Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Happy birthday Kevin!

We celebrated Kevin's 31st birthday at Eno's Pizza Tavern in the Bishop Arts district with friends. We had a great time and loved catching up with everyone. Thanks for coming!

One side of the table complete....Aaron, Kelly, Andrew, Heather, Terra, Bryan and Kevin. Thanks for coming to celebrate!

Thanks for looking at the camera guys - Lindsey & Colin

Me and the birthday boy

Stacey & Jacob (Little Jack snoozed the entire time!)

Kevin with his awesome gift from the Pearson's

Just like old times...or the first time Michael met Sarah's parents. lol :)

Bottermans with the birthday boy

Monday, June 20, 2011

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to my wonderful husband, my dad and my father-in-law! I hope everyone had a wonderful day yesterday! I'll speak for Kevin and say that we had a great day :)

I made this adorable sign using the father's day free printable from Shindig Parties. It looked super cute and fit perfectly in the opening between the kitchen and dining/living room area. Kevin expected nothing less. lol.
Considering Kevin didn't even know Father's Day was this weekend he didn't have any big expectations. In fact, at one point he told me the one thing he wanted to do was go up the the office and clean up his space for about 2 hrs. He eventually rethought that plan and we were able to spend the entire day together as a family. 

Kevin is a typical guy - he never wants anything so buying a present for him is always difficult. He never wants anyone to make a big deal of anything (birthday included) but he knows that I will try to so he has started to accept it.  I knew I wanted to make him something because he would appreciate that more. So for Father's day Ryan made him a gift for his new office. We found a frame at Michaels with three slots for pictures and put a recent picture in the middle and then got his foot print and hand print - which was not an easy task! 

I also ended up buying two things, but they were small, so it was ok. On one of my many trips to Homegoods I came across this mini burger grilling tool that I thought was cute and fun - besides who doesn't love sliders?  Lastly, if you know Kevin you know he LOVES to sip tequila. I noticed he was a little low on the tequila supply so we replenished his stash. I think he was happy - but I also know he would have been happy if there weren't any gifts. 

I also made this AMAZING (if I don't say so myself) cake. It is a recipe that I got from my neighbor and it's so yummy! I will post the recipe soon and I highly recommend making it!

We had some friends and family over to celebrate. Kevin's sister and their two oldest kids are in Seattle visiting friends so Michael and Audrey came over to join us. They got here first which worked out great because we were able to Skype with grandma and grandpa. Here they are enjoying some apps and skyping!

Next up was playing outside in the 100+ heat in our little blow up pool. We huddled into the one section of our yard that was covered in shade. It was pretty funny how squished we were but I think the kiddos were entertained for a little while, so it served its purpose. 

I think Audrey expected a real pool but she was still happy. 

Our neighbors came over as well - so much fun!

Ryan being all serious staring our Johnny.

SWEET little Jack made an appearance!! This was my first time to meet him and he is adorable!

Audrey was very serious about her goggles

Stacey and her little man. Stacey looks amazing - it's hard to believe she had a baby two weeks ago! And ugh I cannot get enough of the little man - he is so tiny - how quickly you forget!

I got to hold him for a little while - Ryan was not thrilled with this. He was definitely JEALOUS!

Johnny feeding little Madelyn

Sweet Jackson! 

Audrey was a fan of the balls and the wagon. She packed it up and then decided to rest - so cute! We had such a great time and are so happy our friends were able to come over and hang out for a while. 

Next up --> kevin's birthday! He turns 31 on Thursday!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Pool Party

This past Saturday my friend Susanne had a pool party so we headed out to Carrolton to sizzle in the sun with everyone. Technically kids weren't invited, but I didn't actually read the evite - so that was totally my bad. Luckily Ryan isn't considered a KID so it wasn't really a problem. BUT I do know for next time! Plus we were there during he day when everything was rather tame so it wasn't much of an issue. We had good time and Ryan loved Susanne's dog Roxy - who was actually super nice, which is always a PLUS!

Below is Ryan playing with Roxy

Loving her!

Playing with d-lo!

Loving Lindsey in the pool!

Kevin took this picture and failed to tell me I looked like a naked 80's giant - lol, good stuff. But little R looks adorable in in sunglasses!

