The Ivie Family Blog

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Three Year Letters to Ryan

My Sweet Munch,
It is very hard to believe that I became a mom 3 years ago.  It doesn't seem like it has been that long.  It seems to be going by too quickly!  The saying "time flies when you are having fun" has never been more true!  You make everything about my life better.  You are the firecracker in our family  You are full of fire and fun!  You are a drama queen, and so emotional. You do not hide your feelings or your thoughts.  You are so vocal and a very passionate little girl.  You are full of love and stand up for what you care about. You have some cute quirks about you (you can thank me for most of these later). You like to organize things and are a creature of habit. You prefer routine and order and do not like change.  If one thing goes wrong during our "normal" routines you feels like your world is falling apart (sorry baby, I can't blame your dad for these things).  Thankfully, you are now becoming more rational and able to understand that sometimes things can't and won't always happen the way you want them to.  Your verbal skills remain incredible.  You amaze me (and everyone) with your vocabulary and your comprehension.  You use excellent manners and are thoughtful of others. Your memory is fascinating. You have memorized books, movies and you can remember things that happened last year. You always remember peoples names and something about them. You are so smart beyond three years! You know all of your letters, each sound they make and you can name words that start with each letter.  You can do a perfect somersault, and you are improving your jump roping skills. You still love firetrucks and trash trucks. You don't like band aides (unless they are on someone else). You are a complete and total girly girl. You love pink, purple and all princesses. You love to wear dresses and like to change clothes all day long. You are able to dress yourself and put on your own shoes.  You no longer need pull-ups at night! You do all your business in the toilet and have no accidents (even during your 13 hour nights!).  From listening to other potty training parents I think you may be the easiest kid to potty train.  I think you might have had 3 or 4 accidents total, and never a #2.  You don't wear me out asking to go to the bathroom either.  You can hold it for hours and hours and you never ask to go unless you really have to. So easy! (Please teach your little sister everything you know about potty training!)  You prefer to wear your hair down all the time. You don't like when I push it behind your ear.  You get horrible rats nest in the back of your head when you sleep and we battle over combing it out. You call yourself "Ry Pie". You absolutely adore your Mamaw and Pa and ask to go to their house or call them daily.  You also get to see them almost every day!  So cool!  You still love "chocky" and blueberry brown toast before bed. You like your IPod player to be purple, your  IPod playing and your door open when you go to bed.  You are a great big sister to Emma. You let her play in your room and you share your favorite toys with her. You can be extremely stubborn and can be quite sassy. Although frustrating at times, I love your strong will and I know that it will serve you well when you are older.  I love every single thing about you and I cherish every moment watching your grow.  I LOVE that I get to spend so much time at home with you and your sister and that your Daddy does too.  We are a very lucky family.  Thanks for being you and bringing so much joy to our family.  I am so very honored that I am the lucky person that you call Mommy.  Love you to the moon and back!


To my big 3 yr old girl,
I am so proud of you!!! You are the greatest gift I have ever received. You amaze me every day by how smart and sweet you are. I am so happy that I can call you my daughter. I love you and can’t wait to see what’s in store for this family!! Happy Birthday Ryno!!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Ryan's Under The Sea THIRD Birthday Party!

I let Ryan choose her birthday party theme this year.  She requested an Ariel party so that is what we had!  It was perfect since her birthday is in the middle of summer and Grandpa and Mamaw have a pool!
Here are the pictures from her party!


Aunt Mis putting the finishing touches on Ryan's Ariel cake.
I still can't believe she made this for Ryan!

Ryan LOVED her cake!
It was pretty incredible.
The shells were painted white chocolate and the sand was graham crackers!
And all of the characters were on the cake!

The Spread

Chris made the shark!


Ryan and Ariel taking the first dip!

Kristi and Ashlyn

Gramma and Mamaw in deep conversation

Daddy and Pea

The B boys!

Cole and CiCi

Sweet Ashlyn

Ryan enjoying the singing of  Happy Birthday!

Loving her cake!

Round one of gift opening

Jill and Bennett

Brynn and Aaron


Round two

Emma got a few gifts too!

Ryan showing off her "jimmy" legs dance moves to Stetson.

Echo and Jacob

All the boys in the kitchen!

Silly Daddy!

Ryan fell asleep on the way to dinner.
Emma was keepin' it real.

Emma loved these shades!  Thanks, Echo!

Cole and Ryan

Ending her special day in a bubble bath with a good buddy!

I stayed up late to hang out with CiCi since I never get to see her.
When I decided to go to bed at midnight someone had stolen my spot!

These two cuties were in the guest bedroom...... I hit the sack in Ryan's bed!

Ryan trying on a new princess nightgown!
Thanks to everyone who came to the party (and all those that called/and mailed her things). 
We feel so fortunate to have so many family and friends that love our sweet girl!