July started off with the annual pilgrimage to Fresno (moi excluded) for fireworks and some much needed playtime. This is by far Matt and Ryan's favorite time of year. The countdown that begins about a month before going is hysterical and its all things Fresno and fireworks and cousins.
The definition of summer.
My sister and her family were here for an extended trip this summer...a whole month. She is such a tease because right when it felt like it was just normal to have them around, they left...reminding us that they reside on the other side of the WORLD.
We fit in some visits with family while they were out here. Here is my cousin Heidi's kids, Rylee and Lindsay. It was a perfect day to be up in Sacramento to play at the park and hit Fairytale Land.
We also just hung out at Nana's a lot!
I went to a production out at Jesse's Grove, which is a winery here in town, of Wizard of Oz because my former student was the lead role of Dorothy. It was an amazing performance and as a proud teacher I could have burst into tears several times throughout the night because she was just that good. She is a natural talent and I loved every minute of it.
And then we took our annual "I need school clothes" trip to Vegas. Doesn't everyone head there for school shopping?
Road trippin' . I hate driving. Have I confessed that before? I hate it. And when it took us ten hours to get home because of a huge accident, my hate hit an all-time high.
At our favorite Mexican restaurant Border Grill.
So grateful to our Mom who watches the kids while we get to go play.
Maybe my favorite picture of the trip. My two husbands.
And this happened. Lynn hit a jackpot on a penny slot and we celebrated. And celebrated. Then celebrated some more.
These next few pictures are proof we were here for a while and made friends with our cocktail waitress. Why I feel the need to document this is beyond me. But oh well.
And this was when we finally made it to dinner that night. At 11:15pm. It's amazing we were able to actually order dinner because at no time could we actual focus long enough to read the menu. This was a fun night. If I remember correctly.
In all of our years going to Vegas, this was by far the best view from our room. My first thought was...I wish the boys could see this view. I'm sure it will still be there to see in 20 years when they finally come.
Perfect night out.
Lunch at Tommy's before we left. Don't we look relaxed? That's because we have no idea that a ten hour drive is in front of us. I hate driving.
And then back to reality. UGH. The first day of school. I mean....THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!
Me: Hey big 6th grader! Big class on campus now.
Matt: My last year being on campus with you. I have waited so long for this.
I'm going to take that as love. Pre-teens show their love by insults, right? It's either except it as love, or cry myself to sleep. So...love it is.
The day before they left. :( Annual cousins pic.
This makes my heart swell.
So it's back to school for us. Soccer will be starting soon for both boys and flag football for Ryan. I love when school is back in and that's when the hectic sports schedules begin.