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Mom and Dad decided that to make up for our sad lack of regular posts, that we’d get a little creative with the laptop and see if we couldn’t share some video of Ms. Riley. What follows is the result of said experiment, enjoy the show and feel free to suggest future topics! Hmmm, it looks like I’m going to need to make the video a separate post, so stay tuned for the new content.


We had a great Christmas holiday and hope that all of you did too. Some of the highlights included getting to spend time with family and friends in WV and MI, getting to see some snow on the ground and snow coming down, watching Riley have more fun tapping on boxes and playing with paper rather than paying attention to the actual gifts, and making it through WV without serious injury with a Michigan sticker on the car and Riley wearing a Michigan hat!
Riley had a great time playing with her cousins and getting spoiled by her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends. She still needs a good bit of help with the gift opening (she likes the sound the wrapped boxes and crumpled up paper make, and is easily distracted by things other than what’s in the boxes), but did her best to keep up the pace opening up presents.
This year we tried to stick to a ‘buy local’ program for gift shopping, we weren’t 100% successful but many locally produced gifts were given and received. We got some nice hand-made wooden toys and a beautiful cutting board, lots of good food products made in MI, and a sweet 1-year membership to the NC Zoo!!! (thanks Uncle Tim and Aunt Trina!) We’re really looking forward to taking Riley to see all of the animals and promise lots of pictures to show her having fun with the critters.
One of the better gifts that Mom and Dad received was the ability to catch up on some sleep! Thanks to both sets of grandparents and cousins (especially cousin Meghan who took excellent care of Riley and gave 2 other great presents with coupons for diaper changes and baby sitting services so Mom and Dad could go on a date and enjoy dinner and a movie), we got to sleep in and not worry about getting up early with Ms. Riley. And Baby Boo was a trooper – she did great with the long car drives, charmed everyone that she got to spend time with, and adjusted very well to ‘non-standard’ nap times, feeding times and bed times. We are very fortunate to have such a smart, happy and well-behaved baby 🙂
We’re working on getting some new pictures up on the site, so keep checking back for updates. Thanks for all of the beautiful Christmas cards and holiday greetings. Here’s to a great 2008 –
Dad aka Mark

Cough cough wheeeez wheeeeez sniffle sniffle whine whine…that’s been the most common combination of sounds and activities from Ms. Riley from about Tuesday until Sunday this week. She’s doing fine now and getting back to her old tricks (and some new one’s that I’ll mention shortly), but Riley was diagnosed with the croup earlier this week, she was definitely not feeling well for most of the week.

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It’s official – Riley has joined the ranks of the biped, walking on two feet, taking steps with no help ranks!!! Beth and I both saw her walk a few steps between one of her toy chests and Beth’s glider. Riley is definitely not up to running a marathon or anything like that, and truthfully she still prefers the ‘I can crawl’ or ‘I can be picked up and carried to my destination’ modes of travel, but the walking is definitely a real situation now. Guess that means that we need to finalize the house proofing and relocating all of the items that are now within reach of Ms. Grabby Hands.
The weather in NC is finally trying to get close to Fall temperatures too. Soon it will be time to start up with Dad’s least favorite activity – the raking of the leaves, yukola. Along with the walking, Riley is working on learning more words and sounds. Most of the time she can tell you that a cow says ‘Moooooo’, and sometimes she’ll say that bunny rabbits ‘hop hop hop’ – although you can really only hear the ‘p’s, still very cute. We’re working with her to spell her name on some of her cups, it’s neat to watch her pay attention as we run her little fingers over the letters.
We hope that everyone is checking the Flickr site for more current Riley pictures – we are trying to share Beth’s day care drop off pictures as often as we can. If you haven’t been keeping up, click right here to check out the goodies! That’s all for now, hopefully we’ll continue improving on keeping the site and the pictures up-to-date.

It’s kind of amusing that we get time off from work for Labor Day – not that I’m complaining, but it’s still amusing. The weather in NC still thinks that it’s summer for some reason – August had all sorts of record high temperatures and not nearly enough rain. So far September is off to a good start – mornings have been nice and mild with temperatures in the 70s and highs in the 80s instead of the 90s or 100s. Hopefully things stay comfortable and the worst of the heat is behind us.
Beth and Riley got back from their beach vacation yesterday, so I’m guessing that there will be a post from Mom in the near future. I’ve seen all of the pictures too – so those should be online soon as well (there are some really good shots of Riley with Beth’s family and some nice, scenic shots of the NC coast). Apparently Riley picked up a new hobby at the beach – feeding the birds. She has always liked watching the birds at our bird feeder, but she got to get up close and person and feed her avian buddies (with adult help) during her vacation. Baby Boo is also getting better at petting the dog and cats at home – she seems to be getting the ‘gentle touches’ idea, although she does get excited and a bit ‘grabby’ at times.
We hope that our friends and family had a good summer, keep checking back for more updates soon. Don’t forget to leave your comments to let us know what’s going on with all of you too!
UPDATE 9/3 – Beth has started uploading pictures from the beach, you can check them out here and here, and even here – enjoy!!

