Monday, December 29, 2008

Ryder's FIRST Snow Experience!

Believe it or not, Ryder has never been in snow!! So this weekend my mom, sister, aunt, cousin, and the "boys" (Ryder & Jordan) took the 2.5 hour drive up to Flagstaff and got a hotel room. Here is the amazing part: We arrive in Flag and I get Ryder out of the car. Snow is piled EVERYWHERE and he immediatly says "Momma Snow, SNOW Mama". Now this kid has NEVER seen snow, how on earth did he know what it was?? The only thing I could think of was the cartoons on TV this time of year feature snow and Christmas-y stuff and he had to have learned it from cartoons!!

On Sunday we took the boys sledding and had a blast. Ryder LOVED it. He couldn't get enough of the snow. And when I wasn't fast enough to "reload" the sled, he would lay on his belly like a penguin and try to go down the hill on his belly. He would get frustrated at his mittens and take them off, then the snow was so cold it hurt his hands and he would cry! Poor kid couldn't figure the whole "mittens-are-good-for-you" thing out.

Jordan on the other hand did not like the snow at all. One trip down on the sled and he was done for the day. He begged NOT to go again.

Here are the boys all bundled up:

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Santa Came!!

With the Nish family living next door and me too lazy to put up a tree this year (don't shoot me!) we wrote Santa a letter and asked if he could deliver our gifts to the Nish household so we could do Christmas together. He must have gotten the letter! Sheri & Adam's living room was full of presents. To top it off we had to set our alarms for 6:30 and do Christmas unwrapping that early as poor Jandi had to work at 7:30! We got up, woke the kids and it was still dark outside. ALL the Munns' children (6 of them) plus their significant others and three kids. It was a full house. Again, the kiddos made out!! :ater on we all took naps after that very early morning start.

Merry Christmas to you and yours. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your families too!This is a picture of Kasey breaking into our house! About 8am after all the presents were unwrapped and it appeared that Christmas had thrown up in Sheri's living room, we head home only to realize we were locked out. Mindy's boyfriend Matt didn't understand our lock apparently and locked us out. With no way in since all our keys and such were inside. Luckily, Gerald recalled not locking the balcony door after plugging in Christmas lights the night before. So we borrowed a ladder and Kasey was brave enough to go up. Thankfully the door was unlocked. The one time I am happy Gerald didn't lock the door! Ha Ha

Christmas Eve 2008

This is the night we all await in anticpation. We fall asleep wondering if we were good enough the past year to have Santa bring us presents. Or are we to expect coal? Well before Kasey and Ryder and I tuck ourselves in bed this chilly night (trust me 50 in Phoenix is chilly!) we head to the Buskohl house for some Christmas Eve festivities. My mom and dad had all of her family and all of Kasey's family over. It was a pleasant sort of chaos. Today is also my mom's birthday, so we get to celebrate that as well. The kiddos made out of course! Rest of us got quite a bit too. Kasey and I left with a Wii Fit which I promptly ran home and set up. It is so much fun!! I have no balance and the damn thing even told me so and asked if I tripped often! (Somewhere in Texas I think I hear Scotti chuckling at this. Thanks.)

Nana (aka Kasey's mom Jeri) got the three kiddos matching "pimp" jammies as we like to call them. Their little silk button up jammies were very festive and they all looked so cute wearing them. Kasey called Ryder "Baby Hef" all night in honor of Hugh Hefner. Too funny! Well we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and I hope you wake up to lots of goodies tomorrow!

Happy Birthday Mom! XOXOXO

Sheri & Kasey:

Baby Hef:

Dani, Michelle, and Dyan:

Sunday, December 21, 2008

My Loves

My two men in my life getting ready for a bike ride to the park. Love you guys!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Zoo Addicts

Thanks to my friend Liz, we are now addicted to the zoo and proud Phoenix Zoo Members. Ryder and I tend to visit the zoo about once a week and we try to drag what friends and family we can along with us. But when no one wants to join us, we have just as much fun by ourselves. Ryder loves the freedom of running through the zoo (yes, running, why walk when you can run everywhere? must be nice to be a 2 year old). He also loves to climb up all the fences and exhibit barriers he can. The other day he actually freaked me out a bit when he climbed up the wire fence around the lions and got pretty high. I actually had to reach over my head, on my tippy toes to pull him down. He is really a monkey and belongs right at home at the zoo. Ha Ha! His favorite exhibits are the amazon fish tank (probably because he can reach his hands into the water) and petting the goats (which I find very GROSS). There are also lots of pigeons around the zoo, and he spents a good amount of time chasing them. Guess we didn't need to buy a membership, you can chase pigeons on any Phoenix street!
Here are a few pics from some recent trips:

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!! I didn't get many pictures but here are a couple of Ryder, Reni, and Jordan at the 'kiddie' table. There is one benefit to having kids... you are no longer obligated to be sitting at the kiddie table. Your kids now get too! My parents, sister, and nephew Jordan came over to my house along with all of Kasey's siblings and his mom for Thanksgiving. I am thankful I get to spend so much time with my loved ones. It is a blessing to be living so close and having kids close in age. I hope these three little ones grow up the best of friends!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Whip Cream.... EVERYWHERE!

