Sunday, July 27, 2008

Family Reunions

I spent the last two weekends at family reunions and definitely had a good time. Last weekend Madison and I too a road trip to stay with my mom's side of the family and visit a reunion for my dad's side of the family. On our way there we stopped in Twin Falls to go through the temple open house there which was really cool. It had some great murals of local significance that I enjoyed. This was also my first time driving on the freeway since my car accident last summer, and the first leg of our journey was awful because I was so nervous the entire time.

This weekend Joe, Madison, Hayes, and I went to McCall Idaho for another of my dad's family reunions. We spent Friday out on Payette Lake boating and jet skiing. It was a lot of fun. This was my first time water skiing in about six years, and it was nice to know that I could still get up. Hayes tried the lake out, but it was too cold for his taste. Madison tubed and had a fun time with all of my cousins. The next day a couple of us headed out for some mountain biking in Ponderosa State Park near the lake. There were some pretty grueling hills, but it was fun nonetheless.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Fourth of July

We had a fun Fourth of July. We spent most of the time at my Uncle Jan and Aunt Leann's house going to breakfast and lighting off fireworks that night. Madison and Hayes loved the fireworks, which surprised me, I thought that they would be scared. However they enjoyed playing with the sparklers and reveled in the show that my uncle put-on with his array of illegal fireworks.


For our foruth wedding anniversary Joe and I recently took a trip up to northern Idaho...without the kids (thank you Grandma). It was my first night away from the kids since I birthed them. I was pretty excited.

We drove up to Coeur D'Alene and walked around the beach and had dinner at a floating resteraunt. That night we stayed north of Sandpoint at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, which had a great view of Lake Pend D'Oreille.

The next day we went to Silverwood, and amusement park. I was brave enough to ride all the rides, except for a free-falling ride call the Plunge, which disappointed Joe. We hit the waterpark that afternoon during the worst heat of the day. The next day we visited the old Catholic mission (oldest building in Idaho) at Cataldo and walked around the grounds there. We saw the Coeur D'Alene river, and some cemetries, and were eaten alive by mosquitos. We took the scenic drive around Lake Coeur D'Alene on our way home.

It was a great trip, and the kids survived despite our absence!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


Last year I read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt and absolutely loved it. The book also served as an inspiration for my friend Alyson and I to take a trip down to Savannah, GA, the protagonist of the book. I picked up Berendt's The City of Falling Angels which is about the 1996 fire in the Fenice Opera House in Venice, and just finished reading it, and of course loved it. One of the reviewers made the comment that Berendt makes you want to immediately get on a plane and visit the places he writes about. So true! Venice anyone?