I flew Delta and had to remove some stuff from my duffle so they would not make me check my luggage. Lucky for me I had an extra plastic bag with handles that served me well. Flight was uneventful and before I knew it I was in Boise. Leslie had the house looking GREAT! Both children came to the airport because Tralee had a cough so she stayed home from school. Jim came home and took us all to the Tuscano Grill. Leslie had a birthday coupon. I love that place! It's fun and delish! Kids were great.
Thursday morning Leslie made us a smoothie for breakfast and we went shopping. My plan was for us to do Christmas shopping together. That way she could help pick stuff out for the children and we could both have fun doing it. We did have fun! After school we loaded up the car and took off for the wild. Jim had rented a hotel up in the mountains and planned for us to go hiking on Friday. We stopped for him to fish at a river on the way up and he caught a nice trout. We had to figure out a way to keep it frozen. Jim was pretty prepared for gutting it. We stopped at a gas station and they had hot dogs for dinner. I had a Subway Salad. It was great. I had not tried one of their salads before. The hotel was great. Once we arrived the kiddos wanted to go swimming. This place had a nice pool, a hot tub and a sauna. We used them all and had a great time. Tralee LOVES the water! Hunter loves the hot tub!
They had a nice breakfast at the hotel. After eating and checking out we headed into the wilderness. Hiking was not for the faint hearted. It is real work. The trail was very stony and steep and was pretty hard even going downhill. Heading back up at the end was a bigger challenge.
Jim caught another trout on our way home so we had two nice ones for a fish fry Friday night. We also stopped to pick up a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and discovered some awesome pumpkins for carving. I did not remember how talented Jim Jacobs is at this! They had some other veggies we needed for the stew Leslie planned for us to make for Sunday's dinner.
We made Jim do some shopping with us too, because we wanted him to get something for Christmas that he could pick out as well. I think we did that Saturday.
Saturday afternoon Leslie, Jim and Tralee had to get made up to do the Thriller Dance in downtown Boise. That was really fun. I was supposed to record them, but I was not in the right location and was not able to do it. Made me feel awful. I would have loved to record them. Watching them practice at home was fun and Tralee did a great job! We picked up a Costco Chicken for dinner Saturday.
I know Leslie and I had to go out Saturday evening to finish getting the groceries for our Sunday dinner. I got ready for church Sunday morning, but little Hunter did not feel well and it was Stake Conference so Leslie and Jim went and I stayed home with the littles.
Monday Jim had to leave for the West Coast and Leslie and I worked on organizing Hunter and Tralee's closets. She did an awesome job and both Tralee and Hunter really appreciate the new clothes. Monday evening we had some last minute shopping and exchanging to do and I let each kiddo purchase one fun thing for Christmas. Tralee wanted an art kit from Costco and Hunter wanted an Angry Bird game from Target.
|Tralee loves to model. She really has a knack for putting outfits together!|
|Leslie is happy to have Mom come for a visit!|
|I love this suit. Alas, it was too small and we had to take it back!|
|This one is fine!|
|Isn't she cute!|
|I don't think Leslie looks like her dog!|
|Hunter loved the patriotic shirt I brought him. Leslie was not a fan of the tucked in look, but it was |
too big on him without tucking it in.
|This was the river where Jim caught two Trout.|
|Picture from our hike.|
|We had this nice one for dinner!|
|Wow! This was an awesome area! No fish would bite here though. |
You could see them jumping, but they could not be coaxed into biting.
|Beautiful World Created for Us!|
|Our little Princess!|
|It must be love, right?|
|This was a great day in every respect!|
|Hunter was ready to leave and Jim had enough of those darn fish not biting.|
|Tralee made up for Thriller!|
|Hunter showing off the Halloween pumpkins his Daddy carved!|