Thursday, December 21, 2006

Picture perfect at the beach

We had a fun day taking pictures at the beach last weekend. We went and had lunch in Newport and then went down to the beach. The purpose of our trip was to capture the perfect photo for our Christmas cards. As you can see, we were successful!!!

Friday, December 01, 2006


Thanksgiving weekend was a total blast. Stacy & I picked Paul, Dad & Linda up at the airport on Wednesday. We went straight from the airport to the grocery store where we shopped, shopped and shopped!

We went home to start preparing for Thursday's dinner. Dad & Paul had designed the most incredible menu. After the prep was all finished, we went to McMeniman's to have dinner with all the kids. It was really nice to have everyone together!

This is our 5th year BBQing a turkey and it was the best that we have ever done! The turkey was in a brine for 3 days before we put it on the grill. We also had a Black Hog Ham from Japan.

I would like to introduce you to a new word that we all learned over the Thanksgiving weekend. "Jerraboom". This is a 5 liter of wine..Pinot Noir to be exact. It look EVERYBODY to finish this bottle on Thanksgiving Day. I think we have just found a new tradition.

We had a fantastic day wine tasting with the family! We rented a Excursion limo and headed out to 4 wineries. We started at Duck Pond in Dundee. We then went to Torri Mor and then to Lange. We ended at Anne Aimee for a late picnic lunch. Paul really enjoyed the wine tasting and we can't wait to do some wine tasting in Napa Valley with him at Christmas.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

What a busy day!!


We had a very busy Saturday. Kaela was cheering today at Sunset High School. It was a very rainy day and not only were the parents freezing to death, the poor little cheerleaders were freezing their little pom poms off! It was the first game that we had to break out the little ponchos (also known as plastic trash bags with hoods)!

Allie was off to her girl friend Megan's sweet 16 party tonight. Allie, Molly & Kelsey got all dolled up and went off to the M.A.C. Club for dinner and dancing. The girls looked so great. It was almost like it was homecoming all over again. Allie started asking what she was going to do for her sweet 16 party. Yeah, I'm scared! We'll just have to see....but I'm glad she fun tonight!

Then there's Bill at home finishing the remodel on our living room and dining room. We have torn out all the carpet and changed it to hard wood floors. It's all done!! Finally!! It looks so good! We've got the new floors, new furniture and the new TV! It's like a whole new house. Just in time for Thanksgiving! Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Happy Halloween!!

We had a fun halloween! Taylor and his girlfriend Hillary came over for dinner. We had yummy beef stew, watched movies and passed out candy for the trick or treaters! Allie stayed the night with a friend and Matthew & Kaela went to their Mom's for the evening.

Kaela dressed up as a hippie. I put about 70 little braids in her hair the night before and then Bill had a field day with the orange hair spray! YIKES!

Allie dressed up as Ragedy Ann or "Ragedy Allie" as we affectionately call her. She didn't go out trick or treating but went to a Halloween party last weekend. She said that she had a great time at the party!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Welcome to the Ryan Family Blog Site!

We thought that this would be a great way to stay in touch with everyone and let you all know what we've been up to. Especially what's been going with all of the kids. They have been really busy, so keep checking back on this site for updates of their activities and schedules. How exciting! This is going to be fun!