Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Christmas Day Ryleigh woke up with a 103 degree fever and walked out to the Christmas tree, crying. It was the saddest thing I've ever seen. Not the way a parent anticipates Christmas morning to go! Poor baby, she felt so bad, but chippered up a little with some Tylenol and a look at her new scooter from Santa. Josh started feeling bad too, and wanted nothing to do with the turkey I made so I had the mans job of carving it. It was a relaxing day, didn't have to go anywhere, which was a blessing considering everyone was feeling under the weather. Gigi and Papa and Aunt Jess stopped by to hand out presents. Ryleigh got a V motion and a realistic baby from Maw Maw. I'm not kidding, this thing cries, sucks on a bottle or paci, it's chest moves up and down when it goes to sleep, and it giggles and says Mama and Dada. It's borderline creepy. But Ryleigh LOVES it!
Josh's brother Joseph stopped by also to say good bye, he went back to San Diego on Friday. All in all it was a great Christmas and Josh and I have so many things to be thankful for right now. Our blessings are countless and we hope the New Year will bring the same for you and your family!

Carving my first turkey, it's comparable to the size of my belly!

Ryleigh and Uncle Joseph

Christmas Eve

Josh, Ryleigh and Jack on Christmas Eve.
Ryleigh has cookies ready for Santa and carrots for the reindeer.
Josh and Ry attempting their first ginger bread house....
Me and my Bug.

Christmas Eve we went to the candle light service at church. It was Josh and Ryleigh's first so they enjoyed it. We went home and had a homemade lasagna, thank goodness for Stouffers! I let Ry open one present on Christmas Eve, which has always been a tradition with my family. Now that we have our own family, traditions are important to us. Maw Maw opened her gifts and we started making cookies, gingerbread houses and cakes. I can't get enough sweets! Ryleigh wrote her letter to Santa, but made sure to tell him not to come into her room because she wasn't feeling well. She was battling some sort of virus for the past few days. Poor girl, her temp would fly up to almost 104 at night and then she was fine during the day. ( I did bring her in to CareNow where they told me basically nothing. I think that's what they are good for, nothing, well that and taking my money!) So anyway that was our Christmas Eve, it couldn't have been better.

Ryleigh's Christmas party

So I was put in charge of Ryleigh's Christmas party at school this year. Thank goodness some moms had great ideas for me from previous years. I think that it went really well. The kids made a neat ornament, played bingo, frosted cookies, had pizza, and fun! I enjoyed meeting all of the kids that I hear about in Ryleigh's class. I also found out that my sweet girl isn't the sweetest thing to others, one girl in particular. Josh and I were very disappointed....but I'm glad I was there to see it so we can correct it.
Ryleigh and Addie, the curly haired girls.
Pinning the star on the tree.
Making ornaments.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Have you been a good girl?

Last night Ryleigh was talking to my friend Laura on the phone. I assume she asked Ry if she's been a good girl because this is what I heard on my end, "Well, I've been good and bad but I hope he wasn't watching." Talk about an honest 4 year old! She wasn't nice to a little girl in her class yesterday so I think she's a little bit nervous about the big guy coming to visit her.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Pictures with Santa

This is the last picture that Ryleigh would actually sit in his lap. She was about 13 months here. I think it's hilarious.
I was so happy she sat on his lap this year! It helped we went with her buddy Kirk so she could see him sit on Santa's lap first. She told him what she wanted for Christmas, a scooter, a suggestion from me. I have been asking her what she wants and she says, I don't know! or "Christmas isn't all about presents, it's about baby Jesus!" It's got to be the sweetest thing I've heard her say.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Christmas Program

I am feeling like my little baby is such a big girl these days. I signed her up for camp this summer and today she had her first Christmas program. It was adorable of course here are a couple of pictures.

Monday, December 8, 2008

It's a........................

BOY! Ryleigh was less than thrilled when the sono tech told us the sex. She said I don't want a brother, I want a sister! But by the time we left the office she was excited to tell everyone about her baby brother. So far, I am 2 for 2 on the guessing of the sex. Josh couldn't stop smiling as we left the office. So there's our happy news for the day. Now I guess we'll have to start planning for the room and pick out some names.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Closing up a room

With a new addition coming in the spring, (by the way we find out what we're having on Monday!) we felt we needed to close up what used to be a bedroom, now a 2nd living area, back into a bedroom. We were going to take care of this after Christmas sometime, but it will be done tomorrow! I put some furniture up on Craigslist and called a contractor and now we have a new bedroom! So now we still have a guest room for any visitors who happen to pass through Texas. Hint, hint, come visit me!

