Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fun Weekend!


We are coming off an amazing weekend, and right now it’s only Saturday. To start things off, Braxton and Aunt Morgan spent the night Friday night.

010 This means you were a wild little girl from the moment you saw Braxton! You love to show-off your toys to him. You two play so well together right now, and you especially since you aren’t around kids all day. You are totally different with him; playing with toys you haven’t cared about since they came home from the store. Last night there was also a lot of jumping on the bed!

Saturday morning was the Rose parade right down the street from our apartment. Of course, we were there, your Daddy too!


One float threw some candy for all the kids to pick up, and somehow we ended up with candy cigarettes. Braxton approved. You, Riley, did not.

031 Oh, I almost forgot. You were probably the only little girl to get put in time-out at the parade. Sometimes, YOU DON’T MIND!

035 You can thank your Dad for this gem of a picture.

After the parade, Aunt Morgan and I took you and Braxton to Moore Farms in Flint, Texas. Moore Farms is a cute little pumpkin patch and corn maze. When we first got there we hopped on the hay ride. Fun!

113-1 Eventually, the hay ride took us over to the pumpkin patch. We jumped out and started searching for the perfect pumpkin.

114 115 116 117 Braxton helped too!

123 126 There were photo opportunities all over Moore Farms!

128 Although finding willing participants for pictures is sometimes challenging.


We also checked out the hay bale maze. This maze was a little more suited for you and Braxton. Aunt Morgan was a little afraid of letting you two loose in the 5 acre corn maze130 131It didn’t take long for you to go missing in the hay bale maze. I have to say I panicked for a minute when you went missing. Luckily, you came running, scared of course, when I was calling your name.

134 143 There was a “sand box” filled with corn for you and Braxton to play in. This was a big hit!

145 Braxton loved petting the baby hog. Yes, wild hog.


It really was a great day! I am so thankful Aunt Morgan and I had you and Braxton so close together. We get to spend so much time together. One thing for sure, there is never a dull moment!

Riley Claire – 2 years, 1 month newsletter

Dear Riley,

Hello again! Time is really flying by; it’s hard to believe you are already two. According to Gerber, you are no longer a toddler, but you are a pre-schooler now. I don’t know where they get their information from, but I was very content with you still being a toddler. So Riley, STOP GETTING BIG!  I want my baby back!

040Before you were born, I had a vague idea how hard caring for a new baby would be. I knew the first six months or so were really difficult. All the books and websites I read told me this, as well as countless people I knew. One thing no one ever told me was how hard caring for and raising a two-year old would be.

Don’t get me wrong; I love you and love being your Mommy. Please know that.

108-1 But, it’s really, really challenging. Draining, mentally and physically. Your physical energy is seemingly endless. For instance, we had over-night guests last night and they slept in your room. Apparently, you are a very light sleeper and were wide awake at 2:00 a.m. until 4:30 a.m. Not only were you awake, I was awake, your Daddy was awake, and our guests were awake. Ok, no big deal, just a couple of hours. We had a very busy day, filled with a parade and a pumpkin patch. I was certain, very certain, you would take a wonderful nap this afternoon, and as a consequence I could take a wonderful nap this afternoon. False. False. False. Riley, you had other plans. You napped for maybe 30 minutes, and have been wide awake since. No amount of coaxing, threatening, or singing could get you to take a nap. I was very frustrated, and mad. How awful is that? Looking back, I should have scooped you up and played with you during those hours I was laying around mad that I couldn’t take a nap. It goes without saying, that a lot of the time, I am not Mother-of-the-Year material.

Sometimes you eat very little for days at a time. That is very frustrating! As your Mother, I instinctively want to nourish your tiny body, and when you don’t eat it makes me crazy! I begin to wonder if something is wrong with you, like maybe food makes your belly hurt, or maybe you have worms (I know, I’m crazy, and this is the mentally draining part I was talking about). I tend to jump to worst-case scenarios in general, and your finicky eating is no exception. Most of the time within a few days you will eat ravenously and more than make-up the lost calories. And believe me, I rest easier at night when you are a good eater.

148Regardless of the situation, you usually carry on without a care in the world. I am so proud your Daddy and I can provide you with that. I didn’t have that feeling, and your Daddy certainly didn’t. In any case, I think so far, we have managed to raise you with no major problems. We’ve made big adjustments to our lives, and with you specifically in mind we continue to do so. It’s also fairly apparent that your Daddy and I need to spend time together, alone. This is such a hard task for me! Since I work during the week, I feel like I barely spend any time with you. When the weekend rolls around, you are all I want to think about. Taking that special time away from you brings tears to my eyes even now. I think this is part of me growing as a Mother and a person, and your Daddy and I growing as a couple. 121You have the best smile in the whole world! I know this particular newsletter seems a little on the negative side, but Riley, I hope you can look past that and understand how much you fill my heart with happiness. I truly try to cherish every minute with you. I not only want to capture and remember the good times we have, but also the more challenging times so we can look back and see how far we have journeyed. Together.

I love you so, so, so much, Riley.

Love, Mama

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Saturday Night

Dear Riley,

Earlier this afternoon, your Daddy and I bought a new camera, and while at Best Buy I bought you a movie. Bur tonight, it was just you and me.


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs! I remember watching this same movie when I was a little girl. So tonight, you and I popped a big bowl of pop corn, got a bunch of pillows, and snuggled up on my bed to watch Snow White together, for the first time.


You were pretty interested for the first hour. You got upset when Snow White started to cry, and you did not like the Queen when she turned into the old woman. You ate the majority of the popcorn and took up most of the pillows. Overall, we had a great Saturday night. 

My life has changed so much with you being in it. It’s funny how certain activities have lost their importance and you have taken over as the only priority. I wouldn’t change one thing.

Love you so much, Riley.

Love, Mama