Tuesday, August 23, 2011


We have been wading through some medical issues with Carrie and her eyes and have found out that she has some other problems that will require surgery. We are feeling so thankful and blessed to have her gorgeous face to look at each day!

Last night Mia was feeling a bit upset by all of the attention and "special" treatment that Carrie has been getting and was crying in her bed (with a very annoying voice and repeating it....this is a standard Mia practice) "I am not special, I am not special, I am not special....and on and on and on and on. Oh, you probably get the point now. Anywho, the girls and I had a discussion on the special qualities that they each have.

We decided that Maddie is special with her abilities as an artist.
Mia is special in the way that she is always so concerned about people and her family members. Carrie is special because she can float on her back in the pool! (Maddie thought of that one!) Callie wasn't directly involved in the converation as she was asleep in her room...but she is none the less special because of the way that she loves and looks up to her sisters. And all of the slobbery kisses that she has become famous for in our house!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Baptism Day!

Maddie was baptised today. What a very special day for her. We were so very blessed to have so many family members and friends in attendance. Maddie was her usual very shy little self, but was very thankful for everyone's support! I can't believe how fast this little girl is growing up!

After she was baptised I asked her if she felt different. She paused for a moment and said, "Not really, just wet."

Congratulations sweet Maddie!

The above and below pictures are of Ryan and Maddie with his childhood, adolescent and still best friend Ben and his son (now one of Maddie's best friends) Luke. The kids are about two weeks apart. The second picture is a re-make of a picture we have of the four of them when the kids were about 6 months old!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Zoo day with the Cutler Family

We had such a fun day with Camron, Mindy, Cade and Kiley....Laura, Jack, Hallie, Lilly and Henry....Gramma CC and Papa Riley....and Mr. Brennen (Carston and Leah waited in the park to hold tables for us....aaahhh, so kind!)

The kids were so funny oooohhhhing and aaaahhhhhing at all of the animals. Running from one exhibit to the next. Shouting to us (in our faces) with excitment. It was fun to see them be so excited about EVERYTHING.