Sunday, April 29, 2012

Vegas Baby

We're driving home from Vegas so I figured I might as well post about our trip. Especially since judging this traffic we're going to be driving for quite a while...  Bleh.

Three nights away was just perfect.  We arrived around 3:30 on Thursday.  We checked into the timeshare and went grocery shopping.  We made dinner,  sat in the spa and watched a movie.  Very relaxing evening.

Friday was spent by the pool,  relaxing,  swimming,  reading...  It was wonderful.  That is something you only get to do on vacation once you have kids :-) We went back to the room and got glammed up for a night on the strip.  Notice my awesome blue shoes in the picture below.  James picked them out for me.  Did you know he's a personal shopper?  :-)

We got dinner at a yummy restaurant in Caesars Palace.  The best part is that we ate for free because we had vouchers.  I had halibut and Matt had filet minon. 

We then went in search of $5.00 blackjack tables,  which after some searching we found across the street at some little casino.  Two hours of blackjack later we were ready to hit the club.

James brother in laws brother is a bouncer at Club Pure at Caesars Palace.  He put us on the comp list so we didn't have to wait in line and we got in for free,  plus Faith and I got free drinks until midnight,  pretty sweet.  It was an awesome club. We headed straight up to the rooftop and spent the rest of the night out there dancing.  It was awesome.  This was my first time ever going to a Vegas Club and it was such a fun experience.  I loved the electricity in the air. 

We got back to our timeshare and crashed at 2:00 am.  That's late for these old folks,  lol.  It's Sooooo nice when you can stay out late and not worry about having to wake up early with the kids.

We spent Saturday by the pool doing much the same thing.  We made dinner and then headed down to Freemont Street.  While that place is super cool I think every freak in Vegas was out.  You would not believe the things we saw...  Lol.  I think the most jaw dropping for me was the lady with the boobs that were larger than a large watermelon.  People would take their picture with her and she would pull down her shirt,  where she just had pasties on. She would shove their faces next to them so that they could have a picture taken.  Would it be better to earn a living doing this,  or just going on welfare?  Hmmmmm. 

Unfortunately we were all low on luck and did not last long at the blackjack tables.  We wandered around for a while and looked at all the freakizoids,  played a few slots,  had dollar shrimp cocktails and headed out.  We decided we were starving,  so we ended up having milkshakes and fries at Inn and Out at midnight.  Meals at midnight,  that's how we roll in Vegas.

We headed out this morning around 10:20, stopped at the outlets at Stateline and then joined all the other million people on the road :-) That brings me to now,  where I'm bogging on my phone.

It was a very fun weekend.  It's so much fun to get away and relax,  and do whatever you feel like doing :-) Thank you mom for taking such good care of my kids!  Thank you Oates for another awesome weekend in Vegas filled with super fun memories.

Since I'm on my phone Blogger just dumps pictures at the end,  so here's a bunch of cell phone pictures :-)


















Monday, April 23, 2012

More Catching UP and lots of back yard pics

Now that I've caught up with Instagram I can post a few of my "real" photos :)

The past few weeks have been quite busy with very little down time. I have three more shoots to finish processing and then on Thursday we are off to Vegas for three nights with some friends and no kids.  I am SO very ready to relax and have a nice break.  It will be a much needed vacation :)

Here are a bunch of random pictures of us playing in the yard, something we do all the time when the weather is nice.  We LOVE to be outside :)  They are all from the past month.

Most of these photos were taken with my new 85mm lens :)  I love it.
Matt took this one of me.  I think I finally got a decent "serious face" photo. 


Love this picture of my little miss.
 My two favorite goof balls :)




 She still loves the dirt.  Thankfully she doesn't eat it as much as she used to :)



Hm, not sure what they were doing here but it looks funny :)


This is a rather frightening picture of Alayna, and for sure not her best, lol.  She had a clold at the time.

They love to hang on the branches of the Redwoods... not our favorite thing :)

We planted this little flower bed the other week.  IT was just dirt.  Now it's filled with pretty flowers and groundcover :)

We moved my raised beds out front, to a little corner of the front yard that goes completely unused.  There's a gate in the back that leads out to it, so it's quite convenient.  I am very excited that the kids won't be able to pulverize my garden this year :)  I got about half my beds planted.

