Sunday, November 23, 2014

Adley is 8 months old!

Dear Adley,

Girl you are on the MOVE this month! You are so much fun these days! I cannot believe how active you are! Your energy and happiness is contagious and you are a ball of sweetness and sass! This has been a FUN month!

Here is what you’ve been up to…


-CRAWLING! Or should I say… standing up? starting to cruise? ready to walk? How about ALL OF THE ABOVE!?!?

-You are using your hands so much and you can grab everything and pull on everything

-I’m so worried about your little body because you fall all over the place!

-You’re a little daredevil and cautious all at the same time! One minute you’re falling backward from standing the next minute you’re slowing steadying yourself to try and move from one piece of furniture to the next.


-EATING! You love all the foods! You are downing foods like it’s your job. Except when you had that crummy ear infection!

-You love to feed yourself. You’re all about some ritz crackers, graham crackers, Gerber graduate snacks, and bananas!

-You’re still nursing great! I can tell you’re taking less milk which is good, but a little sad!

-You are not a fan of the car seat. We moved you to a rear facing convertible but you still hate it! Thank goodness for DVD players and big sister to keep you company in the back!


-You’ve developed quite the personality!

-You love being entertained!

-Your big sis is your favorite act!

-We all love making you giggle

-And that laugh? Can I bottle up your laugh and wear it?!? I need to record it!


-You are also very vocal about your dislikes. If I walk by you without picking you up when you wanted to be picked up, I never hear the end of it! Or if I take something from you! Oh snap!

-You’re a little sleep fighter! And you’re not the best sleeper. You end up in our bed almost every night

-You LOVE to talk! It sounds like you can say Hi, Da-Da, and Ma-Ma. You also make a J/G type sound. It’s so cute!

-You love to dance! If we sing or play music you move to the beat. I love watching you sit on the floor and play because it looks like you’re dancing and bouncing.

-You are just so happy!


- My guess is you’re around 20 pounds. You were 19 pound two weeks ago at the doctors.

-You are so tall! You’re wearing 12-18 months, but definitely 18 months pants! Long legs!

-You’re in a size 4 diaper and I tried some shoes on you and they were size 4. Ha!

-You have your bottom 2 front teeth and I feel like more are coming



-You are so stylish these days! I love playing with you hair!

-You HATE diaper changes but you love splashing in the bath!

-I love picking you up at the end of the day because you are so excited to see me. Or it might be Kendall you’re excited about!


I am absolutely loving this stage of your sweet life Miss Adley! I love getting to know and experience your personality every day. Daddy, Kendall, and I just love you to pieces! We love being around you and making you giggle. It’s been a fun month of firsts and we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!

I love you so BIG!



For the life of me I am trying to make my girls look alike, but they have such completely different looks!


Teacher of the Week and a SNOW day!

I apologize for not talking about school much on here. I am growing and learning so much every day. I love my little class. I smile, laugh, and cry a lot. It’s a very rewarding and demanding job. I think about those faces constantly.

I never posted pictures of my classroom. I moved into a messy room and I’ve only had a little time outside of school to make it my own. I’ve made a few changes. I’ve added table numbers hanging from the ceiling and different things on the walls. I might go in a day over Christmas break to paint over the bright bulletin board around the white board and smart board.

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Anyway, I was award staff member of the week 2 weeks ago. I was really proud of myself! Here is what my principal said in an email:

Staff Member of the Week: Shelli Ryan! Shelli has jumped in and taken over a challenging class. She is working with admin and district support to ensure she meets the needs of her students. She exhibits understanding of the school wide expectations and uses these guidelines as she interacts with her students and has fantastic parent communication. Congratulations Shelli!!

I was tickled. It really boosted my self esteem in the school! I know 100% I am doing what I am supposed to be doing and where I am supposed to be right now in my career.


We had our first snow day and it was awesome. I loved snow days as a kid and I love them even more as a teacher! I won’t be singing that tune in June, I’m sure!

I crafted all day. We were so lazy. Chris made us breakfast and I made us food in the crock pot.

They played in the snow!


We snuggled inside!


So much fun!

Now we are caught up…

If I could describe K’s school pictures in one word it would be BEAUTY! Seriously? I can’t believe this sweet girl is mine!

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They celebrated Mickey Mouse’s birthday at school. K wore her light up Minnie ears we got from Disney World. IMG_0994

We take selfies every morning. I don’t know why, but lately I am all about taking their pictures every day. I get sad if I forget in the mornings. I think it is because they are growing so fast. Plus I hear all these stories about people losing loved ones and I just can’t deal. I feel like I have borrowed time and I just want to cherish all the moments.

Plus I have the mom guilt. I love my mornings with these little ladies so much and I hate leaving them. It makes it better knowing they are in such great care.

So back to my point, I usually drop Adley off in pjs, but this particular day she was dressed up to and I forgot to take a picture. I texted my mom to send me a pic. The expression on her face made me chuckle. She’s like, “Here, mom!”. Ha!


I love, love, love this pic of Adley and my brother. Kendall and David are such good buddies and I love seeing Adley love him too!


I wish my clothes were as cute as hers!


If Adley eats her prunes, my mom gives her a banana chunk. She LOVES IT!


On this particular weekend morning, K was cleaning her room. AKA transporting all the toys to the other side of the house to dump them in the floor of the toy room.

I just love this. Adley has messy hair and is playing on the floor. K is wearing a dance outfit and butterfly wings. Ha!


You know it’s the holidays when these are in my house…


Outtakes from one of many forced Christmas photo sessions. Love these faces!