Perfectly Pleasant Palisades

So its been a little while since we had a family update on here. Things have gotten busy now that Brynt is back in school, but we still make time for a little fun.

This past Saturday we took a trip with our friends the Richardsons, out to Palisades lake. It is a huge reservoir on the boarder of Eastern Idaho and western Wyoming, and let me just say that it is quite stunning. For us (me especially) this adventure was much needed. Cold weather has had us trapped in doors for months now and with a pretty wild one year old in the house,  I was coming down with a bad case of cabin fever.  Thankfully it was an absolutely perfect day, the was shining, the temperature was perfect and the scenery was unbeatable… just was I needed!  The kids had a blast, they played in the sand, mud and water all day, got completely filthy from head to toe and loved every second of it. Camberlyn loves the great outdoors, just like her parents. We saw a moose and an osprey while we were out, Cam was pretty amazed by the osprey carrying a fish.
It was really a “perfect” day, and just was we all needed; fresh air, beautiful scenery and good people to share it with.

A Sign for the Kitchen

I don’t know what I am going to do when Cam stops  taking naps. I get SO much done during those quiet hours of sleep.  Yesterday I made a sign to hang over the dining room table, in the time it took Cam to take one nice afternoon snooze.

I have been wanting to do this for a while now, but we have been refinishing dining room chairs for what seems like forever, and I told myself that I wouldn’t start anything else until the chairs were done because I didn’t want the house to be a complete disaster. So, having completed the chair project on Thursday (hallelujah!) I promptly went to work on the sign project on Friday.


I wont lie, I really thought this would take longer to make than it did. We are talking like 2-2.5 hours from start to finish (or however long a 14 month old’s nap is).

I started by grabbing some scraps of wood that were laying around, I have plenty because of the pallet nightstands we made a few weeks ago.  I chose three wide pieces for the front and two small pieces to hold them together on the back.

I realize now that I should have taken pictures of what I did to hang it, but in my excitement I completely forgot. It was pretty simple, an eye screw attached on each of the small boards in back and a picture hanging wire strung between them. Easy peasy.


Next, I free handed the saying I wanted with a pencil. I am  what I like to call “artisticly challenged” so this was by far the harded part for me. I looked up some fonts that I like and then did my best to make it look pretty. And it worked! So if I can do it, anyone can!

From there it was time to start painting on the lettering, this was a little tricky because the wood was rough but I actually had a lot of fun doing it.

I finished the letters and that was it. No joke. This project was Super simple and its exactly what I wanted for the dining room!

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Easter Weekend

Spring! Finally Spring has sprung, and I really couldn’t be more excited about it! Idaho has this way of making you wait for spring so long that you are about ready to pack up and move, and then it comes and you think “why would I ever leave this place?”.

I was oh so thankful that Spring showed up in time for Easter, it made the whole holiday so much more special for me, and much more exciting because we were able to do so much OUTSIDE.

We started our weekend by doing an Easter Egg hunt for the kiddos with our friends the Richardsons and Nickles. I really didn’t think that Camberlyn was old enough to understand how to hunt for eggs, but boy was I wrong! I showed her an egg and put in her basket and she just took off all over the yard putting eggs in as fast as she could.ImageImageImageImage

After our morning egg hunt, we all headed down to the park for a picnic, the kids hardly ate anything because they were having such a good time running around in the beautiful sunshine.

After a refreshing nap for Cam, we headed for the mountains for a little afternoon hike. The weather was just right and it felt wonderful to fill our lungs with fresh spring air. Kia and Cam thoroughly enjoyed playing in the dirt after we were done 🙂ImageImageImageImageImageImage

Compared to Saturday, Sunday was really chill. We enjoyed the morning by showing Camberlyn what the Easter Bunny had brought for her and watching as she found all the eggs he had hidden for her. It was so fun, as Cam grows I am so amazed to see how much she can do and how incredibly funny she is! We laughed so hard was we watched her dragging her little basket around the house, with her bed head hair and pink PJ’s, so sweet.

We had a wonderful Church service and truly felt the joy of Easter, the knowledge that Christ is risen, the atonement is fulfilled and death is concurred. What a Joyful time!