Friday, June 7, 2013

This is going to be a loooooong one!

I can't believe it's been so long since I updated. So much has happened!

Let's start with our trip to Florida. Disney was amazing. We all had a fantastic time. Seeing AJ's face when he got to meet his favorite characters was worth a million bucks. He didn't stop talking about who he met that day and the rides he went on. He got his autograph book signed and we did a character breakfast. I think by far his favorite was Hollywood Studios. It had all of his favorite Disney Jr. characters as well as all the PIXAR movie characters.

I was worried that the trip was going to be overshadowed by my missing Ryan. I had my moments for sure but it was always answered by a sign from my sweet boy. There was one moment in particular that stands out. Nick and AJ were riding the carousel in Magic Kingdom and there I was waiting for them in the sea of strollers. I couldn't help but feel sad that I should have had Ryan waiting there with me. My eyes started to well up with tears. I tried to compose myself and decided to move to a different spot. Just then someone caught my eye. There was a big, burly Disney employee lumbering his was past me. Maybe it was his size that caught my attention, I'm not sure. It was almost as if he were out of place. He walked past me close enough that I could see his name tag. "Ryan". Of course. He was there with me after all.

After Disney we spent a few days at Nick's parent's house. It was beautiful. We had a great trip and it was nice to get away from the not so nice Rochester weather for a while.

In the middle of our Disney vacation we were also trying to buy and sell our house. We had put a contingent offer on a house that was beautiful. We eventually got bumped but only a few days later we received a full price offer on our house! After a few more viewings we found a house we loved and put an offer. We got it! We moved 5/24 and it's been great. I LOVE my new kitchen and AJ has lots of room to play. We've got a nice backyard that we see deer in every day. The neighborhood is really nice too. All of our neighbors came over to say hello and welcome to the neighborhood. It was such a nice change from the old house! I think we're going to have a lot of wonderful memories made here.  (I'll be sure to post some pictures as soon as I find the camera!)

We celebrated Ryan's second birthday on May 21st. The weekend before was the March for Babies Walk. All of our family came to walk again. What a beautiful weekend it was. The weather was perfect and because our house was packed up we had our annual BBQ at Park Point. It couldn't have turned out any better. The kids enjoyed themselves, some in the sand and some in the pool. There was lots of food and our families got to meet some of my F2F ladies and their families.

The walk was another beautiful day. Face 2 Face had a table set up and many of our group came to walk all together. I'm proud to say that Ryan's Racers raised even more than last year! This years total (as of right now) is $7,750. AMAZING.

Face 2 Face is doing really well too. Tomorrow we're hosting (along with Highland Hospital) a balloon release at Highland Park. A press release went out to the newspaper and there was a really beautiful article written in the paper on Tuesday. We're hoping to have a great turnout. It's pretty amazing what can be done with limited funds! Imagine what we could do if we had a bank account?! We're working on that too. Looks like getting the 501(c)3 turned over to us from the other organization isn't going to happen. There seems to be one person who doesn't want it transferred. Why in the world you'd rather it sit idle instead of helping people is beyond me. That won't stop us though.

It's been busy, busy, busy! I hope it's not months again before another update!

I love you sweet boy. Forever and a day.