Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Random Things

I stayed out of work with Riley yesterday because she has 'hand, foot, mouth disease'. I mean, could they not have thought of a more medical term for it! It's such a strange disease. Anyway, she only had a mild case and is fine now and back at school. Oh, and Momma's back to work. It was a somewhat trying day with her yesterday. She didn't want to take a nap and didn't even seem tired at all. She never yawned once and didn't rub her eyes, either. So, no break for Momma to do laundry or iron clothes for the work week. She was also very adamant about the fact that she wanted to go outside and stay there all. day. long. We played outside , blew bubbles on the deck, went for a walk, swung in the swings, then when Daddy got home, we went for another walk and played outside some more. It was a very nice day to be outside, at least!

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

First Busted Lip!

A few weeks ago, Riley had her first busted lip : ( Daddy was away on business and Gran and Nay Nay were staying with us. They were outside playing when I heard Riley start screaming. She, apparently, had fallen down on the concrete. She mostly caught herself with her hands, but still hit her mouth on the concrete. Gran came through the door with Riley bleeding everywhere - well, not really everywhere, but since it was her first accident involving blood, Momma thought it was awful! We got her cleaned up and her lip was SO swollen already. She had been playing with the kids from across the street, so they brought over popsicles for her. It was so cute because they were so worried about her. We gave her a popsicle and, before we knew it, the swelling was almost gone. Here is a picture. Not a good one, but it shows her lip. It doesn't quite do it justice as to how swollen it really was. You can see the blood on her shirt - along with a little popsicle juice. I'm sure there are many more accidents - and blood - to come over the years.

Friday, May 8, 2009

My Huntsville Girls!

I've talked before about my "Huntsville Girls" (HSV Girls) and how much I love them! This past weekend, we had a visit from one of them, Cathy! She came down with her husband, Mike, and daughter, Sophie. We had the best time and the girls had fun playing together. Cathy took most of the pictures, but I did get a few, so I'll add them at the end of the post. Friday night we just ordered pizza and hung out. I had bought the girls matching PJ's, but I think they're a little too young to care : ) The Mommas thought it was cute, though. The PJ's said 'Sassy Just Like Mommy'. How cute is that! (Pictures to come later when I get them from Cathy - hint, hint.) On Saturday, we went to the zoo, which was so much fun, then that night we got a babysitter and went out for an adult dinner. It was so nice to have one of my very best friends here with me. My friendship with the HSV Girls is such a comfortable one. The kind of friendship that just comes so easy and you don't worry about what you do, what you say, how you look ... They've seen me at my best and at my worst (which we won't discuss) and they still love me. They know all of my secrets and wouldn't dare tell a soul : ) I am so very blessed to have them in my life. Thanks for coming to visit, Cathy. We had a great time! I know we will see you soon!

Now, for the pictures...
Riley and Sophie taking a bath - notice the pink water : )

Riley at the zoo

One of Momma's favorite animals

Thursday, May 7, 2009

No No!

Just a quick post to show you a video of Riley's new thing. She has started telling us "no, no, no, no". I'm sure we shouldn't be encouraging it, but it's just so cute! Before you watch the video, I think I need to explain a little something. Riley is such a climber and she isn't scared of anything, either. It makes for quite interesting times trying to keep her safe. Her new thing is climbing onto the table. On one side of the table, there is a bench instead of chairs. So, the way she gets onto the table is by putting her hands onto the bench, then she puts her feet on the windowsill, then she steps up onto the bench and up to the table. Really, it just isn't appropriate to sit or stand - which she also does - on the kitchen table. We tried so hard last night to discipline her for it, but everytime we tried, she would do something really cute and we couldn't keep a straight face. I think we're going to have a hard time with this discipline thing : ) Anyway, here is the video. Enjoy!