Friday, December 29, 2006

All aboard!

We are now in Charlotte with my family. We all drove down together on Wednesday, and celebrated our second Christmas. The next morning, Scott had to fly home for work. We miss you!
We traveled north today to the North Carolina Transportation Museum to see the trains!! We got to ride on one, as well as a train round house turntable! It was a fun day!

This is the conductor who said "Tickets, please!" which Ryan was happy to give him.

And this is the engine that pulled the train we rode in. We may have to do Thomas with Ryan this year.

Right now we're getting ready to watch our Terps. Bummed that they won't be playing here in Charlotte tomorrow night, but still hoping for a good game tonight! Cross your fingers!

Christmas Day!!!

On the 25th day of December, we celebrated Christmas. What fun to have Ryan get it a little more this year and really like opening presents and giving presents to others. Some highlights:

Opening the presents from Santa in his stocking,

Receiving "Polar Express" from Santa (the book and the movie),
Opening a big present from Mommy & Daddy (an art easel),



And finally getting close to Santa (who came to visit us at Aunt Cheryl's house!). Santa got a high five, a kiss, and a hug!

1 Day 'til Christmas!

On the 24th day of December, we hung out at Scott's sister's home all morning, then went to mass and dinner with his other sister. Our niece sang at mass, then we went to the historic "Union Hotel" which is up river a bit from Port Deposit, Maryland. Very yummy dinner- real MD crab soup and crab cakes!! Yum!!! Here's Uncle Scott with Kate and Ryan.

And a cranky Ryan (there were so many good places for pictures and not a smile out of my son!!) ready to go home, go to bed and wait for Santa Claus to arrive!!!

Friday, December 22, 2006

3 Days 'til Christmas!

This may look strange, but on the 22nd day of December, we got new tires. It is very important to our holiday, because traveling to Maryland on tires with 68,000 miles on them would probably not be too safe!

While the car was at the dealer, Ryan and I walked across the street to the mall. We had a great time finishing the Christmas shopping, playing in the play area and riding the Merry-Go-Round!


So, now I have to go pack the car. Keep us in your prayers for safe travels. We'll see some of you soon and others next year!! Merry Christmas!

4 Days 'til Christmas!

On the 21st day of December, Ryan helped me pack!

We have been talking about going on a trip. He is very excited to go to "Rachel's house" (his cousin) and open "all the pwesents." So when we started packing, he wanted to "helpa" me and packed what he considered to be the most important things- no clothes or diapers for this guy!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

5 Days 'til Christmas!

On the 20th day of December we got a call from my dad about this:

He saw the article in The Charlotte Observer. Then Scott's partner Matt emailed him this link which includes a picture! Scott makes his first contribution to the blog with this link! I'm so excited about that because it really is more my thing, after all, it's an online scrapbook, you know?
Anyway, hooray to Jane and Abbott West End for their role in this article! Go rent some storage units!

6 Days 'til Christmas!

On the 19th day of December, we mailed the Christmas Cards! Doesn't Ryan look happy to be helping?!



If you haven't received it yet, your card is on its way! And we may have more visitors soon! I put this blog address in the letter. As my friend, Cara said in her blog, now I have to clean it up. She did the same thing in her holiday letter. I think her concerns were over how the discussions of potty training and the like would fly with new readers. I worry about rambling aimlessly in my blog.


Anyway, welcome new folks! Hope you enjoy it! And, as always, leave a comment! I like to know you were here!

7 Days 'til Christmas!

On the 18th day of December, I worked on Christmas Cards. The first batch went out last week-to those who live close by and don't need the holiday letter. Just trying to finish the rest.

I was going to be crafty and make them this year, but I couldn't resist these cute cards by the kids at St. Jude's. For those who don't know, that's a Children's Research hospital right here in Memphis. Started by Danny Thomas, they are the leading hospital for research in many childhood diseases, most notably, cancer. They have a campaign going right now called "Thanks and Giving" where they say, give thanks for the healthy kids in your life and give to those kids who aren't so fortunate. Makes me very thankful this holiday season!

Ryan is helping a lot-he wants to draw on the cards, but I think I've convinced him that putting on the stickers is a good job!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

8 Days 'til Christmas!

On the 17th day of December, we delivered cookies to our local Fire Departments.

It was Scott's idea, and we had fun doing it. Not sure if they are overwhelmed with holiday treats (like Amy was last week at school), but they seemed happy! Two of the three stations offered to let Ryan get in the truck! He also got a Junior Firefighter badge from one station.

We also made those gingerbread cookies. These are a long standing tradition in Scott's family. Tonight, he rolled out the dough, cut the cookies, and Ryan and Amy painted them. My favorite:

9 Days 'til Christmas

On the 16th day of December we baked Christmas cookies! Scott mixed up some gingerbread dough that will have to wait until tomorrow while Amy and Ryan made Chocolate chip cookies, Peanut Butter Chocolate chip cookies, Oatmeal Chocolate chip cookies, and Snickerdoodles! Yummy!



