Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Ry's 7 yr checkup

My Ry-Ry is growing up!  There are times he actually sounds like an adult, and his sense of humor is definitely maturing.  Time is just flying by, I can't believe he's almost done with 1st grade and his reading has drastically improved!  This boy is always on the go, he's into ALL the sports:  basketball, soccer, football, swimming, etc.  I love that he is so full of life.

His annual checkup was at the end of April.  He weighed 55 lbs and was 49.5" tall which puts him in the 75th percentile.  He's on track to hit 6'1"!  Thankfully no shots this time around, though he did have to have a wart frozen off his baby toe.  He did so well!  My brave boy.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Ry's 7th Birthday - Nananananana Batman!!!

My little boy is growing up so fast!  I can't believe he's now 7 years young; reading, protecting his little sister and mastering his humor/teasing.  He's such an amazing, loving, handsome, sweet, caring, kind, funny, intelligent, energetic little guy full of life and smiles! You love your family, friends and football and put all your heart and energy into everything you do. You make us very proud and we love you very much!  💝🎂🎉🎁

1st grade, Spring Pics - 2018
This year we celebrated his birthday with a batman theme 🦇 at DARTemUP.  They had a pretty sweet birthday package that allowed the kids 70 mins of dart'em up tag experience (where they break into teams and battle it out, similar to lazer tag), 45 mins in the party room with pizza and a movie, gift bags for all the kids and then $8 worth of arcade tokens for each guest!

For his batman theme I scoured the web and pinterest for batman cakes and finally settled on a 2 layer cake that had the bat symbol on top and Gothan City around the cake edges.  I was extremely happy with how it turned out and found some amazing sugar sheets at Michaels to achieve the affect.  I also made 24 cupcakes with batman rings that I found on amazon.

batman cake and cupcakes

I thought it would be fun if we all wore bat apparel as a family.  I had fun tracking down some shirts for the hubby (batdad) and I (batmom).  Ry already had 2 batman shirts and Carsy had a batgirl dress.  We looked heroic if I do say so myself!

Batmom ready for action!

bat family


bat parents

The kids had a blast choosing their nerf guns and dividing into teams.  Ry got an upgraded nerf gun as he was the birthday boy.  After some initial rules/training and choosing their protective goggles, they were led into one of the obstacle rooms to begin their tag experience.  Those kids really got into it!  I saw some of them diving behind barrels, low crawling and somersaulting.  Some of the parents even got into it and participated in the battles. I was able to walk around and take video and pictures as long as I wore the goggles.

receiving instructions and safety rules

waiting for their weapons

birthday boy is armed and dangerous

nerf wars!

After some intense battles, we moved into the party room for pizza and cake.  They even had a TV set up on the wall and were able to play the Lego Batman movie while the kids ate.   They were mesmerized...the quietest I'd seen them all day.  🍕 🎂

pizza time

Happy Birthday to You!
After pizza and cake we passed out gift bags and headed to the arcade room to wrap it up.  The kids each got a ton of tokens to play video games, air hockey and prize games.

arcade games

That's a wrap!  Heading home to open gifts

We waited until we arrived at home to open all the presents.  🎁  Ry received some awesome gifts and started playing with them right away.  This year we gave Ry some remote control bumper cars that he had been raving about.  They are a ton of fun to crash!

A big thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated Ryland's 7th birthday with us❣ 💗

bumper cars

our protector

My pinterest site contains links to all the party items:

Party City - batman plates, napkins, cupcake stand.  (GASP,  I forgot balloons!!!)
Amazon - Batmom/dad shirts, batman cupcake ring toppers, presents
Cake supplies - Michaels, HEB

Monday, October 30, 2017

Carsyn's 4th Birthday - Princess Belle/Hello Kitty

Happy 4th Birthday to our precious baby girl Carsyn.  You are full of spunk and life with a lovely, quirky sense of humor.  You brighten up our lives with your generous nature, amazing hugs and lovable kisses.

Carsyn was the happiest princess on the block for her royal celebration.  She was beyond ecstatic when Princess Belle arrived to socialize with the birthday girl and entertain her guests.  I was concerned about the weather as a cold front came through that weekend accompanied by 20 mph winds!  Luckily it warmed up to a comfortable 68 degrees just in time for her party, albeit a bit windy.  This year we hosted her party at our neighborhood pavilion. 

Carsyn is all about Hello Kitty and Princess Belle, so we combined them both as her theme!  I found most of her party supplies at Party City or Amazon.com.  As the party started after lunch we provided royal snacks based on Disney movies.  In the background we played Kids Disney songs from Pandora.

We found Princess Belle at Princess Parties and More and booked the Glass Slipper package.  Carsyn and all the other kids reactions were priceless, totally worth it!  They played games, read books, had their faces painted and took pictures with the Princess.  The night before her party, Princess Belle called Carsyn to tell her how excited she was to be invited to her celebration.  She even sent Carsyn a thank you note with a picture of the two of them after the party. 

The evite:

Be Our Guest
for an Enchanted Royal Celebration!

Princess Carsyn is turning 4!

All Princesses, Princes and Pirates from across the land
are gathering for an event that's sure to be grand!

Royal attire encouraged. (Any storybook character will do!)
Carsyn is all about Hello Kitty, so it's a Princess Hello Kitty party!

We will have a visit from Princess Belle for storytelling, games, magic and so much more!

