September Happenings + Kevin’s Early Birthday Celebration


{ September 8th – September 16th, 2014 }

This week (& a half) was fun! Well, Kevin was in Pittsburgh and also NYC on business for some of the week (September 7th through the 11th) so Ryder & I kept ourselves busy just hanging out the two of us.

What were we up to?

+ Usual: Gym, Visiting Teaching, Blogging, Shopping (Target, Sam’s Club, Dollar store, Party City), Laundry

+ Sarah came over & we watched the Bachelor in Paradise finale. Ha. What a dumb show but somehow we all watched it lol.

+ For my calling, we conducted Visiting Teaching Interviews.

+ CafĂ© Rio with the family! Can’t go wrong with either of those ;)

+ Got our yearly flu shot! And I was impressed to see on the paper you fill out at Target (to get your flu shot), that it had a place where you could check if you or someone you know, has ‘Ankylosing Spondylitis’!!! I was like “YES!” Also, a place to check if you or someone close you know is on an ‘Immunosupressent’ drug, “YES!!!” Slowly, it is maybe becoming a little more known in the world haha! Probably not ;)

+ Panera lunch with the Relief Society Presidency.

+ Cool Beans with the DeGraff’s. Ryder, Finn, & Oli had fun riding matching tricycles around and running around playing with all the random stuff to do at Cool Beans! We went in the evening & stayed pretty late since both husbands were out of town!

+ HuHot Express with my mom & Hunter! So good.

+ Oh, I cut Ryder’s binkies (BIN-T how Ry says it) & he was upset the first few nap times but honestly, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be! He just knows his “Bin-tees broke!” Haha. I was shocked that it wasn’t harder! He is doing great now. There was a little transition time and days but honestly, not bad!!! If only he knew that I broke them!

+ Music Makers: This was our first time going to Music Makers (a free music class that some girls from the church put on) & Ryder did alright. It was all new to us and he isn’t the type of kid – yet – that will sit quietly and raise his hand for questions or to be called on haha. We will maybe try it again sometime soon. That is where the parachute picture is from ;) That was Ryder’s favorite part of the class.

+ FHE with Kevin and we also watched Need for Speed ha. Just reminds me of Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad.

+ Ryder got his first pompadour haircut haha. I’m not sure what I think of it. I think I miss his longer hair, not that it was really long to begin with though. We take him to a cheap-o place and the lady cut too much off the top of his hair, which is kind of the point with the hairstyle. Oh well, it’ll grow out! It was an impulse decision! HA.

+ Cherry Creek Shopping: Went there with my mom and Hunter. Patrick met us there as he was looking for a business suit for a college business trip coming up soon. We didn’t have much time at all to do anything other than suit shop! Need to go back ASAP! I did run into H&M & got Ryder a pair of shorts and some beanies really quick. Meanwhile, Kevin took Ryder to Walmart to get the Mazda’s oil changed. They hung out & watched Frozen & ate McDonald’s. The wait was long! I hate that!!! (Photos above lol).

+ Then we drove off to another part of Denver for my cousin, James Seilbachs’ son, Adam, because he was having a Book Release/Signing Party at their home for friends and family. He just wrote a book and is donating some proceeds to charity. It is on Amazon. I think Hunter is going to read it! They had their house all decked out in the theme/style of the book. It was sweet! We ate dinner there. Oh, and Kevin & Ryder drove up for the fun! Pretty awesome!

+ Fossil Creek Play Date with Abby & her twins. We met at the baseball field at Fossil Creek Park. We brought balls. The kids ran around, threw balls, and basically we had to chase the balls for them since they just kept throwing them over a fence haha. Not exactly the point of bringing them there to do that lol. Then Erin Neville came with her daughter Nora and we hung out at the park area of it. Good times!

+ Kevin’s Early Birthday Celebration: Since we were going out of town to Utah that weekend, my family wanted to celebrate Kevin’s Birthday before we left. Kevin chose to eat dinner at the Macaroni Grill. It was very good! He got loaded up with tons of BYU gear for his Birthday. Perfect timing since we were heading out there and going to a BYU Football game! He also got some camping equipment we needed and some KC Chief’s Football cards ha. It was a fun night!

+ And lastly, the New Girl & Mindy Project had their season premieres so you better believe we planned to watch that…so I had to do lots of packing earlier and not last minute ;)

Next Up: our Utah trip!





