Tuesday, November 27, 2007

playing with the cousins

Kathi brought her XBOX 360 and as you can see we had lots of fun. Try doing DDR with a 3 year old on your shoulders. The kids loved all the playing they got to do. I love Brooklyn's face in this picture.



play time!



Thanksgiving

We had a really nice Thanksgiving. Kathi, Zach, and Ashli came from Utah. They drove the whole night before. So they were a little tired on Thanksgiving. But we had a lot of fun with them. Here are some pics. Cousins! It was so nice to have them here because the kids just wanted to play with them. A few times we had to tell them to back off because they were all over them.
The big feast. We definitely had more then we needed especially when it came to the potatos. We are still working on those.
Jeremy is playing Vanna White in this picture. He is showing off the yummy pies we had for dessert.
I just thought this was a really cute pictures of Ashli and Jeremy.


Friday, November 16, 2007

Six things...

Well I have been tagged by a couple of different people so I decided that I should do this thing... My biggest problem is coming up with 6 things interesting about myself. I will try but I don't guarantee they will be interesting.

1. I am pretty obsessed with reality tv. I love to watch The Amazing Race, Survivor, America's Next Top Model, The Biggest Loser, Fat March, The Bachelor and Cops. It is probably a really good thing that we don't have cable because there was a lot of reality shows on MTV, HGTV and TLC that I also used to love to watch. A friend of mine comes over on Monday nights so that we can watch The Bachelor together. The finale is on on Monday night and I am really excited to have a little finale party.

2. I love desserts and candy. Even when I was really good on my diet and didn't eat any of it I would still enjoy buying candy for Benson and the kids. I love having it in my home. I enjoy looking at it. I enjoy making really yummy desserts and I love when people ask me for the recipe. It is so exciting for me. Unfortunately I have gotten back to eating too much of all that yummy but bad for you food.

3. This is one that Benson just recently found out about me. I am obsessed with numbers and counting. Sometimes I think I am crazy. When I was staying at my parents house this summer I was talking on the phone with Benson and carrying Jeremy down the stairs. Well when I am carrying him I can't see the stairs so I just count them so I know when I am at the bottom. Since I was talking to Benson I couldn't count the stairs and I actually missed the last stair and fell. So I told Benson it was his fault that I fell and explained. It was because I wasn't able to count the stairs. He asked me how many stairs were in our apartment and I told him 7 up each set (we have a landing). He couldn't believe I knew that. I also love to take words and count them out on my fingers and figure out how many letters are between each of the letters of the word and then find the one that is most in the middle. I know it sounds really confusing but it works in my simple little mind. I do it so much that I really don't even think about it, I just find myself doing it. There are lots of other things I do with numbers but I won't bore you with anymore details.

4. For some reasons I love to make Benson roll his eyes at me (so to speak). I will purposely do something to annoy Benson just to make him roll his eyes at me. I think it is so funny. Maybe because sometimes it is so easy. I love to make funny faces or act really stupid in front of him because I get such a kick out of him thinking I have totally lost it. Or I will purposely put something somewhere just to see his reaction when he finds it. The funny thing is that he knows I do these things on purpose but I still do them. They are still very entertaining to me.

5. I am a major home body. I love to be home, I guess because it is such a safe place. I don't have to worry about impressing anyone or be careful what I say or do. I actually quit the basketball team in high school because I didn't like being away from home the little bit that I was. This is why I am so amazed that I have moved so far away from my family. When I moved up to Utah State to go to school I know my mom that I was going to be back in a couple of days. But I did it and am so glad I did. Then when Benson and I went to New York and now live in Oregon, it shocks me that I have done it. I never thought I would leave Utah because that is where my family is. I do love going back to my parents house. It is nice to have 2 homes now.

6. I am really bad with sayings. I always get them wrong and same with song lyrics. I remember in college Mel and I were singing to a song by Trisha Yearwood and I thought it said "you didn't have a vote of hope" but what it really said was "you didn't have a row to hoe". Boy did Melanie get a kick out of that. She was just as bad as I was though. One time she said, "it's 7's" when it is really 6's. Oh it was so funny! I cannot think of any of the sayings that I screw up. I am sure there are a few of you out there that could help me with that.

So there you have it. Six things about me that you may or may not have known. That was actually kind of fun to do. I sat here and laughed by myself.

So now I get to tag 6 of you, hmmm....Janel, Anna, I think the rest of you that have blogs have recently been tagged. So I guess I will just do 2.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Graduation #6..The Academy take 2

Benson has hit another big milestone in his training. He graduated from the Advanced Academy on Wednesday. He has almost finished a year of his 18 month probation. Benson got second place in Defensive Tactics and Academics. He was barely beat out in both catergories. Yes, it was a little frustrating. The kids and I enjoyed going to his graduation and are very proud of him.
Also this week Benson got to enjoy the tazer. They had tazer training on Monday and he was tazed. He said that it was much more painful then he thought it would be. It is definitely something I don't ever care to experience. With all of Benson's graduations you would expect alot more initials after his name and a much bigger pay check. Hopefully someday the bigger pay check will come. Benson is definitely worth a lot more then he makes! :) Especially when you look at the student loan debt! Anyway, we are really excited to be where we are in life. I am really excited to see where Benson takes his career.

Here is my "Officer and a Gentleman." You know what I am talking about if you watched The Bachelor last season.
Congrats Benson, we are proud of you.

Laura's visit

We were really excited to have Laura come and visit. She flew in on Halloween day. So she was able to go Trick or Treating with us. The kids lasted about and hour. The weather was perfect. The kids didn't even need their jackets. We couldn't have asked for better weather. Here are a few pictures from Laura's visit. What a candy stash!
Brooklyn was so excited to be Laura's assistant in making dinner Sunday night. We had meatloaf and twice baked potatoes. It was wonderful. It was made at my request.
Brooklyn showing off the finished product. As you can tell Jeremy was having a rough night. He seems to be having a lot of those recently. I hope he gets over it soon. He does have a cold so hopefully that is all it is.
We also did plenty of shopping with Laura and on Saturday we took the kids to the zoo. We had so much fun with her here. We are trying to convince her to move here when she is done with school. We are keeping our fingers crossed! We love you Laura!

pumpkin carving

Well I know I am a bit late on posting these pictures but I figured better late then never. Life has been really crazy. I have started babysitting for a friend of mine 2 days a week. I know that doesn't seem like much but it really makes for a busy week. So here are a few pictures of us carving our pumpkins. Our friends Mike, Jamie and their little girl Brinnly came over to join us. It was fun to have them here. Jeremy did really well for a 3 year old. He poked some holes to trace and then just took his knife to it. It actually ended up pretty cool because it looked like his jack o' lantern had scares all over his head. Plus he was happy.
Brooklyn is an experienced carver. Just look back at last year's pictures.

The finished products: Brooklyn's, Jeremy's, Benson's, and the Russel's. I didn't get a pumpkin. I figured I would get plenty of it helping the kids.


Saturday, November 03, 2007

Halloween Party

We had our ward Halloween party last Friday night. The kids had fun playing games and going trunk or treating. Another little girl from our ward was also Minnie Mouse so Brooklyn wanted to get her picture taken with her.
The kids had a lot of fun trick or treating on Halloween, it was especially fun to have Aunt Laura visiting to go with us. I will put pictures from Halloween night on the blog soon. (Once Benson puts the pictures on the computer for me because I still don't know how to do that.)