Sunday, December 28, 2008

My Youngest Angel


Today was my sweet baby boys 3rd birthday.  It is so hard to believe that he is already 3.  It doesn’t seem like so long ago that I was pregnant and hoping that I didn’t have a baby on Christmas.  Ryan is one of my greatest joys!  He lights up a room with his warmth and smiles.  He is my cuddle bug.  I love his hugs and kisses.  His adorable blue eyes melt my heart!  He has taught me so much about what it means to love others.  I appreciate his soft little heart!  Happy Birthday my sweet boy!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Arianna's best friend

I forgot to post this with the broken arm pictures. Here Arianna and Alana are holding baby Andrew. Alana has a younger brother named Aaron which Ryan says is his best friend. I am very thankful for their Mom too! We enjoy spending time with their whole family! They were a lifesaver today! Ryn hung out with Aaron while I was with Arianna at the doctor all day.
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Arianna's new addition

Arianna broke her arm yesterday. She fell from our play structure head first and broke her fall with her right arm. It was not obvious that her arm was broke. She had no swelling and could use it to cut and draw. I ended up taking her to the doctor this morning because she woke up and said it still was hurting; still no swelling. Turns out she broke both bones (radius and ulna). She has to wear a full arm cast until Christmas Eve and then she gets a partial arm cast for 3 more weeks after that. She chose a purple cast! She was very brave today! I was very proud of her!

She is upset that she has to wear a cast and cannot take it off. She keeps saying I want this off! She is already running around and playing despite the cast.
Above she is getting her 2nd set of x-rays.Below they are putting her cast on.
Below she is showing off her cast in front of the Christmas Tree.

She wanted her best friend Alana to be the first to sign it (below).
We were suprised that Arianna was the first to break something, we thought Ryan would be the first!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Let It Snow

As I sat hear updating my blog, the kids watching Fantasia and what to my wondering eyes did appear but...snow. We got dressed REALLY quick and ran out to enjoy the snow drops. The kids don't remember ever seeing snow so they were very excited.

It was so cool to look straight up and see the beautiful snow drops coming down. We spent a lot of time watching them.

Ari caught a snow flake on her eye lash.
Ari went up to the tree and said "Are you okay climbing tree". I thought it was funny that she was talking to the tree and had actually named it.

They enjoyed hot chocoloate after playing in the snow.

At the Ball

Ari and Ryan pretended they were going to a ball last night.
They were so cute dancing together! Thanks Aunt Leigh for sharing all of your beautiful dance costumes with Ari. She LOVES them!

My Little Scrapper

The newest scrapbooker...Arianna.

I have been working on our Family Disney Scrapbook and I saved my extra pictures for Ari. She has been wanting to learn to scrapbook. Yesterday she got her wish. She was so excited! She finished 5 pages! She really did a great job cutting and gluing and decorating her pages. I am excited to have Mommy daughter time to do something that I love! I have a crop at my house on Saturday and she plans to join us for a bit to work on her album.

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Random Happenings

Most of the reason I keep a blog is to be able to share pictures with family and friends about what we are up to. This is just a random post with various pics of the kids from the last few days. Enjoy:)

Ryan hanging out with Pandora in the clothes basket. Ari and Ryan were pretending the clothes basket was the Mayflower and they were traveling from England to the New World.
Ryan hanging out talking on the phone to Nana
Ari and Ryan were enthralled by Polar Express. They sat in this chair like this for most of the movie. It was so sweet at the end. Arianna ran to me and said "Mommy I don't believe in the man with the long beard. I believe in you Mommy" Then she gave me a big hug. Awwww:)
Ryan loves to wear his hair like a porcupine. He wore it to go out yesterday for the first time. (Usually we do it after bath before bed so it settles in the night). But yesterday he took a rare morning shower. It was funny seeing his hair dry into being spiked. He looked like an 80s boy.
We had a playdate with my kindred friend yesterday. My kids had a blast playing with her kids.

I am afraid this will be our daughter in college (minus the lack of clothes underneath). She loves her purple blanket. She says she wants to take it to college. The blanket has many uses...clothes, cape, gift wrap, sword, hat, ghost, to name a few . Ryan gave his blanket up over a year ago. Arianna has no intentions of ever giving hers up.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sweet, Sweet Nieces and Nephew

This past weekend, I went to visit my sister and Mom. It was my first time seeing my new niece-Katelyn. My kids were so excited to meet their new cousin. We also went to celebrate Graceson's (my nephew) 1st Birthday. Both kids are my sisters. Boy does she have her hands full with 2 little ones! We laughed when we took all of the kids out. We had a 4 year old, 3 year old, 2 year old, 1 year old and a 0 year old. We got a lot of strange looks. My niece Layla was the 3 year old and she stayed with us most of the time. She and Ryan are 2 months apart so they looked like twins.

This is my sweet niece Katelyn. She is such a sweet and cuddly baby. I loved snuggling with her this past weekend!
Layla, Ari and Ryan hanging out on the porch...kid style
Layla and Ari in old dance costumes that belonged to me and my sister Leigh Ann.
Ari and Ryan resting with baby Katelyn.

My big helper Arianna feeding baby Katelyn
Graceson eating his 1st Birthday Cake
Me and my sweet baby girl!
I miss my nieces and nephew already!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Field Trip to Krispy Kreme

Today we went with a group of homeschoolers to take a tour of the yummy Krispy Kreme Donut Store. We saw how the donuts were made and even had a chance to decorate our own with chocoloate and fall sprinkles.
Above Arianna is decorating her donut. The best part about the field trip were the free yummy donuts!
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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Laptop Dreams

Ryan came to me the other day and told me he wanted a laptop. I couldn't undestand why he would want a laptop. So I kept getting him to repeat what he was saying in the hopes of understanding why he wanted a laptop. Arianna finally interpretted for him and told me he wanted a Pop Tart not a laptop. Shewww, that is a much more reasonable request.
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Porcupine Hair

Ryan has been trying to grow his hair out so that it is like Zach's (below). Above is Ryan's before picture. Ryan doesn't realize that his straight hair will not likely grow to look like his adorable curly haired friend Zach. But Ryan's hair is still adorable just like it is none the less.
Ryan loves for us to spike his hair after bath. He calls it his porcupine hair. Below is his longer hair spiked up in a style that is all his own.

Relaxing Scrapbooking Weekend

I went on a wonderful getaway this weekend. It was on Lake Gaston. Who can beat this...
Hot tub
Beautiful lake
Beautiful fall colors
Sleeping In
I worked on an album of our Disney Trip. I got 67 pages done.
These are the girls who went on the retreat.
Here is the driveway leading to the beach house.

Below is the back of the beach house and above is the view from the beach house.
If you are interested in a scrapbooking retreat...check out more info at CropCircles Meet-Up Group