Sunday, September 30, 2012


This is a poem I ran across that my beautiful mom wrote for me two years ago

We are mother and daughter
We are girl friends divine
'Retail Therapy' buddies
The are of shopping we've refined!

Popcorn and See's candy
Talking into the night
Hair cuts, errands, and projects
Clearance rack, thrift shops- all right!

We still snuggle at bedtime
Now 3 in one space
You, Me, and Miss Rylee
A big grin on her face...

Twenty-five years ago now,
You came along in the fall
Straight from Heaven to my arms
Cute birthmark and all

As the years have gone by
Our attachment's still there
Love and laughter abounding
Kindness, goodness, tender care

'You are my sunshine' was the favorite
When I sung you to sleep
I can still picture your face
A memory I treasure to keep

When I count all my blessings
I thank God and declare
My grattitude for you
And the love that we share

Who knows what's before us
Life's uncertain, seems unfair
But, no matter what happens
I will always be there

Love, MOM

Sunday chefs

Nana sent us matching aprons for my birthday this year! Rylee and I thought it would be fun to cook while feeling supper stylish! Last minute we invited the Fullmers to join us for zucchini lasagna and French bread! Rylee pulled out her crafty side and decorated a special name tag for each of our guests:)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Slumber party

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Birthday weekend

I had such a fun birthday weekend, spent with some of my favorite people! 
Friday night Dad, Kathryn, Rylee, Sarah, Andrew, Josh, Ava, Spencer, Brit, & Ella took me out to dinner at Brio then back to our house for a yummy Nothing Bundt Cake! The night couldn't have been better!

Rylee was so excited to surprise me with her very own present this year. She had told grandpa a few days before my party that she was going to preform an 'at home' spa treatment on me for my big day! YAHOO!!!
She received a spa book from her birthday that gave her instructions on how to paint nails, give a facial, and deep condition my hair. Although grandpa thought it was a fabulous idea, he asked Rylee if she would like to get me a real spa package at a real spa. Of course Ry thought that sounded like a fabulous idea! 

On Saturday, my actual birthday, my close girlfriends took me out to lunch and a street fair on 9th & 9th. It was a perfect way to celebrate my 27th birthday.
At the street fair Rylee decided we should both make a birthday wish!    

Monday, September 10, 2012


We've spent the past 4 years together. Thanks for all the good hair days... You've served me well. Sad to see you go old friend.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

... and so it seems

The awkward years have begun around our house:)

 Rylee lost her 3rd tooth... But the first one front n'top center. It was a very emotional experience, just before bedtime, on an evening when she was extra tired! Since its been almost 6 months since the last tooth wiggled its way out Ry had forgotten that a little blood is completely normal. Well, blood lead to tears... Tears lead to more blood... More blood lead to a mess... Which lead to salt water rises... Ended with finally being brave enough to go check out her new look in the mirror. Which in turn... Lead to more tears! Hopefully the tooth fairy can bring a happy toothless grin to this girly's face in the morning:)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor Day Hike

We went on a hike today to Doughnut Falls with Andrew, Sarah, Josh, and Ava! The hike was the perfect length for the short legged youngsters. They each had great walking sticks and shoes that made them run speedy fast! Sarah came up with the idea to play hide and seek for the journey back down, which was a total hit! Each person hiding made sure to call out special animal noises as our seekers were approaching. Some of us were extremely creative;) Thanks for the fun adventure guys!