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.