Friday, September 30, 2011

Problem Solved

The problem: Ryder losing his toys into the great unknown under the couch.  I use the term "losing" loosely because I'm not sure that you can call it that when he is the one that rolls the toy under the couch.  After the toy is under the couch Ryder will army crawl over to the point of entrance, lay on his belly with his little arm stretched as far under the couch as it can go, trying to reach the toy.  When he can not reach the toy he starts crying because he knows it under there but can't get it.  After about 3 hours of this (in one morning) I decided it was time to FIX this problem!

Solution: At nap time I took a few of our extra swim noodles outside and gave them a coat of black paint.  

Then I went down and moved the couch to rescue all the lost toys and clean all that nastiness that was under there.   

Then I put the couch back where it goes.  I then put the swim noodles down and marked where the legs were and cut out room for the legs so the noodle would lay flush with the bottom of the couch.  

And there you have it, problem solved! We now have a can't see me wall under the couch that keeps the toys safe and Ryder happy!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bug Question

What the hell is this thing?????

These ugly spider/cricket mutant things have been showing up all over our basement.  They are SUPER creepy because they walk like a spider but if you get to close they jump really high!! 

After about a week of killing these things I decided to do a search on google to see if I could find answers and it looks like they are called camel crickets and they are totally harmless but still gross and I want them out of my house.  

So, I guess problem solved.   

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Welcome to the Family

Brayten Zane Beerbaur
Born at 3:17pm on Sunday 9/25
Stats: 7lbs 7oz and 20 1/4in

Congratulations Josh, Kristen and Big Sister Torey!

The great thing about little Mr. Brayten's birth, other than adding a new little one to the family, is that Josh and Kristen allowed me (and my sister and Kristen's best friend) to be in the room the whole time.  We were there to offer support, hold hands/feet/legs and to help make sure Josh didn't pass out. 

It was so amazing to experience a birth when it wasn't me birthing the baby.  Kristen was so amazing and so strong!  Thank you again for allowing me to be apart of your special day.

We LOVE this little boy so much.  He is just so small and cute!

The waiting room crowd. 
It's our family tradition to have the WHOLE family waiting to welcome the new baby.  I guess we figure why wait to expose the baby to all the crazy and thankfully no one has kicked us out, yet.

The girls waiting on Josh to come tell everyone that we have a new baby

Josh announcing the birth of his son

And one more picture of the proud papa and his boy!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Night Lights

How did we spend our first night of a high school football game

watching this sweet little girl shake her booty.
This is a MAJOR case of karma coming back to bite me.  Me the anti-cheerleader (to the point of making fun of them) might have a future cheerleader on my hands. 

After Paisley finished cheer camp last weekend she told me that she had lots of fun but didn't want to cheer in front of everyone at the game (tonight).  Then around Wednesday she starting asking when the game was and she started to get excited.  Fast forward to game time tonight: when it was time to leave she cried because she was having so much fun she didn't want to go.  She even asked when she could cheer at another game.  (Guess it is time to sign her up for soccer before it is too late - just kidding - a little.  Paisley can be whatever she wants even if it is a cheerleader.)        

While Little Miss Paisley Pie was down on the field having the time of her life Ryder and I cheered her on from the stands. 
 and ate snacks.
 And yes, he has a new cut on his eye. 
Mr. Fearless jumped from his bed to hers.  He missed the bed but caught his eye on the bed frame.  Never a dull moment!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Kynly's 1sy Birthday

Last Friday the baby of the family (my niece Kynly) turned 1 and we helped her celebrate on Saturday!


Like any of our family parties there was great food, tons of people, funny stories being told and kids running around like crazy!  At least at this party Holly had the good sense to give the kids (and adults) an area to cut lose in!  BEST IDEA EVER!!!  (I think I want to own a bounce house.  They are so much fun.)   

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tuesday Confessions

I have a someday live on the East Coast.  Not sure where exactly maybe Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut or North Carolina.  I really want to experience the East Coast in the Fall.  I guess I will have to visit a lot of different places to see where I might want to land!


Monday, September 19, 2011

Huff N' Puff

No, this is not a Cheech and Chong movie it's Topeka's annual hot air balloon rally at the lake.  They have music, food, some crafts and miles of hot air balloons you can see up close (they even have tethered rides).  The kids ran around, danced and had a blast. 

The sunset as we pulled up

A few of the MANY balloons.  
Such a good big sister!

For the record: Paisley grabed my arm and pulled it across her like this.  I do not have her in a choke hold. 

The balloons look even better when the sun goes down.

Keeping the kids happy.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Worlds of Fun

We finally took the kids to Worlds of Fun!  We figured before we visit an others we better test the waters at a park just down the road (about hour - does that still count as being 'just down the road'?).  Camp Snoopy was a big hit with both kids.  They had a lot of stuff Paisley could do with and without us. 

Paisley on the kid roller-coaster. 

The highlight of Ryder's night!

Ryder was not a big fan of waiting in line.  There was a LOT of up and down and picking him off the ground after a meltdown (good times).     

And when we finally got on the ride he didn't like waiting on the worker person checking all the locks.  By the time the ride was ready to start he was screaming because he was ready to get off.  I was asked multiple times if we wanted to get off....but we didn't!  I politely said "That's ok but thanks for asking.  He is just ready for the ride to start."  (But in my mind I was saying "Just start this damn ride already! We have spend enough time waiting!") 

Paisley's new favorite thing to do with Toby, ride race cars!  She has so much fun racing around the track.  Her need for speed didn't stop with the race cars.  She even went on the Spinning Dragons roller-coaster ride twice (she is such a thrill seeker).   

The last picture of the night and it was at 10:00pm on our way out of the park.  It was past both of their bedtimes but they were having so much fun they didn't even have a melt down and they were asleep before we got out of the parking lot. 

One of the benefits of our trip to Worlds of Fun....character drawlings of the kids.  So now my wall of family pictures is complete!
Ryder started to cry because he didn't want to sit for the guy anymore so I think that is why his eyes look so sad.
And Paisley had just gotten off the roller-coaster for the first time and had a smile on her face from ear to ear!