Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Easter morning didn't quite go as planned.  Mom came down with a stomach bug, managed to come out for the egg hunt and then spent the next 24 hours in bed.  Therefore, this is the only photo from Easter morning (luckily Ryan caught a lot of the fun on video!)

To make up for the lack of pics, Lily and William humored me with a photo shoot before school this week.  Better late than never!  

 {And the outtakes.  Love these two so much!}

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Let's go Royals

In less than one week, we squeezed in three baseballs games (actually Ryan went to a fourth as he hosted a work seminar one morning, then treated guests to a leisurely afternoon).  Spring training in Arizona is one of the absolute best perks of living here!

After watching so much baseball last fall, William often wakes up asking me if he can go to a baseball game…how could we deny him America's favorite game when it's in our backyard!  Off to Surprise we went on a Sunday afternoon for the Royals versus the SF Giants.  Since this was a 'rematch' from the World Series, it was a fairly full and attentive stadium…and the Royals won!  Take that, dream snatchers  :)

 The next Friday, we pulled Lily out of school at noon and headed to the AZ Diamondbacks stadium where they were playing the Indians.  No worries, William still thinks we were watching the Royals and was a happy camper.  Plus we came home with not one, not two, but three baseballs thrown to us from the bullpen.   

On Saturday, we decided the kids had enough baseball and opted to have an adult only day with our favorite neighbors, James and Karen.  Off to the Diamondbacks vs Royals game we went.  You might remember a few years ago, we did the same thing and ran into Luis Gonzales, who happens to be friendly with our neighbors and upgraded our tickets.  Well, this year he generously gave us tickets ahead of time…we were in row two but forgave him because Art Stewart's family had the seats in row one.  :)  Ryan was in heaven talking to Art's two grandsons about what an amazing scout he was and the impact he had on our team.  My favorite part was Art's daughter telling Ryan how much she appreciated him talking up her father to her sons…she said her boys don't listen to her nor understand all their grandfather did for their family as well as the KC Royals.  Such a neat experience...

horrible seats.  Heckling Moustakas while Hosmer bats!

Already looking forward to Spring training 2016!  

Thursday, April 2, 2015

1st swim lessons

With minimal tears (it was touch and go for a few minutes, but he pulled through), we survived our first swim lesson of the season.  Here's to child #2 being water safe so I can actually relax and enjoy our hot AZ summers!  

The first thing he told Lily at school pick up was "sissy, I swim today.  I cried.  Wahhhhh.  Then I brave.  Miss Alison is sooooo nice.  And I got a BLUE lollipop!"  So in the words of William, it was a good lesson.  :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Easter Egg Hunt

Today the neighborhood Moms Group sponsored our annual Easter Egg Hunt.  First up were baby chicks and a real bunny, followed by age-group egg hunts, and finally pictures with the Easter bunny.  {Guess which one of my children was deathly afraid of the Easter bunny and would scream anytime he was nearby?} 

A fun afternoon was had by all!  


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lily and William's vacation

While Mom and Dad were out of town, Lily and William were treated to quite a fun 'vacation' with their Nanny!  I swear that lady has ten times more energy and stamina than I do…the amount of activities they squeezed in over four days was amazing!

~A family favorite…the train park!  Including ice cream as well as the carousel.  I'm amazed Lily rode a horse…she will rarely do that for me unless Ryan is with us.  Brave girl!

~lots of fun outdoor playtime enjoying our gorgeous late winter weather

~a trip to Build-a-Bear at Fashion Square Mall.  Lily chose a bunny and William chose Olaf.    I will never be able to take the kids to the mall again without requests to go back (and buy more accessories, ha!)…they both loved it!

~At Christmas, Lily and Nanny received a joint gift…tickets to Rodger and Hammerstein's Cinderella.  Special one-on-one time with our girl while William stayed home with a babysitter.  

~Final evening with Nanny…a date to the Lizard!

Thank you Nanny for creating so many memories with Lily and William, while allowing Ryan and I to get away for a few days!  We are so very thankful for all that you do!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

San Diego

Ryan and I were treated to his company's Top Producers trip last week…four days in sunny San Diego.  Thankful to Ryan and all his {very!} hard work, as he has to earn this trip each year. And very thankful to Nanny who offered to watch the kids so we could get away!

We were off early Wednesday to the airport and after a short flight, arrived at the amazing Hotel Del Mar just in time for lunch.  Bloody Mary breakfast and a little wine at lunch, followed by a nap (ha!) makes for a pretty good start to our vacation!

Upon settling in our room, we heard a knock on the door, only to find that Mallory and Casey had sent a completely unnecessary, but amazingly sweet (and much appreciated!) gift thanking us for their visit in January.  I love and am always amazed at how thoughtful these two are!

As always, Ryan had a business meeting the first day, followed by some free time.  We chose to hang out at the resort, relax, and then have a quiet dinner by ourselves in Del Mar.  Horrible view while dining, but we made it work.  :)

Day two was a spa and pool day, followed by the awards dinner and gala that evening.  As always, the venues Ryan's company finds are amazing and truly display the city we are visiting at their best.  We were in a penthouse downtown, overlooking the Padres baseball stadium.  Hard to see, but the grass below is where Lily was  three years ago.  

Our final full day was spent wine tasting in Temecula Valley.  Not quite Napa or Sonoma, but we had such a fun day sightseeing and enjoying a few of Ryan's co-workers.  

Wrapping up our San Diego trip, "Top Gun" style!  We had a private tour of the helicopters at the Marine Corp Air Station Miramar followed by dinner at the officer's club.  Dressing up for the theme was optional, and of course we couldn't resist pulling off our own version of Maverick and Charlie.  

Thank you Ryan, once again, for your hard work this year.  It takes a lot to make this trip, and I am so very proud of you!