Thursday, April 30, 2009

Picture Update

Well, I am SO happy to report that Emma Kate is sleeping in her big girl bed like a champ!! The first couple of days were a little tough, I had to rock her completely to sleep before laying her down, but now I can just lay her down wide awake and she goes to sleep on her own. We are so proud of her!!! And knock on wood she hasn't gotten out of her bed in the middle of the night either. There have been a few mornings that she has quietly woken up and just started playing too. I am so relieved that we have made this transition with ease. I'm not really sure why I was so anxious about it, but I had some major anxiety...I guess I just know how precious these last few weeks of sleep are! :)

Her first time in the bed
She definitely thought it was playtime
Ahh...finally asleep!

And last weekend Emma Kate's Boppy and Chebe (Brice's parents) came to town and hooked her up for the summer. They got her a climber/slide and a pink Cozy Coupe. She LOVES to play outside so both of these are right up her alley. The first night we put the car together we literally had to drag her out of it when it was bedtime! So far she can only go backwards, but she's pretty ingenious and will get in the car, push herself backwards til she can't go anymore, get out of the car, push it to wherever she wants to go and then get back in the car! Haha, too funny! And she has had her afternoon snack while sitting in the car everyday this week! We have really been enjoying the last few days of really warm weather and not much if only it would get warm and stay warm! 

Playing with Dad in the box!
What a BIG girl!
Snack time...
Pushing the car
Oh SO fun!!

And I've taken a few pictures of Easton's room all put together, but I ordered this from etsy and we hung it up last weekend and I hate it! I was really bummed, because I thought I was going to love it. It just looks really cheep and not at all what I was picturing. So, I think I'm going to order this. What do you think?? Once I have everything all put together I will post pictures of his room!

Friday, April 24, 2009

The BIG Switch

Well, the "big switch" as I like to call it (transitioning EK to her big girl bed) is taking place as we speak. Her furniture was delivered this morning and I'm happy to report that she is, at the moment, sleeping soundly. YAY! It took her about fifteen minutes to realize that she could actually get out of this bed and then it was downhill from there. I think she thinks her new bed is more like a trampoline than a bed...all she wanted to do was hold on to the rails and jump! I ended up having to rock her to sleep and then lay her down, but I guess it still counts! We will see how tonight goes!

In Easton news, I got his bed all put together this morning as well, and I LOVE the way it's turning out!! We still have a few things to add, but for the most part his room is done. I think I have been in major nesting phase...I just can't wait to get everything all put together and ready to go. And more than likely we will induce 6 weeks from today! Doesn't seem possible. :)

I will try to take some pictures this afternoon of both rooms and post them later!

Have a great weekend! 

Friday, April 17, 2009


We had such a great Easter Sunday just hanging out with family. It was a great day of reflecting on the fact that our Savior is alive and what amazing gift we have in salvation. Our pastor Dusty preached "The Worst and Best Easter Message Ever". If you have a minute definitely check it out

We were a little tired after just getting back from vacation, but that didn't stop Emma Kate from thoroughly enjoying her first Easter egg hunt! We went out to my parent's house after church and she spotted the eggs in the backyard as soon as we got there. My dad made the mistake of taking her out there just to look around before we ate lunch...needless to say she didn't eat much lunch that day! She was way too worried about going back outside to get more eggs! And we started a new tradition this year (I hope it's a new tradition at least!! :)) My dad hid money eggs for the "grown ups" and I got $50!! My poor sister who is a college student only got $9...she has some really embarrassing pictures on facebook, I'm just grateful that none were taken with my camera! Let's just say I was a little excited about finding so much money!!
Already reaching for the door!
She loves her Aunt Maddie!!
Checking out her loot!
And of course she's more interested in the bag than anything else!
Aunt Maddie got her some new reef flip flops, she didn't know what to think at first...
Then she started dancing around!
She didn't know what to think about us running around crazy!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Shamu, Shopping & Shows

Last week we headed to San Antonio with our good friends the Hutson's.  I was a little leery of traveling that far with Emma Kate, seeing as how our last several trips with her haven't been all that smooth, but she did GREAT! Overall it was such a fun trip and I'm already dying to go back! 

