Saturday, March 28, 2009

Easter Bunny

My mom had the idea of taking all three grandchildren to see the Easter Bunny today.  I needed to go in the morning---figuring that it would give us the best opportunity for a "happy" Emily.  

Well, it's Saturday and we have needed to do some cleaning.  Brian was cleaning our bathroom floor so it was pretty slippery.  Emily decided to go full speed ahead.  SPLAT.  She fell face first on our bathroom tile.  Tears were involved.  To my dismay, blood was involved.  Oh, my precious girl busted her lip AGAIN.  This time it wasn't just the lip, but blood was draining from her nose.  It was nasty.  Poor girl.  

The bleeding stops, but she is now in a very FRAGILE state.  We decided to continue with the Easter Bunny picture opportunity, so we got her dressed.  She looked adorable.  We got to the bunny's house and she was still okay.  BUT....I tried to sit her with Haley first and that didn't work out so well.  We scurried Haley and Lexi from the bunny so that Emily could have some alone time.  Here is the result....
I didn't want to post the picture of the three of them that I didn't "leak" the images of Haley and Lexi from any other bloggers that might like to do that.  :)

Thursday, March 26, 2009


I am so excited to say that my event is behind me!!!!  I have been planning for two months or so for an information night for 8th graders transitioning to 9th grade.  I was responsible for organizing EVERYTHING.  I am 100% relieved to have the night behind me.  I was going to take pictures of it, but I didn't have time to breathe.  We had over 1500 people in attendance.  It just feels really good to know that the hard work I put into it paid off!  

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Family Portrait

Our church is doing a "sermon series" on Family Portrait.  I'm kinda funny with emotions.  Sometimes I internalize them and think on them and try to figure out why I feel the way I do and sometimes I externalize them and wear them on my sleeve and everyone knows how I feel. 

Today was an "external" day.  If you have been reading my blog, you know Emily's been sick.  It is truly heartbreaking to watch her be this way.  This is her third stomach flu since birth and it has never kicked her bottom like this one has.  Her schedule is way jacked up---sleeping all day and up all night---which means we aren't sleeping either.  I am super fragile. Emotional. I cried all the way to work on the phone with my mom.  I had to take a day off on Wednesday, I couldn't take another day today.  I got to work and my co-workers were basically pushing me out the door, BUT I have a HUGE night that I am planning for about 2,000 people next Wednesday---that's 4 working days away.  It's days like this that I am reminded so greatly that I don't stay home with my child.  We have to look for someone to watch her and my sources are extremely limited.  

My dad has pretty much taken care of her every time we have been in a jam.  Emily is SO blessed to have her as a Grandpa---and I am so grateful he is my dad.    I came home a couple hours early and he asked if I wanted a nap.  I tried to sleep before he had to leave, but I couldn't sleep too great because I could hear them interacting.  I eventually left my bed and snuck a peek on their play time.  He was on the floor trying to get her to play with toys and he was successful.  She copied what he was doing--a VAST improvement from yesterday.  She didn't touch a single toy.  I know she had a great day with her grandpa because she cried when he was leaving.  She got attached today.  As Brian said, "She knew he took care of her today and that means so much to her when she is sick."  It means a lot to me too!  

Dad---thank you for your selflessness and love for your family and mine.  I would have been a total mess without you today.  I love you! 

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

wiggles and movers

My poor little monkey is really not herself today.  I think I forget just how awful a flu can make you feel until I see it work its way through my daughter.  She is doing better, but certainly not out of the woods.  She is so sleepy all of the time.  She pretty much only wants to sit with us and watch tv.  She'll have an occasional sip of water/gatorade and nibbles of applesauce and cheerios.  Sounds scrumptious.  Anyway, in watching tv today I noticed something odd.  What's with the grown men on children shows?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Long Day...

Nothing like a super duper long day at work and coming home to puke.  

Yep, opened the garage door and Emily's car seat was sitting next to Brian's car, not the best clue.  Sure enough came upstairs and she had been sick.....we're on Number 5.  Here's hoping it stops...SOON!  

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Emily updates

I'm totally stealing this idea from my friend Erin.....I feel like there is so much progress with Emily lately and I have not been good about pictures, so I figured I would share some of the "new" things Emily is doing.  

1.  I am not sure if I have blogged about this before, but Emily LOVES going to bed at night.  We just ask her around her bedtime if she is ready for night-night and she stops whatever she is doing and walks straight to her room and stares at her crib until we put her in it.  She goes down immediately after we pray. 

2. She says more, eat and please in sign language frequently.  

3. She verbally says ma-ma, da-da, no, uh-oh, mandy(my parents dog), ball and thank you. Sometimes she says Elmo. She is working really hard at saying grandma and Linda (her daycare provider)

4. She is still pretty shy around people, but if she feels comfortable she will always seek approval by looking at you after she does something silly to see if you are smiling at her.  

5. She gives the BEST hugs

6.  She honks our noses.  Brian says "HONK" in a deep voice and I say "Nose" in a high-pitched voice.  She giggles every time. 

7.  She is trying to smell flowers....she pretty much just breathes out, but it's cute nonetheless

8. She loves playing peek-a-boo with just about I write this, she is playing it with our kitchen stools.  

9. She loves bathtime.  She hated it as a newborn, but it's truly one of her favorite things to do now.  If we say "do you want a bath" she runs the the bath and tries to to jump in. 

10.  She climbs on anything and everything.  She loves going to the park.  In fact, every day that she gets home, I hear her yelling "BALL" as she comes in the door.  It's because we take a soccer ball with us to the park and by saying "ball" she wants us to grab it and go to the park. 

11. She's getting great at washing her hands.  She understands the pattern of washing hands now....and that's pretty much a result of going to the park too!  

12. She plays pretend with eating.  I have no idea what she is eating, but apparently it is quite satisfying.

13.  We've reached the point that she is testing independence like you wouldn't believe.  We had to leave a restaurant for the first time.  The food was served piping hot, I looked at the waiter trying to hold back the tears and said, "Can you please just pack this to go, she's just not going to make it."  Brian and I had each had "turns" with her outside---about 4 times each!!!  She's also going through a very picky eating stage, but she is still eating, so that's gotta mean something, right?  

14.  I wonder how many of you actually made it to point 14?  Anyway, she makes me smile each and every day!!!!!

Friday, March 6, 2009

I am not pregnant, but....

I have babies on the brain.  I don't know if it's because I have friends that are embarking on their parenting adventures for the 1st or 2nd time or if it's the time of year (I was SUPER sick two years ago at this time)....whatever the case may be I have a few thoughts.  

1.  Be careful what you name your children.  I would by lying if I said that I did not think what "EMILY" would sound like if she was at a distance from me and I was shouting her name.  Why that was a thought, I don't know why.  Tonight, we were at Disneyland and I realized I was thankful that we tried that out.....we were near a family that were yelling O-S#*% over and over....quite was after the third time that I realized they were actually calling for Ocean.  

2.  There is a certain spot on the 5 freeway that makes me want to hurl every time we drive through it.  It smells like Chaste Tree Berry.  CTB was my evil friend when I was trying to get pregnant with Emily.  I had a consult with someone that said CTB worked best if you drank it instead of taking the pills.....NASTY, but it worked.  So, when we drive through that spot on the freeway it smells EXACTLY like it tasted....strange, but true. 

3.  We have our future little girl or little boy's name picked out.  I am a planner, what can I say?  

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Do you ever feel like you need a giant zipper just to pull yourself together?

Maybe it's just me...