The room without walls and furniture

The room with walls. Well, you're looking at the wall, the room is behind it of course.
I will take pictures of the finished product.

Colorado Trip

Happy Belated Thanksgiving! We had a great trip. These road trips get easier every time we take one. It could be that Josh does more of the driving now than he used to and we have a DVD player to entertain Ryleigh for 12 hours! The trip was great, we went to Keystone but couldn't ski, there was no snow, but the weather was wonderful so I'm not complaining. We also were able to visit a cousin of mine. They have a farm outside of Boulder so Ryleigh got to ride a horse and we went downtown Boulder and had lunch and shopped around(I love it there). This Thanksgiving was one I will remember for a long time. I went from wondering why I couldn't be thankful for all of the things in my life to wondering how I could ever feel that the blessings were burdons. I owe a lot to the person who opened up my eyes to that.

Ryleigh finally was able to make the snow angel she has dreamed about making. I assume from watching some show. It makes me a little bit sad that she won't get to experience snow forts, snow balls, eating yellow snow, ice skating (outside, not in a mall), skiing, sleding, and all of the other snow related activities....and then I think about how cold it is and the blizzard I had to drive in last week in Denver, and those warm and fuzzy feelings go away quickly. Here are some photos from the week.

Ryleigh making snow angels

Donelle, Josh, Ry, Kristin, and Jayden in Boulder

Riding Blackhawk at Donelle's

Skiing in Keystone

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Baby Update

Last week I had another check up. I've gained 6 pounds so far, and the baby's heartrate was 143. We will find out the sex in a few weeks. I'm pretty sure my mommy intuition knows what it is already but we'll see if I'm wrong.

Today was semi-productive for the Smith family. Josh pulled all of the Christmas stuff out of the attic for me and it's sitting in the living room now. I cleaned out the baby room closet. Put 2 more boxes of clothes and shoes of Ryleigh's in the attic and took care of my sick baby again. I'm sure she has an ear infection but we're just treating it with Tylenol and Motrin. No more milk for her!

What else is new....oh, I am only working from home now a few hours a week. They wanted someone full time and I was not up for the challenge. I cherish spending time with Ryleigh way too much, I don't want to regret missing anything and I am so excited about staying home with baby 2.

T Minus 6 days until we leave for Colorado!


I know, it was weeks ago. But I haven't been in the mood to post anything so I'm finally doing it now!

Friday, October 31, 2008

The Week in Review...

Let's start with Ryleigh's birthday weekend of celebrations. Friday night we went for the opening of High School Musical 3, which was awesome by the way. Yes, I am being serious. I will probably take Ryleigh to see it again soon.

Saturday was Ry's birthday party. It was a small turnout, which ended up being so much better and relaxed. It was the most beautiful day to be outside. We went to Country Critters Farm where the kids had a ton of fun, they got to play on the playground, the bounce house, ride ponies, brush the goats and lamb, train ride, hay ride, pick out and decorate pumpkins, storyteller, and don't forget cake! It was a blast. I think all of the kiddos enjoyed it.

Sunday was Ryleighs actual birthday and she got to go to her first Cowboys game. Awesome day again, Cowboys won.

Monday brought her to the doctor, has a sinus infection.

Wednesday brought her back to the doctor for her 4 year well check. They did hearing and vision tests and she had shots and drew blood which was extremely traumatic. I am hearing from lots of friends that NONE of their kids had blood drawn. I really feel like her doctor goes way above and beyond doing things that aren't necessary. Poor Ryleigh has been our "guinnea pig" and we have learned so much from all of her sicknesses. The most important lesson that I have learned is that doctors do not know my kid better than I do, I used to go along with whatever they would say is what is right for my child. Not anymore!

And tonight, Halloween. Tinkerbell is all ready to go door to door and I am ready to help her eat her candy! Here are some pictures from the week.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Family Pictures

Sunday we drove to McKinney to have our annual family/Ryleigh's birthday pictures done by the best photographer ever, . What a beautiful day, we decided to do pics outside. Love this idea. It was so much fun. Kym took so many great pictures I need help picking them out! The password is SMITH, case sensitive.

