Monday, November 26, 2012

Turkey Day

Wouldn't you know it, I brought my camera to Indiana for Thanksgiving but I never even took it out of my bag. So the only photographic evidence we have of our weekend with family and friends is from my iPhone.

We arrived Wednesday evening, just in time for Ron to run upstairs, log on and teach his online class. Our arrival wasn't a minute too soon for Ryleigh's cousins who had been sitting in the front window waiting for more than an hour.

seven hour car ride + mickey mouse on tv = the dazed look in my daughter's eyes
cousins have a bean bag chair that i think ryleigh liked sitting in...not 100% sure though.
thanksgiving, the big kids went outside to play pilgrims. abi and madi were extra fancy pilgrims
Of course we had to make a visit to Pizza King.

love this photo
and this one.
does she adore her cousins or what?
fun times.

I didn't do any crazy Black Friday shopping, but I did go out to the mall with mom for a bit in the late afternoon. Madi's weekend shopping included getting a "present" for Zeke - a snowman costume. I don't think he was very impressed, but he's always a good sport.

he was not too happy about the hat.
nope. not too happy at all.
Our Saturday included breakfast with the Kubats (minus one), coffee/lunch with the Glafkes, more visiting with Aunt Christy, Madi and Grandma and a trip out to the Francis' house with the Zupos and Alexanders. Whew, what a busy day!

Sunday we were on the road again, heading back to Missouri. Our little bug was such a trooper all weekend. I'm sad that everyone kind of missed out on her cute, funny little personality - she was just a little out of her element most of the visit and stuck to that binky and blankie for comfort the whole time.

sleepy little girl
Like I said, I did a terrible job taking pictures this trip. I didn't get any of the boy cousins, Aunts Christy and Carly, Uncles Cassidy and Matt or Grandma Kim.... Tsk. I'm disappointed in myself.

We had a wonderful visit. As always it was too short.

I hope everyone else had a great Thanksgiving!

Big News!

celebration dinner with champagne
I kind of forgot that I haven't posted here, and I think a lot of people already know - but, I got a new job!!! 
I have accepted a position as the executive staff assistant for the Associate Vice Chancellor of Health Systems Development. I will be helping to manage his schedule, set up and prepare for meetings and act as his liaison when he is out of the office. I'm sure there are many other duties that I don't know about yet. It's a pretty good position and I have only heard great things about my new boss. He is very well liked in the division. I'm still going to be working on campus, but over in the hospital/med school complex. 
...and I start next Monday! I can hardly believe it. I'm sad to be leaving my friends at MAA, but I am super excited for this new opportunity. 

Monday, November 12, 2012


I'm a bit late here with my Halloween post. I couldn't decide what Ryleigh's costume should be, until a couple weeks before Halloween...

...and so her costume was decided.

First, a couple cute pics from Halloween morning.

in her cutie-cute hair bows and halloween shirt from Mimi. :-)
If I'd had more time I would have loved to make her a cute little cow costume. But, we had to settle for a store bought cow. Ron was unsure about the costume when we bought it, urging me to leave the tags on, "just in case we find something better." Once she tried it on he said, "ok, I totally underestimated the cuteness once you put the baby in the cow suit." Ha ha!

We went trick-or-treating at our local HyVee grocery store. I know, seems totally weird, right? But they had  little treat stations set up throughout the store, and the staff was all dressed in costume. It was pretty nice for a teething, cranky little cow. And since Ron had to teach is online class that night, he was able to come with us before starting class.

We had intended to go meet up with some friends for a little more trick-or-treating, but just ended up going home and handing out candy. Of course we had to snap a few more cow photos.

then she started throwing herself back into the chair cushions.
i think it was the highlight of her night. 
 I hope everyone else had a fun Halloween too!

While it Lasts

Saturday was an unseasonably warm day in Mid-MO. It's probably the last of our warm weather, so we got out to take advantage while we could.

She needed her hat because her hair kept blowing in her face while she cruised around in her stander.

She was having a great time in the swing, but kept saying, "ball, ball, ball...." So we handed her her purple ball and she was perfectly happy to swing with it. Silly girl!

Now that things have slowed down for me at work I hope I can get back to more regular posts. I have some photos of the cutest little cow that still need to be shared.

Happy Monday!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Life, According to My iPhone

I have been super busy and not able to blog much lately. So here are a few little iPhone snippets from the past couple weeks.

600+ pounds of candy for the homecoming parade!
we had the prettiest tree on our street...

...and then all the leaves fell off
enjoying a warm october day
looking super cute for mizzou homecoming
don't tell pop she cheered for the tigers instead of the wildcats ;-)