Friday, August 15, 2014

1st Year Preschool Graduate

Maggie had a great first year of preschool.  She loved going to Ms. Janice and seeing all her cute friends that she made.  

They had a end of the year party at a park with a picnic and popsicles. 

Hadley, Ali, and Maggie

It was so fun to meet Janice Atwood and make SO many connections with her.  It's kinda funny how small town Boise can actually be!  (glen and his brother dated her daughters)

Preschool always wore her right out!  And these peaceful afternoon naps were the best!

Oh My!

An evening in the park turned into this!  It started with an ice cream cone and sand to finish off the stickiness!

Nothings screams summer is right around the corner more then a sandy, dirty, smiley face!

Memorial Weekend Visitors

Over the long Memorial day weekend we had some of our very favorite visitors.  Everyone is so content when they are with the Fentons because everyone has a friend.  We were all so excited to hear they were coming to spend some time with us here and we could show them what spring was like in Boise.

We started our time off by eating pizza down by the river.  
It didn't take the kids long to jump right in the water and find fun little creatures.  

Everyone had to show how brave they were and hold the snake! Well everyone but the moms!

Little boy heaven right there!

Next up were my kids showing off their rope swinging skills.  Carter hopped right on and didn't look back.  

Parker decided that it didn't look too scary and decided to take the next plunge. 



Reese took a little more coaxing and maybe some chanting of her name BUT she did it and loved it!

The river is one of our favorites and were happy to show it off. 

The next day we did more touring and walked around on the green belt down by the river by BSU.  Still lots to explore!

We stopped for lunch at Fancy Freeze, another one of our favorites! Everyone left happy and full. 

These cute cousins are so lucky to have each other.  With only 3 months between them they have always been the best of buddies!  I love watching them with each other.  We miss the weekend sleepovers and all the extra activities we got to do with them in Utah but we will take what we can get and FaceTime is a constant!

The kids begged us to ride the paddle boats at Julia Davis park.  Since we had never done it we thought it was a perfect time to take the plunge. 
We all loved it and tried having a few races and showing off some tricks.

We finished the night off with spaghetti and rootbeer floats in the drive way.  

I think I can pretty much speak for all that it was a pretty perfect day!

The next morning the Fentons loaded up their van and headed for home.  I promised the kids that we would kid swap this summer and have more time to show them our surroundings. 

Famous Potato 1/2 Marathon

Early in Oct. 2013 my friend Karen invited me to do the Yellowstone Half Marathon with her.  Well it wasn't scheduled until the 3rd weekend in June and I figured I would take the challenge and at least train for it.

I did train and actually didn't really mind the training but as June started to creep closer and closer I started to stress about the date of the race.  It was not going to be a good weekend for me.  I could make it work but it was going to cause stress on my family big time. 
I decided I would see what if there were any local 1/2 marathons here.  I figured doing one here was probably alot easier without the travel.
I found the YMCA's Famous Idaho Potato race and immediately signed up before I could cancel out all together.  It was going to cut my training time because it was a month earlier but I knew I just needed to  DO IT!

My awesome friend Karen decided the night before the race to sign up herself so we could do it together.  She's so great!  I really appreciated her doing that for me.  

We started up at Lucky Peak Reservoir and ended at Ann Morrison Park.  
I really enjoyed the first 6 miles of the race.  It was so beautiful and pretty easy going for me.  We ran down hill for almost the whole 6 miles and right next to the river. 
I didn't stop till mile 6 to walk and then it was a little rough until mile 10.  And after that it was just almost miserable.  I really thought at mile 12 I was done, but realized I had 1 whole mile left, I really wanted to just lay down and be done BUT I creeped along knowing the finish line was semi close.

The greatest part was seeing my sweet family as I came around the corner off the bridge.  They were there to cheer me on and greet me.  
Carter and Bess continued to run with me through the finish line, I loved that!  

I hope to make this run a tradition.  I promised myself I at least wanted to get 3 medals, 1 for each kid.  I think I have 2 more in me?!

