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3 Nov

You know those years when you worry your kids won’t get enough wear out of their costumes to justify the time and/or money put into them?  This was not one of those years for us.  Since this is the year of the owl (for Rynn at least), I decided to go ahead and make her an owl for Halloween too.  I begged and pleaded with Reece to puh-lease be another woodland friend, but what girl wants to be a chipmunk or a squirrel, even if they are friends of Snow White?  Not. Reece.  I’m not sure we ever really decided what Reece was.

First, we visited the Pumpkin Patch with Southcrest MOPS friends (a tradition for three years now)…

Hoot, hoot!

Reece was a “pink tinkerbelle.”  According to her.

We then dressed up for the girls’ Spooktacular Awards at gymnastics.

Reece got the Spooktacular Award for the “Best Sit Down Jump.”

By now Reece had agreed to wear a “forrest pixie” costume (whatever that is), but insisted it was a forrest tinkerbelle.  At least it’s a step closer to being a woodland friend, right?  She wouldn’t wear the tulle skirt or wings because they were “too babyish” (too babyish…really?!), so I jazzed it up a bit by gluing some leaves on a headband to match the leaves on the dress.

Next came the infamous Tricycle Parade at the girls’ KDO…

Rynn was timid entering the gym, but as soon as she saw Scott and me she excitedly drove around and even attempted to pop a few wheelies with her truck.

When Reece’s class entered she cracked us up by continuously veering off the path after being distracted by the other costumes.

They then dressed up for Cubbies and Puggles, but no pics were taken.

Then came Rynn’s costume party/play date and you’ve seen the pics from that.

Next we went to the story hour at Barnes and Noble where it was costume day with…

Olivia!  Ummm, Olivia minus the ears, that is.

Finally, it’s Halloween!

A few friends came over for some trick-or-treating.

In the end Reece was a “forrest tinkerbelle light shiner.”  ???

Can I get another “hoot, hoot?!”

This is the house where they stood and yelled, “TRICK OR TREAT” a million times until Mr. Steve came to the door.  We didn’t realize we’d have to teach them to knock or ring the doorbell. 🙂

Rynn is totally not going to let the big girls leave her behind, even with a banged up knee.  She is carrying la-la though.  And she’s already eating candy.  🙂

This may be the house where Reece kept her finger on the bell while Avery continuously banged, and while all four yelled, “Trick or Treat” at the top of their lungs.  They only look sweet. 🙂

Next stop was the assisted living facility where Avery’s great-grandmother lives.  The residents had a ball handing out candy!  (Yikes, don’t look too closely at Rynn…I’m lethal with the red-eye fixer.  How do I fix that?!)

We ended the night by going to a church near our home that had lots of fun activities for preschoolers, then by trick-or-treating at the Voss house where the newest little pumpkin in the patch, Allie, lives.

Here are some more Halloween-related pics…

We had fun being crafty with paint + feet…

…then with paint + pumpkins!

We moved the party indoors where there was less wind…

…and we finished our fabulous pumpkin fun day!


Hoot, hoot!



28 Oct

My blog break has been interrupted by a big event in the Riddle house…our sweet Rynn is ONE!  I’m really not sure whether to be excited or sad about the whole situation, but one thing is for sure…I’m loving the stage she is in right now.  She is playful, sweet, happy, and curious.  As much as I’d love for her to stay a baby, she is truly developing a personality that cracks us up and makes us melt all at the same time.  She is such a blessing to our family.

Rynn and big sister are really starting to play together more and more.  This playtime also causes a few throw-downs on our living room floor, especially when our sneaky baby snags her sister’s sippy cup (which happens to be a bit of a security item for Reece) to get a swig of some yummy juice!

Rynn’s curiosity has peeked, and when we have to tell her “no,” her little feelings are crushed!  And when we take something away from her, the drama that ensues rivals her sister’s theatrical talent.

Most of all though, Rynn is a super laid back, happy, sweet child, whom her Kids Day Out teachers say they want to “clone.”

She’s our sweet baby Rynn, and she’s a wonderful gift from God.


Rynn is one!

Oh, and just in time for her birthday, she has two teeth!

Thanksgiving Blessings

3 Dec

Thanksgiving this year brought with it several blessings.  The biggest blessing for our family was being together…all 13 of us.  Although each of us here in Texas make trips to see those in Indiana, and those in Indiana take trips (in shifts) to see us here in Texas, we haven’t all been together since Thanksgiving 3 years ago!  We’ve added three kids to the mix since that time.  Here we all are:


Reece LOVED hanging out with her cousins.  She and Anna E had slumber parties several nights of the week.


Everyone loved on Rynn.


Polar Express was lots of fun.  We went with Aunt KK’s sister, Kayli, and her two precious kids, Noah and McKenzie.  (By the end of the night Reece had all the fun she could handle).

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On Thanksgiving Day, Rynn turned 1 month old!!! 


She shared that special day with her Uncle Way-Way who turned 32 years old. 


We’re so thankful for our family!

The Week in Pictures

8 Nov

It’s been a week and a couple of days since we brought Rynn home from the hospital, and we haven’t slowed down much at all…our days have been full of sister bonding, Halloween dress-up, lots of diaper changing (between two kids in diapers, the bucket fills up pretty fast!), some drama here and there (big sis), and much, much more. Overall, the adjustment has been relatively easy. Most importantly, Reece LOVES her little sis!

Rocky guarding Rynn

Rocky guarding Rynn

Sweet, sweet baby

Sweet, sweet baby

Halloween cuties

Halloween cuties


Reece the Cowgirl

Sister Love

Sister Love


Reece was pretending to talk to Uncle Way Way and thought Rynn might want to also.

Welcome Home, Rynn!

30 Oct

A big “thank you” to my brother and sister for maintaining updates on Rynn’s birth Monday.  Things sure have flown by since then and we are now home!!  I’m feeling great (approximately 100x better than I did after my c-section with Reece), and being at home as a family is absolutely wonderful!  Reece loves Rynn and seems very pleased to have us all back at home.  Today I was reminded of the day we brought Reece home.  Just 20 months have passed since that day, but it felt like just yesterday.  Knowing that makes me want to cherish every single moment…please remind me of that if I start complaining about late night/early morning feedings!!

Here are a few pictures of bringing Rynn home.  When I figure out how to post video clips, I’ll show you Reece rocking her little sister!!

loaded & ready


daddy-daughter time

These are a few of my favorite things…

8 Oct

…about FALL!

Reece’s Thumbprint Art

my camo cuties

the Apple Butter Festival (with Ady)

the fair (with Reed)

goats at the fair

rabbits at the fair

and of course,

Red Raider Football!!!

Another favorite thing will be Rynn’s Birthday…can’t wait!