Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Lake Tahoe Getaway

This past weekend, my family and I made the drive up the hill to Lake Tahoe for Memorial Day Weekend. When we planned this trip, we were thinking it would be sunshine, beach time, and BBQ's, but instead of packing our bikinis and flip flops, we stuffed our suitcases with scarves and boots because we were headed for the snow!
Corey and I enjoyed the gorgeous drive up to Tahoe.
Growing up in California, I could probably count on one hand the number of times I've been in the snow, so when we drove into town and the snow flakes were falling, Corey and I lit up like little kids. Our first stop was South Shore where we met up with my mom, Pierce and Pixie for some dinner and a little gambling at Harvey's.
The view from the hotel room.
For dinner, we went to my mom's favorite Chinese noodle place.
After dinner, it was time for some fun!
(For the record, Pixie & I totally facilitated this photo!)
Pix and I did some gambling, and by gambling I mean lost our money...and fast. On the other hand, mom was having some luck on her favorite penny slots and we couldn't peel her away from them! When we'd say "this is your last spin!" she'd squeal and say "But I'm winnnnning!" And she was! The goldfish slot was treating her right and it was fun watching her win. Finally, we got mom back up to the room for a good night's rest.

The next morning, we headed to meet the rest of the gang at the cabin in Kirkwood.
One of the highlights was watching the boys play in the snow. It was freezing, but they were out there, running around, having snow ball fights, and laughing hysterically the entire time.
Pierce wins the "Best Dressed" Award for his amazing snow attire.
Corey sledding down the street head-first.
Corey and his best friend, Daniel.
Shawna and baby Brendan, who saw his very first snow!
View from the cabin during the evening.
After an amazing couple of days, it was time to head back home. The sun came out on Sunday to dry the roads for us, and create a picture-perfect drive home.

The road home.
There's no one else I'd rather be shacked up with in a cabin in the snow than these people. Playing games, eating, and relaxing with my sisters, all the boys, and my mom was the most relaxing time I've had in a while, and it was much needed! (But we did miss my dad who was home watching the doggies and holding the fort down!)
I'm already looking forward to our next adventure!

Monday, May 21, 2012


Happy Birthday Mom!
When my sisters and I were little, we used to throw my mom a "surprise" birthday party every year. With the help of my dad and our family/friends, we somehow managed to pull off a pretty good party. But after a while, it was anything but a surprise to my mom. So we took a few years off. Ok, more like a decade off. But this year, we decided to give it another go. When we were planning and plotting, it was hard to imagine how we pulled something like this off when we were all under the age of 10!

The only snag in our plan this time around was that my sisters and I all told mom that we were busy Saturday night, so she wanted to go out to dinner with my dad. She got a little feisty with him when he suggested they do lunch instead, because it was her birthday weekend so she got to decide when and where they go! We had to call our reinforcements, Darren and Lou, to invite her out to a late lunch. Once she was out of the house, it was go time!
Nellie blowing up balloons
Hanging the decorations.
The cooking crew. Uncle Craig and Mark. 

After the house was decorated, the food was prepped, and our guests had arrived, it was time to wait. We moved all the cars off our street and had everybody hide. When they finally came home, we got mom good...

(I'm bummed I didn't get the door opening. I was filming the door for what felt like an hour with no action, so I stopped the record. As soon as I stopped, the door flew open. Of course.)

But it was SO fun and our mom was SO happy. She told us this was the first time she had NO CLUE about her birthday party. Mission accomplished.
Momma and the guys.
My guy and I.
Shawna and my second mom, Joanne
My mom and dad.
Me and my mom/the birthday girl!
Nellie and baby Brendan.

After a fun, crazy night...Corey and Mr. Colt passed out on the floor. I'm not sure which one was snoring louder.

I am so happy we were able to pull this off for my mom. Everyone had a great time, there were lots of laughs, good food, and good friends. Our mom is the best and deserves to be spoiled and surprised everyday!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A's Game

Corey and I are die hard A's fans.
Thank goodness he bleeds green and gold like I do...I'm not sure this would be working out so well if he was a Giants fan. Just kidding! Sort of. 
This past weekend we went to our first A's game of the season. We watch them every single night on TV, but we hadn't had a chance to make it out to Oakland yet this summer. We were overdue. So we picked up Corey's brother, Keith, and his buddy and headed out to the ballgame at the Coliseum.
Me and the Weglin boys.
My happy place.
What am I looking at?
There we go! My baseball boy and I.

There wasn't much action in this game vs the Detroit Tigers, and that's mostly because Justin Verlander was pitching. Corey is a huge A's fan, but as a pitcher, he appreciates watching talented pitching. And this guy is talented.
Verlander was throwing gas. 95mph. No big deal.

One of the few A's highlights was a solo home run by Seth Smith.

Unfortunately, the A's lost this one. But it was still awesome to be in the stands and taking in the live action. I swear I hear "Let's Go Oakland clap, clap, clapclapclap" cheers in my dreams. And I love it.
Love baseball. Love summertime. Love my A's.