Saturday, July 25, 2009

A long time coming...

Where does the time go?

-photo-editing
-cleaning up food because my kids eat ALL DAY LONG.

I guess if I were actually answering that question, those might be my top two right now. Sad I know. My life sounds pretty boring. I just haven't been able to catch up on photos since Gina's wedding. There were a ton from that of course. Then I came back and shot a family reunion the next day here in the desert. 35 people total (yikes-- I know)... so that was a ton of photos, and then of course I took probably like.... a ton at the beach house with Brooke and Tyson that I haven't had a chance to blog yet. SO, since my afternoon was kept free for me to write a talk for church tomorrow, and Ross took Sophia to a movie for a little daddy/daughter date during Mila's nap, and then on his way got the most fabulous text from the bishop of our ward (from church) saying that we don't need to speak anymore.... turns out, I'm FREE! So here goes.

Day One at the beach--- arrived late afternoon- soaked up the sun while the kids dug in the sand right outside the house. Ate too much Stuft Pizza for dinner, then topped it off with the best s'mores of my life (I think it was the first time I used a fancy marshmallow roaster-skewer-thing instead of a wire hanger... and Brooke introduced me to the the double-marshmallow s'more. Oh where have I been?) ...and wallowed in my miserably-bloated happiness. Day 2- ummm.... a lot more beach. More relaxing. More yummy food. Definitely more s'mores. I think we were running low on s'more supplies that night, so Brooke rationed the goods, which made me eat more since I knew I had "3 more" with my name on them... yikes. And yum.

See the shot of the house, it's the cutest little thing, right on the sand. TONS of parking. Sigh... some day.... our own... in my dreams...

She thought it was fun to lay face down in the dirt and rub her head in it. hmm.To the Irvine Spectrum for shopping, Wahoos, and a little train-ride for the kids. Have I told you lately, that I love a fish taco? Day Three- decided to take a break from the rocks on our beach and packed up and went to a new beach, Three Arch, in Laguna? Newport? Not sure... but wow--- it was beautiful, and so worth the pack-up and the butt-kicking workout to hike the stairs out of there upon departure.


I know, that's only two of the arches. I didn't have my wide angle.... or maybe I just forgot...


Ross and Tyson played super-dads and took the kids in the water, exploring around the rocks and arches, and built a sand-mountain (sorry Ross, I just don't think we can call it a castle)... while Brooke and I lounged and took pictures. Thanks Ross.

Yeah- she got pooped and melted down like a Popsicle in Indio. Luckily all it took was a walk to the arches on Ross' shoulder and she crashed for a little sun-bathing nap. (Don't worry, she was lathered in sunscreen. I'm married to the sun-screen patrol. He remembers for the both of us.)

Brooke's friend, Katie, met us there for a little while with her two kids. Her little girl, Reese is a darling little HAM, so I couldn't keep my camera off of her.After food, rest, and clean up.... we took the kids to the park to avoid the sand before bed-time.
This was like the prettiest park I've ever been to. It was up on a cliff overlooking the ocean, but totally fenced in and bowl-like so it felt super safe. Tons of trees for shade... sigh....

again... some day. Some day I'll live in a neighborhood with trees that give shade. Even if it just means I'm in this house for 40 years (which is how long it'll take for these desert trees in my neighborhood to actually give shade.)

I love my house. I love the desert (sort of). But it's summer. And miserable. And I love the beach. So let me complain without thinking me a complainer please.


hhhhhaaaaaa (that's my written sigh.. the word just isn't doing it for me), I think that about covers it. Though I can't promise more photos won't trickle in. We did sort of squeeze in a fifteen minute family-shoot between our two families... I wasn't planning on having Brooke turn the camera on us so my hair was in a pony, but oh well. I'll save that for another day... or... maybe just a couple more...



11 comments:

Lindsay Griffeth said...

Can you share even a quarter of your talent with me, please? Those are FABULOUS pictures of what looks like a great trip. Makes me want to take Nate to the beach. :)

alliehoopes said...

does real life even look like that? holy crap. wyoming feels like uglyville. those pictures are so beaUTIFUL! my favorites are the friend's friend boy in the shorts. perfection. also sophia in the end is edible. also those kid dresses...where did they come from? and how in the world do you take such pictures in the bright sun? i just avoid it still. also does your husband look just a little like reid? you know, coming back to propose reid? not a ton...maybe like a cousin amount? also also i'd wedding hire you for sure. great great job (duh)

kkmom said...

I love that last family pic of you guys! Love reading your blog. Makes me feel normal, lol.
Okay so I know I have been behind on my blog, maybe I will have some time today.
Keep up the good work and wonderful pics!

brooke said...

so much fun...we miss you guys being here, and almost everyday Sawyer asks where Soph and Mila are. Can't wait to do it again!

Becky said...

um, pretty sure that was the beach missy and i would go to everyday our senior year in high school. we never had towels so we would lay on top of missy's swim parka while listening to pearl jam on the way. oh those were the days. thanks for posting the pics, they brought back some fun memories. three arches is in laguna i believe in case it was bothering you. if it's the same one use to go to it has hardly any body there and it's beyond beautiful. your picture taking talent is out of this world!!

Lowdogg said...

These pictures seem too colorful.

Da Costa said...

Lillie! You are just AMAZING! Love these pics. Made me jealous since I have YET to go to the beach this summer. For me, that's almost criminal. And your photography is just beautiful! Loved the wedding shoot on your photo blog. You've got some serious talent, woman!
Oh, quick question, if you don't mind. How wide is your blog? I've tried to widen mine out, but can't get it anymore than it is now. Would you mind telling me what your HTML code is for your width, height and banner?
Oh, and love the pic of you and yours. Beautiful! :0)

Audry said...

Looks like lots of fun was had!

missy said...

Oh Becky - that is what I was thinking the whole time! Good old Capo Beach:)

And yes, Three Arch is in Laguna. And wait Lillie - you probably went to Three Arch at Katie's parents house right. And that little Reese is Avery's friend and it's all coming together right this instant how small the world is.

And how I'm a little sad that we didn't meet up! Someday? Hopefully:)

kate said...

found your blog through Brookes and I LOVE LOVE the pics of Reese you took. Well, I LOVE all your pics, you are so talented. I checked out your other blog and the pics you took of Brooke, Tyson and Sawyer are beautiful. Any chance you could email me those pics or Reese, or I would be happy to pay you for them, I LOVE them that much!
katie

Kirby said...

Lillie your pictures are to die for! You just keep getting more and more talented!