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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.

Home is Wherever I’m With You…

About six months ago I had entitled one of my posts “The Perks of Being Married to a Photographer“, and I feel like today’s post should just be a repeat; or maybe I should just call it “The Perks of Being Married to a Perkes”, and not just any ‘Perkes’…. NATE Perkes. He has, yet again, let me accompany him on another adventure across the globe, this time to ARUBA!!
On the trip mentioned above to Costa Rica, I had the opportunity to meet one of the most ADORABLE and vivacious, successful, energetic, happy, enthusiastic and spunky girls that I have ever met. We got to know each other on a hike that consisted of like… 2,000 stairs and 95% humidity through a rabid monkey infested rain forest. You can really get to know a person in those conditions.
Anyways, Nicole and I have kept in touch over the months, and I plan on keeping her ‘close’ forever. On her flight down to Costa Rica, her then boyfriend NOW husband Faruk, proposed to her 30,000 feet in the air. Nate shot their Engagements while on the beach in Costa Rica and they decided to have him do their Wedding as well… in ARUBA, and that’s why we came.
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You know, words can’t describe what it was really like and I exhaust myself trying to come up with some way to do it. So instead we’ve put together a video that hopefully can help depict our travels better than my fumbling poetic attempts to do the trip justice.
At first I questioned Nate’s song choice for this video, but after I heard the line “Home is WHEREVER I’m with you” I decided that it was simply perfect.

Hector Land - Is there anybody who can advise me a good tour along Silk Road? https://silkroadexplore.com/uzbekistan-tour-2015/

Anonymous - Loooooove it!!!!! It was like a tv video journey and soooo special to watch!!! Like you can see your relationship and the partnership, togetherness you both share….and that song fits! Luisa!!! I cried when I read what you wrote xoxoxoxo I miss you both!!!! Love, Nicole! we just loved the video!!!

Pappa Perkes - I agree with Kate! The first part of the video, before you get to Animoto, is the best stuff you have done. YOU ARE A VIDEOGRAPHER!!! And the first time I heard the song choice I thought it was odd, but because I have now watched this fun video several times, I am loving the song . . . and humming it in my mind! Very cool!

And sorry to all the Perkes ladies, the weird face pulling trait may have been a genetic defect passed on from Pops!

Kate Perkes - Guys! LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS VIDEO!! Nate… I am yet to see you take a serious picture.. why does this trait run in the perkes boy family. I swear you all do it!! HAHA… This is my favorite video by far! Love the live and still images combined.. SO MUCH FUN!!.. Makes me want to do more video.

Nate funny funny song choice!! haha… but it actually works!

Love You Two!

Our Family - Amazing! It's no aruba but wish we could have you guys do our family pics here in dallas :)

Kelley - This was so awesome!!!!! Love the video. You two are SO cute!

An Intriguing Notion…

For reasons STILL unbeknownst to me, Nate and I have been toying with the idea of me becoming his ‘back-up photographer’ or ‘second shooter’ [sounds like a sniper term in a Bourne movie]. It has been a very intimidating experience, considering the fact that, oh I don’t know… I’M NOT A PHOTOGRAPHER!! But Nate and I shot this one particular wedding, Shannon & James’, and that entire experience totally opened my mind to the possibilities. During the day, I was ‘fretting’, feeling the pressure of wanting to be an ASSET to Nate, wondering if I was getting ANY photos that he would be able to use. As I was juggling lenses & memory cards, there was a constant stream of mental commands that I was giving myself: ‘IN FOCUS!’, ‘TOO LIGHT!’, ‘TOO DARK!’, ‘COMPOSE!’…. and ‘FAST! BEFORE YOU MISS ANYTHING!’.
This day and this wedding had SO much going for it. A radiant couple, fabulous lighting, an UNBELIEVABLE location… and of course, NATE routing me on…. silently. Here are a few of my shots:

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At first it was all just a temporary fix, a “fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants” experiment. But I have LOVED working with Nate. He is patient and forgiving, but he is also a professional and he pushes me. He made me feel like a MILLION bucks. Still, we don’t know where we are going to go with this. We have a lot going on in our little family, but I LOVE that Nate loves my work. I hope that whether or not shooting with him is permanent, that he will continue to be proud of the little apprentice that he has created out of me. I have no aspirations to become a true photographer… but, for now, I just like being with Nate.
He’s really cute, ya know?
*P.S. Here are the links for the other posts that Nate has done about this particular wedding. Post & Slideshow

Hector Land - Is there anybody who can advise me a good tour along Silk Road? https://silkroadexplore.com/uzbekistan-tour-2015/

Ken and Jen Perkes - You have really blown us away with your talent, Luisa. Wonderful eye! Something that is hard to teach. Almost every shoot you two have done together, my favorite photograph turns out to be one you shot. I hope you keep doing it.

You inspired me so much that I actually offered to second shoot for Mom. She–knowing my techno skills–wisely responded: "THANKS! But don't call us; we'll call you!"

Lisa, Danny, and Blake - Luisa you're great! These definitely look like a professional. Good job girl. I definitely think you should keep doing it, especially because you'll be taking so many of your new little guy. Good job!

Time Out for Women- Disappointment…

The older I get, the more I realize that women need each other. The innate instinct that resides in every woman to nurture and care and comfort and console extends itself to each other. I LOVE THAT! I love loving and I love being loved.

I have a dear friend who takes wonderful care of me… she brought me to Time Out for Women a couple of weeks ago, and it was a remarkable experience. One of the greatest lessons I learned during the conference was about disappointment. Amanda Dickson told us that we give “disappointment” too much power! We spend so much time and energy raising our expectations and our hopes and dreams, and then we devote MORE time and energy into being disappointed when those things aren’t realized or achieved.
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I do that… a lot. I am constantly filling my life with disappointments. Amanda spoke about her youngest child being born with mental retardation and severe heart problems. When she showed us a picture of her little beautiful baby boy, she asked us: ‘Can you tell me that this is really the ‘worst thing’ that could have happened to me?’ She had these hopes and dreams for the child before it was born, that would NEVER be realized. She PRAYED that he would be born perfectly healthy. But she was blessed with something else, and with it a deep understanding that “disappointment” only has as much power as we give it. The “worst thing” is often the absolutely most beautiful thing that can grace our lives.

