Archive for May, 2009

I Love Summer!

I love summer!  I love the warmth of sunshine on my face.  Sitting on our deck and watching the kids play.  Hearing their screams when they hear the ice cream man.  Watching the ice cream melt down their chins as they try and eat it before it melts.  Grilling out.  Eating watermelon.  Catching fireflies.  Kings Island.  Swimming. Late summer nights.  Sun kissed faces.  All of it!  I love it all!  Here are some pictures from our first taste of summer this year.  There will be plenty more to come…

Lily is quite the little fish.  She loves the water and has been a swimmer since she was 2.  However, this year, she can really have fun.  She can finally touch!  She is so excited.

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Swimming with her cousins.

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Riley hanging out on the noodle.

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Getting the courage to let go.  He can swim and finally touch in the shallow end!  Woo hoo!   Mommy gets to sit on the edge this year and just dip my feet in.  Love it!

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Swimming to Justin

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Getting braver

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Super Riley!!  Jumping in and swimming to the steps.

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He loves goggles. 

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Snack time with Luke!

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End of the soccer season party with Lana.

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Yummy ice cream from the cone.

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Everyone on the team got a medal.  Coach told her she was small but mighty.  She would face any girl, no matter the size.  Then one of her teammates said, “And she was always falling down!”  HA  So funny and so true.  I think she fell at least 10 tens in the last game.  Coach said, “But she always got right back up!”  Too cute!

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Here is movie night in our cul de sac.  Our neighbors have a movie screen they attach to their house and they put on a kids movie every Friday night at dusk.  It is so much fun and the kids love it!

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Finally, here is a picture of Ricky and I from date night.  It doesn’t happen often enough, but it was so nice to have a nice evening out with him.  We had a really good time!

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The Booger Game

So, I pick Riley up from school yesterday and Lily is with me.  I HAD to go to the grocery store with both kids which ranks up there with getting a root canal.  However, I had no other choice.  So, off we went.  I bribed them with a cart that shows a movie and a cookie from the bakery and honestly they did fairly well.  Then we have the car ride home.

I’m on the phone with Pastor Andy from Texas setting up a visit for when we are down there.  I hear Riley say, “Which hand do you think the booger is in?”  I ignore it since I’m on a phone call with someone who has never met my kids and try to finish up quickly.  Then I hear the same question again, but this time from Lily.  My extremely smart 6 year old.  Surely, she wouldn’t be putting a booger in her hand and playing hide the booger.

So, I politely get off the phone and ask them, “You really don’t have a booger in your hand?  Do you?”  Silence.  Complete and utter silence.  So once again I ask, “Seriously, one of you tell me it’s a pretend booger!”  Then Lily starts sobbing and confesses saying it’s a real booger.

At this point, I just want to scrub them and my car down with sanitizer.  I would love to know what in the world would possess them to play “Hide the booger” but neither seemed to have an answer.  Hilarious, I know.  Disgusting, I know that too.  I just had to give you a small glimpse into my life.  If you don’t want your kids hanging around mine anymore,  I totally understand =)

PS  You may not want to ride in my car either.  I didn’t find either of the boogers!

Happy 6th Birthday Lily

Happy birthday my sweet girl!  It seems like just yesterday my water broke at 35 weeks and you came so quickly into this world.  After 12 long days in the Step down NICU at Memorial Hospital in Houston, you were ours!  You were the happiest, easy going baby and you are still that way…most of the time =) 

I love watching you grow  up and excel in all the things you try!  You have loved your first year of school and have become quite the reader.  You love to read and write!  At home, you enjoy crafts and Littlest Pet Shops but your dream is to have an American Girl Doll.  Maybe Santa will bring you one this year.  Makeup is another one of your loves which cracks me up because I never wear it!  You love to have your nails and hair fixed and enjoy lots of girly things.

Your passion right now is gymnastics!  You eat, sleep, and breathe it.  I pray that you always have that fire and passion in your life.  Whether it is for gymnastics or whatever it may be.  You work so hard and your perseverance has paid off.  We are so proud of you!

You love the Lord!  You come home from church telling us what you learned every Sunday.  When you go to choose a story and you pick up your bible, my heart melts.  When Ri Ri gets a boo boo and you stop to pray for him, I can’t help but smile.  I love watching you trace Daddy’s scar with your finger and asking him when he will be healed.  Not if, but when. I pray that you will always have that kind of faith.   Always remember to put God first and you will continue on the right path!

