Saturday, July 31, 2010

For the Love of Baseball

I am continuing to highlight our visit from our nephews Jacob and Isaac (see two previous posts below to catch up). While they were here, there was lots of "baseball themed" fun. The boys LOVE baseball! We watched several baseball games on TV, bought packs of baseball cards, sorted and traded baseball cards, played catch and baseball in the backyard, played baseball on the PlayStation 2 and we also went to a Rangers baseball game. We had a blast...
Like I have mentioned, we have lots of pictures to show and talk about from the boy's trip here - they were here a week and a half afterall. GOOD TIMES!

Until we meet again...
Riley

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cuddlin' with Calvin

As I mentioned in the post below, we have had our nephews, Jacob (11) and Isaac (9) with us for the past 10 days. They went home (to Arkansas) yesterday and we were really sad to see them go. It felt so weird without them at home yesterday after them being here for so long. We had a WONDERFUL time with them!! While they were here, we took over 200 pictures at home and out and about so we have lots to catch up on. I figure that I might break it up into a few "themed" posts and hopefully we can highlight a few things.

Calvin got a TON of attention from Jacob and Isaac. They absolutely LOVE him and are so good with him. Calvin is such a sweet and gentle dog. He doesn't bark, bite, scratch, fight...he's not a mean dog at all. In fact, Calvin is VERY low key - he's probably the laziest dog we know. HaHa! He loves to lay around and enjoys cuddling. He makes a great sleeping buddy and loves to be held and petted. The boys really enjoyed hanging out with him and sitting with him. They were always interested in where Calvin was in the house and they got a kick out of giving him his nightly treats. Where Calvin is, there is sure to be a fleece blanket nearby. For some reason, fleece blankets are Calvin's "thing". He loves to lay on them, snuggle with them, play with them and chew on them. Some dogs fancy balls or chew toys, but Calvin loves his fleece blankets.

Here are a few pictures of Calvin and the boys...
I think Calvin noticed the boys were gone as well yesterday. He seemed really sad when I got home from work and was walking around the house looking for them. I'm sure he noticed that it was a lot quieter too.

Thanks for having so much fun with Calvin - he looks forward to seeing you boys soon!
Until we meet again...
Riley

Monday, July 26, 2010

Busy Being an Aunt

I haven't blogged in over a week and I have a lot of catching up to do, but I have a VERY good reason. I've been thoroughly enjoying being "Aunt Riley" for the past week (since last Monday). I have gladly neglected time on the computer and set aside other things to focus on the boys. Our nephews, Jacob (11) and Isaac (9) have been staying with us since July 19th and we have been having all sorts of fun!! They live in central Arkansas, about a 5 hour drive from us, so we look forward to seeing them each time we get the chance. This is our first time to have them stay with us by themselves for this long - fun indeed.

The boys will go home on Wednesday so we are enjoying our last two days with them. John and I will really be sad to see them go back home, but we have greatly enjoyed our time with them. The house will be so different with them gone. Although it's always just the two of us, and Calvin, we've gotten used to them, their voices and their stuff being around the house. It's been great and I'm so thankful we've been able to do this. We have created wonderful memories and I think they would stay until school started if they could.

We've been keeping a list of all the things we've done and of course we've taken tons of pictures. I'm not sure how I will blog about it all and show all of the pictures. I may have to do a few different posts to break it up. I will try to work on the first one or two later this week or weekend once they are gone and we get back to our normal routines.

One of my favorite jobs is being an Aunt! We are blessed with 4 nieces and 6 nephews (ranging from 22 months to 18 years old) and we love them all so much. They have brought us and incredible amount of happiness, joy and pride. John is an amazing uncle and I love to watch him with our nieces and nephews. He is so much fun and enjoys them all. Jacob and Isaac adore him and love every moment they spend with Uncle John.
I will close for now, but I will be posting details and pictures in the coming days or weeks until we've covered it all. What a great summer treat it has been to have Jacob and Isaac here with us.

Until we meet again...
Riley

Sunday, July 18, 2010

HAPPY 40TH ANNIVERSARY!

Today we would like to wish John's Mom and Dad, Mark and Karen Ussery, a HAPPY 40th ANNIVERSARY! They were married 40 years ago today on July 18, 1970. John was truly blessed with wonderful loving and caring parents and I was equally blessed with fabulous in-laws.
From one Mr. & Mrs. Ussery to another, we love you both very much and wish you a Happy Anniversary. May God bless you with many more years together!


John & Riley