Friday, September 30, 2016

Back in the swing of things

Maddie working on my computer while Izzie works on the school room computer, doing some online math lessons.

 Jake is trying to steal this blanket.

 Maddie at horse lessons.

 S'mores tray!

 Impromptu hotdog dinner party. We really need to do this more often! It was so much fun.

 Izzie found painted rocks!

 Foggy days, fall is here.

 Playing this fun dice game for math, but Maddie wasn't too into it today.

 Probably because Izzie was winning.

The girls entered an IKEA drawing competition. The winner's design will be made into a stuffed animal. Izzie drew the dragon and Maddie drew the giraffe. They didn't win, but it was fun to enter.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Last day in Tahoe

 On our last day in Tahoe we went to this craft fair called Candy Dance. It was insanely crowded. I don't think I've ever been to a craft fair with this many people. The cars were lined up for miles to get to the parking area. We didn't end up staying long. My stomach wasn't feeling well, coupled with all the crowds, you could hardly get a look at the wares. There was some neat stuff and I wish I had been feeling better. But it was still cool to check it out.

 Maddie and Izzie getting one last swim in.

 Izzie and Maddie in their dresses getting ready for church. The priest we had was a riot. He was an older Irish guy. And he had some pretty interesting stories. For one thing, he said he didn't have time to prepare a sermon, so he just went on the fly. But this had him rambling a bit, so much so that the congression started glancing at their watches. Which he did not find amusing! Other than being a bit hungry because church was before dinner, I enjoyed listening to his accent and stories about growing up in Ireland.

 Up and at 'em... time for the drive back to Washington.

 We stopped at a Burger King on the way home. What a view from Burger King!

 We also took the girls to DQ for the first time to get a blizzard. They weren't too impressed and less impressed with the dairy ended up giving them both stomachaches.... oops.

Jake was one happy kitty to see us when we got home!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Spooner Lake Hike

The condo has a bear that comes and visits. Last time we were in Tahoe, we actually saw it. Since then they bought "bear" proof garbage containers. Well the bear knows food is in there so he's torn a hole in the plastic lid of one, but not big enough to get at the food. He still gives it a try though! This was right outside our room, I can't believe I slept through it!

Breakfast at the Lakeside Casino before our hike later today.

Hanging out in the condo for a bit and then on to a hike! 

Spooner Lake Hike is a really pretty hike, it's sad though because of the drought that California and Nevada are going through, I wouldn't be surprised if there is no lake in a few more years. I was shocked at how much smaller it was this year.

 So pretty! I keep saying one day I'll get one of these printed. I need to get on that!

 Izzie and Daddy.


 Maddie and Izzie


 Izzie telling Maddie "hush!" because she spotted some deer.

John and Amanda

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Virginia City

 The next day we went to Virginia City, which is a really cool tourist spot. It's an old town that looks like an old west town. They even have a show down in the street at noon. We snapped a picture of Maddie and Izzie in jail, but then they put us in jail too!

 The stores are really neat, selling all kinds of things from handmade items to touristy fun items.

 Shopping all morning we stopped in a saloon for lunch.

 Grandpa and Grandma.

 I got this amazing buffalo chicken salad. SPICY, but delish!

 I think this is called the Million Mile View. The camera doesn't capture it, the view goes on forever. You used to be able to go in a restaurant and out on their balcony, but it was closed.

 This shop was amazing.

 Trying for another pic of that view.

 old buildings.

 The day started out fairly nice, but quickly turned cold. It even started snowing teeny tiny flakes! As we were driving back to the condo there was a cold fog out over the lake.

When we got back, hot chocolate was the best way to warm us up!