Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Three years ago today

Three years ago today we met Alex. Thank you for being such a big part of our journey!!!!!!!! I still try to update the blog periodically so if you want to see how much Alex has grown, check us out.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Down a Different Road

It looks like our blog has come to an end. Too bad. The family misses out on a lot that is happening in our individual families. But all things change and we have to go with the flow. Everyone has chosen to go with Facebook. I still have my blog for my grandchildren and probably will for many years to come. When you have time, come over to see what the kids are up to.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Seven of the Ryan Siblings

Ginny was kind enough to have this picture made for me. It was taken at Jennifer and Michael's wedding. I'm not sure of the date. Someone will let me know, I'm sure. We clean up well!

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Lost Shirt

I have been looking for this shirt for a year and a half. Suzy and Chuck gave it to me when I visited them in Florida in March 2008. I swore I left it down with them. Believe it or not, it has been in with my other tops all this time. Funny thing is I usually store them by color. That's what happens when you get lazy. Suzy and Chuckie, please accept my apology!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Alex at the Cape

I had a great time practicing cutting out an image with this picture of Alex. I'm improving little by little. Alex and the group had a wonderful time together at the Cape. Looking forward to it next year.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Will You Dance With Me?

This is posted on my grandmothers' of internationally adopted children Yahoo group. Elva shares many words of wisdom. I had to share this with all of you. It hit home with me.
Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.
I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible..
How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word 'refrigeration' mean nothing to you?
How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Jeopardy' on television?
I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, 'How about going to lunch in a half hour? She would gas up and stammer, 'I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, it looks like rain.' And my personal favorite: 'It's Monday.' She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.
Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!
We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet.... We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.
Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer.. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of 'I'm going to,' 'I plan on,' and 'Someday, when things are settled down a bit.'
When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Roller blades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord...
My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-Decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.
Now....go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to......not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say?
And why are you waiting? Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to you. Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask ' How are you?' Do you hear the reply? When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, 'We'll do it tomorrow.' And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say 'Hi? When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift.....Thrown away........ Life is not a race, Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

To those I have sent this to..... I cherish our friendship and appreciate all you do. 'Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here we might as well dance!'

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Samanthat is on her way

Samantha has her own wheels, now a nice new Madza 3 out in Ca. so there is no holdering her back. She moves into her new apartment on Sept 1 and starts a new phase in her life. I can't believe that both her and Adam are on their own, life goes too fast. Skipp and I can't wait to go back out for a visit both the see her new digs and to spend time with Scott and Kiki.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Some Practice

This post is to commemorate Kara's very special day, her First Communion. It is also something I did to practice cutting an image from a picture. I can see mistakes, but I am improving. I hope you all enjoy it.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Savannah's Graduation

Our grand daughter Savannah graduated from Saratoga High on June 25. The time is going by so fast, now we have 2 grand children out in the work force and 1 on her way to college. Watching them grow into fine young adults has been fun.