And, can you believe that it is 75 degrees in December! We've been playing outside in between batches!

10 Days 'til Christmas!

On the 15th day of December, we went to Zoo Lights at the Memphis Zoo!

Here are Scott & Ryan in front of one of the many displays.

We also had our first experience with glitter (that's Ryan's friends Mason and Aaron),saw some of Santa's reindeer (I believe it was Donner and Dasher),

and, while Ryan still didn't sit on Santa's lap, we got closer. He will tell you he sat on the stool.


This was also Amy's last day of school before break, so holiday cheer is in great supply at our house! Hope it is at your's too!

Monday, December 11, 2006

14 days 'til Christmas

So much for a picture a day in December! We had a busy weekend down here. On the 8th, 9th, and 10th days of December, we had lots of people at our house! Scrapbooking event Friday night, Scott's holiday party Saturday, and a holiday party for our friends in Ryan's playgroup on Sunday. Whew! We are partied out (but we have a clean house and lots of leftovers!).


We actually got a few shots of the kids all together. Not everyone looking at the camera, but no one's crying! These are some of Ryan's buddies- some whom we've done playdates with since he was just 3-weeks old!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

19 Days 'til Christmas

Yikes! Need to get organized as far as Christmas shopping goes. Why is there always so much other non-holiday stuff to get done around the holidays? Gets in the way of my holiday cheer.

But, that's not what today's post is about. I think holiday cheer is just about back-Ryan seems to be well and will be going back to TC's (daycare) tomorrow! Cross your fingers.

As for today, on the 6th day of December, Ryan saw Santa at the mall, twice (Forgot my Children's Place coupon the first trip, and we were getting enough and it was a good enough coupon, that we just had to go home and come back later. It is important to note that both mall trips were very productive!). When asked if he wanted to sit on Santa's lap, he answered, "No" every time. So Mommy, being the creative photographer she is, got her own little picture of Ryan with Santa. (Cory-the depth of field worked!!)


This one's good too.

And this one.


But he didn't want to smile. Oh well.


Big shout out to Daddy in Atlanta! We miss you!

20 Days 'til Christmas

On the 5th day of Christmas, I came home early to stay with Ryan who is sick. He's got a stomach bug and it got a little worse tonight. I called my mom looking for advice, and she told me a cute story about this picture. As if it isn't cute enough that my son is hugging a tree, he apparently said to it,"I glad you here tree."

Too sweet.

Monday, December 04, 2006

21 Days 'til Christmas


On the fourth day of December, we bought more lights from Lowe's and put them on the holly bushes by the garage. Sure, it's not the giant sno-globe down the street, but I like it. The front door looks really bright because you are seeing our Christmas tree through it!

22 Days 'til Christmas.


On the third day of December we celebrated the beginning of advent! One purple candle symbolizing faith. Ryan keeps asking us to light more. We're trying to change the conversation from, "When is Santa coming?" to "When is Baby Jesus coming?"

Saturday, December 02, 2006

23 Days 'til Christmas


On the second day of December, we lit up our own trees! I have never been much of an outdoor lighting person. I grew up with candles in the window. But our holly bushes are getting bigger and we thought we'd give it a try. We'll see how it looks tonight!

24 Days 'til Christmas


On the first day of December, we went to the tree lighting here in Bartlett. Unfortunately, nature called (and when you're potty training, you don't ignore nature calling) right before Santa and Mrs. Claus drove in on a fire truck and lit the tree. Oh, well. We saw him inside soon after and still got to see the tree all lit up!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Happy Birthday Scott!

My favorite guy in the world is 34 today! Happy Birthday, honey!

With it being a weekday, we didn't get to celebrate much today (we did go out to dinner), but we sang, had chocolate cake,

and opened a special present from Ryan on Sunday!

It (the present) is now circling the Christmas tree we bought on Sunday! Pictures of that soon (after we get more than the lights put on!).

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Thanksgiving Visitors

So nice to have extra family in the house. There's something about having other people around...to help out, to prepare for, to cook fancier food for, to give Ryan attention, to get out and see things with...it's wonderful!

My mom & dad, my sister, Katy, mom's sister & brother-in-law (my aunt & uncle), Sandy and Kirk, all traveled to spend Thanksgiving with us and we have been having fun!!

Here are some shots from Turkey day:


Ryan is enjoying dragging a chair over to help in food prep lately, and Thursday was no exception. Scott did a great job on his turkey, as usual. I am so lucky to have married a man who likes to cook the turkey!

Friday was beautiful down here (I think it hit 70!), so we went to the Memphis Zoo. Took in the Polar Bears, Panda Bears, monkeys, snakes, and big cats. Here's the whole group ion front of the flamingos:
Hope your turkey was tasty!!

P.S. Mark- thanks for the big belly laugh from Scott's birthday card. HIL-arious!!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Comments

Just wanted to give you a quick tutorial on comments (in case you're not used to the blogging world).

Click on "0 Comments" (or however many it may say) at the bottom of the post. From there, you shouldn't have to sign in or anything. Chose "other" and then fill in your name. Doesn't have to be your full name. You do not have to fill in your web page. If you chose anonymous, I will not know who you are unless you sign your name in the comment.

