Monday, May 25, 2009

Wine Tasting - Memorial Day Weekend

Just the two of us!

First of all...we had NO KIDS! Wait...Let me say that again....NO KIDS! Allie was down at SOU with her boyfriend for the weekend, Matthew stayed with my in-laws, Kaela went to Great Wolf Lodge with the youth group and the twins were with their Dad. This weekend was just a little taste of what it will be like when our kids are grown and moved out of the house.

Bill and I had the most wonderful day on Saturday. We woke up and made a nice breakfast for the two of us. Then we went wine tasting through the Willamette Valley. It's a big weekend for wine tasting, so the wineries had live music, food and tastings where you can keep the glass.

Our first stop was Montinore Estate. It was a nice winery, but we really didn't stay that long. Here are some pictures of Montinore.

We were really excited to go to our favorite winery....
Anne Amie in Yamhill. We had the nicest picnic that overlooked the vineyard. The weather was gorgeous, so we sat in the sun and talked and enjoyed our time together. It really was a perfect day!

Here are some more pictures of our day together....

Cruising in the convertible through wine country

Our picnic lunch of Sushi, watermelon, grapes and cheese

We are more in love then yesterday, but not as much as tomorrow!

Bill took the coolest picture of the view from our table through his wine glass! Maybe he has missed his calling. I think this picture is amazing!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Here Comes the Sun.....Do Do Do Do

Ahhh....Sweet Sunshine!
(with SPF 30 of course)

Kelle, Taylor, Jalen, Allie, Kenzie, & Alana

We have had a couple of great 85 degree days here in Portland. It's been wonderful. The pool in our neighborhood is open, so we had some fun pool time and family time! I have been driving around with the top down on my car. I love it! I'm feeling really blessed!

This summer we have so many wonderful things planned.
  • Allie's Graduation in June
  • Our Anniversary Cruise in July
  • Our 20th High School Reunion in August
  • Allie will go off to college in September
I can't wait for this summer!!
Bring on the fun and sun!

The End of an Era

The Final Dance Team Banquet!

As 4 years of dance team come to a close, I find myself in a weird place. This experience has been wonderful for Alex and our family. The friends that we have made and the way we have watched Alex mature and grow as a leader and a person has been so amazing to watch. It's a little bitter sweet for me.
Dance team was ALOT of time and energy and there is a little tiny piece of me that is glad it's

The banquet was great! The girls all looked beautiful! It is a tradition that the senior captains go up and give out awards to the whole team. Bill and I made little sashes for Allie and Ellie to hand out. They turned out so cute!!

We are now alumnis of the Westview Wildthings....We are very excited to watch the team continue to grow and succeed!

Senior Captains...Allie and Ellie

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Happy 10th Anniversary to us!

Celebrating 10 years of marriage
with my best friend today!

Wow...10 years together.
"Forever, I do"

**Remember that you can double click on the pictures to make them bigger**

May 7, 1999

We were married 10 years ago today. What a great day that was! We were married at Timeberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. We were to surprised to received 15 inches of new snow on the day of our wedding. There were about 50 people there and we had the best time dancing and visiting with our friends and family. We had a really nice honeymoon in Southern California. Disneyland, Six Flags, Universal Studios. Bill had his first ride on a roller coaster during our honeymoon :o) Little did he know at the time that this was the beginning of a wild ride called marriage! Ha ha.....

The past 10 years have had many ups and downs, but we are stronger people and a stronger couple because of it. Being a blended family has been a challenge to say the least. But we love our family and each other so much it makes it all worth it.

I am really looking forward to the next 10 years with Bill. The next phase will bring more fun times, vacations, and do I dare say "grand babies"? Ok, that's just weird. I'm not even going there. Ha Ha...

I love you honey! Thank you for loving me and going through this journey by my side.

Look at the B-E-A-U-TIFUL flowers that Bill sent me at work today! Thanks baby!!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Way Back When-sday

Way Back When-sday

Mommy's Little Helpers

Dateline 1997

Jalen & Courtney (4), Allie (6)

I love this picture so much! The girls loved to help cook and sit on the counters. Sometimes I just stare at this picture and get lost in it.