Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Santa pictures

I almost forgot to add the pictures of the girls with Santa this year.  Molly saw quite a few Santas and wasn't overly warm to him.  This one at the ward Christmas party she seemed to do the best with.  Emma, on the other hand, thought Santa was a hoot and whenever she saw one, would hold her hands out to him and just giggle.  I'm still caught off guard with how friendly my baby is.

A little bit of Christmas

Even though we didn't do the best job this year of documenting our Christmas through pictures, we really did have a wonderful time celebrating together, thinking and talking about the blessings/gifts we've received from our Savior in general and this year specifically, spending time with family, and presents.  We hope all of you also had a wonderful Christmas. 

Here's a few of the pictures we actually did take.  I don't think they'll need much explanation.
Molly's Gingerbread house.
Cookies for Santa.
The set-up Christmas morning.  The trampoline was the girls' gift from Santa.
Molly seeing everything for the first time.
It's a hit.

At Grandpa's and Grandma's Christmas night.

Friday, December 9, 2011

1, and Loving It.

Here are Emma's 1 year pictures.  She was a hoot during the session...the biggest challenge was just getting her to sit/stand still enough to snap a picture.  It was wonderful not to have her screaming from shyness.  Emma is such a social creature, and obviously adorable. (Am I biased?  Sure, but who wouldn't agree?)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Birthday, Emma!

Wow.  How in the world did this...
turn into this?!?
My sweet little baby is 1 today, and I go back and forth between being happy and sad about it.  It's always fun to see her accomplish new things, but with each new thing, I lose my baby a little more.  Emma is such a sweetheart.  She has been so fun and a wonderful blessing in our family.

Here's a little bit about Emma these days:
-Starting to walk on her own
-loves to clap for herself
-can sign "more"
-loves people.  She'll pretty much go to anyone and is not stranger shy, though she does have her favorites.
-loves to cuddle.  She'll randomly come up to me or others and just lay her head on us.  Soooo sweet!!
-wants to be outside, even though it's a little cold these days.  If we find a good day to go for a walk, she's in heaven.  She has a habit of straightening her right leg and pointing her right big toe while in her stroller.  Pretty funny.
-loves her bath.
-loves Molly a lot!  She gets such a kick out of her big sister.
-still not the biggest eater.  Now that we've trained her to sleep through the night (yeah, that took us a while...) she does a little better eating during the day, but she's fairly particular.
-quite content with playing on her own.  Though, we do have to keep an eye on her, she's into everything!

We had a pretty low key day today.  Once Daddy got home, we Skyped with Grammy and Grampy in CA while Emma opened a couple of presents, ate dinner, then Grandma and Grandpa came to open the rest of the presents with Emma, and join us for cake and ice cream. 
Here is Emma's cake.  I thought it turned out pretty cute.  It's becoming tradition to do these types of cakes for birthdays, and I have a lot of fun doing it.  Enough work to make me feel like I'm doing something special, but doesn't require too much creativity on my part.  I'm lucky that my parent's library has a bunch of Wilton cake pans at their library that we can just check out. 

Here are some more pictures of our adorable birthday girl:
Emma and her Grandpa.  (He's one of her favorite people)
Emma and Grandma.  (Also a favorite)

The last thing we did was eat the cake.  When Molly had her first birthday, she would have nothing to do with the cake, and when I finally got a bite in her mouth, she spit it out.  So needless to say, I was curious to see how Emma would react.  And she did not disappoint!  It was so fun to see her her get a little bit of cake in her mouth, then pick up the entire piece and shovel it in. 

And yes, she's found her nose.  This is actually quite common for her these days...sigh.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Tonight was our ward's Trunk-or-Treat.  Molly was so excited to to finally be able to wear her skeleton costume, and Emma was less than thrilled to be in her skunk costume.  They were both adorable, and Molly got a great haul.  Now we're even more excited to go trick-or-treating on Monday!
Such a cutie!  She was sure to let people know that she was a "silly" skeleton, not a scary one!

Not sure what's up with the head tilt, but whatever, she's adorable.

The stinker herself.  We had to keep her hands occupied, otherwise she wanted to tear off that hat.

Can't get enough of these girls!

As I said...

Molly and her little friend, Madelyn, all ready to get some candy.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Center Grove Orchard

These last couple of weeks have been difficult for our little family, so this weekend we decided to take some time to do something fun together.  We went to a pumpkin patch/apple orchard that I discovered last fall with a friend.  I'm so glad we invested in going today, I think we all had a great time.  Even Emma was pleasant for the 3 and 1/2 hours we were there, and for an 11 month old, that's about all you can ask for.
First thing we hit: the corn pool!  Both girls loved it.
Emma could not stop watching the crazy kids.  And, she had to have her binky in, or she would try and eat the corn.
Can't get much cuter than that!
Or that!
Hayride out to the pumpkin patch.  The sun was very bright, as you can tell.

Molly had a blast jumping on the big inflatable "pillow".
Barrel ride.
The Big Slide...Molly and David are on the top right.
Emma and her pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.  This girl is completely smitten with her pumpkin.  She did not want to let this thing out of hands on the car ride home, or when we got inside.  This is after her nap...she was so excited to get it back!  Seriously...cutest thing ever.
'Nuff said.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Our newest addition

We have a new member of the family, who is already much loved and adored, and getting much use.  When we knew we would be moving to a bigger place, the first thing I wanted to get was a piano.  Nothing fancy, just a small upright that would fit in our still somewhat small space, but still an upgrade from our digital piano.  I started checking out Craigslist, and the first piano we went to look at is the one we got.  And we have loved every minute of having it.  I've also started teaching some piano lessons again, and have 3 students at the moment, with 2 more probably starting soon. 
This is pretty much what happens every time I sit down to play.  Lightening fast, Emma is there to play with the pedals.  Makes for interesting pedal work on my part.
She thinks she is just the coolest thing ever.
Personally, I don't really understand the fascination.