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Birthday, Boise and Bikes, Oh My!

Last week was crazy busy. Crazy. Crazy busy. Seriously. First up was Sam's seventh birthday.

We were thinking back, and this is probably his first actual not just family members birthday party. Whoops.  He loved every second of it.

Instead of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, we played Feed the Sam with little printed pictures of all his favorite foods. 

Ponytail and plumber's crack. I'm saving this one for his high school yearbook.

The favorite gift might just have been a game and a set of play handcuffs from the girl he is currently planning on marrying. It was the one that just had to be opened and used immediately. He also got a lot of building toys like K'Nex, Lego and Magformers. He was very happy.

That was Wednesday. Thursday we found out an offer had been made on the house we've been renting and we had 30 days to move. Hello, panic.

Saturday we went on a trip to Boise with some friends. We made the 2 hour drive, ate lunch out at Olive Garden to make our kids ve…
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Saturday Adventure

It was a very, very snowy winter for us. And now that it's finally warming up that means all the local rivers and waterfalls are running higher than they have in...well, forever. So, this morning we, along with tons of other people, went to bask in the glory of nature. 

Huge, glorious, misty, cold nature.

The kids were pretty cold and wet by the end but, remarkably, not whiny. As we were headed back to the van, Anna said- "That was awesome but why did we have to come on such a rainy day?" I had to explain that it wasn't actually raining but it was water being thrown up into the air by the waterfall.

Hard to believe, but right upriver from all that loud, churning, swift water is this calm and quiet lake with a swimming area.

More Socks!

OK- just one more pair. But, I feel like all I've been doing lately is knitting socks. This makes my seventh (!) completed pair since June. And the eighth is already on the needles and ready for the first heel. They are just such a good, portable project and ultra comfy and useful once done.

This pair was for my husband.

I tried out a new pattern this time around- the Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson. I like it. I'm a fan of the nice even stripe pattern around the heel.

This makes my fifth pair of socks knit in Knit Picks Felici yarn- one pair for everybody in the family. I love the colors and the softness. I'm a little worried about how they'll hold up long term, but so far so good.

At the Pool

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Snowbound Crafties

I know, I lose some of my right to complain about winter weather by willingly living in Idaho. But, this winter is bad. Easily the worst one since we moved here six years ago. I try and look on the bright side (yea, plenty of water!) but I am just not a winter lover. After weeks of either snow, freezing rain or extremely low temperatures- I am feeling a little anxious and trapped. And there's another snowstorm predicted to begin tomorrow. I'm trying to avoid panicking (This winter is never going to end!) by focusing on the cozy and the crafty. I've stocked up on hot chocolate and candles. I've piled up plenty of cozy quilts all over the place. Heaven knows we have plenty of those. I ordered sweatshirts online so they would be delivered right to my door. And I've made a list of crafty works in progress and tried to focus on finishing some of them up. Since Christmas break ended, or actually didn't really end thanks to snow days, I've finished up three.