Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Wishing you a Happy Halloween!

****I am grateful for
1) A wonderful weekend!
2) A Happy Halloween!
3) The cutest Tinkerbell ever!
4) One tough Wolverine!
5) Cooler weather is coming our way

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Just can't decide.

Remember what I said yesterday about it being only Monday and the week had already picked me up, etc.... Well today was truly no different. I can't decide which fits more appropriately:

1) I can only please one person a day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow is not looking good either.


2) Some days you're the statue. Some days you're the bird. I have accepted that today I was not the bird.

Alas, this too shall pass I suppose. I can do anything for a year. ;o)

****I am grateful for
1) nothing ever stays the same
2) some things never change
3) those days when I'm NOT the statue
4) tomorrow is hump day and I love me some hump day
5) the world never stops turning

Monday, October 25, 2010

I know, I'm horrible.

Hello, is there anybody out there? Seriously? Anyone? I know that I have been a horrible blogger lately and for that I am truly sorry, but really it doesn't seem like I've been getting many comments which leads me to believe that I'm alone and therefore have no one to blog for. There, how about that for whiny.

Actually, we've just been busy. Same old excuse, but it is what it is. I do have stuff to blog about. For instance, Chase just earned a new belt in karate and is now only three belts away from his Tiny Tiger "black" belt. I have videos of him kicking the snot out of a board and rockin' the whole testing thing. To bad my flip is who knows where at the moment. Guess I'll have to post those later.

Or I could talk about how I gave in and got an 4 and now feel like an idiot because my phone is smarter than me. Again, seriously. It really is. It's actually almost scary. Everyone tells me I'll love it and wonder how I ever lived without it, but so far I'm just not feeling it. I'll give it a week. Perhaps if they'd had a pink/black cover I'd love it more. ;o) I'll put that on the to get list for when I have $60 to blow. Which is another vent, are they crazy charging these prices? It's a recession people!

On a totally different note, Chase is in love with the phone and has figured out more on it than I have. I'm going to claim it's because he's been hijacking his aunt and uncle's iPh.ones for the past year and not because he is just better at that kind of stuff. ;o) And on another different note, my very generous mother just gave Jeff her iP.od touch because she never used it. He is as bad about that as Chase is the new phone. Starting to wonder if the new will ever wear off.

I could also talk about how we found out at the pedi today that Chase's remaining tube has come out on it's own.. yeah!!!! But then again, not yeah because he already has a, "raging" ear infection.... boo!!!!! Boy didn't even complain, I only knew he had it because it was draining. Good God he has a high pain tolerance.

I'm sure there's a ton of other stuff I could talk/ramble on about, but I'll be honest. I'm old, tired, and even though it's only Monday, I feel like the week has already picked me up, smacked me around a few times, and thrown me to the ground. So, instead I think I'll call it a night and crawl into bed (who am I kidding, that would require me getting out of this chair).

***I am grateful for
1) Monday is over
2) a nice weekend
3) that windy weather today, made the 91 degrees more bearable (speaking of 91 degrees, Dear Mother Nature, in case you forgot, it's fall)
4) Chase is on an antibiotic
5) at least the tube came out on it's own :o)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Could we squeeze any more fun into one day?

Last Saturday Daddy had to work so the kids and I decided to go on a playdate to 7 Acre Woods with some friends and have a little fun.

There was putt-putt golf.

Walking in the pumpkin patch.

A petting zoo, Emery wasn't sure what to think.

This little guy took Chase's entire feed cone, Chase was NOT happy.

A "train."

Swings, she really did like it, must have been in deep thought here.

Cozy Coupes (she loves this, I'm thinking Christmas present!)

Playhouses (Santa will DEFINITELY be getting her one of these). She must have opened and shut the shutters a zillion times!

Ponies to love on. This is Goldie, she's 9.

This is Scout, he's 5.

Ponies to ride.

After we were tuckered out and someone was ready for her nap, we headed home for a bit. After a nap and some lunch, we were off again to a local Fall Festival. We even got to wear our costumes.

Tinkerbell! We got soooo many comments on this, it was insane! I even had people follow us to ask about it! Maybe I need to make these and sell them next year!

Chase dug for treasure!

And he made a noddle necklace.

Smiling for Daddy, since he didn't get to come with us.

We sure missed Daddy, but we managed to have a great day and make it go by pretty fast. I'm pretty sure we couldn't have packed anymore into it even if we had tried!

****I am grateful for
1) weekends
2) a Daddy that's willing to work extra to take care of his family
3) Fall Festivals
4) parks
5) friends to do fun things with

Monday, October 18, 2010

Princess Emery's one year stats!

She totally did not want us taking pics of her band aides... stinker!

Weight: 21.12 oz (50-75%)
Height: 28 1/2" (25-50% - guess she's not going to be tall... wonder where she got THAT from?)
Head: 18 1/2 cm (90% - yes, you read that right, even our pedi double-checked, but was not concerned because it's always been in that percentile... lucky me, I got to give birth to that!)

Turns out our little Princess is perfect in every way, but we already knew that! Actually, those were the words used at her appointment. ;o) She is hitting or has hit every milestone she should and is actually ahead in fine motor skills... go Emery! She was quite the little ham and got a ton of attention. She had her finger pricked and we are supposed to get a call if the blood work comes back abnormal, but I haven't heard anything so I'm assuming all is well unless I get a call later in the week (which I doubt I will). She didn't even whimper with her finger prick, but boy did the shots make her mad. Good thing big brother was there to cheer her up!! I still just can't believe she is ONE!

