Ashley & Ryan

Hoping to Adopt (Texas)

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Christmas Time
A friend made our kiddos homemade play dough, Christmas sensory boxes. They were a great activity for during the Christmas break and we really loved them. The dough was even scented like cookies.
A friend made our kiddos homemade play dough, Christmas sensory boxes....
We also decided to decorate Christmas cookies. We have a favorite home baker we like to support that went to high school with Ashley. She has cookie decorating kits each year so we always get one.
We also decided to decorate Christmas cookies. We have a favorite home...
The kids love to decorate the cookies in these kits and it comes with all the icing and sprinkles they could possibly want. Plus the cookies are delicious for when Santa comes.
The kids love to decorate the cookies in these kits and it comes with...
Since we were off school, Ashley went on a run one day with the kids riding their bikes. We went on a trail we frequent a lot and were surprised to see this tree decorated for Christmas
Since we were off school, Ashley went on a run one day with the kids r...
A sweet walker offered to take a picture so we could all be in it together with our dog Maddie and get the full tree behind us. How cool is it that someone decorated this tree on the running trails?!?
A sweet walker offered to take a picture so we could all be in it toge...
Since we could not have our normal gatherings for Christmas, we decided to still get dressed up for fun and watch our church's Christmas service online together before having a nice tradition Christmas dinner.
Since we could not have our normal gatherings for Christmas, we decide...
We also got matching pajamas for Christmas Eve/Christmas Day and took a picture together in front of our tree before the kids went to bed.
We also got matching pajamas for Christmas Eve/Christmas Day and took...
The kids love books. They especially love these
The kids love books. They especially love these "My First Phonics" boo...
It doesn't snow very often where we live, but right around mid-January, we got a bunch of snow one day so we had to go outside and build a snowman (or snow lady as Marjorie called her).
It doesn't snow very often where we live, but right around mid-January...
All four of us out in the snow. We played a lot and had a snowball fight.
All four of us out in the snow. We played a lot and had a snowball fig...
Maddie also loved playing in the snow. She tried to fetch snowballs and was so confused when she couldn't find them cause they disappeared into the snow.
Maddie also loved playing in the snow. She tried to fetch snowballs an...
Ryan disassembled the kids' play wheel barrow so they could use it as a sled on a hill in our backyard.
Ryan disassembled the kids' play wheel barrow so they could use it as...
Marjorie trying to help build the snowman.
Marjorie trying to help build the snowman.
Meeting a new Cousin
Marjorie and her new baby cousin Leighton
Marjorie and her new baby cousin Leighton
Marjorie and Mitchell with Baby Leighton
Marjorie and Mitchell with Baby Leighton
Meeting Leighton for the first time
Meeting Leighton for the first time
Mitchell getting his chance to hold his new baby cousin
Mitchell getting his chance to hold his new baby cousin
Photos of our life
Summer and Fall 2020
In August, we decided to take a road trip to visit some friends in Philadelphia and stopped in Washington DC on our way. Due to the pandemic, it was completely empty and we were the only ones on the steps of the Supreme Court.
In August, we decided to take a road trip to visit some friends in Phi...
Parent's only photo in front of the Supreme Court. It was an amazing and special experience.
Parent's only photo in front of the Supreme Court. It was an amazing a...
We also took a long weekend trip to Broken Bow, Oklahoma with our best friends. Here, we are at the lake state park for a picnic lunch.
We also took a long weekend trip to Broken Bow, Oklahoma with our best...
We spent a lot of time reading this summer so we have purchased a lot of new books to continue learning even though we weren't able to do all our normal fun summer activities.
We spent a lot of time reading this summer so we have purchased a lot...
We took a weekend trip to visit Ryan's aunt and uncle who live on a ranch in Texas. We got to explore all over their ranch and see lots of animals.
We took a weekend trip to visit Ryan's aunt and uncle who live on a ra...
For Halloween, we played it safe and only went trick or treating at a few houses on our street. Marjorie was a witch and Mitchell was a dragon. We spent the rest of the evening eating pizza and watching a Halloween movie together as a family.
For Halloween, we played it safe and only went trick or treating at a...
Decorating Halloween cookies.
Decorating Halloween cookies.
Petting one of the newest horses born on Ryan's aunt and uncle's ranch. The kids got to help feed all the animals on the ranch including horses, cows, goats, and some wild deer.
Petting one of the newest horses born on Ryan's aunt and uncle's ranch...
This is us on Thanksgiving Day. We had spent the afternoon with family and forgot to take a picture of just the four of us. So we set up one of our phones with a timer and took this with all of us sitting on our fireplace.
This is us on Thanksgiving Day. We had spent the afternoon with family...
While we were visiting family at their ranch, Aunt Vickie took us out to one of the pastures they own and asked to take some family photos of us. She got this amazing shot with the sun behind us and we loved it.
While we were visiting family at their ranch, Aunt Vickie took us out...
Thanksgiving Day with Ryan's parents and brother and sister-in-law who announced on this day that they are expecting their first baby July 2021. We are so excited to add a cousin to this crew.
Thanksgiving Day with Ryan's parents and brother and sister-in-law who...
Mitchell absolutely loves animals. He is always wanting to pet and talk to animals. So he had a blast petting the horses out at the ranch and getting to help feed them.
Mitchell absolutely loves animals. He is always wanting to pet and tal...
Marjorie was more interested in the younger horses that were a bit smaller.
Marjorie was more interested in the younger horses that were a bit sma...
Our family also has some goats on their property so we went on a drive one day to find them and take a picture.
Our family also has some goats on their property so we went on a drive...
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Marjorie was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in November of 2019 so this was significant for us. We all got shirts that said
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Marjorie was diagnosed...
