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It’s Really All About Riley


I have just one thing to say….


A picture says a thousand words and that one is packed with a thousand words of cuteness.

This weekend we visited my son and his sweet wife and our newest family member, just turned 1 year, ole Riley boy. He is the epitome of baby hugableness.


Being the mother of my son, I am the only resource to testify that this little guy is the spitting image of his daddy. I kid you not. From the color and texture of his brown locks to the sparkle of his blue eyes. That includes his ready smile and open joy of the world and all it contains.


His little smile is infectious. He makes Grandpa smile.


This is his daddy.


Today was his first trip to the park… ever. Can you figure out what he thought of it?




All that space to run around with no barriers blocking his way. He ran ….


… and slid and …


… and crawled…


and ran some more. The park was his undoing, though. Before we knew it, ol’ Riley started tuckering out. He ran at home, his aunt chasing him all over, giggling and laughing. This little guy finds joy in everything and makes everyone around him happy.


We loved seeing Riley, and his mom and dad of course. But really… it was all about Riley.

This is my little piece of heaven this week.

Scenes from Arkansas


We had a lovely Memorial Day. Relaxing and nonplussed C-Man, our daughter and I, oh and Cooper of course, took a small day trip to a local State Park. The weather cooperated wonderfully.

This is a small chronicle of our little trip. Warning, massive picture posting here. There are so many incredible places in this state to snap sections of natural beauty. I never tire of taking my camera with me.

This is Mount Petit Jean.

As you can see it is a giant plateau that rises above the valley about 600 feet. I realize this is only a hill when we consider the hills in the Carolina’s and those peaks out west. For us, this is mountainous and a ton of fun.

To get there, we traverse the mighty Arkansas River. After all the weather this part of the country has suffered, it is hugely swollen. All that water has churned up a ton of sediment, hence the brown color.

The second we hopped out of the car, with Cooper of course, we were mobbed by a crew of teenagers who descended upon the little fellow en masse. He loved it!

Then comes the scenery. The plateau gives us a huge vista, the river twining through the valley below. This is the southern exposure of the lookout.

Then to the north is a view of the river as it winds its way through farmland and cattle pastures.

Then there are these people with Cooper. They will be featured in quite a few of the following pictures, so brace yourselves.

Then there is a the stray little girl who just has to get her hands on Cooper. We can’t blame her.

And of course, my little girl has her moment of glory.

Our small excursion to the lookout with its short walk-ways and numerous visitors fondling little Cooper, wore him out. This is his spot in the truck. And this is Cooper – wiped out already and our little tour has only just begun!

We find a tiny sandwich shop where we can eat outside so Cooper can join us. I love eating outside.

Then we found this little treasure of picturesqueness. I’m a sucker for waterfalls and this is just downright lovely.

This is a waterfall from the water draining out of Lake Bailey.

Cooper takes it all in.

C-Man is content to stay in the shade and enjoy the view from afar.

Our next stop is the Cedar Falls. It is nestled deep in the woods and drops about 95 feet. I tried to get the bottom of the falls, but so many spring trees in full bloom bar the visuals that far down.

This is the walk way to the falls. It winds down the mountain slope at an easy grade. I love the tree cover and the plank boards beneath our feet. Wrought iron fencing protects the public from the dangers of slipping down the slope.

Love the play of light on my babies in this shot.

We did a number on ole Cooper. He sprawled the whole trip home. There is only so many strides 3in legs can bear and we put them through their paces.

That is big chunk of my piece of heaven today. I loved every second of it.