Monday, December 29, 2008

Merry Christmas in Texas

We had a very Merry Christmas in Texas!
We went to an eve of Christmas Eve service at Kristin, Craig, and William's church. Jason Castro from American Idol was part of the praise team which was super fun! He was one of my favorites from this past season. On Christmas Eve, we went to Mum and Papa's church and came home for Christmas dinner. All of my pictures are pajama you can tell, we had a very casual Christmas!! Our camera battery was acting up so I am sad that we didn't snap more pictures....check Kristin's blog for more family fun!
...Papa cuddling Miss Jane...
...stockings are always a favorite in our family...
My little baker is ready to use her new oven.....Oh what fun!!
...Mum giving Jane some love...
...The girls on Christmas Morning...
Papa carved the big kids a walking stick...they were so proud!!

Monday, December 22, 2008


Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas at the Lake

We spent the weekend at the lake for an early Christmas celebration...
We've grown from 8 to 10 in 2 months!
...Grammy reading with her girls...
...Nicolas and Jane meeting for the first time...
...Grammy and Pappy holding the wee little babes...
...Ava enjoying the gifts...
She got to open all of Jane's presents as well...a tough job but someone's gotta do it!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Good Morning Snuggles

Special Visitors

Grandma Great and Aunt Vickie came for a visit last Sunday. Here is baby Jane meeting her Grandma Great for the very first time. We had a fun afternoon together! Thanks for coming! We Love You!!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Baby Blue Eyes

Here's a picture of the girlies tonight. Jane was born with very blue eyes and we're hoping they'll stay that way! Her hair is all kinds of crazy fun too! Ava is doing a great job at being the Big Sis...we are constantly practicing how to be gentle...I think she's getting the hang of it. Sweet little Jane is very loved by her big sister and Mommy & Daddy, of course!

Monday, December 01, 2008

Happy December 1st & Due Date

Happy December 1st! We had a light snow all day yesterday and through the night. This is the only evidence I have as it has mostly melted away!
Today we start the big countdown to Christmas! My Aunt Linda made our advent calendar that Ava and Jane will add an ornament to each day. It took Ava forever to decide which should go on first...we decided on the teapot for today!
Ava also started her very first chocolate advent calendar today. Thanks Aunt Sissy for sending us a December 1st surprise. Today her treat was a chocolate train. Be sure to check William's blog for their "Favorite things about Christmas" countdown each day in December!
Last but never ever least...Today is baby Jane's true due date. We are SO thankful she is here and healthy! Happy due date sweet baby girl! You are so so so very loved!!

Friday, November 28, 2008

One Week Old

Today is Jane's 1 week Birthday! Ava sang to her before bedtime this evening. The first week has gone by way too fast! Mum and Papa were here all week and left this morning....we were very sad to say good-bye...but Christmas is just around the corner. Grammy and Pappy have been here as well to spend time with their girls. The help from all Grandparents has been simply wonderful! The 8 of us had a fun Thanksgiving yesterday with MUCH to be thankful for! Jane's true due date isn't until Monday, but we're sure happy she came early...she is one sweet baby! More pictures to come...

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Our Sweet Baby Jane

Jane Ryan
November 21, 2008
8 pounds 10 ounces
19.5 inches long

"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.
Before you were born I set you apart."
Jeremiah 1:5

Saturday, November 22, 2008

She's Here!

Our sweet baby girl arrived 9 days early! My water broke late Thursday evening and Jane Ryan "popped" out at 10:16 Friday morning weighing in at a whopping 8 pounds 10 ounces! We just got home from the hospital today and are adjusting to life as a family of 4....Lots and lots of pictures to come later today! We are all doing well and are so thankful to have a happy healthy baby!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Beach Ball Baby

Ava thought it was quite fun to walk around the house today with a beach ball baby to match her baby sister. She told me it was very easy to "pop" her baby right out! Scott thought it was picture here we are with twinkie tummies...We are on the countdown to December 1st! We are ready and waiting!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sissy Weekend!

Kristin came on Friday for a girls only (+ Scott) weekend. It was so much fun! We shopped Friday night and played around in town all day Saturday! The most helpful thing of all was decorating for Christmas...Kristin helped a ton and we got the job done. She gave Ava a "Big Sister" charm that will be added to her bracelet when she's's so sweet because they are both the big sisters in our family! What fun! Unfortunately, we didn't get many pics....too busy having too much fun! Thanks, Kristin, for a great time! We Love You!!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

New Nephew!!

We are so excited to introduce Ava's new cousin and our new nephew!! Nicolás Andrés made his grand debut into the world yesterday afternoon and is SO CUTE! We went to meet the little guy this morning and everyone is doing great! Congratulations Jeff, Lorena, and Big Sister, Isabella!!
We are so happy for you!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Recycled Christmas Crayons

Last February my Sister-in-Law, Lorena, made homemade heart crayons...I decided to make gingerbread man shaped crayons for Christmas....they are so easy and super cheap if you have broken crayons sitting around... ....peel them
.....break them
.....sort them
....bake @200 for 18 minutes...
I put them in the freezer to cool and they pop right out of the pan. cute...

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Baby Shower

Hostesses....Karyn, Heidi, Elizabeth, Kelli, me, and Anne
My sweet friends gave me a baby shower on Saturday. Caroline was also an away hostess and she was very missed! Everything was so beautiful and thoughtful! Our sweet girl was blessed with a ton of cute and fun things! My Mom was able to be there along with lots of family who live close by.

The spread of food was so yummy!
Here is a quilt made especially for the baby from Grammy....

Family Fun

We had fun with the whole gang trick-or-treating Friday night
....the girls with Mum, Papa, Grammy, Pappy, and Uncle Jeff...
Two Ladies....a Lady Bug and Lady - the dog
The Ladies and the Grandparents

Ava and Papa made pancakes this morning....Ava was so proud of her "Ava Cakes"

Ava with Mum & Papa!
We Love You So Much!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fall Fun!

We had a fun Fall day!
Ava had an extra special time at Pre-School with super-fun Fall activities!
.....My Sweet Little Puppy.....

....Beautiful Arkansas Fall...

....This afternoon, we went Trick-or-Treating with some friends....
Jack, Ava, Spike, Jamey, baby Amilia, and her Mommy Joy