Friday, December 30, 2005


the best thing that happened in 2005..

Of course it was the day Riley was born and came into our life.. Seeing him for the first time.. hearing that sweet little cry and feeling him in our arms. (by the way that cry isnt sweet any longer). What a sweet little boy he is ;).

We Made it to the MountainThis is My uncle Jim.. he thinks that i am a fine fella. oh and i am still awaiting my FURBY!

This is My Uncle Ernie.. this was the first time he got to see me. he was surprised when he saw how big i was. we spent a lot of time together.

These pictures are from my first days in WV.. i was sick the first few days.. i got two more teeth :).


Wednesday, December 28, 2005


*On the Road*
Mommy and me are traveling to West Virginia Today to Visit Our Family. Mommy wonders how i will react to all the different kinds of people that i will get to meet for the Second time since i have been born. driving is quite boring for me so i slept most of the time.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Who Does Riley resemble Most?
Mommy
Daddy
Cricket
The Milkman
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Please Vote :)!

Sunday, December 25, 2005

*Merry~Christmas*
Happy Holidays to everyone! We had a really good Christmas this year. Having a child to share the season with makes Christmas much more exciting. I know that Riley wont remember his First Christmas. But i always will. Bryan and i woke up before riley did this morning. We just layed in bed and waited for Riley to wake up. Riley had a Great time with all of his toys. he played all morning. I made Gingerbread Pancakes For Breakfast. and then Riley and Bryan took a little catnap on the couch together.






We spent Christmas dinner at the Stevens house this year. We had a yummy Dinner that consisted of Turkey, Rolls, Stuffing, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes and gravy, Sweet potatoes and German Chocolate cake. Riley ate everything on my plate (oink oink). Riley spent his Day Playing, Eating and Pooping :). Bryan watched the Packers Game. and we all watched a movie together after the kids went to bed. Christmas is a Time for Friends and Family. and i am glad to say that i have the best of Both.
May next year be just as pleasant.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

*Happy *Christmas *Eve*

Baby's First Christmas
You have to hold him up to see

The angel on the Christmas tree.

And even though he's still too smallTo know

the meaning of it all

You watch his eyes reflect the glow

Of colored lights that come and go

And feel him quiver with delight

At every new and wondrous sight.

There's Santa with his jolly face

Beaming from the fireplace.

And from the stocking hanging there

Peeks a cuddly teddy bear.

Bright ornaments and candy canes --

Musical toy and wooden trains --

There's just no end to the delights

Spread out for him this night of nights!

He points and grins from ear to ear

And then he yawns - his bedtime's near!

Dad gives him a kiss and you tuck him away

To rest up for the fun of his first Christmas Day!

a Poem By Alice e. Chase



This year the holidays are a little happier than they have been. I am a mom for the first time on Christmas! How will it feel to watch my Son open gifts and then immediately be reminded of the Christmas's i shared with my Mom for the last time 3 years ago? Perhaps she will be here, I do not know. i will be happy and i will enjoy the day, not for me, but for Riley who deserves all of the magic that Christmas will bring him. My God, how I love that little guy! It pains me to know that his Grandmother could love him that much too, in a physical sense. Instead I am going to have to teach riley about her long distance, through memories and pictures. Yet I am so thankful I get to do it at all.
the picture above is of me and my mom on My first Christmas :)

Friday, December 23, 2005

Play*date*at*the*Park


Two days before Christmas and it is warm enough to go outside and play i was hoping for snow :(. Bryan took riley to the park for the first time today to swing. Riley enjoyed himself and almost fell asleep :) i remember when i was younger i was always looking forward to snow for Christmas. and usually we always got it. The last Christmas i spent at home with my family it snowed so bad that we all got snowed in for almost 2 weeks. i hope that when we go visit the family that it will snow long enough for riley to enjoy it :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2005


Who's that fat little jolly old manWith beard as white as snow?
And who creeps down the chimney at night,
Then as quick as a wink, off he goes?
I've been told that it's dear Santa Claus,That jolly, happy man!
Who comes once a year on Christmas Eve,
Spreading joy everywhere that he can!

