Friday, June 16, 2017


So as of yesterday, Ryan is now four months old.  Kid was asleep when Lee got home, so when he woke up, we fed him a bottle and then tried to take some pictures.

Yeah, that didn't work so great.

Over FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY pictures we've taken of this kid between yesterday afternoon and this morning, and already over 90% of them are in the trash on the computer.  He just refused to look anywhere close to the camera and kept giving us angry facial expressions.  Maybe he inherited my RBF?  Usually he's a little more cheerful than this, I don't know what his deal was yesterday.  So, for you to laugh at, here's some outtakes from our photo session.  We're going to try again on Saturday, in the morning, and see if we can't get him to look HAPPY for the camera.

Now, I'm not saying these are all terrible pictures (some of them are), they just weren't what we were trying for.

Very first picture.  It didn't really improve much from here.  See his look of deep suspicion?

Come on, kid.  Lee was only gone for one night, you can't have forgotten who he is that fast.

Okay, if he had a more pleasant expression on his face, this would actually be a really good picture.  I mean, it's not bad, but he does smile at me a lot and I'd really like to capture that gummy grin in a picture, ya know?


Stubbornly refusing to look anywhere near the camera.

Blink!  And blurry.


My face was starting to look like this too.

Well, he's...kind of smiling in this one?

Now see, this would be a GREAT picture if it was in focus and if the lighting had been better.  Arrgh.  Frustrating!

This is what he thinks of our activity this afternoon. *blows raspberry*

Just in case you didn't get it the first time.

Photo bomb by Sadie.  Maybe SHE'S the one who taught Ryan to stick his tongue out!!!

Okay I just think his face is hilarious in this one.

Again, this would be a fantastic picture if he didn't look worried that the camera was going to entrap his soul.

Preeeeetty sure he inherited this expression from me.  #SideEye

I tried again this morning but mostly got ones that look like this.

We did get a few pictures that I honestly like yesterday, but like I said, we're going to try again this weekend and see if we have more luck.  Not going to try it today because he has a doctor's appointment and he's getting shots, so he's going to be even angrier today than yesterday.  Angry baby!

Cheers, y'all.  Have a great weekend!

Monday, May 15, 2017

3 Month Photo Shoot

Hey y'all!  My mom mentioned over the weekend that she couldn't wait to see some 3-month pictures of lil Sodapop, so I got out the camera this afternoon to try doing a photo shoot by my onesies.  Lee got all the great pics last time so let's see if I got any good ones this month, eh?

Okay I actually took this last week.  Yes, Ryan was asleep on the floor in the kitchen.  I put him on the baby blanket on the floor while I washed dishes and before I finished, he'd flipped over onto his belly and gone to sleep.  Oh yeah, we quit swaddling earlier this month because he can now roll over from back to front, and yesterday I saw him roll from front to back for the first time.  And now he wants to sleep on his belly all the time.  He's also spent some time sleeping on a dog bed before.  I excel at this parenting thing.

Okay so here's the first pic from the photo shoot today...that I'm sharing, anyway.  And can I just say HOW ADORABLE IS HE IN BABY JEANS.  I die from the cute.  And fashion points to Mama, those socks actually match the trim on his onesie (thank you Aunt Missy!).

I know his arms are blurry but that facial expression just makes me giggle.

That's a pretty sweet smile, too.

So at three months, Ryan likes eating (a lot), growing (even more), and music.  Like seriously, I finally found someone who appreciates my singing voice.  He gives me the biggest grins when I sing to him and he's recently started "singing" along.  We've been listening to the Beatles and the Beach Boys lately; he likes both, but I think his favorite song is "Good Vibrations".  He does not like taking baths or cold baby wipes (but the expression he makes--and the way he moves--when I put a cold baby wipe on him is just HILARIOUS to me, I am so mean).

Yeah, he appreciates that he amuses me.  Heh.

He's gotten really good at keeping his head up when he does tummy time, so I thought we'd try a few pics on his belly this month.

And again, baby jeans are just SO CUTE.

I sang to him while we were taking pictures but he just wouldn't give me one of his ear-to-ear grins; I think he had some fat puppy syndrome because as soon as I put the camera away and put him in his swing he fell asleep.

And here he is sucking his thumb, which is another thing he likes to do.  Usually the left one.

I think I did pretty good on this one, I like his eyes in this photo.