I am grateful for my dear friend who gave me the chance to learn this lesson… I needed it. ; )

A New Addition to My Family…

So, I’m lucky enough to already have an older sister and a younger sister. I only have little brothers, but we got that taken care of when Nate and I got married. Now I have like… 3 older brothers.
One of my “little” brothers, Andrew, recently got married, and I was just pondering the other day about how fun it is to have a sister that is neither older, nor younger, just perfectly my sister.

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Andrew and Danella got married on September 30th in the Salt Lake Temple. As is normally the case, the sealing was the best part of the day… SO rich with the doctrines of eternity.

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I loved being all together with my family and being able to tour Salt Lake with them.

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As is the tradition, there was MUCH dancing and partying to be done at the reception. I LOVED watching the bride and groom dance together. Danella was especially radiant when there was a performance of folkloric Peruvian dancing. She clapped and smiled and laughed, completely unaware of how adorable she looked. I could tell she was just itching to get on the floor and join the performing group.

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That night I was DEEPLY reminded of the fact that Latina blood still runs thickly through my veins. The music, the language, my family, the colors, the people… it made me miss home but feel at home at the same time.

I love my new sister. She glows, and I know that she will take care of my brother and make him very happy. Danella, welcome to our family!!!

Danella and Andrew Morales - You are so sweet!!! I haven't checked your blogged for about 2 weeks and I didn't know about this!!! You really made my eyes teary :') I am so happy to be a Morales and so happy to have older sisters now!!! I am the oldest of my fam, so i didnt know how it feels like to have an older sister =D now i do!
Thanks Luisa! I love you!!!

Second Shooting…

When I was 15 years old, I got a job working at Papa Gino’s with my best friend, Briana. The job, overall, wasn’t the worst I’ve ever had, but only a best friend can turn the drudgery of a JOB into the MOST fun you’ve ever had.
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Nate just can’t seem to get enough of me, or I can’t get enough of him… or both. Not only do we awaken and fall asleep to each other every single day, we eat together and share a car, we have all the same friends and surprisingly, all the same relatives. We spend every moment we have together when I’m not at work, and NOW we actually “work” together as well…
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Before I go any further, it must be understood that I am no photographer. But for reasons, still unbeknownst to me, we are taking a stab at me being his back up photographer.
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He may have been my ‘employer’ that afternoon that we shot this wedding together, but more importantly, he will always still be my best friend, and there is nothing more fun than working with your best friend.
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Ken and Jen Perkes - BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL work!!! Yes, the two of you really do make magic! ALWAYS!!!

–Pops

CAST YOUR VOTES!!!

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 we think we actually might have a top 3, but we want to know YOUR opinions!! So CAST YOUR VOTES on the sidebar poll!!
Thanks for your help!! Any suggestions of names we SHOULD add???

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].
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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 me, that is a SURE sign of a great movie].
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Summer Obsessions
[Powerbalance Bands- somehow they align your ions and make your stronger and more flexible. I don't get it, personally. But Nate and his brother Jake LOVED them and got all kinds of colors].
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Summer Discoveries
[Nate's 1st Gray Hair! Sexy, I think].
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Summer Illnesses that Led to Summer Fashions
[I got pink eye... nasty. My doctor ordered me out of my contacts for the days following, so I needed to buy glasses. Nate wants some as well, just for fun. Those are the first pair that he tried on and he kept them on for the duration of my visit].
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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!

Hugs!

–Pops

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 in FL. It was in Vergennes, Vermont.

In a 120 year old mansion called Thendara, my family would spend a week together in the summer every year. My father worked for the family who owned it and they would leave it at our disposal. Complete with ALL antique furniture, servants quarters, a library, fireplaces in every room, a haunted basement and a bat filled attic, this was a place fit for the wild imagination of children. Aside from the house itself, the surrounding area has SO much to offer: BLUEBERRY picking, Dakin Farms [specialized cheeses and meats, but my favorite part was their bee farm, honey sticks, and rock candy], the Teddy Bear Factory, Ben & Jerry’s Factory and the von Trapp Family Lodge.

It JUST so happened that the stars aligned and Nate AND my brother AND his fiance were all going to be back East AT THE SAME TIME! It didn’t take me long to get a ticket myself; we made plans to make a trip up to Vermont and we invited much of my extended family for the event. I don’t really have any images of Thendara itself, but it’s the people there that make it home and even if I didn’t get to go ‘HOME’ while I was back East, I still felt AT home with my family surrounding me and being in a place so beautiful and so full of memories.

Without further ado, this is My Family:

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From top left to right: Cousin Sebastian, Brother Alex, Uncle Alex, DADIO, Uncle Luis, Nate & Me, Cousin Javier, Abuela, Sister Shannon, Sister Melanie, Soon-To-Be Sister Danella, Brother Andrew, MOM, Aunt Lecy, Niece Brooke, Nephew Cameron… I LOVE THIS PICURE.

But this picture below, I feel is a more accurate depiction of the Morales Family:

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And my dear sweet Nate, although he was supposed to be on vacation like the rest of us, took my baby sisters Senior pictures. Hah. Not so ‘baby’ anymore. I love this little girl and I can’t wait to watch her life. She is radiant. OFTEN I say to Nate that one of my biggest regrets is having missed so much of her life and the life of my little brother, Alex. I moved away to college 8 years ago [Eck... she's not the only one getting old] and haven’t really lived at home much since. : (

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AND he took these adorable pictures of my big sister Shannon and her little kidlets. I love those two little ones. They are SO bright and intelligent and vivacious. Nate and I caught two beautiful bright red and orange salamanders for them. Brooke’s died within the hour. Too much ‘lovin’.
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Of all the pictures that Nate took this trip, I think that this one has to be my favorite. I have always felt a deep love for my Grandmother, my Dad’s mom. I was named after her mother and that might be part of the reason I feel so attached to her. She is strong and vibrant and beautiful and intelligent. She develops her talents and her passions and she LOVES to learn. She sews, paints, cooks, and embroiders. But MOST importantly, she is a survivor and SUCH an example to me.

