Saturday, February 03, 2007

new post

There is a new post in the other blog. So go check it out!

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!!!!!

Here's wishing everyone who reads this a wonderful Christmas and Terrific New Year!!!!! With much Love, The Briggs-Rivers Clan

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Never Stop Exploring

We have decided to start a new blog as well as some new additions to the Family Blog. We have decide to call it Never Stop Exploring Please check it out. Love you all and Merry Christmas.


Sunday, August 06, 2006


Originally uploaded by Jessica Briggs-Rivers.
Okay, I did find a few more pictures I wanted to share.These are of a fishing day Daddy and the girls had last week. I was working, so was unable to go. I also am adding a few more pics from a trip we took up into the mountains. I had to post some pics of Miss Meg.Hope you like them.

Fishing fun and raspberry picking

Okay, I know. Once again it has been way too long since I posted last. Things just always seem to be crazy around here. So I thought I would stick a few pictures in here, that have been in the camera way too long. Some are from fishing and others are when we went raspberry picking a few weeks back.We have developed a deep love from family fishing days around here.So you can be sure you will see more of those pictures in the days to come. Haven't gotten any yet of Syd with her pole, hopefully tommorrow I will get some.Enjoy!

Originally uploaded by Jessica Briggs-Rivers.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Pool Time Fun!

Originally uploaded by Jessica Briggs-Rivers.
We have been thoroughly enjoying the pool here at our apartment complex. Meghan just loves it. Sydney on the other hand seems quite undecided about the whole thing. At first she has seemed to like it, but as of late appears to be quite scared of the pool. So we are just letting her go at her own pace. Sydney does love her baths and showers though. We usually aren't able to take a shower without Syd wanting to join us. Meghan currently hates her baths, but enjoys showers also. I think Meghan seems to be okay as long as we are holding her close to us in the tub. Oh well, it's all a learning process.Oh, and just ignore the date stamp on the pictures.It's not acting right for some reason.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

New Beginnings

As I sit here at 12:22am tonight(or morning depending on how you look at it), staring at a ladybug crawling on my keyboard I realize I should post a blog.

Now mind you ,my blog won't be nearly as eloquently written as my sister-in-law's( granted she is a writer after all), but reading her's has made me think even more about my life and yet what is really our life. No longer is my life mine, but yet a combined life I share with my husband of 4 years in a little over a month and a life shared with 2 wonderful daughters.I am seeing many new beginnings.

First I see The Rhiverson's embarking on a journey to Courtenay, B.C. and a new chapter in their lives. Then I see a life still just beginning in my 8 month old daughter- whom I still vividly remember's first few days of life not so long ago.I also saw many other things today.

I had orientation for my new job today. I am now officially a line cook at the Last Frontier Casino. As I sat there in the boredom that is company policies and procedures, I saw Erin(our HR REP)experiencing a new beginning as she and her husband a preparing for the birth of their first child in just 8 more weeks.Which made me realize I still really want to go through that just one more time. It may sound crazy but Jason and I still want 1 more child.I just have this feeling that our family is not quite complete. Although I do know that if that is to happen, right now is not the time for it.Maybe a few years down the road, but not yet.

There are some things I want to do first. I'm going back to focus on my career right now.I have gotten a new job, not only is it the best paying one yet. But a chance to really focus on my cooking. And I am so excited for it. I have spent about a 18 months away from my culinary roots.And really missed it.Made some discoveries on the way. I have learned that I do not like sitting in a office all day, and that a certain grocery store bakery really doesn't do any baking.That as much as I miss my Mom( and Mom I really do miss ya and Grandma too)that I am capable of living on my own and not in the house of one of my wonderful parents.I have discovered that I have even more love then I thought possible for now 2 daughters and a husband that mean EVERYTHING to me.

Then there is Alaska. Recently I learned of another new start. My best bud and her husband are building a new house.That of course made us start talking even more about our dream. We still want our log cabin on 5 acres in Alaska.We still dream of a huge garden full of veggies and herbs, a few dogs and a cat underfoot, snow- lots and lots of snow, composting toilets(yes you heard me right), The Northern Lights, Denali, and even solar power. Yes, we still plan on moving. Though we most likely won't get our dream right of the bat, we will yet be one step closer.

