Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

I hope you all are having a WONDERFUL Christmas! We have had a lot of fun so far today...
Our festivities began last night when Ryan started blowing up Reed's ball pit:while I was playing with our new laptop from my mom (this picture was taken with the webcam, and the frame added from the same program. It was fun to play with!)

This morning Reed came out to see his ball pit all blown up with all his balls in it! He was in heaven. After we had our little family Christmas the family came over! It was so much fun opening presents and watching Reed's reaction to everything! I never realized how much fun having kids would make everything. It is so neat to see everything through your child's eyes! Though our day is not over yet, I thought I would put some pictures of the day so far:'

Ill be sure to add some more pictures soon! The laptop make it so easy!!
Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A little Remodeling

With Christmas approaching, Ryan and I realized we would soon have 8 people at our house, and only had 4 chairs to sit being thrifty and crafty and having a handyman for a husband we headed to Goodwill where we purchased 2 chairs for $12 total! Yeah for 50% off furniture on Saturday! When then proceeded to Joann's and got fabric to recover all of the chairs, new and old. I am so excited about the new chairs. They look so clean ( stains happen with a baby and white seats), and I love that it was a project Ryan and I could do together...take a look at our work! :)

Goodwill Chairs (And Reed) Before:

And After:

The Goodwill chairs were brown and we (Ryan) spray painted them black.

Our Chairs Before:

And After

And our table (minus the Goodwill chairs):

The table and chairs above were left in the house when we moved in. In fact my Father-in-law built the table! One day we may upgrade, as this one is starting to sag a little in the middle, but for now it is perfect!! I am so thankful to have a husband who embraces projects like this ( there was a lot of stapling fabric with me in the laundry room - to not wake the baby) that make me happy, and does everything to be as perfect as possible! Love you Ryan!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008


Here are a few fun pics of Reed and Gabe at Dorothy B Oven Park. I feel so fortunate to have such great friends to raise Reed with!
Checking out the moving reindeer

"holding hands"

I look forward to many more years and memories together! Love you guys!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Some Christmastime fun!

We took Reed to Santa for the first time this year. I thought he would like him, or at least didn't expect him to be terrified of him. We finally got this picture with him, unfortunately I was not prepared to be in the picture, but thats OK. Maybe next year...

Later in the week we went to Dorothy B. Oven with some good friends. I got some good pictures of Reed and his buddy Gabe, which I will post later.

As usual, Reed has been helping Daddy work outside. The picture below was taken last weekend when Ryan put the lights on our house (and it was really really cold). The bottom picture was taken yesterday, when Ryan finished raking the leaves, and it was HOT! Crazy Florida needs to realize Christmas time is supposed to be cold.

For now, we are enjoying some time together, and getting ready for Christmas!! I am looking forward to the time with the family.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thanksgiving and Wedding Weekend

For Thanksgiving we traveled to Jacksonville and spent the weekend with my family. We had a great time playing with my uncles twins, who I unfortunately have no pictures of. Reed had fun feeding the ducks in my moms backyard ( until he got nipped). Nevertheless, it was a fun weekend...

Eating breakfast like a big boy, with CRAZY bedhead!

The weekend after Thanksgiving Ryan and I traveled down to Bradenton for Ryan's cousins wedding. It was a beautiful weekend with family! Reed did amazing the whole weekend. He immediately fell in love with his cousin, and enjoyed meeting all the rest of the family! Here are just a few fun pictures from the weekend...

Name Game

We are having the hardest time coming up with a name for this baby. Reed went along with the R.E.D. tradition, and I think it would be fun for this baby to do so as well - but an "R" name is hard! I also, of course want this name to sound good with Reed...
Here are a few names we are considering...let me know what you think..PLEASE!!

Ryder Emmett Dender (Ryder Dender)
Riley Edward Dender (Riley Dender)
Daniel James Dender (Daniel Dender)
Davis ? Dender (Davis Dender)
Or maybe
Emmett Dender

Late update:
How about Reece Dender? :)

I would LOVE you opinions please!!