La quiero, Abuela.

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More Things I Love About Thendara:

~There is a huge wrap around porch with lawn chairs to enjoy the view of the lake with a cup of hot chocolate or iced lemonade [depending on the weather] and a good book [a GOOD book is at the top of EVERY Thendara packing list].
~There are hammocks, rope swings, a volleyball net and a large field for croquet and other sports.
~There is a huge ‘dinner bell’ that is rung at each meal to get everyone to gather.
~Every day ends with games or reading books around the fireplace in the family room. One by one we all drift off to sleep and are sent to bed by the last surviving readers.
~There always seemed to be a puzzle that everyone could work on, one piece at a time in passing.
~The attic is full of bats and so there aren’t very many bugs [occasionally, one gets loose in the house. As kids, we LOVED that!!]
~You can sleep in as long as you want… and you can take as many naps as you want.
~The TV was off-limits… ALMOST 100%.
~Thendara rests right on the shores of Lake Champlain and we would spend whole days swimming in the water, taking boats over to the New York side or collecting buckets full of frogs.
~Every room has its own assigned letter. My favorite room was the ‘G’ room for Granny. It’s the only bedroom downstairs and was dark and quiet and cool. But my second favorite was the ‘A’ room because it’s theme was ‘ships & sailing’, complete with portholes, anchors and model ships.
~Thendara is notorious for ‘feeding’. My family NEVER eats more, even at holidays, than they do when we visit VT. The kitchen is HUGE so it can fit everyone in there for dinner prep and cleanup, and most evenings we take our dinner outside onto the porch.
~Whenever someone leaves Thendara, everyone remaining gathers outside the back door and waves until the car is out of sight. The ‘departee’ has to honk. Its called the “Thendara Goodbye.”

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?
Rod

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!

–Pops

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. Boise is home. Having family close by makes the winters well worth it.
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Anyways, I need to give a rugged rundown of our summer here. My lack of posting has NOTHING to do with ‘uneventfulness’, just…. laziness? There probably won’t be any order or any particular flow, but something is better than nothing!! And I just feel this urge to DOCUMENT!
First and foremost, our summers wouldn’t be summers without boating. It is now a staple. For obvious reasons [THE BABY!! MUAH!], I didn’t do any wakeboarding but I still loved wakesurfing and even just being on the boat and enjoying the summer heat. Nate got better and better at everything behind the boat, of course! His wakeboarding jumps are higher and farther than ever before! We decided to try out a new venue and crossed the stateline into Oregon and explored the Owyhee National Park and Reservoir. It was beautiful!!!
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There was actual potential for disaster when we couldn’t find the camp ground in the middle of NO WHERE… Nate kept the kids semi-occupied for HOURS in the back. We retreated at midnight and then headed back the next morning with CORRECT directions.
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Nate and I are lucky to have both of our birthdays in the summer, and only a week and a half apart too! My birthday was SUPER relaxed; JUST what I needed. It was on a Sunday and the BEST thing about it was that Nate made me Breakfast, Lunch AND Dinner in bed. I felt like a QUEEN!! It was a glorious day where I had him ALL to myself and that is the best present of all.
For his birthday this year, I had a little theme and for lack of a better suited title, it’d probably be: ‘Live It Up!!’… meaning that I want us to take full advantage of our current ‘freedom’ and go out and have fun and just… LIVE IT UP! SO, one of his birthday presents was a pair of tickets to an OUTDOOR theater in the mountains about an hour north of Star in Garden Valley. We saw ‘Thoroughly Modern Milly” and it was a blast!!

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And again in accordance with that theme, I also got Nate a certificate to a cool dinner venue in downtown Boise, and tickets to a concert by one of our favorite bands:

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The concert was AMAZING!! We felt like high school kids again, even though we were the only ones there without a giant X on the backs of our hands signifying ‘Underage’. John Vesely, the lead singer/songwriter/creator of Secondhand Serenade, has amazing vocals and HARMONIES. We especially love his acoustic work and my personal favorite that night was: ‘Fall for You’ with John on the piano.

Here are our FAVORITE SONGS and here is us at the Concert!!

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I can’t help but make mention of a band that opened for Secondhand Serenade that night: CAMERA CAN’T LIE. They were the most shy, humble guys from Minnesota that you can imagine. Their music, though, was pure power. We bought some of their albums that night, and now THEY are the soundtrack of this summer.
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As far as Nate’s photography is concerned, this summer has been MONUMENTAL. From here on out, I think anything I have to say is pathetically supplemental to what Nate has already described on his own blog. So, it will suffice to say that his adventures began in NYC with his ADORABLE parents. I’ve only chosen this ONE picture out of the THOUSAND’S that he has of this bridal shoot. But click HERE for more of Jess and HERE for a little more of New York.

