Monday, November 29, 2010
"Join all of your favorite animals on Saturday, Dec. 4, for Claus N Paws, a fun-filled holiday gathering at Zoo Boise. Admission is free. Enjoy musical entertainment throughout the day and watch some of the zoo's residents receive special holiday treats. Finish your holiday shopping with great discounts at the Zootique gift shop or Zoo Boise passes. Oh, and don't forget to have your picture taken with Santa Claus with a $3donation to the zoo! Santa will be here from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
"The City of Boise offers free admission to Claus N Paws as a thank you for all the support Zoo Boise has received this year from the community," said Liz Littman, Marketing & Development Associate.
Zoo Boise is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, a national organization that supports excellence in animal care, conservation, education and science. Located in Julia Davis Park, Zoo Boise is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily year round. For more information, please see www.zooboise.org. Or call (208) 384-4260.
There are many great events going on this weekend. What are your plans?
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Congratulations ReeSe, you are the winner of the Farmstead tickets. Thanks to everyone who participated!
And a new fall tradition this year. Healthy soups for dinner. Maui Black Bean Soup, Moroccan Pumpkin Soup, Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Roasted Root Vegetable Soup, Squash, Bean and Corn Soup, Lamb Stew with Beans and Pumpkin, Roasted Red Pepper Soup, Roasted Tomato and Black Bean Soup (pictured above) and many, many more. Mmmmm, I love fall.
And I know you do, too. Thank you so much for sending in your comments about your fall family traditions. It was a pleasure to read about the things you love to do during this wonderful time of year. And a big welcome to the family who just moved here from Florida who will be experiencing their first ever fall in Idaho. I hope you enjoy it. Since you are new to town, let me suggest my favorite photographer. I know a lot of you mentioned taking family pictures in the fall, that's also something we like to do. In fact, that picture of the toes in the leaves was taken by Sweet Grace, a division of Cazier Photography. Cazier Photography is the most professional and amazing family photographer in Idaho. You will love your experience with them. Without further ado, I would like to announce the winner of my very first giveaway----four tickets to the Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival! The winner was chosen by random selection. (I told my husband to pick a number between 1 and 23).
And the winner is......ReeSe! Congratulations ReeSe, you are the winner of four tickets to the Farmstead. Email me your mailing address and I will mail these tickets to you asap.
Thanks for playing everyone! If I ever get another opportunity like this in the future I will be sure to let you know. Maybe I can hit someone up for some Idaho Stampede tickets or other sporting event. (I doubt my husband is willing to raffle off his BSU Bronco football tickets). Go Broncos!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Don't forget to check back October 15th to see if you were the lucky winner of 4 free tickets to the Farmstead Corn Maze Festival and Pumpkin Patch.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
"What one place?"
"That one place with the corn maze and the slides and the pig races and those peddle carts and those corn kernels etc. You know....that one place."
"Oh, the Farmstead!"
If you love the Farmstead as much as we do, you will love this sweet deal on Groupons. It's half off one admission ticket. So you save $5 by buying one admission ticket now, then print off your coupon, and bring it with you. It's super easy.
But you only have until midnight tonight (Wednesday) to buy your groupon. Here's the link. And if you've never been to the Farmstead you can read our review by clicking on "Farmstead" under the "Labels" column on the left hand side.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
If you love looking at hot air balloons check out Boise's hot air balloon festival this weekend. A community pancake breakfast will be held on Saturday morning at 7 am at Ann Morrison park so you can eat and watch the balloons lift off at the same time. And don't be late because there's no point in getting there at 9. The balloons and the pancakes will be gone.
After the morning lift off on Saturday you can return that evening at 6:30 pm for food vendors, live music, and glowing balloons. Some say that the glowing balloons are "one of the coolest photo opportunities of all time."