Ryder’s 2nd Birthday Celebration ~ with my Family


{ Sunday, September 7th, 2014 }

We started the morning off by going to a Special Stake Meeting. Kevin was out of town on a business trip so I met my family there. Ryder loved hanging out with Hunter at church. Then during Ryder’s nap, we had a Presidency Meeting. After…we went to my parents to celebrate Ryder’s 2nd Birthday with my fam! My mom was out of town on his actual Birthday so she wanted to do something for him and also so he could open his presents! Ryder opened his presents – with my help – and was spoiled. He got an awesome winter jacket, Disney Zsum Zsum little stuffed animals from Hunter, soccer/hockey net, Plasma ‘wiggle’ car which he calls his racecar, & the cutest G is for Goat book which kind of matches his Bla Bla Billy the Goat stuffed animal he sleeps with! Ryder loved riding his racecar around the house while holding onto his hockey stick. He also loves doing anything with Hunter. They played mini hockey and soccer for awhile as well. We had a yummy dinner but I can’t remember what it was at this point ha. Then we hung out outside and drove his racecar around and he also played with my dad’s remote control car. We had a great time hanging out with my family and celebrating Ryder’s big day a little late. What a great Sabbath!


Ryder’s Planes 2nd Birthday Party!



The week before Ryder’s Planes 2nd Birthday Party with friends & family, I had thought we weren’t throwing Ryder an extravagant (to me) party. Then Kevin was like, “Well, we threw him a big 1 year Birthday party…we have to throw a big 2 year old one!” HAHA. So I quickly hit up Party City & Super Target the following day and got a bunch of Disney Planes themed stuff (cups, napkins, tablecloths, plates, party hats, etc.) as well as got the evites sent out! Oh, and if you are wondering Target sells cute Planes t-shirts! ;) I decided that I would make some Planes type banners…so I made some paper airplane ones (Kevin folded them) & cloud ones. We ordered a cake from Sam’s Club since they are always the way to go (cheapest compared to grocery stores)! We decided to do snacky foods for dinner & cake, of course! I looked around on Pinterest as well for ideas. It just was too overwhelming and (not enough time in advance) to pull anything more extravagant off than what we did haha. And this is going all out for me! I hate throwing parties, honestly. It stresses me out. Also, it gets SO expensive!

The party was on Saturday, September 6th from 6-8 pm at our house. As I was setting up with Bekah Wilkey (she came over early to help me), it started raining really hard! It looked like it would pass over within the next half hour or so. So it finally did pass over around 6:20 pm? I didn’t know what to do. I could either bring the party inside (our main level isn’t that big) or wait it out, and have it outside. People started coming over and hung out inside for a bit. All the chairs I set up earlier got soaked!

* Oh, and the one thing that I hate that I never am good at when I throw these parties, is taking pictures! The pictures I have aren’t great. They are just ones I took REALLY quickly when I had a minute. The table wasn’t all set up and garlands up, etc. But it did take A LOT of time to plan, craft, set up, etc.! So this is what I got… I really need to have someone else take photos for me, I guess!

Moving on. We had chicken salad croissants, chips, fruit salad (amazing one my dad makes), fresh veggies & dip, & cake. I had a sign that said, “Fueling Station.” The drink was a cran drink with Sprite and it was called, “Motor Oil.” We also had bottled water in the orange container.

We put balloons all over the yard and they were secured by golf tees. The signs and banners I made prior in the week.

Who came? My parents & brother, Hunter, Brittany & Tyler Wallace (friends from work), Bekah & Carmen Wilkey, the Valles’ (Danny, Gwen, Valencia, Gabrielle), the Yancey’s (Drew, Anna, Emery, Allegra), Jocelyne & Lila Heinzen, my aunt, NaNet Puccetti, Derk & Sloan Masters…and I think that is it haha… Oh, my friends Josh & Emily & baby Skyler Peterson were going to come but they got sick so didn’t come last minute. Also, Sarah Fleming (friend from work) had family unexpectedly come in town… But we had a blast, all of who came!

Ryder opened some presents. He got some awesome things from his friends! He got a soft soccer ball pillow, Matching First Words game, Target gift card, bubble machine, 4wheeler car which he calls a ‘racecar’, lacrosse sticks, & think that is it! He is lucky to have such good friends :)

All in all, Ryder had a great Birthday! He had fun running around with friends, Hunter, and playing with balls in the backyard. I was a little thrown off by the rainy weather and felt it was a little hectic and chaotic, but nothing you can do about that but swing with it!

We are so grateful for all of our friends and family who love Ryder and are lucky to have them in our lives! :)