Sunday, January 31, 2010

Not HD

This is not a video from the birthday gift... it is an older video that I just haven't had time to post.
I think it is pretty funny.

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Poor Cara. She is sick. Croup.
She sounds like a seal...barking.
We are trying to avoid any steroids since it isn't that bad yet (?) so a self made sauna, humidifier, rest and tylenol is how we are spending the day.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Good Day

My Birthday was great. I spent the entire evening with a patient and we celebrated the birth of her little 6lb 4 ounce boy.
Sorry Rich for ruining dinner plans. But I guess we had already cancelled because Cara has croup and we spent most of the evening in the steamy bathroom and getting her humidifier going.
As soon as I find the camera I will post pictures.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Maiden Voyage

So my birthday is tomorrow.
Yes. Yes it is.

Some how I convinced my sweet husband to let me open my present early. and guess what?? you guessed right. It is that beautiful HD flip video camera that is pictured above!
No more videos from my silly camera and it is so small I can take it anywhere and always get great videos.
So here is the maiden voyage of my new HD video camera. I think it will take longer to upload, but the quality should be much more amazing.
Thank you so much to all of my family for their contributions and for Natalie for recommending it to Rich!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Pretty Hair

With all those pictures yesterday I forgot to post this pretty one of Ryann's hair. This is what it looked like after we took it out of a french braid.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Sneaky Nugs took some markers out of the trash can and hid them in her room before her nap. And if you have been to our house any time in the past year you know it isn't hard to hide things in her room. :)
These weren't the washable crayola markers either. Fortunately they came out of the pillow case, the blanket, the PJs, and the sheets.
It was pretty easy to get it off her hands.
But how in the world did she get it on her back?
It sort of looks like a tattoo (below)
Her tummy on the other hand... we still haven't gotten it off.
But look how much fun she had.
Obviously I need to:
1. clean this girl's room.
2. remind her that markers are for paper only.
3. Convince her that doing something naughty doesn't mean you get a blog post....
4. Rethink number 3 because what is more important? well behaved children or an exciting blog?

Monday, January 25, 2010


No I don't need help with this cute girl- while she is getting into everything we need to start teaching her the word no. But how can you teach someone so cute the word "no?"
On another topic how about this face??
I need help trying to figure out what she is thinking... did she smell daddy toot? Is she shaking her booty?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A little mother

I know I am egging her on a lot in this video- but it was too funny of a situation not to.
Either she is a little mother always telling Cara what to do- or she is just a big sister. But I could never imagine a big sister bossing a little sister around like this.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Happy Birthday Rich

Here is the birthday boy at the ripe old age of 32!!
We love him.
Look at that awesome cake and those flaming candles!
Do you like how Ryann is looking up at all the smoke after he blew out his candles?
Thanks everyone for making his birthday special.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Internet down

Because of the huge rain storms in Phoenix this week my internet has been down!

So sad I didn't get to post a picture of Rich at his last minute birthday party.

So sad I didn't get to show a picture of the amazing peanut butter cup reeses birthday cake with homemade frosting.

So sad I didn't get to show the video of Ryann telling Cara to "Sop it!" and "don't touch"

Oh wait... there is always tomorrow.

Posts coming ASAP

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Licked Clean

Do you see what is going on here? This man of mine spent all Saturday cleaning the house. For what? Well basically because I asked him to.
Or because I threatened to hire someone to do it for me. Nothing like the threat of spending money to get the man working. :)
Did I mention his birthday is tomorrow? Well, it is. And I am baking a homemade-from scratch- peanut butter reeses cup birthday cake. I won't post the recipe until we try it tomorrow and I find out how amazing it is.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Pump it up party

This is Ryann on her way to a birthday party for her friend "Abbi". She is wearing cute clothes from Auntie Katie and Uncle Cory.
Here is the birthday party group.
Here is daddy helping her up the slide.

And here is a cute video of her jumping and playing and having a blast.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Shout Out

Shout out to Auntie Erin for this awesome University of Chicago Law t-shirt!
Nugs and I went out to brunch yesterday and had such a good time. We got hot chocolate, mini mouse pancakes and an amazing avocado, tomato, and cheese omlet.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Silly Games

I chased Ryann around this morning trying to get a good picture of her in this cute stocking cap a co-worker made for us. I was unsuccessful but Ryann thought she was pretty clever. I however, realized that in this instance I was just one step ahead of her when I was able to get her picture in the mirror.
In 14 years I will not be one step ahead of her... ever... she will always be like 3 or 4 steps ahead of me. AAAK!
Enough of that... back to today.
Look at this pretend sad face below. She is practicing. For what? Daddy? (nope- daddy stands firm- mommy gives in)
Don't let that face fool you because if you look below you will see how much fun she really was having.
Happy Saturday! We are off to a birthday party. Pictures tomorrow I am sure.

Friday, January 15, 2010


I can't get over these eyelashes. I am jealous.
And this little video isn't funny or exciting at all...
but it is for the grandma's and aunties out there.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Just in case

Just in case you didn't think Ryann really likes to have TONS of toys with her. Here is a quick sample of the bath toys. Trust me- there were at least 20 more in the tub that she was about to line up.
After she lines them all up she knocks them down one by one into the tub. Sometimes saying, "OH NO!" as they fall.
These are her new favorite toys- Buzz and Woody. Gotta love toy story. Did you know we DO NOT own either of the toy story movies? Good thing Grandma Mingo does because we borrow it all the time.
And just for kicks and giggles here is my cute Cara Kay. Just chillin by the pool table looking for things to stick in her mouth.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Classic Nugs

The pile of toys below is a classic part of Ryann. She has to have all of her toys with her...all of the time. Bedtime is the worst.

