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    ... THE PERKES. We still consider ourselves newlyweds [we've been married for almost 5 years]. Our firstborn, Jace, is now 2 years old, and became a big brother when Sofia Rain joined our family in November 2012. We are from the East Coast [Luisa is from MA and Nate is from NH]. We are Bronco's Fans [We've lived in the Boise area for almost 5 years]. We are travelers. We are athletes and we are dancers. We are enthusiastic about food. We are spontaneous. We are addicted to the sun. We are in love.

    Most importantly... we are HAPPY. We are the Perkes.

Monthly Archives: November 2009


This year, my experience of ‘the Holidays’ has been much like that of a 6 year old trying to ride every attraction in Disney World in a day and a half. I have learned valuable lessons about procrastinating, prioritizing, simplifying, and focusing on what really matters. Despite that into, Thanksgiving was so much fun! We…

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Slendarella - Love your cranberry candle holders…gonna steal that idea! Marvy photos here too!


I LOVE LAUGHTER… and though INCREDIBLY unflattering, these pictures show the unabashed guffaws with which we love life out loud. Life is so much more beautiful with laughter in it.

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Bree - Those pictures are absolutely adorable and are just a perfect show of how fun and full of life you guys are! Love it!! Hope things are great!!

Ken and Jen Perkes - I'm grateful for joyful memories . . . and so many of these photographs bring back some of those most cherished of times! And nobody laughs quite like you two!

Thanks for the giggles!




Ok… so I got a little overwhelmed with the pre-Thanksgiving prep and lost track of my countdown. I was very disappointed that this happened, but at the same time I decided that I rule my own personal blogging universe and I’m using my ‘powers’ to post date these next couple of posts so that I…

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Bree - Luisa!! We miss you guys and our SUNNY days of summer in Boise!! :) So happy to hear that you both have GREAT jobs and that things are going well! Hope you don't get too busy to post, I love seeing what you guys are up to! :) Take care and drop a line sometime!!

Kami P. - cute posts Luisa. You guys are in Boise still right? or somewhere near? So where does Nate work?

Shannon - I love that you did a thankful countdown. I am going to also, albeit not a count down but a post on what I am thankful for. Much love to you!!!!!

Ken and Jen Perkes - Great job, Luisa!!!

–Proud Papa

Maritza Lastres - …Felicitaciones querida!.. muchas bendiciones.. entonces eso quiero decir que ustedes han sido muuuuy obedientes!!!.. aah estoy super feliz por ti y tu esposo tambien! .. espero que estes suuper bien!.. i miss you .. :) te amo amiga!

Harmatia - CONGRATS MY DEAR! I was so happy to see you read my blog.I know the grammar isnt all there. Somehow between the moves I missed that part of elementary school. I have to tell you that picture of the hummingbird made me think of that line "hummingbird heartbeat." I am so proud of you getting your license and all those triathalons. It inspired me to get into shape and try to do one of those myself.
God bless you and god bless our friendship that will grow along with our waistbands.
Loves and hugs,

You are the Gobble of my Turkey…

I’ve never really understood the ‘apple of my eye’ phrase, so I decided to throw a similar nonsensical one out there, hence, my title! I LOVE this time of year. The holidays make the bitter, cold winters bareable. My mind goes back to a childhood memory: My mom was passing around a small jar, and…

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Ken and Jen Perkes - What a great idea, Luisa: THE GRATEFUL COUNTDOWN!!! That is one of your many divine attributes–your gratitude . . . and love!

Let me just add that I am surely grateful to have such a wonderful daughter!


P.S. Do we have any photos of Nate WITHOUT a camera in his hand? : – )

Wishing for Warmer Weather…

As winter comes upon us, I find myself longing for the hot sun, for dark tans, for the smell of sunscreen and barbecues… picnics on the lakeside; warm, glassy water and cool sunglasses… aka the summer. Nate hasn’t helped my nostalgia as he’s made this fun video as part of a bid he is preparing…

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Mike and Ariane - Editing to the music, that's talent! Nice work!

Ken and Jen Perkes - Mom and I have watched this over and over again! And, of course, love it. Luisa: you do skip well! Was Nate having more fun than he should have putting that scene to music? My favorite photo of Nate is one in which he is airborne and touching his board [which goes from upper left to lower right--not the way we usually see him airborne]. He included it twice; once in black and white. AMAZING photo [which you must have taken!] and amazing wake boarding. You all make it looks so fun and so cool! Glad you posted this. We are super proud of you guys!

Good luck with the corporate bid!


Kim Davis - Luisa!!!! I'm sorry to say that I laughed really hard at you skipping across the water. That is exactly why I will NEVER tube again. What a fun video – it makes 6 months feel like FOREVER away.