S: Bertha-Hewitt 2002-2014
FC: Justin Alexander Gordon
2: It's A Boy | Born at Iowa Lutheran Hospital Des Moines, Iowa July 19, 1996 at 12:33 p.m. 8 pounds 0.75 oz 20.75 inches It was a hot sunny summer with plenty of time spent out in it getting a tan, the nurse that helped to deliver you said she was surprised that all of my swollen belly was not tan.
4: California trip 2013, siting in the end of an uprooted Redwood tree of the Amelia Earhart Grove.
6: GRANDPARENTS | Great-Grandpa Berndt Dedication to Nazarene Church 1997 | 2013
7: Leech Lake 1998 | June 1994 | Great Grandparents Bob & Keota Sherman Great-Granpa Ed Berndt Grandma & Grandpa Pat & Donald Gordon Grandma & Grandpa Lynda & Robert Berndt Great Granparents Maxine & Donald Luedtke
8: Last regular home game 2013 | Riding in a car is always the best way to fall asleep | 3 weeks old | 2 months old
9: 3 weeks old | 2 years old | WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE WORLD in 1996 Bill Clinton is President of the US Independence Day is a new box office hit Summer Olympics in Atlanta, GA Dallas finished 10-6; won their first playoff game against the Vikings but then lost to the Panthers
10: R e d w 0 0 d h i g h w a y
12: Spring 1996
13: We lived at 1440 Henderson Ave in Des Moines, IA from June 1996 till November 1999; the Lion King poster belonged to Cassandra. Naturally curly hair, with every hair cut the curls disappear for a short time. Bath time is always an adventure, never wanting to get out.
14: July 4, 1998 the temp reached a wonderful 34 degrees, high of 70.
15: Viewing the Pacific Ocean from the Northern Coast of California 2013. Left is our Leech Lake MN vacation to Grand Vu Lodge in Walker 1998
17: Pool side at the apartment in Des Moines 2000; the Boar is the IA state fair 2000; broken arm from getting off trampoline in MN 1999; Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC 2005; playing basketball at dad's; Paul Bunyan 2000; hugging in the laundry room; horse riding the at the Berndt Grandparents'; decorating eggs; little brother so chubby sitting at grandpa-grandma Berndt's; Justin's 3rd Birthday; dedication to the Nazerene Church 1997; and photo op after dad's graduation from college.
18: IA State Fair 2000 | 2000
19: The amusement park of Paul Bunyan no longer exists in that location; our photo with Babe the Blue Ox is now a parking lot for Kohl's. | 2000
20: 1998 | 2004 | 1999
21: Vergas, MN | 2002
22: Black Hills & WY was the first of our family trips, we went June 2003; Mount Rushmore, Devil's Tower, Black Hills National Forest, The Badlands, Wall Drug, and the Mitchell Corn Palace.
23: 2013 | 6 am
26: 2 0 0 3 | Mitchel Corn Palace | 1880 Town | 2003 & 2013
29: The first trip made in 2003 was a cold & rainy visit, enjoyed our stay in Rapid City for the weekend. Cassandra, Justin, and mom on the 3 day adventure. The 2013 visit was a nice ender visit after 12 days on the road and was filled with all sun! Bison, donkey's, antelope, a ram, and heights to climb were a great way to experience the Black Hills.
30: 2003 | South Dakota
35: cANADIAN fISHING tRIP jUNE 2010
36: August 30,2013 Heat Index of 107 and went through 200 pounds of ice by the end of the first half to keep everyone cool..........
37: Big sis at Homecoming 2011 Senior shot on the left at CGB The team being fed a couple of hours before a game of season 2010, which happened before every home game
38: W A L T D I S N E Y W O R L D
40: 1997 | Epcot | hold on! | Water Babies | Swimming every night till 12 am
41: 7 days, 8 nights at the Disney's All-Star Movies Resort.....one park a day | Magic Kingdom | Turk | One Bite | 3-D Movie Time | 109 Degree Day | under the Tree of Life
44: First day of kindergarten
45: Moved to MN from Des Moines, IA December of 2001 and classes started Jan 2002. Third place in the science fair, placed 2nd in the spelling bee; participated in wrestling, football, baseball, and track. Lots of travel back and forth from MN to IA, still meeting new people and visiting with family.
