Thursday, August 29, 2013

What a drive!

I had a very interesting drive today.  I ran into a complete highway shut down in Trophy Club when the CareFlite helicopter sat down right off of Hwy 114.  The wreck looked horrible, and the wreckage was unrecognizable.
Just a few short miles down the highway, I ran across a Kia on fire on the service road.  At this point my short trip had completely made me forget all about what I was doing.  I immediately had this overwhelming feeling of relief.  My rough morning was all of a sudden put into complete reality.  It wasn't so bad after all.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Bike riding

We have been taking the boys to the neighborhood park to practice riding their bikes.  We wanted an open space with enough grass to break the falls.  The first day started off pretty rough with lots of crying because Ryland couldn't immediately ride without training wheels.  Reed gave up too, and he headed to the swings and slides to play. 
The second day of practice was a little better, but it still ended with frustrated tears.  After about a week of practicing every day, Ryland was riding pretty well.  He had moved to the concrete sidewalk and only had one tough fall.  Reed was learning to peddle and seemed to enjoy it much more. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


It was time to do some inside crafting since the temperature outside was over 100 degrees.  The boys painted two beautiful birdhouses, and we talked about birds, homes, and blessings. After they dried, the boys picked out the perfect tree in the backyard
They look very welcoming.  It was really sweet that the boys wanted to hang them beside each other, so the bird family could be close.  Awwwww.

Monday, August 26, 2013

It's a GIRL!

It is confirmed.  It is a baby girl!  I had my big ultrasound appointment today at my doctor's office, and it is now official.  I still can't wrap my head around the news.  I think this is shock.

Friday, August 23, 2013

If you "mustache"

Ryland's buddy, Charlie, was spending the night, so we thought we would eat pizza for dinner.  We ended up at Aleda's for some fun shaped personal pizzas.  The boys all selected pepperoni snowmen.  While we waited on the pizzas, the boys played with pizza dough.  John Chris and I would tell them something to make, and they would shape the dough into their interpretation.  The mustaches were the funniest.  I love these boys!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

CHCS Summer Enrichment

Ryland attended Chapel Hill's Summer Enrichment program this week, and it was a great chance for him to brush up on learning and the school routine.  He had a great time and made these adorable Texas themed pages.

While Ryland was at school, Reed had great one on one time with Lizee.  They ran errands, cooked, and played. Thanks for a great week, Lizee!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Toe injury

I was eating dinner and catching up with my MOPS mommas at our first Third Thursday of the year, when I got a text from John Chris.  He stated that his toe was hurting even worse than earlier today, and he was about to drill a hole in it to relieve the pressure.  I took a few minutes to think about what he is about to do, and I realized that I just didn't feel comfortable not being at home while he operated on himself.  I told the girls that I should probably call it a night. I could only imagine that he was at home with the electric drill, and the boys are his surgery assistants. 
I made it home in time to supervise, and the boys were already in bed.  The electric drill was plugged in and ready to go.  Gosh, I know him too well.  It all ended well, and he was able to finally ease the pain.

Another look

We headed back to Stork Vision for the second gender ultrasound.  We had a different ultrasound tech, and she immediately said that we were having a girl.  My first reaction, "WHAT?"  I think John Chris and I both were in shock.  She easily pointed out the three white lines and no penis. 
So now we are clueless.  After we examined both sets of ultrasound pictures, we can definitely see the three white lines, but we just don't want to get really excited about it until we have confirmation.  We will wait until I go back to my OB before decorating the nursery.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Ryland's imagination has taken off, and I love watching and listening to him play.  He builds forts and hideouts and likes to put lots of toys inside.  He can play for hours while his toys have extensive conversations. He is growing up so fast.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Pity Pantry

I have been complaining about my pantry for years.  The shelves are pulling away from the walls, and there is no flexibility for larger or smaller items.  I have been planning on starting over and installing an Elfa system, but I just hadn't pulled the plug and made the investment. 
After the ultrasound appointment, I guess John Chris was feeling sorry for me since chances are we are adding another boy to the family.  He actually suggested going home and starting the pantry project.  I lovingly call this my pity pantry.

I love the final product.  The shelves are all adjustable, so I can move them depending on what we have in stock.  This will be really handy after a trip to Sam's.  My favorite part has to be the drawers on the left.  I love the flexibility and the accessibility they offer.  Everything is off the floor, which makes it easy to sweep and mop, and we now have a spot for the broom and dust pan inside. No more walking out in the garage.  John Chris added a light in the back of the pantry, so I can see all the large serving pieces and appliances.  I love it!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Gender ultrasound

We couldn't wait to find out if a baby boy or girl will be joining the family in January.  Our gender determination ultrasound was finally here.  The baby was awake and moving around but pretty happy in this position.  The ultrasound tech was able to get a few shots, but she couldn't get us that full on money shot of the private areas.  We got a few quick glimpses over 45 minutes.  After trying tons of poking and wiggling, she was 80% sure it was a boy. We were expecting to hear it was a boy, so we weren't shocked.  We both just had this little thought that it would be a girl this time. She set up an appointment for the following Thursday to confirm.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Reed's new haircut

Who is this little boy?  Reed was such a big boy today, and now he really looks big too.  I am really pleased with the cut, and he is so proud.  I can't believe he is growing up so fast.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Self photos


I told the boys their hair was getting crazy long, and I started playing with it to be silly.  They wanted to see what it looked like, so we started taking pictures.  Ryland styled his hair and took his own picture.  The one below was with his funny smirk.

Reed joined the fun and took a sad face picture with his hair all brushed to his face. 
These two are way shaggy. Time for a trim.  

Friday, August 2, 2013

Lake fun

We spent the afternoon and evening enjoying Lake Grapevine with the Bunch family.  The kids were ready to get on the water, and the parents were ready to relax! 
We played in water, cruised around the marina, ate dinner on the boat, and watched the firework show.  It was awesome! 

Thursday, August 1, 2013


The boys are serious crafters.  This pile of awesomeness is from just a few hours of activities from Adventure Kids.  I was told the boys were very excited about the underwater theme, and they loved crafting.