We had Emma's first dance recital recently. She did SO GOOD!!! I was so proud of her! We took a Mommy & Me dance class this year and we both really enjoyed it. We made some GREAT friends and had a lot of fun. Here are some pictures from the day.
Emma & Katelyn
Maddie, Katelyn, Emma & Julia
Me & Emma Bean
Emma & Ben before their Daddy & Me dance
Family picture backstage minus Brooks
Jameson, Maddie, Emma, Julia, Katelyn & Zoe
Playing ring around the rosie before their next dance
We had a great recital and they all got trophies (which I forgot to take a picture of Emma with it) which she LOVED!!!
Shannon & Harper asked us to go with them after the party at school to get our nails done. At first Emma wasn't too keen on the idea so I had to start painting her nails and she finally ended up letting the lady finish them. Since we've left she's asked when can we go back. I guess it doesn't take long to realize getting your nails done is a lot of fun!!!
Emma's last day of school was last week. I can't believe she's already finished with 3K and moving on to 4K. The time is going by way too fast and the thought of her starting kindergarten in another year makes me want to cry. Here she is on her last day of 3K.
She's grown so much. Here she is on her first day of 3K.
I had a hard time getting creative this year for Mother's Day but finally I remembered seeing something and decided to try it. I actually even took a picture of it with my phone when I saw it at an arts & craft show not long ago. I think this turned out so cute. It's on an 18 x 24 canvas. I did brighter colors because my mom's lake place is bright and colorful and I thought they could hang it there. I'm now going to make one for myself and put it in our playroom. Emma and Brooks LOVED painting their hands. We did 1 for my mom and 1 for Ben's mom.
My mom and Nancy both loved it and I love it!!!! I can't wait to do ours now!
Emma's teachers always make the best gifts with them for Mother's Day. She made sure to hide them Thursday so I wouldn't see them and then talked about my prizes all weekend. It was too cute! She told me not to go in her sock drawer and then asked me everyday if it was Valentine's day yet so she could give me her prizes. And yes most of the weekend she referred to Mother's Day as Valentine's Day, it was too cute!
All of my stuff with the extra pictures she colored for me from Daddy, Brooks and Zoe.
Here are my sweet babies right before church yesterday. They looked so cute!
This time 8 years ago I was getting ready for our wedding. I can't believe it's already been 8 years. We had so much fun at our wedding and reception. It turned out exactly like I wanted. Every time I think about it, it puts a smile on my face. The last 8 years have been wonderful (not to say we haven't hit a few bumps in the road along the way...but who hasn't?). We've both grown and changed so much but I couldn't imagine anyone else by my side day in and day out. He is the best husband and best father! Here are some pictures from our wedding. I posted these last year also. I had to scan them in so the quality isn't great. Remember 8 years ago digital camera's weren't the rave yet!
Ben, I love you with all of my heart! Thank you for everything you do!
I can't believe my sweet baby boy is already 18 months old. The last year and a half has flown by far faster then I care for it too. Everyday he amazes me. The bond him and Emma have (when they aren't driving each other crazy) is the sweetest thing! I still can't believe I'm lucky enough to be their mom!
-You wear 18 to 24 month clothes (although if it's not a 1 piece you can fit in 12 months) -You are in size 4 diapers -You weigh about 21-22 lbs (I'll post your stats after our checkup this week) -You can point to your nose, ears, eyes and mouth when we ask you to show us what they are and now you point to our nose, ears, eyes and mouth and tell us what they are when you point to them -You are a monkey, just the other night I was sitting on the couch with Emma and looked over and you climbed up and was sitting on top of the kitchen table. I came running over of course and you just giggled. I wish I had the camera to take a picture. You were so PROUD OF YOURSELF. -Your vocabulary grows so much everyday. Here is what you were saying at 15 months...mama, dada, Emma, Nana, bye, yea, dog, stinky, night night, hi, hot, down stairs, bum bum, yum, cheese (when we take your picture), pa pa (for paci), I don't know and thank you. You've added gah gah (which is what you've nicknamed Zoe and she knows this is her nickname which is even funnier to me), mag mag for Maggie (Nana's dog), Barn Barn (for Barney which is your favorite show right now) no, mommy, green, blue, red, sissy, ding dong (you love to push anyone's nose and say ding dong) tee tee, spoon, minnie (Zoe's favorite toy), mickey, baby, gone gone, hey and so many more. I was gonna try and list them all but honestly you can say so much now. I think what amazes me the most is your level of communication. For instance, Tuesday night Ben took Emma to dance and I asked you where Emma was and you said sissy bye bye da da. I said did sissy go bye bye with daddy and you said yea. Friday night Emma got in trouble and Ben went to get a tissue and you said da da, I said he went to get a tissue, you said sissy cry. You do this alot and are getting really good at telling us what you want and want us to know. -You pointed to the blue crayon this weekend and said blue all by yourself. I was jumping up and down and you thought I was crazy! -You love your tiger (a little cuddly blanket), you take him EVERYWHERE. -You love to slide all by yourself and you can now go up the ladder by yourself. -You love to feed Zoe anything you have -You are ALL BOY, there is such a difference in you and your sister. You are into everything and you climb all over everything -You now lay in Emma's bed every night and we all read 2 books together before bed. It's so sweet and then we all go and put you in your room and 1 by 1 we get kisses from you. I think you could do without kisses from me and Ben but you cry if Emma or Zoe doesn't kiss you. -You LOVE push toys right now. I think we could take all the toys away except the kitchen, your push toys and the swing set outside and you'd be just fine -You do not like sprite or cotton candy (these are things we let you try recently because we had them) and your face when you tried them both was priceless.
I could really go on and on about you. You are at such a fun age and you change and grow everyday. You and your sister continue to amaze me and I'm so blessed to be yours and Emma's mommy!
I am a wife and a mother to the most precious little girl and little boy. I have been married since May 2003 and our little girl was born in June 2007 and our little boy was born in November 2009. I have a great job! Life is good and so are my friends!