Friday, January 30, 2009

Afternoon at the Park

I discovered I can actually get cell-phone reception at the city park (Crescent is like *the* dead zone of America), so off we went and spent part of our afternoon playing outside.

(new favorite picture)

Thursday, January 29, 2009


I'm very sorry to inform everyone of this, but....
I have no new pictures to share today, so you have to settle with one of those "this day in history" pictures.

I went to the doctor this morning and received a good report. That's great! But...let me tell you about the morning. I got in the shower this morning (you know it's always a good idea to go to the doctor clean). Now I never take long showers unless Wade is home to watch Ryan or Ryan is taking a nap. Ryan wouldn't leave the shower curtain in the tub, so he, more or less, got a shower too...and so did the floor. Ugh. When he finally got the point that he must leave the shower curtain in the tub he left me alone. Unfortunately it got too quiet. It's never a good thing when it gets quiet in my house when Ryan is awake. I cracked the shower curtain and peaked around only to find my son SPLASHING in the toilet. YUCK! I jumped out of the shower, reprimanded him for his poor decisions and while dripping all over him and the floor I promptly washed his hands. That's just gross! It was then that I decided to ban him from the bathroom. I shoved him out the door, closed it and jumped back into the shower. Now my shower was going to be extra short because leaving Ryan unattended is like the scariest thing in the world. I had visions of him climbing to the top of the entertainment center and flying in circles around the ceiling fan. We're talking like Dennis the Menace or Family Circus now. I finished soaping up and rinsing off probably setting a new land-speed record for showering, jumped out, opened the door and was greeted by the cutest little face waiting for me. Awwww.

Speaking of cute...
Ryan rarely ever says mama. I beg him to say it, but he's only let me know that he can say it a couple of times. However...I went to the store last night and when I returned Wade told Ryan that Mama was home. Wade said he ran to the door and yelled, "mama" because he was excited that I was home. still my heart.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Smile of the Century

Brrrrrr....It's Cold Outside!

It is soooo cold outside. Ryan and I had to go outside for a minute though. Last year Ryan wasn't old enough to appreciate the snow, so today we had to go explore it especially since we're not guaranteed a really nice, pretty snow this season. We were outside all of about 2 or 3 minutes though because it was too cold. Temperature: 19 Wind Chill: 8

Monday, January 26, 2009

March for Babies

It's that time of year again!

Please help us raise money for the March of Dimes. Through support from all of us we can help more miracles like Ryan survive! We know many, many babies who have been born early. Some have lived and unfortunately some have died. Please help us make a difference! You can donate by clicking on March for Babies on the sidebar.

Also...we would love, love, love for you to join our team. Last year we really had fun at the walk (other than it was a little chilly). For those of you worried about the amount of walking involved, we walked the short walk (one time around the city block). It was so short we almost decided to walk another round, so NO EXCUSES! For the brave souls there is also a 5.5 mile walk in the beautiful parts of downtown OKC. Half of our team walked the long walk last year and they said it was great fun! Please join us. It's a fantastic way to get to know people and see all the miracles God has given to these beautiful families. It is truly a testimony of God's great love to see so many babies who "shouldn't be here" by the world's standard alive and well on the day of the walk. I feel like the March of Dimes is one tool God uses to equip our medical professionals for saving the lives of babies born too early or born with birth defects.

Our team name: Miracles of Mercy
Our team members so far: Wade, Julie, Ryan, Brian, Janelle, Connor and Macy
Our team goal: $1000

Last year we raised well over $1000 and were awarded several awards for the family team raising the most money. That's an awesome accomplishment! I'm not into awards. If we were to win no awards it doesn't matter to me one bit. All I want to be able to say is that "we made a difference!"

The Walk is May 2, 2009 at the Myriad Gardens.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

This One's For You Mimi!

We've been feeding the birds. Look at our most recent visitors.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Ryan's Room

Last weekend I had to rearrange Ryan's room.

