Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Yesterday was a big day for us.  Some friends of mine had some extra "roaring readers" tickets and this is the last week to use them.  So I took the two girls and we all went to Roaring Springs.  It was a full day of Sun and Water and we were there right when it opened and stayed till it closed!  Are we crazy?  Its just that we never get to do anything like this and I wanted to take full advantage.  Unfortunately I was too busy to get any pictures...lame.  So here are some copied pictures.

Mycah absolutely LOVED this slide in the kiddie area.  She didn't even hesitate to try it.
This Next slide was our first try at something "Big".  Again, Mycah didn't even bat an eye, she was ready to take the plunge without hesitation.  Dejah was really nervous, but she was surrounded by friends.  Oh the power of peer pressure.
Our last "Big" try was this.  Mycah couldn't go on it and was EXTREMELY bummed.  Alex arrived later in the day so he took her kicking and screaming down to the wave pool....which she ended up having tons of fun at.  Dejah got to go on this ride with me and she had a blast.  Of course she wanted to go again, but seriously the line took at least a 1/2 hour to get through.

So there are a few things I've decided about Water Parks.

#1.  If there is only ONE for hundreds of miles around.....there are guaranteed to be hundreds of people there.

#2.  Never pay full price at the gate.  It is Highway robbery.  If you plan ahead and look at their deals online you can plan to save some cash.

#3.  Get there early if you want to pick where you sit.

#4.  Park food is kinda pricy.  Get a stamp on your hand and leave to get lunch.  There are tons of places close by.

#5.  There is such thing as TOO TAN.  C'mon people, I can understand the niceness of a little glow, seriously though....leather doesn't look good on bodies.

#6.  Sunblock and a Hat.  SAVED MY FACE.  I got this WAY cute hat at Target.  So worth it.

#7.  People must like HUGE tatoos.  There were tons.


Single Mom of Four...For a WEEK

Last week was a crazy week for me.  Since Alex is the Coordinator for the Idaho Skills Competition, he got the opportunity to go to the Nationals competition  for Skills U.S.A. in Kansas City.  He was gone for a whole week.
I have NEVER been on my own with all for kids.  And let me tell you.  I gained GREAT sympathy for Single parents, or parents who have a spouse that spends almost every waking hour working.  It is not easy.  It is quite lonely, and I wouldn't wish it on anyone.
That whole week my goal was to keep myself busy.  I got the kids out and found lots of projects to work on. It helped quite a bit.  Anyway, here are some pictures of Alex's trip in Kansas City.

Monday, June 13, 2011

So Far...

Time to brush the dust off this blog and get it in gear.  Summer has come, and blogging has just been on the bottom of my to do lists.  So here is what we've been up to the past few weeks:

On Memorial Day, my parents wanted to get the boat up and running.  They just had it reupholstered and it looks nice.  Of course, this summer has been PATHETICALLY COLD, so there is NO way we were going to get in that icy lake water.  Either way the kids had fun and Logan found a ball floating out in the middle of the reservoir :)

A couple weeks ago Alex showed up with my Grandparents camper and told the kids he was going to take them camping.  They were SO excited!!  He took them up to Silver Creek Plunge.  They had a camp fire, went swimming at the Hot Springs Pool, etc.  Of course there are no pictures, but they had a BLAST!  I got to stay home with the baby.  It was so nice to get some down time without the three older ones.  :)

We finally got the yard work started.  The trampoline got fixed and put back together.  We weeded the strawberry patch which was completely taken over.  The shade is up.  The garden boxes are taken down.  I have decided to quit with the attempt at having beautiful boxes of plants and flowers.  I am way too busy/lazy to water and weed.  And if you want pretty flowers every year, you get to buy them.  Its just more work than I can handle.  So I'm moving on.  We will keep the strawberries, but that is it.

Last week I turned the bottom bunk of the Toddler Bunk Bed into a crib and Lexi has been successfully been sleeping with her sisters ever since.  I'm so proud of my little project :)  Pictures coming soon.

This past Saturday we were in the Eagle Fun Days Parade with our friends and their cow train.  We always have a great time doing that.  No pictures this time (my camera has been stuck at my Mom's house for a few weeks now).

Today I went to my Mom's and she taught me how to make home-made granola.  It is so yummy and SO healthy!  I must admit though, it was a lot of work.  I'm not sure how often I will actually do that.

In other things, we have just been swimming at the pool with friends and doing lots of bike rides.  This weekend Alex will be headed to Kansas City for 8 days.  Wish me luck with all the kids by myself, I'm gonna need it.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Kids Summer Freebies & Cheepies

So every summer there are tons of fun cheap/free things for the kids and family.  Here is a list of things we hope to enjoy around here.

