it’s always better in boise

Danny and I went to Boise, Idaho (adding the state on for clarification because you will not believe how many people have asked me what/where Boise is) for six days to see our friends Chris, Emily, and Hendon.  Aside from spending time with our sweet and dearly loved friends, Boise had a lot to live up to.  Even before they moved last summer, Chris and Emily talked about Boise like it was the Promised Land/Disney World/insert other renowned locations that are often portrayed as the Happiest Place on Earth.

It’s safe to say that we had pretty high expectations.  Once we were there, Chris and Emily would tell us about the merits of different places and restaurants and so on and so forth, and at one point Danny said, “You know, it’s always better in Boise, isn’t it?”

Well, we’ve been back for a week now, and after the freezing temperatures and snow we’ve had the past couple days, I can finally confirm: It’s better in Boise.

A peek inside of our beautiful trip…


 ^^ Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.  I don’t ever remember seeing them from above, and my goodness, aren’t they a sight to behold? ^^


^^ We walked out of the airport to temperatures in the 80’s and realized we had packed for Colorado and not Boise. No complaints though. ^^


^^ We walked into the kitchen to see Emily’s sweet sign.  They sure know how to make visitors feel welcomed and loved! ^^


^^ Glad to be reunited with ol’ Jebby! ^^


^^ Saturday morning at Boise’s amazing farmer’s market.  Seriously, I could go back every week and not grow weary of it. ^^


^^ Chris and Danny, BFFs of Lewis, Clark, and Sacajawea ^^


^^ Idaho State Capitol ^^


^^ True love. ^^


^^ Hate to break it to you, Chris and Emily, but this right here is why we really came to Boise. ^^


^^ Snow cones and soft ice (see next picture for explanation) before trekking up Camel’s Back. ^^


^^ Soft ice.  In other words, dairy-free ice cream. ^^


^^ Camel’s Back. ^^


^^ Did I mention that they’ll be joined by baby Ellis in July?  So excited! ^^


^^ Sunday afternoon bike ride on the Boise green belt. ^^


^^ Nature center with these two hooligans. ^^


^^ A tour of Mission Aviation Fellowship in Nampa, where Chris works.  This is the frame of the plane that Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, and their three companions flew in Ecuador when they were martyred. ^^


^^ The main focus here was the planes used for training MAF pilots, but I was mostly just looking at Hendon…a true fashionista and not even two years old. ^^


^^ Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.  Easily one of our favorite things in Boise. ^^


^^ I just couldn’t get enough of the green belt.  Monday afternoon stroll. ^^


^^ Trader Joe’s picnic in the shadow of the capitol. ^^


^^ Our third state capitol together. Only 47 to go! ^^


^^ Majestic. ^^


^^ So much fun exploring the different floors and rooms and even a little bit of pretending. ^^


^^ The Squirrel Debacle of 2014.  After watching the little guy question whether he’d ever see solid ground again, Danny finally convinced him to crawl back down the deck to safety. ^^


^^ Chris took us to Table Rock on Tuesday evening.  I took this picture and said, “I’ll photo shop Emily in!”  I think everyone knew there was no way I had those kind of skills, but they went along with it and didn’t say anything.  Thanks guys.  And by the way, isn’t Boise beautiful?! ^^


^^ Definitely one of those moments where I said, “It’s better in Boise.”

Thanks, Chris, Emily, and Hendon for showing us a great time and for letting us crash your life for a week.  We had a spectacular time and can’t wait to come back sometime and meet Ellis and ski Bogus and eat all your cookie butter (again)!  You’re the best.


What I Learned in April

If you didn’t already see this coming, this list will obviously revolve around what I learned in April.  Just keep in mind that April this year can more accurately be labeled Kapril (remember?).

