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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.

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The other day, Nate and I accompanied Jake, Kate and the kids to the PBR International Championship Rodeo. I’ve never seen anything like it. There were SO many people there, and the main event [bullriding] was actually just a bonus to all the other fun things going on, pyrotechnics being my favorite. Nate snuck down…

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Buckley - Nate, You could make quite the impressive expert Rodeo photographer (if there is such a thing…) I am always quite impressed with your incredible talent. All of your pictures are breathtaking and bring you right into the action. Keep it up.


jeny - espero te llegue porque apenas estoy aprendiendo a usar esta cosa llamada internet

jeny costarica - hola! Luisa soy Jenny de costa Rica te escribo para que sepas que ya tengo correo y es esta es porque aunque no lo creas tengo 15 dias de estar trabajando y vieras las ganas de verlos que tengo a toda la familia pero mas a ud y a Shanon digale que yo le voy a escribir en español y que ella busque quien se lo pueda traducir

Mandy - GREAT shots Nate!

Ken & Jen - OUCH!!!

Nate: Wasn’t it you that lamented that your life was boring because you weren’t born a cowboy?

Fun to see more of your AMAZING rodeo photos! After I am done marveling over the photos themselves, I get a chuckle, thinking of you in the press box. There really is a little cowboy in you, isn’t there!


We’re Going Into Business…

In Relief Society, I was encouraged to develop a ‘marketable skill.’ In that light, on Nate’s mission he picked up a pretty feminine talent, although I would say classifying knitting and crocheting as “feminine” is definitely something of yester-year. He has since taught me how to crochet and I’m in the process of teaching myself…

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Shannon - Hey, how fun!! When can I put my order in for Christmas?

Rare Recipes for Reptilian Refreshments

THE RATTLESNAKE Once, on a trip to Denver, Mom and Dad Perkes discovered this amazing dessert. Subsequently, they perfected the recipe for this delicacy and now it is somewhat of a family tradition. From hot to cold, sweet to spicy, it satisfies all your sweet tooth tendencies. Resting in a warm bed of white chocolate…

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Ken & Jen - The Copperhead!!! How cool is that!

Someday we are all going to have to open a restaurant. Wouldn’t we have fun!


Dinner Entertainment

I’M LEARNING TO PLAY THE GUITAR! Nate has been generous enough to share one of his talents with me. This was really an impromptu video… we were waiting for dinner to cook and I was chillin’ in the kitchen practicing. Please forgive the amateurism; this is the very first song I’ve learned!!

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Belinda - Luisa you are awesome! I've always wanted to learn how to play the guitar! And you look sooo cute holding the guitar. The most I could do would be to pose.
And you do have a beautiful voice. You are beautiful inside and out!
Hugs and kisses…

Brooke - Luisa, you’re amazing! I can’t believe that’s the first song you’ve ever learned. As we were watching, Emma kept saying, “Let’s go see her.” We all miss you guys.

Gabe - Luisa! You have SUCH a beautiful voice!!!!

Maritza Lastres - jajaja..gracias por todo… y por querer ayudarme con mi Blogg,,jejej =).

Maritza Lastres - oH!!:.casi llore cuando te vi tocando esa cuestion!..jeje..muy linda!.. me encanto… te extraño mucho!.. slaudos al papi..=).

les quiero con todo mi corazon!

Mandy - WOW! I didn’t know what an awesome voice you have! Way to go Luisa!

kanewoman - Beautiful, Luisa! You can come serenade the Kanes anytime!

Ken & Jen - Wow!!! After just talking to you Luisa, and telling you I now have three favorite American Idols favorites, I have to change that: I now have FOUR!!!

Sorry, Nate, you didn’t make the cut [in fact, this week you are in danger of being in the bottom three]. Ha, ha . . . just kidding. Your remake of Adam’s remake of Jonny Cash’s Ring of Fire was . . . interesting.

Wish you could both come provide us with dinner entertainment!!!

Tacos Don’t Count…

My ‘abuelita’ [darling Grandmother] would be so proud. Last night, to Nate’s amazement, I cooked my first authentic Hispanic meal. To any of you who have seen the ‘Job Switch’ episode of ‘I LOVE LUCY!’ you would understand my feeble attempts to copy my mother’s and grandmother’s skill with Latin cuisine. Ricky doesn’t do too…

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Bernny Vargas M. - The food has a good aspect… but… i would like to see something more latin American… as a “Gallo Pinto” … I expect a photo. …

Greetings. …

Ken & Jen - Hmmmmm! Nate is a lucky man!

While Mom was in Boise, I cooked the last frozen tamale that we made together at Christmas time. I savored every bite!


P.S. One of my top three favorite Lucy episodes!

Sunday Visits!

This Sunday we visited our QUICKLY growing gliders. The approximate date of arrival is MAY 5th, although we’re considering trying to negotiate a sooner release date! The count down is on! Nate gets up close and personal with Gio! Gucci, demonstrating his superior arm and leg strength. The breeder, Marcia, said we were lucky with…

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Belinda - Oh Luisa, they are so cute. That is what you were talking to Paris and I about on the way to church when we visited isn't it? Do you have one yet?

