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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.

Monthly Archives: February 2009

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?