full of thanksgiving

chris and i weren’t making cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie the day before thanksgiving. we were packing our bags to jet off to california for our long awaited visit to my brother, sister-in-law, and one year old niece’s place.

i am a pretty proud aunt and since we live in michigan and she lives in california, i try and suck up the moments we get with each other, to fill them with the best smiles, the biggest cuddles, and cutest little laughs. i know going into a visit that i have to make it last many months. and in many months, a one year old changes quite a bit.

indeed – she’s changed so much since she was in michigan for our wedding. she doesn’t look like a baby, she’s a toddler. she walks EVERYWHERE. her expressions are awesome. and she is so darn close to talking.

so, here’s a few moments from our visit. some grateful, heartfelt moments with the most energetic, cutest, and all together wonderful little one year old. i am so thankful to be auntie em, even when the moments are few and far between.

The Riley Jo Face - complete with snorting, sniffling, and all together cuteness.
The Riley Jo Face – complete with snorting, sniffling, and all together cuteness.
Riley swinging
Riley enjoying a swing on the “big swing”.
Pool toys in November? Of Course!
Pool toys in November? Of Course!
Mornings with Riley Jo
Mornings with Riley Jo
Cheeks!
Cheeks!
Riding the Horse at Bravo Farms
Riding the Horse at Bravo Farms

 

 

 

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