This is the part of the backyard that we are now turning our attention to.

We've been hard at work around our yard during our free time on the weekends.  We finally got our front lawn seeded, and it's slowly growing :) What we'd really like to do back here is put a pool, as there is plenty of space... we're hoping to perhaps be able to do that in a few more years.  For now we're just going to put a lawn here, and a swingset for the kids.  We're also going to spruce up the gazebo, which is currently filled with kid toys.


These back beds are filled with irises (that I did not plant, they were here).  It's been fun to see them pop up.  They are quite pretty.



Standing from the same ugly spot in the previous picture, you turn towards the house and the scene is quite a bit lovelier :)  Last year at this time this was a mess!  We were trying to get it all ready to seed. 





Matt was taking these pictures of the kids... and he snapped this of me, lol.  I think I was posting something to Instagram ;)

I love these action shots he took... the kids were wrestling over a soccer ball. 


And lastly... a picture of Matt... and one of the only ones I had from this batch of pictures. He looks excited huh?  hehe.  Sorry honey.  I think you're cute!
I can't beleive it will be our 10 year anniversary in July.  We are trying to plan a fun trip away... somewhere all inclusive in Mexico for a week :)  We're thinking Puerta Vallarta.  We need to get that booked pretty soon here!

Huge Instagram Dump

Lately I've been using Instagram more than my nice camera for photos around the house.  This could be in part because I've been busier than normal and had five photoshoots last week.

Today we didn't go anywhere and I stayed in my jammies until almost 1:00, it felt great!  It's a much needed catch up day.  I'm working away and also trying to catch up a little on my blog.  So here are the last few weeks in Instagram :)

Playing at the park.  The weather was gorgeous and the view from Flag Hill park is amazing.

Apple blossoms in Oak Glen

Both kids had dentist appointments and did awesome.  Alayna hopped right in the chair and let them clean her teeth, and Ethan even had an x-ray.  Quite a difference from our last visit!

Roasted cauliflower with cheese, a new favorite veggie

Alayna finally learned how to pedal the trike!  She's been zipping around like crazy and is quite proud of herself :)

Dogpile on Daddy

My new lens.  I love it.  It's awesome for portraits.

Practicing her shapes and colors.  She's quite good!

I'm currently finishing up "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo".  It's been really good.

Mommy and Alayna snuggles.

We pulled out the blow up slide last Thursday when it was our turn to hose dinner.  The kids had a blast wearing themselves out.  Makes me wonder why we don't get it out more often :)

Pretty sun beams

My roses have been gorgeous and so fragrant.  I've been putting them in milk glass on a vintage tray and it makes my kitchen such a happy place :)

We went to my mom's to celebrate my brother's birthday one Sunday.  It was such a relaxing day.  We relaxed, ate, and hung out.  It's so nice now that the kids can skip naps and we can enjoy an afternoon somewhere :)

Grammy and Alayna

Jerrod watched the kids for me for an hour one day while I took some pictures of a newborn at the hospital.  He was a good uncle and put on Netflix for them ;)

Me and my bro

Pretty skies after a rainy day

The grass starting to pop up out front.  I can't wait until we have a lush green lawn!

This kid gets some awesome bed head in the mornings :)

Ethan at the dentist

Ethan and Matt playing with Legos.  Matt is so good about playing with them like this.  I adore that about him.

Buds :)

My little book worm

Laying on Uncle Jerrod's huge bean bag watching Thomas the Train.

Ethan built this car this morning and was quite proud of himself :)

Snow capped mountains and green fields with wildflowers.... so pretty.  That is Oak Glen behind me.

Catching up on work... mailing out some client CDs

Practicing making words and sounding them out with daddy.  This boy is so eager to learn right now :)

Frozen yogurt with uncle jerrod

Beautiful wild grass at sunset.  This was right before one of my photoshoots last week.

Can't get enough of all the spring blooms :)