Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wedding Sparklers

One of my favorite family traditions is making sparklers messages on New Year's Eve. 
So I was so happy when I saw that our photographer, Nicole, had the girls make a wedding message 
with the sparklers after Justin and Allie's "send off" on Saturday night.
Click here to see the sparkler pictures taken by Nicole.  She is amazing and so are her photos!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Oh, it is LOVE!

We had a wonderful weekend celebrating Allie and Justin wedding! 
There are lots of treasured moments locked in my memory from this weekend
 but here are two of my favorites.
Brooke made this out of coffee filters and cans, for the "get away" car.
  My friend, Debbie made the cute sign. Adorable!

This is Allie and Justin's amazing video that Judd Rackham from SpiceRack Productions 
put together for the wedding dinner.  Absolutely adorable!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Happy Father's Day

 Brooke has been up to her usual creative, crafty self...
and made this fun banner for Father's Day!
 She whipped this up in about 20 minutes.  Seriously!  
I left to run a quick errand and came back and she had this hanging 
and all the presents wrapped for Dad, ready to celebrate.
Dad got the perfect gift from Brooke, his little bear.
The bear even looks like the "Grizzly Bear."
It was a great Father's Day!
 Great decorations and a great celebration for a great Dad!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

It's finally summer!

We have had the strangest weather this spring/summer, more rain and cold than I can ever remember!  
So when we finally had a 90 degree day, we revveded up the boat and headed out to the lake 
to enjoy a gorgeous evening of wake boarding and tubing with these cute gals.
We were surprised to find that we had the lake all to ourselves!
  Seriously! There weren't any other boats or jet skis on the lake. 
 It was so calm and peaceful as we sat in the middle of the lake
 and ate our dinner on the boat.
It reminded me of the "old days" when we first started boating 
and the lake was so quiet, back before everyone moved to Granite Bay 
and people discovered what a beautiful lake we have right in our own backyard.
The main reason for the trip to the lake was to see if our boat was still working 
and I'm happy to report that it started right up.
Not bad for a boat going on it's 20th season!
Dad is considering selling it this year...
(What?!  I know what you kids are thinking...
 "How could Dad even be thinking of selling the MasterCraft?! 
 It's been around longer than Brooke and is practically like part of the family!)
So he wanted to make sure that it was actually working before he listed it on Craiglist.
Good news is that it still runs.  Bad news is that we will probably sell the boat:(!
I know, I probably should have told you kids in person, 
or waited until this weekend when we are all together to break the news to you.
Who knows?!  Maybe Julie will want the boat and then it will kind of stay in the family:)!
Anyways, here are a few pictures from our evening on the lake.
Abby, Carly and Allison enjoying a nice ride on the tube.
All it took was one quick turn and before you know it, Abby is halfway off the tube.
And there she goes.
I love Carly's smile in this picture.
And then Dad makes another quick turn and it's Allison's turn...
she was so tough and hung on...
and hung on...
and rode for quite a ways completey off the tube...
and she used a dance move to help her get back on the tube...
which oddly worked and she was once again on the tube.
I loved watching the girls laughing.
And once again, Allison is hanging off the tube.
Carly is trying to tell her to hold on.
But there she goes.
I absolutely love the smiles and laughter that came from these girls!
Then it was Allison's turn to get in the middle, 
but by that time the tube was starting to deflate and that's when the trouble begun.
Trying to get all three on top of the deflating tube at one time was quite a struggle.
And proved to be quite entertaining for those of us on the boat
as they continued to wrestle the tube.
And it was at this point that we determined that the girls had lost the battle 
and it is time to retire the tube!
With the tube out of commission, it was time to move on to the wakeboard
and Brooke wasted no time in getting into the cold water and taking a turn.
Brooke, surveying the situation, a little confused with no boats in sight,
just beautiful smooth water in all directions.
Brooke, jumping the wake.
Dad taking his job as the boat driver very serious!
And yes, he is probably getting too close to the shore,
but like I said, there weren't any boats in sight and that included the park ranger's boat.
And then sometimes, Dad likes to take a break and smile
and look for wildlife on the shore...
and that's when he spots a deer.
Who needs a spotting scope when you've got Dad's sharp eyes?!
It was a fun evening on the lake with these beautiful girls and a great way to start the summer!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

More Pics from Allie's Bridal shower

My friend, Karen, sent me some more photos from Allie's bridal shower
 and I found the poem that Justin wrote for Allie and I just had to share them.
This is the top view of the cute cake.  Isn't it adorable?!
I love the cute birds!
Julie bought this cute frame on Etsy, then painted it, added this cute A & J graphics
 and "Walla!" She created this beautiful bridal shower decoration!
Here is Marci with her fabulous edible fruit arrangement! Gorgeous and yummy too!
Aren't my friends simply amazing?!
So many cute little details, such as these adorable pink and white striped straws.
And take a look at this cute book that Karen made for Allie and Justin.
So much love and attention to every little detail!
The cake from Divine Desserts in Loomis tasted just as delicious as it looked!
The cute pictures that Kimber designed for the game 
displayed on the adorable heart frame.
And I love this picture of the Pinney girls!  
Here is Courtney and Shelby, Justin's aunts,
Nancy, Justin's grandma and Grandma Kay.
Here is the poem that Justin wrote for Allie using math terms!

Thanks again, everyone for "showering" Allie with so much love and attention!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Senior Pics... finally!

While Kimber was here last weekend, she took Brooke's Senior pictures.
 It was the day before graduation, but hey, she was technically still a Senior, right?!!!
I uploaded a few of my favorites. They turned out gorgeous, don't you agree?!