Thursday, August 18, 2011

Our last couple weeks...

So our adventures in California during the Summer of 2011 are coming to an end (back to Idaho on the 23rd to finish school), but they aren't quite over yet...

-First of all, I got my ring back! I LOVE it with the three bands. My husband spoils me way too much!

-We also got the Civic's windows tinted yesterday. It looks so hot!

My family has a tradition to go to the lake every year! It has been this way ever since we got our boat in like 2000...so a long time. This was Brandon's first year coming along, and this was my first time in a couple of years, because I have been up at school. So right after going to Vegas, we were on our way again! We got there on Wednesday night and had a fun time just relaxing and swimming at the pool. Thursday and Friday we were out on the lake a large majority of the day. Here are a few of our fun activities!


(I love his face in this picture. He is so focused. I have such a cute husband :))



Ok this next group of photos my mom got and I thought it was so funny.
I'm riding along..and I decide, Ok I am gonna do the 360..ready, set, go!


180, almost there! Wait...I can't grab the rope!

Coming back around...

Water up the nose...

Brandon decided to do a little cliff jumping with Casey. I chickened out this trip.


Of course Casey had to "ruin" the trip by spraining his ankle wake boarding on Friday. He had to use a wheel chair and crutches the rest of the time. I love our family! You can almost always count on some kind of injury. Haha.
On Saturday, we went to the Hoover Dam and got to see the new bridge they put up. It is really cool. I can't help but wonder if the "dam wall" (hehe) would make a fun water slide...a little steep maybe, but wouldn't it be fun?


We had an awesome time! I love the lake...but to be honest, I don't know how I feel about the 115 degree weather! I was kind of happy to be back to Glendora at 90 :)
We went to the beach today one last time and spent pretty much the entire time in the water or on the rocks! It was really fun and relaxing. It's kind of really depressing that I won't be able to go to the beach for a long time, not gonna lie.
We have one more trip this weekend to a family reunion in Visalia, CA for my grandma Clarke's side of the family. It has been just a crazy month of August. Party all the time. That's how we roll!

PS- In case anyone wants to see...this is a video of my sister taken at the beach...SO FUNNY...

video

Monday, August 8, 2011

Las Vegas Baby




So our anniversary weekend began with a blindfold...Brandon did not want me to know where we were going until we actually got there. So, right after we got gas, the blindfold went on and stayed on till we got to...drum roll please...Las Vegas! Yes, I had a blindfold on for 4 and a half hours haha Someone actually thought that I was being kidnapped at one point. About half way there I had to go to the bathroom so we pulled up to a McDonalds and Brandon guided me through to the bathroom door. Then after guided me back to the car. When we got to the car a guy actually knocked on the window and asked Brandon if I was ok. Brandon said yes and that I was his wife and we were totally fine but the guy looked to me and said, "Ma'am are you alright?!" and I kind of giggled and told him I was fine. I must say, I totally give him props for actually saying something because you never know what could be happening...but in this case I was just being force to wear a blindfold to just prolong me knowing the surprise, dang it! But it was a great way to start the trip.
We stayed at the stratosphere hotel in Las Vegas and had a fun and relaxing trip! Friday night we just hung around the hotel and got some dinner. We got there an hour later than expected because of traffic, but Vegas never sleeps so tons of places were open at 10:30 at night. :)
(At the top of the tower by the rides line.)
On Saturday we did some more exploring of the hotel and went up to the tower to see the rides at the top and see the awesome view. I wanted to go on the sky jump sooo bad. It was kind of like bungee jumping. Basically you go onto a platform at the top of the stratosphere and jump off! It looked like so much fun! But there was no way in heck that my doctor would let me do that...and plus it was $110 and that basically killed my desire right then. Haha. We got to the strip around noon and were going to go to Mandalay Bay to see the Shark Reef. I had been talking about it all morning. So, we walked all the way there and of course it was like $20 a person and there was a huge line. I was a little depressed. But we were going to go see the tigers at the Mirage so I was still happy. So, for those who don't know the strip well the Mirage and Mandalay Bay are on total opposite ends. I think that's where the blisters came from. I got two fat blisters on my feet from my stupid shoes and have been walking rather oddly the last couiple days. So worth it though because I got to see the tigers and the dolphins! That cost $17 a person but Brandon felt bad for me so he gave in :) I love him!
We then got to go to the Tournament of Kings at Excalibur! It was so cool! I highly recommend it to anyone going to Vegas. That night we didn't do much walking because our feet were protesting, but we went to the lights show at the bellagio and saw the volcano erupt at the Mirage as well as the end of the Pirates show. I love Vegas! There is so much to do even if you don't "party."
Sunday we were able to go to a ward in Vegas for church and then saw the temple after that. It was so different and beautiful! I had never seen it so it was really nice to walk around the grounds and see everything, such a great way to spend our anniversary! We went to olive Garden for our Anniversary dinner and then headed home. A little advice...never trust your phone's GPS. It took us on a route that was not the 15 where it would be a straight shot home and take 3 and a half hours, to the 95 freeway which took us to just about the middle of nowhere...no towns or anything for about two and a half hours to the Arizona border, and then the 40 meeting the 15 in Barstow...a total of 6 and a half hours to get home. It's ok though. Added to the wonderful weekend adventure! Now its back to work and reality! :( But we will have to visit Vegas again real soon! Such a wonderful surprise anniversary weekend spent with my hubby. Definitely doing weekend getaways more often!
Forums Shops At Caesars Palace. Us being ourselves!

The Light's Show!

Off the 95 in the middle of NOWHERE!!!

And we are off tomorrow for another Vegas trip to Lake Mead with the fam till Sunday! I love this vacationing stuff!!! :)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Anniversary Weekend!!!


One year ago Sunday Brandon and I were partying it up on our wedding day. This weekend Brandon has something planned for our anniversary, although he won't tell me where. My husband has this thing for surprising other people, especially ME, and it drives me nuts! Because, well, I HATE not knowing things, like it literally makes it hard to focus on anything except that one thing I don't know. People say I am very nosy, have been since I was little! But, he is amazing at keeping secrets and would never spoil the surprise so I will just have to endure till tomorrow. He says he is going to blindfold me and then drive to where I am going. UGH!! I can't wait though! It is going to be so much fun.
When he proposed, he said that I would get my wedding band and then get another band on our one year anniversary, Well, he kept that promise and my ring is off getting the other band sautered as we speak. So, in light of that expense, I had to "make" him a gift using very little money. I hope he likes it! Well I will let you all know where it is we went on Monday! Wherever it is, it will be a fabulous weekend.