Monday, August 20, 2012

Girlfriend's 50th B-Day Getaway - June 2012

Erin (from Davis, CA) and Pam (Santa Barbara, CA)

Pam surprised me in the Grove Hotel - I was expecting Erin!

Miss Mallen (Pam)

Visit to the Capital, in Boise

Downtown Boise

Hot Circus Girls - Outside our Hotel

Shrine Parade (their Circus) Downtown Boise

Breakfast in Boise - some funky little diner

The three of us!  Dining at El Matador (cocktails)


Snacks at some other place

My silly faced cocktail - a Green Bloody Mary

The three of us!  At a Bar

OK Better focus that time! 

Me and Miss E!

Dessert. At the fork?

Breakfast at Goldies

Goldies!  The Best breakfast place in Boise (and best Tats on waiters)

My BFF's!

Eggs Benedict - Erin's

At the Capital

Two tall girls

Being goofy

Me, being goofy!

The three of us.  I am the short squat one

Tres Amigos

We have same shot from about 20 years ago!  At the beach, in Santa Barbara

The Bar we were at

Tasty food place

My girlfriends surprised me with a weekend in Boise.  This was for my 50th.  Erin and I had been planning it for months, the surprise was having Pam come along!  I have NOT seen her since my wedding.  That was 17 plus years ago.  Wow!

Both of those girls look great.  Tall and gorgeous.  Love them.

We ate, walked, ate, walked, drank, walked.

It was fun!
Pam and I got to spend about 4 hours together before Erin arrived.  Stinker.  She had texted me saying her plane was getting in at noon, this was after the day before telling me she had a night flight!  I had to change my plans to get there earlier! Which, included stopping at the tire shop to find out I had about $350 in work to be done.  I took my chances and drove, then got the car fixed on Tuesday.

These girls? Erin I have known since about 6th grade.  I actually dated her brother when I was a Freshman (for 9 years)!  She and I have been close forever.
Pam I met in college at Chico State.  She and I were roomies, then she moved to the Wine Country (biologist who worked for a winery) and lived with Erin during those days.

Love them!
Just catchnig up on photos and posts.....

Back To School Shop-Swim-Play Trip! August 2012

Saturday Morning:  We stopped at BELLA for Lemon Heads for the Drive
But first, on Friday Night I had to wait for  Sami and Jake to finish chores.  I arrived at 6pm.  They were in the house.
Putting up the hot wire for the next grazing cell - see the smoky sky? Lots of fires abound.

Coming Back to move the beef

Taking down the fence in front of the beef so they can move farther to the new fence line
After our successful day of shopping in Boise. 

Sami's New Nikes. 

Jake, chillaxing in a chair in the hotel room.  Next to his pullout bed.

I found a bunch of these 'Sami takes the camera' photos!  Stinker. 

Kills me, this one.

The water park!  I was trying to get them in the tube.  Rats.

Getting out

One more time?

Yeah, it's hard work, but someone has to do it!

I went through that enclosed tube.  Sami said 'you will look back in 50 years and say you did this'!  So glad she is confident I will live to 100!

Sami toward the end of our day

Jake, all tired out!
Another one of those Sami shots in the hotel room

Darn it!  That little scamp!  Check out her face! 

Notice the clock!  I am awake after 10pm!  NOW this I want to remember in 50 years! Party girl.

The drive home.  Kids asleep.  Me?  Wondering about those funky clouds
This past weekend was our annual 'go to the big city' and do our school shopping, stay in a hotel, go to the water part, etc. trip. In other words?  End of Summer vacation.  Packed into two days.

Things I want to remember:

Friday night, after a very long work week (site review from the State of Oregon and GOBHI at our offices), I was ready to just crash.  I went to pick the kids up at 6pm, and they were NOT ready.  As a matter of fact, they were still in the house but deciding if they should move the beef.  Their father was not answering the phone (on his way to Portland via an event in Elgin).  So.. Kids moved cattle.  Me?  I took photos.   My kids are so responsible!

Sami woke on Saturday (still here at home) before 6am!  She was showered and ready to hit the road.  Me?  In bed until I heard the shower.  Jake?  In bed until the very last minute.  That girl loves to shop!  We stopped in Baker for gas and goodies at BELLA. 

Cost of the trip:  Close to $450 dollars for the items on the bed (minus Jake's new church shirts, which I swear are the same size as his smaller ones already hanging in the closet!).  Dang it does not go far, now does it?  Of course a $75 dollar pair of shoes sure takes a dent out of the budget, and a new belt.  I am sure I spent about the same amount for the 'vacation' portion of our trip: gas ($55 each way), food ($60 for Olive Garden - but we made that our lunch and dinner), water park ($69), and another $30 for food at the water park... and a few other money pits along the way. 

Sami's Favorites:  Hollister.  That girl loves that store.  And American Eagle.  She wanted the flower belt she saw last month when we stopped at the store.  So, she got it.  She was also on the hunt for neon skinny jeans, or jeggings.  Score!  Mint Green and Purple.  Her favorite?  A cozy cute pullover sweater from Hollister.

Jake's Favorites: All the Nike shorts he picked out at Kohl's.  Three pairs.  For some reason, he is on a shorts kick right now.  He only got one new pair of jeans.  Hey, he is 13.  His other jeans seem in good shape, and most boys are living in shorts right now - yeah, we will see how the winter goes.

Entertainment Highlights:  
  • The Boise State Broncos had a free scrimmage game and free parking Saturday night!  So we went!  We lasted until half time.  I took photos with the phone but can not get them on my computer! Grrrr...It was hotter than heck on Saturday.  The game was at 7pm and I think it cooled down to 97degrees.  Summer, baby. Love it.  
  • Smurf Turf:  The Broncos stadium!  We were right 'there' on the 50 yard line in the first bank of seats!  Great view. 
  • The red setting sun Saturday night.  Man, was it gorgeous.  Due to all the fires and smoky skies.
  • Sami taking funny photos.  She kills me.  Yeah, I am in my jammies in those hotel shots.  Not what you would call glamor shots. Oh well!
  • Roaring Springs Water Park:  Always fun!  We got there right when it opened at 11am, had front row parking in the paved portion of the parking lot, and the lines were nice and short until 'more people' arrived!  The hardest part for me was just walking up all the stairs for the rides.
  • Overcoming my claustrophobia:  I am not one for dark enclosed places.  I had to count when we went through the enclosed tube.  I had lessons last October when I had the MRI of my brain.  This was shorter and easier... Just had to keep on counting...
So. After the water park (we lasted 4 hours), we drove home.  The kids were OUT!  So glad they still love to do things like this with me!  Sunday's temps were a lot cooler, by 20 degrees from Saturday, and it was overcast.  As we got closer to home, the temps dropped to about 75 degrees, and there were rain storms and wind!  Crazy weather.

This morning Jake texted me.  Wondering if he left is Ipod in the car.  (We go through this every now and then, he sends me on a wild goose chase, only to find his Ipod in some weird spot. Never fails).  What I did find:
  • A pair of dirty black socks under his seat, along with his nice Nike shoes
  • two Lemon Heads
  • $90 in cash.  Yep.  Cold Cash.
When I texted him the list of my findings, he told me, the money is his and 'I am not kidding'.   So much for finders keepers!