Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What are you doing over Christmas break?

I don't know about you, but we've been having a great Christmas vacation. Today we ventured over to play at Monkey Bizness. The boy went there with his preschool last month and had a lot of fun, so we thought we would try it out today. Unfortunately for us they were full to capacity and we didn't know that until we got there. I guess I learned to call ahead before we try to go there again.

We ended up at Rafiki. We love it there. We also plan to going swimming at the Caldwell Y, bowling at the BSU student union building, and lazar tagging at Wahooz before the week is over.

What kinds of fun things are you doing this week?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

A wonderful Christmas experience

If you are looking for something to do with your family this weekend, check out this FREE live nativity walk.

Update: Our family has never been to a live nativity before so we decided to check this out. We bundled up in coats, hats, gloves, and snow boots and braved the cold weather and slick roads. I am so glad we did. (I just wish the boy would have gone potty before we left).

I wasn't sure where this was located, but we found it easily enough on a street called St. James off McDermott between Franklin Rd and Cherry Lane. You could see the people gathered and the small fires burning from the road so we had no problem finding it. We parked on St James street and a young lady guided us on a walk to different settings in the story of the birth of Christ. At each setting the young people there (mostly teenagers, which impressed me that they would spend their weekend in the cold doing this for free) narrated a part of the account of the Christmas story from the bible. At one setting there were three sheep which my kids thought was pretty cool. Every setting had backdrops and props and costumes. I could tell that a lot of time and effort had gone into planning this event. There was also a small fire in a fire pit at each setting to keep warm. The last setting was, of course, a young man dressed as Joseph and a young lady dressed as Mary with a little baby doll to represent the baby Jesus. It was pretty cool.

Then we walked over to the refreshment area where they had hot chocolate and cold cookies. The whole experience took about 15 minutes and it was just the thing to get us in the Christmas spirit. I hope this group of people will do this again next year. We really enjoyed it and will go back if they do it again.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Enjoy the show! Lots of performing arts events this weekend

Our own Ballet Idaho is putting on the Nutcracker Dec 11, 12, and 13th at the Morrison Center. Click here for more info.

The Boise Little Theater is putting on The Christmas Story Dec 11 through Dec 19. Click here for more info.

Starlight Mountain Theatre is putting on A White Christmas. Click here.

Also, A Christmas Carol will be performed at the Morrison Center on Dec 18 & 19. Click here

Watch Annie at the Nampa Civic Center Dec 11 & 12. Click here

There's probably more but that's all I have for now.

Each year the young men and women of Eagle present a traditional live nativity. They've been doing this for so long they even have their own website. Check out this link to learn more about this live nativity and how to get there. This one looks amazing. December 18 and 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Dress warmly and bring a canned food item for the Idaho Food Bank.

Santa and his reindeer ATV.

Hitch a sleigh ride with Santa and his reindeer. Santa and his ATV pulled sleigh will be available for no charge on Sunday Dec 13 through Thursday Dec 17 and Saturday Dec 19th through Thursday Dec 24th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. On Christmas Eve they will be handing out candy canes and hot chocolate from 6pm to 10pm.

Wow, thank you Dan & Crystal Christensen. Check it out at 2200 E Oakridge St in the Silverwood subdivision.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Farm's Dead

My favorite place to go in the fall is the Farmstead. The husband calls it the Farm's dead because he thinks he's funny. I've already been there three times this year. Each time has been so much fun. I took the kids last Friday and the weather was so nice. We were there for over two hours and still didn't get to do everything that we wanted to do. We would have stayed longer but we had to get home for dinner. I kept my wristband on and returned later that night with my husband and we had a fun date night. I thought he would get us lost in the maze for sure, but he surprisingly got us out in 15 minutes.

What to expect from the Farmstead:
Lots and lots of activities that are fun for all ages.
Corn maze. (In the shape of a penny this year).
Fun slides. Jumping pillow.
Corn box. (I found a kernel in our washing machine a few days later). Duck races.
Barnyard animals. Petal Cart races.
Saddle roping. Straw maze.
Pony rides. (Costs extra).
Cow train. Pig races.
Pumpkin patch. Hay ride.
Food court. Field of Screams. (No, thanks. My husband and I did the corn maze, the slide, the jumping pillow, food court, and the hay ride on our date. No Field of Screams for us).