After NY, Nate traveled to Portsmouth, NH for another photography gig and from there met me in Vermont for a mini-family reunion with my folks. More on that tomorrow!
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The ULTIMATE Jasmine Star Experience

Truly, this adventure deserves its own post or SERIES of posts, but I’ve been so excited to talk about it that I decided to include it today. It was a lengthy journey and process to begin with, but again I don’t want to repeat things that Nate has already divulged in vivid and lively detail.
SO… to begin, he was made aware of the opportunity to enter to win a seat in a unique Jasmine Star workshop. I’ll let HER explain in greater detail:
We were ECSTATIC, literally jumping and screaming and laughing when we found out that Nate was one of the five chosen to attend!! This is his winning video:
I got to watch him LIVE online almost the entire time! It was a blast…. except for the time when I called him and SAW him IGNORE MY CALL!!! Stinker!!
Here are Nate’s thoughts, pictures, insights, notes and memories from the 5-Day event.
Apart from this being an amazing opportunity for Nate to learn, it was THE most important day in the lives of Billy and Laura who got married…. LIVE ON THE INTERNET!!! Here is Nate’s selection from THAT momentous occasion:
More than anything, as glad as I am to have him home again, I am SO grateful for the opportunities that have been presented to Nate. It’s been said of him that ‘he attracts good things into his life’ and that is SO evident in this epic Summer of 2010. To those that have loved, supported, taught and encouraged him:
Thank you.

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, we have not as yet HAD our little baby BOY, but today we found out that it IS a little baby boy!!! You can be assured that when he DOES actually arrive, you will not receive the big news by a collect phone call.
This is us waiting to start our ultrasound…
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The sonographer put that warm goop on my belly, and nearly the very MOMENT that she put the camera on, WE SAW!! She didn’t even need to tell us what it was. “IT’S A BOY!!” Nate and I yell. And we slap each other high five!

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The rest of the experience was just beautiful and exciting. She took all the measurements and looked at every part of his little body. Nate and I just marveled at how perfect he is. Our absolute joy and giddiness actually resulted in being problematic, since my giggling would blur the images and bounce the camera. The nurse was NOT so amused.
I LOVE how his legs look here… so strong! And stretched out!! Jeez. THAT’S what I’ve been feeling.
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This gift from my boss was appropriately accompanied by chocolate… and trail mix since he knows I try to eat healthy.

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After the appointment, Nate and I decided to CELEBRATE!! We went and bought his 1st oufit!!

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And what’s a celebration without good food?!? I’ve been CRAVING this forever, and it was worth the wait! Carl’s Jr. Double Western Bacon Angus Cheeseburger…. with Waffle Fries and Fry Sauce!!! Heavenly. And our little boy LOVED it too.

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I hope that the nurse didn’t mistake our excitement as being about the gender of the baby as much as it was about how PERFECTLY healthy he is, thus far. What a blessing. We are SO grateful for that.

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!=)

Love,
Brian and misty

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

–Pops

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 post, but it is well in the works.
For starters though, the BEST thing about this summer has been:
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Truly this has been the desire of our hearts for a long time, and we couldn’t be more ECSTATIC!! We found out on June 10 and shortly afterward, we visited with our competent Doctor West and he let us see our little ‘Gummy Bear’:
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So far, and in comparison, I have been so content with this pregnancy. No one can call this ‘easy’, but I’ve been blessed with only slight nausea. That’s all gone now though, and only the fatigue remains. Poor Nate has often told me he misses me. Nearly the moment I walk in the door from work, I hit the sack. Mostly I’ve only craved fruit: grapes, watermelon, apples, peaches and nectarines. Only recently have ‘the other’ cravings started to show their ugly faces: Sully’s French Fries, Carl’s Jr. Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger, Guido’s Pizza and LOTS of grilled cheese. Nate has been a SAINT in his patience and understanding. I’m sure he has been sorely tempted to laugh rather than console me in those moments when I am literally sobbing over spilt milk, but he has resisted and instead has loved, pampered and adored me. He’s going to make an amazing Dad.
My official due date is February 9th, SO… at this moment I am 4 1/2 months!! Nate was nice enough to take a break from traveling the world to take a few pictures of my prego belly!!
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WE ARE SO STOKED and as a family we have never been more happy.

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..

Loves!

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!

–Pops

Fam Reunion x 2!!

The only thing missing was Max, our little brother on a mission in Italy. Mom & Dad Perkes went to above and beyond measures to put together the most wonderful week of family adventure ever. We ate AMAZING foods. We explored. We laughed… a lot. We even had many the spiritual experience.
Featured here is the lovely couple… I don’t know if you can make out the ‘shiner’ Dad has under his right eye! He got it playing ball with the youngin’s… and ACTUALLY holding his own!! Thank you Mom and Dad for everything you did to put this together!
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The first part of our trip and reunion consisted of rendezvousing with all 4 brothers and their wives here in Boise and then heading up to McCall to a cabin that we rented. We had a blast!! Hiking, treasure hunts, running from snakes, games, a pool tournament, and devotionals. It was action packed, but this was only Family Reunion #1.
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Here is Buck and Jay-Z, hailing from Omaha with their new baby, Jack-Jack [more on him later].
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From there we headed down to Altamont, UT… where? It’s near Vernal… still, where? Who really knows… but it was gorgeous, and we gathered with 75 members of Nate’s extended family, on his paternal side, on a ranch in the middle of nowhere. Family Reunion #2, and it was phenomenal.
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Nate took advantage of EVERYTHING that was going on: From swimming and hot tubbing, to rock climbing…
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… to volleyball, mountain biking and paint balling.
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One of the other days was organized by Jeralyn, our sister, who happens to be a recreational genius! She had all kinds of equipment and organized team work kind of games. She was great. THIS is the Eskimo Blanket. To put it concisely… you launch people into the air. As you can tell, for me, it was a toe-curling experience.
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Matt, my little nephew, looked much more graceful than I.
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This was my other favorite activity: Grandma’s Girdle. Working simultaneously in a rhythm, the 4 people inside slingshot each other back and forth. It was a riot!
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I think my favorite part about the entire experience was being in Temple Square in Salt Lake City. It is a sacred place and I truly felt like I was on hallowed ground. Seeing and being with the Sister Missionaries just melted my heart. It made me miss my mission immensely and I was jealous of the experiences they are having every day.
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Obviously, there isn’t much that I can say to really help you experience that week with me. It was… amazing. I felt loved, edified, enriched and enlightened by the ENTIRE experience. One of my true delights though, was meeting my little nephew, Jack, for the first time. He just glowed and radiated such a happiness and purity that I’ve never seen before.
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My other true delight was being with my Nate, 24/7 for a week. I love that boy. Thanks Nate, for sharing your wonderful family with me. It was a BLAST!
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Annual Perkes Family Reunion… » Nate & Luisa - [...] 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 [...]

