Monday, February 28, 2011

Happy 1st Birthday Week!

Happy 1st Birthday Week to my little munchin! ma-ma and da-da love you so much!! You have enriched our lives more than you'll ever know! Can't believe you will be one on friday...let the celebratory week begin!! :)

We LOVE you little man!!
Thanks for stopping by:)
Love and Blessings,

Friday, February 25, 2011

Almost ONE!

mama's precious boy
Wow, I can't believe my little boy is going to be one, in one week from today! Where does the time go?? He has been so busy these days WALKING all around. He wants to walk everywhere! When we go to the store now he fights to get down and wants to walk and explore. He sometimes wants to hold our hand for that little extra support, but lately he just goes on his own. In fact yesterday we traveled to baytown to have lunch with my nephew blake at school. While we were sitting and visiting tripp's 2 year old cousin jake was running all over the cafeteria. Tripp thought it was just hilarious and before I knew it he took off on his own trying his best to keep up with his cousin! It was so precious! I just can't believe how big he is.
The real question these days is mama ready for her not so baby boy to turn one?? haha. I have been so emotional these past few days. I was listening to a song on the radio the other day talking about how fast kids grow up and how much they mean to us and I lost it! I was boo-whoing all the way home. Tripp was in the backseat cracking up at mickey mouse:) All in all it just makes me think about how much this little munchkin has changed my life for the better. Being a mom is the greatest blessing! I don't live my life for me anymore, I live my life for my son. I love this little boy more than words can express and this past year has been the best year of my entire life! I never really experienced love until tripp arrived:) And having Carl as my partner, best friend and tripp's daddy is just icing on the cake;) I am blessed beyond words. Last night I was watching tripp and carl play together on the floor. They were laughing and was so precious! Carl is an amazing daddy and tripp loves him to pieces! He already thinks everything carl does is hilarious! I love my life!!
ok, enough with the "sappiness"! Well I guess I will stop chatting your ears off and leave you with some pictures of my lil grown up man:)

playing with cousin blake at ya's

walking around

loves to look out the window

some more crusin'
We have a busy weekend ahead, as this is the last weekend before tripp's big one year old bash:) I have only been planning this party since tripp was like 6 months old;) haha. Thanks for stopping by! We will update again soon:)
Love and Blessings,
Traci & tripp

Saturday, February 19, 2011

playdates, parties and lots of fun!

We have had a really fun week full of parties, playdates and lots of family time:) We started the week with a visit to my friend kim who just had a brand new baby boy. Baby Max is just precious and we enjoyed meeting him very much. Tripp took full advantage of the fact that I was busy holding baby max. He was getting into everything in their house! He even found the water bowls for their little puppies, poured them out on the floor, then proceeded to "swim" in the water on the floor. He was soaked and when I walked around the corner to see what he was doing he laughed and took off! It was really funny. Needless to say tripp made the trip home in his diaper and wet t-shirt. Poor Kim got a little glimpse of what having little boys is like:)

On Wednesday we hosted bible study/playdate at our house and also had a little celebration for judd's first birthday! We had a full house and kim and baby max even joined in on the fun! We had a great time getting together despite all the chaos. Between the 5 of us girls we had 3-1ish year olds, 1- 8 month old, 1- 3 year old and 1- 4 week old....all boys! I am so blessed to have such great girlfriends and a wonderful support system! plus the fact that we all have little boys around the same age in just icing on the cake! Love you girls!

Thursday we had a chik-fil-a lunch date with michelle followed by a playdate with Brenden & Graham and Katie & Michael. So much fun with the girls and our little many boys!!

We ended out the week by heading to the park to celebrate judd's 1st birthday! tripp had a blast playing with all his friends and playing with dirt and leaves. Our little boy has been really into leaves lately, especially trying to eat leaves! Trust me this little boy is getting plenty to eat...he just likes leaves for some reason! Whenever we try to take them away he gets very mad! so funny!! He loves being outside so we spend most of our days playing outside....and trying to keep tripp from eating leaves and pine needles;) We rounded out the night with dinner at the pokornys! We had a great meal and a great time! I told you we had a fun week:)

Tripp is also officially walking!! that's right, we have a walker in our home! He still crawls around since he knows he can get around faster crawling, but I have a feeling it will not be long before he is running around!

Here are some pictures from our week...enjoy!

playing outside

loves to look at the birds in the trees

also loves to climb on everything...especially the dishwasher!

playing with little graham cracker:)

taking a drive down schindewolf lane with daddy

mr. mischief getting into the cooler at judd's party!

taking a pretty girl for a ride on his john deere....such a flirt!

climbing on the playground

adam, damien and the boys

taking a stroll

a glimpse of our chaotic playdate

silly boy!
Thanks for stopping by! We hope all have a great weekend:) I'm feeling a little under the weather but we are still going to try and enjoy our weekend:) Will update again soon!
Love and Blessings,
Traci & tripp

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Will you be my valentine??
We hope all have a happy day!
"love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance..." 1 cor. 13:7
Love and Blessings,

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Happy Valentine Weekend:)

