July 21, 2014

4th of July weekend

This year for the 4th of July weekend we (and Jimmy's dad!) headed out to the river to camp.  4 nights and I wasn't ready to come back to town yet.  I don't think I have mentioned this before but we got a new camper  a few weeks ago.  It's absolutely awesome.  Jimmy and I both agree that we could definitely live in it for quite a while, though we wouldn't since that would take the fun out of camping for us.  We are definitely planning on some long RV traveling when we get older.  We have both had our fair share of tent camping and are definitely at the point we prefer some comfort... and air conditioning.  Anyway we got there Wednesday evening and Jimmy's cousin Jackie, her husband Brian and their son arrived at the same time stayed a couple nights in their pop up.

You can't by bottle rockets in Oklahoma so Jimmy and I took a quick drive into Arkansas to pick some up.  Kiera spent the night setting those off.  This is one of those things that I know some parents would freak out about.  We are not the type of parent that is going to stick a sparkler in a red solo cup to keep her from getting burned.  How else are do we learn?  By getting hurt and learning things the hard way.  Besides the only person to get injured was me when she wasn't watching were her punk was and burned my leg.    

Jimmy let his inner geek shine and set up an projector and sheet to watch movies on. 
My father in laws new puppy is the sweetest little thing.  He is a daschund/terrier mix of some sort.  We are pretty convinced I am his 2nd favorite person.    He did great around the fireworks.  Berkley was another story.  He went off and hid in the woods somewhere for over an hour covered in cockleburs and sand. 

On the 4th we did a 6 mile canoe trip with Jackie and Brian and got to visit with another cousin Destre for a little bit that wasn't able go with us.  At least we all got a picture together!

Who cares that 2 of them aren't looking at the camera?  I don't! 

Of course that evening we blew up a massive amount of fireworks and documented Kiera's yearly picture with them.

Girls trying to play football with the boys.  Too stinking cute.

Saturday we went on another 6 mile float trip in a raft with some friends that we met up with.  That was a long day on the river but so wonderful.  Jimmy injured his face shallow diving (which he has done 100 times before and never got hurt he will tell you), but I will spare him and not show the picture of his black eye and cut upper lip. 

June 30, 2014


Back in 1976  (I think that was the year) my dad was in Ryan Oklahoma (a tiny little town that doesn't even have a stoplight) at his family's farm.  He and my uncle ran into town when they ended up seeing a cousin of theirs, who had my mom with her.  So my mom and dad met and the rest is history, and that is where I got my middle name of Ryan.  I have fond memories of playing at the farm as a child.  I found out that a lot of my family was going to be there and decided to take Kiera and myself on the 3.5 hour trip down to spend the weekend with everyone.  Jimmy couldn't get off work early and he ended up working for a bit on Saturday anyway.
Almost every conversation began with "Remember when", there were lots of laughs, deep conversations, old home movies, and we were all in awe at how grown up we are.  There were early mornings of drinking coffee on the back porch wrapped in a blanket, swimming in the Red River, riding 4 wheelers, and eating well.  I knew I needed to see my family, but I guess I never realized exactly how much.  Since they all live near Oklahoma City or in Texas (except for my parents and brother) I don't get to see them nearly often as I like.  I will definitely cherish these pictures.







June 2, 2014

1st grade done

Kiera's last day of school was on Friday.  She has been "promoted" (whatever that means) to 2nd grade.  Of course I took her picture to document the change in just a few short months.  I plan on making a book of first and last day school pictures.  The only other picture we take every single year on the same day is her with the fireworks.  She is just gonna have to deal with me taking these pictures every year.  She will appreciate it one day. 

First Day 1st Grade

  Last day 1st grade


 Those black shoes she is wearing there are actually wedges.  She really wanted them so she bought them with her own money.  After looking at this and thinking of how much she is growing and can see glimpses of her older self more and more every day, I went back and looked at her Kindergarten and Pre-K school pictures which led me to look at her baby pictures too.  I could totally have another baby Kiera.  I still do NOT want another baby, but she was (and still is) quite awesome.  It got me to thinking about this post by Jen Hatmaker, that her growing up will be slow, even though it really does fly by. Kiera is still the same person she was as a baby by being really laid back and doesn't stress over changes, she is still as friendly as ever as she was when she was 2 and 3 years old, and she still isn't afraid to voice her opinion like when she was 4.  She will be 7 in a couple months and is definitely the same person she has always been just bigger. 

May 12, 2014

The Time You Have (In JellyBeans)

I attended a training class for work the last week and they played this video.  I think I need to move around some of the jelly beans in my life. 

May 8, 2014

Dinner for Dada

Jimmy stayed home sick the other day and Kiera was quite surprised to see he was in bed when she got home from school (I left work early to tend to him and picker her up from school). She decided that he needed a healthy dinner and took it upon herself to make something for him.

He didn't eat any of it though. He would have eaten the bread, the carrots only if they were cleaned and in bite size pieces so he could dip them in ranch, tomatoes only if they are made into spaghetti sauce or ketchup, and I don't believe I have ever seen him take a bite of a banana. It's the though that counts though.  But since she did have those tomatoes and carrots out I went ahead made a couple salads for lunch this week. 
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