Ashley’s trip to California with Uncle Wes & Aunt Kara

For Ashley’s 14th birthday my youngest brother, Wes, and his wife invited Ashley down to California as their gift to her. Wow! Due to the holidays and crazy schedules, it took 4 months for the trip to finally arrive and the anticipation was amazing. She had such a fantastic time. What an amazing privilege to have family give my daughter experiences like this. We are so blessed.

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Celebrating Jordan’s 12th Birthday!

Jordan’s last pre-teen year – wow. The morning of Jordan’s birthday we sat at breakfast and asked Jordan what he wanted to do at the end of the day to celebrate his birthday. “Open presents and have cake,” he said. Sounds pretty obvious except for the fact that Jordan has NEVER asked for a birthday cake in his life. It had never crossed my mind! Thank you Ashley for cranking that out by the end of the day. Once we were all home (he was last), he got to do his presents, have some dinner, cake, and then have a movie evening.

Additionally, he’s been talking about going to Great Wolf Lodge for nearly a year now. When a great deal came up for home schooling families we jumped on it, celebrated his special day a couple weeks later, and headed to Grand Mound, WA for a family overnight mini-vacation.

Happy Birthday, Jordan! We love your quirky personality that always surprises us. Your sense of humor is amazing and your determination and faithfulness are so admirable. You are precious to us and our Heavenly Father.

It's my birthday!

Skyping with Gramma & Grampa for the first time

Celebrating with his "Ding Dong" friend, Mr. Keith on Super Bowl Sunday. Thanks for the cake, Kim!

Heading into Great Wolf Lodge on a balmy, February afternoon in WA.

Jordan and the Great Wolf mascot (I'm sure he has some name...)

Getting battered in the wave pool

Basketball in the water was where Jordan parked it for hours.

Bekah’s 8th Birthday – December 15, 2009

Can it really be EIGHT years? Can Mommy’s baby really be 8? Ashley seemed like such a big girl at 8. We moved from Seattle when Ash was 8 and in 2nd grade. Imagining that Bekah has really reached that age is mind boggling for me. It just doesn’t register. And as I reflect on the issues that we’re currently struggling with for Bekah (a big, bad attitude), I don’t remember any of those things for Ashley. Maybe my mind is numbed to it. I’ll have to check the journal I wrote for her, maybe it will have some hints to her behavior.

At any rate, the calendar doesn’t lie and Rebekah Joy Bodger must have turned 8 on Tuesday, December 15th 2009. We had a fun day celebrating Bekah.

Started the day off with Bekah’s favorite: French Toast

School must go on…

Once everyone was home, Bekah got to open her gifts.

Wii Cheer 2 game from Grandma Yogi & Grandpa Don

Very cute box and girlie goodies from Uncle Wes & Aunt Kara
A very special photo album of Bekah’s years came from Gammy & Pa along with $20.

The very special doll the was given to Gammy by her sister, Irene. Now passed on to the dolly girl, Bekah.
The photo album
Balloon bouquet from Bekah’s gymnastics coach!

The Target gift card from Gramma and Grampa Schertz draws a smile
Polly Pocket Cruise Ship from Ashley and Jordan (Black Friday deal!!!)
Shock & awe
at the gift
she didn’t think
she’d ever get.

So happy with her very special Nintendo DSi

Happy, happy birthday Rebekah.

We Love You very much.

Bekah’s 8th Birthday Party – LEGOS and Princesses

Birthday girl!

Saturday, December 12, 2009, Bekah had her 8th B’day party at our house. She invited 9 friends, Bella and Sadie couldn’t come. It was a much anticipated and very fun event for all.

The Girls! ...And Willie. Mary, Sydney, Bekah, Molly, Grace, Caroline, Mikayla, and Janelle

Girls and LEGOS

Crafts

Ice cream only - because Bekah doesn't LIKE cake (easier for Mom!)

Ashley’s 14th

Our first baby is FOURTEEN!

On Friday, 10/2, Ashley got a Mom and Dad date where we went and picked out her first cell phone followed up by the movie FAME with us and her friend Rachel. It was a fun night. The phone has changed her life, but we haven’t had to take it away… YET.

On her actual birthday, 10/5, we opened presents together at home and then headed out to a special family dinner at Red Robin. Embarrassing her with the Red Robin birthday song was very fun.

Ashley got a phone call from Uncle Wes and Aunt Kara the morning of her birthday. They announced to her that for her birthday they were going to fly her down for the weekend in January or February.

Celebrating with the family is always special, but celebrating as a teenager the party with friends is always a highlight. It was a ‘party year’ for her (up through 10 they get yearly parties and then it goes to 13, 16 and then 18 years) but between Ashley and her friends there are 4 birthdays within 44 days. These good friends got together and planned a birthday bash they called “B.R.A.M.’s 14th B’day Celebration”. B.R.A.M. are the girls’ initials: Bekah Russell, Rachel Mansfield, Ashley, and McKenna Welch.

Enjoy the pictures of her big day(s)!

