Saturday, September 25, 2010

Last Friday we packed up the kids and headed across town for what was billed as a "Balloon Glow" on the fairway at our golf course. We knew there would be at least one hot air balloon on display. We heard there would be food. We hoped there would be wine.

When we got there we were totally blown away. There were actually 6 balloons, and they were giving rides to the kids! It was absolutely amazing to watch not only the balloons, but the people who were operating them. It took several strong adults on each balloon to hold the lines and keep them from flying off into the wild blue yonder with our babies dangling beneath. And the heat that each balloon puts out is intense.

Sweet Pea was ready to hop inside the basket as soon as we walked onto the fairway. Will clung to my hand a little, but when I told him that only kids could go up he ditched me for his sister in a flash.

It was so cool to see my kids get to experience something that I have never been able to do. What an amazing life they are getting to live! We are so lucky.

I took some pics of course. This is my first time shooting in RAW, and since it was dusk the light was tricky. But I think these turned out pretty cool.


Friday, September 17, 2010

We had the honor of hosting a party in our backyard this week for the current Governor of Idaho, CL "Butch" Otter. Y'all know how I just loooove to throw a party. And giant holes in my ceiling be damned...we did this one up right.

I don't care who you are or how you vote, the fact that I live in a place where the Governor will come hang out in your backyard and talk to your friends is a pretty cool thing. Our government here is so accessible to the people it serves. It was a fun night with an interesting and thought provoking crowd. The food was absolutely outstanding, thanks to a couple of my foodie friends - Edward and Tim. And our house was looking pretty good. (That's how I get stuff done around here, doncha know. "Hey honey, lets have a party and invite all your friends and clients...")

Anyone wishing to live vicariously should take note of this absolutely outstanding menu…

Lentil Soup Shooters with Crème Freche
Crudites and Dip
Artisan Cheese Board
Curried Potato Wedges with Mango Chutney Dipping Sauce
Beef with Horseradish Crème
Kubota Pork Bites
Idaho Salmon with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

And of course for dessert…Lemon Chiffon Cupcakes

Uh. Yeah. It was awesome. All of the beef, pork, and fish, as well as the potatoes and lentils were Idaho products. The meats were donated to us from Snake River Farms, an Idaho company with exceptional products. I’m not even kidding, that stuff melts in your mouth. You can order online too…Yummy. And the beer was compliments of our friends at Stein Distributing. (Thank you!)

We had a great time! Can’t wait to do it again.

The Hosts with the Mosts

Me and Mr. G

Our friends and partners in partying, Eddie and Traci.

This boy can cook!

Color coordinated candy and slightly melty lemon chiffon cupcakes

Mr. G giving the intro and welcome.

My nephew Zach had the option of leaving and going with all the other kids to play, or staying to hear the grownups talk shop. He stayed, and he was mesmerized!

Governor Otter talks with his constituents...IN MY BACKYARD. Still cool.

One more reason I love Idaho.


Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

R.I.P. Coco the prize fair fish. And also Coco #2, the look-alike replacement fish, purchased over the weekend to shield my kids from the horrors of death by our sweet neighbor and fish sitter Katina.

You were good fish. Very swimmy and all that.

Well. Ok, Coco was swimmy. Coco #2 didn't have much of a chance to prove himself. But we understand that he was under a lot of stress in the short time he was with us.

Sadly, there are no photographs of Coco. But there is this picture of Coco #2, taken just moments before he died of a heart attack.

You will be missed.