47: Relaxing on the box elder slices cut down over the summer; first winter in the house at 103 Jackson Ave SE, Wadena MN.
50: Tradition | Family
51: THE GIFT OF FAMILY
52: D A Y T O N A | Florida 2004 | First sunset on the ocean as a family | our hotel
53: California 2014
55: Daytona was our first stop in 2004, did a tour of the track & was hooked....of course it was Jr's year of winning the 500! Next we visited Dover's Monster Mile in 2005, hot without a cloud in sight...the poor lady from our hotel whom didn't bother with sunblock all day!! Kansas Speedway in 2006, did not plan on 90 degrees for Oct...had to purchase shorts because sweatshirts and jeans were all we had.... no complaints!
56: Chattanooga Tennessee | smokey mountains | Ruby Falls begins with the original Lookout Mountain Cave whose natural entrance is located at the foot of Lookout Mountain on the banks of the Tennessee River.
57: It was a long walk up to the top of Ruby Falls but the view was spectacular! | Traveling from Minnesota with an overnight stay in our old home Des Moines and picked up a couple more to our final destination of Daytona was a van filled with energetic chatter. Sight-seeing along the way, picnicking and stretching our legs, countless rest stops, and only got lost once. We did spend the night in Chattanooga at the deluxe Super 8, crammed all of us in one room (last room); we called ahead leaving Nashville...thank goodness! Kiana, Pacela, Dan, Cassandra, Justin, and mom stopped and spent the night at the girls' aunt and uncle's in Orlando......mom got attacked by red ants and became very sick....Justin's skin was just irritated. But that night there were police at the house related to kidnapping and guns.....what a night!
58: Hanging out at the Excel Energy Center State Wrestling 2012 | 2002 an intro to wrestling; we went to the Bertha elementary tourney i& he didn't want to... from 2003 on he was a Raider wrestler! Hundreds of miles accrued.... such a good time; VERY PASSIONATE wrestler! | Chicago 2011 | rochester 2008
59: Rochester 2008 | 2008 4th place | 2004 | Seth
60: Chicago for National Wrestling, he wrestled individuals from all over the nation and in his bracket a girl by the name of Kayla Miracle took second while Justin took 6th; she almost broke his finger. A year later she took 2nd in Indiana's state wrestling tourney. After the skydeck we headed down town and enjoyed Uno's deep dish pizza, the original Chicago deep dish; everyone wrote their name on the wall and stuffed themselves with only a couple of pieces. On the way home we had to pull off to the side of the rode to dodge a tornado which had touched down a couple of miles from us!
62: x c e l e n e r g y c e n t e r
63: Final match was won 6-4, ending state competition and last match of high school with a win is not common. Team competition....wow!!!
64: A view of the Great Gorge from our room! | Slightly Soaked
65: Embassy Suites in a Jr Presidential we made ourselves at home for our one night stay in Canada. Enjoyed our visit on the Maid of the Mist and behind the falls on the boardwalk and a swim on the 7th floor. | 2 0 0 5 | We have used these rain slickers a lot over the years!
66: Visited for the day, didn't get into Independence Hall but there was a replica of the Liberty Bell outside.
67: The treasury gives away hundreds of dollars of shredded currency daily | 2 0 0 5
68: 2011 | One night stay with a midnight cruise of the harbor to see Lady Liberty. Rained all day. | The Lincoln Tunnel was like getting ready to drag race after the $10 toll was paid
69: 2011 | 2005
70: Washington D.C. | Six days were spent exploring the nation's capitol; any sight you can research for this great city we visited. Our hotel was located in Maryland and we drove into the city every morning, since we started so early every day we were too tired to enjoy the lighted monuments. Sunny and warm, 90 to 105 degrees daily; utilizing the bottles of water we carried was refreshing. At one point we were walking the streets from the White House to the Capital (not remotely close to one another) we filled our bottles from fountains on the sidewalk; approached by a local whom stated that no one uses them the water is terrible, the only response given was "its 105 and the concrete is miserable, no shops nearby, and the bottled water you drink comes from this water supply".... it was cold and fine. Eating at the food trucks was fun, the only time we get to eat from them is during fair time...so this was a daily occurrence. There were hidden sculptures throughout the city, sitting down on a park bench to catch your breath would be the best time to catch one as you would not look for if walking.