Why I love the Farmstead so much.
Clean. Family-friendly. Organized. Not crowded. Big and spread out, but not too spread out. Plenty of bathrooms close by with hand washing stations. There's lots to do and the activities are actually fun. Plenty of picture taking moments. No lines. No waiting. Good exercise. Well- lit at night. You're out in nature. You're there for at least two hours so it's worth the drive and worth the money. I'm a sucker for pumpkins.

What you should know before going.
Before entering the corn maze, make sure you don't already have to pee. I felt like I was going to pee my pants the whole time we were searching for the exit. Which felt like a very long time. Dress warm. Wear shoes and socks and long pants on a warm day, and a coat, gloves, and hat if you're going on a cold, windy day or at night.
Another tip: You can find coupons in the Book of Good Deals that comes in the mail and on the Farmstead website on the upper right hand corner. We used a 2 for 1 coupon that is good for 6 people. We all got in for half price! And then, when the husband and I went back for our date later that night, we just had to pay for him since I still had my wristband on. Sweet. They also have group discounts for four dollars per person. See their website for details.

****Four out of four stars. Check out our pictures below.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A time and a season

I love fall. The leaves on the maple tree in my back yard change to a flame red and the air is clean and crisp. I love warming scents of pumpkin spice and gingerbread in my scent warmer and the comfort of wearing my hoodie around the house. I also love fall decorations. Pumpkins are my favorite. They're so unique in their orange color and plump bodies and little green stem. We love to visit the pumpkin patch and usually end up with 30 different pumpkins on our front porch by the end of the season. Most are imperfect, either too large or too small or too green or too warty--but that's the way we like them.
Speaking of pumpkin patches, we are headed to The Farmstead Farm Festival tomorrow. We went there last year (known as The Maize) and had a fabulous time in the corn maze and in the courtyard. There was so much for the kids to do and see. So we are excited to go back again this year. I'll post pictures within the week of our outing. What do you love to do in the fall?

PS You'll find some really great links to fall activities to your right --------------->

Friday, September 25, 2009

Free Admission to a Museum on Saturday

I bet you didn't know that tomorrow is Museum Day. In celebration of Museum Day, many museums around the country are giving free admission to you and a guest. My aunt passed this information along to me and she called the Idaho Historical Museum and they said, sure enough, free admission tomorrow. That's Saturday, September 26th, and they are open from 9 am to 5 pm.

Other museums not charging admission are the Idaho Botanical Gardens and the Boise Art Museum. So now you have no excuse. Unless that is you have a really busy day tomorrow like me. It's the baby's birthday tomorrow.

Click here for more info about Museum Day.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Hello Hyde Park

Don't be intimidated by Hyde Park. Just because it's really historic and awesome and trendy and North Boiseish, doesn't mean you aren't cool enough to walk down the streets and peek in the shops.
That's exactly what we did after our hike to Hulls Gulch. We parked our minivan right there on the street, opened the door, and jumped out.

This shop Ten Thousand Villages looked super inviting so we walked in. I wasn't sure how the lady would react to seeing three little kids, but she was very friendly and pointed to the things the kids could touch. She told us that they are a non-profit fair trade store run mostly by volunteers. They sell handmade items such as jewelry, home decor and accessories, and musical instruments to help villages and developing countries. We saw some really unique hand bags and coin purses and necklaces. They have recently changed their name from Ten Thousand Villages to Dunia Marketplace.

Here are some more things you will see if you visit Hyde Park.

Antique Shops

An art gallery and a bookshop.
Places to eat indoors and out.
A snowshack.
And a place where you can go to find all kinds of Goody's.

Just like we did.

We highly recommend Hyde Park. ****Four out of four stars. Don't forget your money.

Hiking Hulls Gulch

It was time for another adventure so we packed our backpack and headed for Hulls Gulch. The two youngest kiddos pooped out half way up the mountain on our last hike so we looked for something a bit easier. The Ridge to Rivers website suggested the Pond Loop as a family friendly hike so we decided to give it a go. We drove to Camelsback Park and parked in the parking lot and then walked past the tennis courts to this sign.

