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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: September 2010


For some reason, Nate and I thought that this whole ‘name game’ would be easier once we knew whether our baby was a boy or a girl. But it hasn’t been easier. Our lists got longer once we knew about our little BOY! So, we need your help. We have narrowed down the lists, and…

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Bree - I always love checking in to see what's new with you guys and of course gawk at your awesome pictures!! Congrats on a boy!!! We're excited for you and hope things continue to go great! :)

Bree - I always love checking in to see what's new with you guys and of course gawk at your awesome pictures!! Congrats on a boy!!! We're excited for you and hope things continue to go great! :)

german&jenny - Love the names you listed! Have to say Isaac Carter is the cutes namer EVER though. Haha but then again it is my little guys name! I love you and am SO happy for you guys!

maritza lastres - Oye… yo creo podria llamarse Ivan…jaja! Bien Chileno.

Te Quiero amiga, y suerte con el nombre de tu Hijo :)

Rod & Kathy - I have a grandson named Tate and i love that name. I am so excited for you.

Random Bits of Summer Fun…

Summer Reading [I LOVE reading and I came across some great books this summer. Click on 'Luisa's Bookshelf' on the sidebar to see my ratings and reviews]. Summer Releases [Nate and I LOVED this movie. It might not have been perfect, but it left us thinking, wondering, discussing and wanting to see it again. For…

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Ken and Jen Perkes - I have this theory that Nate's Power Balance Bands are causing grey hair! Ha! I also believe we can walk through walls . . . but that's another story. But seriously, Luisa, you are one of my favorite blog writers. Can't wait for your debut today on Perkes Photography!



Not Disney…. Thendara!!

It may not be an amusement park. There aren’t any rollercoasters and Mickey Mouse does not frequent. Even though my parents were kind enough and sacrificed enough to assure their children DID have the opportunity to see Disney World, the place where MY childhood dreams came true was NOT in Cali and most definitely not…

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Pat Jackman Kellogg - I stayed with the Shirley and Alan Clark family and took care of Greg and Marg,) all those years ago. They owned the Vergennes Inn so spent most of the time in Vergennes and the kids and I stayed at the lake. The Clark”s lived next door to our family in Vergennes. They had a camp next door to Thendara and were part of the family that owned Thendara.
Rodney, Mrs. Cowap had owned Thendara.
It was a beautiful property!
Pat Jackman Kellogg

Betsey Stewart Benton - I grew up on the lake, at Fort Cassin, just north of Otter Creek. We spent hours traveling up and down the lake and what I remember most about
Thendara was how majestic it looked atop those stairs leading from the dock to the house. It’s setting, among the trees, was beautiful, and despite it’s size, it still radiated a sense of warmth. You are so fortunate to have such happy memories of your summers there, and your writing captures those times beautifully!!!

Jane Belle Clark - I was so happy to come across your blog. My grandparents, John and Belle Clark owned Thendara in the late 1940′s and 1950′s. My Grandma Belle sold it in about 1959. I have so many fond memories of summers at that house.
At one time there was a butler’s cottage and a tennis court. During my grandparents era, the house was pretty much furnished as it was when the original owners had it. There was an interesting collection of primitives in the living room.
Someone even wrote a book with Thendara as the backdrop.
My grandparents had 15 grandchildren and the house was magic for all of us.
I am so glad that the special experience of Thendara lives on.

Thanks again for posting about it.

Jane Belle Clark Lituczy

Claude Spaulding - pretty place

Debbie Bushey - So beautifully written and lovely photo’s of your family. One thing I’ll never forget about Thendara it’s grand size as once I cleaned it for Elizabeth before her spring arrival. I thought I’d never get out of there but finally I did. Amazing place!

Thanks for sharing!
Debbie Bushey

Joe Carman - I can’t believe I stumbled across this! Our best family friends own Thendara. We stayed there a few summers ago and we might go again this year. Awesome pictures you guys, looks like you had fun!

Rodney Smith - I am almost certain you reference the same Thendara I remember so fondly as a young boy. I believe my Father’s great aunt Agnes Cowap owned Thendara at the time (late 50′s early ’60′s) and we spent several summer weeks there. My two brother’s and I would spend endless hours down at the lake fishing or swimming off the stone dock and boating. I remember Dad painting the porch.

DO you have any more photos of Thendara?

Kat and Andy Bartholomew - Such great pictures of your wonderful family.

