Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What a Weekend

I have so much to share so grab a snack and settle in for our crazy weekend adventures (from last weekend).   We celebrated Ryder’s 1st birthday, rode out a crazy storm, had a baptism and got new family pictures taken.

(I broke each topic up in separate posts below for easy reading) 

Ryder's First Birthday

Happy Birthday Ryder
(my little Moose) 

Our first 'boy' themed birthday party was....(drum roll please)....
a Construction Party! 
Talk about FUN! 

Toby ROCKED the cake

Ryder's "First Year at Glance" Banner

Make a wish birthday boy!

Party Fun

YUMMY, cake!

The Crazy Storm

After Ryder's party we were smack in the middle of a crazy storm.  We (my sister, her family, mom and step-dad) were sitting around visiting when it started to rain.  Then the rain turned into hail. 

The hail started out quarter size then turned to golf ball size.
Then all of a sudden it was baseball size.     
The tornado siren started going off at some point during the hail so my mom & I took the kids down to the basement while everyone else watched the storm.  Poor Avrey was so scared, I think she might not want to visit us again. 

Toby was able to get a video with his phone of the wall/funnel cloud above our house (sorry the pictures isn't that clear). 

I think about the damage in Joplin and I am so thankful that this is all we got.   

The Baptism

I have never considered myself a super religious person but I have always felt a pull to the church.  At different stages in my life the pull was stronger than others.  My first religious memory is of me at age 5 or 6 walking to the front of the church asking to be baptised.  At that time we lived in Concordia, MO and were attending a Southern Baptist church.  I have other memories from VBS and youth trips. 
I have said that I wanted to raise my children in the church and give them the same opportunities that I had but I haven't yet.  On Sunday May 22nd, 2011 both Paisley and Ryder were baptised at Countryside United Methodist Church. 

The kids were given a Dutch Cradle Cross during the baptism that had this little message inside:

The Dutch Cradle Cross
Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." -Matthew 19:14   

With all their hearts, the Dutch believed in this passage from Holy Scripture and for centuries placed cradle crosses over the beds of their infant children - that this symbol of the Christian faith might early become a part of the child's consciousness. 

The Old Testament reminds us, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." -Proverbs 22:06

--What a good reminder!

Thank you Mom, Bob and Ms. Ronda for being there to support the kids on their special morning!

Family Pictures

In case you haven’t noticed from reading my little blog (or knowing me in real life) we are a very casual family.  We are not big on getting dressed up or even changing out of our PJ’s. We enjoy lazy mornings and movie nights. With that said it felt natural for our newest family pictures to be in bed and in our PJ’s.  

Side note: We were scheduled to do these pictures when we first came home from the hospital with Ryder but the basement flood/remodel pushed pictures to the back burner until now.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Walk This Way

It's official...
We have a walking in our house!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

My Mother's Day Weekend
(Warning: There is a picture that might upset a few people - Sorry Mom and Grandma but this is what Mother's Day was like this year so don't be mad that I posted the picture)

Saturday = Girl's Day in KC 
We had lunch with a few ex co-workers. So much fun catching up and laughing. Girl time is so energizing! Followed by my hair appointment (leaving me with new lighter locks - that I LOVE)!

Then when I got home Toby, the kids and I went flower shopping.  I wanted to have everything at the house so Sunday we could stay home and plant flowers and have a relaxing day.    

So much for planning....Ryder woke up at 10pm and cried until 11pm. I am talking about the sad/I hurt/something is wrong/why won't you help me cry. Nothing we did helped ease his pain so I took him in to the ER (Toby stayed home with a sleeping Paisley).  After about five hours (and an x-ray) we found out that Ryder has a double ear infection and an upper respiratory infection.  Fingers crossed the meds help him (so far we have not noticed a change).

After our rough night/morning (and a little sleep) we were able to celebrate Mother's Day with a family tradition of planting flowers.

Yes, we need to finish mulching. It is on our 'To Do' list for next weekend.

Then Paisley gave me the gift she made at school. She was so proud of herself for spelling MOM by herself and she asked if I would put her spoon that she painted in my craft room.  So cute!!  (And yes, the spoon is on the shelf)

Ryder even perked up a bit to play. 

Oh, the joys of Motherhood!  This year I have experienced the highs and lows and everything in between all on one day.  But boy they are worth it!

P.S. Happy Mother's Day Mom! I love you lots and lots!  And Happy Mother's Day to all of my mommy friends and family!  Hope you enjoyed your day!

Friday, May 6, 2011

April Review

April has passed and due to my blog-slacking I have a few things to update you on but I am too sleepy to post everything at once. 
So here is a peek of what you missed.
I will post more details soon!


 Mommy Daughter Date

 Mommy Baby Date

 Mini Vacation to Branson