Monday, December 19, 2005


Mom's Request of Santa
Dear Santa,
I've been a good mom all year. I've fed, cleaned, and cuddled my child on demand, visited the doctor's office more than my doctor, purchased 62 cases of diapers , and figured out how to attach nine Buttons onto my coat with staples and a glue gun.
I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son's red crayon on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I'll find anymore free time in the next 18 years.
Here are my Christmas wishes:
I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache after a day of chasing kids (in any color, except purple, which I already have) and arms that don't flap in the breeze, but are strong enough to carry a screaming toddler out of the candy aisle in the grocery store. I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy.
If you're hauling big ticket items this year, I'd like a car with fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music; a television that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.
On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, "Yes, Mommy" to boost my parental confidence, along with one potty-trained toddler, kids who don't cry, and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools.
I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting, "Don't eat in the living room" and "Take your hands off the dog," because my voice seems to be just out of my child's hearing range and can only be heard by the dog.
And please don't forget the Playdoh Travel Pack, the stocking stuffer this year for mothers. It comes in three fluorescent colors and is guaranteed to crumble on any carpet making the In-laws' house seem just like mine.
If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container.
If you don't mind, I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could coerce my husband to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family; or if my baby didn't look so cute sneaking in the bathroom to play with toilet water and eat contraband Toilet paper in his pajamas .
Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back. Have safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the chimney and come in and dry off by the fire so you don't catch cold.
Help yourself to cookies on the table, but don't eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.
Yours Always,
Mom

Saturday, December 17, 2005



*Christmas on The Boulevard*

Tonight we went to Christmas on the Boulevard* see i am a big boy.. im not scared of santa claus.. but mom and dad couldnt get me to smile. Santa told me to be a Good Boy and he even gave all the little kids Presents.. i opened mine early and it was a toy truck. i like anything with wheels. the clown that i am pictured with i didnt take my eyes off of him all night. he was making all the kids baloons shaped like animals. mine was a blue bear. they also had carriage rides but it was too cold to go.. maybe next time. Hopefully mom and dad will hire the clown to come to my birthday party. oh what fun. i am still trying to talk her into it.

Friday, December 16, 2005


*I am Eight Months Old Today*

*Baby Proofing*

The widely accepted concept of babyproofing is all wrong. the goal should be to protect the house from the baby, not vice versa. here is what may happen if you do not protect the house.

1. Baby will take Graham cracker and jan it into the VCR, thus rendering VCR unusable.

2. Baby will flush all magnetic alphabet letters other than Q,Z,V and J down the toilet, makimg it impossible to spell anything meaningful as well as causing the toilet to overflow.

3. Baby will stuff the dog into the hamper, where freaked out puppy will throw up on fine washables.

4. Baby will fill tub with water and drop in the following items to see if they float: your husband;s 1896 pocket watch (will not float), Photos of your grandmother as a baby (will float initially), your cell phone (nope), one of your diamond earings (nuh-huh) and a paper cup (YES)

5. Baby will play with Tv remote resulting in the selection of 47 Pay per view movies.

6. Baby will take your purfume, pour them into a baseball cap and then dump into your sweater drawer.

7. Baby will remove his diaper then proceed to poop on the leather recliner, under a rug where it wi,ll remain undiscovered for 3 days.

8. Baby will take your car keys and scratch his familiar baby mark on the antique walnut cofee table before tossing them into the air after which they land into the garbage disposal.

9. Baby will tear pages out of a art book and use vasaline from diaper bag to stick them to the living room wall.


Thursday, December 15, 2005


Santa Stats
There are currently 78 people named S. Claus living in the U.S. -- and one Kriss Kringle.(You gotta wonder about that one kid's parents)December is the most popular month for nose jobs.
Weight of Santa's sleigh loaded with one Beanie Baby for every kid on earth: 333,333 tons.
Number of reindeer required to pull a 333,333-ton ssleigh: 214,206 -- plus Rudolph.
Average wage of a mall Santa: $11 an hour. With real beard: $20.
To deliver his gifts in one night, Santa would have to make 822.6 visits per second, sleighing at 3,000 times the speed of sound.At that speed, Santa and his reindeer would burst into flameinstantaneously.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

I am walking*


Yup thats right.. i can walk now! Surprised arent you? Well mom and dad thought they had a couple more months of me just crawling. but i learned how to stand up in the middle of the floor without holding on to anything and i have been itching to take some steps for a few weeks now. i am still a little wobbly but i can take a few steps fall on my rear (which is nicely padded) and get right back up to start all over. Mom and Dad better watch out!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Tonight Riley got the Chance to try to feed himself.. may i mention that he missed his mouth.. but caught his nose everytime. his nose was packed full of ham and papaya. But we had a good time and Riley was excited that he got the chance to be a big boy and feed himself.