If you can't make it on Saturday they will lift off again at Ann Morrison park on Sunday at 7:10 am. Here's a link for more info on what's being called the 2010 Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
After we saved our seats we went over to Cafe Shakespeare and ordered gourmet boxed dinners. Let me tell you we were not disappointed. The menu was superb (we had a hard time deciding what to get) and the food we ordered was delicious. Emi drooled over her sandwich and I devoured my chicken-summer-corn-and-cilantro salad with the lime-cilantro vinaigrette. Yummy. See a pdf of the menu here.
****Four out of four stars
Things you should know.
You can bring your own food! Lots of people do it.
Even if it's hot outside make sure and bring a jacket and maybe a blanket for your legs because after the sun goes down it's going to cool way down.
Bring bug spray. Those mosquitoes were fierce.
Be an hour early.
If you are sitting hillside or on the lawn you can bring your own lawn chair. Or blanket if you prefer.
Park far away from the entrance to avoid the traffic jam afterwards.
Try the food at Cafe Shakespeare. It's so good.
Family Nights are on Sunday evenings. The show begins at 7pm rather than 8 pm and young children are welcome.
If you have a group of ten or more you can get a discount on admission tickets.
They have other plays besides Shakespeare. Click here to check out their lineup.
The season runs through September 26, 2010.
They offer summer acting camps for kids.
Get your tickets from their website box office.
If you need more information you may call (208) 336-9221 or check out their FAQs.
How to get there. Don't get lost like we did.
The Idaho Shakespeare Festival Amphitheater & Reserve is located at 5657 Warm Springs Avenue. Following I-84, take the Highway 21 exit (same as the Micron/Gowen Field exit) and proceed toward Idaho City. Once you cross the bridge at the Boise River, take an immediate left onto Warm Springs Avenue, heading west. The theater is two miles on the left behind the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation offices. - OR –
Take the Connector into downtown Boise, staying on Myrtle Street and Parkcenter Boulevard. After approximately six miles, you’ll see the Amphitheater on the right, behind the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation office building.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Check out this link to Groupons if you are interested in this great deal.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I thought it sounded really fun so I mentioned it to the husband who didn't get that excited about it. "Oh that's great honey." He says that to me a lot since I throw random ideas/thoughts/suggestions/rants at him all the time. He's pretty good at humoring me.
*Tip: Only go to geocaches that have current records on them. We have spent time looking for caches that simply weren't there anymore. They may have been there at one point in time, but for whatever reason, they were gone. So make sure you go to the website and only go to caches that have current reports on the caches. As a courtesy, go online yourself after you are back from geocaching and report how your search went, especially if the cache was no longer there. You may save the next family a lot of time and disappointment.
Give geocaching a try this year and let me know what you think.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
As an introvert I often have fantasies about being alone. I dream about my sister calling me up and asking if she could take my kids for me for a few days. Yes, days, not hours. I want several days. I have things I've been wanting to do that have been on the list for five years. My sister's wedding video for instance. I think I've probably sworn to her at least 30 different times that I would get it to her soon. Just recently I swore to her that I would have it done by August, gosh, I really hope that happens. Since I haven't even started it yet we will see.
I need time to organize and get to a place where I feel like I'm in control. Everyday I wake up and it seems like I am just reacting to the day. The boy needs a drink of water, the girl doesn't have anything to wear, the baby needs a diaper change, someone needs a bandaid, uh, the kids are fighting about something gotta go see what's going on, the cat threw up in the garage. Needless to say, I don't cope well with things like this when I am trying to get something done. So instead of stressing about stuff, I completely go with the flow. Probably to a fault. I say yes to just about everything. "Mom, can you read me a book?" I say "sure" even if I'm in the middle of making breakfast. Before I know it, I've burned the eggs again.
I would say I'm fairly good at dealing with the immediate things around me. I can be patient because my expectations of doing anything else flew out the window ten years ago. This is my life. The good thing about going with the flow is it helps me be happy. I play with the kids, I stay in the moment, I love my life, but here's the bad news, the laundry piles up, emails don't get returned, we're completely starving because nobody is in the kitchen making dinner, facebook friends get ignored, real life friends are never seen, the weeds don't pull themselves, and blog posts don't write themselves.
