Thursday, August 28, 2014

Emma Victoria: 2 1/2 years old

2 1/2 years old!  How is this going so quickly?!  We love our Emma and all the fun and giggles she brings us at this age.  

At 2 1/2, Emma loves…
her brother!
Emma always wants to do exactly what Isaac is doing, whether or not she is actually capable.  :)  This morning he climbed the tall ladder on our playset that goes up to the tunnel, and she was right behind him.  After a few steps up, she realized it was way too tall for her, so she raced to the shorter ladder and met him at the top.  Emma also loves sitting by Isaac at the table and in the car.  (I love this picture where they're holding hands in the car--she is always reaching for his hand!)


Emma and Isaac are taking swimming lessons once a week all year, and Emma usually isn't too thrilled with her lessons.  She tells her teacher, "I no like it."  Isaac was almost done with this week's lesson, and Emma said, "My turn now?"  And, she smiled at her teacher!  A definite first!  

Apart from swimming lessons, though, Emma loves to swim.  Her favorite is to swim to you from the step, and then she turns right around and swims back to the step.  Emma would easily do this 30 times in a row.  She also jumps (falls) in the pool.  :)

…her daddy….
Every morning, she asks, "Where's Daddy?"  Oh, she gets excited when Daddy comes home!  Emma loves when Daddy puts her to bed each night because he rubs her back for such a long time.  Emma loves having her back and her neck rubbed.  She often walks up to us, lifts up her chin (like this picture), and asks, "Wub my neck?"  

…her mommy…
"I sit on your lap, Mommy?" 
"I help you, Mommy?"  
"I do laundry, too, Mommy?"
I love my little girl!

…dressing herself…
Most mornings when I go into Emma's room to get her up, I find her waiting by me for the door with her pajamas off and wearing a new outfit.  Lately, she has even taken her diaper off and thrown it in the trash!  
Here's one outfit she put together on morning.  She put her turquoise swimsuit over her striped shorts.  And, she has socks on.  Her outfits always include socks.  If she can happen to find a pair of Isaac's socks that she can pull up over her little knees, that's even better!  :)  (I have found her sneaking into Isaac's room to find a pair of his socks.)

Wow!  In the past few months, our Emma has become QUITE the little talker.  In addition to how much Isaac talks, there aren't many quiet moments in our house…and I wouldn't want it any other way.  I love hearing them chatter.  When I got Emma up this morning, she said, "Good morning! Fank you for getting me up!"  

She asks questions all the time.  When I dress her, she asks, "Did you wash this?"  If she sees me eating, she asks, "What are you eating, Mommy? I have some?"  Today at lunch, Emma took a bite of her sandwich and said, "I love this one, Mommy."  

But, my favorite thing to hear her say is, "Nuggle me, Mommy?  Nuggle?"  ("Nuggle" is Emma's way of saying "snuggle".)

A few more pictures of our favorite 2 1/2 year old!
helping Uncle Mike and Isaac with the level

A few nights ago, Emma was in Dave's lap but was crying on and on.  "I want my mommy," she cried.  Dave told her that she had to stay in his lap for books and prayers.  She cried even harder.  "I want my Uncle Mike!" she sobbed.   Emma must have been very exhausted, because she is usually so happy to be in her daddy's arms.   

One night, I was cleaning up after dinner.  Emma found the tupperware of steak fries and sat down on the floor with them.  She looked at me and asked, "Where's the ketchup?"  Ha!  She makes us laugh!

making messes!  :)  

Emma, we love you!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July in Pictures

July in Pictures
Emma moved to a big girl bed!
playing with cloud dough kept Isaac occupied for 2 hours one morning! 
riding the Forest Park Miniature Railroad--it was HOT!
new curtains in the family room
free Chick Fil A day!  
We LOVE Chick Fil A and are definitely willing to dress up like a cow for free food.  :)
Emma is not looking at the camera, though, because she was absolutely terrified of the cow and was watching his every move.

