Friday, July 27, 2012

I'm back...(with a GIVEAWAY)

Well hello! Is anyone still there?:)

 I'm back by popular demand;) Not really, but I did get some of your emails and I'm still working on responding to some. I have been wanting to jump back into blogging. So here I am!  What can I say, I miss you all! I'm excited for some new opportunities and to be able to offer some giveaways to you as well! I also miss documenting everything going on here in the Ryan household! I think last I left off was around Christmas time.
 I'll try and catch up with a quick post and highlight on a couple things.
This was 4th of July on the lawn of our new church. We are so blessed by our new church, more on that later...
Austin set up the camera and ran in the back, ok everyone, "smile" Gotta love our middle children! and Fallon's face...
Throughout this year I've written many blog posts in my mind but I never seem to have the time to get it all out on a post. Mostly deep posts that someday I pray I will have time and nerve to share.

This is all the cousins at the Cousin Christmas party we threw in our home. No new cousins (yet)
We are still known as the Dozen Couzin's. Actually, I just made that up! ha! Cute though, huh! My sister's boys are blocked out as we are not allowed to show their cute faces on the Internet just yet. Believe me they are A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!!!

Here's an updated picture of Fallon! Can you believe she's 11months?! She is such a doll. Her hair went from jet black when she was born to blonde now. You can see in the cousin picture how dark it is...Here she is on 4th of July with blonde and some black tips. We did cut her mullet off but not all the black tips yet. The kids think the black tips look cool:) She's is so fun and full of personality!

Here's another updated family picture from Farrah and Finley's dance recital. Look how tall Austin is!!! We are neck and neck! He will be 13 next month and I'm sure by then he will have passed me up!

We have added to the family...Wait, I better be careful the way I say that...
We announced that we were adding to the family and actually got hung up on.

-Wait? Did they just hang up on you??-

We've had all different responses over the last 6 announcements we've made, but that was a first.
We laughed it off but it actually hit me,  what if we really were announcing another baby?..
How sad! That's all I'll say about that for now;)

We were actually announcing chickens!
Early one morning I got up before the kids, which I try to do most days. I heard chirps coming from Austin's homemade ice chest incubator. I really didn't think he would actually be able to hatch chickens from an old ice chest! I wasn't loosing my mind, there WAS chirping and shaking going on inside that ice box! After weeks of turning the eggs 3 times a day and watching the temperature and humanity closely it was actually really happening! I couldn't wait to go wake up the kids to tell them, "it's time!"
Here's the kids watching the chickens hatch! We learned so much and now have 4 little chickens in our coop outside. We lost a few and some turned out to be roosters so we had to give them away but we have 4 little omelet makers running around. So fun!
Did I mention that we are not zoned for chickens... so shhhh!
Our family is really praying for more land but for now we are blooming where we are planted and bribing the neighbors with organic eggs;) ha!

Wouldn't we look perfect on a farm?:)
I see anotherrrrrrrr move in our future...last one. Lord willing:) We are finally ready to buy and plant our roots after renting for the last couple of years.
This was from Farrah's 5th birthday party! She wanted a cowgirl party with her own pony. So we got her two ponies but told her she couldn't keep them...maybe one day.
I don't think the neighbors would like that, chickens are pushing it!

Since Fallon was asleep on my back here's a picture of her sporting her cowgirl boots!

Here's Faith's 11th birthday party! Duct tape fashion show...

Her friends came over and they designed their own outfits out of duct tape. They turned out so cute. They wore them out to eat so they could show off their creativity and then came home for a fashion show.
Fallon wanted a duct tape dress too!:)
Landen turned 7 and all this strange child wanted to do was have a "morph day."  He wore his morph suit around and just had a blast being silly. Yes, they are all unique and different! :) He really is so fun---ny!

And today's giveaway is sponsored by Mommy Evangelism
Indoctrination the movie
All you have to do is go like Mommy Evangelism and Indoctrination  Movie on Facebook and come back here and leave a comment telling me you did.
If you don't have a facebook then leave a comment on why you choose to send your children/child to public school or why you have chosen homeschool.

If you haven't seen this movie, I highly recommend it!
Giveaway ends Thursday, Aug 2nd.

It's nice to be back!:)