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Makin’ cookies

Sunday night we decided to make some cookies. And this time Daddy got to experience cooking with Emily! It’s fun, messy and lively!

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Christmas with the cousins

After Emily was born, Stephen and I decided that we weren’t travelling on Christmas Eve. We wanted to wake up in our home, as a family, and celebrate together. I do miss seeing my family on Christmas Day but we make sure that we celebrate Christmas the weekend before.

This year, as well as future years, was so much fun! Now that we have tons of babies in the family, the action never stops! It was always nice getting together as adults but we all have our own children now. The joy of seeing the fun and amazement will astound me every year. It was so much fun watching the kiddos play together as best they could and open presents. Emily had such a great time, for she loves her cousins more than anything. And I am glad. I want her to be as close as siblings to them.

I am not sure who had a better time, the kids or the adults!

Thank you to my family. You are wonderful and I love you so very much. Even though we don’t get to see each other as often as we would like, we are always there for each other and can always laugh together. You all are generous and loving and we love you all!!!

As always, I took a million pictures and couldn’t post them all. There are more in the Picasa albums!

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Now that’ll make you cry….

We have a bedtime routine in our house. Emily gets in her jammies; mommy or daddy will read her several stories; she gives kisses; I carry her while singing the goodnight song and Stephen tickles her feet. We say her prayers; get her situated and tell her goodnight. This is how it’s been for 2 years. And I like it.

I always knew there would come a time that we would have to change the routine because Emily would be too big to carry or be in a big girl bed. But she’s still carry-able and still in her crib probably will be until she’s 5 but that’s another story. So I should have awhile right???? Right???????

Not according to Emily. The other night, I gave her a bath and put on her jammies. It was still a little early so we snuggle up on my bed and watched a little “Wheel of Fortune”. She decided that I needed to put on Scooby pj’s and dug them out of my bottom drawer. I told her I’d put them on later and to head to the chair for story time. Emily picked out the books she wanted to read and said she wanted mommy to read. So we read together, snuggling. And then it was time for Daddy hugs and kisses. Stephen then told her to head to Mommy so mommy could take her to bed. And then it came.

No, walk.

Wha????????? Come again…. Say what?????

No, I walk.

This can’t be happening. I should have at least another 6 months to a year of being able to carry her right? She’s only 2 and 2 months. Not even 2 and a half. So, she walked. And I cried. Seriously, I cried.

And then she detoured to mommy’s room and tried bringing out the scooby jammies.  Ah ha!! She was wanting to stall!!!

I wish that were the case, as she wanted to walk to her crib during nap time. I don’t think it will be an every day occurrence or at least I hope. I love getting that last carry in for the day as it is one of the few times that she really let’s me baby her.

My little girl is growing up and I have to deal with it. I have to get on board because there is no other option. But I don’t have to like it! I can, and will, shed some tears now and again. Because I am her mom and that’s what we moms do.

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Spoonful of loving??

Monday was a day to stay in the house and in your pj’s as long as possible. It was icy and COLD outside. Emily was starting to go a little stir crazy, although she thought it was pretty cool that she was still in her pjs until after 10am. I wasn’t feeling well but knew I needed to find something to occupy our time. So we broke out the chocolate, plastic spoons and pretzels.

The spoons were a big hit. Emily loved dipping them into the chocolate and putting sprinkles on them. Pretzels- not so much. Next time I will definitely use pretzel rods. I think that is a much better option. The chocolate….well, you judge for yourself!

The best thing about making sweets when you don’t feel well- you don’t eat them!!!

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I am convinced…

that shoes from The Children’s Place run small. And it drives me insane!! At the end of the summer, I bought Emily a pair of tennis shoes. I thought she’d be able to wear them into the winter. Nope, she grew out of them. So I went to a different store and bought a size up. Those are too big. I still wasn’t convinced at that point.

We bought Emily’s birthday shoes at The Children’s Place in October. Thought she’d be able to wear them throughout the winter. Again, I was wrong. She cried and cried when I tried putting them on the other day. It was like shoving meat into a sausage casing. If she didn’t have half a dozen other pairs of shoes in the SAME size, I’d swear it was just her foot growing.

I am just frustrated  because I have a perfectly GREAT pair of beautiful black shoes that have been worn 3 times. I must burn this into my brain so that if I buy more shoes from CP, I buy bigfoot size.

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A night out- adult style!

Stephen and I were lucky enough to get a night out on Saturday. The whole night! Stephen’s parents asked if we would like Emily to stay the night a few weeks ago and we would never turn down a golden opportunity like that!

After spending some time visiting with Stephen’s uncle and family, we headed out- sans Emily. We went to a yummy restaurant for dinner, alone. Oh, how I miss not leaving the table without having been slimed or being ordered to share my food! After dropping the food off at home and letting the doggy out, we went to our historic downtown area for some shopping and walking. It was nice actually being able to go into stores together without the toddler. It was windy but it was beautiful! The stores were open late and Main Street was decorated for Christmas. I cannot believe that we have never gone down there after dark during the Christmas season. I do believe that it must become a tradition!

