Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A trip to Build-A-Bear

"Thank you Grandma, Grandpa, and Uncle Mike for the gift certificates to Build-A-Bear! I had so much fun making my new puppy and dressing her up today!" Love, Sarah

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Today is Sarah's 3rd birthday!

Today we celebrated Sarah's 3rd birthday ALL DAY LONG!!!

We started our morning with Sarah's best friend Mallory at Pump It Up!

Sarah at the bottom of a slide!
Click to enlarge the photo above and see the fear on Sarah's face when she went down much faster than she expected to!
We went out to lunch with our friends to Red Robin Restaurant!
Sarah's gift from Mallory!!!! She was so excited, she came home and played with her new Littlest Pet Shop house for 4 hours straight!

Sarah asked me to make her a Dora The Explorer Cake!

Our Family!
Silly princess Sarah with her cake!

Singing Happy Birthday to Sarah!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

It is take your child to work day!!!!

The fourth Thursday in April is "Take your child to work day!" so Brandon spent the day at work with Matt.

Brandon talking on the phone in Matt's office
Brandon in Matt's office reading his book while Matt was reviewing repair orders!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Doernbecher Children's Hospital Fundraiser!

American Girl Fashion Show Finale`

Today Tori and I went to the American Girl Fashion Show which was held as a fundraiser for Doernbecher Children's hospital at the Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon! The hospital provides the widest range of health care services for children and adolescents in the Pacific Northwest. To find out more information about Doernbecher please visit this site;

To make a tax deductible donation:

Doernbecher Foundation
1121 SW Salmon St Ste 201
Portland, OR 97205-9961

Here is a short video on the fashion show finale`!

Ripstik is the newest craze at our house!

The latest craze in our town is the Ripstik. If you aren't familiar with one, it is like a skateboard, however it only has 2 wheels that toggle, and to ride it you must first learn to balance on it, and then twist your lower body back and forth to create a wave motion to keep the board moving. Brandon took a "wave boarding" class last week at school, so of course, the boys decided they wanted to all chip in to buy this latest "hot item". Matt and I spent quite some time today trying to learn to ride it, but you will see, there is no video of us! Not a pretty sight!

You can find out more information about them at, then click on the "how to ride" link.

Ryley riding the ripstik .... then Brandon riding the ripstik

Ryan riding the ripstik

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Our sweet Sarah!

Little Miss Sarah is almost 3 years old!!!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Honor Roll Breakfast this morning!

Matt took Brandon to the Honor Roll breakfast this morning! The picture below is of the students who had straight A's. Brandon is in the front row, 3rd person from the left!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Sunday's soccer game!

We had another blue sky day today! A few photo's from Ryan's game below! If you click on the photos, they will enlarge! Action shot!!!!
Playing defense! His team is so good, that can rather boring as the ball ends up on the other 1/2 of the field the majority of the time!

Waiting on the sidelines with some team mates and his coach!

A baby shower for Auntie Pam!

On Saturday, Tori and I went to a baby shower for my sister-in-law Pam! It was thrown by her Mom and Mother-in-law and held in her parents beautiful home in Gresham!

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Sun Came Out Today!

The sun came out today for the ENTIRE DAY!!!! It has been months since we have had anything but a few hour sun break so we took full advantage of it! Ryan rode his bike to school, while Tori chose to Rollerblade there. Sarah and I spent 3 1/2 hours at the neighborhood park visiting with all our friends that we haven't seen forever due to the cloudy skies and the rain.

After school we took advantage of the 74 degree weather and played in the sprinklers! If only we had this kind of weather for a week straight in the Spring!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

My cousin Mary's baby shower!

This morning my mom, Tori, and I went to my cousin Mary's baby shower! In just a few short weeks she will be having a baby girl!!!! The shower was held at my Aunt Linda's home (which I must add, is decorated so well, it could be an interior design show room! Or a home featured in a traditional home magazine! Simply Gorgeous!!!!!). Below are a few photos Tori took at the shower.

Mary's gifts!
Mary on the right (can barely see her baby belly in this picture), however you can see one of the fancy little cupcakes that was served in her hand (click on the photo to enlarge it!). We forgot to get a photo of all the wonderful food they served for brunch!
Mary with a quilt that was made by a family friend!
The baby is going to be the best dressed gal around!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Brandon's blog

Brandon has been asking to have his own blog for a few months now, and I've been putting it off. Then the school newsletter came home suggesting middle school students be allowed to have a blog to keep up with their writing skills. So, he started his blog today! You can check it out at I have him listed under the family and friends link on the lower left as well!