Monday, January 11, 2010

No Surprise

There should be no surprise to anyone that I would post Disneyland pictures for days and days and days after the trip is over. So here are some more!
Ryann, Ethan, and Cara on the shuttle ride to the park. Before the craziness had begun.
Then this is Ryann with Uncle Phil on the Carousel. She had a blast! Can't you tell??
She also carried her silky with her the entire time. Sounds about right- no surprises right?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Army Men

While walking through California Adventure we stopped to watch some Soldiers from Toy Story. I pushed Ryann up to the group and even though she was the littlest one she thought it was awesome!

She had so much fun playing with the soldiers. They started off by clapping to the beat and Ryann thought that was so cool that she didn't stop when they went on to the next activity. She just stood there and clapped. The soldier then told her that she "marches to the beat of a different drummer" and knowing Ryann this is true.
They then played follow the leader and then they tossed these lady bugs into a barrel. Ryann was the first to throw and the first to go back and grab it again. Hysterical really. I wish the video did it justice, but it doesn't.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Superman Disney Day

We tried to create our own theme day for the family at Disneyland. Friday was "Superman Day" since the girls got superman shirts for Christmas. Ryann loved it.

Cara and Rich loved it.
And I even got to wear my "Superman" shirt (go team Jacob! He is my superman. :) )
You can save yourself the time and comments- I know I am a nerd.

Friday, January 8, 2010


wonderful day. short and long versions were perfect. tons of rides. good food. good company. only 1 melt down. wonderful babysitters. going home in the morning. good night.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Long or Short Version?

So do you want the long or short version of how disneyland went today?
Long: Girls woke us up at 6am. showered, played, got ready, went to continental breakfast at 7:15. Put Cara down for a nap at 7:30am!! Rich left with his brothers to go to the park for the early birds and then I left with my sister at 9:30 to get to the park by 10. Shuttle is late, double strollers stink, weather is perfect so we are all stinking hot in the sweaters I put on everyone. By the time we actually get to the park I am exhausted. We go on its a small world- FABULOUS. Ryann and grandma mingo have the time of their lives. We go on peter pan, dumbo, winnie the pooh, pirates (where I nursed my baby easily!), Buzz and more. Eat an expensive lunch and around 2 we start to leave to give the girls a nap back at the hotel. Once again I am braving the shuttle with just my sister and 4 children and two strollers- horrible. Then Cara doesn't nap, Ryann jumps on the bed for 20 minutes before finally falling asleep and then I actually have to wake her up 2 hours later to get back to the park. A couple carousel rides and a monorail ride later we get to our dinner with my aunt and uncle. Great food and the kids are surprisingly well behaved until we realize we missed the last shuttle and have to walk home. That leads to Ryann pretending to be a dog and not getting up off the floor. Eventually we get the kids in strollers, slings, and arms to have a 30 minute walk home without Rich again. And as soon as we walk in the door of the hotel Rich walks right back in behind me because he was able to get a ride home. Ahhhh.... and here I sit. Still writing and still wanting to go back for more tomorrow.
I love Disneyland.
PS... pictures will be posted soon

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Mickey Mouse

That is right. We are leaving for Disneyland tonight. So excited. We will bring our laptop to hopefully upload pictures every night, but we'll see.
I know you are jealous!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Merry Christmas to Me!

Rich finished my Christmas gift yesterday and hung it on the wall for me. I found the idea from my friend over at Ducks in a Row and LOVED it so I asked for it for Christmas.
Rich often goes above and beyond and he actually burned out each notch and the numbers. We still haven't found a cute idea on how to write in the names- so for now they are written in pencil and we haven't measured Cara yet.
My little Ryann is 3 feet tall!!
We decided to hang it right inside our front door so that when people come to visit we can measure them if they want to. How fun is that?

Sunday, January 3, 2010


The debate went on the other night about how to say the year 2010. Is it two thousand ten? Two thousand and ten? Twenty Ten? Oh Ten?
Well ladies and gentlemen. It is pronounced "twenty ten" according to someone, somewhere, something official.
That being said... I really want to do one of those fun posts on what has happened the past year. AND I will... someday...somewhere...sometime.
Until then I will just leave you with these cute girls:
They make me happy.
I also think I will post how I started teaching a new age group at church today. I am teaching the 6 year olds. They are cute and sweet and sometimes a little nuts. Like today one of them said a prayer so that dinosaurs can return to earth and be nice and not eat people and that a meteor won't come and destroy them again so they can live with us.
Out of the mouth of babes.
But really? Dinosaurs? I would pray for a million dollars.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

These Crazy Kids.
I tried to post another video today of Ryann singing, but it wouldn't work. So hopefully this does.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Failed Video upload

I have been trying all afternoon to post a video of Ryann and Rich dancing. And then another one of Ryann singing. Well, guess what? NOT WORKING!
So I went with my hubby to see Avatar instead in 3D. Very cool. Very good.
My nose hurts from those glasses.