Thursday, March 31, 2011

On a Hike

These are from a few weeks ago when my sister was in town.  We all went on a hike up the canyon.  These are all taken on my film camera.  I am in love with film!

Rilo Hike Storyboard-1

Rilo Hike-13

Rilo Hike-10

Rilo Hike Storyboard-2

Rilo Hike Storyboard-3

Rilo Hike-7

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Video: Baby Barter

Here's Rilo (in her boy pj's) with my friend Melanie's little girl Maggie.  Maggie is rocking her sunglasses.  And this is what a baby barter looks like.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Backyard Helper

Adam took Rilo outside last week to work in the backyard so I could try and clean up the house. But then I looked out the back door and saw them all in the yard and had to go out to play for a little bit. She won't be young like this forever!

This next one was hilarious.  Adam ran inside to get something and she was calling sooo loudly for him.  "Daaaaaaaaaad!  Daaaaaaaad!"

Love my little Garden Gnome!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Outside and On the Phone

Sometimes Rilo reminds me of a little teenager.  She sits in her little chair, props her feet up and chats on her phone.  Reminds me of an 80s teen movie!

Friday, March 25, 2011

iPhone Friday: FAIL

I sent the photos from Adam's phone to my email but they apparantly got lost.  I was waiting for them to show up all day, but no such luck!

Soo how about just one from the other day outside?  The rest will go up on Monday.  Happy weekend!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Video: Rilo Loves Strawberries

Of course Rilo loves the messiest and most staining food out there...strawberries!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My Little Photographer

I guess when you see your Mom with a camera enough, you become interested in what it is and what it does.  Rilo was playing with my film camera while I was taking some maternity photos for my friend Britt.  And she knows just where to push to take a picture, which is trouble with my film camera because there isn't really an "off" button.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

iPhone Friday on Monday

Since I took the day off for Japan on Friday, I'll just post a few photos from my iPhone.

Rilo woke up from her nap, played for few then crawled into my arms and passed out again for another half hour.  Gosh, I love when she does that!

Ha, she's pulling out stuff from under the bed so she could see Sawyer.  Sawyer loves to sleep under our bed and she always peers under to see him.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Park Day

We went to the park and enjoyed the nice weather the other day.  Rilo was loving the slide!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New Family Pictures

Last week we took Jess to check out Salt Lake City.  When we were walking back to the car, I stopped and asked Jess to take some pictures of the our little family.  It's been a bit since we've taken a good one.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Obsession: Escalators

Rilo has discovered the joy of riding up and down escalators. This was in downtown SLC, but since these pictures, she has found a few other opportunities to ride them.

Monday, March 14, 2011

One Year Old

I am FINALLY doing Rilo's 1 year post, a few weeks late!  Better late than never I suppose!

Oh Rilo Jane, how can I even put into words what this year has meant to me?!  I have so much I want to say but I feel as though words won't be enough.  How can I write all the ways in which you've changed my life?  I don't think I can, but I'll give it my best shot.

I remember the day you born.  I was on the biggest high of my life.  I was exhausted but I held you all night long and all through the next day at the hospital.  I just didn't want to let you go.  I wanted to eat up every moment because even then, I knew it would go by way too fast.

Those 1st few months were a blur.  You ate and slept, ate and slept and so on.  We would anticipate you waking up because you would stretch your arms into the air, form a tight fist and stretch so hard that your little hand quivered, as though you were knocking on a door.  Oh, we lived for those hand quivers.  Even now, the thought of you reaching that arm up makes me beam.

Then we moved to Chicago and explored a new city.  You were still so little but already accomplishing big things.  You started to sit at 3 1/2 months, which opened up a whole new world for the two of us.  We took lots of pictures, went on daily walks and cleaned up lots of spit up.  Those spit up glad they are (mostly) gone.   You rolled and even started to army crawl while we were in the Windy City.  When I sang "You Are My Sunshine" you couldn't help but smile.  We spent those months getting to know each other better...I started to see your little personality come to life.

We moved back home in October and you took off, in every way.  You crawled and got into everything.  You pulled yourself up to stand on any object that looked remotely steady.  You started saying words and trying to communicate with us.  You read books like it was your job.  Sawyer quickly became your best bud and partner in crime.  The winter has been hard on you because you are an outside baby, no doubt about it.  So many times you would have me pick you up and point excitedly to the door.  We started to bundle up with blankets and sit on the porch swing so we could watch the cars pass and enjoy the brisk air.

Now that you are a big 1 year old, you:

  • Say "Dad, Mom, dog, cat, ball, wow, this, hi, yes".  But mostly just Dad and dog.  You sign "more", but really you just clap your hands.  
  • Walk like a champ.  You are so fast.
  • Love to squat.  It makes it look like you are always going to the bathroom.  But nope, you are just a squatter
  • FINALLY sleep through the night.  It is a miracle!  You also take 2 really good naps each day.  
  • Are always on the go.  You are Miss Independent.  You like to explore all on your own and do whatever it is you want to do.
  • Love crackers and fruit, but your very favorite food is yogurt and cottage cheese mixed together.  You eat that almost every day.
  • Are a HAM.  You love getting people's attention in whatever way you can.  It usually involves yelling "hi" or "dad" and smiling your cutest smile.
  • Dance, dance, dance.  You are almost always getting your groove on, with or without music.  You put your hands on your head for "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes".
  • Are obsessed with velcro.  Which means you love to take off your diaper if we don't put pants on you soon enough.  Good thing we have added some more snap cloth diapers into our stash.
  • Get excited for bath time.  You are a little water piglet, just like your dad. 
  • Have to drink water anytime you see it.  From a cup, sippy cup, bottle, through a straw, water bottle, you name it, you want it.
  • Really like to brush your gums.  At least twice a day, you let me know you need to brush.
  • Get into trouble with your pal, Sawyer.  If you can't get something open, you know to give it to Sawyer.  He'll chew it open for you.  You pat his back and grab his leash, letting me know it's time to go for a walk.
  • Must go outside at least once a day.  You kick your little feet happily while in your stroller on our walks.
  • Give us lots of loves and snuggles.  If we're lucky, we get big open mouth kisses from you.
  • Are the happiest, sweetest little girl I know.
Rilo, you have made your Dad and I happier than we ever knew we could be.  We put you to bed and an hour later, turn to each other and ask if it would be wrong to go wake you back up.  We can't stand not seeing your little face.  Sometimes, we'll catch each other smiling, seemingly for no reason, but really it's because we're thinking of you.  We constantly talk about you, about your happy little self and about how cute you are.  We dream and breathe you, Rilo.

I have been pulled, pushed and stretched in more ways than I thought possible.  It hasn't always been easy, but it has always been worth it.  I am so grateful to be your Mom.  I don't always feel like I do the best job, but boy oh boy do I try.  Because you deserve it Rilo Jane.  You are my best, most inspired creation.  I love you more than I could ever express.  Happy birthday my sweet girl!

All the love in the world,
Your Mom

Because everything is a phone these days...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Vintage Dress

The shirt and dress Rilo is wearing was made for me by my Great-Grandma.  I think it might be one of my favorite outfits.  My Great-Grandma just sent me the pattern she saved...I am so excited because I want to make the dress in a bigger size, now that Rilo is outgrowing this dress.