The last few days of summer vacation also happened to be bring-a-friend-free days at both Hurricane Harbor AND Six Flags, so I took my whole gang plus my 4 babysitting kids the two days before school started. We met up with my mom, my sister Laura, and my sister Cecilie plus her whole family at Six Flags, so we had enough adults to have a big-kid-ride group. And we ran into lots of friends at Hurricane Harbor, which made it even better! Long live summer! #partyof16

The last few days of summer vacation also happened to be bring-a-friend-free days at both Hurricane Harbor AND Six Flags, so I took my whole gang plus my 4 babysitting kids the two days before school started. We met up with my mom, my sister Laura, and my sister Cecilie plus her whole family at Six Flags, so we had enough adults to have a big-kid-ride group. And we ran into lots of friends at Hurricane Harbor, which made it even better! Long live summer! #partyof16

The last few days of summer vacation also happened to be bring-a-friend-free days at both Hurricane Harbor AND Six Flags, so I took my whole gang plus my 4 babysitting kids the two days before school started. We met up with my mom, my sister Laura, and my sister Cecilie plus her whole family at Six Flags, so we had enough adults to have a big-kid-ride group. And we ran into lots of friends at Hurricane Harbor, which made it even better! Long live summer! #partyof16

My parents are leaving to serve an 18-month humanitarian mission in Mexico, so my siblings and I threw a backyard taco party! The yard was newly renovated and looked fabulous with brightly colored pom-poms hanging from the tree, paper picado and patio lights strung from the pergola, flowers on the tables, and the vegetable garden/jungle looking vibrant green. It was wonderful to see friends from over the decades come to wish my parents well as they embark on their journey. I hope they know how loved they are and how much they will be missed!

My parents are leaving to serve an 18-month humanitarian mission in Mexico, so my siblings and I threw a backyard taco party! The yard was newly renovated and looked fabulous with brightly colored pom-poms hanging from the tree, paper picado and patio lights strung from the pergola, flowers on the tables, and the vegetable garden/jungle looking vibrant green. It was wonderful to see friends from over the decades come to wish my parents well as they embark on their journey. I hope they know how loved they are and how much they will be missed!

My parents are leaving to serve an 18-month humanitarian mission in Mexico, so my siblings and I threw a backyard taco party! The yard was newly renovated and looked fabulous with brightly colored pom-poms hanging from the tree, paper picado and patio lights strung from the pergola, flowers on the tables, and the vegetable garden/jungle looking vibrant green. It was wonderful to see friends from over the decades come to wish my parents well as they embark on their journey. I hope they know how loved they are and how much they will be missed!

My friend gave us tickets to a SF Giants game with food vouchers, and like true superfans, we all got Ghirardelli hot fudge sundaes to eat in the cold. ️ @whyisjake captured that sunset beautifully. But my favorite part of the night was how Rush held my hand anytime we walked through crowds. #juststaylittle

My friend gave us tickets to a SF Giants game with food vouchers, and like true superfans, we all got Ghirardelli hot fudge sundaes to eat in the cold. ️ @whyisjake captured that sunset beautifully. But my favorite part of the night was how Rush held my hand anytime we walked through crowds. #juststaylittle

My friend gave us tickets to a SF Giants game with food vouchers, and like true superfans, we all got Ghirardelli hot fudge sundaes to eat in the cold. ️ @whyisjake captured that sunset beautifully.  But my favorite part of the night was how Rush held my hand anytime we walked through crowds. #juststaylittle

My kids have never been into swings, but we love the new swing set in @cecilieblee and @wmscottlee back yard! Especially when there’s a big kid who’s willing to push all the little kids. Rush is the best.

My kids have never been into swings, but we love the new swing set in @cecilieblee and @wmscottlee back yard! Especially when there’s a big kid who’s willing to push all the little kids. Rush is the best.

My kids have never been into swings, but we love the new swing set in @cecilieblee and @wmscottlee back yard! Especially when there’s a big kid who’s willing to push all the little kids. Rush is the best.

My favorite seasons here are late winter when all the hills are vibrant green and mid-summer when the crepe myrtle trees lining the streets are all exploding with color! Every shade of red and white and all the pinks in between! 🌳+=

My favorite seasons here are late winter when all the hills are vibrant green and mid-summer when the crepe myrtle trees lining the streets are all exploding with color! Every shade of red and white and all the pinks in between! 🌳+=

My favorite seasons here are late winter when all the hills are vibrant green and mid-summer when the crepe myrtle trees lining the streets are all exploding with color! Every shade of red and white and all the pinks in between! 🌳+=

My dad’s childhood home. It sits right on the main road and backs up to the levy, which my dad would walk along with his dad during rains, watching for swells and weak spots. The orange trees are some of the tallest I’ve seen! My Grandma Bain told countless stories (and repeated them countless times) about this home—hosting Primary for years before she was even a member of the church, my dad chasing chickens in the yard as a toddler, cooking big holiday meals… I wish I could remember them all! It would be amazing to see this home restored someday. It has so much charm and is likely one of first homes built when Nicolaus was settled 150 years ago.

My dad’s childhood home. It sits right on the main road and backs up to the levy, which my dad would walk along with his dad during rains, watching for swells and weak spots. The orange trees are some of the tallest I’ve seen! My Grandma Bain told countless stories (and repeated them countless times) about this home—hosting Primary for years before she was even a member of the church, my dad chasing chickens in the yard as a toddler, cooking big holiday meals… I wish I could remember them all! It would be amazing to see this home restored someday. It has so much charm and is likely one of first homes built when Nicolaus was settled 150 years ago.

My dad’s childhood home. It sits right on the main road and backs up to the levy, which my dad would walk along with his dad during rains, watching for swells and weak spots. The orange trees are some of the tallest I’ve seen! My Grandma Bain told countless stories (and repeated them countless times) about this home—hosting Primary for years before she was even a member of the church, my dad chasing chickens in the yard as a toddler, cooking big holiday meals... I wish I could remember them all! It would be amazing to see this home restored someday. It has so much charm and is likely one of first homes built when Nicolaus was settled 150 years ago.

Last week we visited the teeny tiny town that my dad grew up in. Nicolaus is nestled among walnut orchards along the Feather River, northwest of Sacramento. In this 2-room schoolhouse, he had the same teacher for 1st through 8th grade (Mrs. Finch), and she also happened to be his next door neighbor! My dad gave us the grand walking tour of the town—past both stop signs—and shared stories from his childhood. I’m so grateful to be his daughter and for all the forces that shaped his life for good over the years. I love that he was able to share his history with my kids.

Last week we visited the teeny tiny town that my dad grew up in. Nicolaus is nestled among walnut orchards along the Feather River, northwest of Sacramento. In this 2-room schoolhouse, he had the same teacher for 1st through 8th grade (Mrs. Finch), and she also happened to be his next door neighbor! My dad gave us the grand walking tour of the town—past both stop signs—and shared stories from his childhood. I’m so grateful to be his daughter and for all the forces that shaped his life for good over the years. I love that he was able to share his history with my kids.

Last week we visited the teeny tiny town that my dad grew up in. Nicolaus is nestled among walnut orchards along the Feather River, northwest of Sacramento. In this 2-room schoolhouse, he had the same teacher for 1st through 8th grade (Mrs. Finch), and she also happened to be his next door neighbor! My dad gave us the grand walking tour of the town—past both stop signs—and shared stories from his childhood. I’m so grateful to be his daughter and for all the forces that shaped his life for good over the years. I love that he was able to share his history with my kids.