Monday, February 22, 2010


Valentine's Day is always fun and I enjoy having a day to celebrate LOVE!
It is also special to me as 8 years ago Ry proposed the day after V-day just to throw me off his trail. Turkey!
Ry outdid himself first by taking the big girls Lys and Bella out on a daddy daughter date Friday night to Ihop and Kangaroo Zoo! This is my favorite tradition our fam has started.
Saturday was Mama's night out with dad complete with flowers, a trip to a yummy Thai food place / a movie, and a couple gifts!! He had made me promise not to get him anything and "honor his wishes" and so I didn't (except a little gag gift) so I kinda felt like a jerk. However, we had a great long overdue date and loved every minute of our time together! My sweetheart
V-day breakfast!!
The big girls out on the town during their daddy daughter date!!
At Ihop on their date with Dad!
Special V-day do!
Lyssie's do!
Can you feel the love?!?!?!

Friday, February 5, 2010


Our trip to Australia turned into......

a trip to

The day before we were supposed to leave for Australia
our sweet 5 month old baby who already had croup was

diagnosed with
Pnuemonia in the
and later that same night
in the ER
with RSV.
They admitted her the day we were supposed to leave. I probably analyze things too much but for me the timing of this was all too strange. And as disappointing as it was to miss out on a trip like this to Australia (all paid for by Ry's company) we knew where we were needed and were humbled by it all.
We were there from Sunday night to Wednesday afternoon.
We received numerous calls from friends and family offering their love and support while she was there and even when she got out.

Sweet tired tan Ryan with his little sickie baby.

This was the scrumptious meal prepared by our VT's Wednesday night when we were able to bring Laynie home.

A whole chicken
with potatoes
carrots, (rolls not pictured)

Jello salad w/sprinkles
(a big hit with the girls :)
especially since I am not a jello maker at all.

And a chocolate cake to top it all off! This was a big hit with Ryan :)

These sweet ladies went all out for us.

In the end we have a happy healthy baby, are saving lots of money from all the stuff we've been returning from our trip(plus not having to pay taxes on the trip), are still kinda tan since we had to build our base tan before we left, and have discovered a whole new appreciation for our children and the love we have for them and that we would do absolutely anything in our power for them. We've joked that one day when Melayna is a teenager and angry at us about something we'll tell her "We love you so much and we can prove it.."

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Disposable Sweater!

This is how my sweater looked when I bought it
This is how my sweater looked after it's 1st wash on delicate of course like the tag says
And unless you want to hand press every individual freakin petal (who has that kind of time, not I) this is a one time- wear / throw-away / disposable sweater.
So I was in a mood last week...... one of those moods where you don't really worry about saying exactly how you feel. And I was out shopping for my trip to Australia in my new found favorite store where I previously had purchased this sweater and I had to say something about it and this is how it went.........

Me: "you know that flower sweater that is so cute that I washed once and all the flowers have shriveled up and now looks like GARBAGE, and I can't wear it now?"
Manager: Oh yeah I got the same one washed it once and same thing happened to mine so I had to get rid of it.....
Me: (growing angrier by the second) "Well I'm sorry but that's not ok with me, I don't buy things to wear them once and get rid of em" and (quite frankly in my opinion she is just silly if she is going to accept that) I want to talk to your...........looking at her tag ohhhhhhh she is the manager. Hmmmm....
Manager: "Well I can't really do anything on my end I'd have to talk to corporate about this (this store does not return things. And when and if they do it's for in-store credit and they are very strict on their 30 day policy) and my 30 days was long up and gone.

Me: "Yes please you call corporate I will wait right here."....... I'm happy to report that once she got ahold of corporate a few days later she granted me a return for in-store credit.
Moral of the story ladies is we do not have to take crap like this laying down or standing up!! When something doesn't make sense question it. The End!