The Farrells

The Farrells
Matt, Nicki, Owen and Nora live in the San Francisco Bay area. Matt is a research analyst at CBRE and is loving his job. Nicki spends her time playing with Owen and Nora, reading, crafting, and taking lots of pictures. Owen loves to read, sing, throw toys, and quote movies. Nora is growing quickly and loves to be the center of attention. We have a wonderful life!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tahoe part 2

Hanging out in the hot tub.

Boys day bike ride. The boys rode the Flume Trail and saw some awesome scenery!

Jon and Steve face off in cornhole!

The girls watching from the sidelines.

We had a couples night out to the North Shore resort. It was basically deserted, but Matt and I decided it would be SO fun to come back during the winter.

The three couples - Jon and Sarah, Matt and me, Lindsay and Jason.

The teeny tiny frog that Jon saw basically in the complete dark and stopped us from stepping on.

Matt's dad rented a kayak and a paddleboard for us to use on the lake. We had SO much fun with them. Matt's always wanted to try paddleboarding... can you tell how happy he is in this picture? :)

Cutie girl staying out of the sun. I like how her hair looks seriously red in this picture... her hair has some red tones to it, but sitting under the orange-colored canopy made it look flaming red. I thought it was funny.

Lindsay and me heading out in the canoe.

Matthew, Emma, and Owen. Love these kiddies.

Jason and Lindsay on the paddleboard.

Nora didn't really like the water.

The second day we went back to the beach, Matt's parents went early and scored us the perfect spot. The little kids had this awesome little pool to play in surrounded by rocks. They loved it!

Nora is a little bit happier about standing in the sand at the edge of the water.

Lindsay and Ellie. Check out Ellie's lake-filled diaper!

Emma giving the boys a free raft ride!

Me on the paddleboard. SO fun!

Jon, true to form, caught several fish and crawfish/crawdads/crabs (I don't actually even know what they were) and built them a little pool. It was quite the attraction for a little while.

The set-up in our perfect spot!

Grandma and grandpa bought the kids ice cream!

Owen figured out how to paddle himself around on this little raft... unfortunately, he was only really good at paddling in circles. He was pretty proud of himself, though. :)

Dance party before the family talent show. Check out Owen's sweet mid-air spin.

Michelle, Lindsay, and Jason open up the show!

Debbie and Steve in their awesome old people costumes.

They did a little scene about the Farrell family many years into the future. It was hilarious!

Emma did some of her gymnastics for us!

Matt, Owen, and I sang "You've Got A Friend In Me" from Toy Story

Lindsay and Jason did a hilarious drumming act

Everyone watching the three girls' music video.

Post-talent show dance party!

Attempting to fish in the Truckee river. This river is apparently very popular - we had probably over 100 rafts float past us as we were trying to fish, which made it kind of difficult.

Jon did manage to catch one pretty rainbow trout.

We broke in Owen's new fishing pole on the river... he was more interested in throwing things into the water, though, and since neither Matt nor I have a fishing license, we just kind of dropped the line in the water, got it wet, and called it good. :)

Everyone went bowling on the last day. Nora sat on grandpa's lap while she waited for Matt and me to bowl.

This is Owen's pre-bowling position. He pushes the ball from here and it takes for-ev-er to get down to the other end. Hilarious. :)

Michelle, Jason, Jenny, and Fij bowling on the fast (non-kid) lane. 

End of the game! We got in the car and headed home from here. What a great reunion!


We spent a great week up at Lake Tahoe with Matt's family for the Farrell family reunion. We hung out together around the house, spent a couple days at the lake, had a girls' day and a boys' day, and just had a great time in general. What a beautiful place Tahoe is! We loved it.

Owen getting used to the water. It was actually surprisingly warm... we didn't get enough rain last winter, which means little snow in the mountains, which means that the lake is a lot warmer than normal. We loved it!

Trying not to sink in our raft filled with water

Poor Owen got sunscreen in his eye and got overheated in the sun. He got to cuddle with grandma instead, and fell almost immediately asleep.

Owen getting ready to play cornhole! Matt's dad made four cornhole boards and his mom made the bean bags. We  played tons of cornhole tournaments.

Owen in action

Hanging out in the family room

The three little kids working on the craft that Jenny and Fij put together for them... they loved painting their own birdhouses.

Pretty serious about his painting. :)

Matt resting his seriously burned legs (as of this writing - two weeks later - they're still red and hurting. Not good).

Aaaand... the back view of the craft table. Owen doesn't have "paint" clothes so yes, he paints in his underwear. Toy Story underwear, to be exact. :)

The kids and the girls working on another craft. 

Matt whipping me in chess.

Family singing time

Grandma at the piano

Game night - trying to get the Oreos from their foreheads to their mouths without using their hands. Check out Jason's Oreo flip!

Jenny working hard

"Junk in the Trunk" - Michelle, Debbie, and Lindsay trying to shake all the ping pong balls out of their boxes

...and the little kids at the same game. Owen, Emma, and Matthew shaking their stuff.

Jon, Fij, and Jason trying to move as many Skittles as they can from one bowl to another by suction

Trying to get as many hits on the pedometer attached to their heads - Jenny, Fij, and Jason - and Ellie wondering what in the world they're doing.

Lindsay mid-head shake. 

Love Michelle's serious concentration

Ellie hanging out on the deck

Jon helping Owen fish for squirrels using leftover bread

It was really hot... we spent a lot of time in front of the fan.

Cutie little girl

Owen's finished birdhouse!

The cousins jumping off the couch

Us at the lake!

Girls day! We had lunch together and then window shopped around the town. We all threw pennies in this cute wishing well.... with Fij, Michelle, Lindsay, Sarah, Jenny, and Debbie

And more girls day... pedicures and manicures. Work it, Jenny.

Owen got sick and had a hard couple of days. Grandma made sure to cuddle him a lot.

Lindsay our manicure specialist, painting Fij's nails.

Nora letting daddy know how hungry she is...

....and mommy.

It surprised her when I got her back. :)