4 3 2 1…

…it’s a countdown.

Only a few days before Alice turns FOUR!  I had to look back to see where the last few years went and how this child has grown.

May 2012

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welcome to the world my love

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May 2013 – One Year

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still snuggling Hilda the hippo to this day…
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…and this bunny, it’s name changes on the daily

 

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no more baths in the kitchen sink
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Alice and Jane, newly One

May 2014 – Two Years

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Twice the nice, Alice and Jane at Two

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Girl in the Woods

May 2015 – Three Years

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on top of the world
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Three on the third, a golden birthday!  (with Jane 🙂

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May 2016 – Four Years

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Can’t wait to see what your fourth year holds, lovey.  Thank you for making us a family xo

I believe a light that shines on you
Will shine on you forever  -Paul Simon

We Heart Bikes

We are a biking family.  We love bikes…mountain bikes, cruiser bikes, strider bikes, Isla bikes (coming soon!), commuter bikes, cargo bikes…oh yes!  Last year we reached a stage with Alice where the front bike seat and the bike trailer weren’t working for us.  We found Xtracycle Cargo Bikes http://www.xtracycle.com.  Alice promptly named it…the family bike, and we all love it.

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Beach Cruisers

Last week I went to the library book sale and didn’t think twice about riding the family bike.  After that, I picked up Alice from her aunt and uncle’s and we all rode bike to a food summit event (food trucks!) at Boise High.  Then we stopped by the grocery store and added a full bag to the library loot on board!  It’s amazing how much you can bring along.  Even an extra friend or two!

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Jane and Alice, just hanging out on the family bike.
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Add Emma and you’ve got yourself a party bike!
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Oh, you found a pillow you can’t do without?  Instant back rest.

Alice had Jane come play recently and we rode bike to the park.  As I pedaled up front, they faced each other and read a book.  I wished I wasn’t the only one to hear them chattering on, it was hilarious.  Jane has a family bike too, so she’s just as comfortable as Alice riding along.

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Riding to school in the morning.

Alice loves to face backward and I’d love to see people’s faces as they drive up on her.  She usually waves and says hello to everyone along the way.  It’s fun to show it off and even more fun seeing other Xtracycles on the road.

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Alice shows off the family bike to Shaun and Dan (they want one ;).
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Last summer at the coast, headed to the beach with our kite (and lots of other necessities).  *This is pre-Hooptie, the bar around the kid seat. Notice the stirrups?  We pretend we’re riding a horse! 
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Now THIS is camping.  (I’ll save the Four Wheel Pop-Up Camper for another post, we love that too!)
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Umpqua Lighthouse near Reedsport, OR. (The campground has a beautiful trail around Lake Marie with beautiful rhodedendron in bloom.) 
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Watch out for hoodlums!
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Bike ride to the neighborhood snow cone shack.
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The Strider is a great toddler balance bike.
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See Ya!
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Meet me at the bike rack after school.
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Alice riding with her cousin Adam, she’s probably racing him.
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Rolling through the hood.
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Even dinosaurs ride bike! (that’s Ruby under there 🙂
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Oh hi Bridgette, do you want to go for a ride?
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Bell up front, bell in the back…gotta have a bell, for ringing.
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Jared’s new (mountain bike) ride…a Norco (Made in Canada)
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Alice taking it to the trails (Polecat Trail to be specific)
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See you out there!

We love little bikes, we love big bikes.  So whatever the bike…ride on!

SOLD

 

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That didn’t take long.  

Within 24 hours we had multiple offers on our cute little house on the corner of 28th and Bella.  We notice more closely all the little things we’ll miss about this place.  The pretty pink plum tree where the yellow swing hangs, the lilac we salvaged from the original yard with it’s little purple buds ready to bloom, grandpa Orville next door, home just yesterday from Lake Havasu where he winters.

I imagine the couple buying this place are excited to move in.  I wonder if they drive by just to look.  They will be happy here.  We won’t mention the things we won’t miss 😉

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Over Spring Break we took a road trip to Lake Havasu City, Arizona to see grandpa Orville.  It was a long drive and we weren’t acclimated to 95 degree temps, but it was nice seeing palm trees and cacti in bloom.  Orville allowed us to choose treasures from his collection.  Alice selected a cat playing an instrument.  After she pulled one side of its whiskers out, she chose another small animal statue, but within a minute she realized she did want the kitty, missing whiskers and all.  I love watching children make up their own minds, it’s awesome.

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We joined Uncle Justin, Aunt Michelle, and Ashley in their Suburban for the drive.  It was a fun trip.  On the way home we stopped at Red Iguana in Salt Lake City…delicious Mexican!

Spring in Boise is glorious.

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Flying a kite at Lowell Elementary 

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Old Betty’s Ice Cream Truck!
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Movie Night! (Zootopia…pretty cute.)
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Post Office box in McCall, getting official!
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Easter at Aunt Molly and Uncle Zach’s
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Easter arrangement by Lisa
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Easter bounty, yum!
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Sweet girls (Ruby, Alice, and Bridgette)
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From the heat to Hidden Valley (Josh, Bennett, Jared, Misty, and Cherese…great day)
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This kid is driving! (…and just turned 15, Happy Birthday Seiji!)
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washing up for school
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little entrepreneur in action
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Sunrise over Payette Lake 

We are truly going to miss Boise.  But we really couldn’t be happier about our decision.  How lucky we are.