This was a great hike because it didn't have any steep parts.

And it was well marked so we knew where to go.

It also had occasional shade and this foot bridge which was cool.

One of the best parts of our hike was seeing a dead lizard, a dead beetle, and this live squirrel.

****Four out of four stars. The Pond Loop at Hull's Gulch is perfect for young kids because it's fairly short, has some shady parts, and isn't steep. If you have older kids there are plenty of other more difficult trails. Just take a different path.

What to know before you go: Take plenty of water, sunscreen, shoes, etc. This hike took us about 40 minutes but my kids are very, very slow. Park in the Camelsback Park parking lot and walk east past the tennis courts and you'll see the trail head. Afterward, have a picnic at the park, or head to Hyde Park and grab a shaved ice from the Snow Shack or an icecream from Goody's. Have fun!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

"You know what your problem is, it's that you haven't seen enough movies - all of life's riddles are answered in the movies." Steve Martin

Ever since I saw E.T., I've been hooked on movies. I love to watch movies with my kids at the cheap seats and indulge in a little buttered popcorn and rootbeer once in a while. There's nothing like watching monsters and aliens fighting against each other to take your mind off your troubles. If you're looking for affordable ways to see the movies this summer, or you're interested to know what is out there, take a look at what I've put together and let me know what you would add to this list. (I've left off the big name theaters because I figured we all know about those already).

Free Summer Movies at Overland Park Cinemas, click here for details. The next free summer movie will be Kung Fu Panda. They also have free movies on Wednesday mornings showing Adventures in Odyssey, click here for more info.

The Reel Theatres in Nampa now has a 3D theater. They offer their 3D movies at an amazing low price of $4.00. Tuesday and Midnights are only $3.00 They are currently showing Monsters vs Aliens in 3D. My husband took the older kids to this a few weeks ago and they had a great time. Click here for more info.

On Monday and Tuesdays mornings, the Northgate and Ontario Reel Theaters are offering "Summer Kid Movies" for only 2.00. They are currently showing The Tale of Desperaux. Click here to see what's showing after that.

AMAZING DEAL! On Wednesday and Thursday mornings, the Country Club on Overland and Nampa Reel Theaters are offering "Family Days in the Summer" for only 1.00 admission to their CURRENTLY playing G or PG rated movie. Right now you can see Monsters vs Aliens or Race to Witch Mountain for one dollar. They also have great prices on popcorn and drinks. Click here and here for details.

Meridian's "Cable One Movie Night." Join your friends and neighbors every Friday night for a free movie under the stars at Settler's Park. Friday July 17, beginning at dusk, they will be showing Journey to the Center of the Earth and passing out 3D glasses to the first 2000 guests. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and bug spray. Click here for upcoming movies every Friday night until August 28.

Boise's "Movies Under the Stars." This isn't just a movie night, it's been designed as an event. Beginning at 7 pm, the Boise Park and Rec department will be organizing games and things for kids to do between the ages of 6 -12. You are invited to come and bring your picnic dinner or enjoy food from the different vendors that will be on hand. Parking is free at the park or across the street at the library. On Saturday night, July 18, they will be showing Kung Fu Panda. The movie will begin at dusk and will be shown on a large inflatable screen. The next movie at Julia Davis Park won't be until August 22nd when they show The Wizard of Oz. Click here for more details.

And if you like watching movies under the stars, but you prefer doing so in the comfort of your car, check out the Parma Vu Drive In. It's about 40 minutes from Boise. Currently playing is Imagine That at 9:45 and Night at the Museum at 11:30.

For the more cultured types who are looking for independent and foreign films there is The Flicks. I also love the Egyptian Theatre. They not only show movies in this historical theater, they host concerts and various special events.

And if you just feel like staying home, there is always Netflix.

For more information about our local movie theaters, check out the Idaho Statesman.com.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Take a Hike

The weather has been cooler lately so the kids and I decided it was time for a hike. I got on the fabulous Ridge to Rivers website to search out which hike would be best for us. We settled on a hike up to Table Rock. The kids are familiar with Table Rock since we made the drive to the top last fall.

