Monday, October 10, 2011


Terry has been teaching me to shoot over the years and I have to say I am pretty good! I think it helps that I had never shot a gun before so I didn't have any bad "habits" to break (as far as posture and what not).  It sure is a lot of fun and a good stress reliever too!

our target...bowling pins are extremely solid

Saturday, October 8, 2011


"The more you complain the longer God makes you live."  

author unknown

I have this feeling I might be around for a while LOL

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Rough life

August 24, 2011

Dallas' room is Thunder's favorite place to sleep during the day....he climbed through the blanket and covered himself up

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Still Learning....

August 22, 2011

It was the Monday after we got home from Lake Tahoe and Dallas had just gotten home from school.  I kept smelling what seemed like nail polish remover....although no one had used any remover.  I did paint my toes before we left for Lake Tahoe and figured I must have left something in the trash from wiping the extra paint off of my nails.  Took the trash out.....still smelled it. Now I was smelling it by the front door....where Dallas' backpack was hanging.  So I start going through her backpack and in one of the small side zip pockets I find a plastic bag with a sliced up GREEN orange that I'm not sure how long it had been in there.  So note to self a fermented old orange also smells like nail polish remover.

Miranda.....and BLAKE :))))

August 19-21, 2011

Terry and I were lucky enough to go to Lake Tahoe and attend the Miranda Lambert concert.  And I was lucky enough that she also brought her husband :).  It was definitely one of the best moments of the night when they did a duet together.  We had a wonderful time and got to escape reality for a little bit.

 In our seats being silly before the concert

 Little Big Town opened for her and they were fun


 BLAKE :)))

 The beautiful lake view from the gondola

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A big SECOND grader

August 15, 2011

I don't think I am old enough to have a second grader....sigh. Dallas started school today and I can't believe she is already in second grade. Where has the time gone? What happened to my little girl who used to tell me "do the dishes" which meant its delicious.  What happened to the little girl who still needed my help to tie her shoes, or help her write her name.....that's right she is growing up.  Sad that she is growing up and needing me less and less but so proud of the young lady that she is becoming.  We are gonna ROCK second grade!

She DOES still need me for some things...she insisted I put her hair in pigtails ;)

Last lake trip for the summer

August 11-12, 2011

One last jaunt out to New Melones before school starts.  This was definitely one of the best summers out at the lake.  Gavin is finally getting comfortable in the water and swimming around with his life jacket on.  Dallas is continuing to improve on the knee board and would love to try skis or a wakeboard.  And we always get to just relax and enjoy fishing with the kids.

 My little frog

 Dallas enjoying her ride into the sunset :)

Dallas and Gavin were chatting away while they were riding on the tube

Monday, October 3, 2011

Want some

August 8, 2011

One of our favorite (and necessary) places to shop is Costco.  And the kids (including the larger better half of mine) love to eat there as well.  Love the moments when they are so cute and nice to each other it just makes you want to keep reproducing more of them......ok not really but you know what I mean.

"here have some of mine"

The reader....

August 7, 2011

Gavin LOVES magazines, catalogs and flyers.....books too.  But if you give the kid a new magazine he will sit and look at it over. and over. and over again.  Too stinkin cute!

Picking his Halloween costume

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I think I am housing Punky Brewster

August 6

Oh wait no that is just my very stylish daughter Dallas ;) pretty sure she comes by it honestly

She did her hair and we went to breakfast....yes like this

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

More Yosemite

August 1-3

Too many gorgeous pictures for just one post

 Our final day and some were more ready to go home than others

 I was thirsty ;)

 Amber's awesome photography skills

 sibling love

 these two just LOVE the camera...and each other...most of the time

 Amber and I



August 1-3

Let me just start this post by saying Terry has lived in California his ENTIRE life....he had NEVER been to Yosemite.  Needless to say I was extremely excited for him to see all the beautiful sites.  We had planned this camping trip with 2 other families, so we had lots of kids in the group.  We were camping in Wawona which is actually quite a ways from the valley.  It is however on the gorgeous and majestic Merced River.  We were quite thankful for the river due to the fact our campsites had very little shade and it was VERY hot.  The river however was freeeeeeeeezing but refreshing, if that even makes sense.  We took a few hikes and drove and did some site seeing and on the last day made a jaunt down into the valley.  All in all a wonderful trip....although Terry was upset we didn't see any bears.

many of these photos are courtesy of my wonderful friend Amber

 camping is d.i.r.t.y

 the crew headed out for a hike

 The "bear bin" or ice stealer....we had to use or EZ up to shade it so the ice would last a little longer

 Gavin and daddy playing in the water

 Gavin and Lily having some fun

 the water was COLD

 but Amber and I were determined to swim across

 Dallas looking cute

 Austin "helping" Dallas over the rocks


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Don't count the little guy out...

July 31, 2011

Wonder who wins....


July 30-31, 2011

The end of swim season is in site.  It has been a very fun and eventful season with some very early mornings.....but soooo worth it.  I have seen Dallas grow so much and can't wait for next swim season.  Its amazing how much she reminds me of myself (even though sometimes I don't want to admit it).  She is learning to be competitive but also a team player and encourager.

 Cutest puppy EVER and Dallas just had to take a pic of him asleep in his food bowl

 In between races the kids have a lot of time on their hands....

 As you can see ;)

 Swimmers take your mark...





Wednesday, September 7, 2011


July 29, 2011

Dallas made a new friend...

 She looks awful happy to have that 30lb snake on her