These girls are getting so funny when they play together... or when they create messes together. Why is it that a mess will bring sisters together so well? Being naughty bonds them?
So the bath water didn't drain all the way the other night so Ryann decided it would be fun to flood the bathroom floor and get every single wash cloth wet.
Not sure if it was Cara's idea or Ryann's idea to drink all the water too... either way they were soaking wet, laughing hysterically, and pleased as punch for all the mischief they managed to get into.
This is my sweet cousin page. She performed tonight in Mobile, Alabama and represented California as California's Junior Miss. She was in the top 10 so I was able to watch the entire performance as a web broadcast. It was amazing to watch and she was so beautiful and wonderful.
I can't say enough of how proud I am of my sweet cousin. She is such a dignified young woman who has already accomplished so many things. I am glad we chose the family name of Ryann "Paige" and hopefully Ryann will grow to become an amazing young woman like Paige is.
I finally got my flip camera back! It was broken and it was so sad to miss so many fun dance parties!
Ryann found a new dance partner and I think he is pretty awesome.
This is Rich's favorite song from "Glee" and it is his go-to dance party song. The girls love it too. The first 10 seconds of the clip are the best! Not sure if Cara dancing so hard she falls down is better than Ryann dancing with Yoda, but either way it is pretty cute.
I found this awesome fabric at JoAnns the other day and it was 60% off. Naturally I knew I had to buy it and this is a little project I have had in mind for awhile.
A one of a kind "ring sling"
(ignore the hair- Cara messed it up on her way in the sling)
I ordered the rings online and sort of followed a pattern and now I have a light- weight, adjustable sling to wear with my sweet girls. Both Ryann and Cara fit in it, but Ryann is getting pretty heavy so it is mostly for Cara.
Whenever Father's Day comes around I know Rich feels a little left out. Yes, he is a father, and Yes, he has a great Father-in-law, but I know he misses his father.
I never met Rich's dad but I am pretty sure I have a good idea about what he was like. He would have teased me relentlessly about my choice in an old, bald husband. :)
He would loved his granddaughters to the point of randomly showing up at the house to take them to McDonalds for ice cream cones (and not make them collect cans in order to get enough change to buy one!)
He also would have insisted we take a trip to the Grand Canyon with the entire family by now. Which, by the way, we have never done.
Rich sometimes walks into a room and I have seen both his mom and his aunt burst into tears because he looks like his dad. I see some similarities, but I like to think my hubby is better looking. ;)
Either way they do look a lot alike. I am not sure if it is the nice shiny forehead, the goofy poses, or the smile? Or a combo or all three?
And here is a classic picture of Rich's dad, siblings, and grandma in Hawaii. Can you tell which one is Rich?
I know that someday I will be able to meet Rich's dad but I am thankful for him and for the wonderful son the he raised. He raised him to have respect for women, take responsibility, work hard, finish what you start, and to laugh in everything you do.
Rich's dad was funny, often inappropriately so ("Donner. party of 5?") and while I have tried to curb that crazy side of Rich, I know I never will be able to. He loves his father and I know that Rich is an amazing father as well. He had a good example to follow and I am so thankful that he also has my dad to be a good example to him.
I had this amazing post planned out for Father's Day. I wanted to do a post for Rich about his dad. I was never able to meet his dad but I love hearing stories about him. I went through Rich's old photo albums and got some pictures... but they need to be scanned. So I will work on that, but until then, know that I love my husband and my father and I am so happy and thankful for all the other father's in my life!
So enjoy this really sad picture of my sweet tired Cara.
She doesn't look very wild, but we know that she can be.
Yesterday we had quite the adventure. Cara has been coughing for a few days and I think she has some allergies mixed in on top of that. (just a guess- but whenever my allergies act up, Cara seems to get a snotty nose) Well it has gotten pretty bad so daycare had us take her in to get checked out.
I wasn't worried about her until the doctor listened to her breath sounds for 2 minutes straight. Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. Usually not a good sign.
The pediatrician was worried about diminished breath sounds in her right lung. They did a oxygen saturation level and that took a LONG time to get up to 95%. She started out breathing at 88% and then after a few hacking coughs it got up to 92% then creeped up to 95%. So we got out of there without a breathing treatment but we did have to go get a chest x-ray.
Have you ever seen a 1 year old get a chest x-ray? They don't sit still. They don't lie still. They aren't EVER still. So some crazy person invented this barbaric looking device to keep kids in place.
Like the title of the post- This is NOT Cara. (she is way cuter!) She is much smaller and her little hands only reached to the top of the plastic and she was crying big crocodile tears. Her chin barely fit at the notch and if she ends up claustrophobic someday you will all know when it started.
Fortunately she does not have pneumonia and the chest x-ray is clear. We have a prescription for a steroid and an antibiotic if she makes any changes for the worse- i.e. high fever, more rapid breathing, or more of a barking cough like croup.
Cara is sweet but when Ryann was little and sick all she wanted to do was lie down and sleep or watch TV (even when little like Cara). Cara on the other hand wants to be held and will flop herself down at your feet and just sob until you pick her up. She changes her mind back and forth about what she wants and unfortunately we have no idea what she is asking for most of the time.
I can't help it. I had to post another picture of baby Dean.
His eyes are open this time.
He was born in May.
For those of you who do not know, my Dad is the only one with a birthday in June. Like the only one in my entire extended family. Cousins, second cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles, grandchildren. He wanted to keep his month all to himself.