It's all because of this...

little light. It's a night light that Ryan's Aunt Lizzy gave him. It's kind of like a lava lamp. As the bulb warms the fluid inside the cone the stars move around. I thought it was so cute. His room was arranged such that there were no available receptacles to plug in his cute little light so he could see it at night as he falls asleep. His room is rearranged, and in the picture above it was actually clean. That lasted all of about 5 minutes probably. Now his room is arranged, the light can be seen is a mess. But...he's a kid and what kid doesn't have a messy room?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Where There's A Will

You know how the saying goes...where there's a will there's a way. Ryan figured out how to get to the candy on top of the dryer. The only down side for him (plus side for me) is that he has to wait for me to move clothes out of the dryer. He hasn't figured out how to open it yet.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

All About Us Right Now

Here are more of the pictures from our Saturday outdoor fun.

These are during our walk with Nana.

After the walk Ryan needed to "warm up" in the doghouse. :)
I have a lot of random thoughts that I've been collecting and considering how I can put them in a logical post. I've just about decided that it's not going to happen. Instead of trying to develop a poetically wonderful, logical collection of thoughts that flow like a book I'll just spill them all out...right here.

Ryan has re-discovered the mirror. He finds it great fun to sit (or stand) in front of the mirror and make faces. It's even more exciting if someone else joins in on the fun. It's so funny to watch him because his mouth just moves and moves. It almost looks like he's really telling you something, but there isn't any sound.

Ryan is really doing great with the receptive aspect of language. I can tell him to do just about anything and he will do it. Well...sometimes he gives me his "I don't know" look before he decides to follow the directions. Oh....and sometimes he looks at me and chooses to do something else...defiance! It's also been pretty neat to see how he is starting to put things together as in the order of events. For example I can say lets go outside and he will go get his shoes out of the shoebox and bring them to me so I can help him put them on. That also works in reverse...he will bring me his shoes because he wants to go outside. If I don't respond sometimes he will tell me "out" and point at the door.

As for the speaking part of language Ryan is improving. He regularly says bye-bye, out, dada, mama (actually that rarely happens), beow (for cat), off, on, down, roof (for dog), kitty, hot, candy (which by the way is his new favorite word), ju (for juice), doe (for no). As you can see he has a lot of "Ryan's versions" of words. I think he substitutes "b" for "m" thus the beow instead of meow and mama is more like baba. He also substitutes "d" for "n" sometimes. Today he was saying "doe" and shaking his head no. He signs "more" and "all done". "All done" has become the catch all for all those times when it's all done, he wants something to stop, he considers something bad (like the sound of the dryer buzzer), he doesn't like something (like blinking lights--for some reason he hates them.), etc.

SoonerStart will be coming to the house on Tuesday of this week to re-evaluate Ryan. I'm anxious to see what they have to say about him and if he will still qualify for services or if he will be "kicked out" of the program.

Food and eating still remain issues in our household. Part of it is a toddler thing. Some days he likes the food I fix him and the very next day the exact same food is disgusting. Some days he wants to eat all by himself and other days he wants me to feed him. Sometimes I wonder if Ryan eats enough. I put him on the scale the other day. He weighed 21 pounds. For comparison...he weighed 15 pounds when he was 1. It will be interesting to see what the doctor has to say. If I could ever say anything negative about being in a NICU it would be that it sets parents up (myself included) to really fret about food and eating and weight. Of course babies have to eat and gain weight. It's a sign of growth and health. It's part of nutrition. Before you can take your baby from the NICU s/he has to eat a certain amount in a certain time and weigh a certain amount and show a certain amount of regular growth, etc. I think that sets up a (perhaps subconscience) obsession with eating and food and growth. Some of the very best doctors I have ever dealt with have always encouraged me to think less about how much my kids eat and more about the nutrition of what they do consume remembering that their little tummies are much, much smaller than an adults. I have to say that it's sometimes hard not to compare. I was visiting with a friend who said her kids (a few months younger than Ryan) will eat an entire bologna sandwich. Ryan might eat a 1/4 of one...if he wants to. Ryan's thing...he's too busy to eat.

