lake tahoe!

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we’ve been spending time with family this past week at lake tahoe! besides a rocky day of travel getting here (for me- the kids were such troopers! but i was super nauseous and threw up several times on the plane which was as embarrassing and disgusting as it gets. please tell me i’m not the only pregnant lady whose nausea doesn’t hit hard until the 2nd trimester…) anyway! besides all that, it’s been so wonderful to kick back and relax a bit with our family. it’s our first time experiencing lake tahoe too, and it is beautiful here. the water is as blue and clear as it gets and the trees and mountains surrounding it don’t come in better shape.  a few photos from one of our days here below…


^^^thanks to my friend candice and other readers for telling us about this pretty beach, sand harbor. we went early in the morning before it got too crowded and enjoyed the little alcove that protected us from the wind (it was so windy!) while we played on the beach and in the shallow water. ^^^


^^^on a hunt to find some crawdads! ;) ^^^


^^^i can’t get over the trees! i want to take a few back with me to new york city.^^^


^^^in complete awe at a crawdad another beach boy caught. this was probably the highlight of their trip so far!^^^


^^^samson wanted to climb every single rock! and was so very pleased with himself when he did. “i did it! i did it!” he’d shout. why is he so adorable?^^^


^^^eleanor and papa. they make for a great explorer team. the very first thing eleanor wanted to do when we got there was “climb on the big rocks.” so they went off exploring down a trail for maybe a half hour to go climb some and i wasn’t sure where they went. then i spotted them up on these rocks! it was kind of cute to watch them in action from the water with samson.^^^


^^^thanks to many of you for pointing us here via instagram. we had such a good lunch at t’s mesquite rotisserie!^^^


^^^seriously with that blue water! i could stare at it all day…. ^^^

  1. Abbey

    The colors are so bright and refreshing! Glad you are having a wonderful time! :)

  2. Cassandra

    Please oh please put hats on your kiddies!

  3. zaby

    that place looks like a fun place for a family

  4. Bea

    What an enchanting place!
    Blue water, trees, white sand…wonderful!!!

  5. Beautiful pictures! I’ve never been to USA but it looks so beautiful…I’m so looking forward to visit it sometime… (hopefully son;)

  6. I can almost smell the fresh blue water and the earthy cool scent of the woods. Great picture.

  7. AGATA

    Sweet smiles E and S means that they are delighted and fascinated! Amazing photos, I adore your camera, really!

    I love your hat, ooh boy, it’s really unique, Would you please tell me where did you buy it?


  8. Lauren

    Sorry to hear you were so sick on the plane! That’s one of my nightmare scenarios. Hope you’re feeling rejuvenated and that it doesn’t last the entire trimester!

    Lake Tahoe looks glorious. I’ll put it on my list of places to go.

  9. Lucy Lumm

    Glad you’ve been spending a lovely time with family!

    So sorry nausea and sickness has suddenly started happening! :( It’s very cruel when you think you’ve missed it and then it comes!
    Hope it passes very soon!!

    Wow. Wow. Wow.
    I’ve just pinned a load of Lake Tahoe photos onto my “Oh the places you will go” board.
    I am in awe of the outstanding beauty of this place.
    Crystal clear waters, sand, huge rocks, majestic trees and mountains…. what more could you ask for!

    Hope you have a lovely time if you are still there and that the journey back is a lot better!

    X x x

  10. It is ridiculous how excited I get every time you have a new post! Love all your pictures and the nice little stories that go with them! I only hope to be able to document our little family life as well and persistent as you do! You are such an inspiration! I wish you an easy, safe and happy pregnancy! Lots of love from Abu Dhabi! :)

  11. Katie

    Ugh, poor thing. Getting sick on a plane is one of fears. There is just no where to go! With my third pregnancy, I seemed to have nausea for over half of it. Its such a weird thing, each pregnancy is just so different. I hope you have better travels on your way home!

  12. alicia

    I was in Tahoe earlier this summer {first time trip there} and could not get over how absolutely beautiful it was. We also went to Sand Harbor, along with many other beaches {Vikingsholm, Secret Cove, Sugar Pine, etc. along with numerous hiking adventures}
    aside from the ::slightly:: brisk water temperature, it was more than the perfect trip. I’m glad you enjoyed yours as well!

  13. GORGEOUS photography of a gorgeous family having a gorgeous vacation in a gorgeous destination.

    The only time I’ve been to Tahoe was during the winter in the early 90s. It was a family vacation, and I was MAYBE 4. We were snowed in for a few days during a particularly bad storm, and I remember sneaking a peek at the grown-ups watching Ghostbusters and being terrified for the rest of the trip. HA!

    These summer shots of Tahoe make it look like a MUST-VISIT destination. So fun!

  14. Melissa

    Samson looks like your brother on that rock photo!! too cute.

