Iced In

Tulsa received its fair share of ice, sleet, and snow on Monday and Tuesday causing our roads to be very slippery.  Many area businesses are closed including most of the local schools.  School is closed again tomorrow, for the 3rd day in a row.  I’m not sure Emma even realizes that she is supposed be going to school, we’re having so much fun together at home!

We’ve tried to keep Emma occupied with lots of fun indoor activities like flashcards (nerdy, huh?), dress up, beauty shop, play-doh, painting a bathroom, playing pretend kitchen, etc.  I’m usually pretty worn out by the end of the day!

Today we ventured outside to our backyard for some “sledding” in a laundry basket pulled by mommy.  Emma loved it!  Koby loved running alongside the laundry basket.  It was pretty cute.

Luckily, I’ve been off work the past couple of afternoons also so it has made this a really neat, cozy time for our family.  I love it when we get quality time that we weren’t planning on having. :) What a blessing.

Here are a few pics of our snow/ice bunny:

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Our homemade sled:

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Pajama Day at School

We don’t have a lot to blog about this week… it’s been a great, fairly uneventful week.  No trips to the emergency room praise the Lord!

Below is a picture of Emma on Thursday morning.  It was pajama day at her school.  It was really funny when I talked to her about pajama day before school that day- she kept trying to tell me that she was not supposed to wear pajamas to school.  She was really nervous that she’d be the only one.  When we got to school and she saw all of her friends wearing pajamas, she was SO excited and thought it was the coolest day ever!  I let her bring her Baby Madeline to school for pajama day and the teachers said she had Baby Madeline participate in ALL of the activities and explained EVERYTHING that was going on to Baby Madeline- what an imagination!

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I also wanted to mention a prayer request.  For those of you that haven’t already been connected to this blog, please visit: http://www.kellyskornerblog.com/

This is a family that I’ve never met, but feel like I’ve known for years because I’ve kept up with her blog for several months.  They are a wonderful Christian family from Arkansas who struggled with infertility and finally got pregnant last year.  They just had their baby girl, Harper, last week and she was in very serious condition immediately after birth.  Ironically, she was flown to Tulsa to a NICU here.  Being a NICU nurse, I read about her condition and didn’t think there was a chance that she’d make it through the first night here.  However, every day she has improved and it sounds like she’s on the road to recovery.  This has been a huge eye opener to me a reminder that once again, GOD IS IN CONTROL!  Many people are praying for this little girl and I’m sure they’d love to have a few more people praying.   I know I am!  Thanks.





I’ve been Tagged!

I’ve been tagged by Terra! 

The rules are:  Post your 4th picture in your 4th digital photo folder and talk about it.   

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This picture was take June 29, 2005 in Washington D.C.  Robin and I took an awesome vacation for our 5 year anniversary (which was on June 24th.)  We spent about 4 days in Washington D.C. and then took an Amtrak train to New York City where we met up with our good friends, The Kreys, for about 4 more days.  Neither of us had been to D.C. or N.Y.C. so this was a really cool trip for both of us.  We did a LOT of sight-seeing! 

I am very grateful for the vacations that Robin and I have taken and I’m prayerful that we’ll get to take another vacation  in 2010 for our 10 year anniversary! 

Ok, so now I’m tagging the following 4 friends: Jessica, Kylie, Christy, and Katie (unless you’ve already been tagged, then I guess you have an “out!”)





“Searching for a Needle in the Haystack…”

This was a quote from the Urgent Care physician who worked with a physician assistant for 2 hours to get a sewing needle out of my foot!  Yes, you heard me right.  For some of you, this is already too much information.  But how could I leave this important event out of my journal?

Thursday night after getting home from work, Robin and I were in our bedroom moving furniture when I stepped on something very sharp.  I was immediately in a ton of pain but we weren’t sure what I stepped on.   Robin got down on his hands and knees and found a sewing needle sticking straight up out of the carpet- and it was broken in half.  That makes sense- the other half was still in my foot!  I worked for a few minutes to try to retrieve the needle with some of my nursing supplies, but we could soon tell that it was not going to be an at-home fix!  Emma was very concerned for me and kept trying to hand me different supplies out of my first aid kit- you know like a thermometer, blood pressure cuff, and other useful things at a time like that!  Maybe nursing is in her future? 

