Friday, May 22, 2009

1st Birthday party ideas

Ryleigh's first birthday is coming up on July 1! I need some help with a party theme! being July 1, we could go with a red, white and blue theme, but I'd love to hear your ideas!

Ry in her 1st Jacuzzi last week! lol

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Thanks for the Mother's Day wishes!

I got some very sweet wishes for Mother's Day and thought I'd compile them here so I'd always have them!

Happy Mother's Day my dear friend!!! I know this day is super special for you and I hope that you have a day as special and dear as you!!! love ya!!!!!!!

Alma Harlow


Happy Mother's Day! I love you!! ~ from our birth mom via text message


#1 MOM! Kisses! I love you!!~ Amy


"Happy Mothers Day babe. You have been a great wife for almost 16 years and now
you are blessed to celebrate your first Mothers Day. I know you are and will
continue to be a great mommy to baby Ryleigh. I love you and Happy Mothers Day!"
~ From my hubby!

Happy Mothers Day! hope it's a goodun for you ~Dad



I am so happy for you! Congratulations!!!! and Happy Mother's Day! -Michelle Cron


I am so happy for you Michelle!! HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!
Paige Messick Brown


Faylene Bickford Quinn:

Mothers Day is the 3rd best day of the year (after Christmas and Easter)! Congrats on your first and may each one that follows be as blessed as this one!

I am so happy for you! (and Fred) Happy Mother's Day! -Lisa Meadway

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day gift

For Mother's Day, hubby & Ryleigh gave me a ruby (Ry's birthstone) and diamond ring. The photo just doesn't do it justice! It's so beautiful! Thank you hubby! Thank you baby girl! The band is inscribed with Ryleigh Ema Jane.

Little baby...big cup!

Drinking melted ice through the straw hole! lol

Friday, May 08, 2009

Playin' Outside

America's Next Top Model!

Rock, anyone?

YAY! It's warm enough to play outside today!

Standing at the split rail fence


Mmmm...these rocks are tasty!

Hallelujah! I'm outside!

Guarding her rocks

I'm tellin' ya...these rocks are tasty! They taste like chicken! lol

Wanna try for yourself??

Drama Queen!

Standing all by herself, pondering rocks. lol

Big girl standing all by herself!

Let's tear off the blooms & dig out the dirt!

Check out that mouth full of teeth!

Mama and sissy's goin barefoot in the grass today

Thursday, May 07, 2009



Real Mothers don't eat quiche;
They don't have time to make it.

Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils
Are probably in the sandbox.

Real Mothers often have sticky floors,
Filthy ovens and happy kids.

Real Mothers know that dried play dough
Doesn't come out of carpets.

Real Mothers don't want to know what
The vacuum just sucked up..

Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?'
And get their answer when a little
Voice says, 'Because I love you best.'

Real Mothers know that a child's growth
Is not measured by height or years or grade...
It is marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother...

The Images of Mother

4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mommy can do anything!

8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!

12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn't really know quite everything.

14 YEARS OF AGE - Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either.

16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned.

18 YEARS OF AGE - That old woman? She's way out of date!

25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it!

35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.

45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?

65 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk it over with Mom.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

I want less guilt

“We are all something, but none of us are everything.”

Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662
French mathematician and religious philosopher

I so needed to read that quote today. I'm struggling with trying to be everything that I need to be, or think I should be. I need to remember that I can't do it all.

Mothering is hard work! My 10 month old is very, very busy.

My house is a mess and when I do get something cleaned up, Little Miss Ry undoes it right under my nose! lol

I wish I had a dollar for every time someone has told me, "Don't worry about your'll be there when Ryleigh is grown up."

I understand that, but I can't live in a sty! The one thing my husband LOVES is a clean house and I know I am letting him down. He helps so much around here, but he works all day too.

I can't even remember the last time I cooked dinner. Truly.

I tried to put the gallon of milk in the cabinet above the stove the other day. Last night, I opened the microwave, looking for something that is in the cabinet above. I mean, did I really think I stored cans of soup in the microwave??

Two night ago, I stood in the kitchen/garage doorway and couldn't understand why the garage door wasn't closing while I pressed the the keychain button that unlocks my car doors. Sigh.

I could go on and on about all the things I'm doing that make no sense.

Part of my problem is that I don't feel well. My 38 year old body has way too much pain. I'm having a hysterectomy May 18, so that should eliminate some of my pain.

I still have the degenerating spine and arthritis in my spine that is oh so painful.

Last night, my husband was sick in bed, Ry would not go to bed... blah blah blah. It was after 10 PM when she went to bed. I went to the living and sat in the recliner with a big sigh. The instant I sat down, Snoopy, our black lab, comes over and roots under my legs, wanting rubbed and scratched and companionship and all I could think was "Can't somebody just not need me for 5 minutes!?"

Are there really moms out there who can do it all? What are the secrets to having a clean house, dinner on the table every night and less guilt?