Wednesday, March 25, 2009

hippotherapy

While Riley seems to have excellent stomach muscles, at least judging from the way she holds her legs up in the air, her balance is pretty poor. So we decided to try hippotherapy - which is therapy on a horse.

At first Riley was pretty apprehensive about sitting on such a large animal

When she is uncomfortable she does more breath holding - and you can see her pushing her little belly out in this picture. :)
But after a while she decided it wasn't so bad, and even laughed a little!

This is kind of fun!



Here she is probably happy to be back on the ground. She also really seeemed to like the feel of the horse, and even leaned into him and snuggled a little!

The only downside is that the therapy farm is an hour away. We made a 10 week commitment to try it out, and if it really seems to be helping the long drive every week will be worth it!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

more trip pictures

The weather in Gulf Shores turned MUCH nicer and sunnier (is that a word?) so we had lots of time on the beach! The only person that didn't like it so much was Morgan, so she was absent from many of the pictures.

First and most fun - Riley's friend Avery came to visit! She is so adorable, and gave Riley some kisses on the shoulder!




I think this is the one and only time Morgan actually got out of my arms on the beach. Sometimes she sat on my lap and played with a bucket and shovel, but mostly she just wanted to stay inside. Maybe she'll have more fun next year!


Addy made friends wherever she went and had a ton of fun!

I love this picture of Riley!


Riley fell once and landed in the water - she giggled so much that we just let her sit there with the water coming over her legs. She loved it!

I had to take a picture of the sleeping angel.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Gulf Shores

Despite some rain yesterday we are enjoying our trip! We spent some time on the beach on Sunday and everyone loved it!
Addy played in the water a little, even though she swore she'd never swim in the ocean because there might be sharks.

Riley was so incredibly happy on the beach which was a HUGE turnaround from last week. We're not sure if it was residual strep throat or a side effect from generic meds but we had lots of screaming last week and our first big smiles in a long time on the beach!

Riley did some walking on the sand, a little unsteady, but she seemed to enjoy it and loved it when the water came up around her feet!

All that walking and the sound of the water wore her out though!


We also spent some time in the indoor pool - we really need to get Riley in swimming lessons since she loves the water so much!
Here she is spending some time in the hot tub with daddy


Morgan was not so thrilled about the water - but of course Addy was a little fish.

Riley did lots of swimming with mom!
Today is looking (or should I say fixin') to be a beautiful day - in fact we are going to go claim our spot on the beach soon!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Morgan's 2nd Birthday



Here's my big baby on the day she was born. Morgan weighed in at 9lbs 7oz which was a full pound bigger than Riley, and 1 pound 1 ounce bigger than Addy. I figured it was because I held her in longer - I was so determined to be in our new house before she was born. And it worked! Morgan arrived on the day we moved in. She was born at 7:30am and Mitch left at 8:00 to go meet the movers. What a day!


Unfortunately strep throat has been running around our house and Morgan came down with it on her birthday. Since she was feeling lousy we didn't get many happy smiles.
As you can see here:

She perked up after she got to eat some of the cake though!


And she loves her new "ride ride".


All content after opening her presents.