Saturday, April 25, 2009

Rylinn's 6th Birthday!

This year Rylinn decided to have a party with some friends from school. It was so much fun yet part of me finally realized how quickly she's growing up and how once the time is gone I can never get it back.

This was the first year she became very interested in hanging out with her friends. First, she enjoyed a little birthday celebration at school, then we had a pajama party (not a sleepover-I'm not that crazy!) with her friends. It was so much fun! The kids all wore their PJs and enjoyed playing games, especially Freeze Dance. The little girls' really enjoyed drinking a special punch out of plastic champagne glasses. They were so thrilled!

The kids made ice cream sundaes with "Birthday Cake" ice cream loaded with candy, sprinkles, chocolate and strawberry syrup. Oh boy, those were some interesting creations! Then we ate popcorn and watched Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

I had a lot of fun myself and some day I will miss these days!

Punch Recipe:
1 part Ginger Ale

1 part Hawaiian Punch
Several scoops of sherbert ice-cream of your choice
Any fruit you want to add!

Rylinn at school on her birthday

Rylinn's class is singing to her...please note at the very end how the entire class started chasing her! Could have been a disaster!

Let the Partying Begin........

The princesses

Rylinn's friend Luis

Rylinn's sugary creation complete with Tinkerbell sprinkles

Ry and her friends making ice cream sundaes

I wonder if it was edible?

Freeze Dance fun

Freeze Dance!

The look on Ry's face is priceless!

Passed out with her friend Ayden after a long, fun day!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Spring Fun Run 2009

For the third year in a row our family participated in the Spring Run in Placentia, CA. Rylinn has run the 1K every year for the past 3 years & Ava has participated in the 1K for the past 2 years. My 2 year old niece Zulema joined my girls' this year too which was exciting. This year for the first time Cord ran the 5K along with my family members Steve, Amy, Julio and Chad.

It was a beautiful day and it was the first time my step dad Steve has run since my mom's accident over a year and a half ago. Amazingly, he still ran 3 miles in under 30 minutes at his age placing 7th in his age group! Not bad without any training. This day was the first time since my mom's accident that life seemed almost normal again-YAY! Maybe next year, she will be running again too!

Ava and Steve almost to the finish line

Rylinn exhausted!

Rylinn (on the left) sprinting her way to the finish!! She did so great, I'm so proud of her!

Rylinn about half way through the course

Ry with Daddy at the Start

Rylinn and Grandma Debby

My mom Debby, Ava and Myself

Ava and Grandma Debby

My niece Zulema with her cool yellow sunglasses

Daddy and his girls'

Cord crossing the finish line

Cord getting closer to the end....

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter 2009

We celebrated our first Easter in our new house this year. We celebrated by decorating Easter eggs the night before and then left them in the fridge for the Easter bunny. The girls' woke up super excited to hunt for their eggs and find treats in their baskets.

It's very important to Cord and I that the girls understand what Easter is all about so we watched the children's version of the 10 Commandments. Although there is so much more they need to learn, I feel that at least now they understand that Easter is not all about finding eggs and getting presents.

Here are some coloring pages the girls enjoyed:
Palm Sunday
Last Supper
Jesus Carrying Cross
The Resurrection

Some of our family also came over to celebrate with us and of course eat! This year I am dedicated to creating special memories in our new house and I think we are off to a good start!

Rylinn and her Auntie Olivia

Olivia, Rylinn and Kennedy

Cord and I

Me and my girls

My girls with Kennedy

Ava striking a pose as usual

Ava Shea

Rylinn in her new Easter dress

Ava dancing in her dress

My girls