Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Coeur d'Alene

This last week I took a trip to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho with my friend Anne, to visit our friend Jamie, who has lived there for several years now. Every time Jamie would come down to visit in California, we would have our kids, and a limited time to chat and hang out. So we decided to take a "girls only" trip to visit her.

It was SO MUCH FUN! First of all... Coeur d'Alene is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! I loved every minute of the scenery. The weather was perfect, it was nice and fresh outside, the people were nice, and absolutely everything you looked at was green and gorgeous. If you are EVER looking for an out-doorsy getaway... go here!!

We had a blast just hanging out at Jamie's house watching old high school videos and (like total nerds), listening to old choir CDs. We talked and talked and talked. We went out to a few restaurants and did a little downtown shopping, along with a great little hike around the lake. Aaron took care of the boys for 5 days while I was gone, and while I know it was a LOT of work, I think they had fun... I know I did!

So thanks honey for stepping up and allowing me to have a fun blast from the past. My house was spot-less clean (vacuumed and mopped... that was a new one), the laundry was completely done, and I was greeted at the airport with beautiful flowers. While it is always nice to get a way, nothing makes me happier than coming home to my sweet little family. Even after looking at all the pictures and videos of "way back then" and talking about all the fun we had and of course, how skinny and flawless we all looked compared to now... I wouldn't go back for a million bucks. I feel so blessed and am so happy with my wonderful husband and darling children, I just can't imagine life without them. Well... I guess I wouldn't mind getting the figure back from high school... but that's it.
Here we are on our hike around the lake in Coeur d'Alene. The water looked so refreshing and clear.

Jamie and Anne

Jamie and I

Anne and I

Dinner at Cedars. A fabulous steak house that floats on the lake. I know you can't see the water, but it was beautiful!

Having fun at Jamie's Grandma's Ranch. She lives in a beautiful cabin about 35 miles outside Coeur d'Alene, with horses, dogs, chickens, goats. Someone even brought her a baby deer whose mother had been run over, so she bottle fed it goats milk and now it lives outside her house and she feeds her everyday... is that not crazy?! It was really pretty.


Christina Bess said...

Brandi you look fabulous! It's great you all had so much fun.

Jenibelle said...

Oh my goodness! What a golden goody blast from the past! How fun to see you three ultra talented girls all together again! It seems like just a day ago you were in high school. This post brought a huge smile to my face!!!!

And is that Jamie's yard? Gorgeous!!

Lauren Evans said...

Skyler got to drive through Coeur d'alene when moving us from Portland to Milwaukee, I was sad to miss out cause I have heard so many great things about it but then again I got to miss out on a 34 hour car ride!

Colleen said...

What a fun trip! I love a girl getaway, and to come home to such cleanliness...awesome. And congrats on your baby girl! So fun! You will have to let me know how much you love all that pink!

Jones said...

I am dying for a girls weekend getaway! maybe in October if I'm lucky! well congrats on the girl and I LOVE the name Emma!!

So I recently found an old friend on facebook, David Bean. We grew up together and I'm still good friends with one of his sisters who still live here in Fl. I see you guys know him too! Crazy what a small world it is!