  • I learned a new word: podgy.  Kate called Prince George podgy during a walkabout (more on that later) in New Zealand, which I now know means pudgy.
  • Live feeds are the best when it comes to Royal Tours.  I haven’t really come out and said it yet, but I spent much of the Royal Tour watching live feeds…you know, William, Kate and George walking out of the plane, getting out of a car, feeding giraffes at the zoo, and so on and so forth.
  • Bilbies are a real thing, and in my mind, they’re sort of like a mix between a rat and a rabbit, with the ears of a hare.  They’re also marsupials and they’re endangered – only about 600 to 700 of them currently live in the wild in Australia.  Oh, and this is related to Kapril because Prince George met a bilby on his visit to the zoo on Easter.
  • I also figured out that a walkabout basically means walking around while waving and shaking hands with adoring fans.  This what the Royal Tour primarily consisted of.  I also watched live feeds of some walkabouts.
  • And in non-Royal Tour related news, the TSA is no longer checking up on liquids in carry-ons.  At least not in Denver.
  • Flying in the middle of June is ex.pen.sive.  We’re planning a trip to Chicago with my family, and the prices doubled (and then some) from the first weekend in June to the third weekend in June.
  • Almost everyone I know has been to London or Paris or both.  Now that it’s official, it seems like everywhere I go I find someone else who has tips/memories/advice from their time across the Pond.  Which I love.  The more information I can get, the better I can figure out how to best scale the walls of Kensington Palace make the most of our time.

Well, our hour-long flight delay is almost over.  Time to make a final bathroom run and get excited, because Boise (more like Chris, Emily, Hendon, and Jeb!), here we come!


Hello again!  I haven’t forgotten you.  We went to Greeley for Easter weekend and then I worked seven out of eight days in a row, and now we’re less than 24 hours away from going to Boise for six days!  Oh, and the Royal Tour.  I was essentially an unfriendly recluse for the three weeks of the Royal Tour: 2014 Edition as I honestly couldn’t think about anything other than Kate/George/Kate.

And now, without further ado, the top three exciting things from the past few weeks…

#1: It snowed this week and the night before I forgot to roll up the passenger seat window in my car.  In my defense, the day before it was nice enough to have the window open a couple of inches on my way home from the grocery store.  Thankfully it was a classic late spring snow (not too much of it) and there was only about an inch inside of the car.

#2: Speaking of my car, a cement truck poured concrete on it.  The pool area at our apartment complex is being redone – because who doesn’t want an eight foot long fire pit steps away from where they live? – and a part of the process involves cement.

Around the time I needed to leave for work on Monday, a cement truck was parked horizontally behind my car, so I convinced the workers to move it.  They did, but forgot to turn off the cement that was pouring out of the chute.  So as they backed the truck up, the back of my car received a cement covering, and the parking lot got its fair share as well.  The leader of the crew was distressed and rustled up a hose and gave my car a small bath.

I drove to work and, three days later, still haven’t looked at the back of my car to see if the cement truly got washed off.  Based on the fact that no one has noticed and my car still runs fine, I think we’re in the clear.

#3: Sometime last week I had a dream that I met Kate Middleton.  It was the best.  Sometimes I get confused and can’t remember if it actually happened or not, however, assuming that it didn’t, I do have a couple of plans to make said dream come true.

The first can/will be implemented during our trip to London this fall.  It involves spending 100% of our time in the gardens of Kensington Palace in hopes that she (Kate) will go for a walk at some point during the ten days we’ll be lurking around.

Another viable option involves Prince Harry.  Now that he and Cressida have called it quits (at least for now), one of my friends has volunteered to marry Harry.  She’s hoping that her time with Royal Harry will lead to Gorgeous Harry (from One Direction), and she’s committed to sticking it out at least until Kate and I are BFFs.  Now that is the definition of a true friend.

The final plan is an arranged marriage situation.  Our friends Emily and Chris have a daughter who is a few months older than Prince George.  She is going to marry him, Emily will invite me to wedding/reception/family holidays/everything, and I will (obviously) meet Kate in the process.

(By the way, If you have any other ideas for me, this would be a good time to let me know because I am always interested in keeping my options open.)

I really intended to write a nice post about Easter and our time in Greeley last week, but it turns out, big surprise, that I still can’t figure out how to move pictures from my camera to the computer (you know, due to the whole being new-ish to using a Mac situation).  I promise you I have tried, but some things are just too hard.

I promise promise promise to figure it out by the time I meet Kate, though.