December 19, 2009

Hayley's Dance Recital

One of Hayley's favorite things to every week is go to dance class. She loves to dance. She is currently in a Combo Class, where they learn basic ballet and jazz. Hayley's been dancing on and off for the last three years. We had a rough go of it last year, but she was thrilled to be back at Pilchuck Dance Academy ( this fall. I love taking her to dance class because it so much fun watching her do something that makes her so happy.

Each year, there are two recitals, one for the holidays and the big one in June. She and her class worked very hard at their dance to the tune of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Hayley had the dance down and was eager to perform. She did great and we are very proud of her.

She's a little bummed because she has three weeks off from dance, but soon enough we will be back to her weekly dance hour. It will give her plenty of time to work on her dance for the big recital coming in June. Hopefully it won't come to close to the new baby's arrival, but we'll see.

Good job Hayley-bug!


December 13, 2009

Hayley's Wish

It's that time of year again. The tree is up, the stockings are hung and the lights are up outside. The girls anxiously await turning around another drawer on their Advent calender each day; maybe it's just the chocolate, but Hayley's old enough to know that she is getting closer and closer to Christmas.

We took the girls to see Santa, actually we had tea with Santa at the same place where Hayley's birthday party was. It was a lot of fun and cost about the same it would have been to see Santa at the mall and get a digital copy of the picture. With this, the girls had a tea party, lunch, got to see Santa and tell him their Christmas wishes, oh and a picture. So much fun! There was also a toy drive and both girls picked out a toy at Walmart to donate that day. It's still a little hard to explain to Hayley why we should donate toys or money to the bell ringers, but hopefully she'll understand it better soon. She's happy to do it, but doesn't completely understand why others are in need.

There's only a week left of school before Winter Break begins and Hayley's class is preparing for their Winter Concert and her class' Holiday Party. Last week, the class got to go shopping at the school's Holiday Shop for gifts. Hayley was so proud taking home her gifts for Jonas, Ryan and myself. She even picked one up for Penny. She just keeps telling us that she can't tell us what they are and we have to wait until Christmas to open them. Hayley also received her 4th Super Bee last week for sitting on her bottom during the show they were watching in class. Yeah Hayley!

Little miss Ryan is excited for Christmas too. She was excited to see Santa last week and did not burst out into tears like she did last year. She points out Christmas trees whenever she sees them and loves to look at the lights on the houses when we're driving around. This year, she is simply amazed by all the holiday displays where ever we go. We're also trying to work on potty training, she kinda gets it. She knows when she's going and wants to sit on the potty then, but she'll get it soon enough. We just have to be patient.

With Christmas going on all around us there's one thing that Hayley has still been asking for. Snow. She's been asking, for a while, when it was going to snow. This time last year, it had already snowed and we were getting ready for a huge snow storm that kept us home unless we absolutely needed to get out for something. It doesn't snow much here, but if it does snow and really accumulates; there simply aren't enough resources for the clean-up. And then it freezes over and the roads become extremely dangerous. Most people here don't know how to drive in those conditions, so it's better to stay home.

So, back to Hayley's wish. Hayley and I kept a close eye on the weather and saw that it was likely to snow today and tomorrow. When she woke up this morning and went down to turn on her shows, she exclaimed that it was snowing! Jonas and I couldn't tell, but Jonas went down to check a few minutes later and, sure enough, there was snow falling. She hurriedly ate her breakfast and got dressed to play outside with the little bit of snow that was gathering on the ground. She played outside three times and had a blast. There wasn't enough to make the snowman she wanted to build, but maybe some more will fall tomorrow.

It was so nice to watch Hayley play out in snow. It wasn't a ton of snow, but it was enough to make Hayley's day. And mine, as well. It was a great day for playing in the snow, drinking hot cocoa and ending the day with a pot of chili. I love this time of year. With only 12 days left until Christmas, I am really looking forward to watching my girl's excitement and anticipation as we approach the big day.

It's a picture of a picture, best I could do!

November 23, 2009

Pain in the poly-BUTT-ylene

I broke a pipe under the sink in our downstairs bathroom today.

Well, it was already broken, technically, and has been leaking slowly for months. But I figured I could 'fix' it by just tightening the thingy.