What happens when a two year old and a three year old get ahold of a cool whip tub when parents aren't looking? THIS!! Ryder and Reni took it upon themselves to wipe whip cream on EVERY surface of my kitchen. There where sticky white hand prints on every cabinet, the floor, the wall, the door, themselves, even the DOG! These pictures don't even do the mess justice. By the time we caught them, the damage was done and the kids were so happy we couldn't do anything but laugh ourselves. Let's just hope there won't be a repeat performance!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween 2008

We took Ryder (as a dragon) and Serenity (as a Tinkerbell) out around the neighborhood. The kids got so much candy, they couldn't carry their buckets by the end of the night! We would push Ryder in the stroller to a house and he would leap out and run to the door. He even said "Trick or Treat" and "Thank you" to everyone. Of course it sounded more like "Treeeorreet" and "Tinku". Then he would run back to the stroller, hop in and say, "More!! Dada, more."

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Party Combo

Today we held a party in honor of Ryder's birthday and a housewarming party. We made sure to have a cake for Rhonda & Jandi too! (Jandi's birthday was 10/24 and she turned the big 1-8!) We rented a giant jumper for the kiddos but I think maybe they were still a tad too young for it. Except for Kasey's young cousin Deon! I am pretty sure he hung out in the jumper the entire couple hours he was over here. Late in the night Gerald and Kasey did climb in and attempt to box in it, so that was pretty entertaining. This picture to the left was us trying to sing happy birthday to Ryder, Rhonda, and Jandi but Ryder kept sticking his fingers into the icing (see his face?). It was a fun party and thank you to everyone who came by to make it special. We have the best family and friends!!

(Picture 1) Jordan, Matty, Ryder, and Serenity playing with Ryder's new toys. The kid was spoiled rotten and got lots of new, fun things.
(Picture 2) Ryder with his Great Grandma & Grandpa Nitschke (aka GigiMa & GigiPa).
(Picture 3) Happy 18th Birthday Jandi Jo!
(Picture 4) Mama and Dada try to make funny noises to get Ryder to smile... didn't work.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Ryder is TWO!!!

Tonight, Kasey & I celebrated Ryder's second birthday with our own little celebration. Since it was just the three of us, we bought a little cake and sang him happy birthday. This boy loves cake!!! I cannot beleive my little man is TWO! I know everyone says it, but time flies once you have a kid. We are having Ryder's birthday party next weekend. It will actually be a birthday party/housewarming party combo. More pics to come from that!!

And, we must remember Ryder's 10/19 birthday is also shared with his great Aunt Rhonda and Great Grandma Buskohl! All three have the same birthday. Must be the luckiest day! Two years later, I still feel so blessed that Ryder shares this birthday with them and thrilled Grandma was alive to see it happen too.


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Our New House!

At the end of September, we moved into our brand new (huge) home. This is my first ever 'ownership' of a home, so I feel so very OLD now. Ha! Since I work for the builder that built this home, I got to pick every thing out (within a tight budget of course) and really personalize the home. That was a very fun experience and something I've wanted to do since starting my job 5 years ago.

We live in South Phoenix, right up near South Mountain. It is so nice to be minutes from downtown, the major freeways, the airport, everything!! After two years of living in Queen Creek (which is 90 minutes outside of Phoenix), I love being near the "city" again. I no longer have a commute to work which is wonderful. The house is 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, which sounds like a lot but we needed it!!! With Jeri & Gerald living with Kasey, Ryder, and I, we use every room in this house. We even had room for Kasey's pool table to stay! We couldn't ask for more.

Here are a few pics of the new house. I really have all the furniture I need and all the walls are painted & accent painted... so now I just need to accessorize and add some pictures on the wall. That is a goal of mine for 2009! Sheri & Adam (Kasey's sister) ended up buying the house next door a month after us. Now, Serenity & Ryder get to play together everyday and having family next door is crazy-fun. Hopefully now, we can stay here for a very long time because I am really sick of moving and packing!! If I have to break down one more cardboard box & stuff it in the overflowing recycle bin, I might just have a mental break down while I'm at it.

My pride & joy is Ryder's room! The walls are a baby blue and the ceiling is midnight blue with stars painted on. The wall above his crib says: "always reach for the stars". His bedding (which is not on his crib in these photos, sorry) is striped with all shades of blues. Very "boy".
Me & Ryder Showing off the Kitchen Backsplash. The cabinet to the upper right is supposed to hold decorative plates... one of the many things left to buy!
Kitchen Nook (yes that wall is orange! but trust me, in person looks good!)Great Room (pool table/couches & TV... we need an entertainment center bad!):The Loft/Computer Area:
The Master Bathroom:
Jeri & Ryder's Bathroom:
Serenity playing with Gerald and his friend Andrew in his room:
Our Backyard:

Monday, September 29, 2008

The Start of a Blog

Okay so I'm feeling a little pressure here. Not only do I regulary use myspace & facebook, but I have a few close friends that regularly use blogger to reach out to family & friends. I guess I've now jumped on this bandwagon. I hope this will help our distant family keep tabs on the Crazy Life we live down here in AZ. I hope to post regular updates and pictures of the most handsome little man of my life... Ryder James. Check back soon! Love ya'all.