We spent a wonderful week in Idaho with my family to celebrate my 40th birthday and Independence Day. It's been roughly 20 years since I've spent my birthday in Boise, so it was great to be there with lots of family. For my big day I was treated to lunch, bought an outfit and new makeup, and had pedicures with my Mom, Claire, my sister, and my niece, then there were TWO parties - an open house on the 3rd to see other family and friends, then a 4th of July party at my sister's house. All-in-all I felt very pampered and loved.
Here are some pictures from our trip:
Nana had a pair of toy glasses that Sean adored and wore for hours on end - we couldn't decide if he was more Seanny Potter or Ralphie from "A Christmas Story," but it was way cute
He also discovered a new love for the piano - especially playing with cousin McKenna - check out this video of his first piano concert here
La familia Forman
Cousin McKenna brought along a couple of friends from her dance team, and the bigger girls promised the little girls they would put dance make up on them, which Claire loved
The almost finished product (oh dear...)
Sean wanted in on the action, too, and gave himself a good stage 5-o'clock shadow
Then, of course, both kids returned the favor on a very tolerant McKenna
Sean painted cousin Kendall's face, too, so she wouldn't be left out
On the morning of the 4th we went to Boise's Independence Day Parade, which I haven't been to since 1988. We all had a blast!
This was Sean's first parade and he was fascinated - he and McKenna were checking out a high-unicycle rider/juggler at this moment
Claire hasn't been to many parades, either... Her favorite part was watching one of her cousins march, followed by the mass quantities of free candy thrown by parade participants
Nana and all her grandbabies - this was the first trip they had all been together (Sean wasn't born last time we saw them)
Lots of cute cousin love
Mom and daughters - it was so wonderful to spend time with them!
What's the 4th of July without watermelon?! This was Sean's first 4th in the U.S. and he thoroughly enjoyed it.
Two of my loves
"Happy birthday to me..." (Blowing assistance by Claire)
My angel babies
Graham and the kids made me a "40 Reasons Why We Love You" print to hang in our new house. I love it! Here are the 40 Reasons (composed by both Graham and the kids):
- You let us play on the iPad.
- You make us smile.
- You make us feel good about ourselves.
- Your beauty and loving personality.
- You give us hugs.
- You are warm.
- You are kind.
- You are sensitive.
- You are generous.
- You are thoughtful, usually.
- You are patient, mostly.
- You are loving, always.
- We love how understanding you are.
- You teach us new things.
- We love spending time with you.
- We miss you when you’re not with us.
- You forgive us when we make mistakes.
- We love to travel with you.
- You like adventure.
- You like trying new things with us.
- You do nice things for us.
- You give us dessert.
- We love that you care for us even if you’re not feeling well.
- You tell us you love us multiple times a day and it never gets old.
- We love your big heart.
- You are faithful and honest.
- You encourage us.
- You try hard for us.
- You are always available no matter how busy or tired you are.
- You are an expert on the computer.
- You comfort us when we are scared.
- You are loyal to us and everyone and everything that matters to you.
- We love the way you try to help others.
- We love the sweet gifts you give to us.
- You are really good at making eggs and pancakes.
- You are willing to do the work it takes for a successful marriage and family.
- You can multi-task with the best of them.
- You teach us to be better people.
- Whenever we need a hand, you’re always willing to lend yours.
- We need a wife and mommy and you’re a perfect fit!
Sean giving Nana some love (with more makeup on)
The kids loved their first Pop-Its
Sean was captivated by the fireworks, although when they were too loud he would take my hands and put them over his ears. "Fi-works, BOOM! Up in the sky..."
Helping Nana vacuum the trailer (note the Costa Rican soccer jersey - we enjoyed watching two of the CR World Cup games while on the road and are very proud of the team)
Beautiful cousins at the park
Graham and his mini-me
Our kids love playing on bike racks for some reason...
Bye-bye Boise - thanks for the great visit! I love that Claire is now a road trip reader... (And has been eating up my old Family Circus books.)
On the way back home we stopped by Shosone Falls (near Twin Falls, ID, where Nana went to high school) and took in the "Niagra of the West" - they're really spectacular!
We were even above a rainbow... Apparently this is NOT the falls at their peak capacity, but they were still impressive.
We also visited nearby Dierkes Lake, which looked like a fantastic place to swim and spend the afternoon. We'll have to spend some time there next time we pass through.
We took an extra couple of days on our way home and visited a couple of national parks, coming soon in a separate blog post...
Cuando salimos a Boise, visitamos Shoshone Falls (cerca de Twin Falls, Idaho, donde mi mama asistió colegio) y vimos la “Niagra de la oeste” - ¡están espectaculares! Tomamos unos pocos días más en el viaje a nuestro hogar para visitar dos parques nacionales (va a ser otro poste del blog)…