The Rilee Times

This girl. She’s kinda sorta completely awesome.



Twelve years ago today I earned the most important title I’ll ever have.


It took 19 hours of labor and a c-section to earn that title, but I’ll gladly take it. This girl has given me more joy than I ever thought possible. When I photograph someone else’s child I always ask what single word they would use to sum up their child’s entire personality. It’s a tough question, I know. But it gives me a glimpse of they way they see their child. As I gathered these pictures of our now twelve year old Roo I tried to think of the single word that could sum her up and I just couldn’t narrow it down so in honor of her twelfth birthday I’ve chosen twelve words that I think sum her up.













Each of these are qualities I greatly admire, Roo. I’m so proud of the young lady you’ve become. I want you to know that I love you and that I’ll always be in your corner.
Happy 12th Birthday, Rilee Corinne!



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Sweet Lucee Brown

When The Lu comes to me and says, “Hey, Mom! Record this!” I absolutely, positively, without question RECORD THIS.

This 23 seconds makes me unbelievably proud. As in bring a tear to your eye and ask yourself “did I really create this human?” proud.

Now excuse me while I go high five my husband and pat myself on the back. Because yes, we made that funny little human.


Say It Isn’t So

This child of mine is NOT about to be TEN. YEARS. OLD.


Not possible.

Not happening.

No way.

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Her birthday isn’t for another week but I’m already freaking out. Someone please tell me how to slow time. I want my babies to stay babies.

All She Wants for Christmas is…A Man

I asked The Lu to write out a Christmas list last night.


I was slightly alarmed that my 9 year old wanted “a man” for Christmas. When I asked why she felt she needed a man she said, “You know…to be my bodyguard. And stand in the lunch line at school for me. Have you seen how long that line is?”

Why My Daughter May Never Have a Boyfriend

After shaking my head in disgust and asking Roo to excuse herself to the bathroom she said, “Mom, I’m not gonna go to the bathroom for just a fart!”

First of all child, that wasn’t just A fart. That was a FAAAAAAART.

Possibly the fart of the century.

And second, I tried. I tried and I failed but I take comfort in the fact that this behavior just might keep the boys away.

And that is perfectly fine with me.

Katy Perry

Windows down, hair blowing in the wind, we were enjoying a beautiful August evening as we drove home from volleyball practice. Until a car pulls up next to us blasting a Katy Perry song.

Lu looks over and says, “Eeeeeew, that dude doesn’t have a shirt on.”

Roo adds, “Yeah, and he’s listening to Katy Perry. Because that’s real manly.”