Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Yes...I did take more pictures!

Matthew showing off his new cowboy hat from the Flying W Ranch. We enjoyed a fabulous chuck-wagon dinner under the Colorado stars!

Matt sat on Santa's lap at the North Pole. The North Pole is an amusement park in Woodland Park. It is set on the mountain and each ride is perfect for small children. Matt even rode the candy cane coaster with me. When the ride was over he said "That was awesome!!"

We spent morning riding four-wheeler trails in the mountains on my brother's Gator. It was so much fun and Matt is still talking about it! It was really neat because we got to see the mountain in a way a lot of people don't. After we finished seeing the mountain on the Gator we took a few little hikes and fished in the pond. Matthew was so excited to use his new fishing rod...unfortunately he lost his lure in the water after only a few minutes!

Matthew LOVES trains so Marc and I splurged and we all rode the train through the Royal Gorge. It was a little pricey but well worth it! The view of the gorge was breathtaking and Matt loved every minute of the train ride!

I love the mountains! Every time I visit Colorado I wonder why I live in Texas! The weather was wonderfully cool each day. (I even had to wear a jacket!) The mountains are always a reminder of God's majesty!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


So...last week we took Matt to Colorado to escape the Texas heat! It was his first time up in the mountains and he hasn't stopped talking about it since we returned home. The above pictures are just a glimpse at what we did and saw...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

MAY 2009 lately...(as in the past several months...) I have done zero blogging. Sorry about that. I have been taking pictures but for some reason I just never found the time to sit down at the computer and make a post. Hopefully, with summer just a few weeks away I will have more time to blog. Enjoy these pictures from the past few months. I will try my best to post more frequently in the upcoming months. (Somewhere between potty training, picking up after a very active two (almost three year old) cleaning the house, organizing the storage unit filled with school junk and getting rid of old stuff at the house...I will find the time!)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Winter Fun

I am finally updating this blog! It seems like FOREVER since I have added any new pictures. We have just been so busy with life lately that I haven't had any time to get the pictures from my camera onto the computer for uploading. We have been going to birthday parties, dealing with ear infections and sinus infections, and getting back into the groove of school and work. We found out last week that Marc was not laid off (Praise God!!) and that my sister inlaw and brother are having a baby!!!! Anyway, enjoy the pictures of Matt!!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

Family portrait taken Christmas night

Matthew opening presents Christmas morning

My grandma with all her grandchildren and their spouses (Matthew is the first and so far only great-grandchild)

Making Christmas cookies with Mommy

Riding the Christmas Train with Mommy

How the Russell family celebrated the Christmas Holiday...
1. Marc and I took Matt to see the tree lighting on the square downtown.
2. My mom and I took Matt to ride the Christmas Train.
3. Santa stopped by our house just to say "Merry Christmas".
4. We made Christmas cookies together.
5. We saw all of our family (including grandparents and great-grandparents!).
6. Matt sat on Santa's lap at Bass Pro Shops...(the picture was FREE!!)
7. We sang "Happy Birthday to Jesus" (a tradition my grandmother started with us when we were kiddos!)

I can not believe this was Matt's third Christmas! Time flies!! He is definitely growing into a little boy now. He loved EVERYTHING about Christmas! He danced and sang to the Christmas carols, he gazed at the tree and demanded we turn it on every morning, he laughed at our snowman and lights in the yard and LOVED opening his presents on Christmas morning. I love this time of the year and I am so glad that my little boy does too!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


I have been singing songs to Matt since he was born. We sing together all the time but especially at night before bed. Lately, I have been asking him what songs he would like for me to sing to him. He usually requests "Pop Goes The Weasel", "Baa Baa Black Sheep", and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star". After singing his requests, I always sing the following three songs "Jesus Loves Me", "How Great is Our God", and a little song I made up when he was born that follows the tune "Are You Sleeping". Sunday night when I started to sing Jesus Loves Me, he sang with me! He then sang the other two songs as well. It was so precious!! My heart melted when he grinned at me and sang the words to the lullaby I made up for him..."mommy loves you, mommy loves you, very much..." It was priceless!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Little Boy's Best Friend...

Man's best friend is proving to be little boy's best friend too! Matthew LOVES his puppy. (Who happens to be a three your old German Shepard.) I often wonder if she is as crazy for him as he is for her! The poor dog can not just "chill out" when Matt is around. He is constantly taking her ball, her bone, poking her eyes, and pulling her ears or tail. He thinks it's all "fun." She is totally irritated. Thankfully, she has a gentle nature and doesn't seem to mind...too much.