Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Summer in Idaho- Part 1

This is what Idaho looks like in the summer...
Right?! OK actually no.
It's actually a random picture of a potato field being harvested somewhere.

This is actually what Idaho looks like in the summer:
When I think of summer I picture this: blue skies, gorgeous lakes & rivers, tree lined shores, and kids splashing in the water. That is what summer is like where I come from.

The kids & I spent 2 full weeks visiting my family in North Idaho (where I was raised) and it doesn't look anything like the potato field picture at the top. It's actually really beautiful, and it was hot. I mean, hotter than you probably think when you hear Idaho. I now live near Seattle in Washington and let me tell you...I never thought that Idaho would be a "vacation destination," but it was so nice to get out of the big grey cloud that is constantly over the Puget Sound and soak up some vitamin D.

We are going to have to make our annual summer vacation because the kids and I had a blast. My husband even surprised us! He took time off work and drove 6 hours in 100 degree heat with no AC only to stay for 36 hours, turn around, and drive 6 hours back home. He really did surprise me though, which isn't easy to do. We had a great visit with his mom & sister. We even got to stay in a house right on the river. It was gorgeous and so peaceful there! I never wanted to leave.

Here was the view from the dock.

And from the dock looking towards the amazing house.
The kids had their own little private beach for swimming.

Since I don't really do the whole swimming thing much, I did a lot of this instead.
Don't let the "tan" legs fool you...that's self tanner.

I needed to get some rays on my pasty white skin.
See? Yeah...we don't get much sun where I come from.


Typical.
One goofing. One posing.

Lily enjoyed pushing her brother off the dock. He was a pretty willing participant.
The bucket on the head was his idea.

Ayden made a friend! "Loggy" was their pet log. This thing provided hours of fun and companionship for them in the water.
Crazy kids!

My little mermaid girl.

The sunset on the river was beautiful.

Mommy forgot to pack Lily's pajamas!
She made it fashionable of course.

Roasting marshmallows! 

"Mmmmm these are good!" as she puts a marshmallow on her stick and shoves it into her mouth without even putting it over the fire.

Tired kids after a long day of swimming.

And waking up at 7am to do the same thing all over again! 
Yes, he actually jumped in the water at 7 in the morning. He loves to swim! I'd love to live right on the water with my fish-like children.

Summer 2012!

And the best part of the trip was when my favorite guy came & surprised me. I had no idea he was coming at all. He actually scared the crap out of me when he showed up at the door at 11pm!

Glad it was just my love making this the best summer vacation ever.
<3

So that was just our little weekend we spent with my in-laws. We spent almost another 2 full weeks visiting everyone else. More on that coming in part 2 of my Summer in Idaho series!

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16 comments:

  1. Looks like fun! What a beautiful lake! What a sweet husband to drive with no A/C. That's love! ;)
    Stopping by from the Creative Headquarters blog hop.

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  2. Hey girl....I'm your newest follower from the blog hop! Can't wait to get to know you better!
    I hope you will come follow back!
    xoxo
    april

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  3. Looks like a beautiful summer vacation! I'd love to be near all that water!

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  4. Hello!

    stopping by from the blog hop :) your newest follower!! hope to hear from you soon!

    xoxo - kylie
    www.kandcamera.com

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  5. Hi! I'm new to your blog, here from the walkabout! Looking forward to reading more! I love all your pictures. :)

    -Jen @ kyleandjensmith.blogspot.com
    The Adventures of our Army Life

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  6. Idaho is BEAUTIFUL! Wow! What a great time at the lake too. It looks like you all are having a blast! Thanks for linking up with Wednesday Walkabout!

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  7. Beautiful pics! Found you from the Wednesday blog hop and am now following. I can't wait to read more!

    If you get a chance check me out at http://beatnikki.blogspot.com.

    Have a great day!

    Nikki

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  8. I have never been to Idaho, but I have to say I never thought it looked like THAT! Gorgeous!! Sounds like y'all had a great trip!

    Thanks for linking up for the Wednesday Walkabout! =)

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  9. I love, love, love this!! Who knew that Idaho was the perfect vacation area!!!! Thank you so much for linking up with me. I love seeing Idaho through your pictures:)

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  10. Vacations really are the best- especially when they are family vacations! What a sweet fella. Those photos are georg!

    If you'd like, please join our Photo Friday blog-link-up tomorrow. Any of your favorite photos are welcome- even if they're in a post.

    Cheers!

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  11. So pretty! I have a secret dream to move to Idaho... haha

    Thanks for participating in yesterday's Wednesday Walkabout!

    Chantal @ Scattered Seashells
    www.scatteredseashells.com

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  12. Following from Friday Chaos! The pics look like you guys had a lot of fun! We're looking forward to going to my parents this long weekend :)

    www.dawnsdisaster.blogspot.com
    Visit anytime!
    {All follows are followed back}

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  13. Hey girl, thanks for joining in on the Friday Chaos blog party! So glad you linked up with us, and I get to follow you! And I was even your 200th follower. Wahoo!
    I also wanted to let you know about a coffee mug swap that I am hosting. It is a different spin on the idea that lets you get to know other bloggers better. And you get a pretty new mug just in time for fall! Score! Friday is the last day to sign up and I would absolutely love to have you. I am hoping to get 50 swappers, the more the merrier! Here is where you can get all the deets and sign up to join: http://yellowumbrelladesign.blogspot.com/2012/08/coffee-mug-swap.html
    Love bloggin' with ya. Talk to you soon :D
    Dalayna

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  14. I just found your blog on "Just Because"

    your kids are soooo adorable, and so jealous on the awesome vaycay!

    I am your newest follower:)

    xo
    Hallie

    http://lifeoceanside.blogspot.com

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  15. It looked like such a fun vacation! I'm a new follower from Just Because Fridays. :) I love spending time with my family. It's nice to see that the kids are having great memories to store for the future! :)

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  16. Your pictures look gorgeous!! I never knew that Idaho looked like that...very beautiful.

    Stopping by from the Weekend blog hop!

    Ari

    Ps. love your tattoos!! They are really beautiful!

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