So Tuesday morning we put on our hiking shoes and headed for the trailhe
ad behind the Old Penitentiary. (Another trailhead can also be found across from the Warm Springs Golf Course
parking lot). We pulled into the parking lot of the penitentiary and guess who we saw getting off of their bikes? My aunt Irene and uncle Paul. Wow! What a coincidence to run into them. They had the same idea that morning to hike Table Rock. They waited for me to put sunscreen on the kids and then we all hiked together. The boy and the baby made it about half way until they were ready to turn around. Poor boy had a really bad stomachache and said, "Ow, ew, ow, ew" the whole way down. My aunt and uncle and the girl kept going until they made it to the top. They snapped some great pictures and had a great time. I was so glad they were there.

There is a kiosk at the base of the trail that shows you a map of all the different routes to the top. Some are more difficult than others. The Ridge to Rivers website has a link to family friendly hikes that is very informative. Give them a call if you have any questions. To get to the Idaho Penitentiary parking lot follow these directions. The kiosk and trail markers will show you where to go from there.

What to know before you go: Go on a cool day or in the early morning. There is no shade on the trail and it gets very hot. Take your cell phone for emergencies. Bring water and wear sunscreen and a hat. Wear hiking boots or good shoes. The hike took us about 2 hours, but we are went at a snail's pace. Have fun. Enjoy being in nature and taking in some beautiful views of the valley.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Free lunch program for those who need it

Are you worried about how you're going to afford to feed your children this summer?  Have your children been receiving free or reduced lunches at their school?  Then you'll be happy to hear about the Summer Feed Program.  It's awesome. (Thanks to Smullin Family for telling us about it in her comment last month. I had never heard about it before but now we're hooked). We've been going every day for the last two weeks. What a wonderful service! Free lunches for kids are handed out at schools and local parks to help keep children from low-income families (that would be us) fed this summer. Children ages 1 to 18 are handed a free lunch and a free milk.  The program ends on July 31st, so click on the links to find your nearest location and go check it out.  **If you are not a low income family, please do not take advantage of the free summer lunch program.   It is intended for those who need it and I would hate to see this program taken away from those who really benefit from it.
Click here to see locations for Boise School District.
Click here to see locations for Meridian School District.
Also, the Idaho Food Bank is participating.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Meridian's most popular park

Settler's Park is Meridian's most popular park. There's a lot of amenities such as a splash pad, adventure island playground, climbing boulders, interactive sound garden, large fishing pond, ball fields, and concessions. This year they added more seating, shade umbrellas, tennis courts, and really cool horseshoe pits.

The first time we went to Settler's Park I didn't have a fun experience. There were TONS of people there and with so much for the kids to do, it was difficult to keep an eye on them. I was by myself and it seemed like everyone there was with five of their best friends. So I felt really dumb. It was also very hot and there was no shade and no place to sit.

That was last year. This year I was happy to see that they added some tables and benches and shade umbrellas. We've avoided the crowds this year by going in the morning at 11:00 am or in the evening at 8pm. And we've met friends there. It's been great.

Things to know before you go: Wear your swim suit because you're going to want to get wet. They turn the water on at 11 am. Speaking of water, do not let your kids drink the water as they play in the splash pad. Last year (or was it the year before?) it was rumored that they found crypto in the water and lots of people got sick. Keep dirty diapers and kids with diarrhea away from the water.

Also, the ground gets very hot, especially under the climbing boulders and play equipment. I would suggest they wear sandals that can get wet so they can go back and forth between the play areas and the splash pad without burning their feet. Bring an umbrella and a chair if you are going during a busy time of day. Bring money for snacks and drinks. Don't forget your camera. Have fun!

Check out this link for more information.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Rafiki is Ra-Fun

Rafiki? What's Rafiki? Rafiki is one of Boise's newest play places for kids. It means "friend" in Swahili. (The other new place is called Monkey Bizness).

