Wednesday, December 31, 2008

This Pretty Much Sums It Up

Found a quote today that pretty much sums up my outlook on life and wanted to share it.

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

What Happened?

I can't believe that it's been so long since my last post! I promise to try to do better. We had a really great Christmas and spent lots of time with family. This year, it was our year to spend Christmas in Huntsville. I was just so excited to be with my family and have Riley there to be with all of her cousins. I really love Christmas! I don't think Ben realized exactly how much until I cried on Christmas Eve when Santa came to our house. Really! Santa actually came to our house. We live in Helena and, every year, the Helena Fire Department takes Santa around on top of one of the trucks and they go through most of the neighborhoods. We heard him coming and rushed outside. We walked out to the end of the driveway and he stopped in front of the house to wave and throw candy out. I know Ben thought I was crazy, but I really did tear up. All of the neighborhood kids were outside and just so excited about seeing Santa. Christmas is my favorite holiday and it's a time when, especially this year, I think a lot about how thankful I am for my family. I have a wonderful husband, a sweet, perfect, precious little girl, the best parents a child could ever want, siblings that I am close to, an extended family that is especially close and in laws that every girl wishes for. Not to mention, some pretty awesome friends! Really, it couldn't have been a better Christmas. I hope you all had a special Christmas, too. I'll leave you with a picture from our October photo session. (Ben doesn't like this one, but I think it's a perfect picture of our family!)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Riley got to see Santa on Sunday night. Well, I think she looked at it more like she "had" to go see Santa. Our photographer, Bonnie at Blink Photography, hired a Santa, so we made an appointment with her. I figured, cute Santa, no waiting in line a the mall, and much cuter pictures, it was well worth the $25 that she was charging. First off, Ben got Riley over to Santa's lap without her seeing him, so we got a few 'blank stare' shots before she turned to see him. When that happened, she just looked at him, looked at us, then back at Santa. Then came the look of concern just before the tears came. There was absolutely no smiling, but I'm sure the pictures will be cute anyway. I mean, the most beautiful child on earth was sitting on Santa's lap and this was one pretty realistic looking Santa : ) He must've thought I was crazy because I was totally having this conversation with Riley about how Santa is really nice and he brings lots of presents at Christmas, etc. etc. Of course, Mrs. Santa was there, too, and I'm sure as they left they discussed how this grown woman still believes in Santa. Oh, and I was calling him "Santa" the whole time. So, what's wrong with a grown "woman" (I hate being referred to as that) still believing in Santa?! I will definitely post the pictures when I get them.

Friday, December 5, 2008

~ my husband rocks! Friday

This week, Riley had her one year appointment. Ben goes to all of her appointments. I think he's only missed one when she was sick, but he has been to all of the rest of them. I am so thankful for that. It just makes the visit so much easier. He helps entertain and helps comfort her when she gets shots. Just another reason why my hubby rocks! What a sweet Daddy he is. I told him the other night that one of the sweetest sounds is the sound of him playing with her. I just love to listen to it. I thank God every day for such a sweet husband who is the best Daddy to our little girl. The day she was born, I knew by the way he looked at her that he was going to be a great Daddy.

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.