Friday, October 15, 2010
We got into McCall late and set up camp at Last Chance. Then we headed into town for dinner. Then next morning we did a quick trail run about two and half miles to a waterfall. Sorry, no pictures of that, camera's are hard to handle while running.
The rest of the day was spent biking around Payette Lake. We were in for a real treat with a sunny sky, fall colors, and a clear lake. We had lunch on the beach and had an ice cream cone at the end. That is one thing I remember about going to McCall when I was younger, Grandpa always got us an ice cream cone.
On our way home, we headed through Donnelly and up into the mountains in search of a hot spring. We found it, although it was an interesting one. There are two shacks with water piped in and a cement "tub" to soak in. The temperature was fantastic and we enjoyed a nice soak. We drove around Cascade lake to get home and hit Los Betos in Boise for a late night dinner.
It was a great way to say happy birthday to Jay and goodbye to the camping season.
Monday, September 20, 2010
However, this is not a post about Art in the Park...it is a post about getting to and from Art in the Park.
We now live about three miles from the park, and since Nikolai has done so well on his two-wheeler, we are phasing out the trailer. So Nikolai rode his own bike with Jay's close supervision, and I took Aleksi on the tag along bike. If you've never ridden one of these great inventions, you'll just have to take my word on this...it's HARD. It looks easy when everyone else is doing it...but I found it hard to keep my balance and keep my bike going where it needed to.
Added to this, is Aleksi.
Several times while riding, the bike would suddenly sway to one side and I would have to keep us both upright and not run into others sharing the greenbelt path. Aleksi had several excuses as to why we were swaying:
1) "I was tired of sitting, so I thought I'd stand up for a while."
2) "My head was itching, so I had to move my helmet back and forth to scratch it."
3) "I don't even have to use the handlebars on this bike!"
Needless to say, we made it there and back in one piece and had a good time doing so...even if the ride was a little wobbly.
Friday, September 17, 2010
- we aren't "allowed" to have roosters within city limits and
- have you seen two roosters together? or heard two roosters crowing in the wee hours of the morning? If you answered yes, I don't need to go on.
I was concerned about the butchering and our tender-hearted boys, but apparently I'm the only tender-hearted one. I almost cried and couldn't watch, while the boys enjoyed the whole bloody (literally) show.
Jay did the honors, dipped them in boiling water, plucked the feathers, took out the guts, cleaned them, and froze them for later enjoyment.
I stayed out of the way, pulled a few (very few) feathers, rinsed the blood bucket, and stayed out of the way. (I know I said that twice, but that's mostly what I did.)
We ate one of the roosters that night and enjoyed a good meal with homemade stuffing and corn grown in our corn field. It was a good end to a not so fun day.
Now that the roosters are gone we finally let the boys name the three girls. Prior to this we didn't want to name them in case we had to eat them, which turned out to be a good idea. I may have pictures one day, but our three girls are Golden Girl, Reddy, and StormCloud. This is what happens when you allow a 6 and 8 year old to name your chickens.
Monday, June 21, 2010
For his birthday we gave him The Fantastic Mr. Fox and The BFG. He also got a teepee...which did not turn out as well as my first attempt (I think, surprisingly, that a better made sheet makes a better teepeee) so we didn't take pictures of it. :(
Nikolai wanted a Jungle theme for his birthday...this is his tiger cake (minus the stripes). I put both of them in a tuperwear to stay moist and the frosting stuck to the lid...so, this one is missing his nose. :)
This is a big family picture taken at our house after Nikolai's baptism. He was lucky enough to be baptised on his birthday!
Andy baptised Nikolai...he did a great job and we're so proud of both of them!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Aleksi and the pinata.
I know it looks like it is "hanging," but it was the best we could do. :)
I made Aleksi a peach coffee cake in the shape of a chick for breakfast. He wasn't super excited, but the rest of us enjoyed it.