WHERE WE'RE FROM
Ben was born in Salem, Oregon and raised in Detroit, Oregon and Provo, Utah.
Amber lived in Pocatello, Idaho and later moved to Claremont, California
We met on MySpace in Nov. 2004. We quickly fell in love and were almost inseparable. Ben left for an Army training course only 2 months later. Although we were on opposite sides of the country, we continued to date and when I flew to visit him over Valentine's day, we got engaged. Ben came home only a few weeks before we got married in the Salt Lake temple. Were we a little insane? Probably. Were we very much in love? Definitely.
Ben does marketing and sales for his families construction company full-time. He has been in the Army National Guard for almost 20 years and currently serves as a Chaplain's Assistant. He also regularly teaches Army resilience courses. He also has his own side business where he works and trains individuals and corporations in resilience skills and interpersonal techniques.
Amber runs an eBay shop from home. She love working her own hours and getting to work while her kids play next to her!
Ben has 4 half siblings that live in Utah, Washington and Arizona. His father lives in Utah and his mother lives in Oregon.
Amber has 2 siblings that are 10 and 13 years older than her. The both live in southern Utah. Her mom is in Southern Utah and her dad is in Northern Utah.
As a couple, we enjoy making queso dip and drinking sparkling cider while we watch a show at night
As a family, we love games, movie nights, Comic-Con, UFC fights, being in nature
I don't know how best to describe our home, so I'll walk you through it. On the main floor, we have a sitting room, which we use mostly for visiting with guests. Next is living room, where we spend most of our time as a family inside, watching movies, playing games, etc. Then there's the dining room and kitchen, the guest bathroom and laundry room. Lastly, what was meant to be a formal dining room, but we have turned into what we call the "library". In this room, we have family pictures hung up, a desk for homework, a bookshelf and game cabinet.
Upstairs, we have 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms- one is our master bedroom with a walk-in closet and master bath. Our boys have each have their own room right now, although our daughter was sharing a room with our youngest son, but recently moved into our 4th bedroom because she wants to share a room with her little sister when she gets here, so she can be close to her and help more. She has been helping us decorate and paint the bedroom and loves help picking out pictures, decorations, sheets and anything else for her little sister.
We are in the process of finishing our basement, but it will have 2 bedrooms, a bathroom and a theater room. For now, one bedroom will be used as a food/ emergency storage room and the other is used as Amber's work office and will also be a guest bedroom.
In the backyard, we have a trampoline and firepit and we are building a sandbox and garden boxes this spring. Our daughter also has a tiny garden of her own. We love spending time around the fire or playing in the sprinklers during the summer.
We live on a quiet street, in a very safe neighborhood with some of the best neighbors. There are kids everywhere! It's perfect for walks and pretty much everyone knows each other. We have an amazing Tongan family across the street from us. There is also a awesome couple across the street that are kind of the "grandparents" for the neighborhood kids. The girls we use as babysitters live on our little street, as well!
Favorite foods- Food with cream cheese and/or jalapeno, jerky, veggies...really, almost everything although I'm not a big meat-eater.
Favorite shows- This is Us, Chuck, Psych, Prison Break, Vampire Diaries, Firefly, Hawaii 5-0, Jane the Virgin, Arrow, The Mindy Project
Favorite movies- Newsies, Guardians of the Galaxy, Tron, Star Wars, X-Men, classic movies (Bob Hope, Audrey Hepburn, etc)
Favorite food- Pizza, Kahlua pork and rainbow rolls (Sushi). He also loves diet coke and buffalo wings
Favorite shows- Most Star Trek shows, Parks & Rec, Firefly and other nerdy stuff
Favorite movies range from Lord of the Rings, Goonies, war movies and anything will Bill Murray