Jeralyn - Luisa, You are so darling. Really. Sooo darling! I don't connect with you enough. I need to repent. I will call you more & you answer more, k?! :) You are the absolute sweetest as you articulate your blog… It is always so well said. Everything. Seriously. And of course, I adore how you adore Jack. He is the most incredible little man. I am amazed that I get to be his Mom. I SSSOOO love you guys & I don't tell you enough. So, I LOVE YOU GUYS :) Can't wait till we get to see you again…

kevin. Leanne. Beckum. - Hello beautiful! How are you? I hope you are doing well. I have missed you a lot lately!!!! You look so beautiful in all your pictures, and I hope you know i just adore you. Take care. Miss you!!!!
Love,
Queenie

Kathryn - Hey Luisa!! It's your old Glenwood roommate! You and your husband are SO cute! Your pictures are amazing. Looks like lots of fun. You can keep up with my crazy family at texanlife-cooperfamily.blogspot.com

Bree - What a BLAST!!! You really married into a COOL family!! Hope you're doing great! :)

Ken and Jen Perkes - Luisa: You always do such a great job chronicling our adventures; I always love living it again through your eyes. Thanks for this beautiful post. It was fun, wasn't it?!

By the way, I love the curling toes! FUNNY!

–Pops

You May Have Already Noticed…

I CUT MY HAIR!!! At first it was a very terrifying experience; this was the shortest its ever been in my life. I didn’t know how to style it; it turned out different every time. I needed product and accessories and time…. ahhhh! But now, it’s just fun. It was perfect to have on our vacation. I just threw a headband, scarf or bandana on it, and was ready to go! It’ll be fun for the summer.
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Alexander - bobby i love it!!! it looks awesome, of course you would look beautiful with any kind of hair!! i miss you.. see you soon !!

Aimee and Dane - Looks great girl! You will have fun changing it and flipping out or flipping in, or doing the wavy thing. :) Me gusta.

german&jenny - I LLLLOOOVVVEEE IT! You look beautiful!! I always try to have cute short hair but it never works. This looks SO good on you!

Music Video of Costa Rica

Chelsea - WOW…HOW AMAZING! AND YEAH, DEFINATELY HELPS TO MARRIED TO A PHOTOGRAPHER…THE PICTURES ARE INCREDIBLE…NICELY DONE NATE!!!
LOOKS LIKE SO MUCH FUN!!!

Vilma - Amo a mi país, y en ese video se muy lindo,es cierto que es el más lindo del mundo ¡felicidades y gracias por enseñarnos el video!
PURA VIDA…con cariño Vilma

Buckley - You continually amaze me with your talent. I love the multiple pieces where it looks like a picture and than it breaks into a video, and it works so flawlessly with it being HD. Also a great compilation of music. How fun!

Brittany Cooper - WOW it looks like such an incredible amazing time!!!!! I love, LOVE the trees!!

Ken and Jen Perkes - ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!! Seriously, it is my favorite video you have created [a pretty high standard!]. You have so beautifully documented your adventure, the joy, and even the peril. I LOVED it!!! Thanks so much for sharing with us so generously.

You two always make me smile, and frequently laugh! What a delight to know and love you.

Much love,

–Pops

Bree - WOW!!! What an amazing trip!! I won't even pretend I'm not jealous…cuz I am!!!! ;) Gorgeous pictures!!
p.s. Luisa did you get a new #? I texted you the other day…

The Perks of Being Married to a Photographer…

LONG STORY SHORT: Nate got a photography gig from a company taking their top sales reps to Costa Rica. Since my Dad is from there and since its the most beautiful place on earth, we quickly worked a plane ticket for me into our budget. I joined Nate in the very Northwestern corner of the country, near the Nicaraguan border [the Golf of Papagayo in the Region of Guanacaste] on the most beautiful resort I have ever been to with the best service I have ever received; there were about 3-4 employees per guest. The sitcom ‘Cheers’ comes to mind, because EVERYONE knew our names and our ‘drink’ of choice: virgin pina coladas or fruit smoothies of mango and passionfruit. We had a beautiful room with a balcony looking over the ocean; monkies, parrots, iguanas and geckos were everywhere. Here are some howler monkies that we saw close to our room; that little one was harrasing the adults and didn’t get away quick enough. Their howls were scary at night, sounding like a cross between a dragon roar and a wolf howl.

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The ocean water was so warm and clean. We swam every day, obviously. There were hermit crabs EVERYWHERE, sometimes it looked like the entire beach was shifting and moving!! You couldn’t take a step without squishing a few into the sand. Nate could attest to how much I loved them; they made me squeal and giggle like a little girl.

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Nate’s employer was incredibly welcoming and warm to me… they even included Nate on their deep-sea fishing trip [where he caught a huge red snapper, which they cooked and served to us as fish tacos and ceviche]. They included me in their day at the spa with a 75 min facial [I'd NEVER had one!], and they brought BOTH of us on their zipline tour. On the ropes, we got up to speeds of 45 mph. The workers there even taught me how to go upside down!!

