Friday, September 30, 2011

my ruby

As September comes to an end, I can't help but think about my little girl. I still can't believe she has been here for two years already...and at the same time, I can't remember life with out her!  She is a girly girl that loves trucks and mud.  I love that.  She is a baby who wants to keep up with every step her big brother takes.  I love that, too.  She is fearless and cautious...all at the same time.  That, I love.  ;)

As I was going through my vacation photos from this past summer (still...ugh) I found a few that are just so...her.  And thought I would share them here.  :)

This photo actually happened by accident...but I love it anyway.  It shows my littlest running freely into the ocean...something not every member of her family is comfortable doing.  Fearless!

Ry loooooves rides.  I actually admire her for this.  I have never been a fan of rides and I love to see the sheer joy on her face as she courageously tries new things without batting an eye.

Perhaps my favorite.  Here she is, trying to keep up with big brother...riding bikes...all while caring so lovingly for her precious baby.  *sigh*

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

It's official...

...the girls are two.  Or, the "neighbor twins", as we like to call them.  These two little rascals were born just 2 hours apart, at the same hospital, and shared the same recovery room.  For some, the thought of sharing your recovery room after having a baby is just awful.  We felt the same way...until it actually happened.  I will never forget the charge nurse coming in to tell me that in a perfect world I would never have to share my recovery room...but alas, it's not a perfect world.  The good news turned out to be that I was sharing my room with my next door neighbor!  My real life next door neighbor!  Our girls will forever be connected for so many reasons...and this is one of my favorites.  :)

Trying to get a picture of these two little monkeys started getting tough right around the time they turned 1.  But, we rarely let a milestone go by without at least a quick snapshot.  Turning 2 was no different!  It was quite a little task to get these two looking at the camera at the same time...I had lots of help. :)

attempt #1...not so great...

Michael trying to help me by making the girls laugh.  It worked...but not really what I had in mind. ;)

Nope...not yet....

There we go...the best of the bunch!

...unless you count this one.  ;)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

my new favorite

And all it took was a simple sentence..."good listeners get candy."  ;)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

yes...even more from the farm...

I just can't help it!  Not only was it a fabulous day...but many of our beloved friends and family were unable to make it that day.  And they want more more more!!!  As you can imagine, I am more than happy to oblige.  :)

The girls!  Lily looooves to carry Ry around.

Well hello there cutie.  Love your barrette. ;)

Easily one of her favorite parts of the day...she could hang all day long!

The goats were ready for a snack...

... and JJ and Ry were happy to help!

She looooooooooves the petting "zoo". 


Big brother loves the petting part too. My kiddos LOVE animals.  :)

Ry and her favorite girl, Lily, hanging out on the hay ride!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Our Cupcake Picnic

One of the really nice things about having a birthday party is the leftover goodies.  Specifically, leftover CUPCAKES (from the amaaaazing Kupcakes & co.)!!!  The littles and I decided to enjoy the fabulous fall-like weather and go outside to have a cupcake picnic.  Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

His shirt pretty much sums it up...

Then the silliness ensued!!

Later on, Daddy mowed the lawn.  We watch from a very safe distance. ;)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

More from the farm...

I just love looking at all the photos from Ry's farm party.  We had such a great time...even if we did get a super late start!  I really think the kiddos liked it!

M3 and JJ being silly on the hay ride!

HOORAY for the Cow Train!!!

Yummy cupcakes from Kupcakes & Co. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Howdy Y'all!

Ryleigh's birthday party at the farm was a hoot!

Sooo many more to come...I just wanted to put these two up for those who had to miss it. ;(

Friday, September 16, 2011


Well, it finally happened...I took the littles to the Playland at our local McDonald's.  Not only have they never eaten inside a McDonalds, but I have never taken them to a Playland before either!!!  The teacher in me just has a hard time with those places...I knowwww what kinds of germs are thriving in those places!  But, it was worth it...we got to spend a nice (albeit short) afternoon with the girls!

He loved it!  Except the part where I wanted to take his photo...


 Ryleigh and Kara had a BLAST jumping!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

First day of school!

Today was Michael's first day of school!!!  He LOVED it (thank goodness) and was even pretty bummed when I picked him up!  Luckily, it was a half day...tomorrow is a full day, so he *should* get his fill.  ;)

We start off the day going over M3's schedule...please ignore the painters tape...more paint coming!

Littlest also wanted a schedule...:)

3 day 3s!!!

Waiting to be called in...

Finding his hook....

Ready to learn!!!

After pick up...Ry was sooo excited to see him!


BIG boy!

Official first day photo!

Or should it be this one!?