Well as usual when I try to 'fix' something, I just made it worse. The slow leak turned into a fast one, I started to panic, and Lacy took charge. She directed me to turn off the water to the whole house, and called the plumber.

Turns on we're just another victim of polybutylene piping - notoriously bad pipes with an extremely high failure rate and the focus of a near-1 billion $$ class-action lawsuit.

Unfortunately, as per, the cutoff for submitting claims was a mere 6 months ago. That sucks. We got just the two faulty connections under that sink fixed today, but we have like 6 more to go, which are essentially ticking timebombs.

Happy holidays, everybody! :)

Richmeier, Party of 5

As most of you already know, we are expecting baby #3! I have only a week left of my first trimester and I am praying for this horrible morning sickness to go away. I had it with the girls also, but it was not this bad. I will spare you all with the details, but medications are needed for nausea and such. It lasts all day long and leaves me with little energy throughout the day. I conserve that energy to take care of the girls and such. I am very thankful for Jonas because he has totally picked up my slack on the house keeping, laundry, cooking, grocery shopping and tons of other things. Thank you honey, I love you. I have yet to gain any weight because I keep losing it, which happened in my other pregnancies too, but not as drastic. I just keep telling myself it will get better. :)

So far, I've been to the doctor a couple of times. Everything is fine so far, there's a couple issues with my blood work, but nothing to worry about right now. The baby is due June 14th, but will come a little earlier than that since I will have a planned C-section. And yes, we're going to find out the sex of the baby sometime in January. I'm a planner, can't take the wait. We're hoping for a boy, but who knows, maybe Jonas is meant to live in a house full of girls.

Everyone is very excited about the new baby, almost everyone. Hayley is really excited about having another sibling. Ryan, on the other hand, tells me "no" to a baby brother or sister and that she's the baby. I know the adjustment will be hardest for Ryan, but she'll come around. It will just be hard to share Mommy, she's doesn't even like the share me with Hayley sometimes. Jonas and I are both excited, a little nervous because there will be three! I am thankful this baby is coming during the summer so I won't have such a major adjustment during the school year.

Everything else is going well right now. Hayley is doing awesome in school. Just last week she received Super-Bee for the 3rd time for always paying attention in class while the teacher is teaching. At her parent-teacher conference, we were told she is doing great in class and is a very good student. Ryan is doing good as well. She's talking so much, we can't always understand her, but she can usually get her point across. And she likes to point out anything that is yellow. She knows her colors really well and even gave my OB a red goldfish cracker today at my appointment and told him the color. He asked her for a green one and she gave him a green one. She's too cute sometimes. Jonas and I feel very blessed right now and are looking forward to our newest addition.

When we found out in October!

Baby Richmeier 11 weeks, -1day

November 8, 2009

Lacy cried at Disney on Ice

... at the part when Simba's dad was killed in the wildebeest stampede.

Jonas out.

November 4, 2009

Mary and her Lamb

This year I wanted to do a cute theme for the girls Halloween costumes. Hayley wanted to be a princess, of course, but I convinced her to go a different route this year. I saw a lamb costume in a catalog that I thought would be so cute for Ryan. So, I thought Little Bo Peep would be cute and so did Hayley, until she saw the Mary had a Little Lamb costume. So we finally finalized our theme and ordered the costumes. They arrived a week or so later; Hayley loved hers, but Ryan screamed and cried when we tried on her lamb costume. Oh no!

I decided to leave the costume out so she would get used to it and not be so afraid of it. She would carry it around, but refused to wear it. The real test would have to be Halloween. The week before Halloween was a little tough, I was sick and things just were not getting done when I usually had them finished in years past. We didn't get to the pumpkin patch and settled for a Wal-Mart pumpkin. Boo! Our pumpkins weren't carved until the night before and we didn't make the Trunk-or-Treat at Hayley's school before I was too sick. Hayley did have a really fun Halloween party at school though! I felt like I let the girls down a little, but I was determined to have a good Halloween, sick or not.

Halloween came and Hayley was so excited about trick-or-treating. I tried to rest as much as I could in the morning so I would be ready to go in the afternoon. It helped a lot and it was time to get the girls ready. Hayley was eager to get dressed and prance around as Mary; our lamb, however was not so ready. She fussed, but I put on her costume, sans the hood. Ryan became a little more excited when she got her pumpkin for trick-or-treating and finally forgot all about her disdain for her costume once she began receiving her candy.