Thinking serious thoughts.  I do like this plane onesie.  He's got a ton of clothes, and he actually seems to like changing his outfits--he smiles at me a lot as I'm trying to get arms through the sleeves.  Anyway, last time I put up his laundry, I unearthed a few onesies that had gotten stuck on the bottom of a stack of clothes that are still too big for him, so I pulled those out to the top of the stack for him to wear.

And there's the last pic from the photo shoot today.  If Lee gets home while the light is still good, he might try taking some more.  Oh, you wanna know what Lee and Ryan did for me for Mother's Day yesterday?  They started off by making me BB-8 waffles (waffle maker now on sale!), and then we did one of those clay impression kits with Ryan's handprints.  He was not a fan of that, he screamed the whole time we were trying to get his handprints done.  After that, Lee and Ryan dropped me off and I got a massage and a facial--I didn't even know I was going until 10 minutes before we got there!  Then Lee dropped Ryan off with some friends and we went to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2.  Pretty awesome Mother's Day I think.

For now, I'm going to go try to finish up a scrapbook layout while Ryan is asleep. I have to start working on dinner in about an hour and a half so maybe he'll sleep that long...   : )

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Two Months Old

Guess who slept through the night last night?  THIS GUY:

I'm convinced it's because Lee was on night duty last night.  95% of the time it's me that gets up in the middle of the night when Ryan gets mouthy because Lee has to go to work and pretend to be coherent during the day.  But last night Lee said he'd get up with Ryan and I'm convinced that's why this little runt slept for 9 hours straight.

I do love that squishy little face though.

He started out this photo shoot not too happy, but eventually we got him to cooperate and Lee got a bunch of really great shots, so I was able to cherry pick all the happy face ones.

When he's not singing the song of his people in the middle of the night, I'm convinced that Ryan is the cutest baby in the history of ever.

It will do you no good to argue with me because I am right.

Hee :)

Now if we can get him to sleep through the night on a regular basis so that I can sleep longer than 3 hours at a stretch, that will be amazing.  He's in his swing right next to me right now, and he keeps kinda waking up, then sticking his thumb in his mouth and going right back to sleep.  Yeah, he's adorable. Somebody remind me of this when he starts trying to flush things down the toilet that have no business being in the toilet in the first place.  I'm sure that's in our future.

Cheers, y'all!

P.S. If you want to make muffins from scratch for Sunday breakfast, Sally's master muffin recipe is LEGIT.  I made mixed berry muffins with lemon glaze this morning and they were AMAZEBALLS.  You're welcome.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

One Month Old

Greetings from the land of Not Much Sleep!  Our little kidlet is now a month old (as of last week, but hey, it takes me a while to get pictures uploaded to the computer).  So here are a few pics from his one-month photo shoot, with commentary by Ryan.

Hey tall people, what are we doing here?  This activity seems a little weird but whatever.

Okay no really, WHAT is going on.

I do not approve.  I DO NOT APPROVE!

Hey tall people, what's up with this hat?  I think it's getting too small for me.  But I kinda like this dad guy.

Oh, I like him even better when he feeds me.

But I'm still not a fan of this whole photo shoot idea.  Weirdos.  Are we done yet?

So yep, them's the highlights from his one-month photo shoot.  I have a bonus picture that I took just this morning:

Ryan was all tuckered out after gifting us with a seriously nasty diaper (which necessitated a load of laundry be done), and then he had a bath and a blow dry.  He hates getting bathed, but he loves the hair dryer.  One of these days I'll have to take a video of him having his hair done, it's so funny.  But yep, here he is conked out and adorable.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Our New Family Member

Say hello to our new son, Ryan Luke, who arrived on February 15 and weighed in at 8 pounds, 10 ounces.  Don't let that innocent face fool you, he's been keeping us busy ever since he arrived : )  But yeah, he is pretty much adorable.  And that hair!  Lee gave him a bath yesterday and blow-dried his hair (really) and it stuck straight up all around his head like dandelion fluff, the cutest thing ever.  I'll have to get a picture of it, but even if it's not sticking up like he got up close and personal with an electrical socket, he does have some pretty epic hair.

Lee took this picture when Ryan was about 10 days old and I just love it.  But you see those wide-open eyes?  Yeah, he's pretty good about keeping me awake all day long when people always say "you should nap when the baby sleeps!"  Sometimes getting a shower is more important than getting 20 minutes of sleep.  Speaking of which, this squirt is about to wake up again, so I'm gonna go enjoy some baby snuggles : )

Cheers, y'all.

