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Take me back to Tahoe please!

We had our final-final summer adventure last weekend.  Most peeps are celebrating their last summer hurrah this Labor Day weekend.  Unfortunately, we will be spending our 3-day weekend moving.  So. Much. To. Do!  Currently wishing I was still sitting on Pope Beach with a bud light lime in hand enjoying the 80 degree weather.  This 110 shit is for the birds.

 

Here’s a little recap of the highlights from our weekend……

We hit the road Friday with Ruby (Bay’s BFF) in tow.  I love these girls and their friendship ♥

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Pit stop at Strawberry Lodge for sodas.  First time ever (in my adult life) I haven’t sat at the bar, played Janis Joplin on the jukebox and enjoyed a coldie.

They did a boomerang cheers.  Like mother, like daughter.  Pretty sure that was Sara + I a couple of weekends ago….Ha!

 

The Cabin.  With mom waiting for us.

 

First thing first…Lake Tahoe Pizza Co. for pizza.  Pizza is kinda our Friday night thing, if you haven’t caught on yet.

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We did half cheese (borefest) + half Mean Greek.  You guys, it was BOMB.  Sundried tomatoes + sautéed spinach + feta cheese + red onions + peperoncino + chicken.  Sounds good, huh?

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Saturday morning breakfast on the deck.  Fueling for our adventure.

I had a bloody mary to calm my nerves 🙂

 

Along side avocado toast Carol Willis style.  I love avocado toast, but do you want to know how to make your avo toast even better?  Add crispy prosciutto.  Yes!  Carol had made this for my mom a couple of days before.  When she told me about it, I requested she show me Carol’s ways.  OMG!  It was killer.  She crisped up a couple thin slices of prosciutto on the stove then layered it up over a toasted pieces od Dave’s Killer Bread.  Try it.  And thank Carol after!

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Horseback riding!!  WTF did I get myself into?  I am afraid of horses.  Horses don’t like me.  Pretty sure they can sense how uncomfortable I am.  At least, that’s what I’ve been told.  I am 35 year young, and have yet to get on a horses.  I’ve had plenty of options, but have declined every single time.

The reason we are here….Bay + Ruby are completely horse crazy.

They’ve been riding since they were 5 years old.  Look how little they are in the images below.

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Then a couple of summers ago, Paige + Willy introduced Bay to Junior Rodeo.  She learned barrels + poles + roping.  Probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever seem my girl do.

She would ride out to a goat.  Jump off her horse.  With a hope in hand.  And tie up a live goat and lay it on its side.

Bay was 9 years old at the time.

I don’t think I could even do that now.

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Ok, so now that you have the history you know why it was time for me to finally get on a horse.  Bailey has asked me to a million times.

I said yes.

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We went for a guided trail ride in Tahoe at Camp Richardson Corral.  I can’t say tell you how great the guides + staff treated us.  They knew I was freaked the fuck out.  They got me on a horse and reassured me I would love every second of it.

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Can I get an Amen for Friday!!!  I don’t know about you, but I AM SPENT!  This first week of school, Bay’s 11th birthday + the eclipes (Ha) + packing has killed me a little  Just a little, but today is Friday!  We’re hitting the road for a final-final summer adventure.  And then it’s a wrap folks.

But first I’ve got 5 things on my mind…..

ONE – Back to school // This coloring page is everything.  Bay literally finished it in 2.5 minutes.  For the first time, since she started elementary school, she told me she was too old to do her back to school coloring page.  FML!  She did it anyway.  She must have seen the look on my face.  I almost cried.  Anyway, I have saved these year after year.

She said the worst thing in her lunch was a pickle.  I find that funny, considering she LOVES pickles…lol!  What a brat.

Click below and have your kiddo fill on of these out!  It’s a keeper

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Free Printable Coloring Page

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TWO – I Fought The Law // Total pre-ordered this book.  It caught my eye and I’m so intrigued.  Beautiful photographs of the strangest laws from each of the 50 states.

