Sunday, December 14, 2008

Quick Updates and Birthday Adventures

I AM A BLOG SLACKER. I don't know if you noticed, but it has been about a month since my last late post. I don't know what to say, other than things are busy here...nothing earth shattering, just life in general.
Here's the skinny--

*Thanksgiving was fabulous, Utah was beautiful. I LOVE my inlaws. They are all so much fun to be around.

* I ran my 6K, I use ran loosely. I finished and did pretty well for my age group, which was 98 for some reason.


Um, that about does it for updates worth writing about. So, onto more current things.

Jessica Turned 12!

Time has really flown by. It seems like just yesterday we brought this beautiful little lady home from the hospital. I thought that growing up in a large family would prepare me for life as a mother, but I learned REALLY fast that I had no idea what I was doing. Here was this beautiful baby, with a perfect little round head and big gorgeous eyes, depending on me for everything she needed. She has been such a joy in our lives since she was born. She is beautiful and talented. She is sensitive and kind. She is my right hand gal. I LOVE HER TO PIECES!!! She wanted to go to San Fransisco for her birthday so off we went! We had a great time together as a family and then enjoyed some present opening over breakfast and delicious Penne Rigate for dinner. She got some great gifts, including the first Twilight book which she finished within 2 days. But....the most exciting news is that she got her ears pierced!!!!! She has been looking forward to this day her whole life (believe me). She had to call a few people and interview them about their ear piercing experience so that she could make an educated decision and use her agency wisely. She is so big, and I am so old. Happy Birthday, Jessica!






video


Ben turns 35 (that's halfway to 70, you know)!
It's true. He is even getting the grey hairs to prove it. He is such a good daddy, he wanted to spend the day with his family so we went to Jamestown and rode the steam engine. It was lots of fun for everyone. Santa, a very talented fiddler, and a band of raucous casino patrons were also on the train. We have missed cold weather and snow so we drove a little farther and were able to play in the snow...for a few minutes before we got too cold and decided that being warm is also very nice. Then it was off to the Bass Pro Shop for a little manly shopping. Happy Birthday, Ben!






14 comments:

Meghan said...

How fun! Jessie you are one tough girl, you didn't even flinch! Thata girl! Hope you had a great birthday. Ben, wowsers 35? I hope you had a great birthday too! Love you guys!

Danielle said...

Great to hear from you!! Congrats on your marathon!!! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas...Miss Ya!!!

Newsletter said...

I think we all understand you have a few things going on! I don't know you keep up a blog at all, but I love hearing updates, so I'm glad you do.

Such a sweet family you have!
~Heather

Bryn and Blaine said...

Happy birthday Jessica and Ben. Time does go by whether we want it to or not. Your Ben is almost as old as my old man. I love how you guys have fun as a family. I think that we forget how to do that sometimes.

Amberly said...

A weed whacker? I think I would have crawled in a hole if my dad even knew that I shaved my legs for the first time. We didn't talk about such things at my house. ahem. Imagine what else we didn't talk about...

I was starting to wonder when an update would show up. Glad to hear about the happy birthday festivities. Merry Christmas!

SKH said...

Aawww! Jess! I can't believe mascara, shaving and ear piercing all in one birthday! You can't top that one for a while. You are a beautiful girl! (Inside and out!) Ben happy birthday to you as well you are a handsome man (somewhere inside...j/k haha)

Tony and Traci said...

I have been waiting for you to update your blog! I didn't want to say anything at church because I know you have 6 kids, and I immediately am reminded of how little time I allowed my poor mom to have growing up. I loved the video of her getting her ears pierced. The weedwacker comment from Ben was hilarious. She was a good sport about it. Congrats on all your fun times. :)

Emily Oman said...

Happy Birthday! Jess, you are so beautiful! I love the earings. I turned 12 when your dad was on his mission and he wrote me the nicest letter, I will have to let you read it, maybe I will send you a copy. Happy Birthday to Ben, I'm a loser and I didn't even call you on your birthday. I will have to think of a way to make it up to you. xoxo

The Yancey Family said...

You inspire me to get dressed and leave the house from time to time! I can't believe all the fun things you do! Happy Birthday Jess and Ben! Jessica really is a great girl! We love you guys!

kthom said...

Good report Emily....aren't birthdays fun! Jessica handled herself like a champ while her ears got pierced AND the teasing from her giddy parents..leg shaving...who knew someone could be so inwardly excited! Your new festive header looks fabulous...such a cute fam! Always great to talk to you! xoxo

libbie said...

Jess, YOU ARE SUCH A BABE! And you didn't even flinch. IMPRESSIVE! Happy Birthday Ben. You really are getting old!

adamandrebeccacoughran said...

Waohoo! She is getting big! I still havnt gotten up the guts to get my ears pierced. Your husband is sooo funny! Your family is adorable as always.

Molly said...

Wow! Fun family activities! I love reading updates. Your brother made me jealous last night. He taunted me with "I was just at Emilys" with a 'so there' attitude during bunco. I loved it! I miss you!! Glad to see you in your lovely photos! Have a very merry Christmas if I don't talk with you before.

Laurel MacD said...

Oh - I've missed you!