Please start your prayers for our safety, my flight anxiety, and the overall well-being of Ryan and Ally. They are soooo excited to get to spend time with their grandparents that it makes it a lot easier to leave them for 7 whole days. Mark and I will miss them terribly!!!!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I really enjoyed Ryan's field trip to the Carleen Bright Arboretum. Mark and I had our wedding reception there almost 10 years ago, so it brings back very fond memories. Each time I visit I cannot believe how my life has changed for the better since I was 23:-). On this particular visit, Ryan's class had to locate several items on the grounds and then circle that item on their sheet. It was really fun, we even walked the nature trail. I'm not sure what this face was about but here's the worksheet.
This year has flown by! I cannot begin to thank his sweet teacher, Lynn Dunlap, enough for such a fantastic year.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Ryan chose to wear his hat a little differently than the rest of us. I'm sure that doesn't really shock you by now!
We got a real treat later that night. We had a night out at One-Thirty-Five Prime. It was Josh's actual birthday so GP treated all of us to a birthday dinner. Thanks so much dad!
We will be celebrating Mark's actual birthday (April 30th) in MAUI, HAWAII!!! Can you tell I'm excited! We leave this Saturday for a fun filled week of relaxing of the beach. The kids are staying here with my parents and Mark's parents. It is such a blessing for us to know that our kids will be having a blast with their grandparents while we are away.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The grown up food. If you have not tried Secret Chef's Chicken Salad you are missing out. It is soooo yummy!
Honey and Ally
The sisters again:-). It was a really fun day!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
An egg hunt with five year-olds is quite different than a 2 year-old hunt. They had found all of their numbered eggs in about 2 minutes. It was a mad dash, but everyone got 12 eggs. I just love a fair hunt.
So Fun! I am so thankful that I got to spend some time with my favorite little guy.
Monday, April 13, 2009
I sure hope you all had a wonderful Easter. We had such a wonderful week celebrating with our family. I look forward to Easter ever year and this year was no exception. I love the spring colors, parties, and Easter baskets but most importantly I love remembering the cross and resurrection. It is hard to even imagine the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. I always tear up just thinking about the physical pain and mental anguish he endured. I am then filled with joy that he conquered death. Can I get a Hallelujah?!!!! There is nothing more significant. He rose again so that I might have life. He knows my name and the number of hairs on my head. Awesome.
This week we were busy. We had an egg hunt at school, celebrated my nephew's Wyatt's 2nd birthday, celebrated Uncle Josh's real birthday and Mark's fake birthday, jumped on GP and Honey's new trampoline, and honored Easter...whew! All of these events deserve their own post and will get one :-). I just decided to post pictures from Easter first and then backtrack. Here are some pictures from yesterday.
Some Easter basket fun at Honey and GP's
The Wood fam
We had many conversations with Ryan about the meaning of Easter and why it is so important. His questions are so innocent and thought provoking and he is really starting to get it. However, it is possible that we had one too many conversations about Easter...
Me: "What is Easter?"
Ryan: "Jesus dying on the cross." "I mean the day that he came back to life."
Me: "Why is that important?"
Ryan: "He went to heaven so that we can be alive with God."
Me: "How can we be alive with God?"
Ryan: "When we die in heaven."
Me: "Anyone can go to heaven"
Ryan: (Annoyed) Mom!!! you already know that's not right! You have to believe in Jesus first!
Gotta Love my boy:)!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I just LOVE this spring weather. We had such a fun day today playing with our cousins and our sweet friends. Caryn and Kacey are both in town for the next few days, and I couldn't be happier. I just adore them and their precious children and it's really nice to hang out with no agenda. Here's a picture of the tough guys (Ryan, Stacey, Landry and Charley).
Lila Lou got some lovin' from Ollie the Octopus. This really brought back memories of baby Ryan and baby Ally playing with this treasured toy. It honestly seems like yesterday!
Aunt Cary having a little tea party with Wyatt and Ally. Note the gorgeous yellow bow placed in her hair. (She really likes to dress the part).
Whose kids are those climbing on the window seal? Oh yeah they're mine. Ryan would have never ever gotten away with this as an only child.
I just have to tell you a little story about my Ally. We went to Rosa's tonight for dinner and in the middle of eating fajitas this precious girl leaned over and gave me a huge hug. She had an enormous mouth full of tortilla, and I could tell she was trying to tell me something as she was hugging me. I couldn't hear her clearly at first, so I asked her repeat herself. I smiled the biggest smile when I heard what she said. She leaned in again and said, "You're my best friend":-)!!!! I mean it honestly does not get any more beautiful than that. I have no idea where she heard that phrase but I am so glad that today I am her best friend. Ally sometimes you make me want to shout with J-O-Y!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Meet the Tigers. We have 9 players on our tball team and they have been learning a LOT from former college players Coach Weaver and Coach Wood:-). It is really fun to watch how improved Ryan is this year. (Can anyone see the tallest player on the team?)
Check out that swing!
Of course his biggest fan made a brief appearance. She is far too busy to actually stop and watch any of practice!
Here's Jennifer, Jake and Baby girl Weaver (due July 5th). We are VERY excited about this little one's arrival.