This year we stayed close and went to the small downtown area in town and did a little trick-or-treating. We got so many compliments on the girl's costumes, they were really so cute. I wish I had gotten more pictures, but Ryan was being cooperative enough wearing her costume and didn't want to be bothered with pictures. After trick-or-treating in town, I walked the girls around our neighborhood a bit to finish out the night. They received more than enough candy and were ready to go home for dinner. We finished out our night with a pizza and handing out candy to our trick-or-treaters. It was a fun night and the girls had a lot of fun. Next year though, I will let Ryan pick out her own costume.

October 14, 2009

Little Triumphs

Hayley did it again, she was awarded her second Super-Bee! Last week she received a Super-Bee for raising her hand before talking in class. After spending a few days as a parent-teacher in Hayley's class, I've come to realize this little feat is more difficult for some than others. It's so cute the watch the little hands shoot up in the air, but it hardly ever fails for one of the kindergartners to blurt out their answer before being called upon or while someone else is answering. Hayley's teacher is awesome about encouraging hand raising and reminding students that it's polite to raise one's hand without singling out anyone. For those of you that know Hayley, she's a talker, like her Mommy. I know she doesn't like to be patient all the time, but she's learning. Since her Super-Bee award, I've watched her raise her hand and wait to be called on. All the kids are doing great in class, it's fun to be able to participate in the class and be around all the kids. Not only do I get to watch Hayley grow in kindergarten, I get to know all her new friends and their parents. I am so glad we went with Coop kindergarten, so far it's been a rewarding experience. Good job Hayley, keep the hand up!

Ryan has to get in the picture too!

September 21, 2009


Only 8 school days into kindergarten and Hayley is loving it. She is doing really well so far and looks forward to going each day. She's even a little disappointed on weekends when there isn't any school. In Kindergarten there is this thing called a Super-Bee, actually there are three of them for each class. Each day, the teacher gives three students from the class a Super-Bee to take home for the evening. Those students receive a bee for "super bee-havior." In other words, for being kind, careful and caring at school. This was the first day of the school year that the super-bees were sent home with students. So... GO HAYLEY!!! We are so proud of you and that you're doing so well in kindergarten! Keep it up baby!

September 10, 2009

Hayley's First Day

Wow...three blogs in one day! I had a lot of catch up on these past couple of weeks. I had to save the best for last! Today was Hayley's first day of kindergarten. Hayley is attending kindergarten at the Marysville Coop Education Program at Quil Ceda Elementary, it's the best elementary school in our area. It's mean lots of volunteering for me, but that's fine. Basically, I (or Jonas) have to spend a day in the classroom every other week, help with a few field trips and attend meetings. I also belong to the photography committee, big shock huh. It will definitely keep me busy, but I am looking forward to the involvement we get to have in her school.

Yes, my baby is now officially in kindergarten. Hard to believe how fast those five years went. She was so excited about today; her new school, new teacher, new friends, new backpack and new clothes! So, up out of bed we all were around 7:00a.m. Hayley got dressed and was ready for breakfast and ready to leave for her first day. So, off we went. It was so cute to watch her and others wait anxiously for their day to start. She put her bag in her cubby, settled into her spot and we ready for me to go. I was sad, I got a little teary eyed, but I know she'd be fine. Ryan was a little confused as to why we were leaving her sister there, but she'll get used to it.

A few hours later it was time to go and pick Hayley up. She had a great first day and is looking forward to returning tomorrow. Recess was a big deal for her and she already made some new friends! She's growing up, way too fast. Next week she's starting back up in dance and I am hoping to start her in Girl Scouts. Ryan and I will start MOPS next week, so things may be a little hectic at first, but I am looking forward to a nice routine, not too full, but busy enough! Good luck in kindergarten my Hayley, Daddy and I are so proud of you. We love you so much.

Ryan enjoying a doughnut, but lookin for Hayley.

Our Bavarian Getaway

The last weekend of August we decided to get away for a couple days before the hustle and bustle of school began. We haven't really had a vacation this year and we're in desperate need of a break! Originally we were going to the coast and hang out on the beach; unfortunately the weather didn't look too great and we decided to head East into the mountains.

