Saturday, August 17, 2013

Valerie's 8th Birthday

Valerie celebrated her 8th Birthday at a rollerskating rink in Nampa.  What a blast from the past.  The place has been around for almost 50 years.  They do all the traditional skate rink things - reverse skate, duo and trio skates, limbo, skating races.  It was fun to watch the kids figure out how to skate!

In honor of her birthday, I made her stiletto cupcake shoes.  It was a very fun cake decorating project, but took a lot more time than I expected.  In the end, I was racing around the house trying to get myself and Jenna out the door and over to the party!  Next time, I will allot more time!

New Carpet

We returned from Tahoe only to immediately start a big home improvement project.  We recarpeted our entire house!  The carpet was the original and it was pretty beaten down.  It could not really be cleaned with much success anymore.  It was past time!

The idea has been in the hopper for a couple years now.  Everything finally came together financially and logistically.  Plus I found Meridian Flooring, a carpet store that felt a lot like doing business with Brown's Furniture in Moscow again.  Only thing it was missing was my good friend Mary to help me make good choices. But I think I did okay on my own!

We also redid the vinyl in our master bath.  Several years ago, we redid the counters and shower in a beautiful granite.  But the blue diamond vinyl remained.  This was purely a cosmetic change - and I love it!

Recarpeting your entire house is a close cousin to moving.  The only difference is you do not have to clean out cupboards.  Removing everything that touches the floor is a challenge.  Luckily it was a two-day job so we could use carpeted rooms for storage the first day, then move it all across the hall for day two.  It was a lot of work, but so well worth it!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Tahoe 2013

Where did July go?  I can't believe we are already mid-August and school starts in about 10 days.  Wow! 

Our annual Lake Tahoe Adventure was most excellent again this year.  We were lucky enough to have the Kansas Bergeson branch join us, so at any given meal we were 25+ people! 

Here are a few pictures from the grand adventure: 

  1. Valerie, Shelley and Jenna enjoying a little pool time.  
  2. Valerie hanging loose on the beach of Tahoe.  
  3. Jenna, Shelley and Valerie
  4. Jenna, Curt, Valerie and Loren doing the double-daddy pool time.  
  5. Grandma Adeline Bergeson and the grandkids.  
  6. Susie McKie and Kristin Bergeson.
  7. Curt enjoying dinner on the deck. 
  8. Jenna at the "Fancy Dinner" night table.  Fine China, wine classes, cloth table accessories.  It was fabulous!
  9. Torry Tegio and a Snoodle.
  10. Paula McKie and Mike Torry
  11. Valerie and a bouquet of Snoodles. 
  12. Linda Stainthorpe and Valerie.
  13. Jenna and Kansas Stacey.  
  14. The JV Team tossing rocks into the lake. 
  15. The paragliders that put on a show for us.  
  16. Amanda and Kristin Bergeson.