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After our stay at the resort, we were torn between going to the Caribbean side of the country to see a park called Tortuguero in the Northeast OR driving the entire length of the country on the West coast down to the Osa Peninsula and the National Rainforest Corcovado. After interviewing nearly every single local we could find, we decided to head south. We knew the drive would be long… about 9 hours… but this is what we chose since Corcovado is considered the ‘hidden pearl of Costa Rica’ by National Geographic AND ALSO because this would give us a chance to see more of the country. Here is the SUV we rented for the journey…

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Before turning south though, we headed due East to La Fortuna where Arenal is the last active volcano. Although lava can normally be seen nearly every other day, we were a little nervous because due to heavy cloud cover nothing had been seen for about 2 weeks. However, this is the view that graced our eyes as we pulled into La Fortuna…

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Thanks to some covert directions, we found some thermal waterfalls and hot-springs at the base of the volcano. When we found them our first night there, it was MAGICAL. Some locals had lit candles all over the place. It was right in the middle of the jungle. The water felt like silk and the FIREFLIES were like fairies. They don’t flash like they do here in the States; they stay lit for 15-20 seconds at a time as they zoom around. Beautiful! We went back early the next morning and took these pictures…

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That night before, after ‘hot-tubbing’ in the jungle, we headed back to the little bungalow where we were staying, showered up, and decided to get some dinner. Walking down a path to a nearby restaurant, Nate saw lava!!!!

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We set up Nate’s tripod and ordered our food, and enjoy the sights from the patio.

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Early the next morning we headed out, and while driving through some beautiful farmland, we saw someone taking a picture over the side of the bridge. We decided to follow suit and low and behold….

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These bridges didn’t make us feel any better.

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After quite the long drive, we arrived in Puerto Jimenez and crashed. ANOTHER long story short, we found out it was incredibly hard to get inside to the Rainforest, we needed passes and fees to be paid in a bunch of different locations. We had to make reservations for meals while we were inside the park. It took us an entire day to get it all worked out and as the sun was setting, we headed to La Leona where we would stay before we could enter the park…

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The next morning we went for a hike up a nearby river and spotted these bespectacled owls. Ever the inquisitive child, Nate decided he wanted to wake them up, and so after throwing a few rocks at them, I decided to hike up the hill and wiggle the tree next to them. They awoke and spun their heads around a few times and then flew away. On my way back down, I started slipping down the hill and all these leaves collected around my feet and all of a sudden, I felt this bite on my ankle!!! Inside, I freaked out… on the outside, I said: ‘Ouch.” We took a look at my ankle, and there were two puncture wounds about 1/2″ apart. Swelling soon followed…. again, LONG STORY SHORT, I’m fine!!

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Nate found this poison dart frog… we found out later that if the poison secreted by this animal got into either your eyes or your mouth, you would die within 2-4 hours. Ahhh!!

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CORCOVADO RAINFOREST FINALLY!!

This butterfly was our good luck charm! She was BRIGHT blue on the inside and followed us nearly the whole way.

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Scarlet Macaws

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Squirrel Monkey

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BUGS!!

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Cool Trees

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This tapier let us get SO CLOSE!! We could have followed him all day long!

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Capuchin Monkey – like Night At The Museum

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Two-Toed Sloth

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Where we camped in Sirena, the base camp in the middle of the jungle…

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Our Hike Back- Nate’s Herbal Essence Commercial

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This was what we came upon as we were ending our hike…

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We had to pick up our luggage, get it to the donkey cart, hike another mile, and then drive our car 2 hours to get to the nearest civilization to get a hotel. VERY quickly we were walking through torrential rainfall and lightning on the beach [NOT a good idea]. When we got our car, we ran into some guys who were heading in the same direction we were, and we ALL started booking it. We didn’t get far before the road became impassable with SUPER flooded rivers and enormous trees knocked down into the road. To say the least, it was a very crazy night. We had some people come and cut trees apart with machetes, and we watched as a friend of ours was nearly carried away down a flooded river before his tires caught. After watching THAT, we decided we weren’t going to cross, but we decided we couldn’t stay where we were either. A Costa Rican boy offered to drive our car across the river and we accepted for lack of better options. He started edging into the water and RIGHT when we reach the middle, WE SINK and suddenly the headlights are under water and water is coming up over our hood!!! I was screaming, but the kid gunned it and got us out of the river fast. Despite the danger, we slept in the car that night… IN the jungle since later on all the rivers were just too deep to pass. Shown below are two of the guys that took care of us that night. After getting stuck in mud pits, fording rivers, sharing limited food and moving tree, after tree, after tree out of the road, we felt like these guys were family.

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Drive Up to San Jose – Beautiful Farm Land and Bunny Cows

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Nate’s Wish List Item…


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… and this was mine!

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Nate wasn’t as fond of the idea…

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San Jose

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My Lovely Family!!

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They couldn’t get over how tall he was!!

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Nate got some of the most beautiful pictures of the most beautiful people…

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Liberia Airport

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This was the opportunity of a life time, and I was SO happy to share it with Nate. I am so proud of him and grateful for him. What an amazing adventure.

Tico-ism’s

Tico/a- a person of Costa Rican descent
Granizado- a special dessert found mostly in Puntarenas made of shaved ice, cherry syrup, vanilla ice cream, powdered milk and sweetened condensed milk!
Gallo Pinto- the most common breakfast made out of ‘last nights dinners’ rice and beans served with an egg or sausage and ‘Salsa Lizano’
Salsa Lizano- Native to Costa Rica, this sauce is spicy and sort of sweet. LOVE IT!

Pura Vida- A common phrase that Ticos use for nearly everything! How’s it going? = Pura Vida? … It’s going great! = Pura Vida! … Have a great day! = Pura Vida!

Literally translated it means….

THE PURE LIFE.

The Perkes Family - Very cool you guys! Nate the photos are awesome, love the one with the boat, and the sun peaking through the trees. Glad your home safe, sounds like more adventures are to come, can't wait to see whats next in store. LOVES!

Ken and Jen Perkes - Luisa, you and Nate are the ultimate ADVENTURE FAMILY!!! Thank you so much for this wonderful blog post; it was so fun to "go with you" on this amazing journey. And thank you for being such a perfect companion to our "little" wanderer! It will be fun to see where your talents next take you! [Africa? the Greek Islands? . . . perhaps someplace with fewer bugs!]