My list of blog ideas is two feet long and growing everyday. I have too many post ideas and not enough time to write them all. Last summer we did tons of things we never blogged about. I have pictures on my computer still waiting for me to write about them. Is it lame to write about something we did last summer? I don't know. I don't think so. It's on the list of things to do. I have other ideas, too, but I hesitate to share them in case I never get around to writing and posting them. How lame is that?
P.S. It took me 1.5 hours to write this and I was interrupted 13 times.
How do I know this? Because I discovered a group of over 6,000 individuals that hail from all over the world on facebook who think, feel, and do things just like me. I was happy to know that they were just as relieved as I was about finding out that they are not the only weird ones. Here's the typical reaction one posts on the wall when they find the INFP group. This is from Mark from Texas, "I just found out today that I'm an INFP individual. I thought something was wrong with me cause the world looked so different to me. I could fit in everywhere with anyone, but I never quite belonged."
Nicola, "I've only just found out my 'type' and it has explained A LOT! I've read a lot about it and really identify with a lot of it that it's scary. I've felt so lost my whole life, especially the last few years, and I'm actually really relieved and comforted to know that it's a type and that I'm not alone and not a just a total mentalist, which I have thought I was for a long time. I've never been able to accept myself, and as overly cheesy as this is, and maybe I'm reading too much into it, or just want to rationalise stuff somehow, it feels like I'm closer to self acceptance after finding out I'm an INFP!"
Kejsare, "I used to think I was a psychopath of some sort until I was convinced to take a personality test by an online friend that pushed me a lot to do so because he was curious about my kind. I've now come to the realization that I'm not a psychopath, but that we all are, and I'm very relieved."
Malissa, "Used to think was the weirdest creature on earth.....still do actually....it just feels good to know that I'm not weird alone."
Lol. Aren't those great? Okay, so you're starting to get the idea. Does this make you want to know more about INFPs? Does it make you curious about your own type?
You can read about it here. And if you want you can find out what your personality type is by clicking here or here or here. Out of 100 people, 2 or 3 or 4 of the people are INFPs. They are not very common. I personally only know two. My daughter is one and a friend I made in high school is the other. She and I don't see each other much since we're both terrible at keeping in touch (it's an INFP thing). Of course being an INFP is no excuse for lame behavior. It doesn't excuse any of it. And there are many other INFPs who have overcome the tendency of perfectionism and procrastination and who are very successful. Princess Diana and JK Rowling are two INFPs that I look up to.
Remember how I said I used to beat myself up for being this way, well, it turns out self loathing isn't uncommon for INFPs either. We're a pretty messed up group actually. We love things that are sad, we don't fit in, and we're hurt easily.
Friday, June 18, 2010
I found that hiking and day trips work best for my kids. I just have to make sure I've planned well in advance and I've packed plenty of healthy snacks. Besides hiking and day trips, my kids also love going to different city parks, swimming, and having friends over to play. Unfortunately for them, I am not the crafty-type, so we don't stay at home making crafts. I'm also not into chores, so we don't stay home and work either. (Sorry to disappoint you, Mom). We play it up in the summer because that's what summer is all about. Our summer = no schedule. And we like it that way.
We're not completely unorganized though. As soon as school gets out, we get out a big piece of poster board and write down all the fun things we want to do and see during the summer. We tape it to the wall and mark off each thing as we do it. We've done this every summer for the last three years. It helps us remember what we want to do and helps us see what we've done.
