Wednesday, July 21, 2010

8th Anniversary

On June 29 this year Ben and I celebrated our eight wedding anniversary, can you believe it?? For our anniversary Ben and I left the city for a few days and went down to The Cliff House in Manitou Springs to play. On our first night we had dinner at a local place, did a little window shopping and then decided to go up to the Cave of the Winds and take a tour. The tour we took was their Eco friendly one and they turn off all the lights inside the cave and you go through with just a flashlight. It was interesting to see a different perspective of the cave and since there was only one other couple with us, our tour guide was extra funny.

On Saturday morning since it was cool we took a beautiful drive up the Pikes Peak highway to the top of the mountain. It is a beautiful drive and when you reach the top it is so worth it and your view just goes on for miles and miles. Once back in town we enjoyed some pizza at Marilyn's Place and then we were off to go hike the seven falls just as it started raining so we drove through the Garden of the Gods instead. It was interesting to see all the different rock formations.

We had plans to have dinner Saturday night at The Cliff House dinning room but we were pretty tuckered out so we opted for room service and it was wonderful. It is always fun to be waited on, eat in bed, have someone else clean up the mess and the food was amazing. We returned home on Sunday relaxed, refreshed and ready for the next exciting adventure.

It has been a wonderful eight years and I wouldn't want anyone else by my side. While we have had our ups and downs like everybody else there is no one else I could imagine going through all of it with and I know that we can overcome anything that comes our way. I Love You Ben!!

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Anne's Baptism

Annie with her Dad
Uncle Ben and Annie
Aunt Lynsey and Annie

On June 5 Annie was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was such a special day and while I know that Annie was a little nervous she hid it very well. Ben and I along with lots of other family members were able to share in her special day. Annie had called me way back in May and asked if I would speak at her baptism. I was a little nervous since I had never spoken at a baptism but more then happy to do it for Annie.

I wish I could say that I held it together and made it all the way through my talk without crying but that was not the case. When I looked into Annie's smiling face all I could see was this beautiful girl making such a good decision and the tears freely came streaming down my cheeks. I am so proud of Annie!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

It keeps going and going..

Our Favorite things about the giant Cedar Trees:
1. Uncle Ben was able to go with us
2. We got to drive in the woods (This was Joseph's favorite part)
3.The huge trees
4.The big sticks
5. Lots and lots of trees to climb
6. The rain letting up long enough for us to see the trees
7. Skipping school to be with family
8. Playing in the rain puddles
9. Picking flowers
10. Lunch at the french fry store afterwards
My sweet Ellen
Annie and Stephen
Aimee and I
Aimee, Ben and Noah
The kiddos
One of the giant trees.
Uncle Ben and Noah
Ben and I
We didn't quite make it all the way around.

Another shot of the giant trees.