Here are some photos of our new house in Rosamond, CA.
We will not be moving into the new house until June, but we are super excited about living off base! The house has 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, laundry room upstairs, fenced in backyard, completely landscaped, 3 car garage, formal living and dining rooms, an upstairs loft, and a sprinkler, intercom and alarm system. The house we purchase was a model home, so we bought it fully decorated with paint and pictures on the wall. All of the house plants came with the house as well. 25 house plants! I am going to be very busy watering! Enjoy the photos and come and visit us!
There is a very special relationship between Eric, Ryan and Emily... It is based completely on love! Whenever Daddy is gone, it is always "Where is Daddy?", "Did Daddy go to fly airplanes?", "Where did Daddy go?", "Is Daddy at Test Pilot School today?", "I miss Daddy!".... I love this photo of the trio (even though I cut Eric's head off!) Enjoy! (We sure do!)
Our friends the Odom's hosted a birthday party for their youngest daughter Ava Claire on Sunday. Ava Claire's older brother Jackson, his best bud William, and my oldest Ryan played so nicely together all afternoon. They entertained themselves by going on a "Bear Hunt" in the bouncy castle (thanks Jules), playing in the sandbox, eating cupcakes, and finally - playing "peek-a-boo" in the family's hammock. These 3 and 4 year old boys just giggled when we all took their pictures and told them how sweet they were. It was another one of those special moments I was glad to have gotten on film! Thanks for the invite Jules!
The Very Hungry Little Caterpillar
This picture captures the theme Ava Claire's mother, Jules came up with for Ava Claire's second birthday party. Jules had created a very beautiful caterpillar with green and one red cupcake for the children to enjoy. As you can see, Ava Claire really enjoyed her cupcake and the birthday party with all of her friends! She is just as precious as can be!
"Mommy, Mommy can we go to the red tunnel park?" "After your nap, Ryan." "Ok Mommy." So here is Ryan in the red tunnel slide... a gorgeous Southern California day in the desert. Ryan travels down the slide like he normally does, then trips when he lands - and ends up hurting his bottom. Ryan to Mommy, "Mommy will you kiss my bottom?" Mommy to Ryan, (trying not to laugh and cry at the same time) "How about I give you a kiss on the cheek instead?" "Ok Mommy!" We kiss and Ryan runs away and plays with the other little boys on the swings... These are the moments I treasure! They grow up so fast!
As with many other required tasks in the life of a 3 year old, Ryan required a bit of incentive to allow the hairstylist to cut his golden locks... Mommy decides chocolate ice cream is the bribe of choice - and it works! Here is Ryan enjoying his post-haircut treat!
The Dreadful "Spikey" Tennis Ball Head...
The class project is to take a member of the Flat family (in our case, Spencer) with our little one on everyday errands around the base and greater community. Ryan chose to take Spencer with us to get his hair "trimmed." I, his loving mother, instructed the hairstylist to trim his golden locks and make him "look nice" for his up coming Easter photos... I think she got a bit scissor happy, because Ryan wound up with the same haircut as his pal Spencer! I tried not to cry in front of him... He seems to really like it! He laughs and says, "Mommy it is spikey!" Next step - head to the BX to find a suitable hat!
At the house with Flat Spencer before the haircut...
Ryan and Emily's Current Relationship and a Mommy's Love
Here are my two beautiful, remarkable, wonderful children of 18 months and 3 years - Emily and Ryan Bippert, respectively.... Mostly the two get along will with only about 25 small scuffles a day about things ranging from: Mommy's lap competitions, who gets the toy first, who gets the toy period, which car seat to sit in during a trip, which book to read, who gets out of the tub first... and so on... I love them so much and it is a privilege to call them my babies!