Wednesday, August 29, 2007
For our birthdays, my parents bought this little doo-dad for Brendon and me. I must say I am loving her (we call her Ms. Garmin until we can come up with a better pet name...if you have any other great ideas for names please feel free to share them). Ms. Garmin tells me when to turn and how to find a gas station. My favorite feature is her blue tooth capabilities, though. Whenever a call comes into my phone and I am with Ms. Garmin it rings and connects through her speakers (which are much louder than my speakerphone). So I can just touch her screen to talk and never have to deal with digging in my purse and finding my phone. Love her!
Friday, August 24, 2007
Anyways...they are doing an amazing promotion right now where you get $100 free driving credit if you sign up before Halloween (can you say "trick or treat"?) and if a friend refers you they get $50 for entering the code "frienddc".
So if you've been thinking about zipping...I would highly encourage it...and I wouldn't be angry if you decided to say I referred you and give me some free driving credit :) Ha ha!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Here's one of my 16 squares...
and here's all 16 of them...
...these are some of the quilt square I've received from fellow quilt exchangers. They look amazing! In hindsight I wish I would have used fabrics with smaller prints and more contrast. It's so hard to tell when you're ordering fabric online! Darn.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Brendon did not waste any time getting on the tractors...Cody was glad because Bren helped him load up his scrap steel.
He looks good in Dad's wranglers doesn't he? Ha ha.
As soon as we got there my dad had Bren and Jared helping shoot the squirrels and pests on the farm. We also got a box of skeet from the hardware store to keep us entertained.
Here's Jared trying to teach Rissa to shoot.
We also had lots of fun cruising in Mom's new convertible Corvette. We drove it down to San Francisco Thursday evening - what a beautiful drive.
The rest of the trip we spent lazy-ing around on the houseboat. Here's Cody and Bren attacking their watermelon.
Brooke, Mom, and Taryn bundled up for morning boat ride.
Tiffany, Gabe and BrenOur favorite thing to do is tube. That's Cody, Jared, Brendon, Tiffany, Taryn and Rissa out there.
Jared, Brendon, and Cody were completely tuckered out after their long ride!Brendon has HUGE muscles - don't you think? He he.This was one of Brendon's first few times wake boarding...we were very impressed. Check out his jumps below. He is very courageous.Taryn, on the other hand, thinks courageous means venturing outside the wake. Ha ha. I am a wuss.
Other highlights of our trip include touring the farm we hope to possibly lease, riding dirtbikes and 4 wheelers and the golf cart all around the ranch, eating heaps and mounds of homemade salsa, touring Berkeley campus, officially changing my name on my driver's license to from "Taryn Leishman" to "Taryn Merkley" (it's about time!), amazing homemade pies with Brooke and CB, touring model homes in Gridley, penny candy and Hawaiian Snow, seeing tons of family and friends, and just being on the farm. What a great vacation!
Jared (our soon to be brother in law), Cody, Brendon and I all had birthdays coming up - so they sun a tounge-twister of a "happy birthday" song to us. It's not easy to fit four names in the "happy birthday to _____" line :)
We told Cody to pick up three half gallons of ice cream. He misunderstood and bought three AND A HALF gallons of ice cream. Ice cream anyone?
I finally got to see Tatum's prego belly. She is about to pop. Three more weeks to go.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Between eating stints we did lots of shopping and walking. We spent most of our time in Soho, Little Italy, and Chinatown. We had fun getting cheapie 30 minutes massages in Chinatown. We also had fun posing with skeletons and mannequins. :)We couldn't resist these matching Monopoly shirts: Luxury Tax, Free Parking, You've Won 2nd Prize in a Beauty Contest, and Community Chest. We are the epitome of mature 26 year olds! Kayla had her first experience with Dean & Deluca where Melanie ate red velvet cupcakes for breakfast. So nutritious.
To further support the fact that most of our trip was about eating, we spent half the time running around to all the places people wanted to eat as proven by our pictures :) Melanie insisted we go to Gray's Papaya for hotdogs and Pina Colada juice.
Enjoying our hot dogs! ......and Kayla insisted we go to "Burgers & Cupcakes" in Chelsea and get these amazing cupcakes.
Next door to "Burgers & Cupcakes" I found the store that was made for me..."Big Booty Bread Company".