Thursday, July 19, 2007

Emily the Entertainer

Emily is always coming up with new ways to keep us smiling, laughing, wondering where in the world she gets these ideas... she decided she had to get ready to be in the parade at Disneyland, so here you can see her putting on all her hair accessories, necklaces, etc. so she will "look so pretty for the parade!" She is absolutely in love with the Disney princesses and the color pink. Whenever she sees pink she will exclaim "look, it's my favorite color!" She thinks my favorite color is green (I have no idea why, since really I like blue), and if I ever try to tell her otherwise, "No, mommy, your favorite color is green!"

One night she wasn't eating her dinner so I told her she could eat it like a cat. She gave it a try and decided it was a good way to eat, so whenever she remembers, she eats like a cat. Face down in the plate, scoop up some food, lift, chew, yum. Notice how she stands on her tip toes!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Swim Lessons

Emily is enjoying her second year of swim lessons. She swims well just kicking her legs and loves jumping in the water. They are teaching her to roll over to her back to breathe, but for some reason she just can't get the hang of rolling over. I told her teacher that she never rolled over as a baby, either. So instead of rolling over when she's supposed to, she swims faster and faster towards her teacher (who is backing away) until she steps in at the last second and helps her turn her head. Hopefully she'll get the hang of it after some more practice.

As a follow up to the car story from yesterday... we went and picked it up in the evening and spent like an hour talking to the guys over there who Kevin knows pretty well. Then we signed all the papers and I drove it home. It was fine. It drives almost like a car and a lot of the interior controls are similar to the Acura so it was easy to get oriented. Emily was THRILLED to see the DVD player in there. She had a huge grin on her face for about ten minutes till her movie kicked in and she was mesmerized by that. She says she likes it. I think I will, too.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Ode to the Acura

I am fully blaming this on the fact that I am pregnant and have too many hormones coursing through my veins ... we are trading in our Acura TSX today for a Honda Pilot (used, mind you!) and I was brought to tears last night because I was going to miss my car! I cleaned it out and then started thinking that I would never drive it again, and it was just too much. Who cries over a car!? Well I did. I am going to miss that car. We bought it brand new and I loved it. I loved how it looked, I loved how it drove, I loved how it never gave me any problems at all and always worked perfectly. I'm sure the Pilot will grow on me. At least Emily is excited about the built-in DVD player...

Monday, July 9, 2007

Emily and the baby

I've been letting the word out about the pregnancy. It's been kind of fun because then I start hearing back from friends who are also pregnant and due right around the same time as me. One of my best friends from high school said she has the same due date (her first), a friend with one Emily's age is due a few days before, and one of my BYU roommates is expecting her second and due in February. It's all very exciting.

So we've been trying to get Emily adjusted to the idea of having a baby brother or sister and she seems to be taking it well but we're unsure if she really understands or not. I was explaining to her how the baby grows in my tummy and now she thinks she has a baby in her tummy, too. When I picked her up from nursery yesterday I was admiring one of the leaders' newborn and Emily exclaimed "I have a baby in my tummy and mommy has a baby in her tummy!" Thankfully I've been telling people so it's not such a shocker...they just laughed. But she'll also pat her tummy and tell us to be quiet because "my baby sister is sleeping." What a riot she is!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

4th of July

It was nice to have a holiday in the middle of the week, except for having to go back to work the next day! We tried to go to our local water park in the morning, but they weren't taking season passes so we went swimming at Don's community pool instead. Emily still had a fabulous time. She is getting really good at swimming about 7-10 feet by herself (propelled mostly by kicking) and swam back and forth between mom and dad for about an hour. It's nice to have a kid that loves the water.

Later on we had a family get-together with the Boam family out at Don's house. We just barbecued hamburgers and hotdogs and hung out before heading over to the park to see the fireworks. Emily was honestly more interested in the poppers that you throw on the ground to make a noise than the big ones up in the sky. But we'd try to get her to tell us the colors so she would watch them, and her phrase of the evening was "I can't believe it!" She seems to really like exclamations these days! It was a fun and relaxing day.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Photos of Emily

Our little miss independent. Emily loves shopping only if she can do it by herself. She will follow me around the store and load up her cart with whatever looks good to her. We try to sneak a lot of it back on the shelves when she's not looking.

This was one of the best watermelons we have ever had.

This was Emily's second time with the cake (on her actual birthday). Yes, she insisted on wearing the princess pajamas.

The Update

Here's the update for anyone we may not have talked to in awhile...
Emily just turned 3. Her favorite part of her birthday party was the cake - she got so excited to blow out the candles (which she did in one puff) then just licked all the frosting off the top. She is full of life and keeps us laughing with her random comments on things. We are expecting our second at the end of the year. When we ask Emily if she is going to have a baby brother or a baby sister, she says "A baby brother and a baby sister!" Well, we don't think so, but either way she will be a good big sister, although it will be interesting to see how she reacts to no longer being the center of the universe. Nothing beats her outbursts of "We sure do love each other!" and "I'm so glad to be home with my family!"

As for me and Kevin, we just had our five-year wedding anniversary (wow!) and look forward to countless more years together. We've only just begun! We are both pretty busy working (me at the Zoo and him at AT&T) but we try to spend as much time together as a family as we can. You know you've grown up when all you want to do on the weekend is hang out at home! Emily's got her little inflatable pool in the backyard and we've got the barbeque all set up now, what more could we ask for?
I keep getting emails from friends who have set up their own I thought I would give it a try. It's a pretty easy way to let people in on what's going on in your life and since I'm particularly bad in that area right now, maybe this will help. Enjoy!