74: Stars and stripes Forever
75: Below at the WW II Memorial, there were a number of high school bands from all over the nation playing, we listened and rested for a short time. Just opposite this this site is the Washington Monument...unfortunately it was under construction. Tony Blair was in town and his motorcade held up traffic, however it was quite fascinating to see snipers atop all the buildings.
77: 2012 | 2012
79: TEAM sPIRIT | home Coming float of 2011 Big sister was a queen candidate | football games on friday nights Playing with friends and playing agaINST FRIENDS
81: Itasca State Park | 2009
82: Hawaii | Hanauma Bay
83: North Shore
84: Pearl Harbor | Anchor weighs in at 20K lbs
85: It was 90 degrees almost the entire 9 days we were in Honolulu, thankfully we missed the 10 below blizzard going on at home in MN!!!
86: Honolulu Airport
87: Tree house made out of a Redwood California 2013
88: Las Vegas, NV | 2008
90: December 20, 2008
91: Caesar's Palace | Walked the strip; Aunt Gina & Jessi, cousin Kimberly, and Mom & Kirk.
92: L a k e M e a d
96: Snapped this on the landing to the basement, couldn't see it with the naked eye......June 17th, 2010 | Cassandra weeded the garden earlier in the day, since the flowers hadn't bloomed they looked liked weeds, so an hour before the tornado struck the flowers were replaced back into the garden and when the wind and hail were whipping through the trees the replanted flowers never moved....
98: Playing around | 7-19-2010
99: Winner takes all
100: Halloween Time | 1997 | 2000 | 2001
101: Gordon and Wutzke clans out trick or treating.. Great carving skills and able to put some great make-up on............ | 2012
104: Autumn, Kathryn, Brady, Joseph, Alli, Austin, Cassandra, Brayden, Dylan, Rumor, Karenna, Tyler, Brenna, Andrew, Nicole, Autumn, Albert, Brooke, Daniel, Steph, Justin. | Prom 2012
106: Duluth 2012 Split Rock Light House Lake Breeze Motel Gooseberry Falls Two Harbors Canal Park Glensheen Mansion
108: Temperature stayed a balmy 44 degrees the whole weekend, the rain stayed away during the day......there was 2 hours of sun.
116: P R O M 2 0 1 3
117: Travis & Mikayla
118: Out West 2013
119: Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, California, and Utah; July 10-23
123: Bay Bridge & Madison campgrounds provided us with a great outdoor stay, modern restrooms! A lot of hiking the trails, tried some fly fishing, stopping and enjoying the show that Old Faithful had to show; but nature at its best was at our fingertips. | July 11-13 | The Bison really do have the run of the Parks, we saw many beware of bear signs but only ever saw the best traffic jam mammal and often. It was a little surprising to come to the first campground of our trip and find the buffalo rummaging around in someone else's because they can do what they want. This time around they just knocked down a tent, but thankfully didn't ruin it.
124: Saturday July 13 entered into the beautiful mountain range of the Tetons on our way to Jackson Hole, WY. Fireside Lodge, which is an RV campground, stayed in the van overnight; how cozy the four of us. Whitewater rafting on the Snake River aboard our rubber raft, starting out our adventure at 8 am lasting 5 1/2 hours; great breakfast, scenic byway, and a few chilly dips in the 60 degree water with a balmy topside temp to match. Our rafting buddies were from Alabama as was our guide Sprat, Barker-Ewing did a great job with the trip! Great back flip of the front of the boat! Crossed the Continental Divide prior to reaching the Tetons, meaning from here on out all rivers run West. Spent one night in Tetons before heading out to Oregon.
127: Does it get any better than this? | Shelter Cove, CA | 7 hours spent out on the ocean catching 80 lbs of King Salmon and 20 lbs of Rock Fish
132: Bertha-Hewitt Prom 2014
133: Reiley traveled from Ankeny IA for the second year in a row.