What we’ve been up to lately…

20 Jun

Too many things to talk about really, so here are some recent pictures instead!

Up close!

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Lounging with Daddy

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Laundry Basket Rides!

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Reading is Emily’s favorite lately. And she loves her little rocking chair!

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For you, Mom. 🙂 (She was pointing out the flowers on her dress all day! She loved it.)

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I love her smile! Someone told me the other day as we were leaving Costco that we were in BIG TROUBLE when she gets older. Ha!

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Other things we’ve been working on lately: walking, climbing, talking A LOT, saying “NO” all.the.time, occasionally sleeping through the night… and of course, right as I typed that last one she woke up. One of these days I’ll learn not to jinx myself! Sigh. Time to go snuggle a restless baby.

More to come soon!

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>Spokane trip and Emily’s first birthday party!

6 Jun

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(I know it’s a long time ago now, but I still wanted to get this posted so we can remember it.)

A few weeks after Emily turned one, she and I drove to Spokane to visit her grandparents and Auntie Rachel and the boys for a few days. We got to go to the park and the beach, and had a great BBQ with Grandpa! We sewed with Grandma and got to spend lots of time relaxing and just hanging out. Rob joined us for a day or two and then we all drove home together.

Grandpa teaching Emily how to jump on the bed. (Thanks, Grandpa! Haha.)

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What’s in this bag?

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Poooooooooooony Boy with cousin Ryan!

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One highlight of the week was Emily’s first birthday party! It wasn’t a huge affair, just cupcakes and ice cream, but we sure had fun! She didn’t care much for the cupcake though, but I can’t really say I’m disappointed in her lack of a sweet tooth at this point in her life. I’m sure she’ll get there soon enough!

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Another big moment this week was a tough one for this Mama. Emily got her first haircut! It was a moment that really made me realize how big she’s getting and that they just don’t stay little very long. She looks so grown up now! Happy and sad at the same time. Sigh.

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Paula, who cut her hair (and mine too!), has been a friend of our family’s for years and years. She used to cut my hair when I was little too, and she even did my hair for my wedding. Thanks, Paula, for everything! We love you! 🙂

Thank you Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Rachel and Uncle Zach, it was a wonderful weekend! Next trip over will be for the 4th of July and another great BBQ. I can’t wait!!

>One Year Photos!

2 Jun

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We had our family photos done for Emily’s first birthday by Jennifer Ecker Photography and I absolutely LOVE THEM! She did a great job! See for yourself!

10 x 20 storyboard

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We love you, big girl! Next up, first birthday party pictures, complete with cake and ice cream. Yum!

>They’re Coming…

29 May

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The pictures, that is!
Yes, I know it’s been a LONG time since I’ve posted. I just don’t keep up as much as I’d like these days. We have a lot going on around here though, so don’t be too angry with me. I’ll make up for the long delay, I promise! I have ONE YEAR PHOTOS!! I just have to get them all organized and I can post them. Also on the To Post List: Emily’s (belated) first birthday party, first haircut, a trip to Spokane complete with park and beach adventures, and lots of other random, cute-baby things. We’ve been busy!
The weather here still sucks. We’ve been getting about 50% rain, 40% grey, cloudy skies, and 10% sun. And when it’s nice out, EVERYONE heads outdoors, so it makes things a bit more difficult. I’m hoping we’ll get to the zoo and to some of the nicer parks around here soon; I’m just so tired of staying indoors all the time! And Emily loves to play outside so we’re taking full advantage if the teeny tiny amount of sun we get. Oh! By the way, I finally started a garden! Add that to the To Post List, also. I’m not sure how fruitful it will be, but it’s worth a shot, right? Things are so expensive these days (hello, $65 tank of gas, I’m looking at YOU) that every little bit helps, and if I can save some by growing our veggies? I’m all for it. Just wish me luck- I’ve never been much of a yardwork person.
Well, I guess that’s all the random update stuff I have tonight. I’ll be back soon! I promise. 🙂 Here’s a little something to tide you over…

>Mother’s Day

10 May

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This year I celebrated my second Mother’s Day. From Rob and Emily I got a very sweet card and a beautiful picture frame filled with pictures of my two favorite people. I went out to lunch and got a pedicure with a good friend, then came home to a happy baby and a wonderful husband who made me dinner and spent the evening relaxing on the couch with me. It was very low key and exactly what I wanted. Thanks honey! 🙂

I came across this poem and thought it was pretty much perfect. I love being a mom and wouldn’t trade it for anything!

Before I was a Mom
Before I was a Mom, I slept as late as I wanted and never worried about how late I got into bed. I took a shower and brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.

Before I was a Mom, I cleaned my house each day. I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby. I didn’t worry whether or not my plants were poisonous. I never thought about immunizations or diapers or baby food.

Before I was a Mom, I had never been puked on, pooped on, spit on, chewed on, or peed on. I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts. I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom, I never held down a screaming child so that doctors could do tests or give shots. I never looked into teary eyes and cried. I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom, I didn’t know the feeling of having my heart outside my body. I didn’t know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. I didn’t know that bond between a mother and her child. I didn’t know that something so small could make me feel so important.

Before I was a Mom, I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn’t want to put her down. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn’t stop the hurt. I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much. I never knew that I could love someone so much. I never knew I would love being a Mom.

-Unknown

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! You are wonderful!

>Things I want to remember about our life these days

8 May

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  • Morning snuggle time in mama and daddy’s bed when Emily wakes up. She’s such a happy kid in the morning! Daddy brings her into our bed and we all sit and play for a few minutes. It’s a wonderful way to start the day.
  • At 12 months old her favorite thing to do is point to noses. Her nose, my nose, the puppy’s nose, you name it. If it has a nose, it gets poked! She stops nursing to point at my nose and say, “neh –neh” on a regular basis. Very cute.
  • She’s very close to being able to walk completely on her own. She takes 10 steps or more around the living room between the couches, shelves, us, and her toys, but is still hesitant to walk around the house without holding onto our hands. When she gets to a destination she claps and squeals and is SO proud of herself! She pushes her shopping cart around the room cheering and giggling. It’s great.
  • Little adventures we take in the car as a family of three. We’ll get a bit stir crazy and decide to hop in the car for an hour and cruise around and see the “sights” of the area. Emily used to fall asleep on these drives but lately she stays awake and chats with us. We like it better this way!
  • Listening to the littlest chatterbox tell us all about her day. She “talks” constantly and I think it’s the greatest thing ever. She’s started to say quite a few real words also, and can identify select objects (when she wants to, of course!). Some of her favorites are milk, ball, puppy, kitty, shoe, light, up, down, mama, dada, and of course nose. She learns new words every day! She also does the sign for “more” when she’s hungry.
  • Her little quirks like insisting in carrying her blanket with her every time she leaves her crib, trying to chew on the washcloth in the tub, YELLING at the vacuum from her highchair when I’m cleaning. Anything with buttons grabs her attention, and if she sees your cell phone, watch out. She’ll drop anything she has for a chance to explore it!

I know I say it a lot, but despite the bumps we’ve had lately, life is good. I am one happy Mama! 🙂