Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dyeing Easter Eggs

We dyed a few eggs last week to get in the Easter spirit...Brynn LOVED helping mix up the colors and stirring in the eggs...it is really fun doing little projects with her!

More Easter celebration pics coming soon.  The weather was just incredible ALL Easter weekend and we had such a wonderful time celebrating with all of our family!  

Monday, April 21, 2014

House Update - April 21

Last Friday after supper we headed out to the lot to see the progress from the week.  Brynn stepped in the ONE muddy area of the backyard and got her whole foot covered in mud...so Ryan took her down to the pond to wash it off.  Then she did a few modeling poses...HA!  (And Ryan says to let everyone know he was standing right near her...he's just not in the pictures.  He didn't want people to think we just her run around by the water all by herself!  HA!)

They are starting to frame up the second floor!

Can't wait to play out in this backyard!

And the front porch is ready to pour and they are supposed to pour the garage and back deck pad today (Monday) too.  But shockingly (NOT!) there is a chance of rain, so we will see if that happens.  =)

The front door is the first rectangle covered in white Tyvek, and then next to that is the dining room window.
The garage area is this area full of gravel...
And on the second floor...what they've framed up so far is Brynn's room (above the dining room), Emory's room (at the other end), and then the girls have a Jack and Jill style bathroom between them.  

Friday, April 18, 2014

DC Day 3 - Last Day

So my cousin Erika told me that if I plug my phone into the computer and load my pictures THAT way, then they will turn out much clearer!  THANK YOU ERIKA!  How did I not know that?  I am major technologically challenged.  But all that to say...I had already put these pictures on here so that isn't going to happen yet...HA!  But the next time I get ready to post pictures from my phone I'm going to try that.  =)

Sunday was our last day sightseeing in DC.  I didn't take many pictures, but the main thing we did was take a bus tour where we could hop on and off and we could ride it ALL over the city.  The company we used had like four different colored routes, so you could literally get ANYWHERE you wanted.  The only downside was that DC was CRAZY CROWDED this weekend, so getting on and waiting in line was a little hectic, and Jason MAY have told off a 10 year old for trying to cut in line!  HA!

This was one of the most fun and best things we could have done!  If anyone goes to DC soon, I would really recommend doing a bus tour like this on your very first day.  You get a great lay of the land, and will get an idea of so many of the things you want to see.  (Who knew they had an American Indian museum in DC?  I had no idea...but going on the tour they will tell you about all of the million things you COULD do and allow you to stop at any of those places).

Not sure why I'd want to plug my phone in and make this picture any clearer...HA!
This is us on the bus...we sat on the top and it was GLORIOUS as my mom would say!  Great weather, great scenery, and lots of history (thanks to my Dad I am a HISTORY NERD...LOVE IT!)

Not sure why I took this?  To prove that we were on the bus?
Or that there were other people on the bus with us?  HA!

We got on and off several times, and even ate lunch (from a food vendor) by the Washington Monument. We just sat in the grass and soaked in the gorgeous weather!  We even got to see one of the Bandermann's very close family friends who was in DC.  (Actually, I said hi and then had to hang out in a bathroom stall at the Museum of American History to pump...loads of fun!)

Later that night we had a late dinner and said good-bye.  Monday we got up and took the Metro to the airport and flew home.  We got back around 4 and couldn't WAIT to see the girls!  (Of course my mom took a billion pictures of all the fun things they did, so I'll post those soon.  And maybe I'll even attempt to put those on the computer first so they aren't so grainy!)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Washington DC Day 2

This day started off with a bang...Sarah's maxi skirt got stuck in our escalator!  Thankfully she got it out before she got to the bottom, but she had grease all over her hands (and even her nose! HA!)

Then we got to breakfast and Pam's sunglasses broke!  AHHH!

This next picture is out of order...but we were riding the Metro to meet up with everyone...

We ate breakfast at this DELICIOUS French bakery...it was SO GOOD!

We ordered their organic bread sampler and this basket came out that looked straight from the New Testament.  Ryan dubbed it the "Jesus Feeds the 5000 Miracle Basket!"  HA!

We walked by the White House!

One of the reasons we went this particular weekend was that it was the Cherry Blossom Festival and it was GORGEOUS!  There was  HUGE parade and it was really crowded, but SO BEAUTIFUL!

We didn't really sit to watch the parade but we were walking alongside it to get to a museum.  All of a sudden we saw AARON CARTER...HAHA!  He was singing away in the parade...hilarious!

We went to the Holocaust Museum, but didn't take any pictures.  (I don't think you are allowed).  I had been before, but Ryan hadn't.  If you've been before, then you know it is an incredible museum.  Very sad, but very important to see.