All by himself
is becoming a big thing around here. He loves to do everything all by himself. He gets angry when he can't.

Ryan loves to play music and dance. He and I have at least one "jam session" each day where we break out all the musical instruments and make some music, dance, and laugh. I would make a video of it, but I'm not brave enough for everyone to see just how silly I look dancing around the living room. The mental picture you have now ought to be humiliating enough.

Ryan loves to read books. He just recently started sitting down to read a book in it's entirety (as long as it's short). Of course he loves it when I read the books, but he will even grab a book and "read" to himself occasionally. He has two favorites: That's Not My Truck, and The Foot Book. I bet we read The Foot Book at least a half dozen times everyday. I have it memorized! I bought him a new Dr. Seuss board book yesterday: There's a Wocket in My Pocket. We'll see if that one becomes a new favorite.

Ryan loves his vitamin. He gets one gummy vitamin every morning. And let me tell you...he doesn't EVER let me forget. It's part of the morning routine that he is sure to remind me about.

That's all I can think of about Ryan.

Wade and I have been trying to get in those yearly physicals that everyone says you should have. It's been years since we've gone to a doctor for just a general overall physical with a blood work-up. Wade had his last week and was given a good report. I have mine this Friday. I haven't been having any problems other than my asthma has really been troubling me. I've started taking medicine on a daily basis again. It's so odd though. I've gone 2 years without troubles and all of a sudden I need daily medication again and I find myself breathless and wheezing more often. I'm anxious to talk to the doctor about that although I am convinced that part of it is related to some spiritual warfare and testing. I'll talk about that another day though.

I decided to take a break (one month) from the fertility medicines. Wade and I needed a break from the stress of *trying*. We have been praying about all of it and we've had some much needed great conversations about kids. I'll start the drugs up again next month.

This is exciting for me...probably not for others, though. Zoe (our dog) is going to the vet tomorrow evening. She will be "fixed" on Tuesday. Hooray! I think I'll miss the joy of puppies from time to time, but I KNOW I won't miss the work involved. She just completed her cycle early last week and that four-week span of disgusting...eeewww was enough of a reminder that I don't want that kind of work anymore.

My work is going fine. We are in a slow period. People just spent all their money for Christmas and New Years and are worried about paying their taxes come April, so plumbing jobs are put on hold. I'm hoping to use that for our (Ryan and I) benefit and get out more often. I can forward my calls (on slow days) to my cell and if the weather is nice we can go somewhere like the zoo. I just have to make sure my cell has good reception and that I keep my calendar and notepad with me at all times.

That's all for now. That's enough. As Ryan would say (sign) "All Done!"

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Saturday Fun

My goal today started with trying to stay out of the house as much as possible. The weather has been pretty nice today, so this morning we went for a walk with Nana. Ryan needed a nap after that, so we went home and rested for a couple of hours. After our nap we went to the Martin Nature Park. Here are a few of the pictures from today's day of fun.

More pictures to come tomorrow.

Friday, January 16, 2009

One Of The Reasons I Like Kids... I get to act like a kid too.
Do you like his hair?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Simple Entertainment

You must turn on the sound for this one.
This was taken during our Christmas celebration at my brother and sister-in-law's house.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I Don't Know

Ask him where anything is and this is the response you're apt to get.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Am I Dreaming?

The Puzzles: Answers to questions
I "glued" the puzzles together using ModPodge. The "Spring" picture is glued to cardboard. The "Angel" picture is glued directly to a mirror. The "Winter" picture is glued together but I decided not to glue it to anything. The ModPodge made it sturdy enough I will frame it as is. All of the puzzles are 1000 piece puzzles. I bought some matting material to put around the perimeter of the "Spring" picture before I framed it.