Quarantine Family Activities
We have been going on family walks almost every day
We have been going on family walks almost every day
The kids love playing outside and also love art so we spend as much time outside as we can
The kids love playing outside and also love art so we spend as much ti...
A favorite outdoor activity is swinging
A favorite outdoor activity is swinging
The kids have been having picnics for lunch on the playscape in our backyard on pretty days
The kids have been having picnics for lunch on the playscape in our ba...
We made bracelets with some beads a friend gave to us
We made bracelets with some beads a friend gave to us
One beautiful and warm day, we decided to wash the family suburban
One beautiful and warm day, we decided to wash the family suburban
We are having to get creative with our exercise and  workout in the garage with the kids a lot
We are having to get creative with our exercise and workout in the ga...
Our dogs Noah and Madeleine hang out with us while we workout in the garage
Our dogs Noah and Madeleine hang out with us while we workout in the g...
We decorated cookies one afternoon
We decorated cookies one afternoon
The kids got to put on all the icing and sprinkles they wanted
The kids got to put on all the icing and sprinkles they wanted
Marjorie has been wanting to help cook lately, so one day we made cookies from scratch and the kids helped with every step except for ones involving the oven.
Marjorie has been wanting to help cook lately, so one day we made cook...
The kids helped roll up the dough into balls and place them on the sheet for baking
The kids helped roll up the dough into balls and place them on the she...
We set up a camping tent in the game room and have movie nights up there watching Disney movies with the kids
We set up a camping tent in the game room and have movie nights up the...
We set up a camping tent in the game room and have movie nights up there watching Disney movies with the kids
We set up a camping tent in the game room and have movie nights up the...
Easter 2020
We got dressed in our Easter outfits and streamed church on the couch.
We got dressed in our Easter outfits and streamed church on the couch.
We spent Saturday making a big feast of comfort foods since we weren’t able to eat the big meal we usually do with extended family.
We spent Saturday making a big feast of comfort foods since we weren’t...
We made sure to have kid friendly desserts and adult desserts
We made sure to have kid friendly desserts and adult desserts
Easter egg hunt in our backyard
Easter egg hunt in our backyard
Hunting eggs
Hunting eggs
Hunting eggs
Hunting eggs
Marjorie found an egg
Marjorie found an egg
Our family on the back porch after the Easter egg hunt
Our family on the back porch after the Easter egg hunt
Relaxing outside after all the activities, enjoying the weather, and eating some treats from the Easter bunny
Relaxing outside after all the activities, enjoying the weather, and e...
Trip to Austin
Ryan with the kiddos talking a walk around Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin
Ryan with the kiddos talking a walk around Lady Bird Lake in downtown...
A day at the park
A day at the park
Mommy & Mithcell by the lake during a kayaking excursion
Mommy & Mithcell by the lake during a kayaking excursion
Ashley with Madeleine on the walk
Ashley with Madeleine on the walk
Mommy with Noah and Marjorie in the background on a walk
Mommy with Noah and Marjorie in the background on a walk
Mommy & Marjorie crossing a bridge on walk
Mommy & Marjorie crossing a bridge on walk
Taking a Kayak trip on Lady Bird Lake.
Taking a Kayak trip on Lady Bird Lake.
Our Family
Family picture from 2018
Family picture from 2018
Our two children Mitchell and Marjorie
Our two children Mitchell and Marjorie
Our two fur babies Madeleine and Noah. They are extremely good and patient with the kids.
Our two fur babies Madeleine and Noah. They are extremely good and pat...
Our home on 4 acres. There is a ton of room for kids to run around and a lot of other young families in the neighborhood to play with.
Our home on 4 acres. There is a ton of room for kids to run around and...
We took a family trip to New Mexico and got to explore a cave on the mountain side.
We took a family trip to New Mexico and got to explore a cave on the m...
Hiking in New Mexico
Hiking in New Mexico
More hiking in New Mexico. We all love playing and spending time outdoors
More hiking in New Mexico. We all love playing and spending time outdo...
Riding the ski lift to the top of the mountain for lunch and exploring
Riding the ski lift to the top of the mountain for lunch and exploring
Our wedding day.
Our wedding day.
Playing outside in the backyard on a beautiful summer day.
Playing outside in the backyard on a beautiful summer day.
In our backyard for a fiesta themed wedding shower we hosted for my sister's engagement
In our backyard for a fiesta themed wedding shower we hosted for my si...
Getting our ashes on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday as a family.
Getting our ashes on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday as a family.
Family day the rodeo and we took a picture with the baby goats
Family day the rodeo and we took a picture with the baby goats
We really love attending sporting events and went to a Texas Rangers game with our family.
We really love attending sporting events and went to a Texas Rangers g...
With our family on the day Mitchell was baptized
With our family on the day Mitchell was baptized
Extended family photo
Extended family photo
Our kids with their cousin out at the lake.
Our kids with their cousin out at the lake.
We love being outside and prefer to take trips to places with lots of outdoor adventures.
We love being outside and prefer to take trips to places with lots of...
Visiting a local aquarium
Visiting a local aquarium
Our kids love books and we read to them every night before bed.
Our kids love books and we read to them every night before bed.
Taking the kids on a Christmas train ride
Taking the kids on a Christmas train ride
Being silly taking a picture on Christmas Eve
Being silly taking a picture on Christmas Eve
Pictures with Santa at our children's PDO in 2017
Pictures with Santa at our children's PDO in 2017
Our family room where we spend most of our family time together.
Our family room where we spend most of our family time together.
Anniversary trip to California in 2017
Anniversary trip to California in 2017
The kids love their bath robes their aunt and uncle got them for Christmas so they wore them to school one day. Lol
The kids love their bath robes their aunt and uncle got them for Chris...
The two of us at a family wedding
The two of us at a family wedding
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