Let me know which ones I should pick!

After pictures we stayed to celebrate Ellaina's 2nd birthday with cake and ice cream. YUM!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Word to the wise

I have compiled a list of things that you should NEVER say to a pregnant person. This list may or may not include things that have been said to me.

1. "You should really start watching what you eat, it's going to catch up with you."
2. "Get over it."
3. "I know you wanted [insert food craving], but I got this instead."
4. "I think I have pregnancy sympathy because I am feeling really tired and sick too."
5. "[Insert name], that's an interesting choice, I like [insert name] better."

You've been warned! Watch out for flying objects if you choose to ignore these suggestions.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Crazy Baby!

We had a sono today and I cannot believe how much this baby was moving around. The doctor could barely get measurements because it was spinning around and waving it's arms and legs like a little nut. (Which of course leads me to believe it's a boy.) It amazes me to think that by next week it will be completely developed and just needs to grow for another 6 or so months. The weird alien looking thing in the bubble to the left is what the baby looks like so far.
Ryleigh was able to come in and see also, which she was thrilled about! We are ecstatic everything is going okay.

Texas State Fair

Saturday we decided to take a trip to the Texas State Fair. Yes, we knew it was the Texas/OU game but we thought it would be fun to people watch and see all of the crazy college kids. (Wow, I sound old.) So we planned on taking the train down to Dallas to avoid finding and paying for parking. This was a fun little adventure in itself, especially with a jogger. Word to the wise, always make sure you look at the times the train goes home, not just there. We had the pleasure of sitting at the train/bus stop for an hour and a half. And we only saw 3 crackheads, and I'm NOT exaggerating or making that up. This crazy woman was screaming and yelling at people for no apparent reason. Super fun when you have a young child in that area in the dark. Thankfully, there were lots of people there.
So back to the actual fair. It is the perfect place for a prego to go. I was able to "graze" all day and eat all of the fried food that looked good to me. These days I cannot eat an entire meal, just a little at a time, so the 3 of us split everything. Yum. Although I have to say, the MN State Fair has better food. Sorry, but it does. Texas has a lot of the same stuff over and over, where at the MN, you can find things like strawberry or banana and chocolate filled crepes and not feel like you're clogging an artery while your stuffing your face. It's semi-healthy right, fruit?!

Ryleigh had fun, she rode some rides that made me sick looking at them and had her face painted. She loves anything to do with makeup, so this was great. And I'm glad she loved it cause who pays $8 for a stinking face painting?

Monday, October 6, 2008


So I broke down and had my house cleaned today and I am so freaking happy! I love having a clean house and not having to lift a finger. What they did in 3 hours would have taken me at least 3 weeks at the rate I move these days. I think this might be a good idea from now on!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


So we're home from our trip to South Dakota/Minnesota. I have to say I am actually really happy to be home and to not have any trips......until Thanksgiving when we'll be driving to Colorado. Why is it that driving and sitting in a car all day make a person so tired? I'm still not caught up on sleep from the weekend. I was the sober cab for my girlfriends this weekend, which was exhausting in itself. Josh was in a wedding but I decided to skip out on that and attend my 10 year high school reunion. We were only in MN for 2 days but Ryleigh was able to spend the weekend with Grandma and her cousins so that's always great.

I just can't wait until I have a few ounces of energy returning to my growing body. I'd like to use the "you get bigger with your second pregnancy" excuse, but I know it's my daily diet of french fries, chicken strips and ice cream. Oh, and yesterday I had my first barfing experience at work. Puking in public bathrooms is SUPER fun in case anyone wants to try it out.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Ryleigh has an announcement!