Ken and Jen Perkes - Luisa: I love the way you write; I love your passion; I love your love for the people in your life; and I now love Thendara. Somehow, I think there is a book inside you, and perhaps Thendara will be a prominent "character."

In any case, thanks for your beautiful sharing of this magical place from your childhood!


Live It Up! – Summer of 2010…

I can’t even believe that the summer is over… *sigh*. I love the sun and the heat, and BBQ’s and having a tan, and gardening and boating and watermelon. I could digress endlessly. I’ve actually been pestering Nate a little about moving to a place with perpetual summers: Arizona, St. George, Southern California… but no….

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Johna658 - This actually answered my drawback, thank you! fgfdckeedcfe

Bree - Luisa!! I love your hat in those pictures…where did you get it?? I want one!! :)

Nate Perkes - Hello Darling!

Love the post! Thanks so much for keeping track of our CRAZY but fun lives. You're the best. ; )

Collect Call from: We’adababi EetsaBoi…

Before the dawning of the cell phone era, there existed such a thing as…. collect calls. *gasp* How archaic! When I was a child, naively pliable to the mainstream marketing of television commercials [Commercials?? No TiVo?], I remember one particular AD of a father calling his folks to annouce the arrival of his son. OBVIOUSLY,…

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Brooke - Yeah! You two are so cute, and you'll be the best parents, and I will be so jealous at how his life will be so amazingly photographed. Your little boy is lucky and blessed to have you as his parents. I love you!

Misty - Congrats to you Nate and Luisa!

Look out world~here comes Boston!=)

Brian and misty

Ken and Jen Perkes - We LOVED getting the call! And would have gladly paid for it COLLECT! Priceless!


Kathryn - Congratulations!! I had my sono today too!! We're having another boy! 3 boys in a row! Wow!! We are so excited.

Melanie - I am so happy for you guys! We have loved having a boy first. It is always such a huge relief to know that the baby is healthy and happy!

Aimee and Dane - LUISA!!!!! I'm so happy for you! Congrats on the news! And way to read the ultrasound before the nurse told you what sex it was! I'm so impressed. Congrats again! Love you.

Summer is….. Gone?

Rest assured, you have NOT been forgotten. This blog has weighed like a millstone on my conscience for MONTHS! The worst thing about it is that the title of my blog had been “Summer is Coming” for all this time. I vow to do better. I’m not quite ready to do a full-on summer review…

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Chelsea - Way cool pictures guys. I love it! Unique with the prego test…very creative! And you Luisa my love look very SASSY standing in the road with your cute little belly :)

Jeralyn - HOORAY!!! I could NOT be happier for you two!! This is the BEST news EVER!! Congratulations!! Our family is so excited to have another COUSIN!! Yippee!! :) :) :) And I am so glad that it is going so well for you too! It is tough, but so incredibly worth it :)

Bree - CONGRATULATIONS! I am SO happy and excited for you! No doubt you will both be AMAZING parents! Luisa-you look SO good!! You will be so cute with a prego belly! Sounds like life is great and it's so fun seeing your smiling faces! Take care!

Kate Perkes - LOVE THE NEW POST!! Awesome pics you two… can't wait for this little miracle to be apart of our crazy family… I already love this darlin like my own… I find myself so excited for all the little mile stones of your pregnancy Luisa haha…. Just so happy for you two..This little babe will be assured to be showered with lots and lots of love from Aunt Kate and Uncle Jake…and Gracie, and Ben, and Natey and Julia… and everyone else anxiously awaiting the arrival..few…Lots of Love for sure!
P.s Love the pics of you two… I have been wanting to fix up my blog for so long you've inspired me to hut to it..


Linda - Cutest pregnant girl ever! So glad you are feeling better, and enjoy being able to go the bed as soon as you get home from work! (Sorry, but that won't last long!) Good luck with rest of the pregnancy and keep us updated. You are going to be the most amazing mom!

Melanie - I am so happy for you! Congratulations. The fatigue should start to pass soon and you will have a few months of feeling great! I can't wait to hear if it is a boy or girl!

Ken and Jen Perkes - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new blog look!!! You two should make an "appearance" on the Perkes Photography blog! Also, LOVE Luisa's bookshelf! HOW COOL!!! And most of all, LOVE the debut of our little guy . . . or girl! You look adorable pregnant, Luisa . . . we can ALMOST see your thinking about showing! Ha, ha!

In short, lots of LOVE here!