Wednesday, December 30, 2009

RETRACTION: What do you think??

So last weekend Ryan's grandma gave us a few photos when Ryan was a young little stud. He is the one on the right. I could not believe HOW MUCH HE LOOKS like TUCKER. What do you think?

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in the mouth!

Tucker is in a stage now where he puts anything and everything in his mouth. No matter how many times we see it we always get a kick out of it. The joys of parenthood!

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Christmas 2009

Here are a couple of pictures of Tucker celebrating at the Houck Christmas. He had a great 1st Christmas! He was hardly put down because he had so many people wanting to play/hold him --a mothers dream! :-) enjoy!

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Letter 2009

So I had intended to send out our Christmas letter this year.  I had spent a good hour writing it, edited it, and had addressed every single enevelope and had written a personalized note on  EVERY.SINGLE. ONE.  I was about finished and thought "i'm going to read the letter one last time"  well in doing so i realized a huge grammer error.  now, mind you i am not good at English or not even close to a perfectionest,  However, it bugged me enough, and after 3+ hours of addressesing envelops the letters went into the trash.  i know, not a big deal right?  well it was just one of those things i just didn't want to do all over again!  NEXT YEAR. so, i decided to post it on our blog:  ENJOY! 

Merry Christmas to our dear family and friends!

We sincerely hope God has blessed you throughout the year! Change was definitely a recurring theme for the Houcks. Here are some highlights of 2009:

On January 2nd I found out I was pregnant while on vacation with the Huhn family. That was the highlight of the trip to Orlando! Nine months later on September 10th our handsome little son, Tucker Sage, was born. We love being parents and it keeps getting better and better!

At the beginning of May we headed west to California to visit my sister while she had an internship at Saddleback Church. We had a great trip visiting the San Diego Zoo, hearing Pastor Rick Warren preach (author of the Purpose Driven Life), going to an Angels baseball game, hitting up the beach and being apart of the live television audience for the Price is Right! Overall, it was a great trip.

In May, after nearly 10 years (5 years at Country Kitchen & 5 years at Hickory Park) in the service industry, I hung up my serving apron to become a stay-at-home mom. I love being able to stay at home with Tucker. Later that month, we branched off the family business and started our own appraisal company called Midwest Appraisals. We have really enjoyed being business owners and meeting the challenges and blessings that come with it.

Ryan continues to impress me, especially as a dad! In his “spare time” he plays 6:00 A.M. basketball, co-leads our small group at church and plays City league basketball. He really enjoys fatherhood and all that comes with it!

At the beginning of July we moved to one of our duplexes in south Ames (**please note our new address: 630 Garnet Drive Ames, Iowa 50010**). We really like the additional space it provides for our family. We hope to take on a remodeling project this next summer for the entire upstairs.

This fall we’ve been busy cheering on the Cyclones! Last December my Uncle Paul was announced as the new head football coach, and we have been blessed to attend many games (Thanks to the Rhoads family!).

By Christmas Tucker will be a little over three months. I cannot share how much we absolutely LOVE being parents. He is a very social little guy and loves to be where the action is. He loves to coo and talk to anyone who will listen. Almost everyone has said he looks like his daddy!

We would love to hear from all of you, and the blessings you’ve had throughout the year! May God’s grace and love, through His Son Jesus Christ, be with you this holiday season and throughout the New Year.

Much Love,

Ryan, Ashley & Tucker Houck

P.S. Please check us out on the web throughout the year!

alot to catch up on

hopefully sometime this week i'll get caught up on our blog.  stay tuned! :-)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

family photo on my birthday!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

my 28th birthday (yikes!)

On Saturday I celebrated my 28th birthday.  It was such a fun day.  Which was made even better having Tucker there.  :-)  That morning we woke up early (as you do when you have kids, there is NO sleeping in anymore!) and opened presents from Tucker and Ryan.  The best "present" if you will was a note from my favorite blog,  Ryan wrote her an email the day before and she wrote back in time to wish me a happy birthday.  It was so stinkin' thoughtful!  We headed to my moms house to have a brunch with my entire immediate family including my boppa and grandma.  We headed back to Ames where some good friends watched Tucker while we went to a movie.  Later on we came back and went out to dinner with two of our good couple friends.  It was a great day, couldn't of asked for anything more. (hope to post pictures soon, they are on ryans computer and he is currently working on it)

Friday, December 11, 2009

some recent pictures

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grandma time!

Here is a picture of Tucker with grandma getting his first baby massage. He LOVED it. :-) But who wouldn't kathy gives KILLER massages!

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Houck Thanksgiving!

1st picture: Tucker meeting his Aunt Renae for the first time!

Andrew, Dave & Ryan at the Radcliffe Tree lighting parade.

Ryan & his dad at the parade

Uncle Andrew & Tucker

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Thanksgiving Cont.

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On Thanksgiving day we ended up at my Aunt Sandy's house. We also celebrated Riley, Jake and Blake's birthdays. Overall it was a fun day. Not more than two mins after we got there Tucker had a BLOWOUT diaper, figures he had on a cute outfit then had to change into something else :-)

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thanksgiving cont.

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Brandt Christmas!

Since Ryan's grandparents head down to AZ in November we always celebrate Christmas early. Here are a few pictures of that evening!

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Baby Shower!

Since Tucker is So loved he had another shower! This one was thrown by Ryan's Aunts. We felt completely
loved. The theme was bears and Tucker loved every min. of it. Okay, if you must know the truth is he slept through the entire thing! :-) Thanks to all the ladies on the Brandt side!

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