Royal Snacks, drinks and cake will be served.

Happy Birthday Carsyn!

Princess Belle and Birthday girl

Make a wish!

The setup
The royal setup, complete with costumes!

The foods:  Disney themed
midnight kisses, Chips chips and Ariel's fish food

Try the grey stuff, it's delicious!  Frog prince crown sandwiches

forest fruit

Belle Cake and Hello Kitty cupcakes

I found the cake idea on Pinterest.  I already had the giant cupcake pan so I used that as the base (dress) part.  The Beast and Belle dolls I ordered off Amazon.  I had to remove Belle's clothing to put her in the cake and then frosted on her dress.  For the hello kitty cupcakes I bought ring toppers and the stand came from party city.  Easy peasy!  Carsyn's dress/costume came from Sam's Club or Costco.

Princess Belle attended the party!

fancy slippers

pirate coins

parachute games

chasing bubbles


Goodie bags:
Swords, jewels, ring pops and frogs for the boys
Tiaras, wands, jewels, ring pops and frogs for the girls

my little lady

We waited until we were back home to open gifts.  Carsyn was one happy little princess.  A huge thank you to everyone that was able to join us and celebrate Carsyn's royal 4th birthday! 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Yet another scar

My daughter has a knack for tripping and landing on her face, resulting now in her 3rd facial scar.  😞  I'm not sure if she tripped over her own feet or the floor but she landed on the edge of a wooden stool and received this pretty laceration.  This chick digs scars....

A quick trip to the ER and they were able to glue it closed.

It didn't even phase her, she was back to her normal self as soon as we left the ER.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ry's 1st loose tooth!

Ry lost his very 1st tooth in May, almost 1 month after his 6th birthday and 1 week before graduating from Kinder.  The boy was super excited to see what the tooth fairy would bring him.  Lo and behold the next morning he woke up to a $2 prize!  Ry was thrilled, and now he's got a 2nd loose bottom tooth!

1st bottom tooth is out!

With his monster tooth pillow

Tooth fairy has arrived!

Ry's Kinder Graduation

And just like that we have a 1st grader on our hands!  Ryland graduated from Kinder today (5/30/2017) with a huge smile and he earned the 'best friend' award.  The ceremony took about 45 mins to get through all 6 classes and they concluded by singing their class song "The Kindergarten Class" (to the theme of the Addams family) and the school song "Rowe Lane Rockets".  Afterwards they celebrated with a pizza party in their classrooms.  The school year flew by and just like that it's summer! :D

Quick yearly followup:  At his 6 yr checkup (in April) he measured 46 inches tall, weighed 48 lbs and is just above average (height/weight) for his age group.  Happy and healthy and ready to take on the world!

We are so proud of you Ryland!

Happy graduate!

Mrs Smith's kinder class and Ry's star on the red carpet

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ryland's 6th Birthday - Sharks!

Ryland had a Jawesome birthday party this year.  Ever since he started playing this shark game on his table he's been really into sharks: shark toys, video games, shark Lego's, shark shirts...you name it!  So we settled on a shark theme and booked Austin's Park N Pizza for the venue.  The weather this year was perfect, normally we run into rain.  It was partly cloudy, nice cool breeze, high 60's/low 70s, couldn't have asked for better weather!

The evite

Come take a
BITE out of
Ryland's 6th Birthday Party!
It's a party you can sink your teeth into!  
The party will include mini golf, rides, laser tag and arcade games.
Pizza and cake will be provided.
We have the room from 10:30-noon,
then the kids will be able to play as long as they want on all the rides/games.

Once again Pinterst has been my friend in helping me gather my thoughts for a shark themed party.  I found some awesome shark favors at Oriental Trading Co, a couple really cute cake and cupcake ideas as well as a shark balloon from Party City.   I also managed to find him a Jawsome shark shirt at a consignment event!  Couldn't believe my luck on that one, NWT too!  :)

the favors

favors and gifts
a boy and his shark toys...

For the main cake I baked a red velvet sheet cake and cut it out in the shape of a shark.  Of course then Ryland told me he wanted a killer whale cake, hence the brown/black coloring.  :)  I then made yellow cake cupcakes with tinted blue frosting and added shark lollipops to the top to make it look like a shark head or fin was on top of waves.  I think they turned out super cute!

Red velvet sheet cake and the shark I traced and cut out

trimmed and ready to be iced

Such a cute killer whale!

shark cupcakes (head and fin lollipops)

the birthday boy and his cakes

Ryland was super excited to spend the day with his friends from the hood, daycare and Kinder class.  They played laser tag, drove the go karts, tried their hands at mini golf, rode some roller coasters and enjoyed the arcade.  We made sure to book the earliest time for his party (10:30am) to give them ample time to partake in all the activities, we stayed until 2pm!

ready for cake

Happy birthday to you!

nom nom nom all the pizza


ready to race

video games

waiting for laser tag

mini golfers

strike a pose

We waited until we arrived at home to open all the presents.  Ry received some amazing gifts and dived right into playing with them and building Lego's.  We presented Ry with a new big boy bike (18") for this birthday, which he immediately wanted to test out.

 A big thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated Ryland's 6th birthday with us❣

happy birthday boy

18" bike

My pinterest site contains links to all the party items:

  • Party City - Shark balloon
  • Oriental Trading - Jawsome shark lollipops, shark squirter, shark plush toys, shark tooth candy necklaces, shark favor box