****I am grateful for
1) great one year appointments
2) no crying with the finger prick
3) silly big brothers to cheer sad little sisters up
4) chunky baby thighs
5) another Monday is over!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

Today, October 15th, is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day. Today we remember all babies born sleeping, those whom we have carried but never met, those we have held but could not take home, and the ones that came home but did not stay.

We are a proud family of angel babies and although this day is made to bring awareness, not a day goes by that we do not miss them and grieve for them. Jeff and I have three angel babies in heaven and my twin sister is an angel baby. I believe they are guardian angels over Chase and Emery and one day we will meet them again.

Please join us and say a prayer for all the other families and babies that have been where we are. It is a club that no one wants to join, but all too many do.

****I am grateful for
1) Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness
2) prayers
3) reunions
4) angels
5) miracles

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Princess Emery is ONE!!!!!

Princess Emery,

Today is your 1st birthday! I still can't believe that it's been one whole year since we welcomed you into this world, it just seems totally, completely impossible! I think about the past 365 days and I feel so blessed that I was chosen to be your Mommy and enjoy them with you. You have already done so much in your short life, I know that you are destined for great things.

Just having you in my life has made me want to be a better person. For you, for your brother. I want to be someone that makes you proud, someone that you want to grow up to be like. I want to always be there for you and for you to never wonder how much I love you. I would do anything in this world to protect you and keep you safe. You are my 2nd miracle, you are the 2nd half of the reason I was born.

You have changed so much in the last year. It just amazes me every single day. I see newborn babies and often wonder if you were ever really that small... but I know you were. You are turning into a big girl right before my eyes and there is nothing to slow it down. You don't even walk anymore, you run. Sometimes you go so fast that your little body can't keep up with your feet so you tumble over. Then you are back up and running in the blink of an eye. You are trying so hard to talk. We recognize several of your words and there are some that you can say quite well. You want to eat anything and everything that we are. Baby food? You don't need no stinkin' baby food! You want the good stuff!

You are sleeping through the night "most" of the time. On the nights you do wake up I can just bring you into our bed, give you a bottle, and you are right back out. Then I can put you back in your bed and you finish out the night. Not too bad. Besides, I would cuddle with you for a million years if I could.

You are really getting into toys and love to play. If it's loud or you can push it around, even better. You've been breaking in the presents from your party quite well. You have your own little personality and we have quickly discovered that your title of Princess truly fits. It's your way or the highway and if someone doesn't like it, there's the door. Maybe we've catering to you a little too much.... naw, I don't think so.

You are a beautiful, happy, silly, loving little girl and we are so very proud of you. It's been a wonderful year and I wouldn't change one single thing about it. Well, maybe I would go back and try to make it slow down, but I doubt I could make that happen!

Happy 1st Birthday Emery Faith Larson, we love you more than life itself!

****I am grateful for
1) one amazing year
2) being blessed with my family
3) Emery Faith Larson, oh I adore that little girl
4) the past
5) the future

Monday, October 11, 2010

How can this be?

One year ago at this time I had just checked in to the hospital in preparation for the arrival of our sweet baby girl. In exactly 24 hours, my little Princess will be ONE. How can this be? Birthday post coming tomorrow!

***I am grateful for
1) memories
2) those small moments that fill your heart with joy
3) little things that make you think of other little things
4) miracles, big and small
5) blessings

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Princess Emery's 1st Birthday Bash

Today was Emery's 1st Birthday Party and it was awesome. Awesome weather, awesome friends, awesome family, awesome cakes, pretty much everything - was awesome! Here are some pics from our day. Even though Emery didn't really know what a birthday party was, she still has a blast. Just can't believe our Little Princess will be ONE on Tuesday!

Sign at the front of our neighborhood showing the way to Emery's party.

Princess Wands that I made for the girls.

Prince swords for the boys.

No party is complete w/o a bounce house (one for the big kids, one for the small).

Adorable tiara smash cake.

View of the cake table inside the house (all the gifts in the back, where will I put this stuff??).

Totally awesome cake Nana made for the princess. We got a real tiara for the topper so we could save it for her!

The highchair.

Close-up of birthday banner

Whole birthday banner.

Balloons w/the beautiful sky behind them

Door Hanger

Adorable Birthday Princess with Houdini

Kids having fun in the bounce house.

Eating some lunch.

Friends and family

Playing and having a good time!

Adorable friends!

Adorable Family

Even Emery loved the bounce house!

Outfit change for eating cake, love this picture!

Singing Happy Birthday


Had to move outside, too messy for our rugs! How about a hug???

Super Cool Gifts

We even gave out some lovin'

Last but not least, we played with some chalk (and then tried to eat it)
It was a great day and I'm so glad we decided to have it at the house. Everyone was exhausted and after baths it didn't take long before we had a quiet house with a couple of sleeping babes. What a wonderful year this has been!

****I am grateful for
1) awesome weather
2) awesome family and friends to celebrate with
3) beautiful cakes and decorations
4) a year that words just can't describe
5) parties and things to celebrate!