Sunday, December 10, 2017

Downtown Boise..."Celebrity in the Making" Sighting???

Two months ago while showing off our new city to one of my closest friends, we cruised our bikes to downtown Boise to the Basque Block. Jeff and I are fans of the Basque area and the Basque Market's tapas and Paella on the Patio and wanted to take Rachel to this fantastic place. We noticed several cameras and a film we just had to ask questions.

Turns out that is was a hush-hush filming of a Food Network show. We couldn't find out much information but then a few weeks later, we read an article in the Idaho Statesman Newspaper about Guy's Big Project. Two guys known as The Grill Dads were on the hunt for their own show on the Food Network. After watching the competition show for the past few weeks...THE GRILL DADS got their own show on the Food Network. So as new residents of Idaho, we are super excited to watch the show and see if we see ourselves in the background of a Boise recording.
Tonight's FIRST episode took them to Boise Fry Company!
Congrats to The Grill Dads
We will have to keep watching to see the episode filmed in the Basque Block
It's hard to see but there is a film crew in the background of this picture. In the actual picture is the tapas and frozen sangria at the Basque Market, they ran out of paella because of this filming....
Oh My so many tapas~

 The Basque Block

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It's Been Awhile...Living in Boise the First Few Months!

Life has been busy and let the blog slide to back to burner for the last several months, so it is time to catch up with the world through this post.
If you know me personally, you know that my husband and I packed up our little lives in Colorado and headed west. We moved to Boise, Idaho on July 31st! Since our move, we have been exploring the area and have had a few guests to play tour guide with as we learn our way around Boise.
Leaving Colorado was a tough decision when you have so many friends to leave behind. We are grateful for so many gatherings and farewell celebrations that we had throughout the summer.
The day we loaded up to leave, we had some last minute helpers to see us off. These cute boys helped packing up the last few things. Their fabulous mom and I were shedding tears as we hugged "see you later" but not good-bye.
Day One-
The new house!
We were so lucky to have friends here in Boise to help unload the moving truck and help us with a head start on getting settled! Thank you to Ben & Kama!!
 Our new puppy, Gus, made himself right at home quickly.
Our first visitor came from Colorado and took a detour to get back to Kentucky! We really toured around while Trina was in town. She had a list of "have-to" stops she was interested in seeing.
After helping me set up my classroom, we headed downtown to see the State Capital Building.
 You can't come to Boise, without a pit -stop at Boise Fry Company!!
 Later in the week, we headed downtown on bikes, cruising the Greenbelt. Renting bikes was so easy!
Once we got downtown, we took a walk through Freak Alley to check out all of the graffiti artwork. Turned out that Freak Alley is in the Top Ten Things to See in Boise.

New State, New City, have to have a New School with a New Team!! This is our First Day of School photo opt! We may be a new team but I few so comfortable working with these amazing teachers!!
Just before the fist day of school, the district bused all staff to one location to view the Solar Eclipse!
This is most of our entire staff!
 Just a couple of snapshots of putting the room together, thank you to my first visitor for helping!!

As we rolled into our second month in Boise, we had our second visitor! My favorite "name twin" flew out for Labor Day Weekend. The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic was a great way to start our weekend out and about in Boise!

After the viewing the balloons, we headed to my favorite breakfast place...Big City Coffee! Seriously all of their pastries are as large as your head...
Once we were full from breakfast, we headed downtown to a couple of familiar places:
Freak Alley
 A quick view the State Capital Building
 Of course, a quick snack at the Boise Fry Company
As we have been getting settled, Gus has been getting big and loves to play. He thinks that all balls belong to him, no matter the size. It makes playing basketball tough for Jeff.
 When Gus is not playing, he makes himself comfortable pretty much anywhere in the house!
Jeff and I have ventured out a few times to explore the breweries of Boise! We thought we would be losing that culture when we left Fort Collins, Colorado but Boise has a very competitive brewery scene.
Having a new house has given us the opportunity to decorate in some new ways with the new layout. We found these two pieces at a festival and really felt like they were appropriate for our new home! Colorado was our home for so many years but Idaho is really offering a new adventure for us!!
As month three begins, we had another visitor! Rachel came to visit from Colorado!
We started off at Ahi for lunch and shared some sushi!
We headed to the breweries to see how they compared to Fort Collins! Payette Brewing was our first stop!

You won't believe it but we headed to Boise Fry Company for a snack...and then we noticed a curtain off to the side of the restaurant. Rachel and I are both very nosy and peeked around the curtain and found a speakeasy we had to go! Press & Pony is a great bar with a fantastic bartender!
Jeff ordered a drink with fire so we had drinks and a show!

The next day we rode bikes to downtown!! Some things you just have to do over and over!
We rode bikes on the Greenbelt towards downtown! We made our way to the Basque District to have tapas & Sangrias at the Basque Market!!
 Another stop in Freak Alley
 Another brewery stop...
As we wrap up 3 months of living in Boise, I have to share a little bit about our neighborhood. We live just up the road from Boise in the foothills, where we are surrounded by 100 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails just out our door. This past Sunday, it was a beautiful 60 degree day so we went exploring. Just a 3 mile loop from our front door of open air and fields. Gus loved the trails!!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

2017-2018 Erin Condren Teacher Planner

This is my fourth year using the Erin Condren teacher planner.  I find it an easy way to start prepping for the school year to slowly start organizing my planner. This year they made several new updates that I really liked. The paper is heavier, new styles of stickers, and great note pages.

Always a fun package to open up!!
 Love the interchangeable covers! I work at a school called "Star Elementary" so this is perfect!
 Painted petals throughout
 *New Note Pages!!! Love these pages because everything you need for the month is right here from birthdays and holidays to space for notes during meetings. Use the circle areas for whatever...I use mine for due dates.
 Great quotes which is one reason that love these planners!
 New Sticker Pages!! More customizable!
 More new sticker pages