Sunday, March 29, 2009

St. Patrick's Day 2009

Irish Eyes are Smiling

We had a very nice St. Patrick's Day. Of course, what would St. Patrick's Day be without Bill's famous sweater?? Bill's Dad brought this sweater back for him directly from Ireland. This sweater is so Bill....ha ha, What you do think??

Every year I make an Irish dinner for our family. This year I did a corned beef and cabbage dinner in the crock pot. Wow, was it delicious! I used apple juice, orange juice, and cloves and it gave it the perfect flavor!

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Out to dinner with Alex and Alex

Portland City Grill....Dining in Style!

We took Allie and Alex out to dinner for Allie's birthday on Friday night. We had such a nice time! Wonderful food, INCREDIBLE view. You can click here to learn more about this wonderful restaurant!

Here is a picture of the dessert that they brought for Allie! So AMAZING!!

It is so fun that our kids are old enough now that we can take them out fine dining and they REALLY appreciate it and get it.

March Family Birthday Party

Taking care of 3 birthdays at 1 time!

Well, in case you couldn't already tell, March is a busy birthday month for us. Matthew, Allie and Kaela's birthdays are all in March. We like to do a big family party for the 3 kids all at one time. Otherwise, it's just too hard to get everyone's schedule to work. We had the party last night and it was great! What a great turn-out! We had almost 30 people in our house for dinner! Our house is a 2 story house and not huge by any means, so it was a little bit cramped but we managed. I ordered a nice rigatoni and stuffed tortellini from our favorite restaurant "Nonna Emilia's", then we had a Caesar Salad and some foccacia bread. The food was a big hit! It was really nice to have all sides of the family together.

The kids received some fabulous gifts and are so blessed to have such
wonderful family and friends.

The cake...It just had to be the Costco cake with the cheesecake filling. So so good!

Here are some more pictures from the party ~ Enjoy!

Thanks for coming over everyone! Our next big birthday celebration will be in July when we celebrate the birthdays of our other 3 kids....Taylor, Jalen & Courtney!

The State Dance Competition is next weekend, so be watching for pictures of that event.

Happy 17th Birthday Matthew

Matt is 17 ~

Matthew turned 17th on March 9th. I made his favorite dinner...TACOS! We had a nice family dinner and had a little cake for him. And now for the great news!

We bought Matthew a new car! It's a 1993 saturn. Now all he needs is to get his license. Yeah...But now he has MAJOR motivation sitting in the drive way. He should be able to take the driving text over Spring Break next week.
Cross your fingers for him.

We love you Matthew! Happy Birthday Honey!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Happy 18th Birthday Allie!

Our baby is 18!
Happy Birthday to our sweet sweet girl ~
We love you so much honey!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

NEXT STOP.....The State Dance Competition!

Allie had a dance competition at Liberty High School last weekend where they took 2nd place with their state dance routine. The state competition will be on Friday and Saturday, March 20th and 21st.

Watch for Allie's solo in the middle of the first song!

Good Luck Ladies!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Congratulations! First Place Westview Wildthings!

First Place at the Forest Grove Competition on Saturday!!

Jalen and I went to Allie's dance competition on Saturday at Forest Grove High School.
It was a really good competition and the girls took 1st place.
This routine is such an amazing thing to watch.
It truly brings tears to your eyes.
I can't wait to post the video of the entire state dance routine here on our blog.
You will truly be moved by the emotion and passion of these girls.


Allie and Ellie - Senior Captains

Jalen & Allie - Sisters for life! - Thanks for coming my sweetheart Jay ~
It means more to me and Allie than you will EVER know!

Alex and Alex....
She is an AMAZING coach to Alex and has brought this team to new heights!

We are so lucky to have her in our lives! Thanks Coach Alex....for everything!


Kaela and I made chocolate milkshakes the other night!
They were beyond yummy!

We put a couple of girl scout cookie "SOMOAS" in the milkshake.