Tuesday, September 21, 2010

10 years

Today is our 10 year anniversary. I can't believe it has been 10 years already. Time has flown by but at the same time I look back and think of all the things that have happened in 10 years and I am shocked it has only been 10 years.

10 years of marriage
9 year old very smart Brooklyn
8 moves
7 different homes and 7 jobs for Benson
6 year old goofy Jeremy
5 different cities
4 different states and 4 different jobs for me
3 beautiful healthy children and 3 different colleges/universitys
2 year old dancing Ryan
1 happy marriage
(I love that I get to be cheesy a couple of times a year.)

We have been through so much and have done so much in these last 10 years. I wouldn't change anything. (Well lets be honest, I would change a few financial decisions we made.) I have loved being married to Benson. He is truly my best friend and I love the time we get to spend together as a couple and also as a family. Benson, thank you for all that you have given me. You have made me a wife, mother (a stay at home mom, even better) and helped me become the person I am today. You mean everything to me and I would do anything for you.

I love you!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Brooklyn's 9th Birthday

Yesterday was Brooklyn's 9th birthday. I cannot believe my baby girl is 9 years old. She is such a sweet girl and I love the "tween" she is becoming. We went to the store on her birthday and I let her pick out an outfit. That is what she is wearing in this picture. She looks absolutely adorable in it. She is so fashionable! I think we are going to do a little photo session with her in it sometime soon. Brooklyn holding up the outfit she got from Grandma Jeppson. Grandma made the skirt and bought the shirt to go with it. She is wearing it today and it looks adorable on her.
Beej and Ry with the presents Ryan got for her. He also opened one for her because he just couldn't help himself seeing the present just sitting there. Thanks to Grandma Jean for the cards she sent for Jeremy and Ryan to help distract them from Brooklyn's gifts.
Jer was so excited to get Brooklyn a present. He loves her so much, sometimes a little too much and drives her crazy.
Birthday cookie cake
We made one really big cookie and then Brooklyn said we should put cookie dough ice cream on top so that's what we did. It was yummy!
I just liked this picture of Ryan trying to stuff the cake into his mouth.
For dinner we went to Sweet Tomatoes, that was Brooklyn's pick. Brooklyn and Jer also had soccer games which Jeremy won his game and Brooklyn's team lost. We had a fun day.
Brooklyn is such a wonderful child to have. She loves to help and really tries to do what is right. I went to Back to School night the other day and as soon as I walked in her teacher was raving about how wonderful Brookyn is. She pays attention, does her work, is quiet, and very helpful. I love that I have a child that wants to do good. I just hope she stays that way throughout her life. She really is an easy child to raise. With all that said she is starting to let some pre-teen attitude show through but hopefully that means she won't let people push her around and talk her into things she knows are wrong.
We love you Brooklyn and are so happy you are a part of our family.

Broooklyn's Birthday Bash

We decided to keep things simple this year for Brooklyn's birthday. She invited 3 friends over for pizza, a movie, and a sleepover. They sat outside and ate and talked. It was really cute, they were like a bunch of adults hanging out at the table talking. Benson left with the boys to take Jer to soccer practice. After a while the girls decided they wanted to open presents. They sat out on the grass and opened presents and played.
We even took some goofy pictures.
Then Benson got back....he told me Ryan had thrown up all over him. So I pick Ryan up and then he throws up all over me. Our perfect birthday party wasn't so perfect anymore. I jumped in the shower. Benson told Brooklyn what was going on and that we were going to send the girls home and that we would re-schedule. :(
But first we decided to have birtday cake. And then we sent the girls home.
Because Heidi lives in Tualatin and she had already spent the whole day around Ryan we decided that she may as well spend the night. So the 2 girls stayed up and watched Alice in Wonderland. The next morning we ate pancakes and the girls were able to play all day. All in all it was still fun but really sad we had to alter our plans.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mount St. Helen's

Benson and his friends decided to hike Mt. St. Helen's. Luckily I got to go along with them. Matt also brought his daughter Makenzie. We left at 9:30 with complete confidence that we would make it back by 6:00. ( It didn't happen.) Benson and I at the tree line. Going through the trees is the first 2 miles.
A view of Mt. Adams.

Heading up the rock and then to the ash which is the next 2.5 miles. It is much slower going then the walk through the forest.
Makenzie, Matt, Bill, and Me

Enjoying some down time.
Add a rock to the pile after finishing the climb up.
Me and Bill relaxing part way up the ash.
The clouds were rolling in which made me claustraphobic.
At the top, finally!
Benson and Me at the top of the crater. It was really cool, better then I remembered.
Benson, Bill, Matt
Benson took this during our descent. We were trying to book it before we lost day light. We took 7 hours to make it to the top. We made it to the tree line and it was dusk. Benson being the only smart one brought a flashlight. So we had 1 flashlight and 5 people. It was really slow making it out. We thought we were never going to make it. The flashlight died on us with a couple of minutes to go. We used Bill's iPhone to light the rest of our way. Luckily we were very close to the end.
I will never make fun of Benson for being overprepared again. If it wasn't for him we probably would of had to spend the night on the mountain. It took us 12 hours. We got home at 10:40. It was a long day but I had a good time. Thanks Bens for letting me go with you. I love you!

soccer time

Last Saturday was our first soccer games of the season. Brooklyn's was the first one of the day. She plays defender and loves being known as "The Defender". She did a really good job and played most of the game. It was really fun to cheer them on but hard to take pictures of at the same time.
Jeremy had a double header and Benson got to ref both of them. Jeremy ran around on the field with a big smile on his face. He was super excited when he made a goal.

Here's the goal shot.
I love soccer season!

Friday, September 10, 2010

out takes from Ry's photo session

I went and did Ryan's 2 year old pictures today. It was a lot of fun. I posted some pictures on my photography blog but wanted to post some out takes on here. Ryan is so adorable and I had so much fun with him.
I don't remember what he saw when he did this. I think a truck driving on 503.

Mom and Ry

Ryan wanted the little ladder somewhere else, how about right....here,
or maybe somewhere else.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

first day of school

Wednesday was the first day of school for the kids. It was really bitter-sweet for me. When I saw them walk into the school with their classes it brought tears to my eyes. I just can't believe how big they are getting. I think the tears may have had a lot to do with the fact that I only got 4 hours of sleep that night.

They always need to do goofy pictures.

They both had a good first day and excited to go back tomorrow.