Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year 2012!

We hope you all had a wonderful close to 2011! I decided to revisit our blog (that we have not used since our time in D.C. in 2008). Anyway, here is a bit of our news and photos from 2011. We would love to hear from all of you as well! Drop us a line sometime.

Our year in review:
Baby boy #3: Aiden David Lauer born on April 22
Basketball... Grayson LOVES lay ups!! See video below
Broken leg...Jack broke his tibia due to a cyst on his bone.
Bible Study...Dave tackled the Old Testament (Numbers is his favorite)
Bright Moments...Alissa's 20 year HS class reunion & our 16th wedding anniversary
Breathing space....summer vacations in OR with Dave's folks and to CO to see Alissa's family
BLESSINGS...we are reminded as we look back on 2011 all the many wonderful blessings that our Heavenly Father has bestowed on us. He is good. He is faithful. He loves us. He knows us and desires our BEST!!! Jeremiah 29:11

May you enjoy His Bounty in 2012!!

Dave, Alissa, Jack, Grayson and Aiden

Here is our updated information:
Dave, Alissa, Jack, Grayson and Aiden Lauer
6225 Randolph Drive
Boise, ID 83709
A cell: 208-340-7867
D cell: 208-340-7225


Friday, November 28, 2008

Crafty Things

I think it must be the time of year or maybe it has just come with age, but I really like doing crafty things. I don't have much skill or experience but I am all game for a simple project that I can do with my kids. My neighbor Sara told me about this one today so the boys and I had to give it a whirl. The link and how to instruction are on the Wise Craft blog link under My blog list on the right of this post. Now that I am Art Mom for both boys' classrooms, I have started to look up more blogs and websites that have cute/artsy/craftsy ideas. If I was half as creative as some of these women, I would be happy. If you all have any other links that have great ideas for arts and crafts with kids, please share. Hope you all have a wonderful season celebrating Christ's birth!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Fall Fun

Here is a brief synopsis of our fall 2008. Besides the normal routine of raking leaves and trick or treating, we were able to throw in a few other adventures along the way. First was a trip to the ER (again). Though it was scary and I have never felt that sick in my entire life, the final consensus is that I am allergic to shellfish and shrimp. Yikes! Who knew. I have eaten some shellfish and shrimp off and on throughout my life with no problems. I guess now it is a problem. No more California Rolls for me!
The other part of our early fall were projects around our house. Dave and our great friends and neighbors (Matt Romberg and Brian Walker) put in a sprinkler system in the front yard. Yipee! No more flood irrigation pipes on the lawn. Though we will have to throw down some grass seed and install a timer, the hard stuff is done. Thanks so much Matt and Brian.
We also painted our living room (thanks to inspiration from Sara) and moved our washer and dryer out of the kitchen. We have many more projects that we would like to do, but for now we are just paying off some of the new appliances we had to get upon our return to Boise(funny how everything goes out at once). Hopefully a kitchen floor update will be in the works this spring.
We took a nice trip to Yellowstone (and Craters of the Moon) at the beginning of October when the boys had a few days off from school. It was beautiful with all the leaves changing. We saw tons of elk and bison along with a few deer, a coyote and some other small critters. We also had the bonus of running into our friends the Battens at Old Faithful and enjoyed an evening with them at our condo.
Grayson turned seven and he requested a small celebration at Pojo's with our neighbor boys Jake and Isaac. Pizza, brownies and 100s of tickets from the games at Pojo's were all any seven year old boy could ever want.
In addition we finished up soccer and the boys and Dave started Tae Kwon Do through the city. I think we raked up between 15-20 bags of leaves this fall and we could probably fill up one more. I forgot how many leaves our big old trees shed this time of year. Jack dressed up as Darth Vader and Grayson was Annikan Skywalker for Halloween. Of course we have more candy then we could ever possibly eat but they had a blast trick or treating in our neighborhood.
It was nice to be back in our "routine" here in Boise!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

More August News

In addition to settling in, we have been busy with a few other things. Jack made the decision to get baptized this summer. We made it back to Boise in time for our annual church picnic and baptism. So the timing was perfect for Jack to act on his decision. Jack understands that his baptism tells the world that he is identifying himself with Christ and that he accepts what Christ did for him on the cross. I love the thought and sincerity that Jack had with this decision. He has been asking a lot of questions and so we pointed Jack to God's Word and what it says about baptism. We celebrate with Jack in this step of faith.
We have also added a new member to our family. Her name is Emma Sue Lauer and she comes to us from Dave's cousin Luke and his family. We adopted her in September and she has been a wonderful furry addition to our family.
Then it was back to school. The boys started at Grace Jordan at the end of August. G loves first grade and J loves third. We are so happy with our decision to attend our neighborhood school.
September and October updates will follow soon....I hope!!!