A couple of weeks ago, we had some really awesome friends in town so we decided to give Rafiki a try. We're glad we did because we all had a fabulous time. There was a lot for the kids to do. Here's a run down of some of the activities on site. There's a climbing structure with a slide that's fun. A train table with Thomas trains. A play kitchen with lots of plastic food. Baby dolls and accessories. Dress-up clothes. Costumes. Puppet Theater. Books. Games. Toys. Air hockey table. Ping- pong table. Climbing wall. Wii Room. Arts and Crafts table.

Besides the great activities for the kids, I appreciated the clean bathrooms, healthy snacks, comfortable sofas, magazines, espresso bar, and the fact that it was an all around clean facility. And it wasn't crowded either. And you know how I love places that aren't crowded.

My friend Emi and I relaxed on the sofas while they played for TWO hours. With 7,000 square feet, Rafiki is very large and open. It was easy to keep an eye on all four kids while they did their various activities. We went at 4 pm and got in for a discounted rate of 5.49 per child. I thought that was a great price. We will definitely be back again. ****Four out of four stars.

Things to know before you go. Make sure your child is wearing socks.

How to get there. 6202 State St Boise Idaho 83703. Look for the Zamzows on State St and you'll see Rafiki. It sounds far away if you live in south Meridian like I do, but it's only 12.8 miles from my house and if you take the freeway to Curtis Rd, it only takes 25 minutes. It's worth the drive.

See their website for more info.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Special Needs Activity Day

When: Thurs, June 25, 10:30am-2:30pm

Where: Settlers Park in Meridian

What: A day for kids with special needs to improve skills and have fun

§ All special needs abilities can participate in events at each booth

§ Sports booths: baseball, soccer, bowling, gymnastics, basketball

§ Arts and crafts: face painting, drawing and creating craft

§ Other: bean bag toss, and running race

§ Prize for completing activities

§ Enjoy Adventure Island Playground afterwards

Friday, June 19, 2009

Are you cheap? Check this out.

Free rootbeer floats today at A&W, click here for details
Free light smoothie at Orange Julius, click here for coupon
$10 admission all day at Roaring Springs today, click here

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Meridian Dairy Days Going On Now

It's one of our family traditions. You can't go a year without attending the Meridian Dairy Days Parade. I remember going to the parade as a kid and it's something my kids look forward to every year. They love getting candy and waiting for the milk truck to toss them free chocolate milks. The parade is on Friday evening and other various activities are scheduled throughout the weekend. Besides the parade, we love going to the Pancake Feed and then listening to the Meridian Symphony perform for free in Storey Park. The carnival is also fun when it's not too hot or crowded.

Here is some information I took from their website. Click here for a schedule of events.
Meridian Dairy Days is held the third full weekend of June each year, and celebrates our community’s heritage when Meridian was the dairy center of Idaho. The event has been celebrated in some fashion since 1929. The Meridian Chamber of Commerce produces the Dairy Days Festival with a full slate of events, which combines with dairy-related events produced by the Meridian Dairy Show Board. The 80th Annual Meridian Dairy Days will be held on June 16-20 in 2009.

Entries in the COW WOW Art Contest start appearing throughout the City the weekend before the Festival. Based on the 2009 theme: Moo-sicians, businesses, groups and individuals decorate plywood cows to show off their creativity and vie for cash prizes.

The Dairy Days Festival begins on Thursday night in Storey Park with a Pancake Feed followed by a free concert by the Meridian Symphony Orchestra.

On Friday, the Festival Marketplace opens, with 80 vendors selling food, crafts, art, and various other products and services. For the children, the “Kids Corral” provides free fun activities and games.

Friday evening, the “Real Dairy Parade” begins at 7 pm with 100 entries focusing on a dairy theme. (www.meridiandairydays.info)

Saturday morning begins with the annual “Milk Run” fun run at Meridian Speedway. Little tykes can participate in a ¼ mile run around the track, and then the older kids and adults do a 5K race that starts and ends at the Speedway. Vendors open at 10 am. At noon the "Dairy Dash", a kid's bicycle race, takes place at the Meridian Speedway. In the afternoon, area coffee shops and restaurants participate in the “Milk Mocktail” Contest, and the public votes for their favorite dairy-based drink. Join us at 2pm to sample the recipes and vote for your favorite.

