Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I can't end this without also mentioning that Madison, AL (which is basically the same as Huntsville) is also listed in that same article. Oh how I love my hometown, also. If I can't live there, then this great little town of Helena will do!
Monday, June 1, 2009
The wedding was perfect on Saturday and went off without a hitch. Laura was a beautiful bride and Eric a handsome groom. It was an awesome day with family and friends!! Laura's family is so sweet and I hope we get many opportunities to all hang out. Riley wore an absolutely gorgeous dress that her Gran (my mom) made and she looked precious, as always. (More pictures to come, I promise!)
On to Sunday... Ben went golfing with his dad at Farm Links, which is an all day outing for two reasons - it is a bit of a drive, and it costs $150 to play as many holes as you want, so they always play 36. Riley and I headed off to Target that morning and had a great time. She loves saying "hi" to everyone and makes sure she says it loud enough that they notice her : ) She also has started saying "I'm Riley!" She actually said it to the check out lady. It's so cute!! Well, on our way home - around 11:30 - I had a flat tire. I was riding down the road and, all of a sudden, my truck was pulling hard to one side and I couldn't keep it straight. I pulled off onto the side of the road and the tire was FLAT! Luckily, we weren't far from home - only about half a mile from the subdivision. We are also lucky that Bill and Cathy didn't go to church this Sunday. They were just so worn out from the wedding weekend. So, I called Bill and he came to our rescue. It turned out to be such an ordeal. He was able to pump up the tire enough to get it to his house. He took the tire off and went to get it fixed, but couldn't find anyone available to fix it. So, he came back and decided he would just put the spare on so that we could get it fixed this morning, but he found that none of the tools to get to the spare tire were there. Seriously! He took me and Riley home and said he would do something to get it driveable. Well, after about 3 hours of working on all of this, a neighbor helped him figure out how to get the spare tire from under the truck and put on using other tools. I know it's really not that bad of a situation, but I just felt bad that Bill had to work on it all that time after we were all so tired from the weekend. It's fixed now, so hopefully we're good to go and that was my last flat for another 5 years or so. I think the last time I had one was 5 years ago when Cathy and I were out at a concert. I'll save the details, but I know Cathy (and my dad, for that matter) will remember : )
Riley and I really did have a lot of good Mommy/Daughter time together yesterday despite the tire ordeal. She is just so much fun and I love spending as much time as possible with her.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
This weekend we are going to Huntsville for my nephew, Eddie's, high school graduation. Are you kidding me?! My baby nephew is graduating from HIGH SCHOOL! I am so very proud of him. He's a very sweet, smart, funny, and I must say, very good looking. Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks he's good looking because he seems to be a real 'stud' at school : ) If he's reading this, I know I am embarrassing him, but that's what aunts are for, right?! OK, more importantly, he got a full academic scholarship to college. He is my brother's son, that's for sure. Apparently, Todd passed on the 'smart gene'. Eddie, I am SO proud of you! I am so going to cry at your graduation. I love you very much!
Here are a couple of my favorite pictures from our session with Nicole. As you can see in this first picture, she loves her Daddy. Lately, though, she's been a Momma's girl. I can't be out of her sight for a second without her asking for me. It's so sweet. Yesterday she wouldn't even let Ben push the stroller at first. It had to be me : ) Then, she finally let him push, but I had to walk beside her so she could hold my hand. I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts because, one day, she'll think her Momma is embarrassing and stupid ; )
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Riley at the zoo
One of Momma's favorite animals
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Riley has been really talking a lot lately. Sometimes, she's just carrying on a little conversation and we don't really know what she's saying. It's so cute, though. Some words we can actually understand are:
- bye bye
- bott - for bottle
- stinky - she just said this the other day when Ben told her that her diaper was stinky. It didn't sound exactly like "stinky", but she was trying to imitate what Ben said
- she can tell us what the dog says and what the cow says
- nana - for banana
- thank you - this is actually one of the first things she said
- no no
She can also blow kisses and wave bye bye. She has recently learned to take her bib off, which is very annoying since I'm obsessive about her not getting food on her clothes. It's easier to keep her clean than to have to try to get those stupid stains out of her clothes : ) She's also taking steps here and there and standing on her own a lot more. She mostly takes steps when she's not thinking about it. If she thinks about it too long, she just chickens out. There are definitely words that I have left off of this list, but I will add more as I think of them. I have a written list at home, but of course, have forgotten half of what's on it.
Another thing that I wanted to mention is our dog, Goober. I can't believe that I've never talked about him on here before. I guess I should devote a whole post to him, but this will have to do : ) Ben found him right after we got married while he was running in our neighborhood. He had been muzzled and had wounds around his snout from it. Ben felt so sorry for him and brought him back to the house. We weren't going to keep him, so we tried to find an animal rescue that would take him, but they all told us they couldn't take anymore dogs. Of course! We agreed to be his foster home, and one of the rescues put him on their website to try and find him a home. We tried not to get too attached, so we decided not to name him. Well, everytime Ben would go to take care of him, he would say I've got to go take care of "the goober". Months went by and he still didn't have a home, so we decided to keep him. We tried to change his name, but Goober had just stuck by then. So, "Goober" it is! Now that you know the story of Goober, here is a picture of him.
His one floppy ear is so cute! You can see the scar that he still has around his snout from being muzzled so tightly. Poor Goober : ( Everyone who meets him says that his name fits him and what a great name it is : ) It is slightly embarrassing, though, when we're out walking with him and someone says "oh, what's his name?". I just sort of mumble "Goober".
Riley loves to go out and see Goober. She just laughs and laughs at him, especially when he's getting treats. And, if you ask her "What does Goober say?", she'll make the barking noise. So cute!
Riley is going to visit Gran and Pop in Huntsville this weekend. It will be the first time she's gone by herself and Gran and Pop are just so excited! We will miss our sweet girl so much, but she will have fun and it will be good for her to spend time with her Gran and Pop.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
On another note, Riley has had an ear infection for basically 2 months now and she just can't get rid of it. She is on her 4th round of antibiotics now. $180 antibiotics! Yes, you did read that correctly. This antibiotic cost $180. Her ped did give us a $40 coupon, so it "only" cost $140. Anyway, we have an appointment with an ENT on Monday to see if they think she needs tubes in her ears. Please keep us in your prayers. We want to do what is right for her, obviously, but we are very nervous about her getting put to sleep. I know it is a common procedure, but as all of you parents know, it's always unnerving when it's your child. We are hoping that these antibiotics can work and she won't have to get the tubes.
Before I end this post, I need to say Congratulations to Eric and Laura on their recent engagement. We are SO excited that Laura will be a part of the family. I have considered her a good friend from the moment that we met. In fact, I always told her that I was keeping her even if Eric didn't ; ) Laura is such a sweet person and I am so glad that her and Eric found each other.