Everyone else went back to relax for awhile before supper, so Ryan and I headed to meet up with some of our good friends from college who live in DC!  Catey and I (and Lauren) were roommates our last two years at Mizzou, and it was SO GOOD to see her and Ben and little Cooper!  We ate at some local hot dog place and it was so yummy!  Then they drove us through some really cool neighborhoods where they used to live near Capitol Hill, and they dropped us off at Union Station so we could catch the Metro back.

For dinner, we headed to this Korean BBQ place that Kyle and Lance picked.  It was...INTERESTING. HA!  I thought it was going to be similar to a Hibachi Grill, but it was way more authentic.  Sarah and I ordered chicken and steak, but the boys got all these crazy things like octopus, intestine, etc.  GROSS!

I know the picture is blurry, but notice the big ole' octopus in the middle/bottom!  AHHH!

They had some crazy LOUD music pumping...Sarah and I were having a BLAST watching some Korean music videos!  And this lady kept coming over to cook the intestine...she was a pro!  And then she kept trying to get me to eat it...NO WAY!

The boys wanted us to try the intestine and octopus...NOPE!

Intestine anyone?
I can't remember why Rick started laughing so much, but he got so tickled and he has the funniest laugh and the boys always make fun of him when he's laughing!  Here is Jason's impression...

And good ole' Rick always takes it so well...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Washington DC Day 1

We have had a whirwind long "weekend" visiting Ryan's brother in Washington DC!  (Kyle is finishing up his doctorate by completing a year-long internship at Walter Reed Medical Hospital right outside DC.  He will graduate with his doctorate from the University of Tennessee this fall, and then will be stationed with the Navy in GUAM!)

So last Thursday evening, Ryan's parents, Jason and Sarah, and me and Ryan all loaded up and flew out to DC.  We got to bed really late, but that didn't stop us from getting up early Friday morning and spending the day sightseeing in the city.  It was the weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival and it was JUST GORGEOUS!  The weather was amazing all weekend!

The only bad part was that I forgot the camera.  On one hand I was almost glad because I knew I would have carried it around everywhere and sometimes you just can't enjoy things as much when you want to capture all the pictures, but on the other hand I'm bummed because my iPhone pics aren't CLEAR at all!  Oh well...so a bunch of iPhone pictures of our trip will have to do.

We started off Friday morning by sightseeing around the Capitol...

Supreme Court was up next...poor Kyle had to work all day so we did our sightseeing without him, but he met up with us after work.

It looks like this next picture is the real Supreme Court chamber, but it's actually just a replica inside a glass box...HA!

Jason, Sarah, Ryan, me, and Lance...we felt bad that Kyle was missing out so we sent him
lots of pictures.  =)
One of the best parts of Friday was that one of my best friends lives in DC and we were able to meet her for lunch!

Meredith told us about this cool place called "Good Stuff Eatery" (I think??) and it is a restaurant from someone off the Food Network.  It was burgers, fries, and shakes, and it was AMAZING!

We left the Burger Place and headed to our Senator's office for a tour of the Capitol Building!

Ryan in front of Senator Roy Blunt's office...

You can just call your Senator's office and they can hook you up with tickets of tours.  It was really cool!  (Pam tried to call a couple of months ago to get us tickets to tour the White House too, but we didn't get those.)  One of Senator Blunt's staff assistant's took our group on the tour.  We even got to ride this little trolley thing that takes the Senator's from their office buildings to the actual Capitol Building when they are in session.

There were some really cool exhibits in the actual Capitol Building Visitor's Center and then we headed to the Capitol Rotunda.  Ryan decided to take a selfie under the huge Capitol dome...clearly the picture doesn't do the dome justice at all.  =)

Where Ryan is standing is where lots of important people (who have died) lie in state...like Abe Lincoln, etc.  And if you notice the scaffolding...they were working on stuff in the Rotunda and we got really lucky because they were closing it down the very next day (for two weeks) to work on it.

I can't remember what this picture is...HA!

We also got to go in the House of Representatives Chambers...it's where the House meets and also where they have the State of the Union address.  We weren't allowed to take pictures, but it was smaller than I thought.  It was so cool to think that this was where so many famous speeches and things happen!

Then we headed to the Library of Congress.  It was SO beautiful!

From one of the upstairs windows you could see the Capitol Building and the Washington
Monument in the background...it was really pretty!

One of the exhibits was Thomas Jefferson's library.
Once Kyle got off work we met up with him at a Mexican Restaurant near DuPont Circle...YUM!  (I of course got to spend 15 of those minutes pumping in a bathroom stall...HA!)

Then we hopped on the Metro and headed back to our hotel for the night...the next day was the Cherry Blossom Festival and we had lots to see!