Other events for 2009 include: the 60th Annual Dairy Princess Contest a carnival, a farm animal education exhibition and dairy cattle and dairy goat shows.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Nothing beats being Free

It's time to celebrate the last day of school with Free Rootbeer Floats from Sonic during the hours of 8 pm to Midnight.  Stop by and get your 10 oz float while supplies last.  Click here to see if your local Sonic is participating.  Don't believe me?  Click here.

And wouldn't ya know, on Friday it's National Doughnut Day.  To celebrate, head over to your local Krispy Kreme for a free doughnut.  Dunkin Donuts is also offering a free doughnut with a drink purchase.  Don't believe me?  Click here.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

MK Nature Center, Municipal Park, and the Boise River Greenbelt

We had so much fun at Municipal Park, The MK Nature Center, and the Boise River Greenbelt.  It's a trip we make often in the spring time.  If that sounds like a lot to do, don't be overwhelmed.  It's all in one spot. You just have to do a little walking.  Having done this trip many times, here's what I recommend.  I like to park in the parking lot of Municipal Park and enter the MK Nature Center through the north entrance.   Here are the driving directions to Municipal Park.  Here's a map and driving directions to the MK Nature Center. 

Municipal Park is a beautiful 28 acre park next to the Boise River and adjacent to the MK Nature Center.  It has huge shade trees, a large grassy area, bathrooms, a shelter, a little sandbox, and a great play structure.  Dogs, however, are not allowed.  After you park in the Municipal parking lot, stroll over to the entrance to the MK Nature Center.  There's not a big sign, just look for a path and an opening in the fence.  Go ahead an walk in.  It's totally free.  Check out the underwater viewing windows along the stream walk to see the stages of the fish cycle and some really cool fresh water fish.  The education building has stuffed wildlife, a room to observe birds and other creatures outside of the building, and plenty of activities for the kids to keep their little hands busy.  We usually spend about 30 minutes at the MK Nature Center depending on the weather. 

Then we stroll over to the Boise River Greenbelt which is a step away from the Nature Center.  We usually spend another 30 minutes walking the path and exploring the river banks.  There's a few places along the banks to stop and put your feet in.  Then we head back to Municipal Park and play on the play structures before coming home.   So fun!

What to bring:  water bottles, sunscreen, stroller and /or bikes for the greenbelt, snacks.  See all links for directions, hours of operation, and more info.  My family loves this trip.****Four out of four stars.

*A word of caution.  This area is prime for school field trips.  If you are thinking about going to The MK Nature and/or Municipal Park in May, be sure to avoid the area between the peak field trip hours of 10 am to 2 pm.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Craters of the Moon

A friend of mine Alan Murray, and Brian Davidson and his family, recently took a day trip to see the Craters of the Moon. Alan and Brian are part of a team of individuals from around the world who explore cool places and then report about it on their website. Kind of like I do, but on a much grander, more professional scale. A good comparison would be National Geographic (them) meets Star magazine (me).

Anyway, check out their website Uncharted.net for lots of good information you need to know before visiting the Craters of the Moon. They talk about how to get there, what to expect, what to bring, and show you lots of cool pictures. They advise going in the spring time.

After you check out the Craters of the Moon look around their website for other neat things to see and do around our state and the whole world. I especially liked the story on the alligators in Hagerman. Real alligators in Idaho. I had no idea.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Boise Music Week Going On Right Now

Boise Music Week is going on right now at the Morrison  Center.   Talented performers from the community are putting on Brigadoon.  I've been to several musicals over the years because of Boise Music Week and it is so much fun.  The best thing about it is it's FREE.  Check out this link for more information.

And if you miss it this year, there is always next year.  (I'll try and give you more notice next time.  Sorry).

Thursday, May 7, 2009


Were you around in the 1980s?  Then I know you've heard of them.  Open Arms, Faithfully, Don't Stop Believin'.......
I was so excited to get an email from the Taco Bell Arena this morning telling me that Journey is coming to town and tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday May 8.  I was bummed to see the date of the concert because I can't go that day, but for everyone else out there that can, here is the information.

Sunday, July 26, 2009
On Sale Friday, May 8 at 10:00 a.m.

