Saturday, August 30, 2008



Playdate with the Toper Twins...

On Wednesday we had a playdate with my friend, Missy, and her twin girls, Larkin and Evidah. It was a joy to watch Reese interact with the girls. They all played really well with one another and the Toper girls introduced Reese to Elmo. Larkin & Evidah LOVE Elmo!! We can't wait for the next get together!!
Reese, Larkin, & Evidah..a brunette, red head, and blondie!!

Evidah...Don't you just love her t-shirt & her beautiful blonde curls!

Larkin...Don't you just love her little smirk and red hair!!

The Toper girls let Reese borrow their jumperoo...and she LOVES it!!! Thank YOU! I will post a video of Reese jumping like crazy is hilarious!!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

She loves to STAND...

Look Mommy I'm standing by myself!!

Oops...sometimes I fall!

Am I cute or what??

I feel so big and tall!

Does this look like me??

I'm modeling my Tweetsie Railroad T-shirt...thanks Grammy & Ganga!

Audrey is helping me stand like a BIG girl!! love YOU!

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Friday, August 22, 2008

We've got a talker & a crawler!!!

Here is some footage of our little talker and yes, our little army crawler! Please prepare yourself for the end of the crawling video...Reese experiences some "spit up"...please excuse her!! Enjoy!
(**scroll down to the bottom of the page to pause the music play-list**)

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Do you think she loves the camera???

Yes!! And the camera loves her!! Reese is definitely a ham! Her daddy always asks where she gets it from...then he says...your mommy for sure! She may be a "little robbie", but she has bits of my personality shining through!

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Waterworks & Thrill Rides = King's Dominion!!!

My mom & step-dad stopped by our house on the way back from their mountain vacation this Thursday. We then decided that it would be a perfect opportunity to take a trip to King's Dominion. My mom and step-dad purchased a season pass, and it is their goal to take all their children and grandkids!! This time Reese and I were able to jump aboard the van to Virginia! Robbie is in Massachusetts until Monday morning recruiting for Elon. He doesn't like rides, so he didn't miss out on that part...but I hate that he wasn't with us on the carousel. However, Reese's poppy videoed her 1st carousel ride...Thanks! Reese was such the little trooper! We left my mom's at 8am and did not return until midnight! She was pooped and so were the rest of us. Reese is a wonderful baby...we have learned that you can take her any where and she will adapt. My mom constantly calls Reese her "angel" baby! She definitely is an Angel!!! Here are some pictures of our jam packed and fun filled day at King's Dominion!!!

After sitting with Gamma while me, Ryan, Cameron and my step-dad rode some thrilling roller coasters, it was time for Reese to take a little dip! Here she is in the Little Barefoot Pool!! The water was pretty chilly!

My little social butterfly is always meeting new friends! It's amazing how little kids are attracted to babies. This little girl came up to Reese and kept saying..."baby, hat, baby, hat!"...very cute. There was a little boy about 3 or 4 years old that came up to me and asked if he could take Reese home. He said, "I don't have a real baby of my own...can I have her?" I thought that was pretty hilarious!! Too bad I didn't see his mom to let her know that she needs to get busy having him a baby brother or sister!!!

Lately, Reese wants everyone in public to know that she is HERE!! She is very vocal these days everywhere we go!!

Reese tried Biter Biscuits for the first time this weekend. She didn't like them at first, but with a little help from poppy I think she is starting to!

We didn't want to leave the amusement park without little miss Reese experiencing her first ride!! My mom, Ryan, Cameron, Reese, and myself all rode the carousel while poppy caught all the excitement on video!

Reese and her Gamma riding the pretty horse...I think she wanted to ride mine that went up and down!! Giddy up, ya'll!!

Dress up time...Cameron, Me, Reese, & Ryan tried on these goofy hats in the gift shop. Reese picked out the purple monkey and had to have it...a treat from Poppy & Gamma!

Ryan, Cameron (my step-brothers), and I decided to bring out the daredevil side of us all! We signed up to ride the XtremeFlyer. This experience is the breathtaking thrill of hang gliding and skydiving. They hoist you up about 170 feet in the air. Then you free fall approximately 17 stories and reach speeds up to 60 mph!! WOW!!! Who would sign up for this??? Well, we did!

And let me tell was AWESOME!! The scariest part was the upward climb where they hoisted us up to 170 feet. Then 3-2-1-FLY! Ryan pulled the rip cord and we were flying!! It was an amazing experience. We all loved it and were so glad that we decided to ride...I guess the next adventure will have to be skydiving!!! Here is an example of what we did....our video is a little dark. This is a video of 3 girls riding the XtremeFlyer! check it out!

We all had a blast! Thank you so much...Mama and Robert!!!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mountain Trip...

This past Sunday we decided to take a little road trip to the NC mountains. We made our way up to Boone and Blowing Rock. This was little miss Reese's first time in the mountains. Beautiful weather is what we were blessed with...the mountain air was perfect! Reese had the chance to see where her Daddy went to school and played baseball. We had an absolutely wondeful day walking downtown Boone and Blowing Rock, shopping in all the unique stores, eating at some of our favorite restaurants (Macado's and Daniel Boone Inn), and just being in the mountain country!! It was a nice change from NC beach weather!!!

The ASU mountaineer...Go App State!!!

~Go ASU beat LSU...8/30/08~

~Robbie and I at the new baseball field~

~Reese and I enjoying the shade at the Blowing Rock Park~

~Weeeeeee.....I'm flying!!!~

~Daddy getting some sugars~

~Daddy's hands...holding his baby girl...PRECIOUS~

~The Grandfather Mt. Bagpipe Band~

~The best seat in the house~

~The 2 of us would frequent the river while Robbie attended ASU~

~Now, we are a family of 3 at "our" river~

~Reese loves the river...Yipeeeee~

~Baby feet & Mommy feet~

~Our little Mountaineer~

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

8 months old!!!!

