Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Walk in the Winter

Brandon and I set out for some snowshoeing last Saturday. We went to Snoqualmie pass for a half-hearted attempt at Snoqualmie Mountain. It turned out to be a bit too icy to make it up without crampons. But we did make it above the clouds for some awesome views. We also got in some snowshoeing down where the snow was softer. The first picture is me looking at chair peak. Below is Brandon in a sub-alpine wonderland.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Obama Icon Me! and cupcakes too!

Okay as you can see we have been having fun making Obama Icons. Give it a try
Trophy Cupcakes has even used it on their cupcakes. I hear (from Yelp reviews) that Cupcake Royal's service is bad and their cupcakes are not as good as Trophy. I was looking for a cupcake place to go on my B-day... I've already been to Trophy and I would say that their chocolate frosting is almost as good a mine. Therefore they are definitely good. Too bad Cupcake Royal. What do you think?

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Our Busy Holiday

So for all those people who might planning to get married over Christmas break I would say try to do it before or after. I know because we got married over Christmas break. 66 couples got married that day, Dec 28, 2004, in the Salt Lake Temple. Here's a photo.

Anyway, that was my disclaimer you will soon see why this makes for a crazy holiday break.
So we spent the Holidays with Ben's Family in Redmond. We shared talents and sang songs.

Most of the cousins were together in their Christmas PJs (we are missing here Hally and Alec). So its from left to right, Annie, Olivia, Hannah holding Sam, Maddie holding Violet, Claire, Ella, Ginny, Sophie and Anika! Phew I did it! And two more on the way.

I made a pyramid with the Williams girls and Ginny.
We even Enjoyed a white Christmas
And it was nice to spend lots of time with Daddy

Then on the 27th Ben and I left for our anniversary getaway to Winthrop, Washington. We stayed at the Sun Mountain Lodge. Here's a map.

At the lodge we enjoyed the great scenery of the Methow valley, luxurious accommodations, snowshoeing, and a four diamond dinner (yes the dining room is rated with four diamonds! That's kind of a big deal). Here are some pictures of us snowshoeing. This is Ben in front of the some nice scenery.

Here Bri poses in front of the lodge area. Our building is on the right hidden behind the tree a bit.

After enjoying the winter paradise of Winthrop for a few days we headed to the Tri-Cities, Ben's ancestral homeland, for Chud's Wedding. Chud is Ben's friend from High School. We picked up the girls in Cle Elum (from Bri's mom, Thanks Nori!) and headed to the Maxfields parents' house in West Richland. Ginny was thrilled to be with her BFF Riley. She also enjoyed a visit to the Columbia River Washington Temple. We attended a temple session while the girls played with the Maxfield girls.

We had a little reunion of high school friends at the wedding reception. The napkins have picture of Keith and Josh, who were conspicuously absent.

Congrats to the Happy couple!

Back at home we had a small New Years gathering.

Seattle fireworks off the space needle at midnight. It was nice even though we were getting dripped on. Gotta love Seattle!

The group; we enjoy playing lots of games. Thanks cool dudes.
And the final event was my cousin Ali's Wedding. Here are my two aunts and my mom out front the temple after the sealing.

This is me with the groom at the luncheon

Here is the cake at the reception. Can you say chocolate ganache!
April is a girl after my own heart.

Here they are dancing

We danced practically all night! It was a lot of fun.
Here is a photo of the cool people. Mary, Mandi, Me and Lil'.
It was a great time and I am sad that my other fox ladies couldn't come. Hopefully a family reunion will happen soon.

So as you can see not a lot of time for relaxing when Christmas and New Years scrunch your anniversary. But hey we sure had a great time.