A big thank you to all the teachers out there!  You encourage kids to spread their wings and it doesn’t go unnoticed.


As a new parent, one of the most difficult things for me was sending Alice to daycare.  We were lucky to find KASP (Kids Are Special People).  The teachers and staff at KASP welcomed Alice when she was only three-months old.  KASP is right across the street from Boise High School and was close enough for me to rush over at lunch to snuggle and nurse Alice when she was a baby.  Not having to worry if your child is in good hands while you work is paramount.

Sweet Peas

Tiny Tots

Little Lambs

Shooting Stars

Yesterday was the Shooting Stars class last day of the school year.  Last fall we transitioned from full-time to part-time which was perfect for us.  Alice got more mama time and some school time.  It feels strange that we won’t be riding to school on Tuesdays and Thursdays anymore.  We’ll keep these sweet memories though and the friendships we made along the way.  Thank you to KASP and to all teachers!  You’re doing a great job. 






Four Wheel 4 Life

Disclaimer:  This post got a little out of hand.  There are just so many places we’ve taken our camper!  I started by keeping it to only pictures showing the camper but couldn’t resist adding a few extras from our travels. Enjoy.


We became the proud owners of a Four Wheel Pop-Up Camper three years ago this Memorial Day weekend!  We fall more in love with our Hawk with each and every outing.  It’s like being part of a club, we even keep track of other Four Wheels we see out on the open road.  The following is a sample of the places we’ve been since the Hawk joined our little family…

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

We did a lot of research once we decided it was time for a camper.  We knew very little about campers and hadn’t even considered one until Alice came along.  Jared and I spent years happily tenting or sleeping in the back of the truck with our dogs.  Now we needed a traveling base camp which is exactly what the camper has become.  It serves as a picnic spot, playpen, kid hang-out, nap mobile, babysitting station, and cozy home away from home.

Snowbank Mountain, Idaho


Oregon Coast Tour


Brundage Mountain, Idaho

One main reason we thought we needed a camper was to continue to do the things we love outdoors as a family.  We can head to the ski hill, meet up with friends, and enjoy ourselves whether we’re snowboarding or not!


Burgdorf Hot Springs, Idaho and surrounding area


Trail Creek near Sun Valley, Idaho


British Columbia, Canada


McCall, Idaho

I’m starting to see a trend here.  Campers are fun year-round!

Lower Salmon River

The Four Wheel only makes it as far as the put-in and take-out but we’re glad to have it before and after river trips!

South Fork Boise River, Idaho

On this trip, we took the camper off the truck so we’d have a shuttle and a base camp.  The front of the camper works great for an outdoor kitchen, cocktail table, and gear set-up station.

California Tour (and lower Oregon Coast)

On this trip we just need to get to the DOLOP family reunion by a certain day.  The rest of the trip was fairly open with a general direction toward the California coast (Patrick’s Point, Gold Bluff Beach areas), up through Oregon and back home.  We ended up staying three nights at the Big Lagoon County Park near Agate Beach.  It ended up being a great spot even though we had hoped to camp on the beach at Gold Bluff beach.  Spots get reserved early!  Hint, hint.


Whether we’re on a road trip or in our front yard, we like having our camper as a backdrop to our lives.  The memories we’re making with it are immeasurable.




Babes and Bikes

I admit.  We want Alice to love bikes as much as we do.  So from the beginning, cycles of all kinds have been in the mix.

For the past few months, Alice has been determinedly striding on her balance bike to prove she’s ready for pedals.


And boy was she!  It didn’t take two rounds around the block before she was off on her own.  Riding a bike!


The bike we selected is an Isla.  Jared did all the research,  I picked the bike I thought looked tough, and we went with Alice’s favorite color pink + purple = purplish pink!  I like that Isla bikes are designed by a woman who wants young riders to have the best start in cycling.  And for us, starting with a balance bike worked amazingly well.

A child will never forget their Islabike.

Hearing her say, “This is fun!” with the biggest smile on her face makes my heart leap.