Saturday, August 24, 2013

Working Hard but Playing Harder

Greetings fellow friends and family!

We have some good news, and some bad news. I guess the bad news is really only relatable to me, but still needs to be talked about. First, good news. Ian started work as an official pharmacist! (hurray for income) He started at Walgreens last week and was finally able to get behind the counter and stop the free labor he was handing out.
This totally deserved a "first day of work" photo....

I spent my week with "the Kid" aka Franklin. So between the pool of urine in the middle of our bed (we believe this to be medicine related since it has NEVER happened before), or the chewed up floor board....

To which I think I did a surprisingly good job of disguising it.... (please bless we will get our deposit back.)

We went for walks at a near by park. Oh, and let me just tell you about this park.... it's pretty much amazing. It is 86 acres...  yeah, you heard me right. 86 freaking acres. It has a zoo, art museum, discovery center, pond, rose garden, river, and a greenbelt that runs along it. I probably didn't even mention everything it has. It. Is. Awesome. Frank and I decided to check it out.

Oh, and did I mention we live in a freaking Nicholas Sparks movie?! AM I RIGHT?!

We also got to check out the Western Idaho State Fair. It was not near as big as we expected....It was pretty much a glorified Riverton Town Days (For those of you who have ever been.)
But regardless of its size, it was a lot of fun. People watching at its best...(which should be made into a national sport). Oh, and don't worry, we totally got to see someone get shut down. I don't know what it is about me and Ian getting to witness the most bizarre and awkward situations ever, but we feel it is a blessing. (Ask us about the gay fight we watched once. They could definitely Z-snap with the best of them.)

 We were listening to a country band perform when this guy gets up and proposes to his girlfriend who was in the crowd. No joke, not saying a word, she gets up and walks away! His response to the crowd, "Maybe next time...Sorry for the awkward situation."
Thank you dysfunctional relationship guy, thank you. 

And of course, a fair isn't a fair if we leave out all the amazing deep fried, heart attack inducing, grease dripping food. Holla!

We also found this really awesome BBQ joint in Boise called Mickey Rays. You drink out of Mason jars, so you know it's good. If anyone comes up to visit, we will definitely be taking you there. Guaranteed it will melt in your mouth, which sounds gross because it's meat, but you get the idea.

So I guess that since I am all out of fun stuff to talk about, I have to tell you the bad news...

This means Ian will not be around mentally 90% of the time until February.... 
Yes, I know, "whoa is me." But hey now, I like football as much as the next girl, but come on, a girl needs some hubby time too! Ian is slowly working me into becoming a hardcore football fan (U of U to be exact.)  I am getting there, but I'd still prefer a day up the canyon than an afternoon at a football game. Slowly but surely, slowly but surely. 

Ian is determined to dress me up in as much red as possible. I keep trying to remind him we are in enemy territory! We have no idea how crazy these Boise State fans can get! He isn't convinced. Let's just say he will be cleaning the eggs out of my hair IF and WHEN it happens....
But until then, thanks to Ian's mom, we are representing.....

(Thanks Marilyn!)

Speaking of Mark and Marilyn, they will be coming up for a visit this next weekend! Woo hoo! Have I told you how much we love visitors!? If not, let me just tell you... WE LOVE VISITORS!
Until we see you, we love you all! We will be making a trip down to Utah probably a few times in October. Please make it a point to get together with us! Again we love you all! 

"Faith is a bluebird, we see from far. It's for real and as sure as the first evening star, you can't touch it, or buy it, or wrap it up tight, but it's there just the same, making things turn out right."
-Rufus the Cat from "The Rescuers"

Sunday, August 18, 2013

August Fun

Hey everyone!

This month has been so much fun! I apologize for not posting more. I'll try and work on that.... "working on that" really means whenever I care to actually sit down and write a blog you know, I'm working on that. This whole month has been all about playing. Ian hadn't started working as a pharmacist yet due to the fact that he had to take his Idaho pharmacy law test first in order to get his Idaho license, so in between the times he was studying (which was a bloody lot) we put in a few good adventures and misadventures.

We got our first Idaho visitors! Yippee! Ian's cousins came up for a weekend and we had a blast! We hit up the zoo first thing on Saturday. Sadly there is no bird show for me to work at, but my heart really belongs to Hogle Zoo's bird show anyway. (Hear that Steve and Jena?) They have an awesome Peregrin Falcon Reserve and bird sanctuary here in Boise, so I'll have to check that out.

I do have to say though, they have an awesome Butterfly house. Apparently it's good luck to have one land on you.... my honey is jackpot!

After the zoo, we came home and had some lunch, then hit the pool. And check this out... we have a hot tub... Imagine this.... Winter, Cold, Snow....Hot Tub. Are you drooling on your keyboard yet? I'll be getting down with my cold self probably most of the winter there. It's probably fine.

The next week we decided to take an adventure up to the foothills of Boise. There is this awesome little hike called Polecat Loop just south of downtown. The whole loop is about 5 to 6 miles long. You can take a bunch of short cuts and customize it to how far you want to go. We were hoping to do the whole 6 miles, but we forgot we had a 6 month old puppy. Franklin wasn't used to the hot weather and steeper hills, so we had to cut 2 miles out. He was acting like he was dying.... for those Family Guy Fans, remember this guy?

Yeah that was word....dragging.

Well that next Saturday, we had heard of the awesome farmer's market they have here in Boise and knowing us, we had to investigate. Let me just tell you how amazing it is! It is about 4 to 5 blocks of amazingness! We bought fresh corn and lunch there. I wanted to buy more but I just couldn't stop at one place long enough because there was so much more to see! A.D.D. much? 

Sit down ladies.... This was Lavender Mint Lemonade...Holy Amaze Bats!

Earlier last week Franklin got sick.... again. When will this guys give us a break?! I like to live by the old motto "rub some dirt in it." But after Franklin was up all night coughing and hacking his lungs up, we figured it was probably time to see what was up. He had an Upper Respiratory Infection. 

(At the vet.  You can literally see the snot running out of his nose. Gross.)

Oh, and don't worry, this means he was super contagious, which also means, no walks, no doggie parks, and no rough housing.... If you have ever had a 6 month old puppy... yeah, good freaking luck with that. Luckily his medicine made him groggy most of the time so we only had to put up with his crazy antics a percentage of the time and it gave me the opportunity to get some crazy cute cuddling pics.

Well there ya go folks. Just a little look into what has been going on in our lives lately. We have really started to love it here and hope to see some more familiar faces here soon! Love you all!

"People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. 
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway. 
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."

-Mother Teresa