Strange, outdated laws from each of the 50 U.S. states—some overturned, some still on the books, and some merely the stuff of legends—are depicted with sly wit by Olivia Locher. Incisive, ironic, and gorgeous, these images will appeal to art buffs and trivia fans alike. A foreword from American poet Kenneth Goldsmith and an interview with the artist by Eric Shiner, former director of the Andy Warhol Museum, contextualize rising-star Locher’s photography. From serving wine in teacups in Kansas to licking a toad in Kentucky or perming a child’s hair in Nebraska, breaking the law has never looked so good.

For instance: In California, it is illegal to ride a bike in a swimming pool.

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Oh Monday!  I’m not ready to adult yet.  These summer weekends are just passing by way too quickly.  Anyone else agree?

You know that meme, the one that says…..put on some gangster rap and handle it?  Or something like that?  That’s exactly what I did this morning.  Bay + I rocked out to Dr. Dre while we got ready for work + algebra academy.

I’m doing something a little new this week.  Maybe everyweek?

Intentions for the Week:

You know that shit you need/want to do.  I find that when I write/post them, it’s somehow easier to make them happen.

  • drink fucking water (sucked at this…BAD)
  • track ALL food on my fitness pal (on it, this week)
  • deep clean the fridge
  • eat outside (when it’s not 105 degrees) Wayyy too hot for that shit!
  • keep basil plant alive…HELP! (I’m happy to report…it’s still alive)
  • make a donation run
  • NO online shopping (already failed…FML.  I blame it on the J.Crew sale)
  • chill out on the peanut butter
  • go for walks/bike rides after dinner (maybe this week?)
  • make gluten-free brownies
  • delete old photos on iPhone
  • go to Morgan’s Mill (Saturday morning, this is happening!!)
  • use all the veggies in Farm Fresh delivery (just a handful of cherry tomatoes left)
I’ve got my fingers crossed this does the trick!  I’ll keep you posted!

Here’s some highlights from the weekend…..

Tahoe //

I spent another weekend in Tahoe.  This time with some of my girlfriends.  We’ve been attending the Celebrity Golf Tournament for a few years now…it’s become our fun weekend.

Quote:

hangovers are temporary….have fun!

 

First stop – You’ll never believe it?!?!  Strawberry Lodge!

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On the agenda for the night:

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Oh, hello!  And Happy Friday!  It’s the weekend again.  You cant wipe the smile off this girls face today:)  Heading back to Tahoe for a girls weekend.  I foresee lots of laughing.  Empty wine bottles.  Front porch sitting.  Celebrity golf.  Dancing with Arty the Party!  Hey, maybe I’ll hit the Harrah’s jackpot too?  And hopefully, a couple of shades darker (thanks to Tahoe’s dreamy forecast).

Whatever you have planned, enjoy!!

 

Here’s what I’ve got on my mind today…….

ONE – Mezger Zinnias // “It seems to bring out the best in people” – quoted from the The Davis Enterprise.   I think we can all vouch that this beautiful zinnia farm has brought out the best.  How can you not smile when you pull up to the 2-acre field of colorful zinnias?  Or how about the people you deliver a vase full of these beauties too?  Bay and I spent about 20 minutes last night gathering zinnias for bouquets to deliver to Grammy (a welcome home) + GG (my 92-year-old Grandmother).   We made a big vase for our living room + even saved a few for our night stands.  There’s just something about fresh flowers in the house that make me happy.  Try it, stick a little vase on your nightstand.

BIG thank you to the Mezger family for another Zinnia year ♥

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TWO – Sakura // Monday night we celebrated Alex (my ride or die homegirl) birthday!  If you follow along on Instagram Stories, then you saw it all.  Ha.  We had a good time.  As we always do.  I laughed till my stomach hurt.  Isn’t that the best?  When you wake up in the morning and still laugh out loud about the shit you talked about?  Anyway, we left happy + sake drenched.  The food was so good, once again.  Scroll down and take a peek at my tofu dinner.  I cleaned my plate…lol.  I woke up with the hangover of the century though.    Between the bottles of Bogle chard + the sake.  Thanks to our cook.  Or do they call them chefs?  I’m not really sure.  Anyway….he was fucking sake happy.  We all left (minus Melika + Robin) with sake all over our clothes, hair and faces.  “Who wants sake?” will forever be embedded!  ♥

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Let’s do this Monday!!

