And then there were 4...

And then there were 4...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers Day!

This has officially been the BEST mothers day EVER to date!!!  TJ, my dad, and brothers did so much today to show my mom, Brandi, and I that we are loved and appreciated.





The day started off with TJ making Dominik and I a delicious breakfast of hash, fried eggs, and fresh oranges.  He even woke up a little early so that he could get Dominik up and ready so that all I had to do was get myself ready and enjoy breakfast. 

After breakfast we headed off to church; my parents ward that is...for mothers day my mom wanted all her children and grandchildren to come to her ward so that she wouldn't have to sit alone.  It was so much fun being there all together.  My dads ward even supplied all the mothers with hand stitched handkerchiefs, Haggan Das ice cream bars, and fresh roses.  I definitely think we made the right choice to go to their ward! 

As soon as church was over we all went back to my moms house to enjoy a delicious early dinner of chicken, rice, grilled veggies, garlic bread, and salad.  The boys cooked everything and set the table so the girls didn't have to lift one finger.  The meal was delicious, and what was better...we didn't even have to clean anything up!  We are so spoiled!

Once dinner was complete we opened presents...my favorite part :)  My mom gave Brandi and I a beautiful candle holder with a delicious smelling candle.  TJ and Dominik got me some tulips, and my mom got a Shutterfly photo book and a web cam.  The gifts were all so thoughtful this year and definitely a reflection of how much the mothers are loved and cherished!

Since Brandi's family lives in Gresham, once the presents were opened they headed out to celebrate mothers day with her mom.  That left my mom and dad, Chase, Curtis, TJ, Dominik, and I to finish the festivities.  We took naps, played card games, went outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather by playing badminton, and then finished the evening by eating some crab legs and shrimp (part 2 of my gift from TJ).  We were supposed to watch a chick flick too, but we decided to spend more time playing outside in honor of the 80 degree weather so we ran out of time.






I wacked him in the face with my racket :( Such a trooper!





Calling Grandma on the phone to wish a Happy Mothers Day!!!





The day could not have been more perfect.  It is so easy to forget how much you are appreciated during the monotony of everyday life.  So to have the people you love take so much time and effort out of their day to make you feel so loved is just so special.  I truly am blessed to have such an amazing mom who was the perfect example of womanhood and motherhood.  She is my best friend who I thank Heavenly Father everyday for sending me to her.  If Someday I become half the person she is, I will consider myself lucky!!!

It's Official

So for the past two years I have shed much blood, sweat, and tears on my path to get my masters degree.  I have had so much support from family and friends, that without the journey would have been impossible!  So through much support and love I was able to walk across the stage at the Memorial Coliseum and accept my Masters of Arts in Education with a Concentration in Elementary Education Certificate. 




I technically still have a month to go to have it be official, but I was thoroughly ecstatic that they let me walk in this years graduation.  The ceremony was beautiful, and my family was there to cheer me on.  I was also surrounded by my colleagues and friends in celebrating our awesome achievement.

In addition to my graduation, my little brother Curtis is getting his Associates degree from Mt. Hood Community College, and Chase is receiving his Bachelors degree from Portland State University.  While these are just stepping stones for them in their long journey to become doctors we are extremely proud of their hard work and dedication!  TJ is also getting his DOCTORATE!!!  Yeah!!! He has worked SOOOOO hard and on June 15th we will all get to go and celebrate him and his amazing accomplishment.  He keeps telling me that I will need to call him Doctor TJ, to which I reply, only if he calls me Master Breanna  :)







I'm so proud of my family and all we have been able to accomplish.  We have been there for each other through thick and thin, to love an support one another as we work hard to achieve our dreams; I could not be prouder of us!

One Last Time...

So it seems like every time we do something it is "the last time" we will do it for a while.  This weekend was definitely no exception.  Our good friends the Emmett's ever so graciously invited us to their family beach house to enjoy in some rest, relaxation, and precious time with great friends.  We were accompanied by the Emmetts, Adairs, Atkinsons, Finlinsons, and the Williams.  Everyone had little kids so Dominik had a blast! 

TJ, Dominik, and I left early on Friday and got to Tillamook before everyone.  We went to the Blue Heron Cheese Factory and ate lunch, sampled some tasty cheese and sauces, and even had a great time at their petting zoo.  Dominik got to feed goats, chickens, sheep, donkeys, and we looked at some large cows.  He has absolutely no fear when it comes to large animals and sticking his little fingers incredibly close to their teeth.  TJ was even a little afraid when the donkeys used their lips and teeth to eat the food off Dominiks hand; that's when I know I should be worried too!









After the Blue Heron we went to the Tillamook Cheese Factory.  We watched them make cheese, enjoyed some tasty cheese and ice cream, and then took some pictures in the "love the loaf" mobile.  At one point I was looking at the workers making cheese and holding onto their safety rail that went up to about my hips.  All of a sudden the rail started reverberating.  I looked down the rail only to see Dominik holding his forehead.  He ran to see the cheese and failed to notice the large solid metal railing that went up the middle of his forehead.  He cried pretty hard and TJ and I felt like awful parents as we walked through the rest of the factory with a son that had a large goose-egg in the middle of his forehead.  He actually took it like a champ and had a lot of fun the rest of the time we were there. 





We made it to the house just in time for TJ and Dominik to take a stroll on the beach and me to take a much needed nap.  Everyone else got there around 6.  The kids had plenty of time to play, and then we all took a stroll on the beach just as the sun was setting.  Once the sun was completely down we headed back to the house, only to find an awesome graduation celebration that my besties threw for me!  It was so cool for them to take the time to do that for me!  I am one lucky gal!!!









Once the kids went to bed we stayed up and played black jack, poker, "the lame game" which was actually pretty fun (thanks Josh), and High-low.  We played with a Costco sized bag of Peanut M&M's, and an endless supply of junk food.  Around 2:30 am we were all deliriously tired and conceded that we were no longer in our teens and pulling an all nighter was not an option.  Especially since the babies would be up in only a few hours.




The next morning was spent in good conversation and enjoying the beautiful ocean scenery.  TJ, Dominik, and I left around 11:30 to make it to my graduation.  We were sad to go, but so happy that the Emmetts invited us if only for one night.  We have such special friends that are going to make leaving insanely hard!