I know that I can do hard things because of my family!


I couldn't have been in a better place at a better time to capture this picture.

The girls were out riding on Maggie's jeep having a good ol' time.  I asked them to stop so I could snap a picture.  Bess stopped and then.......

went to do her crazy pose and her foot hit the gas pedal. 
And off Maggie went.  And I happened to snap the camera right at the perfect time!

*Maggie really was uninjured, just a bit scared or caught off guard

Dance Fans

One thing we were really sad about missing out on in our move here was our fan club at all our different school, sporting, and dancing events.  
I think my awesome family was aware of my sadness on this and decided to make a visit for the girls dance recital. 

Maggie and Roe talk on FaceTime quite regularly and they both always love to see each other!  

Aunt Megan and Roe came into town first.  We sure miss these two!

Grandma and Kurtis came a couple days later for the BIG event!

Both Bess and Maggie were so excited that Megan was here to pamper them and make them beautiful for the big night!

Maggie was really digging this makeup thing.....Maybe a little too much!

The girls did awesome on their dances.  Maggie just had 1 dance and loved being on up the stage.  She kept calling it "the big show."  We were so proud of her!

Bess had a ballet number and jazz.  She really shines up on stage.  She loves the performing part of dance for sure.  She was front and center on both of her dances.  Love my dance girl!

Love our fan club!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Yard Gets Landscaped

A couple weeks before we finally got our yard in I decided I really needed to some some real green life around my house.  
We put together these fun plants and pots for the front porch and it really helped us feel like we weren't living in the desserts of Arizona!

First they came in and laid all the sprinklers and started putting in the trees and shrubs.  Did I mention we had to have 21 trees on our lot?  Yea, that wasn't really planned, but I know one day, in like 10 years, we will be SO happy to have all those beautiful shading trees.

The trampoline is in the ground, YAH!!!!

More trees and shrubs up front. 

Glen was so awesome.  He loved the workers that our landscaper had working for him.  He loved going out and razzing them and speaking spanish with them.
One day he promised the guys that he would make them a BBQ lunch. And he did!  He and the kids sat outside visiting with them over burgers off the grill.  I heard lots and lots of laughing! Mostly out of the workers...I wonder what Glen was telling them?  The kids and I will never know, I guess we better learn some spanish!

We compromised on the curbing by putting in the back for Glen and leaving the front without for me!  WIN/WIN!

The grass is finally in!  We were so excited to see this, that I could't even get out of the car to take the picture!

It's so pretty to look out there and see green grass instead of dusty dirt.  I am pretty happy about it.

How could you not be with an awesome view like this?! 

Glen is doing the gas fire pit on his own.  He's doing a great job!

We had to stay off the grass for 2 weeks.  When we could finally get on it we all ran and ran and did cartwheels.  A yard is the best!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

1/2 Marathon Training

One of my very favorite places to run, especially L O N G runs, is down by the river.  It's so pretty down there and the mornings are the best.  Lots of times you will see hot air balloons in the sky.  I love my peaceful morning runs.  How could you not with a view like this!

Easter 2014

We had a very low key Easter weekend here in Boise.  It was just us so we didn't even go all out on a meal.  Just your simple ham with potatoes, oh and Glen's very favorite deviled eggs!

The Nazarene church that's just right down the road from us puts on a egg hunt every year.  It was so great for Maggie's age, no searching just picking them up off the ground.

They also had pony rides, jump houses, free hot dogs and drinks, face painting....all of it.  Plus you could even go to their church services the next day, we chose to stick with our church time!

We met our friends the Lewis's there.  Here Bess and Chandler are preparing and strategizing their hunting abilities. & Carter's giving his 2 cents!

Look at all the loot!  I think we honestly had candy coming out our ears for months until I finally through it all away!

Two cute happy as can be girls!

CARTER!!  I made him get a picture with darling McCall.  I think he was a little embarrassed.  This is pre-race.  He was going to try to win her over with his mad egg hunting skills. 

I think we found a tradition in this local church Easter activity!