Well who would have guessed it – Dad finally got around to uploading all of the pictures from Riley’s Fantastic Fun First Birthday celebration! There are lots of pictures – so it should make up a teensy tiny bit for the lack of updates this summer 🙂 You can go see all of the fun that we had right here!

OK, I know it’s not officially Riley news, but I thought that I’d share some pictures and news from the 2007 fishing trip on the Ivanhoe River in Chapleau, Ontario. Mark, Uncle Tim, Grandpa George, Uncle Rich, and Chuck spent a fun week of fun, fishing, and fellowship. Here are some of the highlights:

  • The crew made great time on the drive up (we left early – around 11:30 PM or so) and we actually got flown in to the river on Friday instead of Saturday; we did a bit of grocery shopping and made a dent in The Beer Store’s inventory before we flew out;
  • The weather was interesting this year – it was in the 70s/80s when we first arrived at camp, the mosquitoes and black flies were our welcoming committee; from there – we experienced high winds, rain, cold temperatures (in the 30s – there was even a weather warning for ice pellets and wet snow in the area where we fish!); but we were able to fish every day, and caught enough walleyes to eat them most days and bring back a full limit for every person;
  • Speaking of fish – Mark was the repeat winner of the Big Fish contest this year – so I got to award myself this year’s prize (a new rod/reel combo and a collapsible LCD lantern) and agree to furnish the prize for next year as well (still working out those details, but luckily I have some time);
  • We saw plenty of wildlife on the drive up (a few moose, a black bear), and at camp (eagles/ospreys, beavers, loons, ducks, the rare Canadian water squirrel, and best of all – no bear were spotted near camp this year!;

That’s all for now – I’m sure that there are some details that I have missed, as I recall them I’ll be sure to update the post. If you’d like to check out some of the pictures from the trip – look right here. (Warning – there may be an image or two that aren’t suitable for kids, so adults may want to preview things ahead of time)

Dad just wanted to do a quick check in to provide a bit of update during his Daddy-Daughter time this week.

  • I knew that we had a good baby, but Riley is really showing off this week, and helping Dad along since Mom is out in LA having fun with the big Celebration 4;
  • Dad got Riley to daycare on time every day, and didn’t forget to pick her up either! I had no idea just how long of a drive it is from my work to the daycare; the drive from daycare home was a special treat every evening with Riley providing a lively commentary and plenty of ‘updates’ about her day;
  • Riley got to spend a few hours on Friday with Aunt Suz and her parents while Dad was part of an Entrepreneurial Boot Camp at the school where he teaches (Boot Camp is right making kids show up for class on a Friday night!); Suz and her Dad Sam took some great pictures of Riley too!!
  • Dad and Riley had fun on Saturday – multiple trips to the front yard for swing time, a nice stroll around the block too, and lots of floor time with Riley knocking down Dad’s stacks of blocks and playing peek-a-boo with Dad’s hat;
  • Here’s hoping that Sunday, Monday and Tuesday morning go as well as this week – I’m sure that they will, and I know that Riley is missing her Mom and waiting for Tuesday so that she can catch up and give Mom her version of her week with Daddy!

That’s all for now – check out the new pics, leave us some feedback, and check back in a while for more news from sunny NC.

I realized that I forgot some news in my last post, so i wanted to include the new info and add some new news as well.

  • Last Friday (4/13) Beth noticed that Riley has an important new addition – teeth, well at least a tooth, we aren’t sure if there are more sprouting up but one little chopper is definitely visible now; so far Riley is not a huge fan of the application of Baby Orajel, but it does seem to help, and she continues to drool like a champ as the new additions make their way into her mouth;
  • Baby Boo had her post-op checkup with the ENT specialist today and it was good news all around! her tubes are all clear, there wasn’t any infection in either ear, and she’s off the hook for 6 months until her next appointment; they did another hearing test as well – Riles responded well to voices and was intermittent with the static/white noise tests;
  • After the doctor appointment, we all went to Mimi’s Cafe for lunch, Riley enjoyed more Cheerios and orange slice, she even liked mashed potatoes and ate some real turkey as well! After lunch we walked over to Ben & Jerry’s for Free Cone day and Riley enjoyed a bit of vanilla ice cream; we also went to Costco today to pick up some formula and other items, and we found out something that will sadden Grandpa George – Riley does not like chocolate pudding! They were offering up sample cups of pudding and for a joke we tried to give Baby Boo a taste, and she made the sourest face we’ve ever seen. The chocolate pudding is a family joke – ask Grandpa Horhay for the details the next time you see him 😉

So long for now from blustery NC, we’re still working on the new pictures (although there is a new picture of Riley from Ben & Jerry’s this afternoon on her other site – she’s relaxing in her stroller after enjoying some ice cream 🙂

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