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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Love for the Babies

Ryley and I just returned from a wonderful trip to Texas to see my brother’s family and attend my twin nephews’ baby dedication. We’ve been looking forward to it for so long that it’s a little sad to get back into the rhythm of things here at home! :-(

Denver and Dallas are very different cities. Sometimes it’s especially depressing to come back to our cold and still-winter-dreary city and  “older,” cluttered Denver home when everything in Dallas seems spring-like and new, and Justin and Aly’s house is super cute and clean!!! But Ryan had cleaned the house thoroughly over the weekend, and it was so nice to come home to cleanliness!!! He’s a wonderful husband. :-)

Ryley is ready to up and move to Dallas, and the beautiful 70-degree temps there this weekend did not help matters any!

But here’s the real reason she wants to move (or at least half of it!):

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Jack loves his cousin Ryley! He’s so handsome.

Oh, you want more pictures? Ok. Well, maybe just a few… :-)

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Ryley with Aunt Alyson and Jack….Ryley was such a big helper to Aly this weekend. She fed lots of bottles, and she was always ready to hold one of the babies!

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She learned pretty quickly that babies like to hold on to hair! She ended up doing ponytails and pigtails for much of the weekend!

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Pappaw holds a happy baby Jack!

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Look at his dimple! They both have that cute dimple!

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Pappaw holding Will, and me holding Jack

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Will is indeed pretty awesome, just as his shirt implies!

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Cousins watching Baby Neptune, our favorite! Their little feet would get moving so quickly to the beat of the music. It was so fun to see their different personalities emerging, even now!

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Hanging out with Will

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I love this pic of Mammaw and Will! He loves to chill outside on their patio swing!

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I love this one too! He was chewing on Mammaw’s fingers!

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Ryley and Jack

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During bath time, Jack tagged his daddy! That was a first!

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Game time after the babies were in bed!!

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This is a very typical scene in their household….one baby in one recliner; one in the other!

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Pappaw and Will

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Steiner men…Three generations!

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William John, Ryley Elisabeth, Jackson Paul…

We tried so hard to get a good pic of the three cousins all weekend, and these were the best we could get.

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Pappaw showed Ryley how to make paper airplanes, and she had a lot of fun with that! She even threw them into the yard from the window of the upstairs loft, where we slept.

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On Saturday night we headed to Justin and Alyson’s church to dedicate the babies to the Lord! This was a special time, especially because of the long, sad journey to parenthood that’s finally behind them. These babies are miracles, and they are God’s!

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There was a reception afterwards, which was really nice!

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I absolutely love the picture above!!!

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Mammaw the English teacher shows Ryley what she did wrong on her pronoun homework!

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Grandmas feeding babies!!!

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Sunday afternoon chill-time

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Mammaw and Ryley

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Ryley with Mammaw and Pappaw

We had such a great time; thank you, Justin and Aly, for your hospitality!

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Other things we’ve been up to in recent weeks:

My friend Sarah is a 1st grade teacher, and her class hatched some baby chicks! So she was sweet enough to invite us down on a Saturday morning so Ryley could see them!

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And of course, there was the school’s spring choir concert last week….Ryley’s class performed a piece based on Aesop’s Fable “The Fox and the Grapes.”

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She was a grape.

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I can’t believe school is almost over, and summer is just around the corner! Crazy.

Happy Trails.

2 comments:

Alyson said...

You are so very welcome!!! We had such a perfect weekend, and having you both here definitely made it extra special!! Thanks for being here with us!! Missed you Ryan! Love you all!!

Chasaraben said...

I too was raised without alcohol. Can't stand the smell or taste. I too have a funny family and the best part is we remember the fun we had the next day! 40 cans during work time should have been enough. No wonder they DUI's.

The baby dedication seems so special.I'm so glad you could go celebrate LIFE!!

You have a cute grape... do chickens eat grapes? I hope not!