July 22, 2014


^^She always does the cutest little leg kick when she's running/jumping on the tramp^^

I have tons of pics from our weekend with the Harpers for a family reunion so these will have to hold us over until I get to them all! Every morning she wanted to go outside as soon as she woke up and ran straight to either the trampoline or the swing.  She loved the freedom to run run run and play play play all day! Pin It

July 12, 2014

Lakeside Lavender Farm

Nampa, ID has a beautiful lavender field tucked back away in the middle of basically no where. They open it to the public for picking and picture taking from 12-4 for one week in July.  The people who own it are selling the farm, so there's a chance it might not be here next year - I'm so glad we found out about it!

   We seriously weren't there more than 20 minutes because it was soooooo hot and Ava was more interested in running barefoot in the shade than picking flowers.  But Emma and I couldn't pass up the most beautiful scenery for some little girl pics. These girls did pretty well considering!

As much lavender as you can fit in a twist tie for $6 - now to get started on what to do with it all! Pin It

July 7, 2014

4th of July

Race and Emma came to Declo with us to celebrate the 4th of July with Devin's family! We started the day at the Rupert Parade.

     The horses and candy were a hit with the little girls! I thought it was funny what a big part the Mexicans played in the parade, being a celebration of America and all, but they were actually one of my favorite parts with their ornate outfits, horses and LEGIT mariachi music.

     These girls were so cute sharing candy, clapping for the people going by, and Holland waving to the pretty girls on floats :)  Ava got pretty freaked out by some of the weird car horns and "woop woop" sirens but she survived.  And we were SO glad to have had tents/umbrellas for shade!

That evening we headed to the Snake River for a pizza picnic before heading out on the water.

It was a beautiful, perfect night for going out on the water! We ended up watching Burley's fireworks from the boat which was such a neat experience - being so close and just floating beneath.  Ava was pretty freaked out by the fireworks at first.  Once we started calling them sparkly and "pop pop" like bubbles, she calmed down a little but if she heard the noise and wasn't looking in the direction of the firework it really scared her.  Luckily she falls asleep on boats and she slept through most of the entire show :) Pin It

July 1, 2014

Playing With Ava

I snapped these pics for no other reason than the lighting was good, we had bubbles, and her eyes looked especially blue that day :) 

And here is one from the playground that we ride our bike to every morning.  She has started bringing this little baby with her everywhere and loves to send it down the slide in front of her.
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Weekend in Cascade: Boating on the lake

Our friends, the Pratchetts, just recently moved to Donnelly, ID which is on one side of Lake Cascade.  We stayed the night there after the Ryan Shupe concert so that Devin could go early morning fishing with a friend bringing his boat up Saturday morning.  I didn't want to go out on the boat that early so Ava and I hung out at the house until lunch time.  The view from their house is BEAUTIFUL.  I took the picture above from just out their back yard.

This is their dog, Tuck.  He looks scary to a lot of people who don't know him but he is a super chill dog and really patient with the kids - and Ava is in love with him.  Here she is trying to put a helmet on him :) Ava also loved their big backyard with room to run and a trampoline to jump on!


It was so nice of Duane to come back and pick me and Ava up around lunch time to come out on the boat with them.  It wasn't 15 minutes of being on the boat in Devin's arms before Ava was sound asleep...and stayed that way for a little over an hour!  Made it really nice to enjoy the ride.

Duane works for an RV/Boat company and had this fishing boat he wanted to test out.  Devin was in heaven on that "Custom Weld"!  Duane even brought some ribs and chicken for lunch that he warmed up on the motor all morning >> genious! Unfortunately the fish were NOT biting, not for anyone out on the lake that day.  At least it was a beautiful day with beautiful scenery and Ava thought being on the boat was the coolest thing ever.

Before heading back to dock we stopped at a beach/sand area for Ava to get out and play.  Somebody's dog was also there that we played catch with forever using sticks and pine cones and Ava thought it was so funny to watch him jump in the water to get it and bring it back.

Basically, we're loving summer!
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