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  • WE ARE…

    ... 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.

Yearly Archives: 2011

The Grand Canyon Marathon…

I have been imagining this trip for the past 6 months. When I registered to run the Grand Canyon Marathon, Nate and I decided that we were going to make a HUGE trip out of it. With all the energy and enthusiasm that Nate could muster [which is a lot...], he planned a 2 week…

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Belinda Cranor - Oh Luisa, I am so happy that you were able to be supported by Family. You are so wonderful. It was such a blessing to see you on the way back from Las Vegas. Thanks for meeting us. I have been waiting to see the pictures and they are awesome. Thanks for taking the time to blog it all. I miss you and Nate and Jace. Hope you guys have been having a wonderful Holiday season. Hope to see you soon.
I love you!

Kelley - Oh my gosh, Luisa! Congratulations!!!!!! I’ve been dying to read this post! So happy for you! I am in love with all of your photos from the trip too! Just gorgeous!

Kathryn - Congratulations Luisa! You are amazing! I love your finish line pictures. Such raw emotion made me tear up. All your pictures are beautiful!

Treasure Mercurio - I am proud of you. Love from family, friends,and Heavenly Father will accomplish all things. You are wonderful and am thankful I have known you since you were a little girl from our ward. I am thankfull that you have shared this with us. Great pictures and great writing. Helped to make me feel like I was there cheering you on. You have been given many gifts from our Father more preious then gold and you have opened your gifts and haved used them well! Congradulation for being a winner!!!!! Love you.

Happy Halloween!!

The magic of holidays has quickly infiltrated our home and family now that Nate and I have a child to celebrate with. We have been SO excited to do all the traditions that make holidays so much fun. Last year, I think we missed Halloween completely. Well, THIS YEAR, we took it to some extremes….

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Pumpkin Patchin’…

It was one of those transitionary summer-to-fall days. We wore short sleeves. The sun was shining and there was a warm wind blowing, and during Nate’s ‘lunch break’, we decided that we HAD to get out of the house and enjoy the weather before the cold front rolls in. We headed out to the nearest…

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Something I Believe In…

While running in the early morning, I’ve been listening to some talks on tape and it has been such an uplifting experience. In particular, this one talk had a deep impact on me. The speaker was stressing the importance of filling our days with things that we truly believe in. “Truly believe in…” This phrase…

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Heidi - Luisa! I sometimes stalk you on your blog cause I love it! I wanted to tell you – check out local library and ask if they have NoveList. It’s a Reader’s Advisory database that my company sells. Shameless plug, mayhaps, but it’s a great tool for finding your next read or author read-alikes.

Kathryn - Oh sorry. lol it did work the first time

Kathryn - I don’t think my comment worked! I love good clean reads. My blog is, and I also use to check ratings
Thanks for the Rated reads tip!

Kathryn - Oh, I’m definitely passionate about reading good clean books. I have a whole blog about it! =) I don’t read the bad books though; I only post the clean ones. But I am thankful for those who do read the bad books and post the content rating. Thanks for the tip on Rated Reads. I’ll definitely use that one.
I also use Reading Teen Parental Reviews
My blog is Clean Teen Fiction

Gracie – Lu…

Her middle name is ACTUALLY Katherine [but I call her Gracie-Lu] and Gracie is my 2nd oldest niece. She turned 8 this September 24th, and on her birthday she asked her mom if we could run the St. Luke’s Women’s Fitness 5K together. What an amazing little girl!! To want to do a running event…

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Art in the Park…

We happened across it quite by chance. We decided to drive into downtown Boise and have a picnic. We LOVE picnics, and probably have at least one a week in the summer. There were hundreds of booths and thousands of people and we asked the parking attendant what was going on. He replied: “Art in…

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Berry Picking Twice…

Just down the road from us is a petting zoo/pumpkin patch/berry farm all in one! Coincidentally, it is actually called ‘The Berry Farm”. Who’da thought? Nate and I are fiends for fresh berries and they are quite expensive at the store. So Nate and I decided we were going to go get some of our…

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It’s Time I’ve Told…

Just about everyone has a Bucket List, right? At least an unofficial one? On my Bucket List are two very important things to me. One is to see the Grand Canyon someday, and the other is to run a marathon. As my luck would have it, The Grand Canyon itself actually hosts a marathon every…

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Kelley - Good luck! You will ROCK that race! I bet it’s going to be a great course! So excited for you!!!!


… One of our Favorite Places on Earth. Nate and I believe that we could actually live there – population 2,000 and about 90 miles North of Boise, which would be the closest civilization. Coming from Massachusetts, I never imagined that I could actually become a small town girl, but McCall makes me think that…

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Kelley - Oh my gosh, those photos are just amazing! The cabin, the lake! If that doesn’t scream summer I don’t know what does. Life’s simple pleasures. Jace is just SO cute! He’s getting big! Nate cracks me up too. And you look amazing, as usual. Great pictures! :)

Kathryn - I love the country too! Looks like a beautiful place. Jace is just so cute!! I love the bright blue eyes.

To Mackay, Stanley & Home Again…

Who’d have thought that there was so much to see in little ol’ Idaho?? But low and behold, Nate’s work has brought us to another gorgeous part of our state. I’d heard of Stanley before… I heard GORGEOUS lakes, mountains, parks, rivers, canyons… but I’d never heard of Mackay, a little town past Stanley. It…

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Oscar B.Morales - Hello Guys!!!!

Love the pictures, after seeing the little cacorrito, of course the last picture, the one of the “reflection” on the lake is just stunning.

Great work, but none compares to my Little Jace.


Pappa Daddy

Leanne - so yeah. you guys are so cute! holy blonde luisa. Before you mentioned it, i thought, ” how is this kid not brown? ” so funny. he is such a chunk and yes, i just wanna squeeze on those legs!!!!! he is getting cuter and cuter!!!! oh, i wish i could meet him!!! you look amazing as usual. love you woman!! MISS YOU TONS!!

Annual Perkes Family Reunion…

… The Denver Series!! Last year we hosted the Annual Perkes Family Reunion here in Idaho. We spent a day down here in Boise but mostly we were up in McCall. Nate and I arrived a day early to Denver in order to photograph Nate’s oldest brother, Josh and his BEAUTIFUL family. They had chosen…

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Lisa Van Gemert - I came across this looking for cowboy party ideas (random, I know), and I was reading, I was thinking, oh, they have to be LDS. Then I got to the Army of Helaman (formidable), and I knew. What great inspiration in so many ways. Thank you for sharing.

Josh Perkes - Luisa and Nate,

I loved this post! You captured everything so beautifully and I’m really glad you didn’t say anything about Nate beating me in chess. :)

Love you guys!


Jen Perkes - Luisa,
You have so beautifully captured our week! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! It was such a blessing to be with everyone as we got caught up on our lives, laughed, ate, played games and competitions, and had wild adventures. My favorite thing was sitting back and observing how much our sons and daughters and amazing grandchildren truly love each other and enjoy just being together. My joy is full!!
Hugs and luvs,
; )