Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
the way Riley crosses her feet when she sits in her highchair.
that she's not a picky eater (and she's got the little belly to prove it!)
her silly side!
her eagerness to get a move on in life!
her sweet wonder for the things in her world.
her little spirit that kept her stirring the nothing in that bowl and feeding herself as if it were the yummiest treat ever.
My most recent bout of craft fever came about after a trip to the local mall where I spent $20 procuring 3 new hair bows for Riley. Now I'm not easily parted with $20, but I'm a sucker for all things girly especially when it comes to the princess. When faced with a wall of bows all glittery, argyled, striped and polka dotted I am rendered unable to say no.
However, closer inspection of the purchases at home began to make my crazy craft fever rise. It starts easily enough...I casually mention to my husband that I could probably make these bows if I really wanted to. On a trip to Target I happen to buy a spool of 5 grosgrain ribbons for $1. Last week after using the glue gun for a classroom activity I accidentally drop it in my bag to take home for the night.
And then full Craft Fever hits and this is the result. (Please forgive my terrible photography skills and not so great camera)
Monday, February 23, 2009
It's Monday again and time for Not Me! fun created by the one and only MckMama. If you want to get in on the fun head over to her blog for the rules or stop by just to read what everyone else did NOT do this week. Boy do I have some doozies this week!
We did NOT start off our Monday by getting pulled over for "disregarding a stop sign" within sight of work. The man did not actually laugh as he told us how many teachers he had gotten that morning. It was NOT just the most delightful way to start our week.
I did NOT send my kid to daycare in her footie jammies today. I always wake up in time to get her and myself dressed and ready for work. She is not still in her jammies at 12:45 in the afternoon.
Oh I did NOT come down with a cold on Friday essentially bombing our whole weekend. It is NOT fair to be sick over the weekend! However, due to my illness I excused myself from my housekeeping side job and I did NOT do any of the usual weekend chores.
My little sister is NOT turning 26 on Wednesday. No, NOT me. My little sister is still in her teens, thus making me in my early twenties. We are NOT both officially over the 20's hump this year and inching closer to the next decade.
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Sunday, February 22, 2009
Today I got my wish because one hour after we put her down for her afternoon nap she was up
I read an article in Parenting magazine today about the many and varied ways babies show their love. Some of them were no brainers like Riley loves giving kisses and huggies. She certainly wiggles and gets excited when she sees us and is starting to cry and fuss a little when one of us leaves.
The article also talked about imitation as flattery or in her case L-O-V-E. Let me tell you if imitation is love this girl is doling it out for us left and right. These days she cracks us up when she will take my phone and hold it between her chin and her ear and walk around the house "talking" into it like she watches her Mommy do. We swoon when she picks up her baby doll and snuggles her into her shoulder kissing her head and patting her on the back. I tear up when I hold her and pat her on the back and she pats me on mine at the same time (mostly because my Dad lists this as one of his favorite memories of me as a baby). We watch amused as she stands in her kitchen and stirs things in her pots and bowls. We giggle as she tries to wear our shoes.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
What's cuter than a dress? A very chic brown and blue dress!
Give us a big bow anyday!
|From Riley's First Birthday!|
Tiara, check! Multi colored
Pink, gingham, and bedazzled! Do they make these in adult size??
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
They smell like apple pie and you can't even see the vegetables can you? E-mail me if you want the recipe.
Monday, February 16, 2009
|From February 09|
|From February 09|
HAPPY PRESIDENT'S DAY!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Last year my parents were here and my father met Riley for the first time. Last year she slept through most of Valentine's Day as we ran errands at Fort Myer and I fed her in the car between the comissary and the px. Last year I dressed her up in a Daddy's Lil' Cupcake onesie, heart covered jean skirt, and valentine's tights and snapped this photo.
This year she was old enough to go to the (one day early) Valentine's Day parties at her Daddy's and my school and steal everyone's heart. This year she spent the entire day with her #1 Sweetheart while Mommy was with her swim team. This year she had enough hair for a pebbles ponytail and bow (but she still rocked out valentine's tights and a heart covered jean skirt). And this year she can say "WUV UUUUUUU".
What a difference a year makes...