Love,

–Dad

Long time, No Nothin’…

It’s really not that our lives have become less interesting, because they haven’t. Or maybe they have and I’m just in denial. I’ve missed my old
friend, “the blog”. I’m sure Nate hasn’t really missed me obsessing over the what, where, when’s, why’s and how’s of posting. But I sure have
missed the obsession. January was lonely for me, while Nate traveled nearly 3 weeks out of the month. February was great though, and shown
below is ONE of the reasons why…
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Nate got this for me!!! I had an Aunt once that was incredibly feministic. She got in a fight with my Dad because he bought a sewing
machine for my mother for their first Christmas. Well this is my SECOND Valentines Day, and I couldn’t have been MORE THRILLED!
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The first projects included LOTS of mending and simple alterations, baby blankets, a scripture case made out of a placemat, and the MOST important….
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… a summer dress for my niece Brooke for her birthday/Easter, even though it got to her too late for both. : ( Oh well, pick your battles, right?
Next to tackle, A QUILT… about ten times more difficult than that dress, but I’m pumped!!
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Here is one other thing that we have been doing a lot lately…. dipping chocolates. Wow, that’s the LAST thing we should be
doing as we try to shed our ‘winter coats’. Anyways, here’s the recipe for THE most AMAZINGLY easy, most delectable things you’ve ever tasted.
Oreo Balls
2 8 oz. packages Cream Cheese
1 ENTIRE package Double-Stuffed Oreos
Powered Sugar [to taste and texture]
1 BIG bag Milk Chocolate Chips
1/2 small big White Chocolate Chips
Crush up oreos in a large ziplock bag. With a mixer, combine oreos and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar to thicken the mixture.
Chill. With hands covered in powdered sugar, roll into balls. Chill again. Melt milk chocolate. Dip chilled oreo balls in chocolate. Place on wax paper.
Let cool. Melt white chocolate. Drizzle for decorative touch [we failed to take a picture of the finished product ].

In the meantime, NATE has been developing OTHER talents as well…

The Nesting Syndrome… » Nate & Luisa - [...] after my house was ‘in order’, I started just MAKING stuff. Now, Nate got me a sewing machine for Valentines Day last year [YAY!!] and I am SO proud to say that I have put that baby to good [...]

Kat and Andy Bartholomew - Cute post!

ericnashlea - Ok so I peaked…that little dress is beautiful…I coulnd't help but wonder :)

I texted you the measurements. Hopefully I sent my text to the right number this time.

You are truly amazing. i love and miss you.

Linda - Hey Luisa! Today is Dolan's birthday and his all-time favorite treat is oreos, so I just finished making the Oreo balls to surprise him when he gets home! They are delish!!! Thanks for sharing.

Bree - Good job Luisa!! I've been trying to improve my sewing skills lately too!! Thanks for that recipe–those sound/look soooo yummy!!!

Aimee - I'm totally jealous! I just told Dane that the next big purchase I'd like would be a sewing machine! I'm impressed with that dress you made. My skills include sewing two pieces of cloth together… That's it! :)

Pappa Perkes - Luisa:

LOVE the blog; totally understand the sabbatical–we're in one too! Great dress. Can't wait to see Brooke in it.

And Nate's talent for flipping crepes behind his back is HILARIOUS!

Always love a peek into your fun lives!

Hugs and love,

–Dad

The Perkes of 2009…

I know, I know… it’s been forever. In the midst of the crazy post-holiday season, Nate had the biggest photo gig of his life [at which he genuinely excelled], we moved, I finished getting licensed in Life & Disability producer for the state of Idaho, and in general we have been crazy busy with lots of life, loves and laughs. As a very belated overview, Nate’s collaborated a bunch of our adventures and memories of year 2009. Enjoy! … and we hope to keep you more updated as the wonderful 2010 rolls out.
We love you all!

austins - You guys TOTALLY get cutest couple award!! – Brittanie

Nathan - I FIXED IT!!! Sorry guys, For some reason I had the video as private. You should be able to see the video now. Thanks!

ericnashlea - Hello my dear friend.I am so excited to see this video but it will not let me for some reason…something about an invite??? I miss you. Hope all is well. Call when you can.

Bree - I couldn't watch the video…and the pics wouldn't load for some reason, but I'm sure both were fabulous! :) Hope you guys are doing great!

Ken and Jen Perkes - What a year! And what a wonderful re-cap. LOVE IT!!!

New Years with the Perkes…

For some reason, I was SO dang enthused to welcome in the New Year. I look like I’m about to pee my pants with how excited I was. I think I’ll let the video speak for itself.


And I absolutely love the song ‘Auld Lang Syne’; it is so pretty. I find it a shame that we only find 3 minutes a year to ask ourselves whether it is “right to forget days gone by?” Here’s to ‘long last friendships and auld lang syne.’

Happy New Year!

Bree - How fun!! Happy New Year!

Ken and Jen Perkes - Confetti in Martinelli's . . . it doesn't get better than that, does it? It was so fun to watch you guys celebrating. It was honestly our intention to stay up and call you after YOUR new years, but we just couldn't stay up until 2am. So this is the next best thing!

HAPPY NEW YEARS, my sweet kids [and grandkids] in Star! Love you so much!!!

–Dad

Christmas in McCall…

At first, the news was devastating. Every time I heard “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Bing Crosby there was a pang of sadness and homesickness.

I wasn’t going home for Christmas.

Luckily, I married a creative, sentimental romantic and he vowed to make it a Christmas to remember. About 2 hours north of Star is a beautiful little town called McCall and near there we found a cozy, little condo in a ski lodge on a deserted ski resort. We had the time of our lives!

