Sunday, March 30, 2008

Going to the Final Four!

We celebrated Memphis's win over Texas with blue-iced cupcakes! What fun!




Go Tigers Go!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Earth Hour

I didn't find out about this until Friday evening, and then my friend, Heidi, reminded me today when she asked, "Why is Google black?"

Google turned out the lights, like Sydney, Australia, and many other cities worldwide, from 8-9 pm on Saturday, March 29.

Here's what it looked like in our house:



Not sure our little house turning off lights helped much, but it seemed so easy, that maybe we will do it more often. Ryan was very excited about it, but he had the one light left on in the house, his night light. I also discovered, even when you turn out all your regular lights, there still are a lot of other lights left on...the light from clocks, the red light signifying that the dishes were clean, the green lights on our lap tops. Makes you think a bit about how much stuff is always on.

Did anyone else do Earth Hour?

Thursday, March 27, 2008

More Mark

If I keep posting about him, maybe he will keep reading. BTW, Mark, the Maynard's, the Kibler's and the Barbour's read this occasionally, too, so give them some shout out's too!

Mark's sweet girlfriend, Shelby, sent me these from their recent trip to England:



And now, Mark, no more posts until we see you again. Nashville sounds great, so let's talk!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar"

We went to the Orpheum theatre tonight with friends Jennifer & Kate; Melissa, Doug & Mason; and Emmy, Bill & Parker to see three of Eric Carle's stories done as puppet shows. It was a lot of fun! This was Ryan's first show and he did very well.




From this very bad photo, you can see that the puppet show was done in the dark with help from black lights. It was a cool concept and very good for Carle's bright, colorful creations.

On the way home, Ryan and I caught this sunset over the Mississippi.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

Ryan was very excited that the Easter Bunny had come. Maybe even more so that the Easter Bunny did what Ryan asked and stayed out of his room (for some reason he was very nervous about this!).

Ryan's Easter basket:


Hunting for eggs after church:


Family picture:


And for dinner, we invited some friends over, who, like us, have no family in the area. Ryan was very excited that "Pizza Guy" came to visit:

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Good Times at Parker's Grandparents'

We went to Parker's grandparents' farm up in Tipton county for an Easter egg hunt. Before we got to that, we tried a little fishing. Mason came along with us and he and Ryan used their little rods. Ryan caught a bluegill on his little Scooby Doo rod.



He was a little frightend by it. Shyed away from it like he does from the mascots. Didn't want to stand too close to it to have his picture taken.



Then he caught this catfish:


BTW, when I say Ryan caught, it really means, Daddy reeled in and Mr. Bill took off the hook. :) We did get around to hunting eggs and it was a great one!

This is one of my favorite shots of the day...Parker and Ryan flying a kite together.

Grammy's Surprise

Grammy brought Ryan a build-a-bear (actually, Noah's Ark). They stuffed it together, dressed it in a duck costume, and named it Herbert Ulysses George (HUG).



Friday, March 21, 2008

Read this and I will post your picture

Our friend Mark has a thing with appearing in my scrapbooks. Many years ago, he was so upset that he was not in them, that, one night, while staying over at our house, he created his own "pages" with some of my supplies. Since then, we have spent a good deal of time with him and he has appeared in many scrapbook layouts.

He recently emailed saying he had spent some time catching up on the blog. He ended by saying he would have to visit soon (he has been down to Memphis once, so far) so he could appear in the blog. I will not be leaving my password laying around so he can post his own, but I will post a few Mark photos:

First, from his visit two years ago, when I finally went to Graceland (not recommended in the heat with a 2-year-old!).
And next, when we met up with Mark and his lovely girlfriend, Shelby, in Asheville, NC last Memorial Day. We went to Biltmore (Mark-what big home can we find to tour on our next trip?)

As a matter of fact, Mark, you have appeared on the blog before. I posted about the Asheville trip last year here and here. He's on the far right side of the tent picture in this post, too.

So, Mark, that will have to hold you until we see you again! Can't wait!

Grandad's favorite part of today...

Scott's getting into the habit of asking Ryan what his favorite part of the day was at the end of our days. Today he asked it in the car on the way home from getting ice cream at Sheridan's (Ryan said it was visiting the ice cream shop). Then Ryan asked everyone else what their favorite part was. Grandad said it was naming Ryan's toes earlier in the day. With the laughter that it caused, watching them may have been my favorite part!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Hippity-Hop!

