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