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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

In my next life....Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Yesterday the kids and I flew up to see my family in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Each time I come here I seriously ask myself, "Why am I living in Palm Springs, California?"

The first thing I noticed while still in the air was how green the ground was. Mostly because it was all pine trees, but in the spots where there were no trees, it was green. I'm guessing it was grass, only because it would take a ton of spray paint to color all their sand...oh wait- they don't have sand in Coeur d'Alene! So one obvious difference is...no sand, and everything here is green. Love it already!

We stopped off at my parents new place (soooo adorable and I want to buy one) and they had their windows open wide, and blinds pulled up! I ran around the house trying to shut them all so the sand and heat wouldn't get in, but Mom explained they have no sand. "Oh yeah, right."

I slept with the windows wide open and a cold Nordic wind was blowing gently around the room. I must have stared at the ceiling (in awe) for over 15 minutes before I realized there was no snow coming, and once curled deep down under the 2 comforters and my flannel pajamas...I slumbered quite heavily off to sleep.

I awoke to my children whispering my name at 6:41am, asking if they can go play downstairs. I told them to go back to bed, as it was too early. They slumbered off until 8:00am and got the 'ok' to play downstairs (surprisingly rather quietly) until I awoke in the now 'too quiet' bedroom at 8:03am.

Calypsos' child-friendly play area-
What a great idea! Mom can relax
with a Chai Latte while the kids play!
BTW- the food was INCREDIBLE!

Coeur D'Alene is so breathtaking, and everyone is so friendly here. We must have walked several miles back and forth the downtown, hitting the local coffee shop (Calypsos) for lunch, going to Fort Sherman park, (which the whole community got together to build for the children) (CLICK ON PICS TO ENLARGE)
walking past the lake,'scootering' over to Grandma and Grandpa's house,
picnicking in the front yard, and most importantly- going to FigPickles Toy Emporium for a treat. <---check it out for yourself! At 4:00 pm is the Farmer's Market downtown, which we will 'scooter' on down to and check out!
Homemade furniture from the Farmer's Market

Looking down the street at Farmer's Market

Before I go (for now) I want to say hi to Cindy and Scott DiQuattro- "Hi guys!!!" You would love it here! Stay tuned for more!


Stan said...

"Why am I living in Palm Springs, California?"

Haha! I just had to take note of this statement.

I'm a local photographer and videographer here in Coeur d'Alene so I tend to meet a lot of people. This is literally the tenth time this week I've heard or read a statement like that. It seems people just fall in love with this city and it never gets out of their system.

That's what happened to me. My parents moved here from southern Idaho years ago when I was in middle school, and I tried to get out as fast as I could--namely for four years of university--and by the end of that time I was more than ready to get back to CdA and make my life here.

This is an awesome town.

One of the things I'm working on with my business is a video promoting the Coeur d'Alene area. Our plan is to make a high-quality video presentation about the city (something which has never been done before) and make it freely available to everyone who may be interested in CdA. I'd love it if you could stop by the 29k Productions website and let us know a little bit about what types of things you'd like to see in a video about Coeur d'Alene, what aspects of the city, its history, or its culture we should be sure to include, anything that stands out as important to you.

Thanks for writing these blogs about Coeur d'Alene, it's always awesome to see that many other people enjoy the area. Have a great stay here!


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Beth Ann said...

Thanks Stan!

I DO love your city, and hope I can also make it my home someday.
I miss being near my family.
I will check out your website and let you know! The video sounds like a great idea!