Thursday, August 18, 2011

Mackinaw Island Fudge

July 21, 2011

Best ice cream EVER.....
And only available in Michigan ;)

Kids enjoying another jaunt down to Ruthie's (its a nightly ritual)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


July 21, 2011

GG has a mini cooper and so does her best friend Jeanie.  The kids LOVE the cooper.  Each time we were getting ready to leave somewhere he would say "I wanna take the cool car".  I did get the privilege of driving GG's and I must say it is a sweet ride.

GG loves her cooper

notice the eyelashes ;)

The Sunken Island

July 20, 2011

We headed over for to Roscommon, Michigan for another gorgeous day on the water.  Aunt Tracy's family owns a house on Higgins Lake.  They were kind enough to take us out on the lake, let the kids tube and feed us a wonderful dinner.  Each time I go back to Michigan I am awe struck at how beautiful and pristine the lakes are.  People actually care about the water and want to continue to enjoy it.  Higgins Lake was no exception.  The water was so clear that you could see 32 feet down.  Aunt Julie was even able to make it over for part of the day.  It was wonderful to spend some time with everyone and let the kids show off on the tubes.

 Gavin and Aunt Tracy

 The sunken island in the middle of the lake....all the boats anchor and you can swim, throw a football or just hang out :)

 The gang on the patio cruiser

Ryan, Aunt Julie and Gavin.....driving

Picture Perfect

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sun, bubbles and chalk

July 19, 2011

We had a nice relaxing day at Torch Lake and then spent the rest of the day at GG's house playing with bubbles and leaving her some beautiful pictures on her driveway.....sounds like the perfect summer day to me!

 GG and the kids were filling the bucket with rocks to take back to her garden

 GG and Gavin doing "drag bottom"

 bubbles bubbles bubbles

 our masterpieces :)

and lots of footprints


July 16, 2011

While we were at cousin Brooke's wedding in Alpena we drove by some old stomping grounds.

 This is GG's old hair salon.  The bottom floor was the salon and the top floor was where we lived.  So many WONDERFUL memories here.  And if you look close in the background you can see that Dairy Queen was just right down the street :).

And THIS is what is directly across the street.....sigh.

I LOVE weddings

July 16, 2011

It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful weddings are.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am a hopeless romantic and a huge sap....especially when it comes to weddings.  If I had the chance (and the money) I would get married and have my wedding be everyday....or at least every weekend.  I mean who wouldn't want to get pampered everyday, wear a beautiful dress, have all of your closest friends and family be there, have a huge party and dance all night AND confess your vows of love to the man of your dreams.

Brooke and Eric's wedding was just that...beautiful and full of romance and FUN!  Gavin unfortunately was still on California time and decided he needed a nap as soon as the reception started.  He slept for quite a while and then danced and partied until we MADE him leave....then he cried.  Throughout the night Gavin made quite a few friends....he is definitely a little ladies man.  Dallas was a complete and total social butterfly...nothing new there.  She made the rounds and then helped out in any way she could, including the photo booth.   The photo booth was set up so that friends and family could go in (with or without props) and take pictures to put in a scrapbook for Brooke and Eric.  You also get a copy of the pictures to keep.  I think we have a total of about 15 pictures of Dallas in the photo booth.  The event was wonderful and it was even better to have all the family together (except the hubby). 

 Gorgeous location

 They DO!!!

 We miss Daddy!

 I'm just gonna close my eyes for a miiiiiiiiiiinnnnnuuuttteeee...zzzzzzzz

 The beautiful bride and I

 Part of the crew: Riley, Quinten, Toby, Jennifer and GG

 One of the ladies Gavin won over

 Gavin became attached to this guy ALL night ;)

 Lainie raising the roof

 GG and Lainie dancing

 Dallas and the beautiful are we gonna be in trouble when Dallas is the bride

 ANOTHER one of the ladies Gavin won over

 Dallas and Bradley dancing the night away

 The happy couple <3

 What would a wedding be without the YMCA

My little womanizer

Monday, August 15, 2011

Spending Time with Sissy

July 15, 2011

My sister and her family rented a house on Lake Arrowhead for their visit.  The view was stunning....but what made it even better was just having all of us together.  I had not seen my sister in over 3 years (far too long).  We had some wonderful chats with lots of laughter that made us know the good kind.  The visit went by way too fast but I am so thankful that we were blessed with the visit.  Now just need to make sure its not another 3 years before we do it again ;)

 The kiddos taking a break from swimming to eat

 Me and my sissy <3

 Gavin LOVES Uncle Victor

 Boys will be boys

 The view from my sister's deck...I could definitely get used to that!

 Fish ON!!!

Dallas and Uncle Toby with her catch

Quinten was a great sport helping Dallas do all her tricks

Torch Lake

July 14, 2011

We arrived safely and now it was time to play! The cousins all came over to GG's house today and then we decided to head over to beautiful Torch Lake.  Had a yummy lunch at The Dockside and then went for a swim.  Only had one injury......Auntie Jennifer got stung by a bee on her was actually quite funny (except to her).

 The crew enjoying the beautiful Michigan water

Gavin and Aurora playing in the sand

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Tick Tock Tiiiiick Tooooock

July 13, 2011

Leaving for Michigan
Flying with kids isn't too bad especially when you have Grammy and Papa to help.  The flights were uneventful and the kids were very well behaved.

 Passing the time

Of course he did decide he was gonna take a nap 20 minutes before we landed

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Light Packer

July 12, 2011

I AM NOT......

East County Invitationals

July 9, 2011

Dallas' events for the day:
25 butterfly
25 backstroke

She placed 9th out of 56 girls overall.  Pretty awesome for her first year on swim team :)

Getting ready

 my camera wasn't quite quick enough

this is what happens after a long hard day of swim

Friday, August 12, 2011

Live For HIM

July 8, 2011

The day of my baptism....needs no words.  Just lots of glory!!! The angels are singing!

Pastor Frank and I

We are family

July 5, 2011

It is SO AWESOME to have one of your best friends be such an AMAZING photographer! My girlfriend Amber came out and spent 3 hours at 3 different locations taking pictures of my beautiful little family.  The pictures are priceless!!! Here are just a few (of the over 600) of my favorites!

 Such a handsome little man

 precious little people

 Matthew is turning into quite a young man

 Not sure if Dallas could be captured any better :)

 <3 <3 <3

 Good looking family if I do say so

 Those who walk together stay together

And those who are holding the camera get run over :)