We left early Wednesday morning and with only 2 trips back to the house to get stuff I had forgotten we were on our way. We stopped in Coleman for some good 'ol Dairy Queen and let the kids run around. They were so would have thought they had been in the car for 5 days straight. Emma Kate was of course her loud self and said hi and bye to everyone who dined there that day! And she quickly became fascinated with Will's climbing skills. :) We got to our hotel around 4, unpacked and then headed down to the Riverwalk to check things out. It was so great staying right on the river! First of all, it's just beautiful down there, definitely nothing like it here in the flatlands, and it was so nice to be able to just walk out our hotel and be right there where everything was going on. 

Will really liked Emma Kate's baby!
Ahh...sleeping babies!

Thursday we woke up early and were off for a fun-filled day at Sea World. I have been to Sea World several times, but being able to see the fascination and excitement in your child's eyes as they experience things for the first time made this visit by far the best! We made it around to all the shows we wanted to see, the boys got to ride some rides, and we even splashed around in the little kiddy waterpark before the day was over. Emma Kate LOVED Shamu! She stood up in my lap the entire show and just danced and clapped the whole time, and when Shamu would go under the water she would hold her hands out and say "Go?" in the sweetest little voice! 

She wanted OUT of the stroller!
Waiting for the dolphins to come by
She loved looking at all the fish!
And then we made the mistake of letting her down! :)
Jimmie Johnson's #1 fans! HA!
Will loved running around at the Sesame Street Show
Emma Kate slept right through it!
She LOVED the water!!

Friday Will and Emma Kate had a play day with their dad's and Denae and I went to San Marcos for a full day of shopping at the outlets! We got some great bargains, and my sister Stephanie drove over to see us as well which was an added bonus!! It was really good to quickly catch up since I hadn't seen her since Christmas, unfortunately we were kind of in a hurry because we had lots of stores left AND after all our husbands has been flying solo all day! :) While we were shopping the guys took the kids to see the Alamo and to the Children's Museum, fed them lunch and even put them down for long afternoon naps! I was highly impressed, but they both agreed that they didn't want to become stay-at-home-dads anytime soon! Since they were nice enough to let us go shopping they went to see movies (right up Brice's alley!) 2 out of the 3 nights after the kids had gone to bed...I would say it was an even trade! :)

The Alamo
I was so impressed that the guys actually posed them for pictures!
She loves her daddy!!

Saturday morning Denae took some really great maternity pictures for me down on the Riverwalk. We attempted some family pictures at the Alamo, but it was starting to rain and really chilly so we decided it was time to pack up and head home. Before leaving town however, we had to stop at ONE more mall - La Cantera. It was such a neat mall and I wished could have spent the whole day there!! On our way home we stopped in Fredricksburg where my sweet sister waited for almost 2 hours just to see Miss Emma Kate. She said it was worth it, but I have to say she has more patience than I do! Overall it was such a great first of many (I hope) family vacations!! 

Be sure to check out Denae's blog for her review of the trip, and of course pictures that are TONS better than mine!  

Friday, April 03, 2009

Picnic and a Praise!

On Tuesday at school Emma Kate had her Parent Picnic. Brice took an early lunch and met us at school for the festivities. She was so cute sitting on the picnic blanket eating her lunch! I was really surprised that she was actually sitting down eating considering she wasn't restrained, but about half way through lunch she realized she had the freedom to get up and walk around and it was pretty much down hill from there. She did lots of entertaining...and eating off other's plates (or trying to at least!). I just love getting to see her interact with the other kids in her class!!

And on Wednesday I had to go in for the 3 hour glucose tolerance test. I took the one hour test last Wednesday and failed miserably. :( I had to take the 3 hour test with Emma Kate, but then I was only borderline on the one hour test. After a VERY long and boring morning I called and found out that everything came back normal, PRAISE GOD! :)