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Before we even got there, our adventures began! Sitting on a fence post on the wayside, we saw this huge gorgeous hawk! We flipped a U’y and headed back to get some pictures… it flew away right as we were getting there.
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Although a little disappointed, we continued down the road and soon found more, 9 to be exact!! Thinking that they were territorial, we were surprised to see so many. While we were watching this one in particular, she took off from her perch…
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…and then dive bombed at the ground to pounce on something we couldn’t see…
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After a few nibbles, she took her prey a little farther away only to be attacked by this big black crow!
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Shortly after the crow, 2 other BEAUTIFUL birds of prey came and attacked her as well.We think we were able to identify the left one as a peregrine falcon, the hunter, in the middle, as a red tail hawk and the big black one on the right as a rough-legged hawk.
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We arrived safely to our winter wonderland and after unpacking, we took a little nap. Next we went out hunting for a little branch or SOMETHING that we could use as a Christmas tree. We had so much fun rolling around in the snow, making snow angels and having snow ball fights. When we LITERALLY heard the wolves start to howl, we decided to head in. It was SO relaxing to just have a big bowl of taco soup complete with shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream and Frito chips. Later, we drank hot chocolate with candy cane spoons all bundled up on our balcony, looking at the stars and then after that we went hot tubbing and had hot oil massages… it was FANTASTIC and a much needed relaxing vacation for both of us!
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The view from our balcony…
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For dinner on Christmas Eve, we did a traditional Perkes Family Jerusalem Dinner. We ate all kinds of food that would have been eaten by Jesus Christ. We had pita and naan bread, brie cheese and water crackers, pistachios and cashews, dried papaya, mango and pineapple, hummus, olives and feta cheese and grape juice. Delicious… and light! After dinner we read Luke 2 and then watched a little of the Christmas Story. Ha! Classic.
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Christmas morning was a DELIGHT and I’m really happy that the holidays haven’t lost their magic even though I’m no longer a little girl. We went ALL OUT on our stockings this year! We both got each other perfume and cologne and sugar scrub… Nate got a Crucian Bracelet from St. Croix… I got some hot new jeans and stilletos from the Buckle… Nate got ‘The Pursuit of Happiness” and an FM transmitter… I got some beanies and SNOW PANTS! Here am I modeling my new skiing outfit!
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Such an outfit was needed because Christmas Day we went skiing at the Brundage Ski Resort! Nate is amazing, but this was only my second time. I basically rolled down the hill the first time down that day, but I will be the first to proudly admit, I got progressively better each time after that. After a while, I curled up with a good book to dethaw and Nate took off to the Double Black Diamonds he had been itchin’ to go down all day. Here we are on the ski lift!

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It was so nice to come home and take a hot bubble bath, have ham and cheesey-broccoli-potatoes and then curl up and watch Nate’s new movie. The next day, unfortunately, it was time to head home. Nate found this Elk Run that was opening up THAT DAY, so we took a detour on our way home! On a privately owned ranch, hundreds of wild elk gather each year to be fed. The owners of the ranch have these beautiful horse drawn sleighs that they use to take people out to get close to the elk. We weren’t supposed to touch them, but I couldn’t help myself. They were lovely.

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Here is a video of some snippets of our vacation!

For a Christmas present for our Mom’s, I made a little slideshow…. take a look!
ALSO, check out these other beautiful shots that Nate took with his new camera and lens!
Merry Christmas to ALL! Family, although I missed you all SO MUCH, know that I am in good hands! It was the perfect honeymoon Christmas!
Only 360 Days to go until Christmas again… : D

Nate Perkes - Hey Baby!

What a great Christmas! We had so much fun. I just wanted to also point out that Luisa took ALL of the hawk pictures. She's a natural! Love you babe!

Your Hubby

The Perkes Family - Hey You two!
Awesome Christmas post. I have to say for braggin rights… do we not live in the COOLEST place ever! Your pictures are so beautiful….. Thanks for sharing!

Love Ya

Buckley - Luisa: What a beautiful summary of your and Nate's special Christmas together in the mountains! Where there is love, there is joy! How blessed the two of you are to have found each other. You continue to delight us with your sense of adventure and romance.

HAPPY NEW YEARS!!! And may we be together next Christmas!

–Dad

Jonna - Can I just tell you that I think you guys are the cutest happiest looking couple ever!
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The photography is just beautiful, and I also enjoyed sipping my Hot Chocolate to the pretty music. My daughter is also a photographer…we are lucky. I'm learning to use my new Nikon D-90 in Manual Mode….little by little.
I also live in Cold Idaho…Idaho Falls to be exact.

Thanks for visiting my baking blog.
Jonna

Bree - What an amazing Christmas getaway!! I'm sad we never made it to McCall while we lived out there! I guess we'll just have to come visit!! :) We miss you guys, hope you're doing well and best wishes for a happy new year! keep in touch! :)

O Tannenbaum…

Our First Christmas Tree!!
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The finished product!

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It was the classic tree-decorating evening, like something from a movie. While we listened to Judy Garland Christmas, and had homemade white and milk chocolate chip cookies with Eggnog, we looked outside and it was WHITE everywhere. We enjoyed our first snowball fight of the season, and then got back to work on our tree. Never realized how expensive Christmas decorations are… now I truly appreciate the antique, home made ones that we’ve used at my home every year of my life. We decided to collect a little at a time and this year we took advantage of a ‘Buy 3 Boxes of Bulbs, Get the 4th Free’ special at Target. Since you can’t see them very well in the picture, they are golds, silvers, whites and browns!! We love CHRISTMAS!

The Pattersons - LOL! You guys still crack me up. P.S. Your house is amazing, holy cow! So beautiful.

Maritza Lastres - Muy chistosos los videos :) .. son una familia hermosa!!!
te amo amiga, y Feliz Navidad!!!! te deseo lo mejor del mundo!!.

Mike and Ariane - Will you get 2000 lights on your tree like Papa Perkes tried to do this year? What fun memories you're creating.

Ken and Jen Perkes - LOVED the videos! So fun to see you with your first tree! GREAT tree; you chose well. And glad to see you are carrying on the crazy Dad decorating traditions!

Merry Christmas!!!

–Dad