Time Off!

We just got back this last weekend from our annual trip to Lake Tahoe. My in-laws have a place on the north shore that they invite the whole family to every summer and we have an amazing time with everyone. Each family is assigned a night to cook dinner and it takes all the stress out of mealtime. Every night after dinner we play games and get super competitive. This years game of choice was Catch Phrase. I think we kept the neighbors awake a few nights!

Tahoe is so pristine and peaceful….

Boats and boulders….

We spend lots of time on the water….

Boo can spend hours in her own little world playing in the sand…..

I like to scavenge for stones and driftwood……

Mr. LBB takes us out on the wave runner every once in a while….promising not to get us wet in the cold water:

We always take a family photo on the beach…..

We cut our Tahoe trip a little early this year and headed to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks for 3 days. Driving through Yosemite it feels like you are at the tip top of the world:

Boo loved the cool fresh air:

My favorite part was Yosemite Falls:

We carefully climbed up all the huge rocks to the very bottom of the falls:

Mr. LBB did most of the work on the climb….and still smiling!

The large scale of the falls is amazing….can you see the tiny rock climbers?

Driving out of the other side of the park you can see El Capitan (on the left), Half Dome (way in the back), and Bridalveil falls on the right:

After Yosemite we drove to Sequoia….lots of scary, high roads! Thank goodness Mr. LBB is a great driver.

Are you kidding me with these trees? I felt like I was in the movie Avatar:

I couldn’t resist taking a photo of Boo resting her big belly on the General Sherman sign:

As much as I cringe at graffiti in a national park, I couldn’t stop looking at the layers and layers of years and years of carved initials. It kind of makes me sad looking at names from long ago that are slowly disappearing into the weather-worn wood……

I also couldn’t resist taking a photo of Boo’s tiny “Li’l Sally” (an AppleTreeHouse Waldorf doll) in a humongous Sequoia:

It was an amazing trip! But I’m always glad to be home :)



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Living a simple, creative life in #smalltownusa Bryson City, NC. Renovating a 1960s ranch house and an old train depot. Thank you for reading! Read more in my about section. 


  1. 1

    Those are magical places for me…one of my first day dates with my hubby was at General Sherman…we hiked many days in Yosemite while dating and were married on the beach in Tahoe. So glad you love those places too!

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    tricityty says:

    Wow! Amazing pictures! And looks like a great time! I have been to all those places! My kids and husband never had.. Something to think about! Thanks for sharing!

  3. 3

    lil boo is so adorable and i love her hair! i want it!

  4. 4

    I lived in California right after I got married, and those pictures bring back great memories… glad you're making more with your daughter!

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    PatriciaRaeDesigns says:

    Looks like a wonderful trip your family is beautiful :)


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    Kristina Churchill says:

    Love your pictures of the trip! I love to go to National Parks!
    By the way you have won an award, please go to my site.
    Looking forward to all the great things you have in store for us!


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    We have a family picture of me and my sister and my mom in that same tree, from 1987 however!!! Looks like a great vacation!

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    Hi, I'm Hannah. says:

    Oh these photos are beautiful and make me miss my home. I grew up in Reno just about 45 mins. from Lake Tahoe. I have a million memories spending summer days and nights there. Your family is so lovely…thanks for sharing!

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    Crafty Mom says:

    I love Yosemite! I will never forget entering the park, going through the tunnel, and then BAM! Magnificent rock formations. Absolutely breathtaking. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    So fun to look at your pictures! My husband is a big wall climber and we lived in Yosemite for 2 years. I miss it!

  11. 11

    you were right in my backyard! we spend many summer days up at Sequoia..