Please note- No, I have not starting sewing.  I do however have a sewing kit that I vaguely remember Emma dropping a few weeks ago after move in and apparently we did not pick up all of the contents!

We quickly dropped Emma off at Nana’s house and rushed to the Urgent Care center.  We were treated very well- I was very impressed by the Dr’s and nurses.  They took on my case as quite a challenge and all of the staff came by to see my foot!  It took several x-rays and a few hours of “searching” for the needle before retrieving it.

3 hours and 6 stitches later, I was home cozy in my bed.  Luckily my foot stayed numb until Friday, when it started hurting like crazy!  I’ll have to take it slow for a while and running a marathon is probably not in my near future (darn! I was really planning on doing that!) 

I guess this was just one of those weird things that just happens.  We’re so thankful that it was my foot and not Emma’s!  I can’t imagine how tragic that would have been.

One of the cool parts of the story was meeting the PA- she is shown in the 2nd picture below- turns out she is from WACO, went to BAYLOR, and knows some of my former roommates!  What a small world.  She has a daughter a little bit younger than Emma.  Do you Waconians recognize Rachel Jumper Taylor below???  (and yes- this is a lovely picture of me, I know!)

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So, here’s hoping that this is our ONLY ER/urgent care visit for this year! :)





American Idol Season is Back!

We are often afraid to admit it, but we LOVE “American Idol”! Robin and I have followed every season (since Season 2) somewhat religiously and are always so excited when a new season begins.

Emma has been exposed to “Idol” since she was a newborn. Yes, we know it’s not the most well-rounded show. We hope to wean her off “Idol” much like we weaned her off the paci (just kidding.)

One of our favorite videos of her from infant-hood came about after watching an “Idol” episode… she LOVED Melinda Doolittle, a former contestant from Tulsa. Just the sound of her name made Emma giggle. Here is a flashback video of Emma at 3 months old:

And here is Emma tonight… obviously hooked on “Idol”:

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American Idol Season is Back!

We are often afraid to admit it, but we LOVE “American Idol”! Robin and I have followed every season (since Season 2) somewhat religiously and are always so excited when a new season begins.

Emma has been exposed to “Idol” since she was a newborn. Yes, we know it’s not the most well-rounded show. We hope to wean her off “Idol” much like we weaned her off the paci (just kidding.)

One of our favorite videos of her from infant-hood came about after watching an “Idol” episode… she LOVED Melinda Doolittle, a former contestant from Tulsa. Just the sound of her name made Emma giggle. Here is a flashback video of Emma at 3 months old:

And here is Emma tonight… obviously hooked on “Idol”:

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2 Year Portraits

Ok, I don’t know if I’m more excited that Emma is off the paci successfully or that I’ve had NINE comments on my last post!!! Seriously, how exciting! Maybe I’ll plan another party soon so I can get more blog comments. :) Thanks everyone! (I know a lot of blogs that receive like 200 comments a day, so my nine is not record-breaking, but it still makes my heart smile.)

Nana and I took Emma to Picture People on Sunday evening for some 2 year pictures, just a few weeks after her 2nd B-day.

This was the toughest photo shoot by far. Emma was not interested in sitting still, standing still, smiling “normally” or anything else the photographer or I suggested. Still, they got a few cute shots.

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Paci Party

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Thursday, January 8, 2009 marks a monumental day in Emma’s life… this is the day we said goodbye to pacifiers! Sound dramatic? Well it was!

You see, Emma has been attached to her pacis from Day 1. As a newborn, the paci was our lifeline!

IMG_0163 Over time, Emma’s fondness for her pacis took on a new form. Rather than requiring one paci at bedtime, she needed TWO, then THREE, then FOUR. Then the request for pacis became very specific: “Mommy, I need the BLUE paci.” “Daddy, I need the ORANGE paci.” Then she became slightly OCD with the pacis: “Daddy, wash the pacis, pacis are dirty.” She also began hiding the pacis- everywhere!

Her fondness became an addiction! Much like my addiction for Dr. Pepper or Starbuck’s- she just HAD to have them!

I’ve heard so much controversy regarding when to wean off of pacis. I’ve heard many people say it’s best to wean before 6 months- before they truly become attached. I’ve heard others say to let babies use their pacis until they have finished teething. I’ve also heard some say to let a child naturally wean themselves.

