Friday, September 20, 2013

Annalea Celebrates her 6th Birthday with a bunch of Party Animals!!

Annalea is now 6 years old!!!!

We celebrated her birthday in our back yard with an assortment of petting zoo animals.  Annalea got to be the first one to sit in the corral and pet the little animals, which included a mini pig, chinchilla, rabbits, birds, and even a hedgehog!  The larger animals were outside the corral and available to be "walked" on their "leashes."  A great time was had by all!!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

More Photos of our Cookie...Annalea's New Playmate

Monday, September 2, 2013

Cookie Joins our Family!!!

On Saturday, August 31, we brought home our new puppy Cookie!!  She is a cockapoo, born on June 24, 2013.  Her parents are a poodle (dad) and cocker spaniel (mom).  She is a perfect fit for our family!!  Annalea is beside herself with joy, and Ryan is enjoying (for now) being an important caregiver.

Why now to get a puppy?  Well, I am someone who said we would never get a dog.  But as the kids grow and my memories of dirty diapers fade, it wasn't hard for me to fall for this extremely adorable creature.

Introducing Cookie.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Great End to Ryan's Best Ever Swim Season

Last night was the swim team's end of year banquet.  This is where awards and trophies are given.  Every year, Ryan would get the basic trophy...but this year was different.  This year Ryan was first place in his age group.  We are so proud and happy for Ryan.  All the swimmers had a great time.  Below some photos and videos:

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Heart Warming Note from Annalea's Preschool Teacher

To put it mildly, this really made my day:

Hi Sonia,

I do not even know where to begin in thanking you for everything you have done for me. The obvious first, Annalea. I love speaking, as well as writing and have never been at such a loss for words. She is genuinely the kindest, most thoughtful, happiest and most loving child I have ever known. That is a difficult thing to say when you work with so many wonderful children, but Annalea truly is something beyond special.

Annalea showered me with love and "gifts" from the moment she heard that I was getting married. That alone has been more than any child or family could have given me. Her gift bags filled with crafts and cards will be saved forever. When Scott told me you had made a donation on our Honeyfund account; I literally cried. You had already given me the gift of teaching Annalea and with this honorable responsibility, I received the gift of more joyful experiences and interactions than any teacher could ever hope for.

I have the highest feelings towards you and Kevin as parents. I don't know what you do exactly at home, but whatever it is.... wow. Please keep doing whatever it is that you do. You both will forever be superhero parents in our book. I only wish we crossed paths earlier and I was able to teach Ryan and witness Annalea stealing your family's hearts.

Scott and I plan to adopt many children. Although, we also spoke of this plan, your family's story has made it more real and has meant more to us than you will ever know. Every single day I get with Annalea this summer brings more happiness to my heart than I could ever describe. We have a new student in the group this week that is having a very hard time adjusting. I'm sure you've heard about him. On Monday, she came up to me and said, "Even though he isn't very nice to us; I'm going to play with him. I sort of think he needs a friend". They spent their recess together and I kept my ears wide open... She spoke up when he said something impolite, warned him about bad choices, and actually has guided him into having a great couple of days.

We spoke a long time today and I asked her if she remembered when she didn't like cleaning up at clean up time in the beginning of the school year. She looked at me like I had moose antlers!! She is such a superstar, Sonia, she can't even recall the day she had a hard time listening to teachers.

I can only hope that we end up with a child half as joyful as Annalea. Please know that we are always here for your family... if you need an overnight babysitter, if you have an emergency... tutoring... really anything. I am here for the Vigilantes!

I will send your family a formal thank you note in the mail after we get our wedding pictures back, but I had to thank you prior. Please send Christmas cards every year. I could never forget Annalea. I am only sorry it has to end here.

Thank you for everything your family has taught me this year. Thank you for enrolling Annalea at PGDS. Thank you for celebrating my marriage with me and Scott. Thank you for everything you and Kevin do as parents to make my experience as a teacher so wonderful.

Thank you, Sonia. I have heard that being a parent can feel like a thankless job. I am telling you from the bottom of my heart; thank you. Your impact on your children have already influenced our society in the most positive way.... we aspire to this!!!


Sarah & Scott

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Good Job Ryan -- First Place AGAIN!!!!!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Ryan, Erin, and Michael swim in the same event

My friend Tammi's daughter, Erin, and my other friend Barbara's son, Michael, swam in this event along with Ryan.  Ryan was the second swimmer, and Erin was the third, and Michael was the fourth.  The team finished second in this event.

Eldwick Sharks Relay Carnival

Ryan swam 4 events in this meet.  This is the first event and he is the second swimmer.  They finished second, and Eldwick Sharks won the meet in first place.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Ryan Takes First Place AGAIN!!! Butterfly Event Second A Meet

Ryan takes Second Place in Freestyle -- A Meet #2

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Ryan is going to have a great swim season!!

Ryan has been swimming for the Eldwick Swim Team for a number of years.  This is surely going to be a good year for him.  He had some good coaching over the winter and has taken 18 seconds off his 50 meter butterfly...amazing!!  He has improved in all of his strokes, but it seems his stroke this season will be butterfly!!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Ryan at Piano Recital 2013