Friday, July 24, 2009

The rest of June...

...consisted of:

1. Ruby standing, complete with Jazz Hands.
2. Ruby drinking from the pool

Dipping her hand in

Licking her hand

So proud and pleased with herself

3. Ruby discovering the hose

4. Leading the 1st-year hike at girls camp

matching BYU shirts. Tender

5. Splashing in Lake Chelan

6. Taking care of these delicious little girls

my nieces, Anna (5) and Brooke (3)

7. Hiking with Bart, his girls & Ruby

My brother, Bart; Anna & Brooke; Ruby (in backpack)

Yes, that is a mini CamelBak Anna is wearing. She has some serious wilder cred.

Ruby didn't like the backpack too much, but it was a great hike! Isn't the scenery amazing?

8. Playdough Creations

L to R: Butterfly, Catterpillar (KayLyn), Dragon (Anna), Elephant (Me), Worm
Anna's Dragon definitely won. It was fierce!


So let's rewind back to the beginning of June, when the summer fun began! Things were getting a little too crazy around here, so I surprised Nick with a trip to San Diego. We even left Ruby at Grandma Mer's house (gasp!) for 4 days! I hadn't ever been away from her overnight, so I thought I was going to die. But that's another reason I decided to go somewhere that wasn't within driving distance--so I couldn't turn around and come back! Being without Ruby took some getting used to, but Nick & I had a blast together. No strollers. No car seats. Going through security at the airport was bliss. I even brought a magazine to read! As my mom would say, "I didn't know how to act!"

(Ruby minutes before we left for our trip. She was OBSESSED with that hat.)

We flew into John Wayne Airport near Irvine and so we stopped to see cousin Martha & Adam and their new little bundle, Sienna. I had forgotten how tiny newborns really are. And it felt really weird to be without Ruby. I'm pretty sure she's all we talked about.

(me holding Baby Sienna)

(Martha rocking the burp hold)

"Bird" is what they call her. She has so much hair and is darling! A great Martha/Adam mix.

The beauty of the trip was that I didn't really plan anything concrete--I just let Nick decide what sounded fun to him. And the fact that it was about 68 F made our beach decision easy... So we hit up a few other places instead.


We almost found ourselves getting teary at the Shamu "Believe" show. It's amazing what you can do if you just believe... heheheh
I left my brains at the hotel and forgot the sunscreen. We were sitting there and Nick looks down at my knees. "You're going to get REALLY sunburned..." And I did. I still have the sexy knee-short tan line to prove it.

The shows at Sea World were fabulous. Our favorite was called "Cirque de la Mer" where these acrobats in alien-type costumes plunged into the ocean, balanced on eachother's heads did other crazy tricks.

I match the flamingos! I was SO SUNBURNED.
I also forgot how hideous my short hairstyle gets when I go under waterfalls (Shipwreck Rapids ride) and journey to Atlantis. I was a sunburned fro head.

Ride that Manatee!

Our hotel was located in the Gaslamp District, full of restaurants, art galleries and shops. We admired some fabulous art here and almost bought a Steven Quartly original. It was beautiful, but we decided we're not quite ready to start collecting art just yet. It was a fun experience, nonetheless. And to finish off the evening-- Ghirardelli double chocolate brownie sundae. Mmm.

NEXT STOP: Universal Studios

Universal Studios was fun to do once. I don't know that we'll go back. Highlights: Jurassic Park ride, Water World show, and the few Einstein Bagels that were still in our backpack.

Oh wait...
How could I forget this gem?

LAST STOP: San Diego Temple

Isn't this one of the most beautiful temples you've ever seen?
It looks like a fairy tale ice castle or something. It's magnificent!
We were able to do a session and the inside was equally beautiful.
What a great way to end our trip!

We were so excited to get home to see Ruby, but the next morning when I went in her room to get her, she looked at me as if she had no idea who I was. It took her about an hour to warm up to Nick & I (I bet you can guess how much I liked that...) Then she wouldn't let me out of her sight for the next several days. I think she was afraid I was going to leave again!

Goodbye beautiful San Diego. I'm so delighted we chose you to visit. Until next time.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Birthday Boy

Nick & I at the Coldplay concert (7/11/09) at the Gorge Ampitheater

Uncle Nick
Nick Lachey
Nickey Boy.

Today is my man's birthday. He's the big 27. I have to say I'm pretty much the luckiest girl ever. And I swear he just gets better and better looking all the time! Bring on the years, baby!
I LOVE him! Here are just a few reasons why...

He will eat anything.
Not many things scare him.
He is amazing with kids.
He's really handy.
He's my best friend.
He can get along with anyone.
He loves anything with dragons.
He's ridiculously smart.
He levels me out.
He makes me laugh really hard.
He's humble.
He has vision.
He isn't afraid to take risks.
Ruby is crazy about him.
His awesome dance moves.
His ability to tan (and pass those genes to our offspring).
He'll do just about anything for anyone.
He knows how to have fun.
He's one of the hardest workers I know.
He laughs at my jokes.
He is strong.
He is a tease.
He is just so GOOD.
He makes some mean breakfast goulash.
He rocks the "Smedium" like nobody else.
He has a very unique laugh.
My family loves his face off.

Love you!