Sunday, August 30, 2009

I made this for Selena over a year and a half ago when she moved to Utah to be with Russ...Lets just say that I am bringing it out so all of you can see it. I had fun making it and it still to this day makes me laugh at how lame I was. Here is the link to the video:

This goes to the direct link to the video, so no worries about putting in a username or password...I fixed it where you don't need to insert that info. Have fun watching it!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Photo Time

Ok so we took a few days out of our busy schedule while in Tahoe (jk, it wasn't busy at all) to go take some photographs of one another. I had fun taking pictures in some random areas there and I think that they all turned out great. Amanda even did okay when she took my pictures. You will have to tell me what you think. This first one is my all time favorite...I love graffiti for some reason!

Oh yeah!!! Amanda was such a great sport...she had water go down her paints in this picture...thanks for being patiant with me.

A Week in Lake Tahoe

Here is the beautiful place that I was staying at with the Hallenbeck Family. They have had this cabin in their family for quite some time. Amanda's great grandpa built it back in the day...I can't remember really when, but it was when the area wasn't as touristy. It was fun sitting back and listening to all the family stories and to hear about the memories that they shared in the cabin over the years. I had a blast while I was there. I was able to do a lot, but at the same time relax a ton. We went swimming a few of the days, went touring some of the other on a kayak, went water skiing and then went to go shopping. All in all, it was a great week!

Here we are ready to get on the boat that we rented for the day...I had a ton of fun even though I still couldn't get up. All I have to say is that I suck at wakeboarding! I got close to staying up though. Amanda did very well on the skiis though. I have a funny video of her biffing it on her skiis, but I will spare the embarrasment by not posting that for her. Justin did very well on the wakeboard and so did this other random dude that was passing us by on another boat. We went with some of Amanda's cousins...Ashley, Austin, Cara with her friend Sophie and Audrey. Her brother Jake was there and Katie with Justin and lets not forget the driver...Mark Hallenbeck!

We went shopping in Nevada on the border and they had some fun shops...I bought a real cute bag from Quicksilver and I am just in love with it! Thankfully I didn't go into too many stores or I would be broke by now. Anyways, here we are with Amanda's sister Katie and her hubbie Justin. We rode over with them in their Mustang, yes it was a little cramned in the back but we looked super cute.

here we are posing with some of the random statues in town...

Oh and lets not forget the landmark spot for picture taking in will become a new tradition to take a pic here every year, well atleast I hope so.

Us goofing off in our room after we finally got a room to sleep in...I loved our got so dark, we wouldn't wake up until 1 some days cause it was so dark. Here we are playing around with our flash drives. We are a little silly somtimes.

I got rebuked by Grandma for painting my nails on her tables. I guess I was warned by Amanda though...I should've listened. Grandma gave me the evil eye the rest of the afternoon. I shouldn't look too happy, but I was cause I needed a pedicure real bad.

On our way to church, we are so hot!

Burger Lounge...I will have to say it was very good...the biggest burger I have ever eaten and one of the best shakes I have ever had too. Here we are at the Kid table, jk! We ate with Amanda's cousin Cara and her friend Sophie. We were lucky to have the umbrellas cause it started to rain while we were eating.

Mark- Amanda's Dad really likes to snorkel and scuba dive...I caught him in action. This is right outside the cabin...yes the water is that clear and beautiful.

Ali- Amanda's Mom...she really likes to kayak and I got her in the act too.

Last but not least the game of Scrabble...We played it a ton while we were here...we didn't know how well we could spell until we played like 10 rounds of this game. I don't think that I can ever get Amanda to play with me again though. If you look closely you can see some words we spelt...yes they are very weird, but fun! Yes you can see ZIT spelled twice on the board...31 points baby!

Seattle and Then Some

We went to Seattle for the day and I had a ton of fun!!!
We went to Pike's Place first to see the fish be thrown...Amanda I hoped you liked it. Last time I went to Seattle was a year ago and the guys played a prank and threw a fake fish at my head while I was filming...I was a little scared and I screamed, but that was a year ago. This year they didn't do that thankfully, but it was fun to watch them throw the "real fish" again. There were millions of people that were from all over and I don't think I have ever been pushed around as much as I had in this area in my life :) luckily we were able to get through without losing one another. After that we went to the gum wall, which was really cool, but so unsanitary. I was actually shocked to see Amanda go anywhere near this spot. I for sure left my gum on the wall, I had a hard time finding a spot to put it, since so many people put theres on the wall too...I love the pic of Amanda...she got real into it! Then we went to the waterfront and took some pics with Christopher Columbus, which is tradition for always need a landmark to take a picture at when you go visit a fun place. Well this one is mine in Seattle! After that we headed over to the Freemont Troll which is in the movie 10 Things I Hate About You and took some fun pics there. I don't know how I did it, but I somehow I managed to remember how to get everywhere in Seattle without a map. I guess I will just say that I am good when it comes to directions and remembering how to get places after seeing them once before. I think that Amanda may have been a little amazed and confused at the same I did it will still remain a mystery I guess. Oh last but not least we took some pics with this pig...they are all over Seattle and I am not sure why they are everywhere, but I sure had fun taking pics with them. Oh yeah, I don't want to forget about the fun purchase of our bracelets...we purchased them at Zumies, they are Breast Cancer bracelets...I figured since I have had some family members that are Breast Cancer Survivors it was fit to buy them...If you can't read them it says "I heart BOOBIES" and on the other side it says "Keep a Breast" they are pretty funny.

So I got the bright idea that we needed to paint Amanda's room while I was visiting. Her parentals never let her do it before, but since I am a nice person and they love me they let Amanda and I paint her room...for some reason they think I am responsible hahaha. Anyways, I think that it turned out nice and I know it makes Amanda feel a little more at home in her new room. She chose to paint her room with Disney colors...she now has Tinker Bell and Atta Boy Blue on her walls. I love it!!!
Before Pics of the purple room!

Some After Pics of the room...sorry I didn't get a full on after shot.

Don't ever leave us alone together with paint :) It can get a little messy.

We finally went and saw Harry Potter! I really liked it, but it was for sure different then the others in my opinion.

So Katie turned 21 while I was visiting and this is a family shot at her work. Amanda brought her a b-day cake and balloons. The cake turned all of our mouths blue, luckily I didn't get a pic of that!

I don't know how, but I managed to fit into this at the park by Clark College...needless to say I still have the heart of a child in me. Thanks Amanda...She taught me well.

If you are wondering, yes I ate this cookie! It only took me 5 bites...I don't think Amanda believed me when I said I had a huge mouth. I took a video of the consumption of the cookie, but we will just keep that stashed away so I don't get too embarrassed.

We went to a creek by Amanda's and I really enjoyed it. I wished I could've stayed longer in Washington...this was an hour before I went home :(

So I just want to say that I had an amazing time with you Amanda on my 3 week long vacation. I was so sad to have to leave and come home. I can't wait until I can return to Washington again. I want to thank the Hallenbeck's for being so great to me and for putting up with me the whole time I was with them. I will forever remember this vacation.