Thursday, October 22, 2009


Reading to her babies... the mark on her arm is a temporary tattoo that wouldn't come off for days!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Feelin Froggy

Just sittin in my froggy my froggy shirt.

Hi Frog!!


Congrats to Ty and Elaine!

Jim's sister Elaine got engaged a few weeks ago and I'm just now getting around to posting the ridiculous right???

We are SOOOO excited for Elaine and her fiance Ty. He's a great guy and has two super adorable little girls. We are so happy to have them joining the family. Jenna can't wait to spend more time with her new (soon-to-be) cousins!!

Here are a few pictures of the weekend they spent visiting. Ty and his girls live out of state...and Elaine will be moving there after they get married!! :(

First...we all met for Pizza and Jenna got to meet Ty's girls for the first time....

GranMary, Elaine, Ty, Jenna, Gabriella, and Ana

Ryan enjoying his pizza

Ryan and Jennifer (Jim's half sister)...

Jenna and Jennifer showing off their temporary tattoo's (took forever to get those off!)

Jenna and Great Grandma Elena (who got a Tattoo too!!)

Elaine, Ty, Jenna, Gabriella, and Ana

...and then the next Aunt Jane's house....

The girls being silly.... (poor Ryan)...

left to right: Marisa (10), Elizabeth (8), Gabriella (10), Ryan (9 mo), Jenna (4) and Ana (8)

Jenna adores these girls!!

Ryan.....doing his "thing"....

...and then getting some love and attention from his Auntie Elaine....

and then more love and attention from Aunt Jane and Great Grandma Elena...

...and of course GranMary and Uncle Al....

More cute pictures....

Elaine and Jenna

and Marisa and David....

some more cute shots of Ryan getting some love from Gabby and Elizabeth...

and then Jenna playing Pictionary....

...she didn't quite "get" the game and had to announce what she was drawing beforehand....which made it quite easy....

The fun weekend didn't end there....we had a very "interesting" day the next day....I'll post about that later!!



Happy Birthday to my favorite 4 year old niece Madison!

p.s. her sister is my favorite 11 week old niece! ;)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Cozy Time

Not the best picture of me (although I never like pictures of myself) but I thought it was a cute overall picture of Jenna and I at bedtime. We have a routine of one of us (usually Daddy because I'm usually busy getting Ryan to bed) climbing into bed with Jenna to read stories and snuggle before bedtime. We say prayers, talk and then listen to her stories on CD ("If You Give a Mouse a Cookie", "If You Give a Moose a Muffin"...etc...) and then we (again...usually Daddy) end up falling asleep together for awhile. We really cherish these times with Jenna and know that all too soon she will be too "grown up" for this bedtime we better eat it up while we can!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

9 months old

Thought I'd better post these before he turns 10 months! Better late than never right??

What a cutie!

It's getting harder and harder to get these shots of him. Too much distraction with the sign and the sticker on the shirt. One minute he's pulling off the sticker...the next he's crumpling up (or eating) the sign. Sigh!

We went to the pediatrician a few weeks ago for both kids checkups. Ryan weighed in at 22 lbs and 12 oz! WHOA! If I'm being honest though...I truly thought he weighed more. He's slowing down a bit...and that's JUST FINE with me! It's getting harder and harder to carry him!

Jenna is right on track too, in the 95th percentile for her size (wow...she used to be in the 40th!) and she passed her vision test with flying colors.

BOTH kids got booster shots...etc. Ryan cried, but Jenna never does anymore. She was just thrilled to be getting stickers and a sucker afterwards. Oh the little things!

I made a decision to change their pediatrician once and for all. We have been going to Dr. "L" since Jenna was a newborn. In fact, Dr. "L" was MY pediatrician (which shows you how old he is) and we have a lot of ties to his family (he knew my grandfather, his wife volunteers with my mom, his son in law and Jim went to law school together, his daughter and Jim's sister were good friends in school...etc...etc...) and he just liked to chit chat and then rush through our appointments. This last appt. was the straw that broke the camel's back, so to speak. BOTH kids had physical appointments with him and he spent less than 20 minutes with us total...and 1/2 of that time was spent chit chatting away. I was asking him some important questions about the H1N1 flu vaccine...etc. and he never really even gave me a straight answer. Drove me nuts and I went home and called to switch doctors. The kids will now be going to see Dr. "S" who I REALLY REALLY like. She is younger (around my age maybe?) with two young kids of her own. She is very patient and takes her time to talk and explain things related to the kids. I'm looking forward to our first official appointment with her (in the past we've only seen her when the kids were sick and Dr. "L" was unavailable).

That's it for now. Sorry for the huge lag in's been busy around here and it doesn't look like things are gonna slow down again for awhile!