Willkommen to Leavenworth! Leavenworth is a small Bavarian themed town up in the Cascade mountains. The drive up was beautiful. We got to the drive along the river and through the mountains. I haven't had to deal with my ears popping from the elevation change since living in Colorado. It was a short trip, a couple hours at most. The majority of the buildings there are all Bavarian looking. For those of you in Colorado, a bunch of Swiss Miss Shops side by side, everywhere. Even the banks resembled the other business. We stayed the Enzian Inn, a beautiful hotel with a pool and a great breakfast. Our hotel was very close to downtown, so we were able to walk from there into the town center.

We spent our hours roaming the town, checking out the various shops and spending time in our hotel's pool. The food was awesome, I wasn't disappointed with any of our dining choices. The danish bakery had a burnt cream danish, it was so good. Almost like a creme brulee. We also had bratwurst and beer! Well, Jonas had a beer and I enjoyed a glass of wine. There are various wineries as well. Oh and ice cream shops with homemade waffle cones, yummy! The Cheesemonger's Shop was fun and I am in love with Drunken Goat Cheese. A goat cheese soaked in red wine, so good. There was a lot of shopping there as well. Christmas shops, wooden toys, a really cool hat shop, a Nutcracker store and many many more.

The girls had a great time. It was tiring for them at times, but they soon got over an exhaustion once we hit the ice cream or candy shop. The loved splashing in the pool too. Hayley was thrilled with staying at a hotel. She was simply amazed by the two beds in our room and our own TV and bathroom. Hayley is as ready to go back as I am.

I really can't wait to go back and spend more time there. It was too short of a trip, but great nonetheless. I am hoping we can make a quick day trip there the end of September to see the leaves change, I love fall and know the drive there would be spectacular! It was just great to get away from life for a few days and enjoy good food, a nice hotel and my family!

He plays the Alphorn every morning during breakfast.

The town's maypole for good luck.

Ryan turns 2

I know this is a couple weeks late, but things have been crazy! Anyways, just two weeks ago my baby girl Ryan turned two! We didn't have a big party because we were going away for the weekend. We invited a few friends over and enjoyed some pizza and cake. She wasn't a fan of bring sang too, but she sampled her cake before Daddy blew out the candle.

When it came to open presents, she clearly had a couple favorites. The only thing that could tear her away from her new Magna Doodle (from Aunt Dana) were her Yo Gabba Gabba toys. I could hardly blame her for clinging to her Magna Doodle, she and Hayley have been fighting over Hayley's for a while now! Besides those, she received a couple baby dolls and books.

It was fun, simple and quick. Thanks to everyone for coming! It's hard to believe that Ryan is already two. I had a to wait a little longer than I had planned for her to come into my life and that wait was hard, but now things just seem to pass so quickly. Ryan is sensitive and can be hot tempered at times, but she's also bubbly and happy. She observes before jumping into any situation. She adores her big sister and doesn't like to be left behind. She's a momma's girl through and through. She loves to lay in bed with Hayley while Jonas reads them a bedtime story. She dances, sings and even tries to participate in a game of "slug-bug." Every yellow car is "slug-bug yellow!" as far as she is concerned. She and Hayley are my world, my loves. I love watching them grow, but also miss the days before. I love you Ryan, Happy Birthday baby girl.

September 7, 2009

Conspiracy Theory

One of my favorite things to do in life, is to sleep in. But the universe doesn't want me to sleep, for some reason.

4:30 am - I wake up from a sound sleep to to find a 2-year old foot methodically kicking my face. Ryan can't sleep, so that means nobody can. I try to wiggle out of range, and manage to doze on and off till about 6:00am, when Lacy finally puts her in the playpen with some books. She reads to herself out loud for awhile (well, making noises out loud at any rate). But I think i fell asleep, cuz the next thing I knew, it was ....

7:00 am - "GOOD MORNING!" Hayley declares in her unreasonably loud speaking voice, the way 5-year-olds do. I groan, and quickly check if Ryan is still awake - nope, she fell asleep in her playpen with her nose in a book (literally). I groan again - now I'm on noise management duty - the ultimate goal: keep Ryan from waking at all costs, so I can stay in bed.

7:15 am - after getting Hayley settled in bed with us and making her understand why she needs to be quiet (which is really hard to do!), I think I'm finally good to get another hour or so of sleep - I nuzzle my pillow, let out a relaxed breath, and close my eyes.

