November 30, 2011

Halloween 2011

Carter was a dinosaur this year. Unfortunately he liked wearing his costume much more before Halloween actually arrived.

The night we bought his costume. Love!
  

We went to the annual Zoo Boo kids party at the Pocatello Zoo, but Carter didn't feel like wearing his dino costume that day. We had a lot of fun with Grandma. Especially when that person jumped out of the coffin and scared her! I got a good laugh. :-)
 Making new friends
 Story time

 Playing on the spider web

Grace turns 1! We all had fun at her First Birthday/Halloween party.
 
 I think this Lion (birthday girl) has her eye on a certain older dinosaur : )
 Brandon, Steph, and baby Jameson. Cute little family.
 

Carter took Nana and Papa trick or treating at my work. Very fun and very overwhelming. So many people. So much candy.

Adult Halloween Party - lots of fun! No candy.


 Jeremy wins best costume. That is, when the category is "tightest costume" and the requirements are you have to wear your wife's clothes. So funny - love it Jer!


Cherry Springs

Just to give you an idea how truly beautiful our Idaho mountains are. Especially in the fall.




November 29, 2011

October Festivities

Carter and I were in the ISU Homecoming Parade on ICCU's float! It was unseasonably warm that day. We had a great time. Carter thoroughly enjoyed the salt water taffy we were supposed to be giving to the parade spectators.





Next up was the homecoming party. Carter loved the bouncy house and playing with friends!




Here is Carter playing at at the opening of a new playground in Pocatello! Our community really came together to make this playground happen. http://brooklynsplayground.org/

Carter and I at my friend Lisa's baby shower. I wish she was standing up. She is the cutest pregnant lady!!
 Carter finally got a haircut from Kristi and didn't cry! Success!! This is his third cut in the salon and the first time he didn't shed a tear. : ) Kristi is the best! He is such a handsome boy.

November 28, 2011

Bend

We vacationed in Bend, Oregon in September for a week. It's such a great city. Not too big, not too small. 10 breweries, a ski hill (Bachelor), and plenty of biking and hiking trails!

We attempted to camp for a few nights, but weren't very good at "tent" camping so we hoteled it for more than half of our stay.

We particularly loved that it was such a bike friendly city. We biked everywhere the first couple of days because we were so glad to be out of the truck. And because it was a beautiful place to bike around and explore, as you can see.

 

 Deschutes Brewery

 Eating out on the patio for dinner. Beautiful view of the Deschutes river.


Jason wanted to come to Bend to watch Nationals. It was pretty cool to watch. It was also nice to see Sam, Karen, and Rufus.

Sam getting ready for his race.

 Carter playing with some new friends we met.
 
 He's (I don't know who? someone) off the front!

 Mt Bachelor

A pretty waterfall. I forget the name.
 Fun bike ride along the river
 
 

Breweries, breweries, breweries! We visited Deschutes (well, I did and got a tour!), Boneyard, Cascade Lakes, 10 Barrel, and Silver Moon. The best food and beer was at Cascade Lakes. Boneyard was the most unique and had the best espresso/chocolate tasting beer. Deschutes was HUGE and the tour was fascinating to me. I discovered on this trip the Pacific northwest is known for its hops because they produce so many hops in the area! I am not a huge fan of hoppy beer. I like pale ale's (I know...boring) and stouts. I like some dark beers, it really just depends. I LOVE to sample them all!

Our beer purchases from boneyard. Cherry wheat and a chocolate/espresso. Mmmm.

Deschutes tour. Huge beer making machines transported to Oregon from Germany. See those big bins? hops, hops, hops!

They were bottling tons of Jubelale for the winter season



Camping! We weren't great at starting and keeping fires, cooking, or keeping clean. Camping in the back of your truck is so much work! Unloading bikes and supplies, then loading them back up during the day. What a pain!? We also got very bored at night and went to bed especially early. 

Doritos kid
 Getting ready for bed in the back of the truck
 Our camp chef was pretty good making breakfast


We visited the High Desert Museum in Bend and it was fabulous! It was a museum and a bit of an aquarium as well. Very interesting. There were also amazing parks in Bend - SO SO nice, and the library was fun too. 

View from our room

View from our room

Cool outdoor cafe/bar on beach in CR

Cool outdoor cafe/bar on beach in CR

Langosta Beach, CR

Langosta Beach, CR

Zip Lining...mucho fun!

Zip Lining...mucho fun!

The Parque Nacional Santa Rosa

The Parque Nacional Santa Rosa

Preserve of Monteverde & Santa Elena Reserve

Preserve of Monteverde  & Santa Elena Reserve

Iguanas and lizards everywhere

Iguanas and lizards everywhere

Howler monkeys

Howler monkeys

Off road 4X4 tour, only used machete for pics

Off road 4X4 tour, only used machete for pics

Playa Grande, Leatherback Turtle nesting

Playa Grande, Leatherback Turtle nesting