Saturday, July 30, 2011


This is where it's at.

Honestly, it is breathtaking. Clear blue waters that go miles and miles, the summer sky looking lovely and bright, beachy sand you can sink your heels into, and the mountains surrounding it all... tall, green, and lush.
It's quite the sight to see.

Taryn and Robbie made it all the way into the cold water

Tenley found her happy spot

this is what she did the entire time we were there.

she could do this for hours

it was the perfect summer day

- besides the lame parking ticket we got... grrr -

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Saturday Morning

Love when we get to somewhat sleep in on Saturdays.

Today Tenley went all for it and slept past 9:30... Taryn and I actually went in to see if she was up yet and she sat up all sleepy headed with a huge grin spread across her face.

and that grin has been going all morning long....

love it.

This is truly my child here. She loves the tube and can be occupied for quite a while watching Saturday morning shows.

Nothing says Saturday more than my girls peeking out their favorite window to watch Daddy mow the lawn. Lucky for Tenley, Taryn was tuned out to a show so there was no quarrel to be had to get this beloved spot.

Now I've got to pack up some beach toys and snacks cause we are headed out to spend this summer day at Lake Tahoe.

I heart Saturdays.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer is going Swell!

Warning: this got a little out of control with an overload of summer catch up. I'm just too lazy to split it all into different posts.
you have been warned...

So far our summer has FLOWN by! We just got back from spending 2 weeks in Utah....

So. Much. Fun.

I don't even know what to do now that we are all by our lonesome selves. Taryn has become a total fish in the pool this year. I had her in swimming lessons the 2 weeks before we left and then we pretty much swam everyday in my aunt's pool while staying at her house.

there are like no pools in Reno.... or as my mom would say, "right by lake Tahoe in Sparks, Nevada." For some reason saying we live in Reno scares her.


So I signed Taryn up for the next course of swim lessons! It's at this really fun resort just 3 minutes from our house.... basically after lessons we lounge around and enjoy the afternoon at the resort without actually paying a fortune for a membership :)
Might be a little sneaky, but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.

Taryn the fish and Tenley being entertained with food, as usual.

Spending the 4th on our home turf was super fab. We spent the morning watching the very homemade evergreen avenue parade. Nothing compares really. It was a bonus to see a lot of old neighborhood friends. -and I met our "replacement family." How crazy is it that the family that moved into our old place is a lot like us... tall dad, blonde mom, two kids (4 year old and a baby) but both boys. It was kind of creepy how many times I ran into this family. I felt stalkerish, and wanted to yell, "HEY YOU FAMILY... YOU ARE LIVING MY LIFE!"

Sunday before the 4th... I took a bajillion pictures of them in these dresses

waiting for the parade to start

yelling for "candy over here!"

Taryn's favorite part.

Tenley's favorite part

My favorite part - seeing my cute primary kids! I miss them!!

Later that evening we had a BBQ with the Wilson's (totally forgot to take pictures there!) then saw some festive fireworks at the Holiday Elementary. (again... a must do) My kids were in heaven getting all the attention and being around grandma's... aunts... uncles... and cousins.

Taryn with the lovebirds

Still lovebirds.... Had our very first kiss 9 years ago on this very night!
I'm telling ya fireworks were boomin!

cheese cheese... more cheese

totally normal

My kids love a good dance party

I seriously love this Harajuku girl pose!

After all the 4th of July hoopla ended, we did a ton of hanging out in my Aunt Becky's pool. My mom is having her kitchen completely remodeled and adding on another living room area so her house was somewhat out of service. Lucky for us my Aunt Becky and Uncle Steve live 5 minutes away and they welcomed us to stay at their place! Could you ask for a better setting?

Pool - check
Kid toys - check
Yummy food and treats - check
Late night chats on their back porch - check check check!

Lisa and Tar soakin' up the sun

Amy Lou aka the pool cleaner/keeper/slave

Taryn and Becca. They played like crazy.

my other favorite picture... Tenley as an e-wok spying on Taryn and Ava in the shower

Oh! I saw Harry Potter with my sister Amy and her friends. Loved it! We got prepared by watching the first part of Deathly Hallows on my Uncles prized posession.
The big huge flat screen screen HDTV with an amazing surround sound system :)

We were pumped.

Amy defiled her forearm with a sweet death mark.

And the whole reason for this trip... to be there for my brother who went through the Temple for his own endowements.
So proud of him.
He's going to be one awesome missionary. :)

My brother and his wind blown sisters
I think we look pretty hot

What's left on the agenda for the rest of this month: THIS.... THIS... and THIS.

Hope you're enjoying summer time as well!