Thursday, November 25, 2010


All I have to say is I-LOVE-THE-SNOW! I am a bit surprised it came so early this year, but if this is a sign of what our winter has in store for us, I am looking forward to it. The other day Julianna and I were stranded at home, which I must admit, I thought I would go stir crazy, but we had such a great snow day together. We read books, played with her dolls, played with stickers, played in the snow, drank hot chocolate, and made dinner together. I asked her that morning what she wanted to do for the day and jokingly suggested that maybe we should shave our legs and paint our nails to which she promptly replied "mommy, I am not old enough to do that". Of course I know she is not old enough to shave her legs, but the fact that she knows that made me laugh. Here are some pictures of our time in the snow!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Happy birthday Julianna!

We celebrated Julianna's 3rd birthday this past weekend. I cannot believe that my baby girl is three already. She seems so grown up, and is a smart, funny, silly, beautiful, sweet little girl and believe me, I am proud to be her mama! On her actual birthday, before we came downstairs to eat her heart birthday pancake with whipped cream, she had to put on her crown, clip on earrings, and cinderella necklace. She is very much into to dressing up and princesses. We celebrated Thursday with two of her friends that have birthdays the same week, then again on Friday for her actual birthday, and yet again on Saturday for her little party. Needless to say, she woke up Sunday morning asking if it was her birthday again. She dressed like a princess all three of the days that we celebrated, and even now is wearing a crown:) I love this little princess with all of my heart and I am beginning to understand now when everyone says it goes so fast so I had better enjoy every second. I am enjoying Julianna (and her "princess" ways) so much and I am so proud of who she is becoming. Happy birthday baby girl!

Family picture at her little party

At a princess party with her friends Kaya and Lily and the "real" princess

Eating her birthday breakfast
Singing happy birthday to her

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Trick or Treat!

This was not the first year that Julianna dressed up for halloween, but it was the first year that she was able to go trick-or-treating. She got to go with some of her little friends, and let me tell you...she LOVED the idea of going house to house yelling "trick or treat!" and getting candy in return. In fact, she is enjoying some nerds as we speak. Jeremy decided that he was going to dress up as well, which doesn't surprise me, but was a little embarrassing as he was the only adult dressed up:) Here are a few pictures from the night:

Justus (tiger), Alaina (princess), Julianna (Sleeping Beauty), Ben (Spiderman)
Sleeping Beauty and Creepy the Clown

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Morning Cartoons

Typical attire for morning cartoons......

Monday, September 13, 2010

First Day of Preschool

On her way in
So excited!
Julianna's first day of preschool was (pretty much) a success! She ate a big breakfast, put on her new school clothes, got her backpack, and we were on our way to preschool. Initially she only wanted to sit on my lap when we got there. Then, slowly she moved to the carpet were all of the other kids were sitting, and I made my escape when she was listening to her teacher. As soon as she realized I was gone, she lost it. I was able to watch it all through the one way window outside her classroom. She cried for about 3 minutes, and then she was fine! I of course was begging God to help her calm down as I was feeling like the worst mom ever, and she did...Thank God! I picked her up and asked her to tell me all about her first day, and it was the most ADORABLE thing to hear her try and explain everything she did. I pretty much knew she painted due to the blue paint above her mouth, but she also told me she made a necklace, sang songs, and had a snack. I know there was more to her day, but I think she did a pretty good job telling me about it. I cannot believe how big she is already and that she is already in preschool.
Day #2 on Wednesday and we are looking forward to it!

Monday, August 30, 2010

It's a.......

...GIRL!!!! Julianna got her wish...well, more like she got her demand. She was very certain that she was going to have a baby sister and not a baby brother even when we tried explaining to her that there was a good possibility she was getting a brother. But, we no longer have to have this conversation as we went to the ultrasound and the tech said she could say with good certainty that it is a girl. I think that I am already in the "nesting" phase as I have already gone through all of Julianna's old clothes and hung them in the baby's closet and put some in her dresser, I have bought and painted a dresser, had a garage sale to get rid of a lot of JUNK, cleaned vents that haven't been cleaned in a few years, and there are many more things on my list. We are so thrilled to be adding another little girl to our family and NO, she will not be playing hockey! (sorry Jer)

