Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ruby Jane

 Remember this?  

Oh about a year ago our Ruby Jane came to us.

And now, after learning to roll over, sit up, army crawl, regular crawl, jabber, screech, pout, wave, walk and so much more...

...our super smiley baby turned one!! She is happy as can be and has tons and tons of personality!  We love having Ruby in our family.  She is a great sleeper, good eater and an awesome little sister! She received ruby red shoes for her birthday and a darling red bracelet that Emma spotted at the store, and her own "Love you Forever" book.  We celebrated her birthday at a Johnson gathering at Tyler's parents house next door.  We were all gathered to say farewell to our niece Macey who is going off to college.   Ruby loved diving into her cupcake and I have to say she was very polite and lady like while eating her cup cake! She nearly finished off the whole thing.  We love you little Rubers!! 

 The bottom picture is all those in the family (excluding Caleb- sorry you weren't there) who have August birthdays.  They all got a cup cake and candle to blow out!  Happy birthday everyone!! Stay tuned for Burke's birthday recap!! 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

We Are Alive and Well

Here are a ton of random pictures of what we have been up to for the past 4 months! It seems like time has flown by lately as Ruby is already over 8 months old! She has had a lot of firsts lately as she has gotten her first two bottom teeth a couple of months ago.  She has learned to sit up and now army crawl and is so close to regular crawling! She eats all sorts of baby food and now feeds herself with starter finger foods! She is our petit little one with a huge smile!! She already shows signs of fitting right in with her older siblings as she has learned how to turn on and off her emotions when she doesn't get what she wants.  I don't know how but she does and it is like a light switch. 
Life has been very busy lately but we are having a great time and loving life.  We are especially grateful for the spring weather and the beautiful surroundings.  Everything is so green and pretty and full of life! Easter was nice this year.  The first pictures show our Easter this year.  Hopefully you enjoy the pictures and maybe it won't be too long before the next post, but don't hold your breath.  

 These two are classic Ruby when she turns it "on"! These are our beautiful nieces and handsome nephew  on the porch swing at grandmas on Easter. Ruby was fine and happy in Jordan's arms until I come walking up wanting a picture. Boy did she not like that.  Once she saw me she turned on the flood gates and make sure everyone knew that she wanted her mom to hold her not Jordan any longer.  This happens all the time and it drives me crazy! The one below is her mad that I put her down to take her picture.  Once she realized that she wasn't going to die out of my arms, then she was just fine. 

 We were sure glad that Batman decided to show up on Easter.  Who needs the Easter Bunny anyways? Batman will protect us way better than a oversized bunny! 

 My sister in law Hilary and her three cute girls came to visit the first week of April.  It was so fun to have them! We love it when we get to play with our Bates cousins as it doesn't happen often enough! It was a "french braid weekend" with I think everyone that had long enough hair to braid was in french braids.  I love each of these pictures as not a single on has everyone looking and happy.  These are great- with my kids have naked and all. 

 This is our Ruby Valentine.  She isn't convinced that she did anything to save the day like our book says.  She still made a cute prop for our Valentines Day picture! 

 This is Miles one of our Johnson cousins who lives across the street from us.  He got a book from the library one day- the chapter book Robin Hood.  Burke loves everything about Robin Hood and has the same book and loves it! Even though it has more words and phrases that I don't even understand the fact that it is about Robin Hood he still loves me to read it to him.  So Miles got the book from the library and came over and asked to read it to Burke! It was so cute to see both of them sitting on Burke's bed for about a half hour while Miles read it to a four year old!  I had to snap a picture to remember sweet Miles thinking how much Burke would love it if he read him the Robin Hood book! 

I had to at least document that we did get some snow this year.  It has been such a mild winter that we probably got only two or three major snow storms in the valley here! Both the kids got their snow gear on to go play out in it. So fun.  Boy how do I not miss the cold weather.  Here's to the next 6 months of nice warm weather!! Yippee!! 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

First Day of School

Here for the record are Emma and Burke's first day of school pictures way back from August of 2011. Hey I had just had a baby. At least the pictures were taken right? Anyways, I have been going through our pictures and stumbled upon these. Thought they were fun. Emma started Kindergarten this year and Burke is in preschool.