Ringing In The New Year

I always feel like it’s very easy to get in a bit of a funk in the days between Christmas and the end of Christmas break, so this year I tried to plan several fun activities to make the most of the last days of 2019 and the first days of the new year. Last weekend we headed out to Caldwell to spend some time enjoying their “Winter Wonderland” at Indian Creek Plaza. We went just before Christmas and had so much fun we decided we had to return over Christmas break. We met some friends for dinner and did a bit of ice skating which was an absolute blast.

We also went to go see Spies In Disguise one afternoon. We were bored and decided to go see a movie even though we hadn’t heard much about this one. We were all pleasantly surprised! It was a really cute movie and my kids absolutely loved it.

We typically stay home, but this year we actually went out for New Year’s Eve! We went to a family friendly event that was held downtown with food, games, and music. Boise has a tradition of dropping a giant potato at midnight (only in Idaho!) and you could see it from the rooftop balcony at the party which my kids got a kick out of. We were too tired to stay out real late, but we had fun spending a few hours out on the town before heading home to cozy up on the couch (and watch the potato on TV).

img_0551(If you look closely, you can see the potato hanging near the capital building!)img_0552img_0553Top | Skirt | Heels | Bag

 We spent an afternoon swimming…

And an afternoon sledding in the mountains…

img_0617img_0616img_0623img_0620img_0624My Sweater | Tee (Nordstrom, old – similar) | Leggings | Boots | Coat | Hat

And we spent lots of evenings playing laser tag. Cole got these for Christmas and they were a HUGE hit.

img_0579Laser Tag

On our last day of break yesterday, we spent the afternoon catching up with some friends visiting from Australia! The kids used to go to school together before they moved back to Australia and their youngest was one of Cole’s first school friends when he started Pre-K here in Boise. It’s always so nice to see them when they come visit a few times a year.

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Us adults spent a long time talking about the fires there, and the situation is absolutely dire and devastating with no end in sight. If you would like to help, I wanted to share a list of a few organizations that who are working to help victims of the fire, firefighters, and wildlife:

Australian Red Cross

Salvation Army Australia

St Vincent de Paul Society

New South Wales Rural Fire Service

The County Fire Service in South Australia

WIRES (a wildlife rescue nonprofit)

World Wildlife Fund Australia

RSPCA New South Wales

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