Sunday, January 4, 2015

Christmas tree removal ... Idaho style!

We took down our tree yesterday morning, realizing we had a much simpler way to get it out of the house than down our steep, narrow stairway ... directly out to the deck for a toss!

And that was that! :) Much easier and much more entertaining especially with Jason in his bare feet!

Here are a few photos from our Christmas & New Years --

A dusting of snow for Christmas Eve

On a quick hike with Jason's parent's --

We ate lots of treats (of course!) -- I've been using this cinnamon roll recipe for the past year, but never made it with all the recommended fun fillings (pistachios, dark chocolate & orange zest) until last week and man, they were great!

At a new Moscow hiking spot, Idler's Rest. You can't tell by looking, but it was 15 degrees outside! Brrr!

And yesterday, while out on a quick hike from our house (what else is there to do with a toddler, outside in the below freezing temps?? any other ideas?) Jason noticed this gal peering out of the brush at us!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

What Jason does for "fun"

Jason went camping this weekend with a guy friend to celebrate finishing his first semester at school. He texted me this picture this morning ... at the top of Mica Peak ...  in the snow ... where they had hiked into and camped last night. Not my kind of fun. But exactly what he'd been hoping for :)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday morning hiking

This morning dawned clear and cold after a week of gray and drizzly days. So we decided to bundle up and go on a quick hike from our house before heading out for church. It's amazing how great the sun can be after not seeing it for a while. The fields were frosted white with ice after an overnight freeze and so sparkly as the sun came up.

Last weekend was the adventure of getting our tree which we cut right off the property we're living on. Love being able to just walk outside and pick out our tree ... and the price was right :)

Of course, I somehow always manage to pick out the tree that is the most difficult. We'd looked at some smaller trees, but I'd noticed that the top of a larger tree was really nice (it already had cute pine cones decorating it) and since it was slated for being cut soon anyways due to it's location under some power lines, we went for it. The only problem was when we realized half-way through getting it down that it was actually leaning toward the lines and would likely fall on them instead of away :( We weren't sure what the power company does when you've caused your own power to go out??!! We were fortunate not to find out as we got it to fall the other direction.  And, Luke was thrilled that we brought a tree inside!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Snow baby

We had a little snow stick this week and it's been fun to watch Luke figure out what snow is. I'm so thankful to my cousin, April for sending us the awesome hand-me-down! Although, I wasn't prepared for how much longer it would take to just get outside with all the extra gear on :)

Jason got in on the action Tuesday when there was still a little light left after he got home from work. He promptly encouraged Luke to eat the snow of course!

We had something else exciting happen this week - our Jeep crossed over the 200K barrier. Woo-hoo. Hoping it still has lots of adventuring left in it!!

Friend thankful

As Jason & I continue to work at finding & making friends here, I am feeling very thankful for the friends we've made in other places who make a point of crossing over into our new locale. Two weeks ago we were treated to one such visit from a friend we met during our first year living in Vermont.

We met Phil while working at Okemo, he was a bellman in the evenings after spending his days instructing kids skiing. He started coming to hang out with us at Forest Echo, exploring the property together and even let us use his shower in town when our water lines froze for FIVE weeks that winter. We got to hang out at his family's New Hampshire lake cabin that summer, but then he moved to Utah and we hadn't seen him for over two years when he arrived after an 11+ hour drive from Park City.

We had a great time reconnecting with him, making some new memories and got some good hiking in. Luke especially loved having a person asleep in the living room to wake up each morning ;-)

At Kamiak Butte in Washington (this is the hill that we see from our deck) --

At Coeur d'Alene Lake --