Sunday, April 10, 2016


I caught this great moment this weekend between my nephew and his grandpa. 
So sweet! I love how they are both so fixated on each other. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

American River Confluence

Ah, spring break spent somewhere sunny and warm. 
What a delight and welcome break from our windy, cold spring!

I think March is the perfect time to go to California--I don't think I've ever seen it so GREEN.
We went to go visit my husband's sister and her family and had a nice time, even if it was faster than we wanted. (Felt like we spent as much time in the car coming and going as we did there!)

They have a beautiful little walkway on the side of their house that was just FULL of lush ferns and flowers. So pretty. 

We also went on a really nice hike while we were there at the American River Confluence area . We reveled in how green, warm and beautiful everything was. It was the first time in months any of us Idahoans had seen a flower, and we loved it! 

 What a great trip. And, lucky for us, when we got back to Idaho, the weather has been beautiful as well. Our grass is turning green, the dandelions are blossoming and I've been happily making preparations for my gardens! The kids and I planted a whole bunch of little teddy bear sunflower seeds today--probably too early, but I didn't care! Worst case scenario they get nipped by the inevitable frost that will come and it was a fun, inexpensive activity. But if they survive the next few months, then it'll also be adorable come summer!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Thorny Honey Locust

We have at least 3, maybe 4, different varieties of Honeylocust trees in our yard.

This one with the monster spikes is the most interesting. It is also them most scary to mow around. :)
We gave it a good trim after the first mow job last season.

Spring Break American Girl Princess Party

I'm so glad spring break is here, and I know my kids are too. Later in the week we are going out of town for a few days, but for the first part of the break we don't have any plans--as part of my plan.
Maybe it is just my kids, but they sure love to have free days--"home days" is usually what they call them.

Days where we don't go anywhere, don't have any schedules, and don't make a big production out of anything.
These are days where they play with toys they haven't had much time for during the past busy days, days for reading and baking cookies, days for playing outside for hours and hours. 

The first thing these girls wanted to do on their first day off was play with their American Girl dolls--something they haven't hardly done for months and months.

Oh, they had a grand time--dressed the dolls up, dressed themselves up, and had a little snack with them.


I'm glad for days like today--for days when my kids can just be kids.



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