Alivia is also 4 months old today. Here is an overall summary of the things she loves & the things she can do at this point in her life.
We love you chunky monkey!!!!
Somedays I am so overwhelmed with the yucky, sad, crazy, out of control things in life that I just want to scream really, really loud. Then instantaniously all of this craziness seems to boil over until I become completely irrational & then it hits me, what would I do without the craziness? What would I do without three very young, beautiful, stinky girls who drive me completely insane sometimes? What would I do if Burns Saddlery just stayed "good ol" Burns Saddlery & never grew or expanded? What would I do if my husband never got to do the things that he really loved & enjoyed? What would I do without trials & hardships in my family? What would I do if I didn't have a best friend at all?
I don't really know the answers to all of those questions but I do know this, I would never learn or grow. I would never appreciate the "easy" times. I would never be grateful for the little things that always make life good, like squishy hugs or toot kisses. I would never understand the true meaning of humility & compassion. I would never be able to say, "Snap out of it you big baby & look at everything you have to be grateful for!?!"
So right now I am screaming very loudly, "SNAP OUT OF IT!!!" I know things are getting better right now because I am in control & I choose to "snap out of it."
So for the last week we have spent almost every day at the new store tearing things apart & rebuilding them to our liking. Grandpa Wayland & Bryson spent three whole days ( I am dead serious about whole days, like 12-13 hours) covering two huge pillars in the center of the store with blue pine. Man do they look great!!! Braydan tore apart shelving, ripped off base boards, removed doors, & spackled walls during that time. My Mom, Andy (my mom's awesome friend who totally didn't have to come help at all), the girls, & I headed up Saturday morning to help out. We had to pick out paint colors which was no easy task because we want this place to be perfect. We finally figured it out & went to painting. We have been painting ever since but we are almost done. Yay!!!
We decided to come home last night to catch up on paper work, laundry, housework, sleep, etc., etc., etc.... I'm sure we won't be home for long though because we plan on opening up the new store in October. Whoa!! We have sooooo much to do. We are so grateful for the knowledge we have in the western industry, the opportunities we have been given to pursue our dream of making Burns Saddlery bigger & better, & of course being able to do it as a family. We are truely living the dream & loving every minute of it!!!
Seven years ago our beautiful nation was in shock & disbelief by the terrorist attacks of 9/11. I remember well, huddling around a television set watching the horror over & over in the waiting room of the Sevier Valley Medical Center while Destiny was in labor. After a long, hard labor Rylan Dan Crane was here, strong & healthy. He was truely a miricle, a happy place we could all run to in this devestating moment in history.
Rylan is such a joy to be around. His love of tractors, dirt, & power tools is very contagious. In fact he is very good at persuading people to let him do things in the dirt on a tractor with power tools. He is also the hardest working seven year old I have ever met. He is always cleaning stalls with Papa, shipping with his Dad, & building things with Grandpa Wayland. The boy has a "stick to it" attitude & doesn't quit until the job is finished.
We hope you've had a great day buddy. Happy 7th Birthday!!!
Alivia hung out in the trailer with me most of the time. She is so content & happy all the time. We hope we are able to go camping a little more often next year. It is definitely something our family loves to do.