Here's what's on our list so far for this summer
Play with BFFs
Swim @ Grandma's
Washington! (the girl and I and our good friends are going to Lilith Fair at the Gorge)
Race go-carts at Wahooz
Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Baker City, Ore
Four Rivers Cultural Center, Ontario, Ore
Go on a train ride, Mountain Home
Meridian Dairy Days
Ponderosa State Park, McCall (we're going there for a family reunion in August)
MK Nature Center
Idaho Botanical Gardens
Boise Art Museum
See a show at Starlight Mountain Theater, Garden Valley
Boise Farmer's Market
Eagle pop ups and snowshack
Deer Flat Nature Trail
Black Canyon Beach, Emmett
Sandy Point Beach
Parma Drive In, Parma
Go to the mall
hike Table Rock again
Camel's Back Park
Things to do at the house
make an obstacle course
create a skit and video tape it
swim in our pool
play in the sprinklers
Thursday, June 17, 2010
In Meridian, there is a pool owned and operated by the Western Ada Recreation District. It is located off Meridian and Franklin Rds behind Storey Park. I have been swimming there with my kids and it is a great pool. It is reasonably priced and they have recently added a splash pad and shade umbrellas. There's a high dive and a low dive, but no slide that I can remember. See their website for entrance fees, operating hours, and information on swim lessons, private parties, open swim hours, lap hours, and free swim day.
Boise has many city pools. Borah Pool, Fairmont Pool, Ivywild Pool, Lowell Pool, South Pool, and The Natatorium Pool and Hydrotube. My sister was on a swim team and we got to spend a lot of time at these pools. This summer I plan on taking the kids to the Hydrotube. I've heard great things about it and I think they would love it. Click on the pools above to find their location and more information about what each pool offers. The City of Boise also has this fantastic website that tells you all about swim lessons, swim team, parent and child swim time, pool events, pool parties, and it has a map that shows you where all of the pools are located. If you are new to town you might want to check out the map to see which pool is closest to you.
Also, if you think you'll be doing a lot of swimming at city pools this summer, I recommend buying a season pass which is good for all the outdoor city pools. There is a resident price and non-resident price. See the list of admission prices here for all the Boise city pools. (The Hydrotube is not included in the season pass).
Nampa also has a city pool called Lincoln Pool in Lions Park along Davis Ave. It has a diving board, a splash pad, a toddler area and a slide. They also have great indoor pools at the Nampa Rec Center.
Caldwell has Caldwell Municipal Pool at 512 Harrison. It has two slides and two diving boards and goes from 2 ft deep to 12 ft deep.
The YMCA also has three indoor pools in the area. One in downtown Boise, one in West Boise off Cloverdale and Chinden, and one in Caldwell off of Indiana Ave. We've been to all three Y pools and the one in Caldwell is our favorite. (Although I am still really upset at the lifeguards for making me take waterwings OFF my two-year-old. They say they are not safe. I say let me be the judge of that and if you see her drowning with her waterwings on, go ahead and jump in the water and save her.)
If city pools aren't your thing, you can always try and befriend someone with a backyard pool or a neighborhood pool. Or if you are more of an introvert like me and you don't have any friends, then I suggest doing what we did and buy an Intex pool for $149.00. We have one that is 12 feet in diameter and 39 inches deep and the kids and I swim, or in my case sit, in it almost everyday in the summer. Even my husband jumps in with us after he gets home from work. We absolutely love it!
"Meridian Dairy Day 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 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.
Other events for 2010 include: the Annual Dairy Princess Contest a carnival, a farm animal education exhibition and dairy cattle and dairy goat shows." (taken from the Meridian Chamber of Commerce website)
Friday, June 11, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I did a bunch of research this week trying to find spring break camps for kids. Just as I was preparing my post I got this email from Amy over at the Boise Parks and Recreation. Wow, she's done a fabulous job putting this list together so I'm going to include her list here and add the other things that I found above this post.
ART CAMP – Kids age 6-12 will get hands-on experience with clay, watercolor, drawing, designing, sculpture and more in three-hour sessions! Camps meet from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. March 29-April 2 at Fort Boise Community Center . Cost is $72.12 for ; $11.24 for non-residents. To register, see www.cityofboise.org/parks, call or stop by Fort Boise Community Center , 700 Robbins Road.