Ryleigh would like to inform all of her friends and family that she is going to be a big sister! She doesn't know if it's going to be a boy or a girl but it can't come out yet because it has to grow. ( I hope you all have figured out that she is telling me what to type, these are not my words.) I like to give my baby kisses and hugs in the morning and the night (and every 5 minutes in between). Ryleigh also likes to ask her mom about one hundred times a day what the baby is doing. Needless to say, she and the rest of the Smith's are beyond excited! We have a long wait ahead of us. Baby number 2 won't be here until around May 2, which mom is happy about. We have tons to do. I mistakenly got rid of all of my baby stuff last year (crib, changing table, everything....what was I thinking?!) I am feeling better now, last week I felt soooo horrible. I was never sick with Ryleigh so this is new to me. I have also developed a small case of narcolepsy, which I'm hoping will be done in a few weeks. Josh and I went to the doctor on Wednesday and had an early sono, we saw the baby and heard the heartbeat, at only 7.5-8 weeks! We'll go back in a month for another one. So far everything looks great!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Wedding Weekend

Saturday was a big event. Josh's cousin was married, what a beautiful day and a perfect place to get married. Ryleigh was one of the flower girls and much to my surprise she did awesome! I was so proud of her, she was such a big girl. She didn't pick her nose or do anything embarrassing! She did point to her family and tell one of the bridesmaids, "That's my Gigi and PawPaw!"

Randi and the flower girls Addison and Ryleigh

Monday, September 1, 2008

Labor Day

This weekend went by too fast. Especially today. Here is what each member of the Smith family did today.

Courtney: got up, made breakfast, packed bags for waterpark, showered, waterpark fun, got home, unpacked bags, put everything away, swept floors, washed bathroom and kitchen floors, washed windows, scrubbed toilets, washed bathtubs, did 4 loads of laundry, put laundry away, made banana bread, made Ryleigh dinner, made myself dinner, did dishes, gave Ryleigh a bath, read stories, changed sheets.

Ryleigh: got up, ate breakfast, went to waterpark, came home and played, threw fit in my room for 15 minutes, kicked my door, picked up my room/messed around for an hour, ate dinner, played with my friend Kirk, didn't share toys with Kirk, kicked Kirk, played in bathtub, listened to stories, went to sleep.

Josh: got up, ate breakfast, washed dishes, showered, waterpark, went golfing, got home at 9:00, ate dinner my wife grilled, ate banana bread my wife baked, watched prision break.

Hmmmmm, Just wondering who had the best/most relaxing Labor Day? Bitter much? Naw.....

Friday, August 29, 2008

I'm It!

Ten Years Ago: I just graduated high school. I was working while going to community college.

My To-Do List Today:
1. Take Maw Maw to doctor's app.
2. Take Ryleigh to pick up flower girl dres, make sure it fits!
3. Bring car in to get estimated for hail damage
4. Run to get a few groceries
5. Go shopping for a new dryer (blech)
6. Nap? That would be wonderful, but I don't think it fits.....

Snack that I Enjoy: Chips and salsa or guacamole, popcorn, any type of fruit, Kashi fire roasted vegetable crackers.

Things I Would Do if I was a Millionaire: Volunteer more, pay off debt, work part time, shop,

Places I've Lived:
Houston, TX: 0-6 weeks
Brooklyn Center, MN 6 weeks-10 years
Champlin, MN 10 years- 19
Coon Rapids, MN
St. Cloud, MN
Euless, TX
Haltom City, TX
Arlington, TX

Tag! You're It!


Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ryleigh's First Day of Preschool

Our baby started school today.....and I only teared up a few times. She was so excited for her first day. I keep wondering what she's doing now: is she making friends? is she being nice to others? is she having fun? has she been in the timeout chair yet? Hopefully not that last one. I can't wait to hear all about her first day.
Walking to Ryleigh's new classroom.
Waving to Dad. She was not thrilled about Daddy taking pictures at school. (I had to bribe her with presents)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Working again

I officially start working again on Thursday. I will not be watching any rugrats (except for my own) and I get to work when Ryleigh is at school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I will be working in Pro Staff's Las Colinas office doing whatever they need help with: resumes, answering phones, data entry, etc. I am excited about getting back into the world of adult conversations and interactions, without little ones attached at my hip. Also a great reason to go shopping for new clothes! Which brings me to my next new devotion. After trying on numerous pants that either I couldn't even button or couldn't breathe once they were buttoned, I decided to start running/walking twice a day. I went to a resale shop, purchased a jogger, and that's what I've been doing this week. I am by NO means a runner. I've always watched them in awe thinking, "why would anyone choose to do that?" I am now one of those people. And it feels good. Even when it's 104 degrees outside. Hopefully soon I can say good bye to my muffin top (the roll that hangs over the top of my pants)

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Our Planetarium visit

Ryleigh is doing the summer reading program through the Arlington libraries. Of course, she's not reading, just listening. When you have read your 25 books, you bring your list to the library and you can pick out cool things like a free game at Putt Putt, free pass to any Arlington pool, or food, things like that. So I urged her to pick a free admission to the planetarim at UTA. Sounds different and I thought it would be a great learning experience for her. (And I am all about doing FREE things this summer!) So Jess, Ryleigh and I go see "Stars of the Pharohs" on Tuesday afternoon. I have to say I haven't been to a planetarium in forever so I sort of feel like I'm on a school field trip. Ryleigh LOVED it! Check it out.........

