Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Capturing the Moments

We're doing well as we prepare to close the first month of 2010! I've had fun adapting to two kids--it was a wild ride with tears (and not just the kids :) and moments of feeling overwhelmed for a few weeks, but we're doing well now. It helped to just jump in and even helped when Clinton was in CA and camping for a week. That forced me to adjust and also helped Daniel know the limits as well.
We have many moments I can't resist pulling out the camera. Not all are perfect shots, but they spark a memory. Enjoy our updates...

Daniel was in a giddy mood. He is so expressive and when he smiles his "happy face" smile, you can see all of his dimples. He is a great older brother and a joy to have in our family. We are blessed to have such a loving and sensitive spirit.

Riley discovered her hands! She holds them up over her head and stares at them (see other blog post), but this time got to look down at them--see next picture for her reaction...(by the way, she is a champ at holding up her head!)

Oh, and the drool begins! If she's like Daniel, it won't stop for another 18 months, at least.

I love this expression on Riley. So peaceful and calm, but clearly happy. She looks darling in one of my favorite outfits on her (see, I do put her in PINK!) and, her blanket coordinates. How spunky is that! Of course, she has now outgrown this and her other 3 months outfits even though she will be 3 months in a week. I have just pulled out the next set of clothes and she is sporting 6-9 months. What a gal!

You'll notice that these star-studded frames don't have side bars (thanks to Daniel); however, he learned to balance them on his nose. you can tell he is concentrating by his mouth expression. What a learner. He's talking a lot now and has even repeated all the words of a prayer and scriptures. Our little boy is growing up!


  1. Seriously cute! Riley is gorgeous in pink, and Daniel in those sunglasses is a star.

    Glad to hear you are adjusting. I love that I'm able to catch up with you now and then on your blog.

  2. I love to see the pictures of your kiddos. I am glad you survived the week without Clinton!!! I love seeing Daniel's personality and Riley's explorations. You are a terrific mom!!! I am amazed at all you juggle regularly. I love you!!

  3. You can always call me to talk :) I love you!!! I wish I could be there to help!! You have beautiful kids...i hope mine will be that cute! :D

  4. I have always said that the hardest transition is going from 1 child to 2. If you can handle that you can handle anything!

  5. Love the pictures.. Riley has grown so much! Glad things are settling for you! Enjoy it!

  6. I love the concentration on Daniel's face with the star glasses. We miss you guys and I wish we could play the train game!

  7. Hi Chaliese, What a wonderful blog. Your family has grown and you all look great. I tried to email you a Christmas/New Years card but I don't think I have a current email. Anyway, I hope to see more post soon.
    Emily Whitman
    PS Email me if you want the card or even just to chat. emily_whitman@hotmail.com

  8. Keep blogging and posting pictures! I can't get enough. The kids are so cute! I miss you guys and can't wait to see you in a month!