Saturday, April 28, 2007

What's all the fuss?

That's what my grandfather wanted to know when a Belgian man called to let him know that he had my grandfather's duffel bag from World War II. My grandfather's not to sure what he's going to do with it now that he has it back. But he's getting kind of famous for the story. Read it here.

And he's supposed to be on NBC News tonight. Cool! So exciting to hear great stories of our WWII vets!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

All Boy

What is it that they say little boys are made of? "Sticks and snails and puppy dog tails?" OK, well here's the stick, and if slugs count as snails, we held one of those last week (and a worm this week). And we are now squashing bugs by stepping on them.

Don't get me wrong, holding these creatures does not bother me. And I wnat my children (boys or girls) to get over being sqeamish. And, I did feel kind of hypocritical telling Ryan we should not step on bugs because then they can't crawl around anymore when I so readily swat mosqitoes anytime I see them.

It's all just evidence of a child growing up and exploring the world around him.

And he still doesn't really like getting dirty or wet.

We'll see how quickly that changes.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Home Grown Goodness

We spent the evening working in the yard. It was a beautiful evening- slightly overcast with the threat of rain keeping it cool- and we had lots of flowers to plant from a trip to the nursery with my parents this weekend.

We are decent gardeners. Trying to keep up with the Hanlon's who won "Yard of the Month" last year (wink). But we haven't planned very well and sometimes something just doesn't survive or we change our minds and want to move some things around. We did some of that tonight too.

But the wonderfully satisfying part is when something does bloom and add some beauty to our yard. Like my new favorite flower (and the Tennessee state flower) irises. We have planted them along our fence and I think all of them may bloom this year! And tonight I discovered that they have a lovely perfume scent!

Scott and Ryan harvested some strawberries tonight and after all that yard work, Ryan and I made some treats: strawberry banana milkshakes! Yum!!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

More fun!

We had so much fun at the St. George's Family Fair today! First, Ryan rode a pony:

We were so proud of him- you never know with toddlers if they are goin to follow through with something new, but he got right on and didn't look back!

Then, Mommy got "flushed." The senior class was sponsering a booth similar to a dunk tank. Thank goodness it was as warm as it was, the water actually felt good!

After drying off, we caught up with the Hanlon's and rode the fire truck:

And then the fire slide:

We found more friends (Melissa and Mason) and ran around, ate dinner and danced to the music. We watched two people parachute in:

And finally waited for the fireworks to finish the evening. Ryan, Mason, and Parker took turns pulling the wagon around in the dark:

Our Parent's Association did an amazing job with this event! Go Gryphons!

A visit from Nanny & Gramps

Nanny and Gramps are in town and we are having so much fun! Friday, Ryan stayed home from daycare and went to the mall and the playground with them. Saturday, he alternated between chillin' with Nanny...

and washing the car with Gramps...

Glad to have such nice weather for their visit!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Prom Queens

Yes, I did get the camera working in time to get pictures like this one:

You can't see it too well, but my friend and co-prom-advisor (and general partner in crime at school), Heidi and I are wearing fake tiaras. I think after all the hassle of being the first prom advisors for St. George's, we deserved a little royal treatment.

Prom went great! Everyone pitched in for the final set-up and clean-up, the kids looked beautiful, and so many people said it was a fantastic party! Hooray!

Saturday, April 14, 2007


This is the 9999th picture I have taken with the camera Scott & Ryan got me for my first Mother's Day. It is a great camera (depite the fuzziness of this picture) and if I had known that this was #9999, perhaps I would have taken a more momentous photo.

Not that important in the grand scheme of things, except to say that I take a lot of pictures (digital makes it so easy) and that my camera locked up afterward and would not let me take anymore. It apparently does not flip like the odometer on your car. Not good for me, since I hope to take lots of prom pictures tonight. I think I have solved the problem, so bring on #10000!

Friday, April 13, 2007

"Duper Cape"

It started Wednesday morning with, "Mommy, it's freezing in here." So, Ryan needed a blanket. Which he then needed tied around his neck like a cape. And then when I went to get him dressed, I was told, "Mommy, don't take off my duper cape."

Mom, we may have a project for your visit next weekend. Think we can find a pattern for a cape? (don't look for one now, we'll go out together when you get here...or we'll just keep using blankets)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Easter Recap

We traveled to North Carolina for Easter weekend. First to Scott's grandfather's house in Pinehurst. We hadn't seen him for two years, so it was a good visit. And perfect timing, because he and Scott could watch the Master's together and talk golf!

Here's Ryan with his great-grandfather and Miss Barbara. We had a great time with them.

Twenty-four hours later, it was back to Charlotte to celebrate Easter with my parents and sister. We only spent twenty-four hours there, too, so just a few pictures. Ryan hunting eggs and going through what the Easter Bunny left him. All he wants now are "treats."

Can't wait to see Nanny and Gramps again in two weeks!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Fun at a Nursery

Who knew you could have so much fun at a nursery? While wandering around in the chilly Charlotte weather (the green house was a welcome relief), Scott found this oversized dolly. He said he felt like a mini person pushing it around, and convinced everyone to take a turn riding on it!

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Weekend Fun!

While Daddy was away this weekend driving cars with some old college buddies, Ryan and I enjoyed the great weather around here and got outside!

First, we went with our friends, Melissa and Mason, to Bartlett's Easter Egg "Hunt." I put the "Hunt" in quotes, not them. Not sure how other places do it, because I've only done hunts at my own or another family member's home and now here, but here, they roll out a lot of eggs in a little field and let the kids run and pick them up. Don't be late or you will miss this hunt!

I thought this was our year. Ryan would be independent, go out there and scoop up tons of eggs. Nope. Despite going over, "What are you going to do when they say go?" and "See those eggs out there?," when everyone ran out, Ryan wanted none of it. I did scoop up a Dairy Queen coupon. :)

The tattoos and playground afterward were much more entertaining to Ryan.

Later, we shopped for Ryan's Easter outfit (can't believe it's next weekend!). He wore his new shoes to church today.