Saturday, April 28, 2012

Will James is 4!!!!!!!

   William James Warnock was born on April 28th, 2008 and I will never forget it. After 6 weeks in the hospital on bed rest, he made his appearance only to go straight to the NICU and then released to go home a week later only to be on oxygen for the next THREE months. Let's just say, my adjustment from 1 to 2 kids was not the smoothest. It certainly was a dark time. However, he has taught us as parents more than we ever imagined and he is growing into a tender-hearted, could never imagine my life without him, lovable, and energetic boy. 
    Well, the ranch did not have any guests coming in until 4:00 pm on the Friday before his birthday, so what else are you going to do...have the best Nerf gun fight imaginable for a 4 year old. We turned our entire back lawn into a battle field (or I should say Jeff actually did it for me.)  We woke up that morning and I intentionally deceived this 3 almost 4 year old into thinking that his birthday was that day. I'm just too pregnant to drag out his birthday for more than a day. So, we usually celebrate as a family in the morning, since breakfast is the best way to have uninterrupted time together and open presents they can play with all day. I made my little monkey "monkey bread" and we enjoyed our morning deceptively celebrating his "real" birthday. 


We then headed outside to play with new toys before our picnic. We ate hot dogs, ate Buzz Lightyear cake (made by our 4 diamond pastry chef, Perrie), and then headed to the battle field.



Let the games begin...






 I think this will probably be our last family picture of 5 Warnocks. Unbelievable!!!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter and OOOO-AAAAH!

It's always interesting for me to try to combine my suburban southern-girl roots and this ranch life on an occasion such as Easter. The buffet table this year is a perfect picture of it. I desperately want to include the traditional and fabulous stargaze lilies, but I must include the 3 foot cowboy as well. My little girl is another  perfect example, I am intentional about finding a very sweet and southern Easter ensemble, but her cowgirl boots will be worn on her feet.  


We had another successful and memorable Easter in the valley and I could not be more thankful for the reason to have a weekend of ropin', ridin', and egg hunting. I love that my life is just not normal. Happy Easter to my followers who endearingly watch as I, the suburban girl, attempt to do this ranch life! 


We started the weekend's festivities with egg dyeing and cookie decorating...






After pancakes, my kiddos were able to enjoy the treasures in their Easter baskets...


On to the egg hunt...




 Our dear ranch family...



Here was the best part of the day...Jack collected more Nerf bullets and rocks than eggs!