Friday, December 10, 2010

Merry Christmas from our family tree

Merry Christmas from our Family Tree!

We had the best time a few weeks ago taking pictures with the family. First, I would like to say how hard it is to get 6 teens together at the same time. With work schedules, school events, and friends, I actually sent out an evite to the kids to coordinate the time and place.

The twins have a friend at their school who does photography and she gave us a great deal! We think that she did a great job! She is only a 15 year old sophomore in high school. What talent!

Here are a few more pictures of our photo shoot.

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Our new favorite HOT SPOT!


There is a new yogurt place in town. Peachwave has about 16 different flavors of frozen yogurt and a million different types of toppings. Flavors of yogurt like cheesecake, fudge brownie, peanut butter, pineapple, mocha, etc...
Toppings such as fresh fruit, candy, cereal, etc...
Literally a million different combinations.

After church tonight, we took the kids out for dessert. Here are some pictures of our adventure.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Wounded Warriors

This picture sums up one of the most difficult days in our lives. Oh, where to begin....

Jalen was playing in a tournament a few weeks ago in Newberg. She had a game on Sunday morning and during the 6th inning, she slid into 2nd base and tore up her knee. It was swollen and bleeding and looked pretty major. We took her to the emergency room and did some x-rays. The doctors suspected a torn meniscus. They prescribed some pain medication and sent us away with a brace on her leg and some crutches.

The problem was that now the softball team was down a player and asked Courtney to wear Jalen's jersey and play in the 6pm game. Courtney was happy to do it. During the game, Courtney was playing 3rd base. She had a runner on 3rd, and during the play, the first baseman threw a line drive to 3rd and it hit Courtney right in the eye. As she went down, I could NOT believe what was happening. Both of my twin girls were injured in the same day, playing softball at the same tournament!!! Courtney's eye was bad and she was in so much pain. Yep...another trip to the emergency room.

Courtney was put on Morphine and they sent us home with a referral to see a specialist in 5 days. According to the x-ray, it looked like she fractures some bones in her face. After seeing the specialist, the determined that she had a blow-out fracture to her obital wall and that she would need surgery to help re-build the bones around her eye.

Surgery was successful and her eye will heal without any permanent damage. Praise God!
You know, the craziest part of this whole thing, is that my girls have played softball for 13 years and nothing has ever happened to them. What a total FLUKE!!

Balloons from Grandma

Courtney recovering

Summer Fun!

Summer 2010
A few weeks ago we went over my friends BK's house to see her sister Dawn-Joy who was in town from Nashville. Dawn-Joy is a very talented singer and just released a CD. We went over to visit and hear her sing with her boyfriend, Kevin. Kevin is the lead guitarist for Blake Shelton. It was a wonderful evening with great music and wonderful friends!


Aloha High School - All Class Reunion Picnic

Bill and I had a great time at the 2nd annual Aloha High School All Class Reunion Picnic. It was so wonderful seeing everyone from high school. I love that I am still in touch with some of my friends from high school. It has been 21 years since we graduated so it was nice seeing people that I haven't seen since graduation!

Bk is one of my best friends from 8th grade. We were locker partners, had many sleepovers, fought over boys, and made up tons of dances and performed them for our families.

Friday, July 23, 2010

The incredible shrinking woman!

Down 40 far

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Lordy, Lordy, Look who's 40!

Happy Birthday to Bill's brother Wayne who turned 40 last weekend. Jaylin threw Wayne a wonderful party! The highlight of the party was the fire dancers at the end of the night! These dancers were simply incredible and it was amazing and a little bit scary what they did with fire!
It was a great party! the grill! The food was wonderful!

Me and Jaylin

Me and Bill = True Love

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Taylor is 21 years old!!

Happy 21st Birthday Taylor!

Taylor turned 21 this year. Taylor is such a geniune person. He cares so much about his family and has such a sweet spirit. We love you so much Tay Tay!

Me and Taylor

Taylor and his step-mom Christina

It doesn't seem possible that I have a child who is 21 years old. We had such a fun birthday party for him last weekend. It was a CASINO themed party!