It's amazing how great it feels to get some of my thoughts out. I have realized oh so much. I have so much to live for and look forward too.Weds we are going to the park with a new friend, thurs we get to spend the day with The Rhiverson's as the make their trek north and then Friday I start my new job. Then( yes there is more)next Monday is my birthday,in a month from that our 4th wedding anniv., The month after that we get to welcome Grandma and Pop Rivers for 10 days. The first half of which will be spent on a trip to B.C! Cool- Family Roadtrip!The month after that will be my girls 1st and 3rd birthdays. Then comes turkey day and Christmas. Now it's time to get ready to go pickup Jason( yes it's 1:23am), but it was just way to hot for me to go nap for just a few hours. I sleep much better when he is home anyway. So I conclude with this: Life is Good.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

The Teeth have arrived

I know it's been a while. I still have pictures on the camera that have yet to be downloaded eventually I will get some pics on here of our visit from Mom and Grandma over Memorial Day weekend the title states Miss Magoo now is the owner of 2 pearly whites. They still are rather short which is why I don't have a picture of them yet.That's another reason why I haven't been updating much. We have been experiencing very long nights here in the Rivers Casa.Work has been long and tough lately and then having to come spend the long ( and I mean LONG)teething nights solo, has left little time to do anything much lately. Our apartment and chores have gotten rather neglected lately and what little time we have together has been spent exploring.The weather has been pretty good and we have been taking advantage of it, not only is our vegetables and herbs growing very well, but we have been spending some serious time in our local Gifford Pinchot National Forest.We are so close to Mt.St.Helens it's scary. Who knew bypassing I-5 and taking the forest service back roads could get you there so much faster. Last week we explored the Yale Reservoir and Cougar, Wa. Anywho, the girls seem to be finally falling asleep so I am going to enjoy a little nap myself.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

A happy and healthy little girl

Originally uploaded by Jessica Briggs-Rivers.
Meg and I just got back from her 6 month check-up and she is doing great. Dr.Garcia said she is doing very well.She now weighs in at 17lbs 14 oz and is 27 inches long. She is teething big time, but it will probably be about 2 more weeks or so before the first tooth makes it debut. Meg is a great size, not too heavy or too thin, just "average".She almost sits up without help as well.And even handled her 3 shots like a trooper only crying for a few minutes.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Happy Mother's Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Originally uploaded by Jessica Briggs-Rivers.
To all the Moms out there, here's wishing you a wonderful Mother's Day!So I found it made sense to have pictures of what makes being a Mom wonderful for me on today's posting.So to Sydney, Meghan and Jason I Love You All and Thanks for what is a wonderful day.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

They are moving

Just wanted to pass on the Rhiverson's exciting news.For those of you who don't know that it's Jason's sister Robin, our brother in law Ken and the always adorable Baby Mhari. They are moving up to British Columbia in June. So a big congrats to them.In other family news Sydney is on the verge of being completely potty trained.And Meghan has started eating baby food.That's it for now.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

I know, it's been a while

Originally uploaded by Jessica Briggs-Rivers.
It has been a long time since I posted last.But things have been rather busy lately.Here is a pic from Easter weekend at Sara, Derick and Hailey's.It was a lot of fun and over way too fast.Miss Meg is now 6 months old.We think she is teething, but aren't sure yet.She also rolls over really well and is getting more vocal.Sydney is talking really well, and is also getting close to being potty trained.Jason and I have both been busy working and haven't been able to see each other much.But that's not a big suprise.I guess that's it for now.Sorry it has been so long.

Monday, March 27, 2006

5 months old!

Originally uploaded by Jessica Briggs-Rivers.
Meghan is now 5 months old.She is doing really well.She has started eating rice cereal.And making progress on being able to sit up on her own.The new jobs are going pretty good for both of us.Sydney is working on potty training.So the whole family is doing good.Have a great week.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Another new gig

So I(Jessica) am now entering the workforce.Well starting thursday actually.My new job is with Delphina's Bakery in Portland. I will be working in the office. Doing the order desk as well as accounts recievable, and some misc office work.It is a full time position.I will have my own desk,computer, phone,etc. It's my first job not working directly with food, and my first job that I sit doing.If things work according to plan, Jason will be working nights.So we won't have to pay for child care.And having the extra money will make things a lot nicer for us.Even though we won't see each other as much, a lot of our stress will be removed with the extra funds.So I just wanted to share the good news. I am so very excited and can't wait to get things started.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


Originally uploaded by Jessica Briggs-Rivers.
So when Sydney has been good, she gets tattoos drawn on her with markers.Don't worry folks they are washable.I don't know who likes it more Syd or Daddy.It's another wet washington day here.Jason is at his 1st day of work at the new gig.And that's about it.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

New job

Originally uploaded by Jessica Briggs-Rivers.
So I have dubbed this picture the"stop taking so many pictures of me mom" picture.I just wanted to let everyone know that Jason has a new job. He no longer works for Champion in Portland. He now works for The Last Frontier Casino.He is a line cook in their restaurant.He has had his new employee classes nad has his first day tomorrow morning.So it's back to gettin paid for overtime,getting benifits and no crazy Oregon taxes. Plus since it is about 15 mins north of us,in LaCenter,wa no traffic to worry about either.You know it's NOT a good place to work when the bank puts a hold on your paycheck, because they have bounced in the past. Boy did we have all sorts of trouble with Champions paychecks.So no more of that crap.And Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, March 11, 2006

I know it's been a while.

