Wednesday, June 29, 2016

First Impressions of Boise

#1 - The air smells wonderful!  

#2 - Walking paths, bike paths, jogging paths - EVERYWHERE!!  Teehee!

#3 - Milk is cheap and bread is expensive.

#4 - Eagle Road is the stuff of nightmares.

#5 - Daily chances for service are abundant and pop up in the least likely of places.

#6 - Our town is considered "rural" which means our car insurance payment has dropped by 70%.  

#7 - Terrible terrible cell coverage.  Epic fail, Boise.  Epic!

#8 - 90% of house plans have the master bedroom on the main floor next to the kitchen or family room.  Who thought this was a good idea?

#9 - Gardens, gardens and more gardens!

#10 - Two-lane roads.  Booming expansion & population growth.  Very slow-to-adapt State planning commission.  We're going to learn a lot of patience or go bananas in the process.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Lake Powell

Our Big Guy was invited by one of his best friends (Dallin) to spend the week with them on their annual trip to Lake Powell.  He went a little nuts in his enthusiasm when we told him he could go.  And when all is said and done, I'm fairly certain he'll remember this week the rest of his life.  

We love the Astin family!! 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

May to June

#1 - Hillary's Wedding

Hillary isn't my youngest niece on the McKinnon side, but I always think of her that way because she was the baby when I married Greg.  She's a doll!  And my oldest son adores her because she's always shown him a great deal of love.  

There is so much joy watching loved ones mature and make solid, Gospel-centered life decisions along the way.  This has been Hillary. 

#2 - Sports

Soccer, volleyball, mountain biking, running, swimming - so much energy!

#3 - More Boise

Another trip to Boise (Put an offer on our "island" house.  More on that later.)

#4 - Farewell

Said goodbye to jobs, friends, family - this was really had.  Really.  Like lots of tears.   

#5 - Moving Day

The five of us (minus Greg) bid a sweet farewell to our house after all the movers, trucks and boxes had finally left.  Another hard step.

We were NOT anticipating the many little stumbling blocks along the way - including a visit from a baby skunk in our window well the day we were pulling out.  A total disaster.  Bubbs came within inches of being sprayed.

Good bye sweet house.  Much love and happiness within your walls. 

#6 - Last day of school!

#7 - Sister Vivian Cline and Pretty Girl

Sister Cline and I have a history - except she doesn't really know the details.  When I was 14, I attended a youth conference at BYU and she was one of the youth speakers.  I still remember her talk because it stuck with me for years.  It was one of those small building blocks that helped shape my life and what I wanted to become.

Imagine my shock when we moved into our Draper ward to find Sister Cline in our congregation.  God must have been involved because she became my visiting teacher for several years - years when she finally convinced me to call her Vivian - something I never felt totally comfortable doing.  

The most beautiful part of this story is the bond she formed with my daughter.  Pretty Girl adores Sister Cline and always blossoms when she's around.  It's been a complete treasure for me - and something I hope my daughter never forgets.    

#8 - Memorial Day

(Our Big Guy was in Lake Powell.  More on that later.) 

#8 - And last minute hurrah's...

(We like to tease Roo that eventually he's going to get tired of winning so many races.  He reassures us he enjoys the fame just fine.  There's a running club in the new school he'll be attending and he's extremely excited.) 

Friday, June 10, 2016

We Are Water

"My friend, my friend, you are traveling.  So many secrets are unraveling.
Some other picture's coming into view.  I see the water rushing over you." 
- Patty Griffin  

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Farewell Draper!

I took these pictures around the end of April up near Fresh Market.  This view is perfect because it incorporates the heart of where we've been the past seven years.  Topping it off is the spring sunshine setting in the west.  I had a huge lump in my gut while taking these - I knew what was coming.

I'll miss the view from my kitchen window the most - watching the kids play on the play set (which sadly, we're leaving behind).   

The "peninsula" location of our house in regards to our neighborhood/ward.  

Loving, generous neighbors! 

Our faithful Draper park and walking/biking paths.

Corner Canyon mountain bike and hiking trails.

Draper LDS Temple.

Channing Hall Charter School.

1300 East and the round-about.

Pushing scooters up the hill to Fresh Market with a few dollars in back pockets.

Traverse Ridge on a bike.  And the views!!  Oh, the views!

Brother Cutler's field - our backyard glorious sunsets.  

Our mini-orchard, the play set, fire pit, my chairs (taking them with us), tramp and many many games of catch and kickball.

Quick sunset walks around the block.

The Treehouse gym.

Draper outdoor pool overlooking the valley - early morning swimming.

Summer concert series at Draper Historical Park.

Draper Days.

Mrs. King's Preschool (Pretty Girl).

The Fishy Museum, Thanksgiving Point, IFA, and Pirate-O's.   

Dinosaur footprint and the dinosaur statue.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

“Before each beginning, there must be an ending.” – Nichole Nordeman