Mommy's Little Love Bug
We have had a super fun valentine weekend! Last Valentine's Day tripp was in mommy's belly...this year has been so much more special having him here:) We have had some fun quality family time all weekend. Friday night we ordered a heart shaped pizza from papa john's and it was yummy to our tummys! We spent the rest of the night relaxing together and watching tv. On Saturday we went and ran some errands and daddy finished building a sand box in the back yard for tripp! saturday night we went to a birthday dinner with lots of good friends to celebrate nina's son nic's 14th birthday! Tripp had a blast getting to see his buddies evan and judd! And we had lots of fun hanging out with our friends too! Today my two special valentines took me to was so sweet spending time with my boys. Afterwards we went to the mall to do a little shopping and to get carl a new wedding ring. Carl had a ring made of tungston (sp?) metal and the other night while playing with tripp, it just snapped in half! Craziness!! nonetheless it has all been taken care of:)
Tonight we are having our mom's over for a special valentine's dinner! they do so much for us and we wanted to show our appreciation! On the menu for tonight: heart shaped meatloaf, sweet potato casserole, asparagus, salad and apple crisp! Hope it all turns out well:)
My sweet hubby suprised me with a keurig coffee maker!! I have been wanting one for sooooo long! I love it!! My hubby is the best and I love him so much!! I got him some tickets to see charlie robison next week...we are excited:)
Well here are some pictures from our weekend. Enjoy!

so happy...outside of course!


adam with tripp and judd

nina, jessica and I....finally had someone around to take a picture of us!

the birthday boy with evan and tripp

tripp and evan

judd, evan and tripp

so smiley!

morning hair!

walking to grammy

my v-day present

One of the most exciting things that has gone on is that my best friend traci is getting married and she asked me to a bridesmaid! I am so honored and sooooo excited!! Here is a picture of the yummy way she asked me!

a yummy question (tripp and i enjoyed this cookie very much;))
We hope all have a happy valentine's day! Hope all your valentine's are as good to you as mine is to me all the time:) Thanks for stopping by!
Love and Blessings,
Traci & Tripp

Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Little Monkey

Hello all! Tripp has been a busy little boy lately. He has been especially interested in his cozy coupe these days. He likes to open the door, climb inside, close the door and watch tv! He also likes to dive out of the windows, such a little boy thing to do! He's also starting to take steps without holding on to anything. In fact this morning as I was loading pictures on the blog, he got out of his car and took 5 steps across the living room without falling! He was so excited and started waving his arms in the air, probably because I was chanting "yay tripp!" and waving my hands in the air;) nonetheless, he was super excited! Of all times I dont have a camera ready! well I now have my camera and video camera right by me!

We have been making the most of all our time couped up inside due to all this crazy weather. We play, nap, snack and practice walking of course;) Tripp also helps mommy with household chores. And by helping I mean, throwing clothes out of the dryer, unfolding mommy's folded towels, starting the dishwasher over and over, eating crumbs off the floor (while I sweep) etc. We have also been having playdates and lunch dates. We got to meet for our bible study/playdate yesterday and had so much fun! Brenden and Graham even joined our group and we love having them! I feel so blessed to have such a good group of girlfriends who all happen to have boys too! Our boys are going to have a blast together.

I have also been busy with all the details of tripp's 1st birthday bash! I can't wait, its going to be so much fun!!

Below are some recent pictures of our little man. Enjoy!


biting and climbing out

watching mickey mouse

so sweet

helping mommy unload groceries

playing outside with mommy and daddy

has become quite the little fit thrower
Thanks for stopping by! I better go...tripp is climbing on his ball pit and trying to hang from the shelf! Have a warm Thursday!
Love and Blessings,
Traci & tripp

Friday, February 4, 2011

11 Months Old

Tripp Ryder: 11 Months old
Our big boy is now 11 months old! we can hardly believe how fast time flies. This little boy has been such a joy in our lives and it's crazy to think that one month from today we will be celebrating one whole year of our little tripper! Here are some things this little booger is up to these days:
  • loves to play with balls
  • sooooo close to walking...walks everywhere with one hand guiding him along the wall
  • gets into EVERYTHING!
  • has become really clingy to his mama...unless daddy is around
  • likes when we throw a cloth/blanket over his head and then crawls around laughing and running into things;)
  • is a really good eater and eats mostly table food now
  • starting to drink milk...we're trying to ween him off the bottle!
  • size 4/5 diapers
  • wears 18-24 months
  • has recently started liking to chew on his toes
  • still only two bottom teeth
  • had his first stomach virus
  • likes to dance by moving his arms up and down
  • gets his finger caught in something and doesn't cry, but grunts really loud!
  • loves playing outside and riding the 4-wheeler with daddy in the pasture
  • can climb/dive into the bathtub
  • likes to bang on the toilet
  • is super curious and examines everything...esp his food!
  • smiles and talks alot!
  • can give "5"!

Those are some of the things our boy is up to these days. He is very mischievous and like i said is into everything! I cannot take my eyes off of him. He fills our home with so much love and laughter! Sometimes carl and I wonder what we did before we had him! We love him so much!! Below are some pictures from the past couple of weeks. As you can see the monthly baseball picture continues to be a challenge! Somebody is just a little too busy to sit and pose for a picture. Well enjoy the pictures!

loves to play with daddy and mommy's pink exercise ball!

what a hard life;)

1 attempt for the "baseball picture"

another attempt

bath time!

mommy's dumpling:)

so sweet...NOT this was right before he yanked on the mini-blinds!

using mickey as a step-stool

climbing into the tub!
Well we hope all are staying warm and enjoying the "snow day"! We definitely are! I'm looking forward to a day with my 2 favorite guys:) Tonight Carl and I are going to see randy rogers with some good friends, we are super to come;) Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your day off...if you are lucky enough to have one:) Will update again soon!
Love and Blessings,
Traci & Tripp

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It's a yes!
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