Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fourth of July!

Well, I don't have any pictures from the 4th, mostly because I didn't manage to go to the races and watch the fireworks...I just wasn't feeling very well (stupid fibromyalgia!!) But Jamie went with Michelle and Cliff and they had a great time. 

I stayed home, mostly in bed, but Will and Ali came and woke me up and I watched the fireworks they set off. It was fun and it was so sweet of them to include me.

I come from a small family. I'm an only child and all my family has lived in another state for most of my life. While Jamie is one of three kids, his family is pretty spread out too. So, I'm not used to big families or really having family around. The past two + weeks in ID has been amazing with all the nieces and nephews and and great nieces and great nephews. The way Jamie's family has just allowed me to be family from the moment I walked in the door has been awesome. I really feel like I'm leaving here with a huge family.

I'm excited as Ali's sister is moving to South Carolina, not far from where we live in GA so hopefully we get to see them more often and get to see that sweet little Nixon too. I've told everyone PLEASE come visit. We have two extra bedrooms for anyone and lots of floor space and of course...THE POOL!! I'm really hoping any and all of them come visit!! Maybe our house can be the location of a family vacation and we'll get to watch all the "littles" in the pool and making memories!!

Well, it's time to help Jamie pack up the truck...I think we are actually leaving tomorrow for our journey home. Stay tuned...we haven't really planned out our trip home yet, so it'll be a surprise at every turn! (Hopefully only the good kind!!)

Keep finding joy in your Journey!
LeighAnn & Jamie

Nixon & the girls having fun in the pool

Oh my, I'm in love with little Nixon!! He really is the sweetest boy and very well behaved for his age...and too stinking cute!! We bought him a floaty for the every little guy needs his own floaty!!

He still isn't 100% sure  that not being held by momma isn't the best way to be in the pool, but he's getting there!!

And of course the girls had a blast (the water was a bit warmer the next day.)

Brooklyn, Morgan, and Chloe

Movies and a dip in the pool!

So Michelle and Cliff finally agreed on a pool for the back yard and Thursday July 2nd was the day it got put up and filled. We (Michelle, Jamie, and myself) drove to OR to pick up the girls (Brooklyn, Morgan and Chloe) from their mom and took them to the movies.  We went to see Inside Out which was a great movie and a great way (in my opinion) to explain feelings to a child. We all enjoyed the movie and then went out of sushi at a restaurant in Ontario OR. 

The girl heard the pool was filled and we stopped by to check with their mom (Erin) to see if it was okay to bring them back to Nampa with us. They came back and braved the cold of the pool water!!


There was a need for some encouragement for Chloe to get in LOL

The water was indeed cold as the water runs out of their tap COLD here in Idaho...not the balmy 72 degrees it does at our house in GA. I will be the first to admit, the thought of dunking my whole body in that cold water (no matter how hot I was at that moment) wasn't appealing!!

Of course Uncle Jamie got in with the girls. He was super great with all the "littles" and always made sure everyone was having fun!!

More updates to come soon!!
LeighAnn & Jamie

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Taste of Things to Come

Just to give you an idea of what else is on the "agenda"...

Tomorrow we are going to Ontario, OR to go to see the movie Inside Out with Chris's girls (that's Cliff's oldest son) Brooklyn, Morgan and Chloe. I'll get to meet their mom Erin too.

I'm not sure what we are doing Friday, if there is even anything specific planned. 

Saturday is going to the Meridian Speedway to see races and fireworks.

Sunday we are supposed to be heading home. 

We had plans to run Jamie's bike on the salt flats (not sure if that's still a go or not) and we have decided AGAINST going to the Grand Canyon this trip. It is SO hot out and they are calling for triple digit temperatures...I don't think we can do it. There will be another trip that we can visit in a bit cooler temperatures. Not to mention that Jamie looked at me today and said...."We are NEVER visiting ID during the summer again!" Ya, it's been pretty hot..."dry heat" or not!

I'll post our plans when we agree on them. 

Have a great day and Happy Travels!!
LeighAnn and Jamie

Update...Update!! 6/23/15-7/1/15

Oh my goodness!! I'm so sorry I've been MIA, but we've stayed busy!! We are still in Nampa, ID and will be here until Sunday the 5th...I think LOL. We aren't big planners obviously!! Before I say anything else, a HUGE shout out to Cheryl and Katie Elms for taking the best care of our fur babies. I'm worried that Bucky and Ellie will think they are their parents now!! Just kidding. They will remember us!! Anyway, I don't think we intended to be gone a whole month, but this has been a pretty awesome vacation/honeymoon!! Now to catch ya'll up!

Had to share this one with you. We went to WalMart in Nampa and look what we saw in the parking lot. Pristine condition...had to snap a pick of it. A guy I dated in high school drove a Pinto and so did my step mom LOL!!

Binx has become my buddy. He is such a handsome cat!!

He is chilling out in the grass with me while I was sitting in the shade. It was so sweet. He followed me out there and stayed with me for a long time :) I miss my kitties!!

And we've had soooo much fun playing with Nixon. He is SUCH  sweet boy!!!
I think we are LOVING being Aunt and much fun buying toys and just getting to play with the baby LOL!!

On Saturday the 28th we tubed down the Boise River. I don't have any pictures because, well, we were tubing down a river LOL. I wanted to buy a disposable camera and we just never got around to it. Cliff, Taylor, Will, Ali, Ali's cousin Tiffany, Jamie and I all went and it was a BLAST. I told everyone I'd go everyday if someone wanted to go back!! I believe it was a 6 mile "float" which included slow lazy sections, fast water that was a little choppy and even a few small rapids. Will was teasing me about how cold the water was going to be and how dangerous the river was. I kept trying to explain that I was floating rivers before I could swim. Yes, the water was cold, but since I was floating in a tube (just really my butt was in the water) it wasn't bad...but I really didn't want to fall out of my tube. I got splashed plenty in the rough water (loved it) and in the rapids (loved it!!) I'm so glad we waited for Taylor to be able to go. So far it was the most fun thing in ID for me. 

Of course we are going to fireworks on the 4th...we'll see how that rates compared to the tubing down the river!

Happy Travels and Enjoy your Journey!!
LeighAnn & Jamie