Mandy - WHY OH WHY do I not have you on my blog list?? I found you on Kate’s blog! SO….Trav and I will be there in a month!! I’m so excited to have some friends already in Boise! We need to get together when we get there, so give us a call! We love you guys and can’t wait to see ya!!

Ken & Jen - I am becoming almost as excited as you guys for these new additions to your family. In Nathan’s words, they really are stinkin’ cute!


Friday Night Date…

You know you are an old married couple when your date entails shopping at R.C. Willey and World Market for furniture. We for sure had fun though!! Here are some of our favorite finds for the night! The biggest Chaise lounge I’ve ever seen in my life! Nate’s Favorite. I’m still a little concerned though….

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Mike and Ariane - So true…we like to go to Ikea and pretend to play house in their mock room set ups! :-)

Ken & Jen - You know you have settled nicely into domesticity when your Friday Night Date consists of furniture shopping and dreaming of decorating your new house. I can’t tell you how many dates like that Mom and I have enjoyed! We used to have “visitation rights” on certain nice pieces of furniture that we could not afford at the time [some of which we have since adopted].

I like the shape and size of the chaise. Also, Nathan’s lipstick red leather couch is quite the find.

And Luisa, my dear, Audrey has nothing over you!

Janelle - Audrey is my idol! Love love love

Since We Don’t Have Our Own…

Besides our darling sugar gliders, Gio and Gucci, Nate and I have yet to begin our own family. We have vicariously lived the journey of parenthood through our brothers and sisters! What a joy our nieces and nephews have been to us! Each with such light and life in their eyes and each with their…

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Brooke - You are so sweet. It is fun to see my children through someone else’s eye. Love you!

Ken & Jen - WOW! Wonderful post! It really touched my heart reading of each child’s description. You guys must certainly be in the running for the coolest uncle and aunt ever! Your insight into these amazing little guys is inspiring.

Can’t wait to see the little angels that have been reserved for you and Nate!

Much love,


In Honor of Max…

Our spunky little brother Max is now in the Missionary Training Center learning Italian!! What a guy!! We miss him already. MAX has actually been our inspiration for some new family additions! My sweet Nate is such an adventurer. It was recently said of him that he is “always looking forward to the new adventure…

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Anonymous - hola luisa soy jeny de costa rica yo quiero una mascota como la de ustedes te quiero me gustaria hablar contigo la extraño a ti y a tu hermana . bye my telephone number is 83738292

Mike and Ariane - Wow, that is such an interesting animal. Looks cuter than a ferret or hamster! How big will they get? And will they fly around the house?

Ken & Jen - I’ve been waiting all day for this post as the title showed up earlier on my “following” page. And I certainly wasn’t disappointed! Mom and I just read it and laughed and ooohhed and aaahhed all the way through it. You two are the cooliest!

I LOVE the names for the sugar gliders! Max will be so proud. They are ADORABLE!!! Can’t wait for family prayer at YOUR place!

Much love,

Dad [and grandfather to Gio and Gucci]

Did you know???

Millions of Americans suffer from a condition known as sleep debt, the effect of not getting enough rest. Prolonged debt causes mental, emotional and physical fatigue. It is unclear why a lack of sleep causes irritability, however, theories are emerging that suggest if the body produces insufficient hormones during deep sleep it can have negative…

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Ken & Jen - Luisa: You are a wonder at documenting–and writing about–the nuances that make up our lives. I love visiting your blog! And you have definitely captured a side of Nate that those who know him all love.

You two are the cooliest!



Anonymous - How delightful. It is interesting…when Nathan was a little boy, he wouldn’t go to sleep until everyone in the house was in bed. He was afraid that some fun “action” would be happening that he might miss. Nate has the philosophy that you play hard, work hard and sleep hard. Thanks for sharing!!
Hugs and loves – Mom

Emma and John - It is so good to catch up with you guys- I felt like I haven’t seen you in forever Nate! I loved looking at all of your pictures and seeing what you are up to. I am seriously going to enlist Nate to take our family pictures sometime. Luisa I think the last time we talked was on BYU campus one day…seems like forever ago, doesn’t it? You look great and so happy!
I know moving can be a hassle- I hope all is going well for you guys. I’ll definitely be keeping up with your blog. You write so well, Luisa!

Mike and Ariane - Glad you made it…fun post!
We got to hook you up with Mike’s brother’s family, they live in Eagle!

Boise the Beautiful!!

I finally made it!!! And it is absolutely gorgeous up here! Boise is ALL blue skies! Nate and I woke up yesterday to the sun shining brightly through our window! We literally rolled out of bed, army crawled [for pure laziness' sake] out onto our back patio and enjoyed a morning lounging in the sun…

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Anonymous - It is SO rare to get a complete rainbow! Great shot! 5 days until I can enjoy that beautiful Boise weather!

Loves, Mom

Bernny V. - Beautiful photo !!!


