Arts, Crafts & Motherhood

  • Nicole Hanks

We made a trip to Emmett today to go cherry picking at a sweet little u-pick farm called Williams Fruit Ranch. My mother-in-law heard about it from a friend and asked us to go with her. We grabbed two buckets, one to fill with Bing Cherries and the other for Rainier Cherries. We ended up leaving the farm with eleven pounds of cherries! Cooper loved telling us every time he picked a "big, juicy cherry". There's something extremely satisfying about picking your own cherries and then making homemade turnovers when you get home!

  • Nicole Hanks

When Jaden was younger and after Cooper was born, I was adamant about family photos. I scheduled professional photos at least twice a year. It was important to me to capture our family and the boys while they're growing since their looks change and they grow up so fast. After Jaden left for Utah, I felt guilty about having family pictures taken without him. It took some time, but I realized that life doesn't stop just because he is there and I didn't want to miss out on capturing these moments with Cooper.

When I worked in morning radio, we had a listener, Elaine Farris, who had lived in Boise and was a fan of the show. She had moved to Utah and still listened to us by streaming our show on the app. We became friends and followed each other on social media. Elaine is a professional photographer and I had admired her work for awhile. She posted online that she was going to be in town visiting and scheduling just a few mini photo sessions. I jumped on the chance to have her take our family photos! We met in the Rose Garden in downtown Boise and had so much fun. I don't think we stopped laughing the entire time!

Elaine's website: http://elainefarris.com/

Elaine's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elainefarrisphotography/

  • Nicole Hanks

Jaden has been in school in a very small town in Utah since January. We finally got to go visit for the weekend and it was so great to spend some time together. It was also the weekend of JD's birthday and a few days before Jaden's 15th birthday. So, that made it even more special.

The drive wasn't too bad. It's about three hours away from Salt Lake City. So in all, about a nine hour drive for us. It was an easy drive, just long. Cooper is a great traveler, thankfully. I just don't do well with long car rides in the middle of nowhere. The area is gorgeous, though Lots of land and very few people for many miles.

We picked Jaden up and explored the (very, very small) town. It didn't take us long! We grabbed lunch at the local diner and then took a tour of the ranch. We sat and talked for a few hours before heading back to our hotel, for the night, then headed back to the ranch the next morning.

It's tough having our son living out of town at such a young age, but we know that it's the best place for him right now. He's learning the necessary tools to better his life and in a place that is equipped to handle his needs. We're looking forward to our next visit, but I think next time, we're flying!