Thursday, January 7, 2010


It is hard to believe this is already Riess' SECOND Christmas, but it's also her first one that sort of really "counted." She was a good girl this year, with lots of gifts from Santa Claus! Of course, I know it has been too long since I've posted anything on here. But hopefully a few pictures and her latest Christmas morning video will make up for the lapse in time!

It's hard to chronicle all of the fun things she's doing now... walking, talking (some), and getting into EVERYthing! She's so much fun. Loves to laugh, dance and generally have a good time. Can't argue with that!

She is a GREAT sleeper. Seems like all of those months of sleepless nights were worth it now. My work schedule doesn't allow ME to get enough sleep, but that's okay.

She is a GREAT eater too. Even though she is "experimenting" (which is what the books call it) alot with throwing her food... she generally likes everything. She loves trying new things... especially whatever the "grown-ups" are eating!

Christmas this year was wonderful. She had an excellent time with everyone and getting all kinds of fun gifts. Each year will be more and more interesting as she will begin to "get it" even more. Can't wait!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


 I don't know what happened, but now I can upload videos!!!!

I'm going to try this once again!  I really like the idea of having a place -- besides a silly social network site! -- to chronicle our life with Riess!

She is now six months old, believe it or not!  WOW it has been a while!

She is eating a bit of rice cereal now.  She is having a little trouble getting the concept down of eating from a spoon.  But look at little miss smarty pants!  She's figured out that if she sucks her thumb after she takes a bite, she can get it down just like sucking on a bottle!  GENIUS!

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Okay, I realize it has been a full month, almost two, since I posted!  I am soo very sorry.  But here's the deal... this site isn't allowing me to upload my videos.  And for those of you on facebook, you know I've had some pretty dang good videos to share lately.
SOO, I'm going to keep trying, but I think my blog my soon transfer to just sharing photos on facebook.  I may try to subscribe to another blog... but I'm still investigating.
So - for the (many) of you I've heard from who want to see more of Riess on the blog, join facebook!!  I'll keep you posted, though.
Hopefully we can get the blog moving again.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Hi all,
I apologize for the tardiness in my posts. It has been a crazy few weeks! I went back to work on the day after Christmas and since then, our lives have been quite a rollercoaster! Well, I guess we've been on a bit of a rollercoaster since Oct.29th!
Work is going well. It has been nice to get back in the groove of things. Luckily, Riess has a WONDERFUL babysitter to keep her while I'm gone. Jordan Royse has made my life so much easier! She is sitting with Riess Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays while I'm at work. My schedule is now all mornings -- that means I'm up at 2am and work until 1pm Saturday-Wednesday. My days off changed to Thursdays and Fridays, which is nice since Chris is usually home on Fridays.
I think I'll like the new schedule especially because it means I will have the afternoons at home with Riess! Especially this summer when we can go to the park or the pool (anyone know a family who can sponsor us at Lakeside??!!)
Of course that 2am wake up call means I'll probably never have a good night's sleep again...
Riess is quite the night owl. She likes to (finally!) drift off around midnight. That makes for some dark circles under my eyes! Hopefully soon she will adjust her schedule. She is sleeping for a good stretch when she goes down, so we're almost there!
More pictures to come... I promise!!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas to all!  We visited "Mamie" a week before Christmas and Riess LOVES her Christmas lights.  Riess had a wonderful Christmas this year.  Santa came to visit and she stayed up ALL night since she was so excited.  She slept late, as did mom and dad to catch up.  I think it will probably be the last Christmas that we sleep late ... EVER!  I can't wait until the real fun begins in the coming years when she can really enjoy the season.  
But today -- Christmas Day -- Riess has been asleep ALL DAY LONG.  That probably doesn't mean good things for tonight.  I return to work tomorrow, so Chris is on "daddy duty" tonight and all of next week too!  

But Chris and I agree that Riess was by far our best Christmas gift this year.  We feel so very blessed to have our beautiful baby girl this year.  And equally as blessed... my good friends Courtney and Brooke!  Riess met Paisley (Brooke's daughter) and Addison (Courtney's) in Owensboro.... Paisley and Riess spent some time together...

On Dec.15th, Addison was born and all three girls are finally here!  What a very Merry Christmas!!!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Newborn pictures!

We had our first real "photo session" with a wonderful photographer, Melanie Mauer, a few weeks ago.  (I would totally recommend her, by the way... wonderful!) 
I thought I would share our pictures from the session... you can see them at:

The slide show will only be available for a week or so since they are only our proofs, but I hope you have a chance to check them out.  We think they turned out very well!  Enjoy!  More of my pics are on the way.

Friday, December 5, 2008

A LOT to give thanks for...

We made the trip to Owensboro for the week of Thanksgiving.  It was a wonderful time to see friends and family and share baby Riess with everyone.  We certainly have a lot to be thankful for this year!!!

I was MOST thankful for the help I got while at home!  My mom ("Mamie") fed Riess for her 2am feeding the first two nights so Chris and I got to sleep a full 6 hours!!!  It was wonderful to catch up on our sleep.  And I think mom enjoyed her time with Riess in her room.

Riess also met Paisley for the first time -- she's Brooke's new daughter.. born Nov.18.  She was 8 lbs, 14 ounces so she is already much bigger than Riess.  What a cutie!

  "Paisley and Riess"

Now there's only one of us left to go!  Courtney is due Dec.18!


Riess is getting bigger, though!  She had a doctor's appointment this week and she is now 8 lbs, 1 ounce.  She is 20 inches long.  That means she is only in the 10th percentile for weight and height.  The doctor says that's completely normal given her ...ahem, genes.... that would be from the 5-footer, mom.  She can curse me later.  She's just a petite little thing like momma!

I also took on the task of taking some pictures of Riess for our Christmas card.  What a hoot that was!  I took nearly 100 pictures.... about 3 of them are usable!  I have a whole new respect for those people who take pictures of babies for a living.  It certainly is not easy.  Here are a few of my favorites...


But there were a few good ones....  AWWWWWW!