Friday, January 27, 2012

Random Friday

This is just going to be a random post.  I haven't been doing the best at taking pictures of our crazy lives lately so I plan to get on that.  :)  I some how just got out of the habit, and now I hope to be more intentional about the pictures I do take.  So we'll see how that goes.

You may have noticed a few changes around here.  I got the itch again to switch up a few things.  The most obvious change is the header.  I'm not sure if I'm completely happy with it so it might change again.  I also changed the background and added some social media icons on the top of the column to the right.  Recently, I've received a few emails telling me that blogger wasn't allowing them to comment so I switched to a new host provider for my comments.  I hope that fixes the problem!

Oh!  And I updated the "about me" tab.  Check it out.  :)

Does anyone know how to change the margin to the right of my column?  I can't figure it out in the new template designer on blogger.

And now for a few random pics I took of Yogi being his weird self.
I found him the other day asleep on a throw pillow near the fireplace.  His face was so smooched on the pillow that I wanted to get a picture of it.  When I went to snap the picture he woke up.  Shoot.  But then I realized that there was something on the pillow where his face had just been lying.

I looked closer and realized that he drooled in his sleep!  I didn't know cats did that!! I thought is was just a human thing.  Ha!

We recently just replaced our dishwasher.  It took us a few days to install it so there was some stuff scattered around our kitchen while we were getting around to it.  We found Yogi in this batting several times in the course of those few days.  He just snuggled right up in there!

This has been his new favorite spot in our house since it's been so cold out side.  Our den tends to be a little chiller then any other room in our house so Yogi stays firmly planted up against our heating vent.  Seriously too funny.  I promise our house isn't this freezing!

This is just another funny picture of him sleeping while face planted into our blanket.

KC does some pretty hilarious things too.  It's just harder to capture him on film.  We keep saying we need to video all their quirky habits so that we can remember them when their older and just lay around all the time.  I guess they are already doing that...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tiny Tot's Birthdays

Geez, I'm pretty behind on posting about my cousin's little daughter's birthday from a couple months back.  I thought it would be fitting to post it now since we just celebrated her little brother's birthday too a couple of weeks ago.

My cousin, Sommer, has the cutest kids!  Three to be exact.  I also thought she did a great job of coming up with fun unique names.  Her first daughter's name is Isabelle (Izzy), second daughter is Temperance (Tempy) and her son's name is Liam.

A few months ago we celebrated Isabelle's 2nd birthday over at her grandparent's house.  She is so stinkin' adorable.  Here she is with her grandma on the left and her mom on the right over seeing gift unwrapping.

Getting ready to blow out her candles.

Sommer scored these adorable cakes and cupcakes from Sam's club for a killer deal.

Just had to include this precious pic of my cousin Matt with his nephew, Wyatt.

My mom enjoying the treats.

This little guy (Liam) is a lady's man.  Just look at those eyes!

Here he was just learning to walk and just a few short months later (as you will see below) at his first birthday he was running all over the place!

Now we are at Liam's first birthday party held at his house.  He took a liking to Ryan right off the bat.  We had just entered the front door and he was already all over Ryan.  I like to blame his preference of Ryan over me on his height.  Liam just likes to be up high apparently.  ;)
It was so funny to watch Ryan with him.  He didn't really know how to hold him at first. Ha!

But then he got the hang of it.  As you can see by the delight on Liam's face.

They were just so cute together I had to post a bunch of pictures of them.

Liam opening his presents with his dad and older sisters standing by ready to get in on the action.

He was pretty good at it too!

Letting his tummy hang out wild and free.

Next up was the infamous cake feeding destroying!

Singing Happy Birthday and Liam eagerly awaiting his cake.

Testing the waters.

Deciding what he thinks of it...

He likes it!

Enjoying it so much that the icing went from red & blue to purple!  Just look at those chubby arms.  How can you resist?

Liam had a lot of fum squishing it between his fingers and clapping his hands flinging it in several different directions.  But he did manage to get some in his mouth.  :)

I love going to kid's birthday parties.  It's so fun to see their excitement and bring back fond memories as a kid.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Puppy Love

Ok, so you guys know that we are a cat family currently.  Everybody asks us when we plan to get a dog but the thought of adding another animal to our household right now seems like too much.  We would love to have a dog at some point if we can ever agree on what kind we want.  Ryan loves big outdoor dogs and I love small indoor dogs.  At this point, we both agree that we want to wait until we have kids and they get a little older and would appreciate a new puppy.  We'll see if that happens but so far we've done pretty good holding out.  Ha!

We will just live vicariously through our friends dogs.  For instance, how cute is our friend's, Jon & Erica, dog Lucy?!  Those eyes kill me.

I snapped this little video on my phone while we were over at their place to watch the K-State bowl game (fail).  She was cracking us all up!

This past weekend our good friends, Brandon & Cynthia, just made the parental leap with adopting two puppies!  We had fun watching them play and stealing cuddles with them.
This is Taco a dachshund schnauzer mix.

