Monday, October 2, 2017

Maddie had the opportunity to cheer at the Beaverton High School football game on Friday. She has not ever done anything like this before. There was a clinic for a couple of hours before the game where every couple of girls were paired with a buddy who is a Beaverton cheerleader. Maddie LOVED it. She was disappointed this was just a once a year thing.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ryan is in high school. Big freshman. Or maybe not so big...see the pictures below from last night's soccer game. he was certainly one of the smallest out there on either team. I doubt anyone is going to top him on lowest BMI.
Beaverton has 4 soccer teams. Varsity, JV, and two JV2 teams. He with most of the freshmen are on the lower of the JV2 teams. Bridget believes that all Freshmen and Sophomores were segregated on to the 2 JV2 teams and that upperclassmen comprise the JV and Varsity. Only 5 freshmen made it on to the upper JV2 team even. Last night his team of mostly freshmen when up against a team of mostly Sophomores. Our boys didn't have anyone with the mass of their biggest 4 players. And Beaverton was shelled. It was ugly. Afterwards Ryan was really angry, about as angry as I have seen him. He finally opened up that he expected his team to at least try. Only he didn't really say it, he yelled it when we were in the car. Our boy is very competitive. The team has 18 players. Ryan starts. He is never subbed. There are about 3 or 4 players that do not come out and he is one. We will see how he deals with this challenge. When they played a game last friday it was against a team of mostly Freshmen and they tied. So they are not horrible. They are just young and likely half of the players do not have as much experience as Ryan with strategy and so forth. 11 games to go. Below is a picture from the first game last week against Liberty HS.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Colin had his 9th birthday party with friends and family this weekend. We did not get much sleep Friday night when friends spent the night. The family party was sooo much calmer.
It's been awhile since we did anything here. Bridget and the kids were looking at it and decided this was fun to look back on. Kids are a bit older. For now here are some pictures from the first day of school

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Maddie the Pistol

Yesterday in the span of 10 minutes Maddie went from throwing legos to pulling Mckenna's hair to hiding Colin's shoes to jumping on the furniture and all with a big smile on her face. Sunday's at church are always an adventure. When Maddie gets bored she either takes whatever her brothers have (book, pen, etc.) or she tackles them in sacrament meeting. We have had several people tell us how entertaining she Add Imageis. She can hold her own!

Thursday, July 7, 2011


Colin will at times wake up like our other boys at this age. Last night he was up for about two and a half hours. He was in a pretty good mood though for the most part. Sometimes he wanders or sneaks into our room and either wants to sleep with us or he wants to just check on us before going back to his bed.

Last night after he was up for a bit he came in our room and I guess saw that I was sleeping without covers on for the most part. He went into his room and grabbed his little polar bear and came back into ours to give it to me. He woke me up (again) and said "Daddy, you look cold so here is my bear"

And I took it and slept with it of course. Thank you, Colin.

Monday, November 22, 2010


Man, it has been forever since we updated this thing...

OK, so here are some pictures. More later hopefully.

Taken Sept 20th, 2010.

Taken Oct. 8th, 2010.

Taken Oct. 20th, 2010

Halloween...Colin wouldn't put his costume on at the time.

Ryan's last game of soccer last month...He's number 11.

Misc. iPhone pictures...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Updates and Pictures

I have a number of pictures to upload. The first are from Colin's Birthday. And then some from when we visited Black Butte Ranch with Bridget's sister Tracy, her husband Jim and their 2 1/2 year old Jacob. And finally Ryan holding his sister right after the Maddie's blessing.

Now that the pictures are posted I will post the news.

Jack is loving Kindergarten. Bridget and I noticed that he is much more talkative about it than Ryan is and was about school. Ryan likes school as well, but when you ask him he usually just responds with, "Fine" or "Good." We have to struggle to get details out of him. With Jack once you ask him a question or two we find out so much more than we ask for usually. It is great that he likes school. One of the reasons that he does enjoy school so much is out of his familiarity with his teacher. She is the mother of Ryan's best friend, Reed. So Jack has been to their house a few times and is very comfortable with her. I believe he has bragged to his new school friends that he has been to his teacher's house before.

