Friday, September 15, 2017


Some random little notes on a Friday:

Dear helianthus petiolaris (prairie sunflower, yes I googled that), you're my favorite wildflower. And I love seeing you all over town. Thanks for putting a smile on my face.

Dear Bo, please never hurt yourself again. You scared us! 

Dear Pinterest, thanks for giving me ideas for entertaining a toddler when we were stuck inside all week last week. Who knew yogurt and cornstarch could be combined to form something so cool?! SCIENCE! Also, what did stay at home moms do to survive before the internet? 

Dear library, we love you. Whenever we drive past you, Everett says "lie-bee fun." Everett really enjoyed your music & movement class this week. Thanks for letting us check out all the books we can fit into our library bag each week. 

Dear Everett, thanks for always sharing your treasures with me. Your excitement over pine cones, sticks, and rocks reminds me that we don't need a whole lot of STUFF to be happy.

Dear Krispy Kreme, I don't normally like you very much, but when I heard you were turning your original glazed donuts into pumpkin spice for the day, I was all over that. Thanks for the treat!

Dear Culver's, we just met, but I already love you. Thanks for coming to Boise. Your mushroom swiss burger is one of the best I've ever had. Time to get the stretchy pants out.

Dear Spider-Man, you are not real, but Everett sure thinks so. I think he wants to be you when he grows up. 

Dear pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, why do I only make you in the fall? You're the bomb.

Have a happy weekend!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Bowling Night

We took Everett bowling for the first time last Monday night at Pinz in Meridian. We only played one game, and while it was probably more stressful than fun- trying to keep Everett from running into the bowling lane, we managed to have a good time. :) It's always a good sign when Everett talks about something we did the next day and wants to go again. His favorite part was probably trying to touch all the bowling balls. He also loved pushing the ball with daddy and dancing to the loud music. 

^^He only would use his pointer fingers to push the ball. It was funny to watch and made the ball go even slower. 

^^He was entranced by that thing.

^^I love this crazy dude!

^^Tyler will probably hate me for posting this picture. But he got three strikes in a row there at the end! Also note my score. I lost to our toddler. Bowling is not my thing, you guys.

I love outings with my two favorite people; especially when it involves introducing Everett to something new to him. It's fun watching him experience things for the first time and take it all in. Even when it's something like bowling (something I could never do again and be totally fine), it's fun seeing what interests him. We're both looking forward to going again!

So long, summer!

If the forecast for the next week in Boise is any indication, I think summer is officially over. While I really enjoyed summer for once this year, I am even more excited for fall. It's my favorite time of year, after all! We squeezed as much summer fun as we could out of the last few weeks, and here are some pictures to prove it:

^^After a morning walk on the Greenbelt and playing at Ann Morrison Park, I showed Everett Boise's O.G. splash pad. I played IN that fountain as a kid, but nowadays I think it's discouraged (judging by the no trespassing signs). But since I'm such a fun mom, I told Everett he could touch the water and before I knew it he was soaking wet. I wasn't worried since I always pack a change of clothes, and sometimes you just gotta let your kids be kids. And this time it meant soaking himself in a questionable water fountain.

^^He just kept squealing with delight. 

^^We had Borah Park all to ourselves one morning!

^^Another morning at Ann Morrison Park. We played on the playground while Tyler and our nephew, Preston, played some Pokemon Go. 

^^Fueling up after Pokemon with burgers from West Side. YUMMMMMM. I kinda was the third wheel, but wasn't mad about it. I'm lucky to get to hang out with these cool Hodgkins.

^^He had to have everyone's flags!

^^We took one last trip to Roaring Springs and Everett shivered most of the time we were there. It didn't stop him from having fun though!

^^He worked up an appetite and stole most of Papa's dinner before we left the water park. He saw my dad carrying the tray of food and was like, "don't mind if I do." Luckily, my dad likes to share. :)

^^Climbed all the way up to one of the highest slides at Camel's Back Park and finally went down after changing his mind a couple times. He's getting so brave! Before I know it he's going to be one of those monkeys climbing around on top of the playground.

^^We'd never been to the splash pad at Merrill Park, but I'm glad we went before summer's end.

^^Picnic with Nana and Papa!

^^Merrill Park is right next to the river in Eagle, so we took Everett down there so he could do his favorite thing and throw rocks in the water. 


So long, summer! Welcoming fall with arms wide open over here! Bring me all the pumpkin spice!!!!

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic took place over Labor Day weekend this year. I always love going to see the balloons! Since they launch so early in the morning and we live on the other side of Boise now, I wasn't planning on going unless Everett was going to be awake before launch time. No way I'm ever gonna get up earlier than I have to. Well Everett must've read my mind, because that Thursday morning he woke up just before 4:30 IN THE MORNING. WHYYYYYYYYYY?! After failing to get him to fall back asleep in our bed, I reluctantly got up, fed him breakfast and got us out the door even before Tyler left for work (and he leaves EARLY). Everett was so excited to be going to the park that he fell asleep in the car on the way there. That little stinker. As soon as I'd put the car in park though, he jerked his head up, looked around, and let out an excited gasp. We got there just in time to see the first balloon launch! That first balloon with the sunset in the background was just pure magic. I'm glad we were able to experience it!

Everett was immediately awestruck and kept gasping and saying "look, look!" "Big balloons!" He loved every second of it. We walked around while all the balloons were being filled with hot air and stuck around the park until they all launched. 

^^Favorite! He wanted out of the stroller immediately after this picture was taken.

^^We found Papa's balloons! Darth Vader and Yoda. There were even people dressed up as Darth Vader and storm troopers.

^^My favorite thing to see in the sky.

^^He's officially obsessed.

I'm so glad we got out and saw the balloons! Everett has talked about them almost every day since then. The next morning he wanted to go again, but unfortunately he'd slept in too long. Luckily I had plenty of video to show him on my phone. :) 

Already looking forward to next year's Balloon Classic! Pictures from balloons in 2016 (I can't handle Everett's chubby baby cheeks)!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Great American Solar Eclipse

I know it was weeks ago, but did you see the solar eclipse?! We drove up to Horseshoe Bend with my dad to be in the path of totality and it did not disappoint. I didn't really get all the hype, but now that I've experienced it, I totally get it. It pretty much blew my mind. I'm so glad we made the effort to be in the path of totality. Thanks for convincing me, dad!

Once we were in Horseshoe Bend, we parked in the LDS church parking lot, set our chairs up, and watched the sun and moon do their thing. This gentleman had a pretty sweet telescopic lens on his camera and was letting people have a look. We all took turns taking a glance, but I thought it looked cooler with my own eyeballs, to be honest.

Everett was pretty oblivious the whole time and didn't even care that everyone was staring at the sky. He had fun running around in the grass, picking up rocks, and watching drones flying around that other people had brought up there.

^^Don't worry, he did NOT touch the barbed wire fence.

^^Tyler, Spider-Man, and Papa enjoying the eclipse.

Watching the eclipse was like nothing I've ever experienced. The 360 degree sunset, change in temperature, and then boom, TOTALITY. We took our glasses off and for a brief minute stared at the sun in pure awe. Nearly everyone around us was cheering and you could hear the cheers coming from the surrounding hills as well. Tyler actually let out a "HOLY COW!" and Everett was running around saying "what happened?" And then before we knew it, the sun peaked out again and it was over. 


The traffic driving back to Boise was a little nuts, but worth the trouble. We stuffed our faces with pizza afterward and then went back to our ordinary lives (laundry). It was almost as if it never even happened, but it's something I won't soon forget.