And this little cutie is Tommy Trojan (named after their alma mater).  He's a mutt and such a good cuddler!

I just had to throw in a sweet picture of Yogi for good measure, just in case you all thought I had changed my mind.  ;) 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Über Belated New Years Post

Sorry, I didn't know that I was going to take a bloggie break but I did.  I plan to get back into the swing of things shortly.  It's been fun reading about everybody's New Year's resolutions and celebrations.  This year the hubs and I decided to keep it pretty low key.  Really, we've been doing that for the past several years.  I guess we are just old fogies now.  Hey, at least we are staying up until midnight!! 
Past New Years...2010 & 2011

Earlier in the night we went to dinner with our good friends David & Michelle to an italian restaurant that we went to a few years back together.  I think it's becoming our tradition.  :)  Brad & Lindsey were going to go with us but they were still sorting through boxes in their new house.  (Oh ya, did I mention that they finally closed on their long awaited house?!  More details to come on that in the future.)

After a nice dinner we came back to our house to play a few games while the clock ticked to midnight.
Michelle & David playing their beloved game of Dominion.  It sounds evil but it's really a lot of fun, especially playing it with these two.

Brad & Ryan
Brad & Lindsey came over later to play games and ring in the New Year with us.

Random picture of Lindsey just to prove that she was there.  She was not about getting her picture taken for some reason.  I thought it was hilarious.  :)

Counting down with Ryan Seacrest and Lady Gaga.

Love this girl!

Ryan being goofy.  We took a ton of pics and this was the best one where he wasn't looking crazy.  Love that man.

Another fun New Years, maybe next year we will go all out.... Oh who am I kidding we will be lucky to make it 'til midnight.  ;)

Friday, January 6, 2012

2011 in Review

Since I started this blog back in '08 I've never gone back and looked over the previous year.  I think it's high time that I start that tradition.  It will be an easy reference point for Ryan & I to remember some highlights from years past.  So here we go!

2011 kind of got off to a sad start with the passing of Ryan's grandmother, Georgia.  The good that came from that was the whole family getting together to honor her memory.  I will always remember the joy everyone had watching all the cousin's sing their childhood song.

Oh man, I remember how bad our weather was last winter.  We had so much snow and ice it was awful driving to and from work.  But we still managed to make it fun.  This was a picture of our little trip to Snow Creek to go tubing down the snow with my family.

We had so much fun this month traveling to Mexico with our good friends Brad, Lindsey & Kelsey.  It was the first time we had been to Puerto Vallarta and it's a trip we will not soon forget.

This month I started taking a photography class with my mother-in-law, Susan.  It was such a neat experience to explore Kansas City and take some unique pictures.  I had a blast with Susan and picked up a few more photography tips.  I still have pictures from that class that I still haven't posted.  Ooops!

In May, Ryan & I celebrated our 5 year anniversary in Chicago.  We both had been there in the past but not together.  Our friends Brad & Lindsey happened to be there the same weekend too which made it even more fun.

In June, our good friend's (Lindsey) show aired on ABC, Expedition Impossible.  That was such crazy experience to watch your friends compete against 12 other teams in Morocco! 

It has become a tradition now to spend the 4th of July in Ryan's home town.  It is so fun to get the family together on the farm for good food and LOTS of fireworks.  No city limits to have to worry about.  ;)

August was a big month!  I had been playing in a women's golf league with my family, joined in on our family's annual golf tournament with Kara, Ryan & Harlan and I turned 28.  It was also probably the hardest time in my life.

September slowed down for us a little bit, and we were able to join Susan & Sally in St. Louis at one of their art fairs.  I did not realize how much work it was to have a booth in an art fair.  Oh. My. Goodness.

This was probably my favorite month of the year.  Sean & Emily were married in Zion Nation Park, the fam spent time beforehand in Vegas and Ryan turned 29 (last year in his twenties!).  I LOVE going on family trips together, and sharing in Sean & Emily's big day made it that much more memorable.


We held Thanksgiving dinner at our home again this year, and it was the first time that Ryan & I made almost the entire dinner ourselves!  It was quite the experience and we loved it.  We were sad that Sean wasn't able to make it due to starting his new job that week.

Ryan & I both agree that this Christmas was our favorite so far.  All the family was together in Ryan's home town  (including Papa & my mom!), it was low key, great food and fun times had by all.

We are gearing up for another full year ahead of us, and we are excited to see what this year has in store.  I'm not one to make resolutions but all the blog posts I've been reading has got me thinking about it more.  This coming year, I've decided to make more of an effort to live in the now.  I need to stop looking forward so much and just enjoy today.  We are not guaranteed tomorrow.  You never know when your life can change in an instant.  I am so blessed and need to learn to let go of certain things I've been clinging to.  I'm ready to start this year fresh with less pressure on myself.  I want to live life to the fullest and glorify God in everything that I do.  I'm excited to see what God has planed for Ryan & I.  You never know what He is up to.  :)