Ryan, is doing fine in school. This year he is in the same class as his best friend Reed. Last year they were not together. They were split up after Kindergarten because they were the two strongest boys in the schools kindergarten we were told by a teacher. Reed's mom asked if they could be together last year,but she was told that they needed to balance out the boys. I suppose that is a nice thing to hear. Both are good boys and read very well. They are also on the same soccer team. Oh, and Ryan still has his favorite girl, Lucy, in his class. He quite likes Lucy. He says she is very smart. And he would like to date her when they are old enough to date he says. Yeah....moving on...

Soccer is in full effect right now. And it is a pain in the butt. Baby, kids in soccer nearly everyday of the is a pain. Mainly for Bridget though.

Bridget is still really tied to Maddie. Maddie is a good baby, but she can't really leave her for long. Bridget is the meal ticket after all. Bridget is frustrated by her inability to work out much because of this. However, she does not have the holy grail of workout aids when you have young children. At least for around here...

It's the BOB Revolution Dualie. It is freakin' sweet. It rolls so unbelievably well. It even has little shocks to absorb the bumps in the road or trail. It is made very well--Bridget plans on taking it on the trails soon. Thankfully, I was able to get a deal on it, but it was still spendy. But, I think it is totally worth it.

She is also enjoying her status as former Primary President. I don't think she misses that church calling too much at all.

Cyclocross season starts this weekend for me. And I actually have weekends clear to race finally. Which brings up the subject of why I have weekends clear. I have a new job. Finally working at a law firm. I am basically a very experienced lawyer's assistant. He is very very busy and I will be handling all the basic remedial things for him within the firm. Lots of paper pushing. Lots of tying up lose ends. Lots of things that law school does not teach a student at all. But these are all things that will be invaluable in the future. While I am a glorified paralegal and paid as such it is a great improvement over my prior position at the bike shop. Plus, I have been promised growth should I perform. Others I talked to confirm that this is a firm that is growing and one of the partners made somewhat similar transition when he first started. And truth be told, I would have taken a position cleaning toilets at a lawfirm if it would have allowed me to start to use my degree and learn my chosen profession...finally. The increase in pay comes in a timely fashion. A huge law school loan enters repayment early next year. We could not have made ends meet at all if this or something had not happened for us. I was starting to stress just a little bit.

By the way, I did get this position because of the bike shop. I got to know a customer whose girlfriend came in a bought a bike from me. After helping her a bit I mentioned in passing that I was a lawyer, but not practicing. She started sending me all of the open positions that she learned about in her circles. Nothing panned out though for the main reason that I had virtually no experience. Then we were talking when she came back into the shop last month and I told her that I would consider a legal assistant or paralegal position just to get me foot in the door and gain some experience in a firm. Then the lightbulb went off in her head. She said that her assistant "sucked" and that another assistant was leaving soon. She said she would talk to the managing partner. I sent off an email to her explaining in further detail what I was thinking in order create a place for myself there both now and in the future. She liked it what she read and passed it along to the partner. He liked the ideas I proposed. I had an interview and then two days later I was extended an offer. This is a simplified version of the events, but you get the jist. The offer came on Bridget's birthday and it definitely made the day better.

Oh and the firm is here:

I work mainly with Mr. Hitt.

Basically, I feel pretty lucky. I just finished my second day on the job and there is just so much I am clueless about. I worry about screwing something up, or not asking the right questions in order to do something correctly. I really have to stay on top of a number of cases at the same time. Currently, I will be working on about 15 cases that are in varying stages of completion. That is just for one lawyer in the firm. And I only have about 1/2 of his load. Another person helps out on the rest. Crazy.

Anyway, more soon I hope.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010