Keep in mind that this is the child who does NOT sleep in public places so she must have been really excited about this little adventure!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

My child is so strange

I think most little girls like to play with dolls, and play "house". Ryleigh LOVES to pretend she's everyones mommy, including me. Most of the time I have to call her Mama or Miley, whoever she is at the moment. Something happened on Friday that got me thinking a bit.....we need to hurry up and get Ryleigh a sibling. The picture you're about to see is so funny and so strange at the same time. We were in the Gap and I looked over to see her talking to "someone", that's not the weird part. She talks to EVERYONE. It took me 5 minutes to get her to leave her new daughters, she had to say goodbye to them and give kisses to their headless bodies..........

This one in particular was her favorite daughter. She didn't want to put her down and she tried to take "her" shoes off so she would be comfortable. I love this child so much!

Grandma and Grandpa's visit

Where has the week gone? My parents drove down from S. Dakota to visit for the week. Ryleigh turned into her usual beastly self when she's around them. They don't see her as often so she tries to get away with anything and everything she can. It usually works with Grandma, not Grandpa. Josh and I even got to have a date night on Friday, something that doesn't happen very often. We had a great week and I had my day of tears yesterday when they packed up and went home.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Mommy and Me

We took a class tonight called mommy and me cooking class. It was run by a very young high schooler and so the mommy's ended up giving a lot of directions (i.e. "we need to wash our hands before we make any food" and "don't touch the stove because it's very hot".) You know, small things like that! The kiddos made pizzas and Rice Krispie Treats which they loved so it turned out good and Ryleigh had a good time. I, however, cannot get her to smile for me when taking pictures. Actually, she wouldn't even look at me to take the picture......attitude much? I have NO idea where she gets it! And how did she learn to have selective hearing. I swear I didn't do that until I was a teenager. Kids these days...

Here she is really happy because Jess and I made her try on her flower girl dress for our cousin's wedding in September. She looks really cute in it. I think the dirty look she's giving me adds to the cuteness [insert sarcasm].

Snuggle Bug

Since Ryleigh and I have been staying home together, she has become so snuggly with me. She has never been the cuddle type, even as a baby, so I am lovin this! Our summer is flying by, we are staying busy finding cheap or free things to do almost everyday. I am so blessed to have this time with her. In a few short weeks, she'll be starting baby's growing up, sniff, sniff.

On another morbid note, Josh and I have an appointment with a lawyer to get our will done. Ryleigh is almost 4 and we still haven't done it so I can cross this off of my things to do list. It's disturbing to plan things in case we're not here but we know it has to be done.

My parents will be here next week so we have another great thing to look forward to this summer. Can't wait!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

4th of July.....

The girls visiting has come and gone. We had a great weekend full of relaxing and laughing and fun. Here is what we did: swim, relax, eat, have some cocktails, swim, relax, eat, have some more cocktails, swim, relax, go out for hibachi, go out to Dallas. Saturday was our night out so we decided to go somewhere different and new for everyone. We went downtown to Ghostbar in the W hotel. Really nice place, and even better apple martinis, I highly recommend them.....if you feel like paying $13 for each one! Quite a spendy night but worth it, we had fun!

Saturday, June 28, 2008


I had my 1 day follow up appointment this morning and I now have 20/20 vision! I am so happy I cannot even begin to explain. This was the weirdest, yet, best thing I have had done. Josh got to watch the procedure and sort of tell me what they were doing. I still don't think it's set in yet that I never have to wear contacts or glasses again. I am going to donate my glasses to the Lion's club and throw my contacts away! Whoo Hoo! I'll post a pic Josh insisited we take of me in my "space goggles" later. We're off to take Ryleigh to see Wall E.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Friday's the big day

Wow, I had my consultation yesterday and my surgery is scheduled f0r Friday afternoon. I am super excited and it seems that everywhere I go, I meet or talk to someone who has had this done and loves the results. I am really excited. I hope it goes well.

