Wednesday, April 30, 2008

31 Cent Scoops!

Melissa and Mason called us up to see if we wanted to meet for Baskin-Robbins 31 cent scoop night. Heck, yeah! It was along line, but worth it! As you cn see on Ryan's face below.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Finally, more soccer!

After a few rain delays, we were back playing soccer again today. Ryan's one of the littlest ones out there, so he's not getting the ball much, but he's running around, staying with it, trying hard and having fun!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

"We are the Pirates who don't do anything..."

Wonder where he gets it from?

Ryan is getting quite creative. He and I have a great time doing arts and crafts together. I use egg cartons for his paint, and today, while painting, he flipped one over and began painting it on the back. I had a great idea, cut it apart, and later, we added googly eyes and pipe cleaners for this:

Then he came home from school today with this:

They made them at school, and I think they are awesome! Can't wait to catch some bugs!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Mowing the lawn

Our lawn looks great (if I do say so myself), and I am proud to say I had something to do with it. Last year, we tried to split up the outdoor task a bit by having me edge or trim. I was not too good at this; not enjoying the vibrating of the two machines, nor the fact that I hacked down our clemetis.

So I volunteered to mow today. This may be the most I have ever mowed. Do not think me some girly-girl who cannot do outdoor jobs. I weed, I garden, I run the blower. Growing up, my dad liked to do the mowing (at least I think he did), so my sister and I had other chores. Nowadays, I figure I handle a lot of the inside stuff (Scott has never called for a babysitter), so I let him do the mowing. But we found that it was significantly quicker to share the load and now that someone doesn't have to be watching Ryan quite as closely, it worked out great (Ryan even came out and started "brooming" for us). And speaking of working out, mowing is a great work out! Bring it on!

Five reasons I am happy this weekend...

This week was a busy seems like all the little extra things I am involved with at school take place in March and April. But with Prom finished, I have only the normal teacher stuff to complete for the next month or so. Phew!

So the first thing I am happy about is a totally uneventful (yet successful) prom:

Then there's these that I brought in from the backyard so I could enjoy the scent in my room:

And the warm weather here that took us to the Collierville Square on Sunday (where the sidewalk sale did not appear to be on despite what the paper said, but where we had a nice lunch and enjoyed looking at the trains):

Not just playing tee ball, but watching my boys do this:

And finally, enjoying the company of the Paulo's Sunday evening (Carrie send me a picture to post here.)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Friends' Stories

I have added two friends' links to my list. Both have been going through some crazy times lately, and I wanted to share their stories with you.

My friend, Gina, goes way back to my first teaching job. Before kids, before she was even married! Now she has two little ones and her youngest was born with CDH, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, and has had some tough battles. She is amazingly strong, and I admire her so much for the strength and grace sheand her family have handled things with.

My friends, Kate and Drew, go back to college. We were in marching band together, Kate was my sorority sister (and Drew a brother in our brother fraternity). They now live in the town where I grew up (shame I'm all the way out here!). They are in Vietnam RIGHT NOW adopting their baby girl, Tori! I am so excited for them and had to share their happiness with you!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Keep the old...

This has already been written about here, and here, and here, but I'll add my two cents, too. One of my first friends when we moved to Memphis was Abbie. She was a mentor teacher at my school, but she and I were both math teachers, she was not from here originally, and she was just really nice to us! We scrapped together, she became a CM consultant under me for awhile. Overall, she's just a really easy-going, fun person to be with and the rest of her family is too! She's got 3 kids, with the oldest being a year older than Ryan.

The girls went out on Sunday night,
the families all got together Monday night (thanks for hosting, Carrie!),
and we got one last chance to see them when they got out off their box-filled house Tuesday afternoon for a trip to the zoo.

They were itching to get out of Memphis, and Terrill found a great job a little farther north, so it was just meant to be. They will be missed by many of us here.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Frost warning

It must be almost April 15, because there is a frost warning for our area tonight. They say around here that April 15 is the last day for frost. Last year it happened over Easter while we were in Charlotte, NC and could do nothing about it. I lost the avacado tree I have been growing for 3 years from seed, and the hydrangeas and crepe myrtles did not fare well.