Monday, January 30, 2017

New England Road Trip: Boston

How's your Monday going?  We woke up to about 2 inches of snow on the ground, but it's been above freezing for the last several hours so it's melting pretty fast.  Still, I took a few pics of it this morning and let Sadie out for a while to play in it, she puffy heart loves the snow.

So I promised I would post pictures from the road trip that Lee and I took through New England last October for our 13th wedding anniversary.  It took us most of a day to drive up to our hotel on the north side of Boston (and it rained the entire day of the drive!) and the next day we spent the whole day walking around Boston.  I had never been and Lee was on a business trip there once and didn't do anything touristy.  Turns out the city is pretty compact and walkable, so we started with the Freedom Trail that goes past lots of the historic/touristy things in the city.

And Lee's like OF COURSE we went to a graveyard first.  Whaaat?  I like wandering around old cemeteries.

This is the famous church where the lanterns were hung before the Revolution kicked off, you know "One if by land, two if by sea"?  That was here.

There was a huge long line to go inside, but from the open door it's not like the inside looked all that impressive (I think I am harder to impress having been to several cathedrals and such in Europe, we just don't have anything to compare to that in America) so we just walked on by.

There's a statue of Paul Revere in front of the steeple of the church.  The lighting was just not right to get to see the face on the statue but I like the angle of the photo anyway.  The Freedom Trail led us to Paul Revere's house, which we DID go in, but no photos allowed in there.

Picture Lee took of an old it weird if I say this looks to me like the kind of picture that they'd make a jigsaw puzzle out of?

I think this is the old State House...and the Boston Massacre happened in the square in front of it.  American patriots like Paul Revere used the event as propaganda against the British troops stationed in Boston, read all about it on Wikipedia (because we believe everything we read on Wikipedia, heh).

And whaddya know, the Freedom Trail led us to the graveyard where Paul Revere and Benjamin Franklin are buried.

And here's an obelisk commemorating John Hancock, you know the first dude to sign the Declaration of Independence?  And he signed it with a super big loopy distinctive signature, which is why people sometimes say they put their John Hancock on a document when they sign it (fun fact:  John Hancock's penmanship teacher is also buried in this cemetery).  Right around the time I took this picture, a dude showed up in Revolutionary garb and began a short lecture on John Hancock and others buried in the cemetery, so I stopped to listen for a couple of minutes and learned that John Hancock was the richest man in Boston in no small part because in addition to his legitimate business interests, he was a SMUGGLAH (which is how you say "smuggler" in Boston).  And then we headed over to the Boston Tea Party museum (that comment is relevant, wait a minute).

This is the bridge where the museum is located, and I love the different colors of plexiglass on the fence because it just makes such cool patterns on the sidewalk.

I think we spent 10 minutes just taking pictures of that before we headed into the museum.  So anyway, I don't have many pictures from the museum itself, but the guides are all dressed up in Revolutionary clothes (must be a theme in Boston) and they tell you all about the Boston Tea Party.  And then you get to go on a ship like the ones from way back in the day and you can even reenact the tea party by tossing boxes overboard (which they then haul back up so someone else can toss).

See, ship.  And then after we got off the boat, the tour guide was talking about who actually participated in the tea party and this that and the other thing and she asked the group who the richest man in Boston was at the time...thanks to the dude at the cemetery I knew the answer was John Hancock : D  See, it's good to pay attention, I just thought it was hilarious that I'd just learned that fact an hour before we did the tea party museum.  Anyway, they told us some fun anecdotes, like this one guy got beaned in the head with a super-heavy crate and the other tea partiers thought he was dead so they laid him out on the boat while they finished up their work and came back to find him gone.  So they all leave the boats and go back into town and Mr. Dead Guy is having a pint at the local pub because he just got knocked out for a bit, not deaded.

There's a tea room connected to the museum because OF COURSE THERE IS, how can we talk about tea for so long and not have a cuppa?  They serve a few different kinds of tea that were the types of blends that American colonists used to drink before the Boston Tea Party after which they all switched to coffee (bleh).  Lee and I both had scones and I got a sampler cup so I could try all the teas but one of them absolutely DESERVED to get dumped in the harbor, it tasted like smoke and it was ick.  The other types were okay, though I only tried the black teas because I know I don't particularly care for green or herbal teas.  But we did enjoy the museum.

That's it for today, kids.  We'll see when I get the next batch of photos up.  In unrelated news, Baby Sodapop's official due date is this Saturday, February 4.  Lee and I are taking bets on what day he'll actually arrive...he seems to be pretty happy where he is, though it's getting pretty uncomfortable for ME.  Ha!