Up!

Up!

If I had a bucket list a hot air balloon would definitely be on it. Months ago (September!) Luke surprised me with the chance to check it off. Unfortunately weather didn’t permit us actually getting into the balloon and after several attempts to reschedule we were finally able to climb aboard last Friday. Third time’s the charm!

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My New Obsession

My New Obsession

Confession, I have a new-found obsession with fruit picking as an activity. I have these really fond memories of going to Apple Hill as a child and picking apples but it wasn’t something I ever went in search of as an adult. However, after our delightful trip to The Berry Ranch last week and today’s excursion to Tyler’s Rocky Point Orchard, my love for fruit picking is in full bloom.

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A Berry Fun Day!

A Berry Fun Day!

I have been in a funk ever since Luke and I decided not to do an international trip this year. We tossed around the idea of Ireland, Greece, London, or the Bahamas but nothing really gave us peace. And now that we are in the process of buying a house, not spending money on a big trip makes even more sense. But I love to travel and the idea of being landlocked in Idaho felt like a form of torture. Okay, technically I am going to California and Texas in August but it isn’t on a family adventure with Luke and Olivia. And if I am going to stop being fussy and choose to be grateful then I should probably add that we went to Hawaii in February and Canada in March. Okay, now my funk just looks even more ridiculous.

Either way, my attitude was definitely evident to all in my home and I decided I needed to snap out of it and start enjoying some adventures here in Idaho. Yesterday Olivia and I joined some friends for raspberry picking at The Berry Ranch and we had a blast! I had no idea there was such fun to be had right in my backyard. It was less than 10 minutes from my house! They currently have raspberries and rocky mountain blueberries but if you go early in the season you can catch the strawberries. The cost is $6 per person over 3 years of age (cash of check only!) but it goes toward the price of the berries you pick.  You’ll also want to note that the $6 is per type of fruit so if you want to pick both raspberries and blueberries you will need to pay $12 per person. But, you can eat as you go!

The Berry Ranch
7998 U.S. 20 
Nampa, ID 83687 
(On the Corner of Franklin Blvd. and Chinden Blvd.)
208.466.3860

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Pick Your Own Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m

Christmas Lights in Meridian

Christmas Lights in Meridian

There are several things I love about the Christmas season, but my top three favorite things are Christmas cards, making homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas Eve, and looking at Christmas lights. Well, my favorite thing is that God, in His infinite wisdom and great love for us, sent His one and only Son in the form of a baby to rescue us and bring us back to Him. But after that, it’s cards, cinnamon rolls, and lights.

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Exploring Idaho: Jump Creek Falls

Exploring Idaho: Jump Creek Falls

A girlfriend was in town visiting last week and I was on a mission to find things to do with a baby in tow. We both love waterfalls but I didn’t feel like doing the two and a half hour drive to Shoshone Falls, especially since I was just there a month or so ago. A quick Google search led me to Jump Creek Falls located in Owyhee County, about an hour drive west of Boise. The falls themselves are small but beautiful and the water appeared to be safe for wading and water play.

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Exploring Idaho: Farmers Markets

Exploring Idaho: Farmers Markets

If you’re looking for an activity to do on a Saturday morning you should check out the markets in downtown Boise. There are actually two within walking distance of each other and you can easily spend several hours exploring the various crafts and culinary offerings. The Boise Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. through October while the Capital City Public Market runs Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. through December.

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Exploring Idaho: Bike Park & Bowls

Exploring Idaho: Bike Park & Bowls

There is an entire list of things Luke and I want to explore in Idaho. However, with only 52 weekends in the year minus those allocated for travel, Luke’s work trips, winter (brr!), and normal weekend commitments, there just aren’t enough days to do it all. However, I have all week! And so I’ve decided to do some exploring on my own. And by my own I mean with Olivia and girlfriends.

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