Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Our Little Squirt Is One!!

Rylan's party was quite a splash!! Here is is in pictures!

the invites...

Even our kitchen chalkboard (hellooo Ikea!) got festive!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

You made it!

Dear Rylan, You are growing up way too quickly! It seems like you were born just yesterday and your mom and I were bringing you home from the hospital. Having you has definitely changed our lives. I thank God daily for such a blessing. You have changed my life in so many ways! First, I have to get up earlier in the morning. Second, I now have detailed knowledge of which stores have changing tables in their men's room. Finally, because of you, I now have an extra (stinky) garbage bag to take out. What a difference a baby makes! Honestly though, you were an amazingly happy infant. You slept through the night almost immediately and you were rarely sick. I don't know how or why mommy and I got so lucky, but we are super grateful. (And, haha to all you other parents and especially my parents!) I love you very much, son, and I am excited to see what your next year will bring to our family. Love, Daddy

My Sweet Baby...

Dear Rylan Walker,

I can't believe it has already been one year since you came into this world. Before you were here, I knew I loved you, but nothing could have prepared me for how much.

You bring so much joy into the lives of others. Your Grandaddy has said before that you are "soothing". I could not agree more. Your little smile or your ever elusive kisses can turn my day around in an instant.

Watching you grow this past year has been such a blessing. That first smile, first giggle, first time rolling over, first time sitting up, those first wobbly steps...all sweet moments that I will cherish forever. Now you are one, and have had your first birthday. So many firsts have come and gone, and it makes me a little sad. I miss my little baby, but am so exited about all the new experiences to come.

God blessed your daddy and I more we ever deserved by giving us you. I know He has BIG plans for you little love.

Jeremiah 29:11-- For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Mom (or as you say.... Ma ma ma ma no no ma ma)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Beachin' It!

On the 28th, Rylan and I left to spend a few days at Fernandina Beach with some of my family. The drive became quite the road trip! On our way we stopped in Jacksonville to celebrate both Sassy and Tate's birthday!

Rylan had a blast swimming with his big cousins!

After the party, we met Nanny, Poppa, and two cousins at the beach. Nanny quickly went to work getting Rylan to say "Nanny".... He did! Of course, she was also the one who gave him all the cheetos he could eat and would hold him and his blanky.... 

Rylan instantly remembered Poppa, and how much he loves him! 

Rylan spent a  lot of time snuggled with Poppa on that couch! Poppa even got to witness Rylan taking the most steps he has ever taken! Something snapped in Rylan while at the beach, and he walked everywhere!! See the evidence feet prints!

On Monday, Grandaddy and Gigi came. Rylan had fun practicing his walking with Grandaddy on the beach and playing in the sand with Gigi. 

Rylan had so much fun!! On Wednesday, his birthday, we headed home to celebrate with Matt when he got off of work. We decided to let Rylan "practice" eating birthday cake for his party.

At first he wasn't so sure.... it!