from someone who was born in Rio Piedas and went to school in Trujillo Alto…Amen.
    Stop the HATE.

  34. Reinaldo

    Ruth,don t know you, but base on your statemens you look like an angry New Yorker than a local from beauiful Rincon.You are confusing the word Gringo with the word Cracker.Both words don t mean the same.The word Cracker is a bad word against caucasians the other is not.It is weird that last time i visited Rincon some people were upset about the world Gringo and in the Mainland i said the word numerous times and so many people dont even know what it means or never heard the word Gringo

  35. Liz

    Gringo isn’t a racist word. It’s just a word spanish people use to call Americans from the mainland. It doesn’t matter what color they are. Puerto Ricans from Puerto Rico call Puerto Ricans from the mainland gringo too. LOL

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