And lastly Ryan found the door stopper - and loved it. What a fun day! Thanks Susanne!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Swim Lessons

This week we started swim lessons with Dolfin Swim School and it has been so much fun. It is a two week program and we go from 10:30- 11:10 Monday - Thursday.  It is a mommy and me class (obviously) that teaches aquatic skills in a fun way. The instructors use songs to entertain the kiddos while we learn our lessons. They also use toys which is always a big hit! One of the things I love is that it is held in someones backyard pool and it is a small class. It just feels so much more natural. Once again he is mesmerized by his instructors - he just loves them so much. If he could swim I am sure he would swim right up to them and just hang out.

We start the class off by sitting on the ledge and splashing hello. There are a few rules that mommies are suppose to follow - like we aren't suppose to say "under" or "under water", or wipe our faces when we come up and also are not suppose flinch when being splashed. If we retrieve toys we can't use our feet - we make a big deal about putting our faces under and getting with our hands. I guess our little guys pick up on our habits and will start doing them as learned behavior. Anyhow, mommies enter the pool and our babies are suppose to sit on the side until we are ready. Oh man that is hard for Ryan. He sees me go in and he just wants to flop right in. He is getting better but usually needs to be distracted.

We hold them in front of us (can't remember the name of the pose) instead of letting them clutch to us and holding them on the side. Ryan doesn't mind it at all and loves to swim around in my arms. I won't go into the details of each exercise but I will mention that DUNK day was this past Wednesday. The instructors kept telling us it was coming and I didn't think much of it.  Oh my I think I was more scared than little Ryan. This isn't just a push him down underwater and pop back up - we had to basically dive down to the bottom and swim with them!!! ahhh it was crazy! Even so all of the kiddos did great - including Ryan! There is even a little 4 month old that didn't even flinch. Goodness, it is crazy to watch!

We are having so much fun in class and when its time to leave Ryan is always trying to crawl back over to the pool area. He loves to swim! After class the teacher gives them a little snack - goldfish or animal crackers. The picture below is Ryan and his buddy Ford sharing some of their snacks! so cute!

I'll have to get some better pictures next week. Next Thursday (June 23rd) is friends and family day. Everyone is invited to come watch and see everything they have learned. Unfortunately Kevin has a day trip to Houston planned, my parents live in Houston and his grandparents are up in Montana, so no one will be able to come and watch. :( I hope I can get someone to video tape it with our camera so that we can share it with everyone!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ryan's Christening

This past Sunday was a very special day for our family. Ryan was baptized at our church during the 9:30am service. It was a special time for us and we are so happy to celebrate with friends and family. Kevin and I both decided that we want our children to grow up with God in their life and to feel the community that a church can provide.  We thank God for the wonderful gift of our son and have made a promise to raising him in a Christ-cenetered home.  Below are some pictures from Ryan's big day!

Ryan was one of two babies being baptized during the 9:30 service - the other little boy was only 7 weeks! So sweet and little! 

We are so happy that our family and friends were able to join us on Ryan's special day. 

Here is little Ryan afterwards with his cousins. 

Can't celebrate without a cake :)

We had a wonderful brunch afterwards at Lakewood. Ryan slept most of the time - he was pretty exhausted from being the star all morning long!

Little R woke up just in time for some cake!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Beach Weekend

The Aston's invited us and another family (the Meeks) down to Jamaica Beach in Galveston for the weekend. We all went to San Antonio in December so it was fun to get all the kiddos together again. We had such a great time - the weather was perfect, the beach house was adorable, and obviously the company was awesome!
Ryan, Caroline, Thompson & Caleb ready to go to the beach!
Matching swimsuits!

So cute!

Mk & her boys!

Walking to the beach

Loving the water

Hanging with mommy

Thompson, Kevin & Ryan

The boys!


Thursday, June 2, 2011


I don't think your ready for this jelly

I don't think your ready for this jelly

I don't think your ready for this

Cause my body too bootylicious for ya babe

Can you handle that? 
Now thats a cute tooshy! haha. This was us yesterday after an allergic reaction to strawberries left Ryan with a horrible diaper rash! :( boo. Luckily all that airing out and lotrimin fixed him up and he is back in his diapers today! yay!

You looking at me?

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