Monday, December 29, 2008
through so many tribulations you prevailed. Today you are pinned. Monday
you started as a Nurse Graduate. Soon you will pass your boards and you
will officially be a Registered Nurse. You are the amazing. You inspire
me. I want to be more like you. Thank you for teaching me to trust in
myself and that through hard work and God's plan anything can be
I love you mom.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Finally the big day has arrived. I have finally against my entire families wishes convinced Jessi that Ryan needs a little boy haircut. Not that I don't think his wispy, blonde, baby curls aren't beautiful but when I caught him singing a broken baby version of Achy Breaky Heart I knew that his toddler mullet starter kit had to go.
Nana came down from St. Joseph to visit last night and we all decided to load up the Honda and head to Sportsclips. We had an awesome barber named Jenni who was also the assistant manager.
Jenni placed some Voodoo Hypnotic Mojo on Ryan and he sat in his chair spellbound and unable to move or blink.
After a few minutes the spell started to wear off but amazingly Ryan was still being good. Yes we are positive that we are the luckiest parents in the world.
Ryan could not have been better. He never even made a peep and after a few minutes his hair was cut. Like the phoenix Ryan's babyhood was buried amongst the ashes only to be reborn as a little "man". Strong, proud and free of any 90's trademarks.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
and dad and all of the siblings and neices and nephews I inherited for
14 awesome Christmas's. You've always treated me as family and I just
want to thank you and wish you a truely merry Christmas. My how these
kids have grown!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
you to know our private chef only cooks us prime rib once a week. Hehe
We were blessed last day to have a friend of Eric's, Mike a chef for
the Herford House, over for a visit. He spent the day hanging out,
shooting the breeze, and dishing up the best meal we've ever seen
inside a firestation. Thanks Mike!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
She is absolutely gorgeous. It brings back memories of Ryan when he was born. The bright pink skin and the fragrant smell of wispy, delicate hair (what little he had).
I have this crazy little human being now who runs all over, barks at the dogs, slides and climbs, splashes like a crazy man in the bathtub, loves elmo, dances and bops his head to music on the radio. It's hard to believe he was so small just a few months ago.
Ryan already loves babies and even at a year and a half he was begging me to let him hold Violet and give her a big hug. His bright eyes and mischevious smile as he said "Bay-Be" over and over with his hands out, fingers wiggling, told me that he will be a great big brother.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Our good friends the Conklins are moving far far away from us. They are headed back to the UK to start a two-year tour of duty for BATS. They are simplifying their possessions and decided to give Ryan an early Christmas filled with lots of new toys!
Thanks so much from all of us (especially Ry-guy)
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Here is our little BATS boy picking up some treats from his favorite Uncle Joe. "You can have either plain M&M's or plain M&M's kid. The peanut ones are all mine!"
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Now this was no standard Missouri farmer's market with a few tents scattered around a parking lot and a cotton candy booth for the kiddies. This was a full fledged supermarket under tarp. The smell of spices and fresh fish and flowers permeated the air. It was alive with people everywhere gently haggling prices in french. Laughter and friendliness were alive here. The people were doing their normal morning shopping and taking the time to smell the flowers and to chat with friends as they walked from booth to booth.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
And that pretty much sums it up. Fairwell Italy. We will be shoving off tonight for the south of France. In the heart of the French Riveria we will visit the fortified city of Eze and the amazing markets of Nice!