7:16 am - CHIRP! The smoke alarm is hungry for some batteries. Why do they have to be so darn loud?? Ryan? Still asleep, thanfully. Hayley? chillin in bed, quiet at least. Me? On edge and can't sleep. Oh well, I make a mental note (for the 100th time) to get batteries for the smoke alarm, and start dozing again.

7:20 am - MEEEEOOOWWWW?! The cat cries in that questioning/demanding meow that just grates on your nerves and you can't ignore. Yeah, she's hungry, but its too early for breakfast and I'm trying to avoid getting up at all costs. I try yelling at her - but the loud whisper I use isn't effective. I look for something in reach that I can throw at her... My pillow is about it, but if I throw it, i'll have to get up to retrieve it, and thats no good. She's still meowing and will wake up Ryan if I don't take action very soon - I settle for a pillow swipe that I know (and she knows) won't reach her but may at least blow some air at her... Maybe if I make an angry face that looks threatening.... it works! She went to find a new diversion.

7:21 am - CHIRP!

7:25 am - "DADDY!" The blissfull quiet that Hayley was maintaining was too good to be true. And she's forgotten by now why she needs to be quiet. "Shhh!! ... What?" I ask in a whisper. "UM! .... I"M FIVE YEARS OLD!" she proudly declares. "Okay, okay. Hayley, be quiet, Ryan's sleeping. Do you want to go downstairs?" .... We discuss a little more, me trying to steer the conversation anywhere that ends with her being quiet as soon as possible - but she's a tough one.
7:30 am - MEOOW!!

7:31 am - CHIRP!!

7:32 am - DADDY!

7:33 am - CHIRP!!

7:34 am - MEOWW!!

7:35 am - DADDY!

.... and so on and so forth. Well, I guess it wasn't meant to be. I reluctantly get out of bed, go downstairs with Hayley to let Lacy sleep a little (I'm so nice, aren't I?) - Ryan's still asleep, miraculously.

7:45 am - "HONEY?" Lacy calls from our bedroom. I go up to check - and Ryan's awake! And so starts another thrilling day, Raising Richmeiers.

(you like how I worked the blog title in like that? I'm a literary genious, aren't I).

August 11, 2009

A Tea Party for Hayley

Last Saturday we celebrated Hayley's 5th birthday by having a tea party with a few of her friends. There's a local tea room in town called Attic Secrets that we frequent, so we decided to have her party there this year. Hayley loves to go there and wear a flowery hat and enjoy turkey tea sandwiches, caramel tea and cookies. It always fun to go there and spend that time together.

So, for her party we made flowery hats, bought pearl Mardi Gras beads, bracelets, rings and purple feather boas. All of her friends came in party dresses ready for their tea party. Hayley had a wonderful time with all her little girl friends and was very thankful for all the gifts she received. She even received her first Barbie doll! She never showed much of an interest in Barbies, so I never bought her any. Well, that will end because she loves them now. It was really fun to watch all the girls enjoying their tea and lunch.

Hayley told me that it was the "best party ever!"

Hard to believe that it's been five years since Hayley came into my life, but I said it then and still say it now. She's one of the best things I've ever done in my life. Happy Birthday baby!

Venue: Attic Secrets

August 5, 2009


So, I've been wanting to get a new tattoo for sometime and I wanted to do something with an H and an R for the girls. My sister, Dana, also wanted to get one, so we decided to go and shop around. Dana had heard good things about the Anvil Tattoo shop here in town and we went there. I was instantly impressed with the shop, super clean and really nice, informative artists. I began talking with Moon about what I wanted. I basically wanted the girls first initials and to somehow incorporate a ladybug into it. I also wanted to be able to add to it in the future. I call both my girls "bug" and both girls had ladybugs in their nurseries. Moon said he would draw a few things up and I would see him next week. So, we went yesterday and I looked at his page of sketches and one struck my immediately. Just a simple "h.r." with red coloring and black spots for a ladybug in the letters. It was also something simple to add on to one day. So, that was my pick and a couple hours later I had fresh ink. I love my new tattoo, it's exactly what I wanted to honor two of the most important people in my life. My girls, my loves, my heart, my soul, my bugs.

