Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Decorating for Christmas

This Christmas is the first time in my life that I won't be with my parents and siblings on Christmas Day! WOW! And last year, we all drove back to Arkansas for Christmas. So, I was more than a little excited to unpack all of our Christmas stuff and get to decorating!

The boys were pretty excited, too!

Despite the fact that it miiiiight appear that Christmas has exploded in my house, I love it!!

Jack's Birthday

Well, we'd already had the birthday party, but I just had to celebrate my big, sweet two year old on his actual birthday! We were in Little Rock, so I took him to Shipley's for doughnuts that morning. Nathan slept in, so I just went with Jack. It was really special. He picked out two doughnuts, and he kept saying, "Yuuuuuummmmy!"

That evening, we had a family birthday party at my parents' house. Jack loved it! I sure loved every minute of celebrating my precious two year old!

Two Weeks Of Bliss

With Scott working nights, the boys and I took a two-week "getaway" to Little Rock! It was heavenly! Dinner dates with girlfriends. Thanksgiving. Seeing family. Pinnacle Mountain. Playdates. It was exactly what the boys and I needed.

It was also hands-down the most enjoyable trip to Little Rock we've ever taken. With the boys being older, I was able to relax more. They slept in a little bit later. They got along, for the most part. And I got to actually enjoy myself and my kiddos!


Back in October {yes, I know, I'm ridiculous}, Scott had a vacay. We decided we were going to stay right where we were, and I'd take the week off as well! It was the GREATEST. We relaxed, we stayed up late, we watched movies. It was awesome!

The boys still had school, so we would grab breakfast at Sweet Donkey. Yummmm.

Scott made it to Nathan's swim lesson! It was so sweet to see how motivated Nathan was to swim his best for Daddy!

We grabbed lunch one day at Beamer's 25 downtown while the boys were in school. Beer at lunch? When you're on staycation, it's all good!

We even managed to go hit some golf balls! So fun!

I treasure the vacations in residency. They're magical. They are a breath of fresh air. Aaaand we've got another one coming up in less than two weeks! Yay!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Choo Choo Train Birthday Party!

Although his actual birthday isn't until December 3rd, we had Jack's birthday party yesterday evening!

I used the rhyme {all my kiddos' birthday cards rhyme. i have a problem.}: "Choo Choo! Can it be true!? Conductor Jack is turning two!"

I was so, so, so excited to celebrate this sweet boy of mine!

I had a lot of fun decorating for the party. Here are a few of the details:

Baggage Claim area for party favors!

Conductor hats for the kiddos! {I bought them on Amazon and got a great price for them!}

I decided to serve dinner and have the party in the evening. So, I rented a table and chairs; I had to for 13 kiddos!

The color theme was blue, red, and brown. I ordered a custom-made banner from Rachel Unlimited (who has always done a fabulous job for my boys' parties! You can find her on etsy.}

For snacks, I did "Train Track Kabobs" {fruit kabobs}, "Choo Choo Train Wheels" {sausage pinwheels}, "Coal" {chocolate oreo rice krispy treats. yes, you read that right.}, and "Choo Choo Train Smoke" {marshmallows}. We ordered pizza, and of course had cake!

Jack had such a wonderful time being the center of attention: the big birthday boy! He soaked up every moment. I'm so blessed to be the momma of this loud, cuddly, messy boy!

The craft I planned for the kiddos was a huge hit! I made individual train cars for the kiddos to decorate!

Happy second birthday, Jack Bean! :)

A little about you:

1. You weigh 34 pounds. That's approximately 2 pounds less than your big brother. Also, not surprisingly, you're larger than many 3 year olds.

2. You love to be LOUD! No one--and I mean no one--is as loud as you are! :)

3. You love to snuggle. Every morning, you say, "Mommy, 'nuggle?"

4. Chatter box central! You're already using complete sentences multiple times a day! Forget the whole "two words together by two!" That's small potatoes for you! :)

5. You are a great eater. You always eat a big breakfast and lunch, and a small dinner.

6. You go to bed at 6:45 and wake up at about 6:00.

7. You love for me to kiss your toys. You bring them to me one at a time and say, "Kisses, p'ease."

8. You're so polite! You ALWAYS say, "Thank you," and "Yes, sir," and "Yes, ma'am," and I don't ever have to remind you! Can you teach your brother that, please!?

9. You are LOVED, LOVED, LOVED. We cherish you, we adore you, we're so glad you're our son! God has incredible plans for you, Jack. Happy birthday!

Monday, November 10, 2014


Yes! It's completely normal to blog about Halloween on November 10th {when you have a full time job, two kiddos, and a doctor hubby}!

We had such a fun Halloween! My mom came in town, so of course the boys were in heaven!

I had a firefighter:

And I had a "great hammerhead shark" {he absolutely would correct me if I only called him a "hammerhead"}:

The chances of rain were only going up, so I made the executive decision to start our trick-or-treating a bit early. I felt a little silly walking outside before it was dark, but boy was I glad I did! It started raining after the second house!

We have the most precious, considerate neighbors in the world! I mean, I really love the people who live around me. I know they'd do anything for us! They all had special goody bags for the Ryan boys, so my boys got some serious chocolatey goodness!

Scott was able to go with us, too. He's on nights right now, which worked out perfectly, because he has every Friday night off.

I just love Halloween! The yummy/silly food, the candy, dressing up, the excitement! 

When we got back to the house, we were soaked. But man oh man, did the Ryan boys get some good candy! Jack went RIGHT to town chowing down on his treats. And Nathan, true to form, picked through his, nibbled a piece here and there, but basically wasn't interested. {I was elated; his bucket had a ton of Snickers, Twix bars, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Hello!}

I hope you had a fun, safe Halloween! Oh, and happy November! :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Family Pictures

Well, I figured that since it had been. . . oh. . . four years since our last professional family photos, it was time to take some pictures! I used Lesley Harrop Photography, and I am so happy with how they turned out! I can't wait to hang one of these in the living room, and start designing our Christmas card!