Monday, August 25, 2008

The Past 4 Days

We have been some what busy these past four days....much too busy for blogging!

Friday night, Emma started a new gymnastics class. She absolutely loves it. Emma is one of three Emma's in her class (I kinda figured that would be the case when we named her). She did exceptionally well for her first class. Emma's favorite thing is the balance beam. She learned to do a front roll on the beam (with a spotter). The only picture I have of her doing that, is the first time and she almost fell off! :) The pictures are a little blurry as we were upstairs in the parents observation room.

Saturday, I cleaned house and we just hung out a home. We played outside that evening. Travis was working late, so we had a dance party in Emma's room. It was super fun! We also played babies and put them ALL to sleep in Hannah's bed.





Sunday, we did more of the same. Parker Stearns came over and played for a little while. The girls enjoyed having someone else to play with besides each other. Sunday night, after bath, Emma wanted curly hair again. While I was putting the sponge rollers in her hair, Hannah decided she wanted in on the action. I got two rollers in that mullet of hers. She wore them up until bed time and decided she wasn't too excited about sleeping in them. It was cute



Tonight, we had Emma's Pre-K Open House and Meet the Teacher. It was good. There are 15 kids in her Pre-K class. Most of them, she had been to daycare with, so she was glad to see some familiar faces. I didn't take any pictures, but the class room is so cute. They do lots of fun activities and go on Field Trips in the spring. Emma is so excited. This weekend, we go to buy her school supplies! I am excited for her and glad she is prepared for this transition, but it does make me a little sad! I know I will be a basket case when she starts Kindergarten...I don't even want to think about it!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Curly Sue

Last night, Emma said she wanted curly hair for school today. So, we broke out the old school sponge rollers and put them up. She slept in them and the results are beautiful! See below for the pictures!







Monday, August 18, 2008

Arty Crafty

While I was on maternity leave, I started painting some letters for Hannah's wall in her room. I had a brilliant idea. Well, over a year later, I finally finished my brilliant idea. I think I am pretty "Arty Crafty"...at least that is what I have been calling myself all weekend! :)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

For GrandDa...

Hannah is a blankey baby and she has always been very partial to a green, pink and white blankey. I stole it away this weekend to wash it while Emma and Hannah were playing. Hannah went in her room to her blanket drawer and started ripping all the blankets out of the drawer and rubbing each one on her face (I am assuming in search of the "blankey" and to see if any could pass the lovey test). None seemed to do and she started fussing. Finally, she happened across a very special blanket that I don't let her use often because I don't want her to mess it up. She immediately rubbed it on her face, looked at it and wrapped it around herself. GrandDa, you better get to knitting...because that blanket is now the new "blankey". Even after her regular blankey got out of the dryer, she only wanted her yellow one!



Saturday, August 16, 2008

Sweet Words

For a long time, I thought something was seriously wrong with Hannah. I know you aren't supposed to compare your kids to each other, but Emma was the only milestone "benchmark" I had to judge Hannah's progress on. Hannah did all of the motor skills well ahead of what Emma had done. However, Emma could speak in full sentences at her first birthday. Hannah...could not. I was extremely bothered by this and thought maybe something was wrong with Hannah (I know...I'm crazy...but I am just saying!) So, at her last visit with Dr. Lovell, we were talking about this. He did think I was crazy and told me so. Come to find out, Emma was EXTREMELY advanced and her talking that well was not normal. He told me that by 18 months, kids should be able to say between 2 and 10 words to be considered average. I breathed a sigh of relief to find out that not only was nothing wrong with Hannah, but she is well on her way to being considered advanced! Below is a video of some of her sweet words...


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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Toga Day in XNA

Really, it's not toga day in ALL of XNA, I just liked the rhyme. But, it is toga day at Coleman's Children Academy.

As you all know, Emma LOVES pink. So, she couldn't just have a plain white toga. Goodness no! She wanted a PINK toga. So, I took myself and all my crafty wonder (sense the sarcasm) to Hobby Lobby yesterday to find some material for this fabulous PINK toga. I did find some super cute pink and white material. Travis helped me "wrap" Emma up this morning and I tied some white tulle and pink ribbon around her waist to hold it in place. Then, we put her hair in a bun and instead of greenery around her bun ("because that doesn't match"), she work some white feathers around her bun. Cassidie and Kelsie made Emma some cute pink and white flip flops and she wore those to round out the outfit. She looked so cute!

**I was proud of myself because when I dropped her off, she had on the CUTEST toga...BY FAR!(Not that I was judging...)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

5 Arms...

This morning was cowgirl/cowboy day at school. They are having a dress up week, the last week before school starts. I digress.

So, Travis and I were getting the girls dressed (of course, I forgot to take a picture). Travis doesn't do hair, especially when it requires a bow, braids or even a cowgirl hat. So, I was brushing Hannah's hair and getting her hair pretty in. Emma was standing there and the conversation went like this:

Emma: "Mommy, I want braids...can you put braids in my hair...Mommy...please...I want braids!"