Note to Self:
*Things you THINK your baby will be eating off of.*
Sqeaky clean highchair, Educational placemat, Sailboat plate.
*Things your baby ACTUALLY wants to eat off of*
Your plate, Floor of rest room at burger King, Crickets Placemat.
*Things you think baby would like to eat*:
Slices of Banana, peas, Bow tie pasta, Cheerios, Pieces of Ripe Juicy Watermelon.
*Things your baby actually wants to eat*:
ball of fuzz from under the sofa, Dead fly, old gum, dirt, stamp, ping pong ball.

How to handle this reality*
Think Positive
Baby will develop a Kickbutt immune system from exposure to mega-germs. Baby will eventually tire of an all-insect diet and will go in search of Real Food. noone ever died from eating dirt*
Get Perspective
You wont be packing ping pong balls in his batman lunch box in five years from now.. hell catch on.



12 More days.. Until Santa Comes*

Monday, December 12, 2005


The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle income family. Talk about sticker shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition.But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into $8,896 a year, $741.38 a month, or $171.08 a week. That's a mere $24.24 a day!Just over a dollar an hour.Still, you might think the best financial advice says don't have children if you want to be "rich." It is just the opposite.What do your get for your $160,140?
Naming rights,--- First, middle, and last!
Glimpses of God everyday.
Giggles under the covers every night.
More love than your heart can hold.
Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.
A hand to hold, usually covered with jam.
A partner riding horses, blowing bubbles, flying kites, building sand castles,and skipping down the sidewalk in the pouring rain.
Someone to laugh yourself silly with no matter what the boss saidor how your stocks performed that day.
For $160,140, you never have to grow up.
You get to finger-paint, carve pumpkins, play hide-and-seek,catch lightning bugs, and never stop believing in Santa Claus.
You have an excuse to keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh,watching Saturday morning cartoons, going to Disney Land, and wishing on stars.
You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnetsand collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints setin clay for Mother's Day, and cards with backward letters for Father's Day.
For $160,140, there is no greater bang for your buck.You get to be a hero just for retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof, taking the training wheels off the bike, removing a splinter, filling a wading pool, coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and coaching a soccer team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless.
You get a front row seat to history to witness the first step, first word,first date, and first time behind the wheel.
You get to be immortal.You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you're lucky,a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren.
You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice,communications, and human sexuality that no college can match.
In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there with God.
You have all the power to heal a booboo, scare away the monsters under the bed,patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever,and love them without limits, so one day they will, like you,love without counting the cost.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

I was Invited!!.....
To another birthday party.. Gosh i must be the popular one whats this 4 birthday parties in my whole eight months of life? i am doing well.. i should be ready to make my first appearance on the red carpet soon. Enough about me though.. Anayah turned Two this weekend. she had the "classic" elmo party. equiped with all you can eat..hotdogs, wings, red beans and rice.. and most imporantly Cake and ice cream :) we (as in mom and dad) purchased her a state of the Art Elmo Doll and a Sesame street DVD the girl is addicted i tell ya.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

SHHH.. I am trying to be sneaky!

It Seems as if we have a little rebel on our hands.. Bryan made riley a little house out of his carseat box equiped with windows and a door. Lately Riley cant keep his grubby little paws of the Christmas presents under the tree.. SO we block that area off (or thought we did) Riley crawls into his little house and was caught hanging out the window still after the presents.. Guess we need to come up with a new game plan.. he is a really smart baby.








Friday, December 09, 2005


*16 More days......

just for the record.. mom is getting way more excited about this than i am ;)

Thursday, December 08, 2005

**Snow***Day**


Today Riley got to see and play in the snow for the first time this year. when he woke up this morning.. i dressed him in his little snow suit and took him out to play.. he loved it..


Wednesday, December 07, 2005

*Cheese*
* Here are just a few of the many pictures that we have to choose from.. its so hard there are so many good ones*








Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Patty Cake*
Riley is starting to remember songs that i sing to him.. lately when i sing Patty Cake he claps his hands together and laughs... it is too cute ;)




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