Daddy and I are so proud of you and all you do!  You are an amazing daughter and big sister.  We love you forever and always! 

Enjoy these pictures from your big day!

This one is before cake…

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And after…

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Can’t wait to get in there and party!

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Getting ready to play hide and go seek.

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The beautiful cake that Ms. Janette made for you!

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Candles lit and ready to sing!

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Dancing to the happy birthday Cha Cha Cha’s!

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It wouldn’t be a party without all of your friends =)

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Here you are today at exactly 12:43 PM!  You were enjoying playing with your Littlest Pet Shops and looking oh so adorable. You loved hearing us sing Happy Birthday on the exact minute you were born!

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A Really Cool Video

The kids and I decided to get butterflies this year at the house and they have been amazing.  They started out as tiny little larvae the length of my little fingernail.  They at least quadrupled in size before they hung in a j shape from the lid.  Each one fromed a chrysilas which was amazing to watch.  It took them about a week to hatch into painted lady butterflies.  We had all 10 hatch!  I was fortunate enough to catch one of the butterflies hatching on video.  This one had fallen so it was a little more difficult for him to emerge.  So cool to watch!  The best part is the first about three and a half minutes of listening to Riley.  You are going to think, “Does he ever stop talking?!?”  Trust me, I think that every day =)

Here is part 2.  I had to flip him over because he was stuck upside down.

Summertime Fun

Enjoy these photos from the past week!  We have been enjoying this warm weather!

Here are the kids helping Ricky plant our first vegetable garden.

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Don’t laugh at Riley’s pink shovel!

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The finished product…

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Cold sprinkler water

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Lily, Ella, and Riley taking a pool break.

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Maddy taking a nap in the sun!

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Sprinkler fun!  Lily cracks me up!

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Ella and Lily decorating cookies!  Yummy!

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Riley loving some cookies!

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Ricky with his fishing hat, shorts, knee high socks, and paint roller!  That is so hot =)

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The kids heard the music from the ice cream man and went nuts! 

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Lily was the birthday girl at school today!  She got to wear a crown and be the helper.

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Enjoying her birthday treat!  We made butterfly cookies for the girls and caterpillar cookies for the boys.

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She got to share every day this week.  Today she shared her gymnastics trophy.

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Of course, I can’t have a post with pictures without one of  Lily upside down.  Except in these, she was upside down in the baby pool!  She is crazy!

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In other news, Ricky’s round 6 of chemo has gone very well!  He has kept himself busy with outside projects.  He has done the vegetable garden, planted flowers, and has been working on building a wooden roof for the kids swing set.  The tarp was ripped in the wind storm so that is well needed.  His last night is tonight and do you know what that means?!?…. WE ARE HALFWAY DONE!!  Woo hoo!!

Lily’s Gymnastic Videos

Here are a few videos of Lily practicing some skills in the basement.  She narrates most of the videos herself, but you’ll see some backhandsprings into a pushup position, press handstand, handstand holds on the beam, and a wendy on the beam.  The beam is floor height, so the wendy dismount is a difficult landing.

I am so proud of how far she has come this year and how hard she has worked!  Enjoy!

Jersey Retirement

Saturday night was awesome!  They retired Ricky’s jersey and we couldn’t be prouder.  If I can ever figure out how to get video off of my camcorder onto my computer and then onto the website, you can watch it!  Until then, I have pictures. 

 Dan Bowling was Ricky’s coach in high school and is still the coach so he recapped Ricky’s high school career.  He did a great job with the speech he put together with all of his accomplishments.  Ricky was a true four year varsity player which means he never played a game at the JV level.  His stats were amazing, but I can’t remember them all off hand.  However, I do remember that he led the team in home runs his senior year with 8!  He has always been so proud of  that =) 

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The next pics are just some random ones from the game and later on.  Here is Lily…upside down of course!

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Riley in his garage sale Power Ranger suit!  He wanted muscles like daddy.  He slept in it that night…

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The kids took turns taking pictures.  Here is the one Riley took of Lily and I.

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And the one Lily took.  Riley of course had to be rotten and not smile.

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It was a wonderful ending to a perfect night.  I am so proud of Ricky and all that he has accomplished!