Thursday, June 25, 2009


A couple weeks ago Ben and I went to see a Bee's game. We both love to be at the ball park watching a good baseball game and wanted Logan to experience it all too.

There was the usual peanuts and cotton candy (which Logan wouldn't touch. He'll eat dirt, but not cotton candy? Come on kid!) drunk fans, and the good ol' 7th inning stretch. But Logan's favorite part was watching the fireworks at the end. He sat so still through the whole thing, not bad considering the 13-inning game lasted until 11:45 pm.

I just found a cute fireworks craft at one of my favorite sites: No Time For Flash Cards. I haven't tried it with Logan yet but I think he'll love it now that he's experienced fireworks and will again on the 4th.

Friday, June 19, 2009

A Package Came Today!

I'm a little behind on posting, somewhat due to an Oprah challenge that we took last week, but I wanted to brag for a minute.

Today we got a special package in the mail. Normally I can't
not open a package that is addressed to Ben when it is delivered in the middle of the day and it is taunting me all day long. But, today I didn't peek. {pat on the back}

So when Ben got home and opened this curious little cylinder of a package, we were both excited to see his diploma!

So you're thinking, "So what, a another piece of paper to frame and hang in the office?" Well my friends, this diploma is wonderful for two reasons:

1: This represents a raise in his pay, now in effect now that the diploma is here. Not gonna lie... more money is a welcome thing right now.

2: This piece of paper is a small representation of how awesome Ben is. He spent the past two years working hard on his masters degree in Educational Administration from the University of Scranton, all while:
  • working full time to support our family
  • serving as the Young Men's President
  • having many hobbies to fill the little cracks of time left available (see here)
  • cleaning the bathroom every Saturday morning (and more!)
  • having a baby (ok, well I had the baby, but you get what I mean) and delving into the sweet world of fatherhood
  • doing more than his fair share of bed time and baths for Logan
  • taking Logan while I served in my Primary calling and worked
  • repaired numerous things around the house
  • and the hardest one of all... putting up with me!
These past two years weren't always a walk in the park for our little family but what's life without a little trial? The blessings have far outweighed the hardships.

I actually can't list every awesome thing Ben has done in the past two years, but I just wanted to say how proud I am of him and how thankful I am for a hard working and extremely talented husband. My husband ROCKS!
Love you Ben!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Bear Lake Weekend

A few weeks ago Ben competed in the Bear Lake Classic (a 50 mile race around Bear Lake). This is his fourth year racing at this particular event and we love going each year. We usually camp the night before the race and every year it is absolutely freezing at night, so this year we got smart and camped cabin-style with the Cooks. Yea! It was 10 x's better than the past 3 years. Ben did great, as usual, and we had a blast. Here's some proof:

Before the race (you can see our sweet cabin in the back ground. It even had a little bathroom - wonderful) !
Lining up (the 5 guys in the front row are all from the same club that Ben helped start up. Their jerseys are coming in soon).
Playing at the park while the guys were racing

Like father like son.

At the finish line

The boys and their bikes.

Sol (aka Sauce) eating dirt

The Cooks

After the race we got to play on the beach a little bit. The water was freezing, but that didn't stop Logan.

He was so concerned about sand on his hands.

Soaking up the heat from the sand.

Love this shot

That night we played at a park where Megan discovered a swing for a disabled person and boy was it fun. We all had to take a turn. :-)