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. --1 John 4:4

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Puzzles for me mean new decor. Am I cheap or what? Seriously, though, our main decor in our living room is made up of puzzles. I decided that it was time to change the scene of the picture over our couch. I decided our current picture is very suitable for spring time, but I figured we need a picture that is more suited for winter time.
Here is the new picture. Wade and I started on this puzzle last Saturday and finished it this past Friday. I think it will look very nice.
Here is the picture hanging on our "Brandy Memorial Wall".

Friday, January 9, 2009

It's Friday!

The weather was very nice yesterday so we were able to spend some time working/playing in the backyard. It was almost like a little hint of spring...just enough to make me long for those early spring days when there is just a hint of new life emerging and the temperatures are mildly pleasant. We've had a couple of days this week reminiscent of spring, but it's Oklahoma. We are now enduring a blustery cold front determined to bring cold weather and the reminder that it is still winter. The weather forecasters are warning us that the coldest weather yet this season is still to come...perhaps in a week or so.

So here are some of our outdoor pictures from yesterday.

Well, I hate to admit it, but I guess I can't change facts. The fact is...I'm sick. Ugh. I started the week with sneezing and severe allergy type symptoms. It was actually the start of some sort of infection...perhaps a cold. Mr. Tux and I have had several dates this week...especially at 3 a.m. I haven't been sick in over a year. Likewise I haven't had any significant problems with my asthma in over a year, and because of that I haven't had any asthma medications on hand. I typically don't have problems except during changing seasons, illnesses, and physical exertion, so I usually just keep a "rescue" inhaler for those breathless moments. I haven't needed one and haven't had one for many months now. I finally decided to go to the doctor today. His diagnosis: asthmatic bronchitis and sinusitis. The prescriptions: Proventil inhaler (woohoo!!'s my new best friend) and augmentin (antibiotic for sinus infection) Since laughter is the best medicine I guess the doctor decided to give me a good laugh too (although I don't think he was trying): Rest this weekend...try to sleep as much as possible. (Yea right, I have a toddler!) Okay...that's enough about me.

I hope everyone has a very blessed weekend.

FOTO Friday

Today's Theme
"Special Friends"
Ryan, Connor and Macy
3 of a Kind

Check out Twin Powers and Tracy for more Foto Friday pictures.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Never a Dull Moment

There is never a dull moment around here. I ran Ryan's bath water this evening per routine and began getting things ready for his bath as Ryan ran around the house playing. I got a little distracted in the kitchen with all the dirty dishes, and as I was putting the dishes in the sink I heard a most unusual sound come from the other room. I scurried down the hall and found this...

I guess Ryan was a little more ready for his bath than I realized. Somehow he managed to climb into the bathtub. He forgot one important step in our bathtime routine know...that step involving removing the clothes. Needless to say, I had a really good laugh tonight.

Afternoon Snack

I got a new popcorn popper for Christmas,
so now Ryan and I have a new afternoon routine.
For our afternoon snack,
we eat popcorn. It's butter, just salt
and just plain yummy!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

It's Alive!!!

Not really.

Ryan got a lizard for Christmas and the instructions said to put it in water and watch it grow. I must say that you would need an incredible amount of patience to *watch* it grow. I was thinking about the little dinosaurs in a capsule (that looked like a pill) that I used to toss in a glass of water or the bathtub as a kid and literally watched them grow (or transform) from a pill to a spongy dinosaur. That's what I had in mind when I saw the lizard. It wasn't exactly like that. It started as a relatively hard rubber lizard. After three days in a pitcher of cold water it was a larger, soft, rubbery, almost slimy lizard. It felt much like I remember a salamander feeling like.

Ryan Update

Ryan is doing much better. Perhaps he had a 24-hour virus of some kind. He hasn't had a fever today. He still isn't 100%, but he's better than yesterday.