  15. I’ve never been to Tahoe in the summer, but it’s so breathtakingly beautiful that I do need to make it here when it’s warm! Beautiful family :)

  16. so beautiful! can’t wait to visit one day!

  17. ANDREA

    I have never been there but it looks really fun! I think it is great to show some cool vacation places inside the US. Thanks!

  18. Erin

    Looks like such a cool place! Those last pictures with the blue, green, and yellow are pretty much postcard worthy, I think. :)

  19. kristin

    tahoe is gorgeous. and, throwing up on a plane is seriously THE WORST. you are not alone on that one.

  20. vicky

    looks so relaxing! i love those trees, too. i haven’t been to tahoe since i was probably 7 and i’m just as in love with it now as i was then! have fun!!

  21. nantte

    sounds like a lovely trip! samson is so adorable!

  22. looks like the most stunning backdrop for a lovely summer getaway!

  23. Leah

    Where do you store all your hats Naomi? Every post you seem to have a new one! Just jealousy talking here! You must have a whole closet in your apartment for them.

  24. Chelsea

    Wow! That looks so beautiful, I would love to go see that someday. We took our four wee ones on a little adventure yesterday and it’s so fun to watch their inner explorers come out. I think they always surprise themselves at what they can do. Hope the rest of the trip is fun and you start to feel better. I was sick all the way thru my pregnancies so I can commiserate, and it’s no fun.

  25. Bev

    I’ve been wanting to go to Lake Tahoe for years, this confirms I need to get my buns out there and soon! Enjoy your stay and hope you get feeling better :)


  26. A

    that first photo of eleanor’s hand on your leg. sweetest!

  27. Taylor

    Gorgeous photos! I’m sorry to hear that your trip there was rough; hopefully your flight back won’t be so bad! I hear lemon helps with nausea when you’re pregnant; my step-mom would always rub it on her wrists whenever she would get hit with the tummy-rumbles.


  28. Lyndsay

    These photos are gorgeous, Lake Tahoe looks like such a dream! I’m sorry to hear you got sick on the way out there, hopefully you have a better return trip.

  29. Madison

    I’m worried I may be in the same boat as you. I am 11 1/2 weeks and experiencing the worst nausea yet. I was thinking it was going to get better as the weeks went on, but it’s been the opposite for me. Interesting to hear you had second trimester nausea worse than first. We’ll see I guess!

  30. jen

    Wow you sure do buy a lot of bathing suits for yourself! Cute :)

  31. Kelly

    What lovely photos, it looks like your vacation is off to a great start!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  32. i’ve always wanted to visit lake tahoe. what beautiful pictures!!

  33. Looks like you guys really enjoyed your time in Tahoe! It’s such a special place to me! I only live an hour away. I feel lucky that it’s in my backyard. :D

  34. Cat

    Gorgeous! I spent a lot of time in Lake Tahoe growing up, since that’s where my stepmom was from. Catching crawdads in the lake was our childhood past time as well :)


  35. Brittni

    So great that you got to spend some time with family! I completely understand the embarrassment of throwing up on a plane…I once passed out after puking, not fun! These are such great images of your trip and a true testament to quality family time. Remember to jot down some memories that go with all these photos!

  36. Allison

    Tahoe is one of my favorite places ever! It’s so calming and relaxing, winter, spring summer or fall! My friend had a cabin there growing up so we went there a couple times a year. I hope you guys are finding some fun places and relaxing a little bit. I’m sorry you had a rough time traveling, hope you’re doing better.
    xoxo Allison

  37. Kayla

    my family has a house in carnelian bay. im so happy you got to experience t’s… it is one of my favorites. chimney beach, speed boat and d.l. bliss are also fantastic beaches with lots of rocks for the kiddos to climb on. lake tahoe is a special place!

  38. Steph

    I love Tahoe! And they have done great breakfast places! Getaway Cafe is a fav…have fun!!

  39. Leith

    Such gorgeous pics! I love Lake Tahoe! This time last year it was covered in smoke from the Yosemite fires. I went and couldn’t see any of the mountains because of how thick the smoke was, and everything was just hazy and bleak. So great to see it’s back to its former glory! Have fun!!

  40. Rachel

    I just got back from Lake Tahoe, we could have passed by each other! It really is beautiful this time of year, I’m glad you had a good time!

  41. You’ve definitely captured the beauty of Lake Tahoe. Glad you’re enjoying your trip. One of my favorite places on earth. :)

  42. Kate

    Greetings to my favorite blogger!

    Taza what kid of lens are you using for these photos – they are simply exquisite and crisp. I ve recently updated to a dslr but I m feeling slightly discouraged! These photos make me want to try harder

    Enjoy this beautiful place with your little cuties!

    • TAZA

      thank you kate! i’m using the kit lens from my canon 6D.