My HAPPY & SMILEY baby is 8 months old today!!! She is such a joy and makes us smile and laugh everyday!! Reese is learning so many things...she is definitely rocking on all fours, she will clap on demand (most of the time) and loves to give kisses!! As you can see in her pictures, litte priss knows what the camera is and when in sight puts on her biggest grin!

Along with her milestones, she is also learning some of Mommy's interests...reading celebrity gossip magazines. Just last night this is what I found...

"Hey, Mommy!!! You caught me...I love some People and US magazines!!"

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Monday, August 11, 2008

OIB vacation!!

We are home from a very fun and relaxing summer vacation! Now, we are back to the normal grind of things...I am going to let Reese tell you all about our family trip to Ocean Isle Beach! Enjoy...there are lots of pictures!!

CHEESE!!! That is what my Mommy says a million times a day. And guess what?? I have learned to give her the biggest grin EVER!!! In this picture we are at the Giggling Mackeral! It is a yummy restaurant by the waterway in Ocean Isle Beach. This hiliarious fish is one of my Mommy and Daddy's favorites! I get to sit in a highchair all by myself when we go out to eat! It is so very cool...I can people watch, sit up like a big girl, and drop all my toys on the floor for my parents to find later!! I love it! While my Mommy and Daddy ate their delicious Daddy squished up a french fry for me to try...and of course I made a terrible face. You know I am funny about textures!!

After we finished dinner, my parents wanted to enjoy the view from the top deck. So up we went!! One of the bartenders was nice enough to take our family picture!! We were all nice and tan from a day at the beach. I loved the water and the sand. We played at the beach for 2 hours...I was so pooped I fell asleep within seconds of getting in the car.

I liked the view from the top deck. We saw lots of boats and jet skis in the water way! See the women behind me...they absolutely loved my hair. One of them said that it looked like my Mommy had my hair styled in layers...Silly lady. This is my utero hairdo (another comment from one of the ladies)!!!

On Saturday we travled to Swansboro, NC to visit my Great Uncle Dave and Great Aunt Paula. My uncle was turning the big 6-0!!! I got to see a lot of my family here. My mom's cousin, Susanna, flew all the way from Nashville, TN to come to her dad's birthday! It was so nice to see Susanna again and to finally meet Terrence. I met Susanna for the first time at Christmas...I was only 2 weeks old. She thought I had grown so much and that I was one silly baby!!

My cousin joined us for the festivites, too! Kylie turned 2 on July 3rd! She is such a sweet and beautiful big cousin. I love her very much! WE also love our pacis!!!

My Mommy's brothers were at Uncle Daves's celebration. Uncle Eric (left-Kylie's Dad) and Uncle Josh look like giants compared to Mommy...ha ha!! We are so proud of my uncles. Uncle Eric has decided to start classes at Carteret Community College in hopes of starting a career in medicine at the end. My Uncle Josh is starting at the International Dive School in Charleston, SC to fulfill his dream of becoming an underwater welder! Congrats to them both!

My Daddy was so nice to take me swimming at the party! I love, love the pool! It is so much fun splashing water and kicking! Mommy and Daddy said that I looked like a born swimmer!!

My Mommy didn't take my bathing suit, so I made due with my swimmie diaper!! Thanks Daddy for such a fun swim!

On Sunday, we had lots of family visit us at the beach. My Great Grandma Huffstetler is in the picture below. She was nice enough to let my Mommy, Daddy, and myself enjoy her beach cottage for the week!! Thanks Grandma. We had a great Sunday visiting with everyone. It was fun watching all you big people eat pizza and year I will be right there with you!! We also went to the waterway and enjoyed the beautiful weather. We watched my Daddy, Gangah, Blake, Claire, and Andy fish and clam. It was lots of fun.

My Mommy and me loving the breeze along the waterway...I was getting a little sleepy here!

My big cousins, Blake and Claire, love me very much. Here we are posing for pictures on the golf cart. By the way, I LOVE a golf cart. My Gangah got me hooked riding at his house. I just love being outside and seeing everything. I have only been in this place for almost 8 months. There are lots of fascinating things to see!!!

Smiling for my Mommy...Blake was in the background making me laugh!!!

Three Amigos...Claire, Me, and Blake!!! We had a wonderful time together! Sunday night I went to Grammy and Gangah's to spend the night. The three of us stayed together and had a blast. I actually stayed with Grammy and Gangah until Wednesday morning. Mommy and Daddy were able to sunbathe, shop, golf, and dine without me. Grammy and Gangah were able to steal lots of sugar and spoil me even more.

After my Mommy sunbathed with Aunt Sara and Sara (uncle clay's girlfriend), and my Daddy and Uncle Clay golfed, they decided to fish at night along the waterway. Crazy things are caught at Daddy and my Uncle Clay each caught 2 baby sand sharks. They saw a horseshoe crab swimming in the water and caught a small eel. I think I will stick to daylight fishing!!! Here is Uncle Clay with his first shark...Jaws Jr. (fyi...the sharks were tossed back in the water)

Here is my Daddy looking so proud with his big JAWS!!! Mommy heard that these sharks can reach 5ft by adulthood...scary, huh?

Overall, we had an absolutely wonderful family vacation!! On our last night we went to, Filets, a delicious seafood and steak restaurant along the waterway in Cherry Grove, SC. Mommy and Daddy ranted and raved about how good their food was...all I had to eat was prunes!!! However, I do love prunes!! I just can't wait for my teeth to come through, so I can stop making this little old woman face. I guess I may look like this in 90 years!!!

Thanks Mommy and Daddy for such a fun vacation...I can't wait to do it again next year!!! Love you guys!!!

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