Thursday, February 12, 2009
How I managed to have a baby that is fearless and so eager to take on the world and all its challenges is completely beyond me...but I love it. This picture was taken by my photographer friend Lindsley while Riley was perched atop a climbing wall section of the playground yesterday (don't worry I was behind her).
I think this picture captures her perfectly...so proud of herself, up high where the air is clean and the view is unobstructed and loving life as her hair blows in the wind. I'm so proud of her and gosh I hope some of her fearlessness rubs off on her Mom.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week...
I've been away from Not Me! Monday for a while, okay, more than a while, more like two months?!?! But, I know you'll forgive me as I write my first Not Me! Monday of the new year and purge myself of all the things I've NOT been doing lately.
We did NOT waste any of our lovely 60 degree weather in February by staying indoors this weekend. Okay, at least we did NOT waste both days, and today we visited Dinosaur Park with our girl for some much needed fun in the sun.
I did NOT have the NORO virus last week and I most certainly did NOT call my Daddy on a break between bathroom visits sobbing and telling him how miserable I was. Because I did NOT call him in the first place I definitely did NOT call back two more times throughout the night just wanting to be comforted. (That's my Daddy with Riley.)
My baby did NOT throw my cell phone into the toilet on Saturday. No, not me because there is no way I would let my baby play with my cell phone and speed dial family members on a regular basis so much so that when I do actually call they say, Hi Riley! before they say Hi to me. I would also NOT leave the lid on the toilet up since I learned my lesson with the car keys a few weeks ago. It did not take me five minutes to figure out why she kept walking around our bedroom saying "uhhhhh ooooooooo" over and over again totally ruining any chance of saving the phone. I did NOT have to reach in and fish it out knowing that it was beyond repair.
Lastly, I did NOT look at this photo and wish to myself that I was MckMama for a day so that I could hold a Name That Photo contest because it was such a good one!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
A few nights ago Daddy discovered some sea themed finger puppets Riley's Gigi got for her last summer. He put them on and started to put on a show for her and she started to laugh harder than we've ever heard her. I mean she has been laughing and it has been documented, but we've never heard a belly rumbling laugh out of her before. I actually raced downstairs for the camera and instructed him to keep doing whatever it was he was doing. WARNING: Her laugh is infectious, so be prepared to laugh with her.
tchnk uuuuuuuu - thank you
hiiieeeee - hi
deedee - Daddy
mahmahmah - MORE
um um um - yum yum yum
dggeee - doggy
uuuhhhh ooooooo - as in I threw mommy's cell phone in the toilet - by the way if you're calling me there won't be an answer for a while
And we've not been able to figure out what the heck the following means:
bigaaaaaaaaaah - ??? she says it multiple times a day???
No, you're not mistaken, Mommy or any variation of it is not up there, BUT she does do the cutest little bouncy dance whenever she sees me and gives me wonderful snuggles several times a day that I wouldn't trade for just one word.
MY FIRST CHAIR!
Riley got a microsuede rocking chair from us for her first birthday. It is too cute to watch her crawl in and out of it. She loves sitting in her special chair, especially when she's having her milk in the morning.
MY FIRST KITCHEN!
Riley's Gammy and Gampy got her this AMAZING play kitchen for her first birthday. It has a "working" microwave, stove top, and phone and lots of kitchen items for her to play with and doors to open. We love watching her stand at it and stir things in her pots and pans. She's also very good about cleaning up after herself.
MY FIRST PONYTAIL!
Riley's bangs have gotten so long that we had to start pulling her hair up off of her face. We went to a store in the mall called Pretty, Pretty and got her some new bows and hair ties. Linds says it looks like Pebbles and I think she does too! Poor girl got her mother's straight as a stick hair...
Last week we got our first snow/ice storm here and we had 2 snow days!! As teachers this meant two extra days at home with the princess. We were homebound for most of the time, but luckily we have Riley to keep us entertained...
Doesn't she look like a character in Where the Wild Things Are?
She's figured out how to bend over and look back at us through her legs. It got BIG laughs the first time she did it in this photo so now she laughs anytime she does it.
Pillow wrestling is always a good time in our house.
When we got hungry she fed us...
And don't worry, we made sure she got a break and a meal too.
All in all, we had lots of fun and laughs!