Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

chowing down on pumpkin pancakes, stealing candy, and generally enjoying the spookyness!
Hope everyone had a fun and safe day!  Shep and I tried our hand at lion taming, and let's just say..... the lion won!!  ROAR!!!!!!  At least I managed to get ONE photo with her head on.  ;)

Shep impressed us with his amazing carving skills this year.... a silly pumpkin face AND an owl!!  Emily loooooooooves owls..... one of her favorite animals, and she recognized it in the pumpkin carving right away!  Smart lady.  :)

Last weekend there was a kids' party and trick-or-treating in our apartment building.  Emily did some arts & crafts and then helped me hand out candy, until she decided to throw it all on the ground, which she found HILARIOUS!!!!


Yesterday we brought Em into my office for some costume fun, and today we attended a costume parade and contest in town!  Since little miss lion wouldn't keep her costume head on, we didn't participate, but we had fun watching!

TRICK OR TREAT!!!!!  Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2015

13 Months Young

This kid is growing like a weed!

All About Emily:
  • Wearing mostly 12 months clothes and 12 months footie pjs; still wearing size 4 diapers.
  • Current stats (as of 6/1/15):  weighs 22 lbs 15 oz, 30 inches long, 45.5 cm head.
  • 7 teeth!!!!!!!
  • Eating 3 meals a day, plus some snacks.  Emily loooooves her purees, but we're working on introducing more solid foods.  Research shows it takes most toddlers at least 10-15 exposures to a new food before they accept it, so we just keep on keepin' on!  Unfortunately, we discovered that Em might be allergic to peanuts, because she broke out in hives after eating some PB&J.  :(   Currently, she eats mostly fruits, and especially likes:  grapes, apples, bananas & blueberries.  This month Emily tried hummus (which she liked) and pierogies (which she didn't -- is this my kid????) for the first time! 
  • Outgrew her infant carseat and has a new "big girl" convertible carseat!
  • Graduated out of the infant room at daycare and is now with the "waddlers", ages 12-18 months.
  • Started clapping, and did it several times throughout the day, on 6/15 while we were home together, but for some reason she'd only clap when she went and sat on the floor in the corner of the kitchen next to the trash can!  Crazy baby  :)
  • Started saying "la la la la".
  • Starting to assert independence and has thrown her first temper tantrums when she doesn't get her way!  Mainly, she doesn't like getting into her stroller and our prior methods of "coercement" are no longer working very well.  :)
  • Loves running around non-stop, giggling adorably at her own silliness, and playing peek-a-boo tag with Daddy!
  • LOVES dancing, and now she even spins around while she's dancing!  In another week or so, her moves will far surpass Shep's on the dance floor.  ;)
  • Knows how to make hand gestures when I sing "Itsy Bitsy Spider"!
  • We celebrated Emily's first birthday in a big way this month, which was sooooo fun and memorable.  She got to meet several new people at her party, including cousins Scarlett, Stacey & Robert!
  • Something so unbelievable happened this month that I would question it if I didn't witness it with my own eyes.  Emily FELL ASLEEP in her high chair while she was eating!!

She also fell asleep on her own a few times IN HER CRIB!!!  Wowzers, call a press conference because this is remarkable!
  • Loves talking to Daddy on the phone...
  • Finished up her first semester of swim classes with Daddy!
  • Visited Florida for the first time this month (2nd plane trip, but the 1st time with a layover!) where she finally met her other great grandma and cousins April, Jenna, Deanna & Jesse.  She also got to see the beach for the first time and although she was hesitant at first, she quickly decided she LOVED it so much she ate the sand!  Lots of memories from Emily's first trip to the Emerald Coast, including her first toga party & first pinata! 

In other news, I'm a Mommy Ninja.  No, seriously.  We were in CVS waiting on line for something when you-know-who decided to fling her sippy cup out of the stroller.  My hands were full, so I just nonchalantly caught the cup with my legs.  Wha????  Really!!!  #nobigdeal

Here are some of my favorite photos from this month.  I know I'm biased, but I honestly don't think she could get any cuter!

And this is my MOST favorite...... Emily's first "class" photo!  I could just eat her up.

Happy 13 Month Birthday, Emily!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I hope your second year has lots of fun in store for you!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Emily's Birthday Party

This post is 3 months late, but I'm still working on getting back in the saddle, so we're not going to dwell on that...  ;)

In honor of Emily's first birthday, we hosted a super fun pastel rainbow-themed party for our little lady.  We invited all of our extended family members, close friends, and some of Emily's baby buddies too.  :)  It was a great celebration!!!

Here's a glimpse of her invitation, which I purchased on Etsy and printed at a local print shop.

I made great use of Emily's monthly photos for the back!

The party was at a restaurant overlooking the water.  It was a sunny, clear June day so we enjoyed the beautiful views with yummy foods!

My cousin, who is Emily's godmother, made the birthday cake and matching mini cupcakes.  They were as delicious as they were beautiful!

To keep the many kids {and adults who are young at heart!} entertained, there was a balloon artist, a magician and a musician.  Sooooo many fun things going on!  The balloon artist was beyond talented, creating jet packs out of latex, and the magician was funny as well as daring, cracking jokes while tossing knives in the air - gulp!  The musician is a woman I met through my local mom's group, and as I expected all the kiddies loved her melodic voice and ukulele!

Emily was gifted with SOOOO many beautiful and special items.  She has some VERY generous friends and family!

We had candy favors for adults {starbursts and kisses} and some fun goody bags for the kids {a mix of mini board books, bath toys, candy, temporary tattoos, coloring books, pencils and silly straws depending on the age} as a token of appreciation for helping Emily celebrate her big day.

The three of us had such a great time...

. . . and Emily was the belle of the ball!!!

We'll always remember her first year -- lots of firsts, lots of memories -- ending with an exciting first birthday spent at the zoo, and an awesome party to celebrate our little girl!

*** All photographs are courtesy of Shep's incredibly talented photographer cousin, Robert at ***

Friday, August 28, 2015

We're Baaaaaaaaack!

Hello?  Anyone still out there???  I wouldn't be surprised if all I heard in response was an echo, echo, echo, echo....

We've been MIA.  Big time.  There have been soooo many times over the past few months that I've wanted to blog, but I just couldn't find the time!  A LOT has happened:

Emily Turned 1!
We had a big party for her!
We've taken a few trips out of town
Emily was sick for several days
thanks to the Coxsackie virus :(
And she also got several new teeth!
(including molars.... ouchie!)

All in all it's been a b-u-s-y summer.  Between a super-active toddler, work caving in on me, personal & family commitments up the wazoo, I've totally dropped the blogging ball.  The truth is though, I really miss it!!!!  So, I'm making an attempt to get back in the saddle!

I started this blog for a few different reasons, one of which was to document our little one's life.  And the quicker the days speed by, the more important it is for me to try to capture some of these ever-fleeting moments.  I'd prefer to be able to "pause" time at will, but in the absence of that superpower, the next best thing is to collect bits and pieces of this crazy ride called life.

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