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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.


… 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 I can. Nate had a photo gig last week and they provided us with a place to stay [our very own cabin on a lake!!]. Jace and I decided that we couldn’t let ‘Daddy’ have all the fun without us, so we jumped in the car and joined him for yet another road trip. We had a blast!! Below is a picture of me cheering on Nate as he ventured out into the unknown marshes of the Payette River to take some pictures of a beautiful creature that he spotted on the opposite bank of the river…Can you see it?Is that better? That’s right!! From the road, Nate spotted this bald eagle [I named him Ted]. We wish that we could have gotten closer, or had a major zoom lens.One of our first times to McCall Nate and I stopped at this road and took a couple pictures. It was great to see it again, and no matter what time of year it is, or what the weather, that road always provides something beautiful.This was us when we first got to the cabin. While Jace slept on a little while longer, Nate and I sunbathed on the deck at sunset. It was absolutely heavenly. As awesome as the cabin was, we spent about 95% of the time either on the porch or on the deck.During the night, we freaked ourselves out a bit, thinking that we were hearing intruders or raccoons in the house. Haha! We are such goobers. Being all alone in the wilderness made us a little jumpy. In the morning, we decided that we needed to head into town for me to try the FAMOUS cooking of the Pancake House! Nate had been there before on previous trips, but this was my first time and I was INCREDIBLY amazed to find that it lived up to its reputation. In the three days that we stayed up there, we got French Toast, Pancakes, THE BEST OMELETS we’ve ever eaten before [next to my Dad's, of course], lots of hot chocolate [because it was THAT good, even in the middle of the summer], ‘Those Potatoes’- which are hash browns loaded with cheese, bacon bits and veggies, and the biggest, bestest, tastiest, most fattening cinnamon roll we had ever seen in our lives. It was literally swimming in a plate of buttery frosting. Nate was a VERY happy man. I loved watching Nate work on a self-portrait project. He’s such a handsome guy, ya know? I’m super happy to have all these pictures of him at my disposal. Now, ‘all play and no work makes Jack a poor boy’… [is THAT how the saying goes?] And so on Tuesday afternoon, we were picked up by boat  and chauffeured over to the other side of the lake where we took some family portraits at a reunion. I love Jace’s hair flapping in the wind!On the trip back to our cabin, Nate got to wakeboard!! He said that it was one of the best runs he’s ever had in his life, EVER! He’s pretty dang talented… and fearless.With all that junk we’d been eating on our trip, I most definitely had to find time for running. It was a good chance for me to practice running at a higher elevation. I was so hot by the time I got back from my run, I didn’t even bother changing into my bathing suit. Ooooo, it felt good. Nate and I fantasized the entire time we were there, that someday, this would all be ours. We would own this cabin, on this lake, with that boat. And we would have SO MUCH fun with our family up here. And OH!! We would have a dog! It was so much fun, playing house. And this dog was such a joy!On our last day there, we had some gorgeous blue skies, which, we have discovered, is the best conditions by which to take pictures of our little man. That sky just makes his eyes POP!! He was so adorable during this little photo session. Bless you!!He was pretty excited that ‘Daddy’ even let him play with his phone!! What an expensive little toy!Sigh. My favorite. “Ok, Dad. I’m done.”
As is our custom, on the drive home, we took our time, stopping to take pictures, have picnics and just enjoy the scenery that was just too beautiful to enjoy from the inside of a car. We found this ‘beach’ with sand like you find in the Caribbean, soft and silky and white, and spent the afternoon there. I laughed from the shore as Nate tried to catch a minnow that was probably about 1/2″. He was so adorable. He even braved the swift rapids and crossed the river to try a rope swing. He got some great air!!
A very classic Nate shot… ; )I love this image. It represents how my memories are of that day… all sparkling and bright and warm, and filled with the two people I love the most. It was SUCH an amazing day… and trip as a whole. We are just so lucky.

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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.

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