Saturday, December 13, 2008

merry christmas!

The Reynolds Family proudly presents...

"Merry Christmas"


"Cletus" (the hillbilly elf) ....................... Tom
"Delirious" (the crazy elf) .................... Crit
"Moody" (the temperamental elf) ........ Lily
"Doofus" (the "special" elf) ....................... Franklin
"Prissy" (the high maintenance elf) ........ Polly

E N J O Y !

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

chef mickey's

On Monday night we took sweet Lil to Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort.  She was totally overstimulated, and didn't even want to eat her dinner... though she did make room for dessert.  Big surprise!

She loved the characters and gave kisses and high fives to all of them except Pluto. There wasn't anything that was going to pull her attention away from her very own ice cream cone!

It's bittersweet when we go to Disney, as we know that our days of visiting the parks on a whim will soon be gone when we move back up north.  However, we are making the most of our time there while we can.  Next up, Mickey's Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom in a few weeks.  We can't wait!

Minnie was her favorite!

*visiting with Mickey

mouth full of ice cream cone

*Jame:s, Lily's been practicing her "carousel face"!

Monday, December 01, 2008

giving thanks

I love my little family. I am especially thankful this year for them!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

lily's antics

As you will see, Lily is unpredictable but hilarious these days.  We're not sure if she will end up as a dancer, mama, or cage-fighter!

Enjoy this video of our crazy girl!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sunday, November 09, 2008

lily's mix!

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all little girls should have their own mix.     
lily's so rad!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

autumn in cincinnati

Here is a video of our recent trip to Cincinnati.  We all had a blast . . . except while being confined on the plane!  :S


Friday, October 31, 2008


Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

fun at the splash park!

This afternoon Lily and I went to the Splash Park to play with our friends Taylor and Lynn.  Even though we don't get to see them as much as we would like, the girls reconnected immediately. We had such a good time and look forward to seeing them again soon!

Enjoy our video!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

i'm so happy!

Whenever we play this song for Miss Lily, she can't help but sing and dance along.  Just watch and enjoy!

I'm So Happy, I Can Dance by The Salteens

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

lily's "words"

Monday, September 22, 2008

the park

Lily and I went to the park today.  We could only stay for a little bit because of a storm that was coming. . . but even with such a short trip we had a blast!  Here are some pics from our day... 

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008

not your mama's nursery rhymes!

Lately I've been feeling the heat from some well-meaning mama's for not going the "traditional" route and subjecting Lily (and myself!) to Elmo, Veggie Tales, etc. Let me be clear, there is absolutely nothing wrong with these types of shows, in fact I know that they have great messages and teach "littles" about all sorts of good things.  I just find them annoying and not for Lily... or should I say, not for me!  (Get real parents, you know that if you don't somewhat enjoy what is on the screen, you aren't going to choose it for your kids to watch!)

In our house, Yo Gabba Gabba is the show to watch and always produces a smile on little Lil's face (and mine).  Not only is it colorful and fun, but it's only 30 minutes long and quickly changes from scene to scene so as not to become boring. I not only love that it encourages kids to get up and dance (something I'm sure Winnie the Pooh never does), but it also highlights music groups that we listen to on a regular basis.  It's especially cool because they are singing songs written for little ears.

I love that Lily is being exposed to all different types of music.  It's fun to watch her clap her hands and try to "sing" with Eddie Vedder, Mates of State, and The Beatles, while also knowing Jesus Loves Me and The Itsy Bitsy Spider too.  

All of these things will make her a more well-rounded child.. and that makes a mama happy! 

Here are some of favorites from Yo Gabba Gabba... and to close, Feist on Sesame Street!  Yeah!

I'm So Happy I Can Dance   by The Salteens

Family Tree  by Low

It's Okay, Try Again   by The Shins

1 2 3 4  by Feist

Saturday, August 16, 2008

lily's big adventure

This past Thursday was a very eventful day in our home.  Not only was it Lily's first day at her "baby school" but it was also her first visit to the emergency room.

I am starting back to work this week and will be working two days a week.  While I am at work, Lily will be going to "Mom's Day Out" at a local church.  Anyway, her first day couldn't have gone any better.  Her teacher, Miss Luanda, said that she talked all day long (no surprise there) and didn't have any problem taking her nap on the mat (much much different from the crib she's used to).  

After I picked her up, we went home and were playing with Daddy in his office, when Lily tripped and split open her forehead.  We were all upset and covered in blood by the time we arrived at the children's hospital in downtown Orlando.  Luckily, we were able to get right in, and after getting stitched up by a plastic surgeon, we were back at home and resting.  Lily handled the whole situation much better than I did. :S

Lily is doing very well and doesn't seem to mind the bandages we put on her forehead.  We are going to be taking every precaution to minimize the scarring.  It's a good thing that Lily likes wearing hats, as her face won't be seeing the sun anytime soon!

Here are some pics from the first day of school and her hospital visit*. 

on our way to school!