Originally uploaded by Jessica Briggs-Rivers.
Guess I just haven't been in the blog posting mood. Well, let's see. Meghan had her 4 month check-up back on the 3rd, she is (or at least was 14lbs 12 oz) and 24 inches long.She is probably closer to 15 lbs now. So she is going right along the so called"average" numbers. In other news Jason got a new job, he now works at the Last Frontier Restaurant and Casino in La Center, Wa. So not only no more Oregon state taxes,it's north of us, so no real traffic to speak off, but no more salaried garbage. He will get paid over time again.He was putting in very long days at Champion and not getting anything fo rit. So that's what we have been up to here.It has been really cold as of late and we have been getting snow. Not the kind that sticks around or anything, more like the stuff that melts as soon as it hits the ground.We also picked up our portraits today, so I will try to get those out to everyone soon.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Miss Meghan is 4 months old today!

In other news I can vaccumm a room Meghan is sleeping in and she won't wake up!How cool is that? Because the only time I can vacuumm( and trust me, this place needs it often)is when the girls are down for their naps. And low and behold Meg has yet to wake up, and that's when I am vacumming right around her. I think she might take after her father and be able to sleep through anything. Since becoming a Mom, I don't sleep nearly as sound as I used to.;-(

Saturday, February 25, 2006


Well, today we had pictures taken.We will get them in 2 weeks. So exciting.But in 10-14 we will be able to view them online via smiles by wire.I will be sure to pass along the info, so all can check them out.Getting one of Meghan was tough.Because everytime we put her on the table to try and snag a shot she would start to cry. So in about 2 months or so, we are going to have them take again.And then of course in a year,when the girls are 1 and 3.I also want to get another family one done then too.Because we are portrait club members with JcPenny's and have bought pics 4 times, we have a free package coming. Sweet. I love free.;-0)So thanks again to Grandma and Grandpa for buying the membership for us. The mall was crazy as always but it is fun to go there every once and a while.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Another weekend photo

Originally uploaded by Jessica Briggs-Rivers.
I like how Sydney is sitting in this pic. So cute and proper.Well, we enjoyed another walk today. Meg still doesn't like the umbrella stroller, but it's so much lighter to carry down the stairs then the big one.It's fairly cloudy today,but at least it didn't rain on us.We have been enjoying watching the Olympics on t.v. It will be nice to get back to our usual things though. And we have our picture taken saturday.So that will be fun. I hope anyway. Happy Thursday all/

Monday, February 20, 2006

A fun weekend

Originally uploaded by Jessica Briggs-Rivers.
Great-Grandma Bev and Grandma spent the weekend with us.Papa was also here, but had to leave saturday afternnon.Shortly Great-Grandma and Grandma left Sydney quickly feel asleep. So I just had to capture it in a picture. We had a nice weekend with some shopping, going out to brunch and just plain old fun.We were all sad to see them go.We had so much fun!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day

Originally uploaded by Jessica Briggs-Rivers.
Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours from us.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Beautiful smile

Originally uploaded by Jessica Briggs-Rivers.
I know it has been a while since I have posted anything. Just hasn't been on the top of my list lately.We are doing allright these days. Not too much new going on. So I thought I would just post a few pictures of my lovely little girls.Meghan has started grapping things as you will see in some of these pics. She also relly likes to chew on her hands so we wonder if she is teething. Have a great week.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Grandma Sue went home ;-(

Originally uploaded by Jessica Briggs-Rivers.
Yesterday Grandma Sue flew back home to Colorado. So things have been a little sad around here. We had so much fun.It was an emotional good-bye.We hope to drive to Colorado this summer or early fall.The Av's won their game last night, and we actually got to watch it on t.v. So that was fun.We even got our taxes done last night.We are getting some money back, so we are happy about that. It isn't raining at the moment.So that's awesome.I am planning on taking the girls for a walk in a few minutes.So it better not start.I was denined a walk yesterday due to the rain.It's so exciting that the SuperBowl is Sunday. Yeah!