CYCLING SAFETY – Cyclists age 9-12 will learn the laws and rules for riding on the road. Classroom instructional and actual riding will provide the proper techniques to be safe, visible and responsible. Camp is based out of Fort Boise Community Center , 700 Robbins Road and is co-sponsored by the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association. The class meets from 1-3 p.m. March 29-31. Cost is is $33 for Boise City residents and $57.10 for non-residents. To register, see www.cityofboise.org/parks, call (208) 384-4486 or stop by Fort Boise Community Center , 700 Robbins Road.
MOUNTAIN BIKING -- Spend Spring Break exploring some of the single-track trails on the Boise Front! These half-day youth camps are offered March 29-April 2. Learn proper bike maintenance, equipment responsibility, technical skills, safety, sharing, respect and more! Camp is based out of Fort Boise Community Center , 700 Robbins Road and is co-sponsored by the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association. Bikes are available. Kids age 9-12 will meet from 9 a.m.-noon; 6-8 year-olds from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $63 for Boise City residents; $97.10 for non-residents. To register, see www.cityofboise.org/parks, call (208) 384-4486 or stop by Fort Boise Community Center , 700 Robbins Road.
DRAMA CAMP – Thespians will love this unique and musical theater experience during Spring Break! Skits, musical production, improvisational activities, and basic theater knowledge are all part of this week-long camp for youth ages 9-12. Each participant needs to bring sack lunch, water bottle and a snack. There will be a mini performance on the last day of the camp. Camp will meet from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 29-April 2 at Whitney Community Center1, 1609 S. Owyhee St. Cost is $41 for Boise City Residents; $63 for non-residents. To register, see www.cityofboise.org/parks, call (208) 384-4486 or stop by Fort Boise Community Center , 700 Robbins Road.
GOLF CAMP – Tee up for five days of fun at Warm Springs Golf Course! This camp is designed to prepare youth to play golf on their own. Kids age 7-15 will learn full swings, short game, play and rules. Campers will take breaks with movies and down time too. Clubs are provided. Camp meets from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 29-April 2 at the golf course, 2495 Warm Springs Ave. Cost is $250. To register, call .
GOIN’ WILD! -- Come explore the wonderfully wild world of animals at Zoo Boise. At these one-day camps, we offer a variety of games, crafts, hands-on , zoo tours, and an up-close animal encounter, students will explore animal wildlife. Open to youth in grades 1-3, each session meets from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the zoo. March 29 -- Herps! Reptiles & Amphibians
- March 30 -- Feline Wonders: The Cats
- March 31 -- Things with Wings
- April 1 -- Beastly Behavior: Why do they do that?
- April 2 -- Who Was Here? Animal Scene Investigations
Cost per person per day is $25 Boise City residents, $30 non-residents, $20 zoo members. To register, seewww.cityofboise.org/parks, call (208) 384-4486 or stop by Fort Boise Community Center , 700 Robbins Road .
LEARN TO SKATE CAMP – Beginners age 5-12 are invited to learn basic skating skills in this camp, which is taught by professional coaches. Open to boys and girls, “It’s Great to Skate” meets from 8:30-11:30 a.m. March 29-April 2 at Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Road . In addition to skating instruction, campers will enjoy snacks, games and public skate sessions. Cost is $100. Registration deadline is March 27. Call for registration information.
HOCKEY CAMP – Boys and girls will learn basic hockey skating skills in this camp, which is taught by professional coaches. Camp meets from 8:30-11:30 a.m. March 29-April 2 at Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Road . In addition to skating instruction, campers will enjoy snacks, games and public skate sessions. Cost is $100. Registration deadline is March 27. Call 331-0044 for registration information.
Youth scholarships are available. For more information, see www.cityofboise.org/parks or call them (208) 384-4486.