Back to Boise

OK....it has been way too long since I have posted anything on our blog. I guess the move and drive all the way across the country, settling in and school starting just took up so much time. We are feeling settled and getting back into the groove here in Boise. Here are a few highlights from the last few months.
We drove out of Bristow, VA on August 7th to begin our cross country road trip back to Boise. We took 10 days to see friends and family as we meandered through 9 states on our way back home. Our first stop was Nashville to visit Dave's brother Tim and family along with Nana, Papa and Great Grandpa Baker. It was just fun cousin time for our boys and Tim's girls. We spent a couple of days in TN swimming, playing games and eating Las Paletas gourmet popsicles. OH....wow! If you have never savored a gourmet Mexican popsicle, you don't know what you are missing. They are the best!!!! YUMMMM!!!
After Nashville we headed on to Jonesboro, AR to visit our college friends Robby and Kelly Fowler. Our kids are close in age and had a blast swimming all day and just enjoying the last days of summer (and BBQ) in Arkansas. We even took in a Arkansas State University football practice. Thank you Fowlers for your hospitality!
Next it was off to the farm in Prior, OK. Our good family friends, the Bounds, have a beautiful spread of land with horses, a fishing pond, tractors, streams, a tree house and much, much more. Though our stay was short, the boys were in little boy heaven. I think they could have stayed with the Bounds a very long time doing the things boys love to do...catch critters, explore, fish, build and get REALLY dirty. It was so peaceful and refreshing. We all said we would go back to the Bounds' farm again someday!
Then we made the long trek from OK to CO. We made an unplanned pit stop in Newton, KS to see Alissa's Great Aunt Norm. We realized that we would be driving right by her house on the interstate, so we had to stop and say hi. Dave and the boys had never meant her. Aunt Norm has the same spunk and spirit of Alissa's late Grandma Princess. She is precious and it was so neat to spend time with her and for the boys to meet her! Thanks Aunt Norm for letting us "pop in", it was so worth it for all us. You are an amazing lady!
From Newton we pressed on to Longmont, CO to see Alissa's parents and other family. Though we were able to play outside and enjoy the beauty of CO for a day or so, the storms came rolling in just about the time we went rolling on out for ID. We took the scenic route through CO (not Wyoming). It took a bit longer but it was well worth it.
We drove into Boise on August 16 and everything seemed so surreal. It took a few weeks to readjust to our lives back here in Les Bois, but eventually it felt like we never left. Our time in VA was great, but it seems like a dream now. We are so thankful for the opportunity we had to live out East and for the friends and experiences we gained there.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Fourth of July

Dave's brother Tim and family came up for a visit over the Fourth. We had a great time seeing the sites of D.C. by double decker bus. We were able to see so many things from the top level of the bus. Great views of Georgetown, the National Cathedral, the monuments, the mall, Dupont Circle, and Arlington National Cemetery. In addition to the bus tour, we visited the Air and Space Museum, the National Art Gallery, the Rehnquist Art Gallery, the White House (outside only), Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Folk Life Festival on the mall. At the festival we enjoyed mango lasis and yummy cuisine from Bhutan. Later one evening we were on mission to get Ethiopian food but we ended up at Ben's Chili Bowl (a long standing favorite of locals and celebs including Bill Cosby).
On the Fourth of July we went to Mt. Vernon. Though it was busy, we were able to have a very patriotic experience including a tour of the mansion, a revolutionary war demonstration with canons, muskets, a drum and fife corps, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. We also ate in the Mt. Vernon Inn sampling George Washington's favorite Peanut and Water Chestnut soup. Yum. We enjoyed great views of the Potomac on Washington's lawn and we were able to lay carnations at the foot of the Washingtons' sarcophagi. A special tribute to the Father of our Country on Independence Day. This will be an experience we will never forget!

Overlooking the Potomac

Overlooking the Potomac
Mt. Vernon