Artist: Moon

July 23, 2009

From a seed

A few months ago, around April I believe, Hayley brought home a pot containing a sprout from a sunflower seed she had planted in class at Preschool. That week they were focusing on plants, flowers and how things grow. Every child started out with a sunflower seed in their pot and took care of it till it was big enough to take home and plant. Hayley and I planted the sprout a couple days later. I told her then it would grow to be taller than her before it bloomed. I don't think she was very convinced because it was around 8 inches tall as the time. She just had to make sure we kept it watered so that it would grow. She checked on her plant throughout these past few months, waiting for its height to surpass her own. Now it is nearly a foot taller than Hayley; I am barely taller than the sunflower now. A day or two ago, Hayley's sunflower bloomed. She was very proud of her sunflower.

July 22, 2009


At least that's what Hayley tells me, every time I finish a guitar hero song. Her and Ryan are my personal cheer squad - and I am their personal guitar hero.

Apparently, I blow them away with my awesome talent of playing fake guitar - as they enthusiastically applaud me with standing ovations, fervent fist pumping, and shouts of praise and adoration.

When I miss a few too many notes and get boo'ed off the stage though, my cheer squad turns into a heckling crowd - as Hayley rails with me cries of "Daddy, YOU LOST! - you need to practice more at this game!", while Ryan wails "Ooooohh, NOOO!" and looks at me accusingly. All the more reason to keep playing and try again, I suppose. After all, I'd hate to disappoint my biggest fans.

All I have to say is - while I grudgingly and modestly have to admit that I do, indeed, ROCK! - it's Guitar Hero itself that rocks, because it's a great way to keep the kids entertained and out of trouble. Oh yeah, and I get an excuse to play a video game while I'm "watching the kids" :)


Hello everyone. I hope this finds everyone doing well and enjoying their summer. Yes, I know that I've been slacking on photos, updates, etc. I am hardly on MySpace anymore and I figured that it would be easier to maintain a blog here since I also have one for my photography. Where to begin?

Everything is going well, Jonas is still working hard at Microsoft. Hard to believe that we've been up in Washington for over three years now! I began a part time job at Babies R' Us. I work in furniture and I am really enjoying it. I am still doing my photography when I have the opportunity and hope to take some classes in the next year. Jonas and I celebrated our 7th anniversary a couple months ago. My mom was in town, so we got to enjoy a night out at the Melting Pot. To many more happy years!

As for Hayley, in a little over two weeks she will be celebrating her 5th birthday. I still can't believe that 5 years have gone by so quickly. She'll be off to kindergarten a month after her birthday. Hayley is definitely ready for kindergarten, she loves books, puzzles and is eager to learn. Earlier this summer Hayley had her adenoids removed to hopefully keep her from getting so sick this winter. It seems like last fall and winter she was constantly home from school with sinus infections. Her adenoids were very prominent and were causing a narrowing of her airway. The real test will come this winter and once school begins. Right now, swimming lessons have been keeping her busy. It was a bit of a rough start, she had a bad experience in a neighbor's pool, but she's learning to overcome her fear and learning that the water is fun as long as you're safe. She looks forward to them every morning and always has her bathing suit on a few hours before we need to leave. Once school starts, we may start dance again, but we're also talking about gymnastics. I will leave that up to her once it's time to make a decision.

And little miss Ryan is getting so big, petite, but with big attitude. She still weighs less than 22 pounds at 22 months, but she's totally healthy. Ryan is out of her crib and sleeping in a toddler bed, it's a little rough, at times, but hopefully she'll fall into a routine soon. She can count to 10 and is working on her ABC's. She knows all her body parts and loves to chit chat. We're not always sure what it is that she's saying, but she likes to be heard. One thing that amazes me about Ryan is her appetite. She likes almost anything. One of her favorite things to eat is edamame, every time we visit Dana at work she sees it on the conveyor belt and says; "MINE!" By the end of next month she'll be 2!! We've decided to skip a birthday party for her and take a family mini-vacation to the beach. We're going down to Long Beach, Wa the end of next month. Hopefully the weather will still be sunny and warm so we can really enjoy our few days at the beach!

That about wraps everything up for now! I plan on keeping up with this blog and not going so long in between to update everyone. I plan to skip the email update, so please check this blog! Again, I hope this finds you all well, Take care, God Bless!

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