Pop & the kids after a long night of swimming--we have been swimming many, many wonderful evenings at my parent's house.     
riding the trolley at Keystone Church!  
Both Emma and Isaac love sitting at the very back.
I made hummus, which Isaac loved.  Two thumbs up!!
Isaac and I have continued his school lessons through the summer…pretty faithfully.  :)
Of course.  Popcorn is much better on the floor than in a bowl.
One afternoon Emma was NOT napping…I came into her room and found that she was lining up underwear on her dresser.  Ha!
hanging out with Uncle Mike, or "my Mike" as Emma calls him 
an early birthday party for my mom!  Happy Birthday, Mom-o!
after a long weekend of swimming, I found Emma asleep like this.  Exhausted!
visiting Daddy at his jobsite!
I'm so thankful for this daddy who always has time to answer Isaac's many questions

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Isaac and Emma's Week in Colorado

Last Sunday morning, we all woke up at 3:45 to go to the airport.  Dave, Isaac and Emma flew to Denver where they met Papa and Nana.  They all went swimming at the hotel where Tim and Susie stayed the previous night. After swimming and lunch, Dave flew back to Texas; and, Papa and Nana headed home to Steamboat with our kids.  We loved receiving pictures and videos of their adventures in Steamboat this past week. 

Off they go!

I talked with Susie late on Sunday evening, and she said they were just approaching Steamboat (a 3 hour drive from Denver).  I was sure the kids would sleep, since they'd been up so early that morning.  Emma had napped, but Susie said she was a bit hoarse since Isaac had talked and asked questions for the entire 3 hour ride.  :)  That's our Isaac!

bedtime stories with Nana

playing at Burgess Creek at the ski mountain

eating one of Nana's many delicious meals

When Isaac got home, I asked him which of Nana's meals was his very favorite.  He said, "Mom, I can't even tell you.  It was all so good.  It was all much better than your cooking."  I didn't take any offense to this because my mother-in-law is hands-down the best cook I know!

swinging at the park!

playing at the library

One evening, Susie & Tim hosted a backyard BBQ for the leaders and families from Susie's Bible study.  Emma became very attached to this girl named Grace.  She even came back the next day and played with Isaac and Emma for most of the day.  Isaac was very proud to tell me that he now has a friend in Colorado.  :)

On Thursday, Papa took Isaac to both the Alpine Slide and bumper cars on ice at the ice arena.  Isaac said that bumping into Papa with his bumper cars was so, so fun.  :)

To get to the Alpine Slide, you ride the chairlift to the top of the ski mountain, Howelsen Hill, and then ride a sled all the way back to the bottom.  
riding the chairlift to the top
ready to go!

When Isaac got back to Papa & Nana's, he couldn't stop talking about either one, but he especially wanted Nana to ride the Alpine Slide with him.  When Emma woke up, they all went back to the Alpine Slide.  Susie said Emma loved it and asked, "Again?  Again?"  as soon as they reached the bottom.  

checking out the livestock

One of my favorite stories from Isaac and Emma's trip happened one morning when Isaac broke something at Papa and Nana's house.  No one saw him break it, but he went and told Papa on his own.  Isaac said he was afraid to tell the truth, but he also said he knew that Papa still loved him.  

A few months ago, Tim caught on video a bear lumbering through his backyard, and Isaac watched the recording of it many times in amazement.  This caused Isaac to be very worried that a bear might break into Papa & Nana's house while he was visiting.  To help Isaac not be afraid at nighttime, Nana made up a song that Isaac has sung many, many times since returning home: "What about bears?  What about bears?  They can't climb up Papa's stairs!"  (It's still stuck in my head.)  :)

I think Isaac's favorite part of the trip was the Steamboat rodeo!  He has talked on and on about the clown who did a silly dance & the steer wrestling.

at the rodeo

two little travelers headed back to Texas with Daddy

Even though Emma isn't able to yet talk nearly as much as Isaac about her week in Colorado, I know she had a special time, too.  She laid her head twice in my lap and sobbed "Nana, Nana" on the day she got home.  

I have so many wonderful memories of vacations with my grandparents as well as sleepovers at both of their homes, and I'm so glad my children are already creating memories with both their Colorado and Texas grandparents. 
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