Monday, August 29, 2011


TJ had a three week break between the time we left AZ until he started school.
During this time, TJ and Riker became best buddies.
Now that school has started, Riker asks for his dad all. day. long.
When I get Riker up in the morning, he first asks for juice and then asks for his dad...
clearly, his priorities are in line.

And even though it makes me a little sad when he chooses to hang out with his dad instead of with me,
it is really nice to have my hands free every now and then!
For example: yesterday I was baking some cinnamon rolls.
Normally, Riker would have been hanging on my legs and standing on my feet.
Instead, he was outside playing with his dad.

Hooray for buddies.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Aspiring Photographer

Riker is very well trained…
whenever he sees my camera, he automatically says cheese!
But lately, he wants to be the one taking the picture
so I will occasionally hand him the camera and let him try his hand at photography.
He mostly ends up taking pictures of his fingers, but occasionally he manages to capture me in all my glory.





Not too shabby for a 19 month old!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

It’s the final countdown!

According to the fancy-schmancy countdown clock that I’ve recently added to the blog,
there are only 260 more days until May 11, 2012.
Why do we care about May 11?
Oh, no biggie…
just some cute law student that I know will be GRADUATING!

tj studies

This week is TJ’s first week of his LAST year of law school.
In just 9 short months, he will be graduating!
We don’t currently have a set plan for what will happen after graduation…
but TJ has a few different options and is working hard to make sure we will have a plan by the time May rolls around.
The next 9 months will be rough, as TJ has a full school schedule
plus several extra-curriculars and side projects.
But we’ve made it through 2 years already,
so one more should be no biggie!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

It’s My Birfday!

Well, not anymore.
My birthday was Friday.
(Today is actually my mom’s birthday…happy bday mamacita!)

I woke up to discover that the “birthday fairies” had decked out my front door and porch:

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Riker thinks all the hearts on the door are “pitty”
and has to point to each one every time we walk outside.


  It was definitely a fun surprise to wake up to!

The rest of the day was spent getting my free sub at Firehouse Subs (yummo!) and eating cake and ice cream with some lovely friends.

Oh, and the hubs surprised me with an amazing gift:
a hotel room for one night for me and all my girl friends to have a slumber party next week!
Even 26 year olds like slumber parties with friends!
Here’s to another year of being older and wiser.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Zoombezi Bay

In order to survive the nasty, humid summers in Ohio,
all the cool kids go to Zoombezi Bay.
In an attempt to fit in with the cool crowd,
we ventured to the water park to see what all the fuss was about.


We quickly discovered that the water was freezing.
Like, ice cold.


Riker loved the slides.
He did not love the water waiting at the bottom of the slide.


So he would slide…shriek as soon as he touched the water…then climb back up the stairs to go down the stairs again!


After a couple hours of playing in the cold water,
Riker finally decided he’d had enough.


Aside from the cold water, Zoombezi Bay was definitely pretty awesome.
Had we been here all summer, we would have lived there.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Croquet Anyone?

We have been dealing with some yucky weather lately.
Sure, it may only be 95 degrees…
but with 90% humidity, it feels like death outside.
Humidity is so much worse than AZ’s dry heat.
So when we finally have an evening that is cool and not death-like,
we want to spend as much time as possible enjoying that weather.
Tonight was one of those nights.
TJ rounded up a few other neighbors and they set up a game of croquet.


And while the menfolk played a few rounds of croquet,
Riker kept himself busy playing with the extra ball and mallet.


And may or may not have tried to steal balls that were being played with!


Riker thought he was when TJ helped him actually hit the ball with a mallet!


The cutest boys EVER:


And of course, the cutest little boy I’ve ever given birth to:


Gosh my kid is adorable.
Hopefully we can have a few more cool evenings so we can spend more time playing outside!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Rainy Day

Today is a rainy day.
While I was busy in the kitchen baking some cookies
(because that’s what you do on Sundays)
TJ took Riker outside for a few minutes to play in the rain.


I hope your Sunday is just as good as ours!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Happy Friday


Seriously, my kid is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.
Ever since we learned that baby #2 is coming out pink, I’ve been trying to picture Riker in a dress with pigtails.
I might just need to dress Riker up one day
(as long as TJ doesn’t find out).

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

3 Little Lines

Going in to our doctor’s appointment today, I was 99% certain that baby #2 was a boy.
If I was a gambler, I would have gone all in (or whatever it is that gamblers do).
When the doctor started pointing out things he was seeing on the baby, I continued to think in male pronouns.

Doc: Look, 2 hands!
Me: Oh good, he can catch a football!

Doc: Look, 2 feet!
Me: Oh good, he can run around with Riker!

Doc: Look, a cerebellum!
Me: Oh good, he will be so smart!

Doc: Look, 3 lines!
Me: What? I don’t know what that means…
Doc: It’s a girl!
Me: What!?

There was no clear evidence of boy parts, but the umbilical cord was between baby’s legs…
so there is a chance that baby could be a boy.
But doc gave me odds of 80/20 in favor of a girl,
and that’s good enough for me.
TJ and I couldn’t be happier,
and Riker still has no clue what is going on.
Now comes the hard part…choosing a name!