Ry is on the archiver's site again.....
She's wearing my huge sunglasses and the 3 next to that are of her too. My aunt Molly is SO talented. I wish I was able to do those types of things. someday....

Monday, June 23, 2008

Lasik anyone?

Tomorrow I have my first eye appointment to see if I am a candidate for Lasik surgery. I am so excited at the thought of being able to see when I wake up in the morning and not having to fumble around for my glasses. I'm hoping to get it done as quick as I can. My parents will be here in a few weeks and I know they will be very excited to have it done as they are getting it done for me for my birthday present. What an awesome present!!! So my question is, have any of you out there had this done or know someone who has? I'd love to hear your input and stories about this topic. I am clueless as of right now.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Jeanne!

The month of June is filled with birthdays for our family, today is my awesome mother-in-law's birthday! Which means there will be a great party to go along with it! I must say, it is one of the things that I look forward to in the summer. I will, however, NOT be having any jello shots. I still remember my nasty hangover that lasted all day 3 weeks ago, and it was my bday too! YUCK! The party will still be fun without them.

The weekend should be really great, I have a childhood friend and her husband in for the weekend from MN. They are checking out the area to maybe relocate here.

And the best news of all......are you ready? I am the only one who will care about this but it made my day......The Black Crowes will be here again in November!!! Yipee for me and Joshy!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

Today I am grateful. Ryleigh is so blessed to have such an awesome daddy and I was able to see my dad only a week ago. For those who have their father's close to them, take advantage, those of us who do not are envious.

Fathers do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:4

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Ryleigh's First Haircut

I know, she's 3 and has never had a haircut.....until last week. I have been putting it off for a while now, but it needed to be done. I could barely get a comb through it after bath, not to mention the HUGE screaming fits she has when I do try to make it look presentable. So I really wanted Jamie to do it. I guess it was a sentimental thing for a friend to do it rather than some random stranger down here. So, Jamie being the best hairdresser ever, drove to the hotel we were at, with her baby, cut my hair over a bathtub and then cut Ry's on the counter as you can see. AND, she had to deal with Ry's little attitude too. Jamie would say to her, "Okay, now look down and hold really still like a statue" to which Ryleigh replied,"No, I don't want to." Can you believe that would come out of my sweet little baby's mouth?! It turned out great and I have some hair for her baby book. I thought I would cry my eyes out and the curls would be all gone but I think it actually looks more curly now that it's healthy. Thanks Jamie, Love ya!!!

We're home!

Where have the last 2 weeks gone? Let's see, I celebrated my 28th birthday with family hanging out in the pool. What could be better than that? The Dairy Queen ice cream cake that my wonderful hubby drove all over town to find. It was delicious and gone in 20 minutes. No, I didn't eat the entire thing myself (although I probably could have).

The next day we drove to South Dakota. What an awesome, relaxing time. I love going there, it's so peaceful and quiet. Josh has never really been out in the country so it's new to him. He and my dad did boy things like shoot guns and golf. Grandpa bought Ryleigh her first fishing pole, a Barbie one, of course. They didn't catch any fish but it was funny to watch my dad fish with a tiny pink fishing pole. I'm also not sure if Ry is the fishing "outdoorsy" type. When Grandpa was putting the worm on the hook she yelled at him, "Grandpa, you're hurting him!"
Next it was off to MN for a wedding reception. It was so much fun as usual. I never expect to have anything but a blast with my group of friends. I am so lucky to have such an awesome group of girls and guys. I have to say one of my favorite things was meeting all of the new babies, 4, to be exact, and they are all so cute and good and I just wanted to squeeze all of them at once. (In a good, I love your chubby legs sort of way, not a weird way.) And what better way to end a vacation then with a pyramid.......

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Help...I've created a DIVA!!!

Ryleigh had her first "pedicure" today. She came along with Gigi and I and they painted her toes and fingers and even put little flowers on them. She loved it! I guess Mommy's only time alone will now be invaded by a 3 year old. Oh well, look how cute she looks!!

We leave bright and early Monday morning....MN here we come. Tip to tip.