Just one more 8 hour day and I’m home free! I had to have the car completely packed this morning before I came into work at 8. *Sigh* That was exhausting. But to say the least, I managed it with only one minor setback. I was walking to the car for probably the 8Oth time…

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K. Elizabeth - Moving is the worst!! Hope you get settles quickly in your house. I’m glad to hear you doing well. You sound so happy. Love ya!

AF - Hi Luisa!
From Costa Rica, your favorite cousin… hmmm…ok…that didn’t come out well since you have so many!!

Alejandra, daughter of Carlos…Oscar’s uncle…

It’s so nice to know from you, specially in such a personal way as you have done this blog.

Congratulations! (late, I know) for your wedding and this new crazy beautiful life you have with Nate…uhm..(nice 2 meet you Nate)

I will be reading your blog frecuently…well,Is the only way to be in touch with you girl!

A big hug for you and your family!

Shannon - ok. ummm, freaking disgusting. this is why I love bleach wipes. good luck with that my love


I keep wondering: “How the heck I’m going to fit ALL this…..” “…into this?” Honestly, IT REALLY DOESN’T MATTER!!! Because tomorrow I’m on my way to FINALLY be with Nate again!! It’ll be the best day ever! If you don’t hear from me in a while, it’s because we’re still working on getting internet in…

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Ken & Jen - Luisa: You are a packing genius! So glad the two of you are back together!

Much love,


Mike and Ariane - Wow, you fit all that in there! You should sell Tupperware!

Shannon - Despite your toilet bowl incident I have to admire your hard work and packing skills. To a job well done!!!! YAY for you, and your gorgeous new house.

Don’t Mess….

Thanks to our big brother, Jake, we are being incredibly blessed through Nate’s work with a house for the summer!! Upon hearing this good news, Nate and I took to the road and went to Boise to pick out our new summer pad. Immediately, we fell in love with this one, perfect for us in…

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Lakesha - Fell out of bed feeling down. This has brheitgned my day!

Linda Erickson - We are sad that you are leaving Logan so soon! We still haven’t made it to Hardware Ranch! Maybe we will have to come to Boise and see you, since we didn’t do to great when you were in Logan!

Ken & Jen - I LOVE your new home! And it DOES have plenty of room for visitors [BYOB . . . bring your own bed]. Mom may be your first guest, and then we both look forward to a summer visit. WE LOVE BOISE; I think you will too.

Great job on being assertive! Nobody messes with Nate and Luisa!


Anonymous - I’m moving in. See you in a month. hahahahahaha

Photo Shoot Gone Wrong…

As our days in Logan are numbered, we decided to do a quick shoot after Sunday dinner at Grandma & Grandpa Ballards. We love the farm and I’ve taken some strange liking to the cows. Who’da thought, coming from the city girl? However… this shoot proved to be complicated and I was easily distracted. I…

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Ken & Jen - Very funny! I love getting a peek at the behind the scene antics. You two are too much!

Shannon . . . thanks for sharing the gum story! I can just hear Nate saying that.

And I agree with Josh: that last picture alone was worth the whole shoot!


[I have to type in "hysaplet." Who thinks of these "words"?!]

Josh - That last picture is amazing! That is so cool. What contrast. Nate, you’re a genius.

Shannon - 3 seconds before you walk into your wedding reception

Luisa> "oh my gum!"
Nate> "here hunny, let me take it and swallow youR already been chewed gum, cause it's not gross, WE ARE MARRIED NOW!"

The innocent bystanders> EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!

Italian Anyone?

Our reaction to our recent encounter with the Italian delicacy, Spaghetti, was somewhat similar to the one displayed above. Having been taught by her Italian father, my mother wisely taught all her children the secret recipe to the most authentic pasta sauce ever! I came into my marriage knowing how to cook just that… and…

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Janelle - OMG! TOO FREAKIN CUTE!!! Im so glad your singing again its so beautiful I LOVE IT! The acoustics in the kitchen are phenom… well done my dear well spanking done.

Ken & Jen - I suggest a chardonnay–nonalcoholic, of course, . . . and for dessert I would recommend fresh fruit, perhaps something a little tart, like kiwi.

Ha, ha! Good luck. I agree with Kate: MOVE TO BOISE! [Which I believe is happening as we speak.] The smell will come out as you live in the City of Trees!


The Perkes Family - That is SO funny! For me being prego.. It probably would have ruined any chance of me ever having Spaghetti again. Try leaving the windows open for little spurts at a time. Thats a tricky one though… It reminds me of my best friend growing up, her family had a wood stove, and everything on her always smelled like Bacon.. So it could be worse.. =) Ahh I guess you will just have to move to Boise.

Gracias, Merci, Tak, Grazie, Obrigado…

While Nate was on his little work trip to Dallas, I took on a major undertaking that has been nagging at my conscience for almost exactly 10 months: the “Thank You” cards for our wedding. I was daunted by the feat at hand. But the truth is, with our engagement being little more than 6…

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Ken & Jen - You guys are too sweet!

Where is this beautiful place?