Monday, December 5, 2011


Riley started dance class in September!  For those of you who met me later in my life I danced for many, many years and it was a very important part of my life.  So when Riley started dance it was a big deal in our house.  I didn't realize how much I wanted her to dance and how excited I was until we started looking for a studio and shopping for dance clothes! 

The best part ... Riley absolutely loves it!!  She can't get enough of it.  Although she only goes to class once a week our kitchen has become her stage and she dances for us everyday.  Now I am happy to say that she will try many things in her life.  Soccer in the spring in the next adventure and anybody that knows her Dad knows that sports will play a role in her life.  And if in the future Riley decides she doesn't want to dance anymore I will be perfectly okay with that.  But for now, my girl is a dancer through and through and I love it!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

9 Months Already!

Earlier this month Jayden turned 9 months old!  He weighed in at 22.5 pounds (Riley weighed in at a whopping 31.5 pounds on the same day :).  He is doing great and seems to be growing everyday.  As you can see he is a very well rounded baby ;)  His pediatrician said he needs to work on his core.  Does anybody know where we can take a baby Pilates class?

It's funny what happens when you add a member to your family.  It has only been 9 months but it feels like he has always been with us.  I don't even remember what our lives were like before he arrived. It feels like we are now whole.

Happy 9 months Jay, we love you!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Riley turns 3!

On September 30th Riley turned three!  I am great full for her every day but every year on Riley's birthday I reflect on the day she was born and the weeks following (1st birthday post: Happy Birthday Ri!!).  She had a rough start but I think it has turned her into a tough little girl.  She is also beautiful, smart, creative, independent, stubborn, and very loving.  I couldn't be more proud to be her mom!

Of course a birthday meant a trip to Michigan to celebrate!  We drove straight through both ways and lived to tell about it.

This is Riley's Dora Ice Cream Birthday Cake.  She had been asking for a Dora cake for 4 months!

Riley enjoying her cake with her cousins Kendall and Drew!

Riley with her cousin and BFF Kendall!  They couldn't love each other more!

We all loved spending time with family and not only celebrating Riley's birthday but introducing everybody to Jayden. We can't wait to see everyone again at Christmas!

On Riley's actual birthday we went to Rainforest Cafe to celebrate.

Happy 3rd Birthday Riley!!

Monday, September 19, 2011


Riley started her first day of preschool on September 1st! She is going to school for 2 half days a week.  And she absolutely loves it!  And she loves her teacher, Mrs. B!  I was actually afraid she wouldn't want to come home but she has coming running to me with open arms every time I have picked her up (which is the greatest feeling!). 

Now I love my daughter with everything I am.  She is the light of my life, the twinkle in my eye, and the reason for my being.  But having 6 hours a week that we are not in each others face has done wonders, for both of us!

YAY for school!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Jay's Half Birthday!

A couple of weeks ago Jay had his 6 month well visit.  He weighed in at 18lbs 5oz and was 26 inches long.  Although he ranks #1 with us, he ranks in the 75% in weight and 50% in height.  That's right people, 50% in HEIGHT.  We are celebrating our boy's average height!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

You're Welcome Boston!

Ok, so as it turns out, every time we move to another state that new state has a professional sports team that wins a championship.  Please review the evidence below:

2001:  We move to Connecticut and the New England Patriots win the Superbowl!

2005:  We move to Chicago and the Chicago White Sox win the World Series! 

2011:  We move to Boston and the Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup! 

This is obviously no coincidence, the Steins are good luck!  So you're welcome Boston and enjoy Lord Stanley!  If only we could make it back to Detroit, maybe the Lions would have a chance :-]

And my babies (to add cute factor to the post)!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Where does the time go?

I was updating my today and decided to transfer my pictures as well.  Here is my first picture and my last picture:


 Where does the time go I ask you?  How did Riley go from a baby to a little girl so fast?