Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ryan is Seven

We have had a super fun-filled weekend celebrating Ryan's seventh birthday!    Ryan wanted to go to school on his birthday and party with his classmates, so I came to class and read "I'm A Shark" by Bob Shea, a book he loves. 


Ryan gave everyone fossilized shark teeth and then we went outside to have frozen fruit fins (aka Trader Joes yummy Popsicles). 


After school got out, we drove down to Fort Mill to have dinner with Daddy at a fun place called the Big View.  They made an awesome ice cream split for Ryan.  





We went back to our friends' home and opened presents there. Ryan was very excited to get Legos and a Plasma ball.  We spent the night there and played with our friends. The next day we looked around the area we are moving and took Ryan to see Rio 2, a movie he had really wanted to see.  We headed home late Friday night. 

His original plan was an elaborate Harry Potter party here at our home with all of his classmates and all of his friends from church and all of his cousins.  But as our home is on the market, he very reluctantly agreed that we could do something different this year.  He decided that if he could not have a party at home, the next best thing would be a party with Chuck E. Cheese! We let him invite six friends from church (and one cousin) to come celebrate with us.  (Partying with Chuck E. Cheese is a little too pricey to invite all 20 classmates). Ryan had a wonderful time.  I really missed planning all the little details, and did not feel as much a part of celebrating my fabulous little boy, but I don't think he noticed any difference or could have enjoyed himself anymore than he did with all of his friends.  





He chose his daddy to go with him into the Ticket Blaster.  They got over 1000 tickets together!!!




 Since we were out of town, my sister and mom made the cupcakes for Ryan.  They were awesome!  The kiddos loved them! (As did the adults, lucky enough to get one).
 



After his party, we took Ryan to Build-A-Bear and Ryan built a Karate Monkey that he named...Ryan.  


I love my not-so-little-anymore "Ry-guy."  He is still a cuddle bug.  He claims that cuddling is his very best talent.  He loves to laugh, be silly, and have fun.  He is an observer.  Ryan notices the little things.  Haircuts, new decorations, flowers blooming, new shoes.  He loves his siblings.  He is an incredible builder, an excellent math student and reads several grade levels above first grade.   He likes science a lot, especially studying animals and space.  Ryan loves familiarity.  He is a sweet friend.  I am so very proud to be his Mommy.   Happy Birthday!  I love you!  

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Little Purple Pansies

"He who has a garden and a library wants for nothing.” 
― Cicero

We have done nothing in March except prepare our home to be placed on the market.  Even with amazing family and friends who have helped out so very much,  it has still been a bit overwhelming, as anyone who has done this before will understand.  Of course we are over a week behind schedule.  Anyone who knows me will understand why not being on schedule, I kind of had a wee bit of a panic attack Saturday morning when we hit speed bump number 79. I have not been the most pleasant or patient of mothers these past few weeks.  I just wanted to do something fun with my children and forget all about anyone we had hired to help us.  So I left the frustrations inside the house and took my little ones outside to plant flowers.  What is it about dirt and sunshine and water and roots and children that is so healing?  We laughed.  We got dirty.  We planted flowers that those who live here afterwards can hopefully enjoy.  We had a glorious time.  And I felt renewed to face the other speed bumps that popped up in our path the rest of the day. 


Andrew asked me to take a picture of him pretending to sneeze, since he has seasonal allergies and insists he is allergic to all flowers.

 

Proof that these two DO know how to work together.




I couldn't help but sing "Little Purple Pansies" all weekend long afterwards, either.  Now it will be stuck in your head.  I pray that we will be able to learn to brighten up a new little corner of the world and no matter "dark the day or sunny" I can try to be a more positive and happy Mommy in the midst of all of this.


  1. 1. Little purple pansies, touched with yellow gold,
    Growing in one corner of the garden old;
    We are very tiny but must try, try, try
    Just one spot to gladden, you and I.
  2. 2. In whatever corner we may chance to grow,
    Whether cold or warm the wind may ever blow,
    Dark the day or sunny, we must try, try, try
    Just one spot to gladden, you and I.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Emily Is Home


On Thursday afternoon, we got to pick up Emily from the airport, after 18 months in Guatemala.   We had close to 30 people there to see her come off the plane!  What a joyful time!




My kids worked really hard on their signs.  I couldn't get one of Ryan alone holding his sign, he just didn't feel like posing with it.



Our friends the Thompsons accidentally went to the Raleigh airport to see Emily!  Then drove all the way to my parents' house to go out to dinner with us.  They are so wonderful!  After dinner, Chad took the kiddos home, and I went with Emily to be released.


After walking hours a day for 18 months, we treated Emily to a mani/pedi girls' day out the next day.  Molly even got her first manicure at a salon.  She was SOOO grown-up and well behaved.



On Saturday, we had a huge homecoming party.  We had an "All Holiday" themed party, and celebrated all of the holidays we had missed celebrating with Emily the last 18 months.   There was so much yummy food and lots of guests dressed up for their favorite holidays!





















My Aunt Annie and Uncle Larry brought sparklers so we could celebrate the Fourth of July.  (Molly was too scared to do it, but the boys loved it)!!!





Our final celebration of the weekend was sending off these beautiful paper lanterns.  I have always wanted to do this ever since seeing the movie Tangled.






We are so grateful for Heavenly Father's tender mercies and the protection He gave to my sister while she served.  I have been inspired by her testimony.  She is a strong and powerful witness for Christ.  I look up so much to my little sister.  She is an amazing woman!