I'm a bit bummed that Regal Cinemas has started charging for their summer festival for kids. I know I know..$1 is still cheap, but sometimes we would go twice a week to each movie. For my family that would cost me $8 per week/$32 per month (not including the baby). Its too bad. Its not often you find people willing to offer a free service anymore.  Either way, here it is.

Boise Edwards Showing are as follows:

6/21-6/23 (10am)
6/28-6/30 (10am)
7/5-7/7 (10am)
7/12-7/14 (10am)
7/19-7/21 (10am)
7/26-7/28 (10am)
8/2-8/4 (10am)
8/9-8/11 (10am)
8/16-8/18 (10am)

NEXT.  The Overland Reel Theater does $1 movies EVERY TUESDAY.  This is a running deal that is always on.  I may opt to do this instead.  The movies are newer (not yet on DVD) and I can go anytime on Tuesday.  Here is the link to their site for showtimes.

NEXT.  The Overland Park Cinemas.  They have the best deals if you want popcorn and a drink or candy with your movie.  Tuesday shows are also just a dollar, but if you want to add two food items it is two dollars more (total $3).  Here is the link.

This Summer...New to Boise, there will be a FREE movie night for 3 nights at the Julia Davis Park Bandshell.  There will be food vendors or you can bring your own stuff.  Here are the dates and movies:

June 27: “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” rated PG July 18: “Kung Fu Panda,” rated PG
Aug. 22: “The Wizard of Oz,” rated G
For More Info Go HERE

Meridian Holds their Free Movie Under the Stars every Friday night at Settlers Park.  Here is a list of the Dates and Movies.

 June 5: “Nim’s Island,” rated PG
 June 12: “Speed Racer,” rated PG
 June 19: “Babe the Gallant Pig,” rated G
 June 26: “Space Chimps,” rated G
 July 3: “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” rated PG
 July 10: “Hotel for Dogs,” rated PG
 July 17: “Journey to the Center of the Earth” 3D (free 3D glasses for the first 2,000 people), rated PG
 July 24: “The Princess Bride,” rated PG
 July 31: “Kung Fu Panda,” rated PG
 Aug. 7: “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” rated PG
 Aug. 14: “Horton Hears a Who,” rated G
                                                              Aug. 21: “The Sound of Music,” rated G
                                                              Aug. 28: “The Tale of Despereaux,” rated G

Every summer the Idaho Food Bank provides FREE lunches to children under 18.

This year’s Boise sites are Ann Morrison, Cassia, Elm Grove, Fairmont, Ivywild, Manitou, Owyhee, Veterans Memorial and Winstead parks, plus the Boise Family YMCA (1050 W. State St.), Davis Apartments (970 N. 29th St.) and Northwest Pointe Apartments (3475 N. Five Mile Rd.). The lunches at the apartment complexes are open to all. 
In Meridian, Picnic in the Park lunches will be served at Storey Park, also June 6 – August 22. In Nampa, lunch will be at the Boys and Girls Club (316 Stampede Dr.) starting June 9 and the Salvation Army (403 12th Ave. S.) starting June 10.

There are no income or attendance requirements. All young people have to do is show up, have lunch and enjoy the lunches and enrichment activities.

(I believe)  Every Thursday morning at 8:30 there is Kids Zumba held at our church building in Kuna.  It is SO SO fun.  My girls love it!  For more info on that just leave me a comment.

Every Thursday is discount admission day

 Adults (12 - 61)   $4.25
 Seniors (62 & over)  $4.25
 Children (4 - 11)  $3.00
 Children (3 & under)  Free 

6/19/2011, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Father's Day at Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise is wild about fathers and to show our appreciation we are offering special admission on Father's Day!

On Sunday, June 19 all dads can get into the zoo for only $4.25, plus they will receive 1 complimentary ride on the Conservation Cruise!

The zoo will also have special animal enrichments and Zookeeper talks celebrating extraordinary zoo dads.

Natatorium Pool and   Hydrotube

1811Warm Springs Ave 
M-Sat, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
Sunday: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Admission Rates
 11years old and under $2.00
 12 - 18 years $2.50
 Adults $3.50
 Age 65 and over Free
 One adult and 2 children $6.50

Special Admission Rates
 Monday-Friday                             Friday & Saturday
 4:00-5:30pm                                 7:00-9:00pm
 Youth - 18 years of age $1.25
 Adults $2.50

Family Swim Wednesday Evening/Weekends
Per family rate of $7.00

Family Swim Wednesday Evening/Weekends at Natatorium w/30 Hydrotube rides
Per family rate of $18.00 (only $10.00 with family season pass)