Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tagging is spreading like wildfire!!

I knew it was bound to happen as I've watched so many get tagged in recent days...we were just "tagged" by the Naslands---thanks Karissa and Jeff (and Maddie)!

Here are the rules to the tag:
(1) Link back to the person who tagged you
(2) Post these rules on your blog
(3) Share 6 things about yourself
(4) Tag people at the end of your blog

And here we go:

1) I can't get enough TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack---I can't even bring myself to purchase clothes that are actual retail price in normal stores. I like to convince myself (and Keith) that it's okay to shop as much as I do because I always get "such a great deal" :) --hence our new strict shopping budget.

2) I really desire to be a tough outdoorsy girl ---I even got Chaco sandals for my birthday and we have a ridiculous amount of camping/backpacking stuff...truth be told I am just not that cool. Just ask the van Anrooys and Strates about my amazing hiking at Mt. Rainer! HA!

3) I wish I was as organized in reality as I am in my mind---if my great ideas could be implemented and sustained I would have a tidy house and so much more time in each day!

4) One of my favorite tv shows is John and Kate Plus 8 (I like to watch the marathon days and get all caught up at once). Second only to So You Think You Can Dance--- which I look forward to all year! You guys, seriously, it's THE BEST---man I wish I was a dancer!!!

5) Dusting is my least favorite chore. Someday I hope to have enough money to have my house cleaned for me (I wish!) ...just thinking about cleaning it makes me feel a little angry inside (maybe I'm just lazy---I don't know)

6) I try to complete one Sudoku puzzle a day.

Tag you're it: Leah Hoogland and Katie Boggs

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Vegas Baby!

Keith and I just returned from our big summer vacation to Las Vegas!!! Thanks to two timeshare meetings much of our trip was paid for which always makes for an enjoyable time (fyi if you ever have a timeshare meeting don't tell the lady who gives you the free stuff that that is the only reason you are there---makes her a little angry). Even though we didn't "win big" :( we still had a great trip! We stayed at the Sahara which is pretty far from the main strip area so we did ALOT of walking and man it was HOT! Average temps in the low 100's although it was "cool" for this season being that it had rained before we got there, once during our stay and was mostly overcast. The last day was the only full day of sun which was perfect because we had seen all the sights and spent all our money so it was a great "read by the pool" sort of day. Here are a few of the pictures from our adventure.

city of sin...here is a strip club (one of many)... I had no idea (to Keith's embarrassment) as I was taking a picture of this fun cowgirl on Fremont street.

France and Italy all in one shot!

Of course we played our fair share of slot machines (but Keith mostly stuck with the poker tables and I totally got hooked on keno)

Fake Trevi fountain

I loved Caesar's Palace best because it reminded me of Rome!

Absolutely EVERYTHING has sparkling lights in Vegas!

Secretly Keith wishes he was a street performer---he could watch them all day and be completely happy. Here he is after watching this man make spray paint art (he actually wanted to buy one but they didn't have any golf scenes).

My favorite part of the trip was the free water shows in front of the Bellagio! I would be completely happy just watching them all day :) Water is so dramatic, especially put to music! (I just added a link to my side bar that has a video tour of this cool fountain!--check it out!)

This was taken our first night in Vegas just before a water show---see that gold "O" on the right side? That is the Cirque du Soleil show was got to see on Wed.---7th row!!! It was fantastic! They did all this crazy air and water acrobatics and diving, it was so worth our money!

Chocolate fountain and Bald Eagle display at the Bellagio---yum! The current theme at this hotel is America and I love a good patriotic tribute but couldn't really capture it on my camera.

In front of New York New York. I REALLY wanted to ride the roller coaster here but it cost $14 per person for one ride!! Keith promised to take me to Silverwood later this summer and I can ride all the roller coasters I want :) Isn't he the best?

MGM Grand Lion Cubs

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Quick visit

I made a quick visit to Lewiston right before hoopfest to visit one of my favorite people ...LEAH!!! Her parents might be moving in the next year so I have to take every opportunity to visit her when she comes up. We also got to have breakfast with our dear friend Lindsey.

Rylan is kissing his baby sister

Hoopfest 2008

Another hoopfest weekend accomplished! It was sooooooo HOT this year---record heat in fact---high 90's!!! Keith's team won two games on Saturday, then lost two games on Sunday. But we still spent most of both days downtown cheering on all our friends teams. The two teams they played on Sunday were tough to beat---first one was much better than you would expect to find in the rec division, and the second were literally giants! They said their combined weight was over half a ton!!! Keith looked like a 3rd grader in comparison and Jon looked like an average size guy :) All in all it was a fun weekend and we can't wait for next year when all the boys will be able to play with the 30 year olds---perhaps a little more laid back in that bracket. Here our some of our favorite pictures. Keith looks so intense here!

Here are some of the giants---didn't get a good one of the largest giant though.

Sunday night we went to Brad and Julies for a hoopfest bbq and poker night
Here Olivia was being silly in the cooler!


After our visit with Grandpa Dave we ventured down to Fresno to see Keith's Grandpa Bernie, and on our way back to Oakland we drove through Yosemite National Park. It is pretty incredible to see those HUGE trees (and we didn't even get to see the biggest ones!) and all the beautiful waterfalls. There were some major fires near by making the Yosemite valley very smoky and difficult to see some of the great views---darn, I guess we are going to have to come back someday! Here are a few pics from that fun day.