Friday, March 27, 2009


This morning we made our annual trip to see the butterflies at Meijer Gardens. Alanna loved them and it was fun to see her expressions as the butterflies would fly in front of her. Caleb enjoyed them as well, but a 3 1/2 year old can't really compete with a 1 1/2 year old in terms of the newness and excitement of it all....and doesn't she just look so cute with the butterfly wings???

Friday, March 20, 2009


This picture isn't that great, but I wanted to show off those adorable cookies that our neighbor brought over for Caleb and Alanna! In case you can't read it....the cookies say "Big Brother Caleb" and "Big Sister Alanna" on the shirts.

More Ryland Pics

Here are a few more pictures of Ryland.

Gotta love those facial expressions in the last 2 pictures.

Gift Bags

Have a bunch of gift bags that you're not sure what to do with?
Give them to your children and I'm sure they will come up with some use for them. My kids decided to wear them as hats and run around the living room with them. The best part was when the bag slid down Alanna's tiny head and she was still running around....not watching where she was going. And of course, this is all on video!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Ryland John

We are pleased to bring Ryland John into our family. He arrived on March 6, 2009 at 3.30 am. He weighed in at 7lbs 8 oz and was 21 inches long.
(Just to show you what a geek Keith is...Ryland's stats are all divisible by 3---3/6/09, combine the lbs and oz to 15, oh....and my placenta was delivered at 3.33.)

Caleb and Alanna are getting used to having a little brother. Caleb pretty much understands. Alanna... not so much. She knows he's a baby and will point to him and say, "Baby. Baby." But she doesn't really know how to act around him. She doesn't know that pulling out his pacifier, throwing books on him, and rocking him REALLY hard just isn't what a newborn wants. At this point, I really don't trust her around him.

So far, things are going well. He is a week old today and this past week, I've been really spoiled with Keith being home. I'm about to face reality come Monday. "What?!? I really have to get up at 8.00 and feed my other children???"

oh....and if you're wondering about his hair in the second picture...yes, the tips are brown. I have to pay money for highlights---he gets them for free!