The Birthday Group

Me, Courtney, Jalen, Stacy and Allie

Kami, Jalen, Courtney and Aaliyah

We rented a casino table for a big game of Texas Hold Em!

Monday, July 05, 2010

Success School June 2010

AdvoCare Success School

JUNE 25-27, 2010

Yes, those are all cowboy hats!

Bill and I were so blessed to be able to attend Success School last weekend in Fort Worth, Texas! Wow! What an incredible weekend with a room of 4000 champions. Friday night was the "Kick Off" with fun music, inspiring testimonies, DREW BREES, and the introduction of new Pink Lemonade Spark.

Me and Melanie at the Friday Night Kick Off

"The Alaska Girls" new friends!


AdvoCare's National Spokesman...Superbowl Champion, DREW BREES!

Saturday was spent with wonderful training and fun in the product store. We bought some cool shirts, bags, and of course, Pink Lemonade Spark!

Bill and I stayed in Texas an extra day to take in some Texas sun at the pool. We also went and had a good Texas dinner at the Texas Roadhouse! It was a amazing trip.

We will be heading back to Success School in February! We are so inspired to share our story with everyone. How much weight we have lost, how much energy we have and how we are on our way to financial freedom.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Matthew's Graduation

Matthew Graduated from High School

We had a graduation dinner for Matthew on Sunday night. We went to the Old Spaghetti Factory with our family and closest friends. It was AWESOME to celebrate Matthew's accomplishment with our family.

I wanted to crawl under the table and hide when Matthew asked the balloon guy to make him a blow up doll ~ Oh boy...It was totally hilarious when the balloon guy said "Sure, no problem...but it will have to be the PG version". Here is what he made for Matthew. The back of the balloon is the funniest thing that I have seen in a very long time!

The back of Matthew's blow up doll...(Nice Thong Panties) Ha ha ha ha

On Monday, we went to the University of Portland Chiles Center and watched Matthew walk across the stage and receive his diploma! We are so proud of him.

On a side note....3 down, 3 to go!!

Congratulations Jeff and Francesca!

Jeff and Fran's Wedding

Bill and I with Jeff and Francesca

Last weekend we went to Jeff and Francesca's Wedding. It was held at the Queen Anne Victorian Mansion. It was such a beautiful wedding. Fran looked amazing and was such a beautiful bride. I have known Jeff since high school. He has been one of my dearest friends and I am so thankful that we were able to share this special day with them.

The weather was perfect for an outside wedding. We brought Courtney, Allie and Kerren
(Allie's friend) with us.

Bill and I before the wedding

Courtney, Me and Allie

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Happy Birthday Jaylin

Happy Birthday Jaylin!

My sister-in-law Jaylin is such a sweet person! She has become one of my very good friends. We have alot in common and I feel like I can tell her anything.

Jaylin, I hope that this coming year will bring you laughter, love and true joy!
I am always here for you!
Happy Birthday Sister!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Allie's Home from College

Allie is home from her 1st year of college!
Congratulations sweet girl!

All packed up and ready to come home

Bill and I took a big road trip last weekend to pick Allie up from college. It's about a 5 hour trip each way, so it was about 10 hours in the car. Bill and I had so much fun singing songs, laughing, talking. It's was like a perfect 10 hour date! :o)

Allie had a good year at college. It was an adjustment for us and for her to be so far away from home, but Allie said that she thought it was good for her. She said that she really grew up a lot over the past year. However, she sure was ready to come home! And we are ready to have her home!

Allie's dorm is all cleaned out! It sure does look different!

Allie has so much money left on her meal card! Since we won't be able to get that money back, we decided to go to the food store and go on a shopping spree! It was really fun, just grabbing snacks and food to take home with us. Here is our big haul!

Our raid of the Southern Oregon University Store! Snacks for the summer!

Now that Allie is home, she is looking for a job and hanging out with friends that she has missed while away at college. She will be going to Portland State University next year!