Today was Bay’s first day of YMCA summer camp.  And our first week getting back into the swing of things.  You know, packing lunches + early bedtime + the regular ol routine.  Bay wasn’t having it, but when she heard her YMCA group was going to be spending the morning in the kitchen cooking, you should have seen her perk up.  And for me…..you’ll never believe it, I make it to work on time.  Can I get a Whoop Whoop!!

What’s your week looking like?  We’ve got a busy one.  You know the good busy ones though, the ones where you’re actually looking forward to everything on the calendar.  Birthday dinner + hair + girlfriend night.  Mixed in with some cleaning + yardwork and meal prep.  My washing machine finally took a shit, so it looks like I’ll be doing laundry at the parental at some point this week too.  New one is on it’s way!

 

Here are some highlights from the weekend…….

Last minute trip to Tahoe to beat the heat!  And kick it with Mom.

 

Strawberry Lodge Stops //

It’s a must, but you already know that!

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To the beach or to the bar?

I got lots of instagram messages saying: “to the bar, duh”

God I love you guys!!!

 

So we did both….

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Pope beach first, to catch some rays and dip in the lake.

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Serious case of the Holiday hangover going on over here.  Butttt, it is Wednesday (HAPPY HUMP DAY)…NOT Monday, so I’ll pound Starbucks all day and keep my complaining to a minimum.

How was your 4th?  The 4th is my favorite, but I think I’ve already told you that about 381 times now!  Summertime!  I feel like we tend to live a wilder life.  Don’t you think?  Stay up later than normal.  Cut out of work early on Friday’s!  Drive with the windows down.  Wake up with golden shoulders.  Dip in the Lake.  Drink a little more.  Road trips.  Adventures!  The summer just makes me feel alive!  I am desperately trying to live in the moment and soak up these sunny days the very best I can!

Annddd, who else wants to vote for 4-day weekends, year round?

We spent the last 4 days in Tahoe at our Family cabin on South Shore.  You guys….the weather was insanely beautiful.

I live for summer weekends like these…..

Strawberry Lodge Pit Stop //

Because it’s a tradition.  Always.  Even if you’re solo.  Luckily I noticed a car when I pulled in the parking lot Friday evening 🙂  Fancy seeing them here!!!  They have the very best jukebox.  We play Janis Joplin every single time.  And the bar sings along.

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Bear Greetings //

We were greeted by Cinnamon the neighborhood bear.  We named him that a couple of years ago.  I think Benny did actually.  Because of his cinnamon color!  We see him every trip.

 

Cards on the deck //

31 is played more times that I can count.  Clearly Joe was holding a shitty hand, like I was.  I didn’t walk away with a single win!

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Bike Rides //

I love that they still have bike parade decor on their bikes.  Even Bay’s balloon made it all the way from Woodland.  There is a cute little park a couple of blocks up the road.  That’s where you can find these kids!

Benny Bears helmet kills me 🙂

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My red solo cup runneth over!!  With chard!

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In the Kitchen //

Isn’t the kitchen always the main hub?  We cook, a lot.  Eat, alot.

Coffee out of Poop-A-Doop’s mug on the porch every morning.  One of the reasons I roll out of bed…around 8ish.  And the smell of breakfast cooking.

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We celebrated Kissey’s Birthday.  Chicken tortilla casserole + GG’s italian green beans + tomato + avocado salad + french bread…heaven!!

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Bay whipped up pretzel crust brownies.  Goole it!  BOMB.com!

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Lunch lady making beach sandwiches.

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Bacon wrapped hotdogs.  There were alright.  I need to perfect them, then many I’ll post more about these dogs.

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Beaches //

We live for beach days!  All of us ♥

Our all time favorite beach – Pope Beach!  Just up the road a few miles from our cabin.

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{red + white + blue}

Happy 4th of July peeps!   We are all kinds of patriotic over here in Tahoe!  Just how I like it.  Red + white + blue ♥

 

Here’s a fun little game to play with you’re kiddos today….

Bingo //  How cute, right?  Best part…it’s a free download.  I’ve got them printed up and ready to play with the kids tomorrow in celebrating of the 4th of July 🙂

Oriental Trading 4th Of July Bingo

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