Monday, April 28, 2008

Our Little Girl is turning 1!

I cannot believe our little girl is turning one! The year has gone so fast, in spite of my efforts to slow it down and keep my baby girl small. She will have none of it, however, and insists upon growing and learning new things everyday. Here is a flash back over the last year. These are the thoughts that will be playing in my head throughout the day as I remember the first day her little light illuminated our lives with joy. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET PEA!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Justa Swingin'

Reilly's first time swinging! We had gone to visit Jason and Jess at the California Bradshaw Resort (hee) and Jess and I took the kids to the park. It was lovely...smelled green...lots of grass! Anyways, I put Reilly in the swing and she loved it! So did I...everytime I feel a little blue, I pop in this video and I'm laughing in seconds. She is just my ray of sunshine..or as Granny Bets says.."little happy face!" I love it!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I get to be a starfish !!

So tonight is Eric's first overnight trip for work. He's in Chicago where the home office for ASF is and getting to rub shoulders with his fellow ASF-ers. He had a good flight (for those of you that know he hates to fly *blink* *blink* and that's ALL of you now) and is settling into his pick of two queen size beds at a Hampton Inn. I miss him already and nothing will be the same until he comes home on Thursday, however, before you go feeling all sorry for me-there is one thing that make his trips tolerable. Barely. :)

I get to be a starfish. You know what I's the end of the day and the house is to quiet, nothing seems as interesting when he's not around, I wonder what intruder is lurking in the alley (thank goodness for our two ferocious guard dogs) and stay up to late, dreading going to bed alone....until I realize that the aforementioned bed is ALL MINE! That's right ladies and gentlemen...tonight I climb in--scoot to the middle and stretch out arms and legs like a starfish. I get to feel my joints pop in that really good way and my muscles groan and relax as I sink into the soft bed. My eyelids droop instantaneously and I smile at the sweet dreams winging their way towards me. The funny thing the morning, I'll wake up on my side of the bed-just like I always do. And the magical power of starfishing wears off after the first night. After's just me an endless sea of covers, waiting for my ship to come in...or home.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Adult proofing

Now that Reilly is galloping around on all fours, we've taken to childproofing the house. This is a much more monumental task than I remember it being with Nik. Everytime I think I'm done, Reilly shows me something that I've missed. I really can't complain-mostly I'm thankful that we've managed the transition without any major boo-boos. There is one thing I have to say, though. I HATE those child safety door latches. You know the have to screw them in. One side attaches to inside the cubboard-on the roof- and the other attaches to the swing open/pull open door. The object is to prevent the door/drawer from opening unless you push down the latch first. Seems like a good idea. But it's not. I have exactly four doors that this works on. That's right...I spent two days with the electic drill, in various acrobatic positions, trying to install said locks. Reilly thought it was great fun to climb on momma, pull my hair, jump on my stomach and try to take my tools away-while I was in the various acrobatic positions. I would finally get the latch positioned;scew hole started;holding scew in place with one hand while operating the electric drill with the other and just as soon as I would start the drill (cordless-thank goodness) Reilly would perform one her hijinks. I would get up, set her a ways away from me, give her a toy and go back to getting into position. Lather, rinse, repeat. On Friday last, it ended up with me laughing hysterically while Reilly was happy to join in. The end result? After I installed the latches-I discovered they didn't work. Why? ask? Because the furniture/cabinets have a decorative edging that doesn't leave enough space for my finger to unlatch the lock. That's right..they are adult proof. Go figure.

Wendy's Birthday Party!

Saturday night, the family got together to celebrate Wendy's 30th Birthday! We all congragated at Macayos Restaurant (in Casa Grande) to share great food, fun and watch Wendy make a wish and blow out the candle (with a little help from Abbey). When I asked Wendy if she was sad to see her 20's go, she told me that she is so happy with where her life is right now and very excited for the future. I, for one, think she should be incredibly proud of all that she's accomplished and besides-she still looks 21 so who cares what the actual numbers are! Happy Birthday Wendy! Here are a few photos of the happy event:

Friday, April 18, 2008

Chatting with Momma


I think it's wonderful that he continued to do what he loved in spite of the opposition. His Mom must be sooooo proud!

(remember to pause the music player before you hit "play"--you won't want to miss it!)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

A Jobby Job for Eric!

Yaaaaaay! Just a quick note to all of you have been keeping us in your prayers and being so supportive-Eric accepted a position with Active Screw and Fastener this week. It's a really great opportunity for us and he is very excited about the growth potential. He will be doing some traveling, as he is in charge of all of their national accounts so he will be away from home (overnight) about once a week. Reilly and I will miss him so much while he is gone but we are looking forward to being able to get back on track. We feel we have been so blessed and appreciate everyone's support and prayers.

First Word!

Well...not sure if that's entirely true. She's been saying da-da and ma-ma for about two weeks but since I'm not entirely sure that it's directed at us (the mama and dada) I'm counting this one as first :) She said "Hiiiiiii," to me when I walked into her room to get her out of bed for the day. We say this to her every morning and it was clear as a bell. Of course, she was all smiles and popping dimple which made her irresistable to me. Plenty of smoochers for the girl who greets the world with.."hiiiiiii!"

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Am I Blue...?

So I stole this from JM's blog and thought it was fun, turns out I'm blue. Go figure! I added the link at the bottome if you want to know what YOUR color is (and feel free to share with the rest of us!)

Your Aura is Blue

Spiritual and calm, you tend to live a quiet but enriching life.
You are very giving of yourself. And it's hard for you to let go of relationships.

The purpose of your life: showing love to other people

Famous blues include: Angelina Jolie, the Dali Lama, Oprah

Careers for you to try: Psychic, Peace Corps Volunteer, Counselor

Monday, April 14, 2008

Official Blogger

Well, here I am making my first entry on my very own blogspot. I feel so grown up. Maybe I should take a picture or something. :) I guess I've had so much fun reading blogs from my friends and family that I finally caught the bug. Not to mention that it's great for keeping track of memories and family events. Memory keeping will have to wait, for now, until I can figure out how to post pictures and actually figure out how to post. Here goes my first attempt!