Ryan made these bunny ears in school and let me take his picture as he hippity-hopped around the house.



100,000 miles


I am not sure what my fascination is with cars hitting 100,000 miles. It may be that I like making a big deal with milestones? It may be that I can remember my mom driving our Ford Pinto in reverse all the way through our development when it hit 100,000 miles, just so...well, I am not sure why? Did you want to show it to Dad, Mom?

The first car I drove that almost rolled over from 99,999 to 100,000 (back when it wasn't digital and it actually "rolled over"), didn't make it, as I rolled the car over before it could happen.

I owned my first car for 8 years, and had the privilege of seeing it roll over.

And this morning, after about 4 3/4 years, our Honda Odyssey hit the big 100,000 mark.


We have taken many 3000 mile trips back to the east coast, along with a trip to Chicago, a few to the Gulf Coast, one to Texas. All these have contributed to the large number of miles in short time. We knew we were going to drive this car a lot and it's been a good ride. Hope that it makes it to 200,000!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Dyeing Easter Eggs

We all dyed Easter eggs on Tuesday night. It was fun to have Ryan get into it this year! And a great way to use up some of my many letter stickers.



BTW, the boys are wearing their Terp jerseys for the first round NIT. Terps beat Minnesota!

My little helper

I had some help getting ready for our Easter guests this week. First, Ryan helped me vacuum...he did the hearth room all by himself! Wow! It kept him busy while I did other things. Then he helped clean the bathroom mirrors while I cleaned the bathrooms! Fun because he's helpful, and fun because it keeps him busy so I can do what I need to do.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Time for my once a year Guinness. Brings back memories of watching the Terps play in the NCAA tourney at Kelsey's with my River Hill buddies. Miss you guys! Happy St. Patty's Day!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Soccer!

Ryan had his first soccer practice this morning. I am not sure who was more excited, him or Daddy! He kicked the ball around with his new teammates:


Then we went to Dick's Sporting good to outfit Ryan:

Not sure we're going to be able to get the shin guards and cleats off of him! Stay tuned for more. Our next practice is Monday night!

They weren't the size of golf balls, but there sure were a lot of them...


...and they came down loudly at 1:30 am.

Friday, March 14, 2008

The storytime that wasn't

This was our first time attending a storytime and our first time shopping in Davis-Kidd booksellers. It was an awesome store, and we will go back again. We will have to, because after we got there, played with the trains and other toys for awhile, and finally settled in for storytime, we learned that there was no storytime today.

No problem! We ate lunch in the cafe, and had fun anyway! Mason and Ryan played with the pillows in the seating area, collecting them, all and laying them all back out. Can you see them?

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Zoo Part II

We went to the zoo again today. Can't get enough of it when you are members and don't have to pay because you already did! This trip was with daddy (who took a day off just to hang out and not because we were going on a trip) and the Hanlon's! We saw lots of animals (of course).


First the sea lions. They are very flexible and can bend their head's all the way back!



They use their whiskers to help balance balls on their noses (and to sense things in the deep, dark water).



They can jump out of the water like porpoises!



We saw the Polar Bear feeding.



Saw Ya-ya eating lunch outside in the sunshine.


Arlan and Ryan rode on the carousel.



Hung out on dads' shoulders.

And one cute Ava who loved Ryan's toy panda so much, she had to get one of her own.

What was I thinking?

I came across these yesterday:


They are baby food containers. I saved them and used them a lot to put the frozen cubes of food that I made for Ryan, but hy do I still have them now?! Into the recycle bin!

Open Windows!

With the warm temperatures come open windows in my house! I love it and so do the cats!

Zoo!

We picked the best day of Spring Break to go the zoo! It was so sunny and warm! Ryan and I met many friends: Melissa & Mason; Heidi; Brian, Ashley, & Lucien; Eugene & Helen; Page, Kagan, & Carys; Bill, Emmy, Parker, Lila, & their grandma; and then we bumped into Paul & Nicolai! So many of Ryan's friends and classmates! Took more pictures of the kids than of the animals.


Mason, Ryan & Kagan

Parker, Ryan, Helen & Lucien

Helen, Nicholai, Ryan & Parker

Ryan & Parker

We did see a lot of animals, including this baby monkey and his mama and some baby sheep at the farm!