Seattle, WA – Live Nation welcomes Journey with special guest Heart to Taco Bell Arena on Sunday, July 26 at 8:00 p.m. 

JOURNEY--Neal Schon (guitar), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Ross Valory (bass), Deen Castronovo (drums) and new lead singer Arnel Pineda—is hitting the road to promote REVELATION, the highly anticipated three-disc CD/DVD package set for release June 3 exclusively at Wal-Mart stores in North America.

First emerging in 1976 with their debut album Dreamboat Annie, HEART eschews resting on their legendary stature and remains an active and artistically potent unit. In addition to forging Heart's indelible mark in rock'n'roll, the Wilson sisters were also pioneer female rockers whose success and influence broke down the gender barrier for women to be bandleaders and musicians.

Tickets are $47.00, $57.00 and $67.00 and go on sale Friday, May 8 at 10:00 a.m. at LiveNation.com and Idahotickets.com, all Select-A-Seat locations, Taco Bell Arena Box Office or charge by phone: (208) 426-1766. Prices include the facility fee but do not all applicable service fees.

Taco Bell Arena Administrative Office at (208) 426-1900

Journey special guest Heart
July 26, 2009 - 8:00 PM

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Shoshone Falls

Two Saturdays ago we packed the kids in the car and made the trip to Twin Falls to see the "Niagara of the West." Boy, did I wish I would have had the bit of information I'm about to pass along to you before we went. You see, we had no idea that it would be an HOUR wait in the car before we even got to see the falls.

We had no idea that thousands of other people were as interested in seeing Shoshone Falls that day as we were. Traffic was backed up bumper to bumper for two miles. After a two hour drive and sitting in a line of traffic, the kids were getting restless. I finally said, "Come on kids, we're walking the rest of the way." Of course, I didn't know how far it was to the falls, I just knew I didn't want to wait any longer. We jumped out of the car, got the stroller out of the back, and hoofed it on foot, while the husband had to wait in the line of traffic. We beat him down the road by about 25 minutes or so.

The falls were spectacular and the weather was perfect. The girl loved knowing that she had seen the best waterfall in the west. Most of the pictures are ones that she took since I had my hands full with the little ones. We had a great time and would highly recommend making the trip to see Shoshone Falls.

Things to know before you go:
Expect the trip to take all day. Take a stroller if you have young kids. There are restrooms available, but no soap. Bring your own soap or hand sanitizer. There are snacks, drinks, and souvenirs available for purchase. There is a large grassy area and picnic tables. Expect a long wait and tons of people if you are going during the peak season, April thru May. There is a park fee of 3.00 per vehicle. Dogs are permitted on leashes. Take your camera and check the weather before you go. Driving directions are pretty easy. Go to
Twin Falls and then turn left on Falls Ave and follow the signs. Have fun!

Here's a link to a video of the falls that the Idaho Statesman posted in April.

Shoshone Falls

Friday, May 1, 2009

One Benefit to the Slow Housing Market

I'm not a fan of our slow housing market or the big declines in market values.  In fact, I hate the whole mess.  But I have managed to find one benefit.  Since I was a teenager I have loved to go to the Parade of Homes.  I loved to go so much that I would go by myself.  It was free and it was fun.  I remember when they started charging admission and requiring tickets.  I was mad.  Every year I would complain about it and often couldn't afford to go or didn't have time to bother getting a ticket.  But this year the Parade of Homes is FREE.  No tickets are required.  Finally.  Something good out of all this.

It's going on now through May 10th.  Weekday hours are 5PM to 8PM, Fridays are 3PM to 8PM, and Saturday and Sunday hours are Noon to 8PM.  Reflecting the slower housing market, there are just 17 new homes on the Parade this year, but they are homes presented by many of the Valley’s best builders including Tradewinds, Tahoe Homes, The Marrs Company, Capitol Building, Brighton Homes, Crocker homes, Borup Construction (they built my home, btw), James Clyde Custom Homes, Boise Hunter Homes, Berkeley Building Company, Roth Homes, Flynner Homes, and Eric Evans Construction.
The best overall home this year was built by Tradewinds.  Check it out in Bella Terra.

There is an excellent clickable tour map online at the BCA website.  You can also click through to previews of each home.