When I dropped Lily off, she just said "bye" and continued playing.  I, on the other hand, didn't take it as well!

in the emergency room
after the procedure

resting with Daddy

(*for those of you who think I'm a total sicko for photographing my injured child,  I did it because I'm terrible at writing in her baby book and wanted to at least document it for the future... so there!)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

it's a sad day in the neighborhood

Apparently, PBS has recently announced that they are pulling Mister Rogers Neighborhood from their daily syndicated lineup and instead will only show it to specific stations on weekends.  

Isn't this just sad?  I mean, I grew up loving this show.  I have been so excited for Lily to be introduced to all of the "neighbors" and to learn his sweet songs.  It's ironic that I just heard about this today, since I had previously been working on a post about children's music and television (check back for that one soon).  I can't imagine a more positive figure for young children than Mister Rogers.

If you are appalled like I am, check out this link for more info...

or email PBS and tell them how pissed you are to see such a wholesome show be taken off the air...

Friday, August 01, 2008

18 mos old!

Miss Lily is growing up fast!  Here are some miscellaneous pics of dress-ups, food, and fun.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Thursday, July 03, 2008

summertime in cincinnati

What a blast!  Even though there aren't pictures (I had the camera in Colorado hoping to take pics of the new baby), Lily was able to spend time with all of her grandparents. We had such a great time in Cincinnati, and can't wait to be there all of next summer!!!

Sunday, June 01, 2008


best friends forever

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

visit with grandma!

This past weekend, Grandma came from Ohio to visit Lily.  As you'll see by the video below, they had a blast together.  

Grandma, we had so much fun with you and will be looking forward to seeing you and Grandpa in June!  

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day

I love being her mother.

Monday, May 05, 2008

15 mos old

Sunday, May 04, 2008

vintage sesame street

what a blast from the past!  check out these video clips.  i'm so happy that i have a child now so i'll have a good reason to watch these again.  i can't wait to show these to lily.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


I have totally become addicted to my new MacBook.. and especially to the iMovie and iDVD programs. If you've already watched the videos on my previous posts you'll understand what I'm talking about! Since I'm not into scrapbooking I've decided to try and make a hard bound book and dvd for each year of my kids' lives.  Having a Mac makes this so much easier!  The programs are so easy to use that even an average girl like me can make something to be proud of.  If you want to see a true professional video though, you should check out my nephew, Lincoln's videos that his Daddy makes him.  A w e s o m e !    

Anyway, I had a blast working on both for Lily's first year... and have already begun her Year Two video.  I recently found some awesome music and can't wait to have more video clips/images to make more.  I'm such a nerd, that I've also picked out music for my next, I'm not preggers...  just looking to the future is all. :) Whoever we get next will have the sweet song "One Day, Two Days, Three Days Old" by one of my new favs Elizabeth Mitchell.  My family will be impressed that it's not an Elliott Smith song!

So here are images of her dvd and book.  I won't be posting the videos on this blog, so if you're interested in seeing the dvd, let me know.

(the chapters of the videos are actually song titles used)

book cover

Monday, April 28, 2008


Last week, we discovered that Miss Lily has caught on to all of the singing we do around the house.  She decided to finally show us what she could do herself!

Now every time she hears the word "nap" she sings this song. 

Thursday, April 24, 2008

park and pigtails!

On Thursday, Lily and I went to play together at the park.  She had a blast on the swings and watching the other children play.  See below for pics of our day and of her new 'do!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

sweet sweet baby

Here is a recent video of sweet sweet Lily.  

e n j o y !

Monday, April 07, 2008

magic kingdom

Recently, Tom and I took Lily to the Magic Kingdom for a family day.  It couldn't have gone more smoothly (even with it raining from time to time)!  We had a blast going on rides, walking around, and playing in Fantasyland.  Tom even made the obligatory Disney purchase and bought Lily ears and a souvenir Dumbo doll at the end of the day.  Sucker!  

Overall, we really enjoyed our time together and look forward to going again.

Here is a little video diary of our day.  Enjoy!

Friday, April 04, 2008

14 mos. old

Sweet Lil is now 14 mos old!  She is a chatterbox and loves to "talk" on her phone, though the only real words she says are "hi, mama, dada, no & dog).  She is quite active and tries to climb on everything that she can... cushions, her car, the doggies, etc.  Her current favorite activities are spinning in circles, looking at books, cooking with Mama, dancing and singing songs, and giggling with her best friends, Polly and Franklin who kiss her often.  

Click here for a link to some recent pictures of our curlicued little girl!  

Monday, March 24, 2008


Yesterday was our little Easter celebration in Orlando, with just the three of us and the dogs.  Lily got her first Easter basket and experienced her first egg hunt.  While Tom enjoyed hiding the eggs, the doggies would find them and push them around the room with their noses!  It was hard to keep them away until Lily could find them.

Lily was so sweet toddling from egg to egg and shaking it to hear the treat inside. She would try to hold all of the eggs in her hands and wouldn't want to put them down!

Click here for pics from the festivities.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

tiny walker

Sunday, February 17, 2008

polka dot party!

last weekend, we celebrated lily's 1st birthday with our orlando friends by having a polka dot party.  it was a blast and everyone showed up wearing something with polka dots.  how nice it is to know that so many people love our little lily and would want to celebrate her.  

click here for pics from the party