Thursday, July 30, 2009


So it's bee an exciting couple of weeks!

The kids and I went on a little road trip to my cousin's wedding in Twin Falls. Rachel (my niece) came with me to help with the kids, which was awesome. The temple there is really pretty, and it was an experience for me to take the kids on my own. I loved seeing all (some) of the cousins that I haven't seen in years. I enjoy my extended family. I rode home alone with the kids on the way home, and luckily they slept half the way. It was actually enjoyable!!

We took the kids to a Hawk's baseball game. It was pretty hot out, but it was still a lot of fun. Hawks won, but we only stayed until the 5th inning... the kids attention span didn't last much longer than that. I love outings with the family.

Last week my dad took us out to ride his horse a week ago, and Cash is quite the cowboy. He LOVED Thunderjet and feeding the goats and watching the cows. Marley was a little hesitant to get on at first, but then loved every minute of it. I miss riding horses in a bad way, so I'm glad my dad was able to meet us out there. (By the way, Cash is in big boy underwear and loves it!)

Ryan took a couple days to go to Scout camp last week, and last minute, I decided to go up and be "Caretaker" of a girl's camp retreat up 25 minutes past Stanley. I was leaving Saturday, and he was supposed to find a ride for the boys back to Boise and meet us up there Saturday afternoon because he was only 45 minutes from our destination. Didn't quite work out as planned. Ryan ended up coming home really late Friday night, and stayed here while we left Saturday morning. My mom and sister, Adria and her kids came as well. It was an adventure. No testosterone, except for Cash. :) 5 kids and 3 adults staying in a 700 square foot area... I slept with Cash in a bed and Marley right next to me in the pack and play. Did I mention we brought the dogs too? Yes, it was definitely a learning experience, and I learned how much I need/love my husband! It was a lot of fun though, we went to Redfish Lake for 2 of the afternoons, and just chilled out playing in the BEAUTIFUL water. We went on bike rides and hikes and enjoyed the sweet smelling mountain air. It made me want to move to the mountains... especially because we were right at the base of the Sawtooths, which are incredible. I'm glad we didn't have to stay the whole week with the 155 girls that came to camp, and that we got 2 1/2 days to ourselves up there. It was really sweet.

It's the longest I've been away from Ryan... Basically Thursday until Wednesday. And boy was he busy while I was gone... Not only did he manage to get a lot of work done on his projects, and in the office, he got to go golfing with Russ, AND got our carpets cleaned, rearranged the office furniture, put in our fountain the back yard, start our firepit, bought endtables for our living room, and bought me a sewing desk and set it up AND bought me flowers... Seriously, I'm completely spoiled, and I married the best man ever!!! I was pretty much in shock when I got home... I spent 5 days in the mountains, and came home to a new place!! He's awesome. I'm so lucky... Here's some pictures!!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Birthday and more

Marley's birthday was June 30th, and we celebrated it at 9:00 pm (which is totally late for my kids) with some cupcakes! She loved when we would sing her Happy Birthday all day.... we sang it at least 50 times. Instead of a party I just took the kids to the park and a couple of my sisters met us there and we played. We love Marley, and we're so happy that she's a part of our little family. She makes me laugh on a daily basis and is SO vocal. We love her.

On the 4th of July our friends Abbey and Tyson flew us to McCall for breakfast at the Pancake house. We had 6 plates of food... it was so dang good. It was a lot of fun spending some time with them, and very nice of them to invite us on that little outing. :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Ocean Escape

My dad met some people who own a few homes on the beach in Lincoln City, OR and offered to let anyone stay there... so of course I jumped at the opportunity and set it up for last weekend. It was my first trip to the Oregon Coast (I know, it's pretty sad, considering I'm an Idaho native) and I found that I LOVE it there! Lucky for us, Lincoln City is the kite capital of the U.S.A. and it was the kite festival that weekend! The house was amazing, and far larger than our little family needed, but we absolutely soaked up every second we could. Unfortunately it was a short trip, but any trip that Ryan gets to take during the summer is a blessing, and so I'm not complaining AT ALL. Cash loved the kites and digging in the sand, and Marley could have lived on the beach the whole time we were there. Every time I put her down she would crawl as FAST as she could for the ocean... she's such a rascal. Here's some pictures to document our adventures... it was so much fun and I can't wait to get back!