To read comments (which is fun because if I write a post about you, sometimes my other friends will send you messages in the comments-Cory :) ), again just click on "comments."

Thanks! Hope you had a great weekend!

Waiting...

It amazes me the people I have had and still do have in my life. Also makes me feel very blessed. Having lived in a few different places, gone to college, had a few teaching jobs, and now moved halfway across the country, I definitely have a diverse group of friends.

Some of you have been lucky enough to meet and it is with that in mind that I will be posting some baby announcements over the next few months. First, to celebrate for my dear friends welcoming new little ones, but also, to keep those I love connected.

I have a long list of friends due to have babies in the next six months. Three this month, so I've been waiting patiently, and got the first announcement today. There's a new little "niblet" in the world, Mark. Drew, Karen and Griffen welcomed a baby girl, MacKenzie, yesterday morning at 3 am. She's 7.5 lbs, 21 inches, which is a relief for her mom & dad, because her older brother was a preemie. Congratulations you guys!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Finally!

The property that Scott's been working so hard to get off the ground opened awhile ago, but today, we got to celebrate the official grand opening! The early morning thunderstorms cleared out and the sun shined down as Scott, Michael, Matt, a few of their managers, and some members of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon to open Houston Levee Self Storage. Great job, honey! I'm so proud of your dedication and hard work to make this happen!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Yummy!

I think the only people who may really care about this are the ones who are coming to visit next week, but this is a picture of our freezer. And there's not even a turkey in there yet! The boxes on the bottom are because I finally made it to Charlie's and stocked up on some meat (it's in the wrong direction from work and closes at 6pm, and is closed on Sunday's, making it hard for me to schedule a trip there). Then I went out last night to a place called Super Suppers and made 6 meals (each split in half) for us!

This place was great! If there's one near you (or something like it) I highly recommend it. I went with 6 ladies I play bunco with, so it was a party atomosphere. The place lays out all the ingredients, displays the recipes, and all you have to do is prepare it! It was fun and in two hours, I have meals for a few weeks! I'll let you know how they taste once we try them out.

In other news, Ryan slept most of the night last night in his "big boy bed." He was sick yesterday and awoke at 11 pm last night. When I set him down on the twin in his bedroom to wipe his nose, he cuddled up, so I figured what the heck. By the time I got the bed rail out of the closet, he was almost asleep. He slept there until 5:45 am! So tonight, he decided he wanted to sleep there, too. Took a little while to get through his books, and he kept talking to me and asking questions after I left the room, but he stayed put. Cross your fingers he makes it all night!

For those of you who asked (and don't have kids and already know how it's done) here's how Ryan got out of the crib:Sneaky little monkey!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Camping

We attempted to take Ryan camping for the first time last night. We went up to Shelby Forest, which is only 30 minutes away, knowing that if it didn't work, we could come home. We went with a whole group of friends, one who had a daughter close in age to Ryan. Here are Ryan and Daddy setting up:









It was cold here yesterday, but we warmed up with a nice hike. Then it was time for dinner- fried turkey!And, of course, there were smores for dessert!Ryan fell asleep in my lap by the campfire, but woke up and had a fit once we moved to the tent. After a few tries, we gave up, and went home for the night. Missed out on the 32 degree night, but came back in the morning to have breakfast and get our stuff.



Overall, we had a great time in the woods with friends. And Ryan loved the idea of the tent (he loved playing in it, just not sleeping in it) and camping. I think we'll have to try a camp out in our backyard before we go again. We also really enjoyed the campground- perfect for a little getaway!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Big Boy

Yesterday morning, when I went in to get Ryan up, he told me not to get him out of his crib, that he would do it. He proceeded to lean on the corner, swing his leg up onto the rail, and hoist himself onto the side. At this point, I grabbed him because I didn't want him to fall. I thought, 'Oh, no. It's the beginning of the end of the crib.'

We put him in bed last night and I was hoping he forgot about what had transpired earlier that day. Those of you with young kids are laughing, knowing this is never the case (those of you without toddlers, just wait, your day is coming!).

This morning, I heard him talking and went in to get him. I opened his door and was surprised to find him standing right there in front of me. I didn't hear him cry and he said he didn't fall, so I guess he got out ok. Funny, it's not really a big thing, and yet I felt myself looking at him differently this morning. Just another step toward independence.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Photo of the day!

This is the new home for photos of the day. This one is actually from last month, but I had to wait to get it from my friend Heidi. Scott was away for the weekend, so Ryan and I had a date at my school's homecoming football game.

It was a great time- the players were giving Ryan high fives, there was a drum line show at half time, another teacher friend announced Ryan's name over the PA, Ryan got some of those black stickers that the football players wear under their eyes (that's a picture for another day). We had a blast! And Heidi took this great picture of the two of us having fun.

Incidentally, we won that game...we've only lost one all season. This weekend we play in the state semi-finals! Go Gryphons!