4th of July

A little Burtis/Ripley family time for an evening of fireworks made for some fun photos. Morgan and Ryan had a great time and so did the big kids. I really enjoyed watching the kid’s expressions, the wonderment and joy and then the ear covering and jumping. There were lots of photos taken and I’m sure I will get around to putting some on FB for the family, but here are a few to enjoy now that focus on the kids.

Morgan and Ryan.

Morgan and Ryan.

Ryan watching some of the big fireworks.

Ryan watching some of the big fireworks.

So loud!  Morgan and Ryan.

So loud! Morgan and Ryan.

Ryan finally getting the hang of sparklers.

Ryan finally getting the hang of sparklers.

Morgan and Daddy.

Morgan and Daddy.

Morgan and Grandma Marleen.

Morgan and Grandma Marleen.

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Sunsets and S’mores

What a beautiful night for a send off. While I still get to see her at work tomorrow, I’m glad that so many people gathered to show their love and support tonight and send Mo and her family off on their next adventure in Colorado. She will definitely be missed by a lot of people here in the Northwest. Good luck!

Mo passing out kisses.

Mo passing out kisses.

S'mores aftermath.

S’mores aftermath.

Last shot before I left.

Last shot before I left. #nofilter

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June Bee

I got to meet the newest edition to the Ripley family – Ms. June Bee. Despite the out of control hair, she is beautiful. I’m not sure I heard her make a peep all weekend. Congratulations to Sean and Lindsey on the new edition and I can’t wait to see her again when she’s 4!

June.

June.

The pouty face.

The pouty face.

Bundled up for fireworks.

Bundled up for fireworks.

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Chase’s 1st Birthday

Happiest of birthdays, Chase! You’ve grown so much this year and are the sweetest little boy. I hope that in the future these can be shown to your girlfriends so that I may embarrass you thoroughly in your teens – what good Auntie wouldn’t do that? And perhaps one day you can look back and see how loved you are, even at this small age. You’re almost walking, you’re babbling, you’re snuggling (my favorite part of the day), you’re laughing so much and you’ve got some serious chompers! You’re leaving formula behind and eating all the grown up food Mom will let you have. There are so many fun pictures from the holiday weekend that I would like to share, but these are a few of my favorites. 4th of July will be a separate post. Happy 1st Birthday, Chase! Hugs and Love from your Auntie Steph.

Frosting is delicious!

Frosting is delicious!

Chase and what is left of the cake.

Chase and what is left of the cake.

Smash cake!

Smash cake!

The beautiful cake and cupcakes from The Cakewalk Shop in Snohomish.

The beautiful cake and cupcakes from The Cakewalk Shop in Snohomish.

Chase opening presents.

Chase opening presents.

Can I play with the camera?

Can I play with the camera?

Kisses for Mommy!

Kisses for Mommy!

Squishy faced, silly brother Ryan.

Squishy faced, silly brother Ryan.

It was a long day...

It was a long day…

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Mizzou Graduation

Running a little behind on posts….but I got to go to CoMo to watch Ms. Lori Korschgen, my non-blood little sister, graduate from college! She’s going to be an art teacher in CoMo and I couldn’t be prouder of her. It was a great weekend albeit too short which seems to be par for the course on my CoMo visits since moving back to Seattle. Here are a few from the visit – the others ended up on facebook – and now Lori can stop being so disappointed in my lack of photo posting.

Where's Waldo? is a fun game at a commencement ceremony.

Where’s Waldo? is a fun game at a commencement ceremony.

Lori and I post ceremony.  Photo by Kyle Stiers.

Lori and I post ceremony. Photo by Kyle Stiers.

Lori and Kyle.

Lori and Kyle.

"Look for the gold, glittery hat.  You'll see me!"  Good lord, everyone had a gold and glittery hat.

“Look for the gold, glittery hat. You’ll see me!” Good lord, everyone had a gold and glittery hat.

My sentiments exactly.

My sentiments exactly.

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Easter photo shoot!

Fail. I discovered today that I have been too busy to shoot anything so far this year. Today I got to see the boys to play and take some Chase pictures to use for his first birthday invitations. Chase is such a happy kid that this took maybe 15 minutes. I’m pretty sure that we spent more time trying to get him into the board shorts that actually shooting. These were some of my favorites from the day. Enjoy and I hope everyone got some good, quality family time for Easter!

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The Burtis Boys: Christmas Edition

Got to do some family photos last week of the boys. I find that taking photos of them is as good of an excuse as any to go visit and spend the day with them. I wanted to wait until I got Chere and Michael all the photos before posting them here. These are just a few of my favs and believe be, it was hard to choose. I’m excited for Chase’s first Christmas and for Ryan to really be aware of and thinking about Santa and the magic that comes with him. Happy Holidays to everyone!