  43. Cher

    beautiful pictures, as always. i loved the Morning at the Beach pictures too. such a darling family.

  44. Emily F

    I can’t believe I’ve never been there, having lived in the west my whole life. It is gorgeous! As are you! And your whole family.

  45. marie

    Gorgeous beach photos! I miss travelling with my family.. I can’t wait to travel with my family once our newborn is a little older. :)

  46. Sally

    Seriously beautiful!! Those kids are getting so fast.

  47. I grew up down the mountain in Reno and Tahoe is definitely one of the things I miss most about that part of the world. Enjoy!

  48. Carrie

    I love the look of your maternity swimwear – where is it from? Do you recommend any online sources for great maternity swimwear? Thanks x

    • TAZA

      thanks! the suit is from ASOS. it’s the first maternity suit i have bought, all my other suits i’ve collected over the years seem to have enough stretch to work both ways. but the nice thing about the maternity one is that it’s a takini, so it made going to the bathroom a billion times a day much easier! ;)

  49. Those pics are awesome!! Make me wish I was there.

    I was wondering if you could share where did you buy that lovely hat. I’m planning a trip to Oaxaca/Huatulco next month and it would be the perfect accessory for my outfits.


    • TAZA

      hi! i bought it from imogene and willie online. have fun on your trip!

  50. dont you love lake tahoe?! we live about 2 1/2 hours from there and we go every summer. its just a beautiful place and we simply adore it there. the trees and mountains are pretty amazing…..fantastic pictures!! xoxo ~ashley

  51. It looks amazing! I would love to visit that part of your country!

  52. Your family is ALWAYS in the cutest swimwear. One day my daughters will only dress in vintage, adorable swimsuits, but today is not that day. Target and Old Navy will have to suffice for now! ;)

  53. we are spending my 21st birthday, come may, in lake tahoe. I am so, so excited.

  54. hanna

    Looks like so much fun! –Hanna Lei

  55. J

    love your blog and your kids are so cute! :)

  56. Teresa

    these photos are outstanding!!! i’m so glad you guys are having a great time!

  57. Jessica

    Those pictures on the rocks!

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  59. Sinead

    These pictures are beautiful, such an incredibly scenic location!

  60. Shelby

    your littles are truly so adorable! so adventurous!

  61. Heather

    aw you are in my neck of the woods. Yes the trees, welcome to northern california! (At least the Sierra side.) I’m so proud of where we live, all the great camping and hiking and splendor of nature are among my favorite things about home. When we camp Lucy immediately says “up, up, up!” which means she wants to climb around on rocks. (She just turned two). I’m so glad your family got to enjoy Lake Tahoe.

    Another note: as I breezed through your comments I noticed the somewhat snotty things people say to you. I just want to say that I hope you don’t take them to heart, and always be proud of who you are. You are sharing yourself with the world through this blog, which is a brave and probably sometimes disheartening thing to do. It is nice to remember how inspiring you are to so many mamas and families, not to mention the sweet family record you’ve created. I send you lots of love, peace, and hopefully a nice calm belly :)

  62. Looks beautiful. Hope I get to visit someday!

  63. tilly

    hi naomi! this is very random but i just wanted to let you know that i think you look very much like rachel mcadams. have you heard of her? i just watched a movie which she is in called “about time” and saw the resemblance. and i believe rachel is very beautiful by the way ;) just thought id let you know. haha. lake tahoe looks gorgeous too. hope your family is having a lovely holiday!

  64. Janis

    Wow, Lake Tahoe is beautiful! Great shots! :)

  65. Rayani

    What a beautiful place!!!

  66. You photos capture the beauty of Lake Tahoe so completely. I visited here once in Winter when I was younger and it was like a wonderland. It looks just as beautiful in summer.

  67. alma

    Oh, I am so sorry about the nausea, that sounds horrible! I am in awe of the beautiful images, I just may have to place lake Tahoe on my bucket list, which seems to be getting longer each time I see images like these. Thanks for sharing!

  68. Jessica Shippen

    Oh, Naomi! You likely drove right by my house on the way to tahoe! We go there often and love it! If your still around, email me! I would love to see you and your cute family!

  69. Yvonne

    beautiful photos! I am wondering how long it takes you to get ready and go on a trip like this with two toddlers? How do you keep organized? is the pregnancy causing you to feel very tired at the end of the day? I bet it does with two other kids! Would love to hear from you. I have a 10 month old and I find it very exhusting to even think about all the things I have to prepare before going anywhere for that matter.p.s you are very inspiring :)

  70. I can relate about the sickness. I’m past my halfway point and still have it. About twenty weeks of it is more than I believed I could take. I wish I felt as radiant as you look!

  71. which hotel did you stay at in lake tahoe? your photos are truly amazing!