Wednesday, July 24, 2013


We found a new setting on the camera....

.... and had just a bit too much fun with it! :)

And these were only a few of them too! My favorites are the ones where Bethany looks like some creepy little alien, but the incredible growing heads are pretty funny too!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


As tradition would have it we went to the annual 4th of July Parade. I wonder though, how many more times Elisha and Bethany will want to go? We don't ask, it's just what we've done every year since they were teeny, tiny and they just expect it for now.

Admit it, we're a cute couple! :)

Don't let them fool you, they're not really waving to be friendly they just want the candy!

Cuz' what's a parade without candy?

And a parade without horses would be no parade at all in Bethany's eyes.

Speaking of Bethany's eyes... This kid cracks me up!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Water Fun

The simplest things are always the most fun.

They played in this old cow tank all. day. long. It helps that it was like 100 and something degrees outside! 

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Home Again, Home Again

Whew! Vacations fly by much too fast for my liking and this year's was no exception. How come you can't just slow down time for yourself when you are enjoying time away from it all? 

On another note, did you have the heat wave that hit a few weeks ago? As we were travelling this was the temperature outside:

Notice the time? That's pm people! Crazy! We were travelling to our overnight destination in Nevada and it was still 101 when we arrived.

Some beautiful mountains from our car window.

Two awesome kids who didn't even fight on this leg of the trip. It helps that I bought them a surprise DVD series they hadn't seen yet.

Miles and miles of road to go. Notice the nice straight line? It was like this for 26 minutes with no curves! Again, Crazy!

Even with the heat we decided on a few extra stops we normally pass by. This was supposed to be an awesome view, but I've seen better. Still it was much prettier than this picture shows. And it was sooo hot! Strike one!

I also got this sweet pic of Bethany and her daddy!

We also tried to stop at the old Fort Boise Replica but found out it was only open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. It was Monday. We looked at the statues outside instead. And used the bathroom. Strike two!

This guy was nicknamed Big Foot and apparently was made using his real dimensions. His feet were double the size of Elisha's are long and probably three times as wide. He used to terrorize the settlers and it took an ambush and eighteen bullets to finally bring him down.

A little playground time. Note that I said "little" cuz' at this point it was like 105 outside. We only spend about 10 minutes here and half of that was waiting for Bethany to get out of the bathroom.

Stopped by a small town I used to live in as a kid for out customary lunch but found out they were closed on Sundays and Mondays now. And as I said it was Monday... strike three!

So instead we took a mini tour of the town and I showed the kids where I used to sled in the winter. Yep, I said sled. Cuz' this year we took them sledding and the hills were all small. I wanted them to see what I was talking about when I said they were baby hills. It's also where I broke my arm at 13. 

We stopped for a brief play time at the park area I used to love and realized not too much had changed. Same teeter totters, same slide, same small hill in the background....

I told Yohn and the kids that my cousins and I used to roll down this hill as kids and Yohn got this crazy idea it would be fun to do it too!

And once Daddy did it the kids did too!

Yep, that's me! I was soooo stinkin' dizzy afterwards. Never again! I don't know how that used to be fun. Okay, I'll admit for a moment it was fun, until I stopped at the bottom and world did not!

And if they didn't get dizzy enough going down the hill they had to make up for that on the Merry Go Round! Did I mention it was like 105 degrees outside?

That was the beginning of our adventures that we have been looking back on and talking about often today. Now we are home again and somewhat happy to be here... I love being in my own bed! However, I do not look forward to work on Monday!

Thursday, July 4, 2013


We found this little guy running down the middle of the street the other day... in 107 degree heat!

Can you imagine how bad his feet were probably burning? He ran under a car and we plucked him out, well, eventually we plucked him out. It took Elisha as the lookout, telling me which way he was going, Bethany as the "scare" person who waved her arms under the car to keep him moving in my direction, and me to hide behind the tires to finally grab him by the legs.
I can only imagine what we looked like. Turns out there was a nest in the middle of our city, and there were still two more up in the tree. Now I'm all for keeping babies with their mamas, but she was no where in sight and I was not gonna climb some 20 feet up the tree to put him back. Not only that but did I mention it was hot! And where he and his siblings were located was not safe once they got down and started running about. He could have been killed easily by a car.
So we took him to our local wildlife museum that takes injured animals and nurses them back to health for re-release or in their little museum for education purposes. I thought it was a win-win. We can call to check on him tomorrow and see what their plans are for him. We also have 1/2 museum admission for our family!
He's a baby green heron we're told.
Oh and totally unrelated but Happy Birthday to Me today!