Birthday Card from Gramma & Grampa

Birthday Card from Gramma & Grampa

The Girls

The Girls

Ashley and Jordan

Ashley and Jordan

Tearing up over a note from Gammy

Tearing up over a note from Gammy

Special memory album of Ashley's first years from Gammy and Pa

Special memory album of Ashley's first years from Gammy and Pa

Lamp and iPod doc from Grandma Yogi

Lamp and iPod doc from Grandma Yogi

Red Robin sings for Ashley

Red Robin sings for Ashley

McKenna, Bekah, Rachel and Ashley

McKenna, Bekah, Rachel and Ashley

Friends!

Friends!

Beautiful Birthday Girl

Beautiful Birthday Girl

Catching up…

Saturday, April 10th through Tuesday the 14th were crazy busy days. There were events for each of the kids, multiple parties (4 on Saturday alone!), Easter, Mariners preparations, and oh, my birthday, before Opening Day at Safeco Field arrived on Tuesday. It was all very fun, but exhausting when the adrenaline finally could taper off  Wednesday evening.

Bekah at ballet with Sarah Huber - 9th grader from church working on a school project. Aren't they darling?

Bekah at ballet with Sarah Huber - 9th grader from church working on a school project. Aren't they darling?

Easter eggs. These are actually all raw! Willie didn't want the dye to go to waste so he and Ashley colored every egg we had in the house!

Easter eggs. These are actually all raw! Willie didn't want the dye to go to waste so he and Ashley colored every egg we had in the house!

Our annual egg hunt at the Mansfields. These are the kids of the ladies in my Bible Study. Only a few are missing...

Our annual egg hunt at the Mansfields. These are the kids of the ladies in my Bible Study. Only a few are missing...

The kids at church Easter morning. He is risen!

The kids at church Easter morning. He is risen!

Bella & Bekah - too cute not to post.

Bella & Bekah - too cute not to post.

Mariners Opening Day on-field practice session 4/13

Almost time to head onto the field for Mariners Opening Day 2009!! (4/14)

We were really THAT close to the action! Willie with the balloon arch and Keith Johnson to his left.

We were really THAT close to the action! Willie with the balloon arch and Keith Johnson to his left.

I'm on the field, too!

I'm on the field, too!

Done on the field, now way up to our seats.

Done on the field, now way up to our seats.

Now back home at Safeco, Griffey's 1st at-bat. He was all business after this - and even got a hit! So exciting to have him back in Seattle.

Now back home at Safeco, Griffey's 1st at-bat. He was all business after this - and even got a hit! So exciting to have him back in Seattle.

My friend, Ede, even gave me a birthday greeting at the game! What fun!

My friend, Ede, even gave me a birthday greeting at the game! What fun!

Facebook, a stadium full of 50,000 fans, and these screens came together so that my long-time friend who I only run into every now and then & I actually interacted. She knew I was getting a b’day greeting because I’d said so on Facebook, and later in the game, she got on the big screen during the 7th inning stretch dancing time. Even amongst 50,000 people, God has a funny sense of humor to connect people!

Jordan’s ELEVEN!

What a miraculous day we celebrated on February 5th! The boy that doctors didn’t expect to see his 3rd birthday has turned eleven.

Yeah! Jordan got a strike at bowling!

Yeah! Jordan got a strike at bowling!

Gramma and Grampa arrived from Raleigh while Jordan was at school and were here waiting when he walked in from the bus. They talked him into some hugs and kisses before hte present opening began. Thank you everyone for your amazing kindness!

Wii Fit from Grandma Yogi and Mom & Dad. Fun stuff!

Wii Fit from Grandma Yogi and Mom & Dad. Fun stuff!

Reading card from Gramma & Grampa

Reading card from Gramma & Grampa

Jordan (and sisters) check out his new keyboard! Thanks G & G!

Jordan (and sisters) check out his new keyboard! Thanks G & G!

We tried to have a little party for Jordan at the bowling alley but neither of the kids he invited were able to attend. Turned out to be a really good thing, because I screwed up big time and didn’t check to make sure lanes would be available. We got there with Gramma & Grampa and league bowling had just started and no lanes would be available until 9 PM! Oh, dear! Sorry, my Jordan, who doesn’t like change. We headed to The Old Spaghetti Factory (to Jordan’s chagrin) and enjoyed some dinner before heading home.

The next day, we got Jordan out of school early and took him with us to the home school field trip to Jump Planet. Angry that we weren’t heading straight to bowling, he pounded the seat and yelled a good portion of the way there. After convincing him that we had to wait for Daddy to finish with work before we could bowl, and driving into the parking lot, Jordan was ready to head in and try it. See another post for this adventure.

Finally, it was time to head to bowling.

A spare!

A spare!

Jordan's style of bowling - hold one hand and throw!

Jordan's style of bowling - hold one hand and throw!

Nice strike, Ash!

Nice strike, Ash!

Bekah style

Bekah style

Due to arm pain, Willie bowls lefty

Due to arm pain, Willie bowls lefty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My lack of style

My lack of style

Gramma style!

Gramma style!

 

Waiting to roll

Waiting to roll

 

 

 

 

Had to throw some Wii Fit in before heads hit the pillow for the Birthday boy.

Time for some balance work for Jordan on the Wii Fit board

Time for some balance work for Jordan on the Wii Fit board

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