Chase's 1st Christmas photo at 5 months.

Chase’s 1st Christmas photo at 5 months.

Chase - 5 months.

Chase – 5 months.

Chase.

Chase.

Brothers don't shake hands.  Brothers gotta hug!

Brothers don’t shake hands. Brothers gotta hug!

Ryan - 3 years old.

Ryan – 3 years old.

Ryan.

Ryan.

He's either going to be a firefighter or just look good in the calendar.

He’s either going to be a firefighter or just look good in the calendar.

T-rouble.  Keep your 3 year old daughters locked up my friends.

T-rouble. Keep your 3 year old daughters locked up and off the playground my friends.

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A loss in our volleyball family

I know I normally post happy picture related things here, and I’ll go back to that. Promise. But my Rain City volleyball family suffered a great loss this week in one of our club co-founders, Brian Anderson. And I feel that the more I sing his praises and remember him for the great coach, mentor and teacher that he was, that his lessons and dedication will stay with me as I move into our next club season this month. I’ll miss him a lot and I hope that I can continue to do him proud in moulding these young minds and carrying on his amazing values.

Here is the write up I did for the Rain City website with a couple of borrowed photographs from his family.

Rain City Volleyball lost a dear member of our family this week. Brian Anderson co-founded Rain City with Jenny Vogt in 1990 with the goal of passing on their love for the sport and creating a family friendly atmosphere to teach the game in.

Brian lost his 10-year battle with leukemia Tuesday morning surrounded by his loving family. Those that knew Brian would describe him as an amazing father and grandfather, loving husband, dedicated coach and mentor, and as someone who would always give without being asked. Brian was “a good man and a great example,” said Rob Moya.

“He lived his faith and leaves behind a number of memories of lives he touched,” Jenny said. “He led by example, not by preaching.” Brian’s love for family and volleyball will always be remembered not only with Rain City but also around the Puget Sound region. He was a coach, an official, a tournament director, a setter, and a gamer. He loved volleyball and shared it with anyone who wanted to learn.

The first flier that Brian and Jenny created for Rain City said: “We love playing volleyball, do you? Come to Rain City.”

We wish that more of our current Rain City members could have known Brian and experienced the passion and dedication he brought to the sport and to our kids. We hope that Brian’s love and passion for the game will live in all of us and we can share it with this new generation.

Brian will truly be missed.

A recent family photo of Brian and his wife Carol, and all of their children.

A recent family photo of Brian and his wife Carol, and all of their children.

Brian circa 2009.

Brian circa 2009.

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The Pumpkin Patch

Last Sunday I took a trip to Stocker Farms in Snohomish, Wa., to hang out with the Burtis family. Ryan got to pick his pumpkins out and Chase got to hang out on a very crisp and foggy fall morning. We were supposed to do some family photos but weather dictated otherwise. I haven’t seen my boys in about 6 weeks, so this was a great outing for me. Ryan is officially 3 and I’m pretty sure Chase has doubled in size since the last time I saw him. Hopefully, family photos will happen soon, at least in time to make some Christmas cards!

Ryan is a hammering machine!  I'm not sure he got a nail all the way in, but there was some good effort.

Ryan is a hammering machine! I’m not sure he got a nail all the way in, but there was some good effort.

Ryan picks his pumpkin!  "I can't pick it up, it's too heavy!"

Ryan picks his pumpkin! “I can’t pick it up, it’s too heavy!”

Pulling the wagon with Daddy.

Pulling the wagon with Daddy.

Chase.  Love that face.

Chase. Love that face.

Handsome boy.

Handsome boy.

Riding the tractor pulled train with Uncle Brandon.

Riding the tractor pulled train with Uncle Brandon.

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The Great Wheel

Got to take a little trip downtown on Monday to visit Seattle’s Great Wheel. I needed to see what all the hoopla was about! And despite the bipolar weather on Monday, it was well worth the trip. The views are spectacular! You can see everything and I can only imagine how fantastic it is when the weather is actually cooperating. It makes me wish that I had gone on the ferris wheel at Navy Pier this summer in Chicago so I had something to compare this to. Alas, it will be relegated to the Chicago bucket list that I keep adding to – sorry Joel. However, this is one more thing that’s been knocked off the Seattle bucket list even though I feel like i should put it back on there just so I can go again on a day where it’s beautiful no matter the direction I look.

The Great Wheel.

The Great Wheel.

Looking South at the Stadiums and potentially Mt. Rainier if the weather were to cooperate.

Looking South at the Stadiums and potentially Mt. Rainier if the weather were to cooperate.

Looking North at the Needle and Pike's Place.

Looking North at the Needle and Pike’s Place.

The Bainbridge Island ferry leaving the downtown pier.

The Bainbridge Island ferry leaving the downtown pier.

Don't look down.

Don’t look down.

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