Emily turns 4

Our little Emily is now a semi-big-girl – 4 years old! We kept it low key this year with a family celebration and lunch with friends. For future reference, here is a list of her current skills/loves:
Loves to write her name, draw with anything (crayons, markers, sidewalk chalk, pens), pro at her balance bike, still a lover of books (all kinds, even the lowly phone book), into the “princess thing”, enjoys making music & dancing, a sweet big sister who loves her little brother, a little strong willed and changing more everyday.

I asked her a few questions to remember her day:

1. What is your favorite color?
Pink & purple

2. What is your favorite toy?
The play kitchen

3. What is your favorite fruit?
Pineapple

4. What is your favorite tv show?
Doc McStuffins

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?
PB&J

6. What is your favorite outfit?
Dress with sparkles

7. What is your favorite game?
Tea party game on iPad

8. What is your favorite snack?
Graham crackers

9. What is your favorite animal?
Giraffes

10. What is your favorite song?
“O how he loves you and me”

11. What is your favorite book?
Bible storybook

12. Who are your favorite people to play with?
Audrey Claire, Madison, Jocelyn, Madelyn, Anna Grace

13. What is your favorite cereal?
Frosted mini wheats

14. What is your favorite thing to do outside?
Pick flowers

15. What is your favorite drink?
Milk

16. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas

17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?
Leopard (stuffed animal)

18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Pancakes with syrup & whipped cream

19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?
Spaghetti

20. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Painter/artist

21. What is your favorite thing to do with daddy?
Build stuff with legos

22. What is your favorite thing to do with mommy?
Go outside and find flowers

23. What is your favorite thing to do with Isaac?
Make him laugh

24. Where is your favorite place to go?
To Marbles or Nana & Grandad’s house

Finally, here’s a few photos of our day.  Lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant  – with friends!

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Quick pose with her birthday irises.

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Opening gifts with Isaac.

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Cake!

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Nana & Gradad joined us over Skype for singing

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Happy 8 Months Isaac

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Before I get back to “updating from 2012” I thought I’d take a moment to blog on the general present. Our little Isaac man is 8 months old. I cannot believe this little thing is inching closer to the 1 year old mark. He is our snuggle bug, happy boy – except for the night time wakings, ugh – and loves loves loves his big sister. Here’s a quick list of his recent stats:

Weight: 20lbs
Length: 27.75 inches
Teeth: has 2 lower, working on a few upper teeth (reason for not sleeping through the night since Thanksgiving?)
Wears: 12 month clothing & size 4 diapers
Loves: Daddy, Emily, nursing,snuggles, toys with wheels and anything of Emily’s, the remote control, phones and anything with buttons to push
Strongly dislikes: the dark, sleeping through the night, eating off a spoon
Eats: bananas in his mesh feeder, puffs, bits of sweet potato & peas, still exclusively nursing (every 2 hours during the day…)
Skills: Can sit up without support, scoot backwards, holler really loud (babbles, blows raspberries, says, “dadadada”). He is super close to crawling. I am very content with his current level of mobility; he can’t get too far or find too much trouble (except scooting backwards and getting his lower half stuck under the coffee table on a regular basis).

2012 Review – Part 1

January 2012
Emily had a little accident on the stairs at home that required our first trip to the ER and her first broken bone with a cast for 4 weeks.   Naturally, Paul was out of town.  He rented a car and drove home from Mobile, AL, in the middle of the night.  Then my mom came to visit to help us out.  In the midst of that crazy time, we found out baby # 2 was a BOY.  Having a cast did not slow her down one bit!
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February 2012
Emily and Paul went to Chick-fil-a’s “daddy-daughter night.”  She got to ride in a limo and had a great time bonding with Paul.  We saw a tiny bit of snow.  On Valentine’s Day, the cast came off!  It was a long month for us. Baths and clothing were a challenge. I pray we never have another broken bone in our house! We celebrated by going to our favorite fo-yo place, Sweet Spoons, with Jocelyn. It took Emily a few days to finally put her arm down and use it once again.
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At the end of the month, we made our annual visit to UNC-Asheville’s Homecoming.  We met up with some great friends we don’t often get to see.  We enjoyed a wild, but fun, lunch at Barley’s and then the basketball game.  It was a quick visit, but great fun.  I finally took a photo of my growing belly.
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More to come… hopefully…

2012 – in review

I’m working on a new entry to review our life in 2012. Seeing as I didn’t make a post after March… I have a few things to share.

Before you get too excited about a post filled with photos and a little commentary, let me preface by saying, I don’t know when I’m going to actually get back to do it, but I promise to do something.

Now we’re a family of four (4!), Emily will be turning 4 in just a few short months. My hands and heart are very full. Sadly, my energy reserves are quite empty.

Happy New Year friends (and mom! I know you still read the blog)! 🙂