Wednesday, December 4, 2013
This last weekend, Daniel and I escaped Boise and headed two hours north to McCall, Idaho, our favorite getaway spot. Last year, we spent our honeymoon in McCall at the Shore Lodge, so for our first anniversary this last Sunday, we thought it would be fun to go spend a couple nights away—just the two of us.
We sipped hot cocoa every chance we could get, dined at some of our favorite McCall spots (Steamers, Paradise Burger, Growler's, Stacey Cakes, and of course—The Pancake House), watched football while overlooking the lake, warmed up in their lakeside hot tub under the icy rain, battled at the Foosball table, and even watched a few movies! It was a wonderful anniversary celebration.
One year. Amazing. This is just the beginning!
Friday, August 23, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
This weekend, we went camping! It was my first time, and it was a SUCCESS! We camped with another family from church and it was great to get to know them better. We "princess camped" in a trailer, and sleeping in the great outdoors on a bed is a real treat, I tell you what.
We went up to Starlight Mountain Theatre and watched their live performance of South Pacific on our first evening. We camped right there at Starlight afterward, enjoying Crouch, Idaho. The next morning, we woke up and made "baggy omelets" and headed out to Cascade to our next site.
We set up camp at Arrowhead RV Park which was an amazing campground right on the Payette River. They had bathrooms and showers, a giant fire pit, a totem pole carving station, and lots of activities for people who vacation there for the summer. We parked our trailer right on the Payette, and couldn't have had a better view. Daniel and I had just planned on staying the first night, but after seeing our spot for the second day, there was no way we were going to go home and miss it.
Saturday afternoon, we fished, swam in the Payette River, played with the most adorable pug puppy owned by the campers next to us, ate huge bowls of homemade chili, and relaxed the evening away. Daniel and I were up bright and early on Sunday morning to head back to Boise, and were greeted by quite a few deer on our drive home. It was a wonderful camping trip and I can't wait to go again soon.
See photos from our trip below, with captions underneath some photos.
Daniel's dad looked like a true mountain-man camper on Saturday morning.
Baggy omelet breakfast.
We stopped by a flea market in Cascade, Idaho.
A good look for the brothers. These flea market finds were sure hard to pass up!
Fishing the Payette right behind our trailer at Arrowhead.
Jumping into the Payette!
Awesome totem pole carved at Arrowhead.
The most adorable 8-week old pug puppy.
We may not have been in the rough-and-tough wilderness of Idaho, but my first camping trip was one for the memory books. A big thanks to the Rowe's and Coleman's for the awesome time!
Friday, August 2, 2013
While they were in Boise, we ate dinner out at the Barrelhouse, floated the Boise River—in sombreros no less—and bowled the night away at Big Al's. Throughout their trip, I took video clips of all our activities, and today I'm sharing that video with you. This video will definitely give you a more in-depth look at my family and why I'm always smiling—we just love to have fun! We also love to dance (though clearly we are all big-time goofballs), love to laugh, and we love to have good times together making memories. Enjoy!
Monday, July 29, 2013
This weekend, my sister and her husband came to town and we all went up to McCall for some good times and lots of laughs. Saturday morning, my sister and I were up and out the door at 6:30 am for a run along the Payette Lake. Since I'm still training for a marathon in October, I asked Marnie to bike with me while I ran 13 miles, and we were even joined by Andy, her husband, who was out cycling and pedaled with us for a little bit. After the run, we went and watched my dad compete in an invitational golf tournament at the McCall Golf Course. He did great!
Saturday afternoon was spent on my dad's boat cruising around Payette Lake, followed by snacks at the Mile High Marina and a couple hours of throwing the Frisbee and football on the beach. We spent most of Sunday afternoon on the boat as well, and all got nice tans (and burns—despite all the sunscreen) to show for it.
Some photos of our weekend are below, with captions under some of the photos.
Out for our 13-mile run/bike.
Watching my dad play in the tournament.
Hanging out on their Mustang golf cart. Don't you love my dad's matching shirt & shoes? He's so stylish.
Cruising on the boat Saturday afternoon.
Soaking up the sun! My suit is c/o Eco Swim.
My brother couldn't resist playing with these two white golden puppies... so cute!
What's a boat ride without a collective family jump-off session?
Thanks for the fun weekend, Dad & Karen! Marn and Andy—we had too much fun with you. Come to town more often... please!
Also, I put together a video from our trip. You can watch it here!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
In April 2013, Daniel and I drove from Boise, Idaho to Palm Desert, California. I took so many photos & video clips while we were there and was able to upload the photos and show them off here right away, but sitting down to put together the video of our trip took me a bit longer. It wasn't the making of the video that took a long time, it was finding the time to do it!
While on our week-long vacation, we visited Joshua Tree National Park, the Indian Canyon hiking trail in Palm Springs, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, The Living Desert, and on our way back to Boise we checked out the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. If you can't tell from the video, we LOVE lizards & wildlife! I hope you enjoy the video, watching it brings back all the amazing memories we had.
My absolute favorite part is found at 0:28—that look melts my heart each and every time. The song in this video is "Solsbury Hill" by Peter Gabriel, and it was on the "Palm Desert" play list that Daniel made for us to listen to on the way down there. After requesting to listen to it over and over again while on our trip, I knew it was the perfect song for the video.
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Palm Desert Road Trip 2013 Posts:
Joshua Tree National Park │ Indian Canyon │ Palm Springs Aerial Tramway │ The Living Desert │ The Valley of Fire │ Palm Desert Road Trip 2013 Video
Monday, July 15, 2013
On our last day in Seattle, we explored downtown and had an absolute blast. We walked all over the place and took in the sights of Pier 57 and Pike Place Market, enjoyed delicious sushi at Japonesa, and we also did the Underground Tour! In all my years of living in and visiting Seattle, I'd never heard of the Underground Tour until one of our friends mentioned we should do it! Did you know that present-day Seattle was built on top of the old Seattle, which had been burned to the ground in the Great Seattle Fire of 1889? I had no idea! So we took the tour and soaked up a ton of Seattle knowledge. We almost almost went on a Duck Boat tour, but missed their last boat but just a couple minutes, so we'll save that adventure for next time! (For a funny Duck Boat-inspired story, read this!)
We finished the evening at Salty's on Alki Beach with my sister, her husband, my mom and her boyfriend. We dined on delicious seafood while looking out over the most spectacular waterfront Seattle views. It was a wonderful way to finish our trip!
See the photos from our last day in Seattle below, with captions below some of the photos.
Seattle Pier 57.
Shopping the Farmer's Market on Pier 57.
Seattle Great Wheel.
Banana Slurpees were always our favorite growing up, so when we saw a 7/11, we had to stop in! All the 7/11's went out of business in Idaho so it's a treat to find a banana Slurpee!
Bill Speidel's Underground Tour was really cool! It detailed the destruction of the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, and how the city rebuilt itself afterward.
My mom was a health inspector for the King County Health Department (she was involved in the big Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak in 1993) and worked in this building for years!
At Salty's on Alki Beach.
My beautiful sister and handsome husband at Salty's.
Twinners in our Whidbey Island sweatshirts.
A BIG THANKS to: Marnie & Andy for letting us stay with you at your cozy house at Green Lake and for showing us the sights of Seattle (especially Molly Moons—oh my YUM!), Nanny & Papa for fixing us delicious meals and the accommodations on Whidbey, and the whole Stone clan for the great day, BBQ, and laughs on the 4th. Seattle, we miss you already! We can't wait to plan our next trip out.
Washington Trip 2013 Posts:
Whidbey Island │ Maxwelton Beach │ The 4th │ Pike Place Market │ Seattle