Thursday, May 31, 2007

Twenty Nine Weeks

We are now 29 weeks into the pregnancy. Although this isn't an actual picture of our unnamed baby aka "Julio", it is an indication of why my belly wobbles around from one side to the other. He is very active and I can feel his feet and hands jabbing into my sides frequently.
No, we still haven't settled on a name. Here's a list of possibilities...
Justin, Jordan, Dylan, Tyler, Markus, etc.
We might have to hold a vote! So be sure to let me know by August 15th-Julio's ETA.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Women's Health

I'm on my way! I am taking an 8-week challenge with some friends to promote women's fitness. I am making progress by walking each day. Visit to learn more if you are interested. Everyone sets their own goals so it doesn't really matter what shape you are in. I am starting with only 6,000 steps per day, and honestly, it is kind of difficult to obtain right now as I am always tired. Normally, I walk at least 12,000 steps per day when I am in good shape. Oh well, at least I'm trying something.
I'll talk more about our holiday weekend tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Backyardigans

We all had a fun time playing at Grampa and Grandma Ellen's house this weekend. With a fenced in back yard, Ryan enjoyed having freedom running and playing with not worries of getting hurt. Golf and Chase were favorite games of the day. We enjoyed delicious ribs, salads, and ice cream before we had to leave. Ryan is still asking to see Grandpa T and GG Ladd even four days later. Thanks for a nice evening.

Monday, May 21, 2007

A good story

Ryan loves a good story and he sweetly looks at us after each story telling and says, "That's a good story." That's the feeling I got from this friendly e-mail. Enjoy!

A Man and His Dog.

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them. After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side ofthe road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight. When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side. When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?" "This is Heaven, sir," the man answered. "Wow! Would you happen to have some water?" the man asked. "Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up." The man gestured, and the gate began to open. "Can my friend," gesturing toward his dog, "come in, too?" the traveler asked. "I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets."The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog. After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book. "Excuse me!" he called to the man. "Do you have any water?" "Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in." "How about my friend here?" the traveler gestured to the dog. "There should be a bowl by the pump." They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it. The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog. When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree. "What do you call this place?" the traveler asked. "This is Heaven," he answered. "Well, that's confusing," the traveler said. "The man down the road said that was Heaven, too." "Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell." "Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?" "No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind."

Thursday, May 17, 2007

A Picture Worth a Thousand Words

I just wanted to share this picture. It says alot about my son and my husband. Also pictured, my nephew Jakob.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

My Corny Kid!

Couldn't help but to share some fun photos of Ryan chowing down on sweet corn. Even meal time is fun when Ryan is around.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Happy Mother's Day

I had a very enjoyable weekend. We started the weekend Friday night preparing our boat for launching. Ryan has been very anxious and has been wearing a life jacket around the yard all week in anticipation of his first ride of the summer. Thanks to Grampa Dick and Daddy, his dream was realized on Saturday morning. He was such a good boy while watching for ducks, geese, swans, fishies, and turtles. Jim says he is a really good Captain and is always steering straight for the shore.

Saturday night, we headed for the horse track again with Grandma Ellen to celebrate Mother's Day. Ryan loves the races. For us, it's more of a race to catch up with Ryan in the crowd and to keep him out of trouble. Ryan picked one of the top three winners for every race. I guess he has good horse sense.

On Sunday, we had a barbeque with our moms and it was really nice to visit. Jim helped to make my day very special with a surprise pocket-sized digital camera and a sweet card from him and Ryan. Thanks guys. I love you.

I'll try to post some pictures of the events soon. Have a great's supposed to be beautiful today. Good thing I don't have windows in my office.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Raccoon's Are Falling From the Sky

We had an exciting dinner last night at my mom's. The highlight, however, was not necessarily the food that was served. Rather, the excitement came as Jim looked out the window and saw a raccoon sleeping in the middle of the lawn in broad daylight. Of course, the guys had to go outside to harass the animal in an attempt to scare him away (in case he has rabies or something). The poor creature, obviously sick, scampered up a tall tree and waited to be left alone. Moments later, he fell 20 or so feet to the ground.

Soon after, we had to leave for home. I still feel bad for the furry creature. He was actually quite cute and it was neet to see him climbing. Ryan also enjoyed watching him crawl up in the tree..."up in the sky".

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Fun Filled Days

We're constantly reminded to live life to the fullest. Ryan is our biggest reminder and believe me, he fills every moment with life!

Here's a picture of us at the zoo last week. As you can see, Ryan is tired of making smiles for the camera. Off camera, however, he is a smiler and a giggler.

Last night, we pitched baseballs to daddy until the raindrops fell and the lightning charged. By the time we are finished playing outdoors every night, there's hardly even enough time for popcorn before our little guy (and mommy) dozes off.