Later, we headed over to Borders and for ice cream. It was 10pm by the time we left Cold Stone! I don’t think I remember what 10pm looks like! But that’s not it! We didn’t head home!!! We headed to Dave & Buster’s for some late night fun. And we had a blast! We even won a special prize that Emily’s jaw dropped when she saw upon her arrival home. Almost midnight. That’s what time we got home and hung out for another hour or so before calling it a night.

Little did I know, I should have hit the hay much sooner because I was going to be up at 7am, sick. What a lovely way to end a wonderful night out with the love of my life! I did miss Emily but it was wonderful to spend some alone time with Stephen and reconnect a bit. And we didn’t talk about Emily the entire time!!

I do have one more thing to add. Thank you Stephen for taking care of me today while I have been feeling rotten. You are the best husband in the world! I love you!!!

I only have one photo to share. I wish I had not left my camera at the inlaws because Main Street was screaming for some photos!

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*Ornamental* project

I thought Emily would have fun making some ornaments this year. She loves making cookies with Grandma and this isn’t a far stretch. I was right- she had a blast. The whole project took us two days though as we worked on it after naps  on the days that we worked.

I used a salt dough recipe that I found on kaboose.com. Emily had a blast “helping” roll out all the dough. She got to choose what cookie cutter to use and even made them herself. The ornaments turned out a little puffed but I think that’s because I am a rebel and didn’t follow baking directions. They turned out not bad for our first time though.

Painting was another story. Emily likes to do it but she hates having her hands dirty. Finger paints are totally out of the question now! She did pretty well with the brushes though. Although the concept of one brush per color was lost on her but she’s 2! I still need to go buy some clear acrylic paint but I think they turned out pretty well.

They were made with love and that’s what counts!

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Why I love this time of year

Christmas season is here. Everyone is hustling and bustling, going from here to there. Trying to get their shopping done, trying not to be out done. That is why I dislike this time of year. But that is not what this post is about. Christmas is a magical time of year. It isn’t all commercial and Santa. There is much, much more too it.

I thought I would take a moment to reflect on why I love the holiday season, with all of it’s stresses.

  • I love the lights and decorations. I love seeing Emily’s face light up when she sees all of the beautiful displays. This means even more to me this year now that she is a bit older and enjoys it more.
  • I enjoy giving to others. Christmas isn’t about getting. It’s about giving to those you love, showing your appreciation and showing them that you care. It’s also about giving to those those less fortunate than I am.
  • While I don’t love the cold, I love the way the snow looks after it’s just fallen. I enjoy when the world around you is quiet and peaceful.
  • The carols. When Emily was a newborn, I would sing carols to her during attempts to sooth her during the wee hours. I get a little teary eyed when I hear certain ones.
  • And the main reason: God promised a Savior for the world and Christmas celebrates the fulfillment of His promise. Real love never ceases.

Merry Christmas season to you. I hope everyone is able to take some time to sit back and really take it all in. Take some time to relax and enjoy. Peace, love and joy to all of you.

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No fear…

except costumed people.

We went to Monkey Joes’s Monday with some friends and had such a wonderful time. Emily was doing so much more this time than she did on her birthday. I think part of the reason is her friend K was with her and she is 4. She was going on all the inflatables and having a blast. There’s this one that has two huge slides. The only way to get to the top is to climb, normally using the ropes to pull you up. Emily chose to pull herself up the “steps”. She must have guns of steel! I was amazed that she made it up there several times. It was so funny watching her come down. It was a look of terror and excitement. The girls she was playing with were great. They would wait for her to make it to the top when the could have slid down and made it to the top again.

I think most of the kiddos there had a good time. Emily had a blast because her favorite friends were there with her! She had fun until Monkey Joe showed up. I tried showing her how her one friend LOVED him and was giving him hugs. All Emily did was scream.

For a child that has no fear, she was pretty scared. Someday Monkey Joe, someday she will love you!

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Smile for the camera

Saturday was picture day. Nothing like spending the afternoon in the mall…waiting. Actually, we didn’t have to wait long before we got the photos taken. We had enough time to change Emily and run next door to get Lucy some new threads. Not surprising, Lucy’s dress looks similar to Emily’s. And yes, Lucy was in the photos. The surprising part was that babby was not!!! I think this is the first time in over a year that babby has not been in photos. (In case you’re wondering, babby is Emily’s blanket.)

Emily did really well during the shoot. She told him what she wanted to do and when. He made her smile and all was good. Then we waited. Finally we got our pictures and rewarded Emily with some time to play in the mall kid pit. By the time we were homeward bound, Emily decided that there was to be no naps. So we took her downtown to take more pictures.

I think we got some pretty decent shots considering it was cold and windy.

It was a good day for everyone.

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