Friday, November 21, 2008


Ok, apparently my blog has been "tagged"...not once, but twice. My sweet friends Sonya and Kris have both "tagged" me, so I guess I have to comply:)

Here are the rules:

1. choose the 4th picture folder on my computer.

2. choose the 4th picture.

3. explain the picture.

4. tag 4 people to do the same.

OK, this one is hysterical!! My picture folders are in order by year, and alphabetically by month within that year (please don't judge, organization makes me happy), so this picture is pretty old. It is from Ryan's first Christmas and he is pictured with his big cousins Bailey and Parker. Bailey would have been about 7, Parker about 3 1/2 and Ryan was 6 months. They are wearing the matching Santa outfits given to them by Maw Maw. They look so cute, but poor Maw Maw is still getting grief about them. Just wait until Parker and Ryan get a few years older and see these pictures, then she will really get it:) Come to think of it Ryan's outfit should fit David this year....Tootsie!!!

I am tagging:

1. Mikey Nine Toes

2. The Davis Family

3. Golden Goodness

4. This is sad, I don't have another blogging friend who hasn't already been tagged. Come on my computer literate buddies, start blogging:)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Bible tells me so...

Now Ryan has been reading since the summer before Kindergarten and we gave him his first real Bible a few months ago, but today was a special day. This morning while riding to church, I heard him unzip his Bible cover and rustle a few pages. Then I heard some of the sweetest words that have ever left his lips...

"Genesis......In the beginning, God created the Heaven and the earth"

We do devotionals with him every night, he goes to Sunday School every week, we know he knows the basics. But this was just such a special moment to me. He was reading scripture...all by himself. He began at the very beginning (a very good place to start), he read every word without pause, but not purely from memorization. My eyes began to well up, I put my hand on Bobby's leg. We both smiled knowingly....

He now has the all tools he needs for all life's problems. He does not need anyone else to tell him where to find the answer. He can read for himself the wonders that amazing Book possesses. And he can answer without doubt....Why do you believe?

"Because the Bible tells me so!"

Daddy Daughter Dance

Meg had her first dance this weekend and she was escorted by her best fella, her Daddy:) It was a Daddy Daughter Dance hosted by Meg's dance school.

Meg came home from dance a couple of weeks ago with very specific instructions and she carried them out to a "T". She approached her Daddy, stuck out her bottom lip, batted those big brown eyes and said, "Daddy will you please take me to the Daddy Daughter Dance?" Of course who could say no to that???

Then the search began... Mommy had to find the perfect dress. Three different dresses were purchased, pictures were taken, opinions gathered and it was finally decided... A sweet little burgundy dress with cap sleeves, sweet little tummy bow, and beautiful flowers stitched all over the skirt. Of course it met Meg's only twirled!!

Then the big day came. Meg had a manicure (ala Mommy). We curled her hair, added a touch of lip gloss, and slipped on her dress, tights and patent leather Mary Janes. Daddy changed into his nicest suit and Meg made him change his shirt because, "You don't wear a blue shirt with a suits, Daddy, white shirts look much fancier." Finally, Daddy presented Meg with her first corsage and we took a few pictures.

Then they drove off leaving Ryan and Mommy to their Star Wars movie and take-out:) A wonderful evening was had by all.

My pretty girl

Meg's first corsage

Meg and her Daddy

Twirl practice

If you want to see actual pictures from the dance, you can click here. Of course there are only one or two where you can spot Meg. Bobby said she didn't stand still for many pictures...can you imagine that?? Thankfully they had some posed pictures made and we should get those soon.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Cassie and Chase

I attempted my first engagement photo shoot today with my cousin Cassie and her fiance' Chase. Aren't they a gorgeous couple?!?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Couldn't you just eat him up!?!

Here are a few pictures of my latest photo shoot with David. Seriously does this child ever stop smiling??

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Today was a beautiful fall day that felt more like a beautiful summer day. Tootsie called us and suggested we all meet up at the River Arts Fest downtown. We had a great time hanging out with all of the cousins and looking at all of the amazing exhibits. The kids even got to paint silk hoops which were hung to decorate the festival.

Of course we did make a mental notes to bring handcuffs for the children next year. Bobby and I sounded like broken records...."don't touch', 'don't touch', 'don't touch"..but with all the pretty colors and textures, they were like moths to the Bug Zapper.

The kids clowning around in the park

Watching a Potter

Ryan Painting

Meg Painting

Meg's Masterpiece

Ryan's Masterpiece

Meg making a new friend

All of the kid's silk paintings

All the cousins

David...cute as ever!!

Halloween '08

We had a great Halloween!!
Meg and I spent the whole day at Ryan's school. In the morning we did our usual, making First Grade copies and assisting Mrs. D with odd jobs. Then after lunch we worked the "polls' while the school voted in a mock election. After that we headed back to Ryan's class where I did some spooky face painting and then we PARTIED (for the exactly 30 minutes which is allotted for fun)!!
We then headed home and made a bog ol' pot of chili and Monkey Munch (also known as Puppy Chow). I love that stuff and finally decided to try making it with Sunbutter, our peanut butter substitute. It turned out soooo good and I believe I am now wearing 3 pounds of it on my middle section. The kids ate a quick dinner and then it was time for suiting up and hitting the streets. The weather was perfect and there were tons of kids out. We met up with Kris and "Baby Faith" half way around the block and they kept us company for the second half of our journey. The kids came home with wayyy too much candy and passed in a sugar coma a short while later.


my cute little Clone Trooper.

Dorothy Gale of Kansas (with Toto of course) A solid week of blood, sweat and gingham finally paid off!!

Hittin' the 'hood.

Meg "helping" Faith
Happy Halloween!!