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You Are Amazing

With so much going on right now, we are hoping that you are staying connected to people that can provide you with support and positivity. During this time and all times we hope you recognize the strength you have and the amazing person you are. ❤️ Ryan and Lisa Read more »

Home is Our Happy Place

Now that the local schools and businesses have closed due to the Coronavirus, the kids have moved to a homeschool schedule. Luckily, I have a flexible job and Ryan is able to work from home too so we have been able to meet everyone’s needs without disruption. For us this time at home has meant more books, more games, more Read more »

Our Friends Are Family

We had a chance to visit Atlanta this past weekend and we enjoyed time together at many of the sites we had grown to love while we called Atlanta our home. We had a chance to see an Atlanta Hawks basketball game, the Aquarium, the Zoo and the home of Martin Luther King Jr. But best of all, we were able to catch up and spend Read more »

Family Valentine’s Day

We celebrated Valentine’s Day as a family at home this year. Heart-shaped cookies and homemade heart pizzas, followed by a movie. It was the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day. ❤️ Ryan and Lisa Read more »

Taco Tuesday

Because sometimes you need to throw a little fiesta! Surprised the kids with a festive Taco Tuesday! We love making the most out of each day together. ❤️ Ryan and Lisa Read more »

Skiing and Sunny Skies

We bundled up and went skiing this weekend. It was a perfect winter day. Fresh white snow and blue, sunny skies. It was the first time skiing for Ryan and the boys. It was awesome! We love enjoying new experiences together as a family. We look forward to a time when we are able to create memories with another child. ❤️ Read more »

Electrifying Fun

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of day stays this family from finding fun on a Saturday! We had a great time exploring the science museum today! ❤️ Ryan and Lisa Read more »

Fun Friday

Now that the holidays are over, things have settled just enough for us to start back enjoying outings with friends. We joined our friends/neighbors for Hibachi and a movie (Dolittle). We aren’t sure what the kids loved more, the flaming volcano at dinner, or the giant cherry Icee at the movie! ❤️ Ryan and Lisa Read more »

Our Hope

Our hope is that we can offer you a sense of peace knowing that we are prepared to love you and your child unconditionally. Our hope is that you will come to know us as a family that is open to ongoing communication with you, incorporating your child’s heritage and your traditions into our family, if that is something you Read more »

Celebrating the Season

The first half of December has been filled with holiday parties and Christmas festivals. We enjoyed hosting family for an Ugly Sweater party last weekend and snuck in a trip to Toronto, Canada this weekend to enjoy the Christmas Market, ice skating, aquarium and science museum. Ryan’s brother and his family, as well as our Read more »

Be You, Little One

This week our youngest came running into our bedroom to tell us he had found the perfect thing to wear to meet Santa - his dinosaur costume from Halloween. He couldn’t have looked more proud. After a quick puzzled looked, we simple said, “that’s perfect.” We embraced our child for who he is, and he hopefully Read more »

Cherishing Our Time Together

Ryan’s grandma (the boys’ great grandma) passed away this year so we have wanted to create something that celebrates her, and keeps her traditions going. She loved to cook, so we decided to work with Ryan’s grandpa (the boys’ great grandpa) on creating a cookbook of her recipes for our family. We went through two Read more »

It’s the Holiday Season

December Already? Yikes! Where is the time going?! Thanksgiving with family was simply awesome. We hosted this year and had so much fun hanging out with everyone that we hardly took any pictures on Thanksgiving! I’ll chalk it up to being lost in the moment, just enjoying being present. Or maybe it was the undercooked fried Read more »

Thankful November…Our Top Ten

We love, love, love Christmas. So it comes as no surprise that the appearance of Christmas decorations around town has got us all giddy. But before we let the winds of November sweep by without notice, we want to make sure that we truly embrace and enjoy the entire Thanksgiving season. So with that, we compiled our Top Ten Read more »

Halloween Ready

We are gearing up for Halloween. The Pumpkins are carved (we will light them on Halloween), the costumes are ready and the Great Pumpkin viewing has commenced. For the first time, we even roasted pumpkin seeds. I don’t know how I (Lisa) have never made and eaten roasted pumpkin seeds; delicious! We are hopeful that we will Read more »

The Ordinary Days are Extraordinary

Our family adventures and holiday parties create amazing moments, yet some of the most unforgettable and precious memories are made during our ordinary days. Dinners together around the kitchen table, books by the fireplace, helping with homework, and game nights. It’s so important to remember how special each and everyday Read more »

Boston Bound

We had a wicked good time visiting a friend and her family in Boston for the long holiday weekend. Clam chowder, Halloween festivities, the Children’s Museum and the Aquarium. We all had so much fun exploring a new city together. ❤️ Ryan and Lisa Read more »

Lots of Love to Go Around

Fall in NY is just perfect. Warm afternoons and cool evenings. The orchards are filled with apples, and the bakery with cider and doughnuts. Since they sell cider by the gallon and doughnuts by the dozen, like our love, we can’t wait to share with another child. ❤️ Ryan and Lisa Read more »

Woman on the Run

My favorite way to recharge is to pop in my ear buds and go for a quick run. As the rain cleared, the fog lifted to reveal pure autumn brilliance. It was peaceful, except for OutKast blaring in my ears. It was perfect. :) ❤️ Lisa Read more »

Surprise Family Visits

While the majority of our family lives close by, Lisa’s brother lives out of state. We had a surprise visit from him this weekend and we had a blast hanging out. We played an epic game of kickball (even Mimi joined in) and took a day trip to enjoy a train ride to see the changing fall leaves. Making memories together is Read more »

Fall, Family and Football

Fall is in the air, which means one thing - football! Today, a perfect Fall day was the back drop for us to host family for a football party. There’s nothing better than enjoying time together and a home opener win! ❤️ Ryan and Lisa Read more »

Busy Bees

Keeping busy with an art project with my youngest while my oldest is back at school. Thinking of the fun another set of tiny hands will add to this adventure. ❤️ Lisa Read more »

Some of the Best Teaching Opportunities Cost Only Time

We had a perfect last day of summer break planned - family time kayaking at the lake. But instead of time at the lake, an unexpected flat tire through a wrench in our plans (literally). We didn’t let this dampen our spirits. Teaching the boys to check tire pressure, jack a car, and change a tire made this a more than Read more »

Summertime Reflections

What an amazing summer! We enjoyed so much time together. The boys helped plan our activities so we enjoyed a little bit of everything. We explored state parks, played basketball, went to the fair, rode bikes, visited children’s and science museums, caught frogs in the creek, and swam and splashed in the pool for hours on Read more »

Making Memories - Beach Style

Beach vacations are among our favorite (see photo as evidence). The sand, sun, surf and time together as a family can’t be beat. This summer we are on a new adventure - Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Wow, what an amazing place! The Boardwalk is filled with music, arcade games, rides, and carnival food - funnel cake, ice cream, Read more »

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