21 Weeks Prego

Friday, August 13, 2010

Summer Fun

We have been having a very nice and BUSY summer with our sweet little girl. Julianna sure keeps us on our toes, and I keep saying it, but this is my favorite age so far. She is stinkin' hilarious and talks like she is 20. Many things that come out of her mouth are things that I say and it is very interesting hearing how you sound through a 2 and a half year old's mouth:) The other day she told me "not talk to her that way", and she told her daddy that he was "not listening to her" (in a very stern, motherly voice). I actually find it very hard not to laugh even when she is being sassy, so I have to reign it in often.
I have been pretty bad at taking pictures lately but here are a few recent ones:

On daddy's birthday
Helping mommy make the cake
At the Ruck family reunion in the pool

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

World's cutest bike rider

I have never seen a cuter little bike rider, if I must say so myself:) Julianna loves to go ride her princess bike, with her princess helmet, and her diva shades....what have I created!!!????

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Choo Choo

Today we went to Julianna's friend Nathaniel's 3rd birthday party. Julianna decorated cookies, went on a train ride, and had cake. It was so much fun for all three of us:) For the train ride the kids got a conductor hat and scarf for the full effect and it was adorable. What fun times we have ahead of us with this sweet little girl of ours.

Ella has arrived

Ella finally made her grand appearance on May 15th, after a LOOONG day. She is perfect and I think that I have gone to visit her every day since her birth just to hold her. Julianna likes to see her initially and then she is off doing "toddler" things. It is so neat watching my little sister being a mommy, because she is such a natural and I am pretty sure that she will teach me some things along the way. We are so in love and so excited to get to know little Ella. Here are a few pictures from the hospital:

Julianna and Ella
Such a happy big cousin
The Proud Daddy

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Gone Fishin'

Julianna went fishing today with daddy, Papa Daryl, Uncle Kevin, and Ben today for the first time and she had a blast. Going fishing was all that she could talk about today, and she did not take a nap because I am pretty sure that she was way too excited about fishing to fall asleep. I am fairly certain that she was the cutest fisher on the lake:)

Monday, April 5, 2010

My Easter Baby

My beautiful little girl all ready for Easter church. Love, love, love her!

Friday, April 2, 2010


We went to Gibsons a couple of weekends ago to visit Jeremy's parents and brother Jason. It had been 6 MONTHS since we had seen grandpa and grandma because they were in Africa serving at an orphanage....we are so proud of them:).... It was so nice for Julianna to get to see her grandpa and grandma Ruck after all of that time! Julianna did great on the car ride up (thank you dvd player and Elmo). She of course loved riding the ferry over as well as getting reacquainted with their dog Sky. We went to the beach and looked for shells, fed the ducks, and went to the park. She had a full weekend and so much fun. We are looking forward to the next trip up!

Julianna feeding the ducks
Walking to feed the ducks with grandpa and grandma
Wearing grandpa's helmet
On the ferry
Daddy and Julianna at the beach

Tea Party With Daddy

As I was doing the dishes after dinner tonight, I couldn't help but overhear Julianna and her daddy having a tea party in the other room. I quickly ran and grabbed the camera because, seriously, these are moments I don't want to forget. Jeremy is the BEST dad ever!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Bunny Ears and Backpacks

This is what my life has come to...and I LOVE it. Being a mommy to Julianna brings more joy to my life than I could have ever imagined. Julianna is 2 years and 3 months old and I did not realize that so much adorableness could be packed into such a tiny body. Even when it is 6am, and I am NOT ready to be up for the day, and I here her calling, "I need my mommy" it melts my heart. I am already having moments of "my baby is growing up so fast and pretty soon she won't want anything to do with me", so I am trying to enjoy every moment that I have with her.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

She's got moves!

Julianna LOVES to sing and dance and I am not quite sure where she learned her moves from but I am secretly thinking that she may have gotten them from Jeremy:)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Oh Joy

As I sat on the couch on Saturday evening watching my husband and Julianna play, I couldn't help but get teary a mother so often does......just out of the joy of Julianna and Jeremy playing. Julianna scream-laughed over and over as her and Jer played a little game with Mr Potato head (which, by the way is her FAVORITE toy). It brought such joy to my heart to see my amazing husband having as much, or maybe even more fun, than Julianna. These "happy tear" moments only continue to increase and get better as the days go on.
Here are a few recent pictures of Julianna:

Julianna wearing a dress that grandma and grandpa Ruck sent from Africa

Jer putting lipgloss on Julianna because she went potty in the big girl potty:)

Ben and Jules playing the drums at Christmas

She is getting so big!