Sunday, August 28, 2011

our vacation | double birthday + backyard party

So my last day in California was spent in my lovely hometown!  I sometimes miss it but mostly because my grandma and some other family & old friends live there.  I miss my grandpa...

What is cuter than my grandma's backyard?  I can't think of anything.  I literally GREW UP in that backyard.  I broke the spout to the bird bath in that backyard.  I picked oranges, chased my cousins, stained my hands picking walnuts, and poked my fingers on the cacti.  Many life lessons were learned in that backyard.  Lots of parties, family, food, and fruit.  OH THE FRUIT!  (I'm a fruit fanatic, you know.)  In that backyard- oranges, grapefruit, peaches, plums, walnuts, apricots, and pomegranates are found.  It is my dream backyard, really.  She's taken such great care of it.  Furthermore, as previously mentioned, her oranges are TO DIE FOR.  None of this grocery store crap.  Sorry Trader Joes, your oranges are lame.  That goes for you too, Kroger.  heh heh.  Honestly don't get me started on my distaste for store bought citrus.  I grew up beyond spoiled in that department.  And that is all I will say about that.

So as I was originally going to blog, there was this party.  A party for my irish twin brother Mike and I!  It was the day after he got married (they all took late honeymoons, those poor kids lol!) on his actual birthday, and a few days before mine.  We had a cute picnic lunch in the backyard.  It got a little warm so we had to scrunch up under the sliver of shade we could find.  haha.  Don't let my grandma's graying Rottweiler Sheba fool you... she's STILL insanely energetic! I couldn't get a shutter speed fast enough for her haha.  I remember when she joined the family- she bit as hard as Hyrum does.  She's still a ball of energy- and I'm grateful because she's taking good care of my gma.  My grandma, the sweetheart, got me the cutest nail polish and kitchen timer for my birthday.  My parents got me something for my camera!  It was such good times.
this was so cute... Brody and his cousin Xander were taping their water bottles together and saying, "CHEERS!" lol