Saturday, May 31, 2008

It's a rough life....

Just a few pictures to show what a difficult life I lead....

Kicking back, drinking juice after a hard afternoon of racing my truck.


Kicking back eating an ice cream cone.


And here, well I'm just too cool for my own good!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Daddy's Little Helper

With so many chores to get done over the weekend, we sure are lucky to have such a big helper. Ryan is such a daddy's boy. He loves to follow his dad around and do whatever he's doing. It makes me so happy to watch them. I love my boys!




Here's the live action shot.....how cute is that?

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Gone Fishing

This weekend we went to visit Mammy.  While we were there, Corey's Uncle took Ryan on his first fishing trip.  We all loaded up and drove to a nearby pond that is stocked for fishing.  Ryan was given one of Pappy's old fishing poles and Uncle Dean showed him how to do it.  It was very sweet and Ryan loved it.  


Unfortunately, the fish weren't biting at the pond so we moved a different spot.  It was a creek and they fished off the bridge.  No sooner had Dean put the hook in the water did they have a fish.  Now Ryan liked fishing but he didn't want any part of the actual fish.  





The Big Catch!

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Update on my quest for the Wii Fit

Update:  It's now Saturday afternoon, and I still have not located my Wii Fit.  My prospects are not looking good either.  Several of the places  I've check say they don't expect to have any soon.  Our Best Buy went so far as to say they won't have any for as many as 4 weeks.  It's not looking good!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Wii

In my house it was pretty much inevitable that Ryan was going to play video games, much to my chagrin. His dad is a “gamer”. In the past, I have been less than enthusiastic when my husband wanted to get a new video game. He mostly played online PC games, but has had various console video game system at different times as well. It has never been something I was into. All that changed last year when we got the Wii by Nintendo.
I love it! We play together as a family. I play it alone after Ryan has gone to bed. I took it home to Seattle, which prompted JuJu’s family to get one. It is great. I love the fact that even though I have always sucked at video games I can do fairly well at this one, even beat my husband at several games. Plus my three year old can play the games. Nothing is more frustrating then trying to explain to a small child that they just don’t posses the coordination required to play most of these other games. It's not a problem with the Wii.

Here is Ryan playing our newest game, “Mario Kart”





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The next game on the list to buy was the "Wii Fit". I have been anxiously awaiting the release date, which was May 21st. (Yesterday) I went to Best Buy on my lunch hour to get it, naively thinking it would be early enough that they should still have a few copies. Negative! I tried 3 other places, no dice! Everyone asked, "did you reserve a copy?" Well, no my husband said there was no need to. Unfortunately, that was a bad call on his part. One place told me it will be two weeks before they have any more. I'm very disappointed. Hopefully I don't have to wait that long. I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Watch out David Beckham

Again It's possible I'm a little bit biased but, I think I may have a superstar on my hands, you be the judge.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Musee d'Ryan

WARNING:  Parental Bragging ahead!!

Ryan loves to paint.
I think he's pretty good.
Here are some of his most recent 
masterpieces:




This last one is my favorite.
I am actually thinking of framing it
 and hanging it up.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Air Show


This morning we hopped in the car and drove for about an hour to see a spectacular air show. We arrived at FedEx field ready to see our military’s finest aviators push the limits of the worlds most advanced aircraft. Well after seeing a line of about 10 people wide stretching across the entire span of the stadium parking lot, we did an about face and headed to towards the next best thing... Our local Apple Store!


We survived a hair-raising drive on the capital beltway, and arrived safely at the mall. After spending a few minutes wandering the enormous exhibit that is the Westfield Mall, Apple Store, we headed toward Fort Detrick to catch some of the thrills that Armed Forces Day had to offer. The minute we entered onto Fort Detrick it was electric. Ryan oohed and aahed at the hellohopters, and then let out some aggression on the moon bounce. 


Best part of the day? 

moon bounce.


Worst part of the day?

$3.80 a gallon for 87 octane

Friday, May 16, 2008

Animoto video

Corey made this video using this Animoto website several weeks ago.  The website is pretty cool.  You take your pictures load them in and then it does the rest.  

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Photo Booth Fun

JuJu requested more of Ryan's photo booth fun.....




Monday, May 12, 2008

Ryan walked for the first time

One of the reasons I started this blog was so I would have a journal of Ryan’s childhood. Since he is 3 ½, and I’ve just started, obviously I’ve missed a few things. Fortunately, I have several of the bigger moments captured on video. Here is one of those moments.

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October 2005-

When I took him to daycare that morning he hadn't even really taken more than a step or two at a time. When I picked him up that day she said "He started walking today". I took this video as soon as I got home that night. It was like he just woke up that day and decided "I think I'm going to walk today". He really had only been crawling for a few weeks, I was really surprised.


The School Playground

Ryan and I walked to the Elementary School in our

neighborhood so he could play on the playground.

As far as playgrounds go it's pretty, well for lack of a

better word....Lame. But, it is close enough to walk to,

so we go there occasionally. He had fun.







I forget just how red his hair is until I see it in pictures.
P.S. Did I mention how much I love plaid shorts?

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day


Happy Mother's Day!
I love you Mom!




Friday, May 2, 2008

My Big Truck Book


My Son never ceases to amaze me.  Tonight for one of his bedtime
stories we read this book, "My Big Truck Book" by Roger Priddy.
(I highly recommend it for anyone who has a child that 
loves trucks, not much on story, but great pictures!)

As I pointed to the various pictures he named the trucks.
He knew which one was a Backhoe versus a Bulldozer or a Tractor.
He knew which one was the "Airport Fire Truck" as 
opposed to the regular Fire Truck.  
I mean, yes, we've read this book many times, 
but not for a few months.  Yet, he still remembers.
He was able to name most of the trucks in the book.  
I know I'm biased, and I try to refrain from the
"My kids a genius" mentality, but he really
impresses me.  He has them most incredible memory.
Below are some of the pictures he named.  



  
              
(Sorry the pictures are so bad.  I took them with my phone, and even though the iPhone 
is the greatest invention ever, it's not the best at close-up shots.)

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Fun with Magnets

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For anyone with a young one, I highly recommend
these letter magnets.  Ry loves playing with them.
They are a great educational toy.  

I wonder what Ryan's favorite food is?

At daycare Ryan was doing an activity.
His daycare provider told me she gave him
a magazine and told him to cut out items that were
round and then they would glue them to the paper.
This is what he came up with:








Maybe it was a magazine dedicated to pizza and cookies,
but I don't think so.