Thursday, April 11, 2013


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Ryan is still busy being a cowboy. I’m pretty sure the best part of his job {for me at least} is that he runs around looking sexy in his cowboy hat and wranglers. He has been working hard feeding cattle and doing other little projects at the ranch all winter. It’s about this time of year however, that he is very ready to not be loading and feeding around 300 75lb bales of hay everyday. He is very eager for green grass so the cattle can be pushed out to graze for the summer. He is also very excited to start this year’s garden. It’s a bonus for me that he loves to do it and knows so much about it. Ryan was recently put in as the Teacher’s Quorum Advisor in YM. He is enjoying getting to know the boys.



I have been busy taking care of 2 adorable children, growing a 3rd in my innards, taking care of the hubby, cooking 3 meals a day, cleaning when I feel like it and napping here and there. Also, throw in a few meetings, activities, projects and visits due to my calling as Second Counselor in Relief Society {seriously, who knew I could ever have a calling like that? Not me!}. Not to mention the going back and forth to the ranch a couple times a week {which is very tiresome}. Needless to say, things are always exciting around here. Maybe that’s why my blogging activity has decreased so substantially? ;)



Harper is our little entertainer. She sings and dances and plays the piano. She is constantly talking and telling stories. She has an astounding memory. There are several landmarks on the way to the ranch and she knows what they are and who’s cattle are who’s. She learned it faster than I did!  She loves to go to work with daddy to feed bulls/horses on the tractor, check cows on the 4wheeler, or any other little thing she can help him with. She loves to bake/cook and often says “let’s make something”. Just this week, she started telling us when she needed to go potty {with no prodding from us}. And she’s had only a couple of accidents all week. She can say prayers all by herself and knows several primary songs. Harper is such a sweet bundle of energy {and a little drama queen} and is always keeping us on our toes. She is one amazing little girl and we are so lucky to be her parents!



Ray is our happy little guy. He always has a smile on his face {except for when he’s caught being naughty}. He is very ticklish and has the cutest laugh. He can wave hi/bye and crawl up on the couch. He loves his baths and loves to dance when he hears music {which consists of rocking back and forth or a little head banging}. He took his first steps at almost 10 months and just this week has started using walking as his primary mode of transportation {although he’s still a little unsteady}. Funny story about his first steps -

Feb 20 - I was standing by the stove and Ray was holding onto me. Harper was near our bedroom door pushing her stroller toward Ray and then backing up. I had to move so I peeled Ray’s hand off my leg. He stood there for a minute and then started walking toward Harper as she was backing up with her stroller. After he fell, she ran him over. It was pretty funny. I sent this text to Ry and grandparents “Ray just took his first 4 steps to Harper. Altho I dunno if he’ll ever try it again cuz when he fell Harper ran him over with her stroller. :)”

Ray loves to rearrange the dining room chairs at the ranch. He’s a mischievous little stinker tho. He constantly gravitates to things he knows he can’t have/do and then gets such a sad pouty face {or straight up bawls} when you tell him no or take it away. He loves to play rough. You always have to be on guard when you’re holding him because you never know when he’ll bite, pinch, scratch or head butt you. He thinks he’s being playful…ya, not so much.  But he is such a joy to have around and is always making us smile! We love our Ray Ray!


Kristen said...

Such sweet kids. You're a great mama.

The Musson Family said...

I love all of these pictures. I can't wait to show Shawna the one of Ryan in his cowboy hat. She is going to love it. And the smile on Harper's face when you are baking says it all. And Ray looks so tall standing there. I can't wait to see them in person soon.

Lindsey said...

Look at her big girl chonies! She is so lucky she isn't around me right now, I would totally be pinching that tushy!

Um, that sounded creepy...

Lindsey said...

And yet I left it there :)