Mommy: "Emma, I will put your hair in braids after I get Hannah's pulled up. I can't do everything at once."

Emma: "That's why you should grow 5 arms" (pause to think) "Or better, learn to braid with your feet!"

Yes, instead of Emma learning patience, my daughter thinks I should learn to braid with my feet.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Happy Birthday, Kelsie!

Yesterday, we went to Kelsie's birthday party. She is Cassidie's daughter and she turned 10! We had a great time eating pizza and cake. Kelsie got so much stuff. Emma loved playing with Ashton (Cassidie's son) and the other girls at the party. Thanks for having us!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Time flys when your having fun!

I was looking at some pictures on my computer today from last year. I can hardly believe how quickly time passes. With each passing day, life seems to go faster and faster. Here are some pictures from this time last year of the girls up next to current pictures. Makes me want to find the "life remote" and either pause everything or at least put it in slow motion! (tear...)

Emma 2007:




Emma 2008:
Hannah 2007:

Hannah 2008:

Emma & Daddy 2007:

Emma & Daddy 2008:


Hannah & Mommy 2007:

Hannah & Mommy 2008:


Emma & Hannah 2007:

Emma & Hannah 2008:

1,000 Words


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Shhh...

Ok, so I have some TOP SECRET information, but it's just WAY too fabulous not to share:

Amanda Reed made my girls the CUTEST Razorback Tutu's! Here is a sneak peek of what they look like (not on the girls). I am not giving them to them until the first Razorback game, so please don't spill the beans.

Amanda makes all kinds of fabulous, cute items. She makes tutu's, burp cloths, personalized canvases and lots of other stuff. Please visit her at Bibs & Cribs.

Enjoy the Tutu pic, but please know this picture does not even BEGIN to do it justice! I can hardly contain my excitement to see my sweeties in these!

Swimming Lessons

For the past couple of weeks, Emma has been taking swimming lessons. Miss Amanda teaches Emma at her house for an hour a day. She is so patient with Emma and so kind. I was thrilled last night when I went to pick Emma up to find out that she can swim under water by herself! She was a little unsure when this all started, but she has learned to trust Miss Amanda and loves to go! Every day when I pick her up, she asks "Do we have swimming lessons today?" Thanks, Miss Amanda, for working with Emma! We will miss you when you head back to school in a couple of weeks!







Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I can read



The other day, Emma was laying on the couch with a hand full of books. The conversation went like this:

Mommy: "Emma, what are you doing?"

Emma: "Reading."

Mommy: "Oh...do you know how to read?"

Emma: "No" (pause) "Well, ACTUALLY, I do know how to read. I just read differently from what this book says."

Yeah...that's what I get for trying to have her expand her vocabulary. Actually? Differently? Isn't she just barely 4? My goodness!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Wild Weekend

We had a busy and fun weekend this weekend!

Friday night, we were playing outside as usual. On our nightly walk, Emma had her first bicycle wreck. She is like her mother and doesn't pay attention when she is "driving" and...BAM...off she fell. She had a small scrape on her knee, but is was bleeding! OH THE HORROR! After a bandaid and lots of hugs and kisses she was fine.







Saturday, Mimi and Pawpaw came to visit. We had great visit with them. The girls played so hard and really enjoyed getting to spend time with them. I didn't have my camera out and have no pictures to show! BOOO! But, we did enjoy seeing them. Thanks for coming! We love you guys!

Sunday afternoon, the girls were getting restless, but since it was sooo hott, we just couldn't venture out into the yard to play. We decided to make a trip to the Aquatic Center to let them burn off some of that energy. They had a great time. While it was semi-crowded, it wasn't too bad. Emma and Hannah both had a blast going down the little water slides. I think Travis had the most fun seeing his girls be fearless!





I have found the spawn of Satan! Yes...you heard me... it's in my house! For those of you who don't know, when we bought our house it had orange and green shag carpet and wallpaper everywhere! We spend two weeks pulling wallpaper and painting. The guest bathroom was not done because we were in a time crunch. Well, I have been looking at that hideous stuff for long enough and have been working every night to peel it off so I can do a faux finish and paint it. Let me tell you...ITS A PAIN! Please...don't wallpaper your house if you ever plan on moving out of it. Just don't do it for the sake of the people that will move in after you. Chances of them liking your wallpaper is slim and none. So they, like me, will spend hours upon hours of their lives peeling wallpaper to ensure every little sliver is off so it can be painted. What a pain! (enjoy the pics of the LOVELY wallpaper from my guest bathroom!)





Finally for the biggest news of all... HANNAH TEE TEE'D IN THE POTTY!

She has been interested in the potty for a few weeks now, so we bought her a potty, but haven't been trying really hard to get her to use it. Every night before bath and most times we change her diaper, we let her go sit there for a little bit and see if she will go. Last night, before bath she did! We were so excited and so was she! Now...to get her to keep it up....