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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: March 2009

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]