Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Life is too short to wake up with regrets
So love the people who treat you right.
Forget about the ones who don't.
Believe everything happens for a reason.
If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands.
If it changes your life, let it.
Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
I love this first one because there were about 15 people in the room and it's like they are the only 2 people in the world : ) Everyone else was to the side where I am looking and Ben just had Riley over there spending some precious time with her. So sweet!!!!
This next one if right after she was born and he just couldn't stop staring at her.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
You have brought your Mommy and Daddy so much joy this past year. From the day we found out you were growing inside of Mommy, we loved you more than we ever thought possible. On the day you were born, our hearts overflowed and, with each passing day, our love for you has grown. We could never have imagined that we would be blessed with such a sweet, happy, and absolutely perfect daughter like you. Every day with you is such a blessing. We love watching you grow and learn new things. Your laughter and the cute little things you do just make our hearts melt. We cannot imagine life without you. You're our miracle. You're mommy's sweet little angel and daddy's little girl. Our life would not be the same without you. Happy First Birthday, angel. Mommy and Daddy love you very much!!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Riley has been walking a lot down and around the couch and pulling up on anything and everything. She will stand on her tip toes if that's what it takes to get to something on the end table, too. She has really been talking a lot lately. She even tries to say "thank you". It's so cute! Whenever she has something that she shouldn't, I'll take it back from her and say "thank you". I guess that's where she got it from. She doesn't necessarily say it at the right times, but she says it. Every now and then she gets confused and she'll wave bye bye, but say "thank you". She also says "bye bye" and other things. Some we recognize and some of it only she knows what she's saying : ) Either way, it's totally cute!
In only 2 weeks, she'll be one. I can't believe my baby is growing up so fast! Every single second that she has been on this earth has been special. I thank God every day for her and my sweet husband. Life would not be the same without them.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Nicholas as Big Al & Olivia as an angel
Anna Beth as a lamb
Riley pooped out right at the end of our route
Friday, October 31, 2008
P.S. - didn't I say this was going to be a short one?! Oh well, anyone that knows me will say that there's no such thing as short when it comes to me talking : )
Monday, October 27, 2008
Riley and I stayed at Nay Nay's house this weekend. While we were all at the beach a few weeks ago, my parents' house flooded due to a damaged pipe in the kitchen, so they are in a small apartment right now. Anyway, we really enjoyed staying there and getting to spend time with Nay Nay and Uncle Fred. Gran even came over and stayed with us so that we wouldn't miss out on our time with her. Riley really had fun playing with the toys that Nay Nay has for Sarah Grace and, also, learning new things. She learned to open drawers and kitchen cabinets and even said "Nay Nay" a few times. I'm not really sure why she hasn't opened drawers and cabinets at our house yet, but I'm sure she will now : ) Riley also got to spend a good bit of time playing with her cousin, Sarah Grace. They really had a good time and Sarah Grace was so good with Riley. As you can see, they even have a good, friendly Alabama/Auburn rivalry going:
Nay Nay made chocolate syrup and biscuits for us each morning and we even let Riley have some. I'm sure it won't be the last time. Here is a picture of her first adventure with our family tradition of chocolate syrup and biscuits. Notice the retro high chair. It was mine when I was little : )
Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to visit with the "Huntsville Girls" this time, but I did get to see some other special people that I rarely get the chance to see. Since I was going to Eddie's game on Friday night, I took the day off of work and headed to Huntsville on Thursday night. Since I am never able to make it down during the week, I took the opportunity to go and see my Raytheon friends. It was so good to see them and show off my sweet angel, too! I miss that place! As I was heading back to Nay Nay's house after my visit, I was a little sad and Ben happened to call. He asked me what was wrong and I told him "You know that my heart is in Huntsville". I know it makes him feel a little bad that we can't live there, but he knows how I feel. Huntsville is my home. It's where I grew up and where my family lives. It's where my very best friends are. It's where I had the coolest job! Don't get me wrong, Birmingham is good and I am so thankful for the family that I have here and the friends that I have made. Without them, I don't know what I would do. Ben's family is so sweet and I love being with them. I have long time friends that live here, as well as new ones. I will always long to move back to Huntsville, though, and maybe one day we will. For now, I'll just have to visit and make the most of the time I have with my family and friends there.
We had to head back on Saturday to get Riley's one year and Christmas pictures taken with Bonnie of Blink Photography. She does such a great job and I can't wait to see the pictures. Riley did really well and was happy throughout the whole session and I know she got some great shots!
