Friday, May 29, 2009


Ryan turned 9 months old on the 14th. I cannot believe it. He is such a joy to have in our family. He had his 9 month check up and he is tall and skinny. The doctor asked if he is crawling. Are you kidding me!?! This kid is about to start walking. He is soooo mobile. He always wants to be moving. He also loves to dance. At church a couple of weeks ago during the sacrament hymn he started dancing to the song. I wouldn't consider it dancing music but anything that makes noise is worth dancing to in Ryan's mind. He also loves to jaber and copy what others are doing. He isn't afraid to go anywhere, sand, water, grass, cement, anywhere! As you can tell by these pictures he loves to play with his tongue too. He is truely such a blessing in our lives.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Long Beach, WA

We got home from Seattle on Sunday and on Monday we headed out to Long Beach. We had never been there and thought it would be fun to try out a new beach. It was another perfect day at the beach. The kids posed for pictures...

Ryan crawled around in the sand...
the kids jumped in the waves...
they flew their kites...
made a sandcastle...
and even ate a little sand.
We also went for a walk along the beach and I got to read some of my book. What more could you ask for. We had a great day at the beach!


For the Memorial Day weekend we went to Seattle to see the Giants play the Mariners. We decided to get a hotel and stay the night so the kids could get some swimming in also. We stayed in downtown Seattle which is bad for me because that means elevators, but Benson was willing to take the stairs with me. So anyway we check in and Benson took the kids and the luggage up the elevator and I go around the corner to use the stairs. Well the stairs are locked. So I go back to the counter and they have to call security to find out how I can take the stairs. So they tell me how to do it and so I do. Well we then decide to take the kids to the pool which is located on the 5th floor. So we all walk down the stairs from the 12th floor (which their numbering is weird it was probably only the 10th level.) So we get to the 5th floor and the door is locked. So we go back up the the 10th floor (that is the first place you have access) and take the elevator down to the 5th and when we get off we notice that the pool is being renovated. So we go to the lobby to see if there are any other pools. They tell us we can use one at a different hotel. So we trek a couple of blocks to a different hotel. I ask the bell hop where the pool is and if we can take the stairs. He tells me it is in the basement and that the stairs are for emergency use only. ( I wanted to tell him that this could possibly be and emergency use but decide to refrain myself.) So we go down and we need a key from their hotel. So Benson goes and does that for us. If you know Benson you know his patience is shot by this point on a good day. Now on a day like this where he hadn't slept really at all and he had just dealt with helping recover 2 children out of the Willamette River because the Mom pushed them in and the 4 year old boy was dead and the 7 year old sister was using him as a floatation device. Not something he sees everyday at work. So needless to say his mind was a little preoccupied and stressed out. Anyway, the kids swim for about an hour before we have to get back to the hotel and get ready for the game. So we get to the game and Ryan was horrible. He was climbing all over us and just not very enjoyable. So after about the 2nd inning I told Benson I would be back before the game was over. So I went and stood and watched the game until I finally got Ryan to fall asleep. Which took a few innings. Luckily the Giants did win the game and made it all worth it. It was a lot of fun to see them play again. Here is the view from our seats. It was pretty cool. Unfortunately our view of the skyline was much nicer then our view of the game.

The kids in their bed. I just thought they looked cute. By the way, this also happens to be the bed that Ryan fell off of the next morning and hitting his head. He was moaning and wanting to go to sleep so we called the nurse. Luckily within a little while he was back to normal and we didn't have to make a trip to the ER. Which is shocking for the way everything else had gone.
But all in all I am glad we went and it is defintely a vacation for the books.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Cape Kiwana

On Saturday we went with the Williams to Cape Kiwana. Scott participated in the Reach the Beach event. He rode his bicycle from Beaverton to the Beach. It was a total of 100 miles. So the kids and I went with Shelly and her kids to the beach and waited for Scott. We had a lot of fun, the weather was perfect and the kids were well behaved. I was nervous taking Ryan to the beach but he was awesome. He also did really well with all of the driving. The only time he cried was on the way to the beach. He cried a little while but other then that he was perfect. Shelly took the kids to the top of this sand dune. Look on her blog she got some cool pictures from up there. If I didn't have Ryan I would have gone up myself. The kids had fun going up and running down it a few times. Jeremy and Heidi both got some pretty good tumbles coming down.

Thanks guys for letting us come with you. We had a ton of fun.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day

I had a wonderful Mother's Day. We went to Tualatin and saw some friends and went to the Williams' for dinner. It was so fun to see everyone again and just hang out for a relaxing evening. Since I didn't get pictures of my kids on Easter I thought I would get some on Mother's Day. My kids were wonderful and I love them so much. I am so grateful to have 3 beautiful healthy children. I posted this picture because I wanted to show how big my little Ry is getting. I can't believe he is almost 9 months old. Poor Brooklyn looks so uncomfortable trying to hold him.