Happy Birthday Ben!!

Happy Birthday sweetheart!!

We planned a weekend up in Flagstaff for Ben's birthday!  One of the fun things about living in Phoenix is Flagstaff is just two hours away and the temperatures drop 20-30 degrees.  Then a monsoon storm swept through and brought the temps to the 50s at night.  Brr.
Ben's birthday Porsches.  The affordable range.
It's tradition to make the rainbow cake/cupcakes for mister Ben's birthday.  I tried to make them manlier in color this time.  They were really good!  Ben, Ryan and I ate them all and there was only one left by Ben's actual birthday, Sunday!
Check out his new cross trainers.
We've had the stomach flu floating around our house the past week-ish, so the plan was to keep this weekend low-key and Olympic filled.  Ryan, Ben's buddy, lives in Flag and we stayed with him and let him be our tour guide as usual.

We went down to Sedona and spent a few hours at the river there.  It was a first for me, and it was a pretty good time.  When Ben and Ryan get together, I just laugh non-stop.
Cream soda cooler.
The house below is in Flagstaff, and it's made of shipping containers!
Before the birthday weekend, the Porsche dealer got a Cayman R in that looked pretty close to what Ben has dreamed of, so we immediately had to take a visitation.  :]
Of course I would catch them passing the only pole on the street.
We are on day four of the Olympics (I think I logged ten hours yesterday, streaming + working).  NBC dropped the ball on their coverage and awful website/online streaming abilities which has been an unexpected source of frustration.

Yesterday we bought a month's worth of cable.
Some of my favorite or big moments:
-Ryan Lochte getting gold (and beating Michael Phelps?)!

-The US men's gymnastic's team really had a rough day and took 5th out of 8!!

-The controversy that took the Japanese men's gymnastic's team from fourth place and put them back into 2nd/silver, pushing Great Britain from silver to gold, and Ukraine no longer to receive bronze even after they had celebrated.

-Jordyn Wieber (reigning world champion in gymnastics) didn't qualify for all-around after she was beat by two of her own US teammates.

-US dive team took home silver even though not expected to medal

And a million more.  I think my favorite Olympian thus far, is Gabby Douglas.  She is ADORABLE.  So go Gabby!


  1. Those cupcakes look yummy!! It looked like he had a great birthday!!

  2. The cupcakes turned out awesome! Looks like Ben had a wonderful birthday, Happy late Birthday!!

  3. I love Gabby so much too! The Americans were awesome last night winning gold. There may have been a few tears shed here.
    I just noticed you used Higginson Photography for your wedding. That is the same photographer that did my daughter's wedding. They were so awesome to work with and we loved the photos!!
    I love the photos at the river, what a beautiful place.

  4. Happy belated birthday Ben! Can't wait for track and field to start!!!