Weekend Memories

It doesn’t seem to matter how old I get, I love it when my parents come to visit for my birthday. Something about it makes me feel like a little girl again. Which, now that I am officially in my mid-thirties, is a welcome feeling.

We visited the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center (where I learned of a new birthday buddy),

relaxed at Giant Springs,

took a stroll through the flower garden,

enjoyed the ducks and geese at Gibson Pond,

took some photos at the Visitor’s Center,

swam in the hotel pool, ate some cake (though lying about your age is not advisable…),

and enjoyed a yummy breakfast down at Tracy’s, my dad’s favorite place to eat.

I can see their hotel from where we are parked, but their car is now gone from the parking lot. As all visits do, this one went by too fast, and the time has come to say good-bye. Thank you for the wonderful visit, Mom and Daddy. We treasure the time we are able to spend with you. Miss you already.

Until next time…

To Boise and Back Again

The kids and I returned home safely from a visit down to Boise, but like all vacations do, it went by too fast.

After a 12-hour drive, we arrived in Boise on Friday evening. Shortly after we arrived at my parents’ house, my sister and her kids showed up. We then had a wonderful weekend of visiting and catching up with each other. My grandma was brave enough to spend some time at the house as well. I was also able to get together with a favorite friend of mine. She has a beautiful family and it was nice being able to visit. Once a year just isn’t enough… 

I don’t get to visit my family nearly as often as I would like, but we all live so far apart and have many different things going on in our lives. I am grateful for every minute we get to spend together and am lucky to have such a wonderful family.

Thank you to my beautiful sister for making the drive up from Reno so we could all be together. Your kids are getting so big and they are all wonderful. You are such an amazing mom and your babies are lucky to have you.

Thank you to my very dear friend for taking the time out of your busy schedule so we could get together. I know things are hectic right now and while sleep was probably at the top of your list, you visited with me instead. Your children are precious and I am so glad we were able to spend some time with you all.

And thank you to my parents for putting up with us all. I know that two extra adult and six kids is a lot to take on. I love the time we are able to spend together. You spoil us something terrible. Thank you so much for everything. We love you very much and look forward to the next time we are able to get together.

Mom and Daddy


Eventful Days

Tis the season for thunderstorms. Last night we were warned about damaging winds, hail and isolated tornadoes. After all the hype, we ended up with a lot of wind and very little rain. Tonight, however, the rain has decided to pay us a visit. A very, very, very long visit. The lightning is intense and some of the thunder has been extremely loud. But it has been raining for hours. Luckily the wind isn’t too bad, not for this area anyway. I fear that if the rain doesn’t back off soon we may have to take a boat to school tomorrow…

Other happenings…

We are working on our last week of school! I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am about this. The school year has gone by reasonably fast, but for some reason it has been a long one. And very stressful. I think everyone is ready for a little down time.

With the end of the school year comes the talent show. William has decided to yo-yo with Jonathon, a friend from his class and Catheryn is going to sing a song with Julia, her best friend. I hope to be able to catch them both on video, but I still have to work, and since there is no set schedule, it will be hit or miss.

I have more I would like to share with you about school, but I will save that for later.

Tomorrow our house will celebrate a birthday, but you will have to wait until tomorrow for pictures and a story. 🙂

And finally, the kids and I are getting ready to head down to Boise on Friday. Unfortunately Rob is unable to make the trip with us, so the kids and I will venture  the ten hours to Grammy and Grampy’s house by ourselves. My sister and her three kids will also be there visiting, and we only see them once a year, so it should be a fun time.

I should probably head out, but first I will leave you with a picture from last night’s sky after the storm. I am not sure what it is about thunderstorms, but I find them to be somewhat… thrilling. And tonight we will fall asleep to the gentle roll of thunder, the occasional flash that lights up the whole house and the patter of rain on our little roof.

Heading Home

This morning my parents had to head for home. We had a really nice time dragging them all over the area, but I am sure they are happy to be home now so they can rest! Visits with them always go by way too fast, but I sure am grateful for the time we get to spend together.

Thank you so much for the wonderful visit. We love you and look forward to next time!

Grammy and Grampy