Saturday, January 31, 2009

Allie Ready to dance

Allie is going to the Red Raven Dance Clinic in a little while. Here she is dressed up in her new
"dancer outfit" grandma & grandpa sent for Valentines! We had to do her hair (and make sure we had a bow in it) and put a little make up on so she would be a beautiful dancer girl.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Basketball Free Throw Contest

I know I many people either saw the free throw contest or (if you were MIA that night) you heard about it (Grandma and Grandpa). Anyway, I wanted to write it here to document it (in other words, I will eventually get old and forget and if I write it here, hopefully I will remember to put it in the scrapbook/baby album/family album (what ever it is that I eventually get around to making to document the kiddos lives).

So, last Saturday we were at a CCC Red Ravens basketball game against Labette County Community College. I guess during the girls game they had a lay up contest and Ryan started to go out and sign up, but was too late to get added to the sign up list. Then during the boys half time, they had a free throw contest/Knock out game. Ryan was the only little guy out there (the announcer kept saying lets cheer for the little guy and here comes the little guy again!). The other 9 kids playing consisted of a middle school kid, one adult and the rest were college kids.

Ryan was first up and he sunk his first free throw easily (and this was on the regular court with the regulation size and height basket and everything)! The crowd went crazy cheering!!! You could tell Ryan was kind of nervous because he kept clinching and unclinching his fists at his sides. So he ran to the back of the line to wait his next turn. On his next turn up, he sunk his shot and actually got the girl ahead of him out! Again, the crowd roar was amazing! On his third turn up, a Labette College student was behind him and got him out. The crowd booed so loud that the contest organizer let Ryan continue in the game. It kept going and Ryan kept making his shots and getting people out. In the end it came down to Ryan and one other CCC baseball boy. The CCC baseball boy knew who the crowd favorite was (the cheers when Ryan would make a shot were awesome!), so when Ryan missed his shot and had to run to rebound the ball and try another, the baseball kid just underhanded the ball and "missed" so Ryan had to time get back and make the winning shot! They took Ryan to the scorers table and announced his name and his prize. He won $5 credit at the concession stand. He raced off the court to go get his prize (starburst and gatorade). I have been told by the little superstar that I MUST save his empty gatorade bottle FOREVER to help him remember that night. The rest of the evening he walked around with this little air of confidence. It was so cute! People were coming up to comment on his win and congratulate him. As if he doesn't already think he owns that gym! We told him he can't always compete in the half time stuff (don't want the crowd to get tired of him out there). I just wish I whipped out my camera and got some video so I could have posted it! I know one thing is for sure, if Ryan gets too much of an attitude from this experience, I can cut him off at the laces, because he doesn't know how to tie his own shoes and I'll refuse to tie his shoes (then he can't go to the gym) if he does get that attitude!

At the game last night Jeff said he had some people come up and mention Ryan's half time shots to him. After the game, we had our usual little practice session in the gym for almost an hour. During the last ten minutes of our shooting, I told Ryan I would pay him ten cents for every shot he made. He made $5.00 worth of baskets and has decided this is a great little game, because he wants to save up for some new wii gear!

Sunday, January 11, 2009


These Photos were taken last year at the Independence Zoo. I am not counting them towards my 365 project, just sharing them. I have two photos (one from yesterday and one from today) that I will try and post on Monday.

Friday, January 9, 2009




Summer sunset

Going back through my old photos, I found these summer sunset pictures I had to share.


Inspired by a photographer I recently met who does awesome still life photography and renewed communication with my cousin Jeff who has once again picked up a camera to create amazing still life photography, I went out today to shoot some nature in my own backyard. Although we are in the dead of winter, I did manage to get some interesting angles and shots.

Trial for a blog frames set

I purchased a blog frames set recently and wanted to test it out. The I grabbed are from a trip to the park and zoo last February.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Day 8 of 365

Allie finally learned to shoot on the big goal tonight!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Day 7

My day started this morning at about 2 a.m. when Allie woke up from a late nap (she fell asleep at 6 p.m. on Tuesday night). So, we were having Cherry rolls at about 2 this morning when she woke up hungry.

Then Allie fell asleep at about 5:30 this evening (just about an hour before we were supposed to leave for the Baseketball game tonight). I was holding her in the recliner and left her sitting alone on the recliner for a minute while I went outside to get Ryan's football he had left in the yard. When I returned, this is how Allie was sleeping.

Day 6

Last night after supper I had some extra dishes that needed washed by hand. I got a great helper to do the job! Ryan did an excellent job of washing while I rinsed and Jeff dried. It is the first time at the sink he hasn't sloshed water all over when "helping"

Monday, January 5, 2009

Day 5

Today was the day Ryan & Jeff had to go back to school and work. Allison woke up just as they were getting shoes on and getting ready to leave. Needless to say, she was not happy about being left behind by the boys! She wanted Daddy & Ryan to stay home and watch Drake and Josh with her. Here they are hugging before the boys had to leave. In the one picture, you can just see Ryan's arm around Allie as the three of them are hugging.

Day 4 of 365

Wow! This is only Day 4 of the project. It could be interesting to see how many days I actually remember to complete. Yesterday was such a COLD day! Jeff helped me out by getting on the ladder and removing the last of the wallpaper in our bedroom. I had all the lower parts of the wallpaper removed a few months ago, but my fear of heights prevented me from removing the upper areas! So, now I can find my motivation (and time) to paint the walls. The second picture is of the stickie notes I have placed around the house to remind me to take a photo for the 365 project. This note is on my computer. Yesterday I spent time organizing my 2008 family photos. I am bad about placing on the computer, burning a disc and not sorting through them. So, I now have everything sorted and labeled. For 2009 I hope to try to keep them more organized right off the bat and not have to backtrack and delete duplicates and things! Big plans, big hopes, for me in 2009 :)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Day 3

With the beautiful weather outside yesterday, we spent some time outside playing baseball and soccer. We also brushed Buster, scooped his dog messes and watched the kiddos acting like monkeys on the swing set.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Day 2 of 365 Project

The kids helped daddy repaint the bird feeder today. They selected KU colors so the birds would see it well.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Day 1 of 365 Project

Today I painted the kitchen and entry hall. They are the same beige as the rest of the house. Although I was not in the mood to paint, it is a project that has been half finished for a few months and it was good to get it done finally. There is also a picture of Ryan playing his wii games. There is also a cute picture of the kiddos celebrating the New Year.