Oh! And I can't post this without mentioning that Riley is getting 2 more teeth - that makes 6 total! One is actually barely through the gums and the other one is on it's way through. Of course, this means that the nights have been a little difficult for us lately. OK - a lot difficult. I really need to figure this stuff out. (This is not an invitation for advice, but thanks!) I know I spoil her and I know I should probably not go in there every time she cries, but I can't help it : ) I was spoiled, so it's all I know. Blame my mom and dad ; )
So, needless to say, I had a GREAT weekend!! Hope you all did, too! Here's another picture of the most adorable Bama cheerleader I've ever seen.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
I started work at a new building this week, so things have been a little different. Not bad, just different. I have to leave a little earlier for work for one thing. It's a totally different drive and I have to leave earlier to avoid all this crazy traffic "we" have here in Birmingham. I put the quotes around we because I tend to still say "they" for Birmingham and "we" for Huntsville. I will always be a Huntsville girl at heart and, hopefully, will be able to move back there one day. That's where my heart is and that's where I belong : ) Back to the subject at hand - Ben and I work on totally opposite ends of the city, so to speak, but yesterday he calls and wants to have a lunch date. Lunch dates are rare for us since we work so far apart, but in the past few months, he's been making the effort to come to where I am and take me to lunch. I really love it because it's just me and him and it's a "date". We don't get too many of those anymore. Sure, there are nights when one of the grandparents is keeping Riley, but it seems that usually all we want to do is go home and relax on those nights. So, these lunch dates are really nice. Such a simple thing, but I love it. Thanks, Ben, for date yesterday! You ROCK!
Oh, and we went to a place called Newk's. It was my first time eating there. Love it!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Do you see Riley's lips? I'm not sure what this is all about, but she kept doing it that day and it was so cute. Here are a few more:
Nicole did a great job and I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures. These pictures are going to be so special to our family. Thanks, Nicole!
Friday, October 10, 2008
As you know, last week we were at the beach and took my parents along to enjoy it with us. Ben had a lot of together time with his in-laws and didn't complain once - and hasn't since, I might add. You've heard all of the jokes about in-laws and such, so I asked him the other night if he had gotten sick of them and he said "of course not! They are so easy to be around." I thought that was so sweet and it also makes things easier on me knowing that, anytime my parents want to come visit us, he will welcome them wholeheartedly. You rock, Ben, for enjoying time with my family!
Also, on the ride home, I guess I was kind of delirious and not wanting to end our vacation. I don't know what got into me, but I was being pretty silly. Instead of being annoyed, Ben was thoroughly entertained. Well, maybe that's taking it a bit too far, but he was laughing at me/with me. Just one more reason that he rocks : )
Another weekend is here and I'm SO glad. We really need more days in the week so that I can have more quality family time. The weekends are just way too short! Not much relaxing to be done this weekend. I've got my family coming from Huntsville and we're going to take some family pictures at the Botanical Gardens. Then, on Sunday, I've got a couple of Spring cleaning projects to do. I know it's not Spring, but I didn't get it done in the Spring, so now's the time. I know that Nicole of B Photography is going to take some great family photos and I'll make sure to post some of them here.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Riley has been doing some new, cute things lately. The night that we got home from the beach, she actually pulled up on her own. I haven't seen her do it since then, but she is learning. She also plays peek-a-boo, makes the cutest noises and has a great laugh. Tonight she just didn't want to go to sleep. We put her in her swing (I know, she's getting too big for it, but she loves it) and she started falling asleep while she was sitting forward. Of course, I videoed it and, of course, I'm uploading it here for you to see : ) I'm also uploading a video of her playing peek-a-boo with me. You'll have to ignore my annoying voice, though : ) I will post more pictures of our beach trip soon. For now, I'm exhausted, so I think I'll go to bed.
Not Wanting to Go to Sleep
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I've uploaded our first day's pictures to shutterfly. Click here to see them. I'll try to upload more, but I managed to forget the power cord for my computer, so we are limited on our computer time. Here's a little preview of the pictures.
Friday, September 26, 2008
You see where the white cream sort of clung to my skin in circular pattern? Well, that's what my face looks like today, except red circles! I wonder what the people at Wal Mart thought of me today : )
My little angel is 10 months old today. Look for a post and pictures later. Oh, and she has another tooth coming in on top. So cute!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
So, things are great with us. Riley is just growing and doing new things every day. It won't be long before she turns 1! I really cannot believe it! Of course, I'm already planning her birthday party : ) Hope you all are doing great and thanks for keeping up with us!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Bahamas - Exuma Islands
Lake Atitlan in Guatemala
Lake Tahoe - No, it's not a fake backdrop. Isn't it beautiful?!
St. Lucia - Our Honeymoon
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
On another note, Riley has been sick the past few days with a stomach bug. She's doing better, but not yet symptom free, so please keep her in your prayers. Gran is here now staying home with her so that I could come to work. Thanks, Gran! You're awesome! Check back for another post later today or tomorrow with some new pics of Riley's recent adventures in crawling!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
I took the first picture thinking that surely she couldn't yet crawl up onto that shelf. I turned my back for literally a second and, sure enough, she had climbed up there. No rest for the weary!