Monday, September 28, 2015

This is us

I am so thankful for my family, beautiful autumn leaves, sunshine and smiles. 

This was a "set the camera up on the bonnet of the car, hit the timer button and pray for good results" sort of family photo shoot. It was about 10 minutes of our life, the boys weren't terrible but were beyond glad when it was over, Ben was a cheerleader and full of good spirits and I am so thankful!

Of course we have to be silly because that is a part of our genetic make-up.

10 years of marriage and it really does keep getting better. I would not want to go through this life with anyone else beside me. 

Jack Attack! 
He is as intense as they come. 
I am amazed by his thoughts, perspective and ability to analyze and situation.
He is passionate, determined, creative and innovative... 
There is a good chance he could change the world!
SO, so, so blessed and honored to be his mother.

Lucas or "Lukie" as we call him.
He is a delight with an outpouring of gratitude that is constantly spilling from his heart. 
He is easy going most of the time but if he has made a decision good luck changing his mind.
He believes school is "just too much work" and would rather be done with it. 
I adore being with this mini man; he is a gift to me and try to live so I will be a gift to him.

"Eternity is composed of now's"


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Star Valley Family Reunion

We meet in Jackson Hole, WY and our family reunion began. After walking around, having lunch in a fun playhouse restaurant, looking at art work and laughing a fair amount we headed to Star Valley to find our cabin and get situated.
Star Valley Wyoming you are stunning! I want to serenade you with love songs because I am enchanted by your wonders. Your colors are so vibrant and magical that I feel obliged to thank God for creating you.

Our Star Valley family reunion was supposed to be predominately white water rafting and hiking but mother nature had different plans...rain, thunder and lighting. We didn't complain because we were there seeping in the beauty that surrounded us even if it was through the giant windows of the cabin.

As night fall came we turned off all the lights in the cabin and retreated to the mud room while someone went to hide. After 2 minutes and Jack yelling a bellowing countdown from 10 we all dispersed into the darkness and the games of sardines began. We searched, we found, we hid, we screamed and we laughed SO hard and SO much and did it again and again.

I think this reunion will be remembered for sardines, sliding competitions and Beth interrupting a man in song... Good times.

Now to find a way to live in Star Valley permanently...


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ben's Adventure Race

Right before our family reunion Ben and Cliff participated in an adventure race. This race was 50 miles of running, biking, repelling, caving, river boarding, canoeing with orienteering- HOW COOL IS THAT?

Ben has been training for about 9 months!

They started out AWESOME! 1st place in their division in the running section. They ran up a mountain, repelled, caved and ran back down again. Hoped on a bike and fell back a couple spots but were still rocking it. After the biking they got in wet suits and ran another 3 miles to the river. After jumping into the river Ben's body sized up in crazy major cramps. His legs were cramping so hard he could not move them to help steer himself through the rapid. After a couple rapids of no leg action he got out and tried to get rid of the cramps...  an hour went by and they feel behind in their standings. Ben ended up passing the two biggest rapids and jumped in after to finish off that section and then into a canoe they went.

They finished in 8 hours 9 minutes!!!! I was expecting 10+ hours so you can imagine my surprise and delight when they did so well. Ben is frustrated with how the river boarding went down but I am so proud and impressed.

1st adventure race under the belt for Ben!

Here are some shots Ben got from the race.

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