Friday, April 29, 2011

It's Time.

We feel that it is now time to show the world our new home.

No, we have not officially bought it yet.
Yes, the home is off the market and the 'For Sale' sign is down.
Therefore, it is on its way to being ours.

We walked through it again today.
Ah, it was amazing.

Quick story:

The home is a foreclosure; meaning that we buy it "as is." We cannot ask for the seller to fix anything or add to what to is already there. When we first looked at the home, the microwave and oven/stove were missing. The previous owners had removed them... leaving nothing in return. We accepted this in the beginning and began budgeting for these item; adding a fridge to the list.

After a few weeks of believing that we would have to put money into buying kitchen appliances, we got a call from the Realtor of the home. She said that the bank had just put a stove in for the FHA loan. We were super excited and headed to the home right away to see our brand new beauty. To our dismay, it was not there. We waited for them to install one... And waited some more... Nothing.

Then, yesterday morning our amazing Realtor and I were talking on the phone and she told me the best news we could have heard that day. Waiting for us in our new home was not only a beautiful, brand new, gorgeous oven/stove, but a beautiful, brand new, gorgeous microwave as well!!!!!

We could not be any more happy by the fact that we get completely new appliances! We are very blessed. Everything is going so well for this home and we are feeling very grateful [knock on wood].

Okay, okay, so without any more stalling...

<> 3 bedrooms
<> 2.5 baths
<> Two-car garage
<> Large Kitchen
<> Cute patio
<> Single-family home [not connected]
<> No yard work
<> Community pool/spa
<> Huge community playground
 <> GREAT area
<> The perfect starter home

We cannot wait to begin this new chapter in our lives!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

New Employer

For those of you who know me, you know how much I love being around kids.
[Our son most of all.]
I have been a nanny/babysitter for many families now, and have enjoyed every minute of it.
There have been multiple opportunities that have opened to me... and for that, I am forever grateful.
And of course, bringing Ryker along has always been a bonus for this as well.

However, at this time in our lives, my husband and I feel that it is best for me to begin working outside of the whole nanny thing.
So, without further adieu, we would like to announce my new employer...

Starting Wednesday, May 4th, I will be an official teller at the second largest bank in the world.
Pretty cool, huh?

This job comes with a lot of possibilities.
AND a lot of benefits for only a part time teller.
My hours are beyond perfect.
Working only three days a week is such an ideal job; for such an ideal pay.

Our little family is going to majorly benefit from this new change.
It will be very, very, very, very hard leaving Ryker for three days during each week...
BUT, I am so very happy that Austin will have the opportunity to spend all of that quality time with him over the summer.

Bring it on, CHASE, we are ready!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Per Requests...

It has been a very busy month. -That is my excuse for not journaling/blogging.
Instead of giving you a single post full of excuses, I will give you multiple posts full of excuses.
For today, I will begin with the first 'busy' excuse.


As many of you may know, Ryker carries with him some allergy problems.
These problems have caused him to be on this special formula.
We all thought that this formula would do the trick and would solve his horrible allergy reactions.
The supposed, 'miracle worker,' did improve some of his painful issues; except for one.
His body rashes.

When our poor baby hit this point [above], his pediatrician recommended him to an allergy specialist.
At the appointment with the specialist, Ryker was given some tests in order to see what he is allergic to.

[Playing with toys while waiting for the tests to work their magic.]

 [Of course he had to leave a little present on the bed for the doctor... spit up.]

[The big red spot means he had an allergic reaction.]

[He was not happy that Mommy made him get poked more than a dozen times.]

So, you may now be wondering what Ryker's clinically diagnosed allergy is.
And the answer... egg whites.
Yes, egg whites. That is all.
The best part is that he will grow out of his this allergy. Phew.
We are so very grateful that all of the tests came back negative for peanut oil, wheat, meat, etc.

Hmmm... now you may be wondering why our baby boy has rashes if he is only allergic to egg whites.
I mean, it is not like we are giving him an egg every day!
The truth is that Ryker's skin is just very immature.
The best way to explain it is that his skin was just not fully developed at birth; causing him to be super sensitive.
Luckily, he should grow out of this sensitivity too.

The doctor did give us some amazing solutions, though.

This cream is amazing.
They make soap, lotion, sunscreen, you name it!
Of course, it is a bit on the pricey end... but we are willing to do anything to get rid of our baby's itchy rashes.

In addition, to get rid of his itchy scalp, we now use:

Again, it is higher priced, but this shampoo really works.
In less than a day, Ryker's head was itch free!

We absolutely love these two products and would recommend them to anyone who has children that suffer from the same symptoms our sweet baby suffered from.
Ryker is now completely rash free and is loving every minute of it [because we know, right??].

Well, there you go readers!
We hope that you all enjoyed our much-needed update.
Because we know we did.

Friday, April 8, 2011


Today, our little guy is five months old!
Can you believe how fast time has gone???
But then again, it feels as though Ryker has been in our lives forever.
We love him so much!

<> He loves his toys. He is finally at that age where he can entertain himself.
<> He is always chewing on his foot... just his right one.
<> His laugh always makes everyone around him stop and stare at his cute, little face.
<> He never, ever sits still. We love that!
<> He is continually in the 110% for his length. We love our basketball/volleyball/football man!
<> He is always hungry.
<> He has started and has successfully eaten: rice cereal, squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, and corn.
<> He only does short, power naps. This is because he always wants to know what's going on. He never misses a beat.
<> He still has Momma's blonde hair and blue eyes.
<> He babbles constantly.
<> His acid reflux is still pretty bad. He spits up at least three times after each feeding. Sometimes it goes up to eight.
<> He loves acting like a big boy. Sippy cups, filled with water, are his new favorite!
<> He loves everyone.
<> No matter what sort of pain he is in, he is always smiling.
<> He is the happiest baby around.
<> He loves, loves, loves when we read him books! This is the only time we can get him to sit still!
<> He loves when we brush his teeth.
<> Rolling around is his new favorite thing. He love always ends up on his tummy; even though he hates being in that position.
<> He loves going on walks with Mommy!
<> He is slobbering like there is no tomorrow. Teething gel is Mommy and Daddy's new best friend.
<> He likes to be held... all the time.

So, there we have it!
There are so many other 'Ryker Traits...' We could go on and on!!

Anyways, Happy Five Months Baby Boy!
We love you!