Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Day He's Dreamed Of...

Ever since my baby boy was able to speak, he has been dreaming of playing FOOTBALL.
I would go to get him up in the mornings as a young toddler, and the first words out of his mouth would be, "I play football when I big." We would drive by football fields, and he would say, "I go football game tonight." Even his 4 yr old birthday party was football themed...and he hadn't even played a day in his life. It's simply an adoration he was born with.
Maybe it's from his Daddy who played football all the way through senior year? Needless to say, The Big Day had finally arrived. The Cha Cha Slide came over the speakers, and it was time to run through the Tunnel!
*Owwwen Ruuuley!!!*
Surrounded by awesome coaches and a team full of studly little men + 1 little lady! (go girl power!!)
Almost time for kickoff...but 1st, time to salute our flag. Love this part!
Run Owen Run!
And he's off toward the goal line...
still running...
The Giants v. The Panthers
Great Game!
The guy looking straight ahead is the infamous Uncle Brad.
He loves football. His boys play football.
He told Owen, "When it comes to the football field, I'M your Dad!"
The Ruley Boy Football Players
(Matt - 10, Zach - 13, Owen - 4)
The Kid Gang
When asked to look at the camera, this is Big O's response...
To succeed...You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.   Tony Dorsett4 yr old birthday party

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Proud Papa

I love this pic...
Proud Papa and Son
Reminds me of our sermon in church today about the Prodigal Son...there's just nothing a son can do to turn the love of the Father away.
And every son is shown by these photograph's :-)
 We love embracing the differences in each of our children and seeing God's Great Plan unfold in their lives. I remember just yesterday being pregnant with this one. Oooh, the visions God gave me for his life. Something very, very special is in the works with this young man. He is going to great and mighty things for the Lord!
And on this very night of honoring golfers ~ we are SO proud of you William Gregory Ruley! 
Never give up on God's Dreams!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

4 Kids 4 Schools

The school adventure began with Jenks Middle School 7th Grade enrollment
Then we moved on to 5th Grade Jenks Intermediate Meet the Teacher
(Throw in a Jenks Southeast Tour + a Pre-K 5 Meet the Teacher + JSE Meet the Teacher)
Then we come to JMS, JEI and JSE 1st Day of School
August 18th, 2011
My Big 7th Grader - a boy that I am SO proud of! I've never met a young man so organized, responsible and self-composed. God has AMAZING plans in store for his life!
Princess Bella, a.k.a. Ella
She has a LOT of changes on her plate this year.
New school + 1st time without Abby by her side :-(
We are thankful indeed for how God has blessed each of our kids with fabulous teachers and friends!
Grateful that Ella is transitioning so smoothly...
and being loved on so sincerely by this precious soul ~ her 2nd grade teacher
Due to being in a rush in the a.m., we had to catch Abby's 1st day pic when she got home...just a wee bit sweaty due to 100+ temps! :-)
She's starting to lose that "little girl" look...and such a mix of her Daddy and I! His round face, my petite build. So cool to see how God merged the two of us in her!
Abby's new school bag that her sweet Nana got her!
(Man, makes my nylon Jansport from 5th grade look pretty weak!)
  Big O's 1st day of Pre K 5!
Tuesday, August 23rd
 His new Cool Cat Backpack 
- praising God he went for this over a Green Lantern one! LOL
To kick up the fun factor - we added a *Super Owen* nametag!
 This will be our 9th year at STB's Early Learning Program!
We started with Will when he was 4 and had just moved to South Tulsa - and we will end with Owen at age 4. So thankful for this Godly Pre-school!
Miss Janis and Miss Annie
I Loooove that all 4 of my kiddo's have had Miss Janis! 
What a cool thing to have in common!!
4 Kids + 4 Schools = One, Wildly Wonderful Year! :-)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

