Friday, October 7, 2011

The Jr.

I absolutely love this boy! Since he was named after my Grandfathers middle name, for the purpose of this blog, he is going be known as Jr. He is my oldest brothers boy, the first born nephew and he is my little buddy! While Sean was gone, I got to hang out with him for a while, which is always blessing.

Water, fun and muscles

I am absolutely in love with my cousins! While Sean was gone they came out to visit Boise for a couple weeks. My Uncle owns a business out here and he needed to come do some business. Well I got to really enjoy there company. It was perfect to have them out here because, first they are awesome, and second they kept me busy so I didn't miss Sean so much. While they were here, they took me with them to Roaring Springs, which is a water park here. I had to take a picture of the boy flexing.

Little J, The big boom and their cousin.
 On our way out of town, we saw this cut out poster thing and the kids really wanted to take there pics with it. They
The big boom and the little lady

Little J

 We had a lot of fun. Little J and the big boom were really good with most of all the rides. Big boom was really funny because he was really worried about going on this ride that got really dark because you go through a tunnel but once he did it he wanted to keep doing it. Also the little lady and I had a lot of fun hanging out in the wave pool. She did so good!

Little J, Aunt Michelle, little lady (yes she is wearing her dads sandals), and Uncle Jon
 Well we were pretty hungry after all that playing so we headed back to the house they were renting to fix dinner. I just love how my Aunt and Uncle work together so well. They really are such good examples to Sean and I. Plus I love how they involve there kids in lot of the things they do.

Getting good pictures of energetic kids it pretty hard as they are always moving! But here they are anyway.

 One of the things that my Uncle is a big fan of is swaddling. He has told me several times that swaddling babies is the best thing ever. Well I guess it is a tradition that has kept going well past infancy. These kids love to swaddled up!
These two are so cute! Love you guys so much and thank you so much for letting us be a part of your family and memories!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

While the boy is away...

While Sean was gone to Southern Virginia University over the summer for his sports information internship, I took advantage of some vacation time and went to Lake Tahoe for the 4th of July weekend.

This was the first time that I had ever been to Lake Tahoe and it was well worth the 10 hour drive. My sisters husband's uncle has a town house near the lake which we were allowed to use. It was wonderful to be so close to the lake and take advantage of all the wonderful things around there.

After work on Thursday, I hopped into the car and started the trek to the lake. I was able to get to the town house a little before midnight and waited for Maria and Mitch to arrive.

On Friday we celebrated Maria's birthday! We started off the day with a bit of hiking. We were trying to get to Shirley Lake but with out a map and with poor markers, we ended up never making it to the lake, but we saw some beautiful sights:

 This was a huge log that we had to climb over and us to cross the creek that we were following.

 Along the trail this was one of the dead ends that we hit. Quite a bit of snow! We decided to try to find another route up to the top.

 We finally hit a point where we weren't getting any closer to our destination and decided to make the trek back down the mountain so we could get ready for dinner.

 We headed over to this great restaurant called Fire and Ice, located on the south side of Lake Tahoe.  At this restaurant it was kind of like a Mongolian grill. You would get a bowl full of meat and vegetables, then pick a sauce and take it all over to this circular grill they had in the middle of the restaurant.   Then the cooks would take your food and throw it onto the grill. You would also get a little bit of a show while you were waiting because the cooks would throw bowls around the grill, and flip the food in magnificent ways.
Maria and I
 After we had stuffed our face, we had ordered a gram crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate to make smores as Maria's birthday "cake".

Mitch and Maria
Mitch being crazy
The smore kit. The purpleness in the middle is the flame.
The next morning we decided to go bike riding and take in some of the beautiful views. We biked from a park to the Olympic athlete village. 

Amy and Maria

Mitch and Jeff (Amy and Jeff are very good friends of Maria's)

Amy and Maria again
Jeff, Mitch, Maria and Amy.

 This is where we stopped to eat our lunches and take a breather before we headed back home.

 This weekend, Amy had her birthday as well so Maria made cake balls to celebrate!

 On Sunday, after church, we headed out to hang out on the beach of Lake Tahoe! It was a beautiful day and it was nice to see how pretty of an area it is.

Me, Maria, and Amy. You can't tell but all of our feet are in the cold water.

 Random Pictures while hanging by the lake.

  Since we would be leaving the next day, we decided to take advantage of seeing the fireworks that would be shot off the lake. Here are some pictures of the lake at sun set.

Maria will probably shoot me for posting this picture but this is where we all were sitting to watch the fireworks. We got there about an hour early so we could get a good seat. While we waited we played 5 crowns and just had a good time.

On Monday, we all said our goodbyes and headed our separate directions. Driving home was fairly uneventful, which is always nice. Once I got home though, it was really fun to watch all of the fireworks that were let go right around our house! There were quite a few of them the were set off and it beautiful to see.

It was a wonderful weekend and it was great to spend some time with my sister and her husband, get to enjoy natures beauty, celebrate birthdays, and our freedom. The only thing that was missing was Sean but I know that he was doing what he needed to be doing and that being apart would all be worth it in the end!