Monday, August 9, 2010


That's right! I'm currently in California. Palmdale to be exact, visiting my Aunt Teri & Uncle Mike and all the family that goes with 'em.

About a month or so ago I was talking to Grandma and she mentioned she wished I could come with her. She would be driving 12 hours by herself and I just thought that wasn't too cool. I talked to Ryan to make sure it was okay with him, talked to my bosses and I got the time off!

I flew to Medford on Wednesday morning where Grandma picked me up and we immediately hit the road. Gram hand been planning on making it a two day trip but I said lets go for it and get there grandma! We of course stopped in Redding, CA where the first one of these babies was available...

***Cue the Ferris Buhler's Day Off Music saying "oh-oh-yeah"***

Yum. I'm not exageratting when I say I haven't had an in-n-out buger in 5 years, that was the last time I've been down here was Todd & Jenni's wedding! Way too long!

Anyways, then while we were driving Grandma saw a sign for a casino and she thought "oh Bob and I always wanted to take a look at that Casino but... oh hey wait Aly, you're 21 now right?"



How many people do you know that can say their Grandmother took them to their first casino after they turned 21. Well now you can officially say 1.

It was fun. Grandma won probably about 35-40 bucks, I got about $40. We wanted to stay longer (ryan told me, "win next months rent babe!") but if we wanted to make it down to Palmdale in one day, we really needed to get back on the road.

We made it down there safe and sound with no speeding tickets much to Grandma's dismay... I only went 80 twice for like 10 seconds to get around a truck, other then that I stuck to 77 the whole way.

The real reason we came down here was for my Cousin-in-laws baby shower! Jenny is pregnant and due October 18th. She looked awesome and it was super exciting to see her. They're having a boy and decided to name him Anthony Michael. But don't call him Tony, it's Anthony. Jenn spent 3 hours opening presents. 3 HOURS. Holy cow she got alot of (adorable!) stuff but man, did she kit the jackpot. There were about 50-55 people there.
The staircase loaded with unopened gifts!

It was nuts, but she had the cutest cake!

Obviously the shower was Jungle themed. It was a really good cake too, had a banana layer of goodness in the middle.

Here's a photo of the "Williams side" that were all able to come.

I had to add this photo because of Aunt Teri Photo-Bombing it. It's her new favorite hobby. hehe
Happy little Brooke. She's such a good baby.

Jenn dressed up in the memory smock. She walks through the room, you write down as many as you can remember after she leaves.

Mama & Grandma Teri!

We were all trying to feel baby Anthony kick. We could feel him, just not him moving.

Later that night all us girls (and eventually Preston) hopped into the spa with some popcorn and beverages. Don't worry, I had cream soda. :)

It's been a fun week, I head home Wednesday night and then I get back to work.
I miss Ryan and my pupps but it's been a good lesson in appreciation for one another.

Hope you're having a good week!


  1. That looks like such a blast! How fun that you got to be there for Jenn's baby shower. I'm jealous. :) But at least we'll get to see most of the Williams clan at Garrett and Erin's wedding in a few months. I vote we do a Bowles reunion in the next year or two. Love it! Have a safe drive home!

  2. Looks like you had so much fun Aly! Man that cake looks AWESOME!! :) What a cute shower! :)