*~15th Anniversary~*

August, 17th, 2011 ~ Our 15th Wedding Anniversary
Due to it being the night before our older three kids' 1st Night of School, we opted to save our Date Night for the Weekend. So, to celebrate ~ we had a special dinner of salmon, salad, and of course...
Greg's favorite dessert...Boston Cream Pie!
That the kiddo's helped me make while Daddy was at work - the artwork is by Will :-)
Abby takes a few shots of the Happy Couple
Our kids new favorite thing ~ asking us to "French" Kiss! lol!!
(They think anything longer than a peck is French...)
Loving the sign our girls made us
"Crossing the threshold" into our 16th year of marriage!
Not sure what I was doing here...I think I was trying to show the kids how strong I was by picking up their Daddy! :-)
All the cards from our kids and Greg's mom 
(not sure why the pic rotated funny, sorry)
Saturday, August 20th - our 36 Hour Anniversary Date began!
Off to Drysdales to pick out Greg's loooong awaited new Boots!
Next up - checking in at our downtown hotel and opening up a bottle of *Sparkly!
Our wedding was many years ago.  The celebration continues to this day.  ~Gene Perret
Love me some Champagne! :-)
"I can jump on the bed if I wanna!"
Off to my surprise dinner destination...the famous Delasandro's!
I had heard about this family owned Italian joint for yeeears, but neither of us had ever been! When my Honey asked around for dinner suggestions, this one came up numerous times.
And let me tell you...I now know why!
Oh my goodness was one of the Top 5 Best meals I've ever had in my life! Marinated asparagus for appetizer and swordfish pasta for entree...ummmmm....truly AMAZING!
(the pics obviously don't do them justice - but, trust me!)
My love had set a reservation for dessert at another surprise restaurant, but then before we were leaving said..."Well, let's stay and have just a little dessert here first." This girl never turns down "just a little dessert" so I was on board of course. Next thing I know, he hands me a fortune cookie with this message:
Loooong story short, 15 1/2 years ago, on February 1st, 1996, he proposed with a fortune cookie. And, to this day, I've given him a hard time that he was pretty much speechless. Thank goodness the cookie asked me to marry him, because he couldn't. :-)
Thus - "How about a redo?"
He wanted a chance to verbally share all the things he wanted to say back then along with all the things he'd say to me today...but, guess what? He was speechless again. Tears started streaming down his cheeks as he attempted to share from his heart. So, then, I started crying and we both laughed and cried together. (I have to add - that my boy writes me the most INCREDIBLE love notes and letters in the world, and had for 21 years. He just has trouble when it comes proposals and "re-do's" :-) )
So - we went for our Card Exchange. This was probably my FAVORITE part of the whole evening. We both wrote the EXACT same thing on the outside of our cards! Greg "MDFMW" and me "MDFMH" - these stand for My Dearest Friend, My Wife & My Dearest Friend, My Husband - the inscriptions we have on our wedding rings. Then we BOTH wrote the # "15".
As my dear friend S told me, "that proves that you all have truly become ONE...just like scripture asks husbands and wives to do." I couldn't agree more.
To celebrate this most special Anniversary, we gifted one another with new rings.
and then proceeded to devour this...
It was truly one of those "Moments" in life that I will never forget. I was glowing just like I did 15 1/2 years ago!
Time for our Night on the Town!
We began at the Mayo Hotel Roof Top ~ definitely the "hip" place to be these was packed!!
We felt a teensy bit old...but did our best to fit in. :-)
Next stop...CIAO. An Italian Restaurant & Bar famous for: Cucina, Vino, Liquore, Musica!
Live Jazz 
(sorry 'bout the bad phone pic)
After one incredible night, it was time to say hello to our downfilled hotel pillows.
What a happy and holy fashion it is that those who love one another should rest on the same pillow.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne
My hope to sleep in for the first time in years didn't quite come to body is just to robotic. Up at 6:45 a.m.! Off to the River for a long walk with my beloved. This was a meaningful part of our weekend as our 1st year of marriage was spent in a condo on Riverside. We used to run, walk and bike all the time. This brought back so many happy memories. :-) And so did the Whataburger & McDonald breakfast we picked up...haha! Seriously. :-)
We spent the next few moments taking time to thank God for the gift of our marriage. We prayed over our new rings and said a Blessing over them...that they would represent the Love that God has given us ~ both through His Son, and through one another. That He would receive all glory, honor and praise. They represent Him in Us and Us in Him. AGAPE.
The highest happiness on earth is marriage.  ~William Lyon Phelps