I was determined not to lose them this year, especially since my lilac bush is flowering (it smells heavenly!) for the first time in three years! So this is what our yard looks like tonight:

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Family Fun Fair

Our visitors joined us for the second Family Fun Fair at St. George's! It was sunny but chilly. We had a blast again! Hanging out with the Hanlon's,

the Meeks',

the McClain's,

and many of Ryan's other school buddies.

Riding horses,


climbing walls,

dancing and climbing on stage,

feeding the animals,

stalking the stamping lady (Mrs. Rose who makes amazing cards!), and just having a generally good time!

And thanks to those of you who recommended that I enter this

in a contest. I won first place in the adult division. And I promise I only voted for myself once and I think my mom only voted for me once, too!


As it said on my facebook page (yes, I have one of those, too), I was excited Katy was coming to visit. We had quite a busy weekend. They all arrived Thursday evening, we cropped Friday night, had soccer, a shower, and the Family Fun Fair Saturday. By Sunday it was all we could do to go to church and breakfast. Cool temperatures kept us inside that day, relaxing and napping most of the day.

Dad did finally find a winner in the remote control car he brought. He could never get it to work, but Katy, mom and I usually could. Go Speed Racer!

And Candyland was a popular game, with Ryan winning most of the time. (Got a picture of mom!)

It should also be noted that the ladies played Mexican Train late Sunday night and Katy kicked our butts. She had low 100's while mom and I were in the 3 and 4 hundreds!


The reason I missed Ryan's first soccer game is because I was at home getting ready for my friend, Heidi's shower. (Plus the first game was really supposed to be last weekend and got rained out!)

We hosted a "green" shower for her and it turned out really cool! It was green for two reasons. First, they do not know if they are having a boy or a girl, so green was a good color to go with. Second, Heidi and Ian are a pretty environmentally concious couple, so we thought that fit.

We sent evites instead of invitations (Heidi asked, "What will I put in the scrapbook?"), we used all real dishes, silverware, glasses, and baby washcloth napkins, and we asked guests to not wrap their gifts or wrap it in something they already had.

Here's Heidi unwrapping a gift wrapped in the gift registry the gift-giver had printed out, then decorated (my favorite gift wrap of the day):

The cake (cupcakes, iced together, so cute!):

And the organizers (great ladies!):

First Soccer Game

Saturday morning was Ryan's first soccer game with the "Green Monsters." I could not be there, but my parents, sister and Scott reported it was a lot of chaos and fun. Ryan apparently hung back for most of the game, but eventually got into it, even scoring a goal (do we need to mention it was in the other team's net?)

Some photos:

Ryan, before the game:

Ryan and Scott before the game (did I mention it was really chilly?):

We played our friend Lucas's team. That's him in the lime green and his wonderful mama, Carrie in the cream jacket:

First team photo!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

High Water

I had heard the Mississippi was high, so on Sunday, we all went to see for ourselves. For those of you who have visited us, we have probably taken you out to Mud Island (downtown by the Pyramid). We usually get out at a little park there so people can see the river up close. As a matter of fact, here's a picture I took in March 2004 when Mom, Dad, Katy, Aunt Sandy, and Uncle Kirk came to town:

And here's one from Sunday:

Almost the same exact frame (except for Ryan). Here's the other direction:

Then we drove into Arkansas. The normally empty, grassy land immediately over the bridge, was completely covered in the waters of the muddy Mississippi.

Thank heavens for levees and bluffs!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

2 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed...

Ryan loves making a stage and performing. He always ends with a pose. Check it out!

And then there were two...

The Tigers rolled again last night! We had our friends the McClain's (Parker's parents) and the Meeks' (Mason's parents) over to watch the game and it was lots of fun. Everyone got along really well, the boys played, everyone chatted and luckily, the Tigers won pretty handily, so we didn't have to sit on the edge of our seats. Bring on Kansas!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Funny Faces!

Our friend, Heidi, came over for dinner tonight and Scott got pictures of Ryan and I making funny faces.