Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

Dunedin Spray Park

Hunter was a little unsure and hung out on the sidelines for most of our outing.

He did decide, however, that venturing over to the little sprayers on the perimeter of the park were OK.  He would go over, play for 5 seconds, and then come back to us...repeat, repeat, repeat :)

Here he was very brave!  At breakfast I had commented that the spray park should be relatively quiet because school is still in and it's a Friday morning.  WRONG!  As we were pulling up (and it was pretty empty) a big.....no make that TWO.....yellow school buses pulled up and let about 60 children off to go play.  I'm talking big kids, too!  It was definitely a little too packed and intimidated our children some, but they still enjoyed themselves. 

Ry wanted to go on the slide so badly, but it was always occupied with a line of children.  Sean took him once (and got soaked- not donning a swimsuit!), but then after that he befriended a girl (the one right behind him) that took him on the slide a bunch of times and became his buddy in the spray park.  At times he would lose her and he would come running over asking, "Where's a Lydia?"



Monday, May 14, 2012

Hunter's First Haircut!







Now, Sean is the hairdresser in this household....he cuts his hair and Ryan's hair.  Not mine.  lol  He does a really good job and saves us a lot of money, but I convinced him that for Hunter's first haircut that we could take him to International Mall to go to the special children's haircutting place since we did the same with Ryan for his first haircut.  They are not cheap....$25.00!!!!  BUT, I wanted to make it special.  Well, Hunter didn't think any of it was special!  In fact, he didn't like it a bit, as you can see from the captured moments! Good thing he only had a few hairs in the back that even needed to be trimmed.  lol  He has his Mama's hair.  Thin and fine  Any way, it's done and it's not hanging over his ears anymore and he does look quite handsome.  :)   

Friday, May 11, 2012

Our Visit to Orlando

Mr. Matthew

Matthew

Matthew Toes :)

Matthew

Alex - he was hiding and he made it hard to be photographed

Me and our boys with Nana and new Mommy Amy

And Sean :) Notice how Hunter has Ry's 24+ month sippy.  We just got Hunter off bottles and onto like level 1 sippies, however, he has figured out how to drink Ryan's! 

Me and my cousin
We picked up my Grandma and headed over to see my cousin Amy yesterday.  We got to see her house and drop off a ton of baby stuff for her.  Then we went to lunch at Chipolte and headed over to the NICU to visit the twins.  They are really small.  It is hard to picture just how small they are until I saw them in person. But they are beautiful and praise God they really haven't had to overcome any major obstacles.  They are each 2 pounds 9 ounces.  Amy is doing well and is very strong in faith and hope, joy and peace.  We are all excited to see those baby boys grow bigger and bigger and go home to their mommy and daddy! 

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

First Shiner!

Ask Ryan what happened to his eye and he will respond "I hit a girl!!"  Not exactly!  lol At church on Wednesday night, the children were playing outside with their teacher and Ryan and another girl were running around and smacked right into each other.  Ryan's eye caught her forehead.  :(

New hats!


Thanks Granpop and Grammy for the new hats!  Wrong team (should be Braves or Rays), but either way the boys look cute!!!  :)

Our littlest one

We had a 23 week ultrasound yesterday.  Baby is doing great (and so is mama).  Baby was busy practicing drinking!  S/he is breech right now, but that's OK.  I picture baby sitting Indian style in my belly!  Thank you Lord for watching over our family. 

But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You. Psalm 5:11

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Ryan in a box

Packed and ready to go to TN....now where should we store him for the next two and a half months?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Joyce Meyer Teaching Points - Life Doesn't Have To Be So Complicated

I missed one of the points, but here are the seven that I did get from her broadcast ministry.

1.  Simplify your life by making God your one thing.
2.  Do one thing at a time and enjoy it.
3.  Learn how to enjoy where you are at on the way to where you are going.
4.  Trust, just trust.
5.  Let go of what lies behind.
6.  Don't make mountains out of mole hills. 
7.  Clean out the clutter.....literally.  Organize your household!

I love her teaching.  It is always practical and applicable to daily life and I love how she just tells it like it is.  She is an amazing woman with an amazing testimony and it is awesome to see the way God has worked in her life and continues to do so.  She is such a positive example to so many and she has helped lead countless people to Christ.  She has definitely helped me in my relationship with God. 

Park

Excuse my finger!  Ryan has his 3-year-old checkup this morning (830 a.m. early!!!!) and we decided to take them to the park in downtown Dunedin afterwards.  We also got some shrimp from the fish market down there to make shrimp and grits tonight.  YUM!  Ry's appointment went well and he is healthy-praise God. :) He is 38.5 in and 33 pounds! 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Hunter conquering the slide

video

Don't know how to rotate the video, so you will just have to rotate your computer screen.  :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Cute Twin Pictures




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by Jason Steele

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Starbucks Happy Hour!

Half off on all Frappuccinos!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Alex and Matthew




They are roommates!







Look at the peach fuzz (lanugo)!  :)

Graduate Swimmer!

This was the start of his first day of swim lessons in his new class.  He graduated from the parent-child classes to level 1 where it is him, other students, and his teacher.  He was so upset that he was alone and not with Daddy.  It broke my heart.  I tried to help encourage him to get in and have fun, but he wouldn't so the teacher just said it was OK, they would handle it.  So I went upstairs to the bleachers to watch.  It took all of me not to go rescue him, but I knew I shouldn't.  At first he couldn't spot where we were, but finally he did and so every time he would look up at us we would smile, clap and wave. 

Still VERY upset!

Refusing to participate, but turned around now and watching. 

And he's in!

And listening to his teacher

And swimming with his teacher and smiling!

And now flirting with the lttle girl next to him.  He was talking away to her and then a little later he took of his shoes, filled them with water, and started pouring the water on her head.  Not a good way to get a date! lol

Telling his teacher something important! 
We are very proud of him.  Let's hope tomorrow he remembers that he has fun doing it!