our little hot shot gymnast 

two weeks ago our silvie grace started taking gymnastics at central oregon gymnastics academy ...**brag alert**... and just last week she was moved up to the super hot shots class!! so this former gymnast and mama couldn't be prouder. oh and don't get me wrong here, she had the typical three-year-old-lets-just-lay-down-and-count-lint moments during class. all good and fun. :) 




a few weeks ago our brenner turned 13! to celebrate his big day, we hooked him and his posse up with paintball gear and sent them out to do what boys do best. after i picked up the lemon cake (brenner's request & yummy) from tumalo coffeehouse, we all met at jackson's corner for a great lunch. it was a special day for a special teenager.

photos taken by russ & cheryl mcintosh :)



celebrating my 40th in maui 

the view from our balcony at the makena beach resort and the flowers we enjoyed while drinking our morning coffeemy birthday sunsetwatching the locals at big beachself-timer fail and making the best of a broken tripod situationawkward funadam loooooooves to have his picture takenon top of the cinder cone between big beach and little beachlittle beach "free beach" (edited for sensitive viewers)beautiful big beachsunset on the beach in front of our resortsmittenif only we could grow these in the high desertthe grand luau at the grand wailea resortsoaking up our last sunset on big beachno other view will do ;) 
road to hanarespectgot itoh yes and yummmmbamboo forestwaianapanapa black sand beachwe hiked around the beach a bitstacking rocks
seven sacred poolssomewhere along the unpaved road past hanaenjoying the flowers along route 36my favorite colorst. joseph's churchlast bits of daylightjust past the 33 mile marker and our last sunset in paradise.

words cannot describe how incredibly blessed i feel to have such an amazing husband, who swept me away to help make turning the big 4-0 straight-up fantastic! and how awesome it was not to worry one day about the care of our children, all thanks to my parents. i'm excited for this new year. i feel the winds of change.