Robin and I decided to go with our own instincts on this one- now just seemed like the right time for Emma. Do I regret not weaning sooner? Not at all. Those pacis have gotten Emma through some really rough times- they’ve helped her through ear infections, plane rides, car rides, teething, scary dreams, boredom, etc.

So, how did we do it? Robin had the idea to have a paci party to say goodbye to the pacis. Emma is such a logical little girl- she likes for things to be explained to her. We began preparing her last Monday for her paci party. We talked it up BIG! She asked about it several times throughout the week. (Remember, she just had two Birthday parties and Christmas less than a month ago so she really has parties on the brain!)

The kitchen was decorated for the party when she woke up on Thursday morning- we had Dora plates and napkins, streamers, and balloons.

On Thursday night after I got home from work, we all cooked ‘breakfast for dinner’- our family’s favorite meal! We had biscuits, eggs, and bacon. While daddy was cooking the eggs, Emma and I iced and decorated the cake- a rainbow sprinkle cake with strawberry ice cream. We ate a yummy dinner, then served the cake and ice cream. Emma ate every bit of dinner and dessert.

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After dessert, we collected all of Emma’s pacis and put them in front of her. We told her to say goodbye to each of them… and she did! She kissed each one of them, told them goodbye, and put them in the box. My favorite part was when she put the very last one in her mouth to suck on for 15 seconds before giving it up. :)

We then closed the box, taped it shut (with duct tape so we wouldn’t be tempted to open it in the middle of the night!) then sang “For they are jolly good fellows, for they are jolly good fellows, for they are jolly good fellows, but now we must say goodbye.”- made up by mommy and daddy on the spur of the moment.

All in all, it went great. Emma went to sleep without asking for a paci at all! We were amazed. She did wake up twice during the night and just wanted some TLC, and we were more than happy to give it to her.

I think this whole process was more traumatic for mommy and daddy than for Emma!

Those of you who have seen Emma with 2 pacis in her mouth at the same time know that this is HUGE.

One more huge transition down, 500 to go! Now… on to potty training. :)

Paci Party

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Thursday, January 8, 2009 marks a monumental day in Emma’s life… this is the day we said goodbye to pacifiers! Sound dramatic? Well it was!

You see, Emma has been attached to her pacis from Day 1. As a newborn, the paci was our lifeline!

IMG_0163 Over time, Emma’s fondness for her pacis took on a new form. Rather than requiring one paci at bedtime, she needed TWO, then THREE, then FOUR. Then the request for pacis became very specific: “Mommy, I need the BLUE paci.” “Daddy, I need the ORANGE paci.” Then she became slightly OCD with the pacis: “Daddy, wash the pacis, pacis are dirty.” She also began hiding the pacis- everywhere!

Her fondness became an addiction! Much like my addiction for Dr. Pepper or Starbuck’s- she just HAD to have them!

I’ve heard so much controversy regarding when to wean off of pacis. I’ve heard many people say it’s best to wean before 6 months- before they truly become attached. I’ve heard others say to let babies use their pacis until they have finished teething. I’ve also heard some say to let a child naturally wean themselves.

Robin and I decided to go with our own instincts on this one- now just seemed like the right time for Emma. Do I regret not weaning sooner? Not at all. Those pacis have gotten Emma through some really rough times- they’ve helped her through ear infections, plane rides, car rides, teething, scary dreams, boredom, etc.

So, how did we do it? Robin had the idea to have a paci party to say goodbye to the pacis. Emma is such a logical little girl- she likes for things to be explained to her. We began preparing her last Monday for her paci party. We talked it up BIG! She asked about it several times throughout the week. (Remember, she just had two Birthday parties and Christmas less than a month ago so she really has parties on the brain!)

The kitchen was decorated for the party when she woke up on Thursday morning- we had Dora plates and napkins, streamers, and balloons.

On Thursday night after I got home from work, we all cooked ‘breakfast for dinner’- our family’s favorite meal! We had biscuits, eggs, and bacon. While daddy was cooking the eggs, Emma and I iced and decorated the cake- a rainbow sprinkle cake with strawberry ice cream. We ate a yummy dinner, then served the cake and ice cream. Emma ate every bit of dinner and dessert.

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After dessert, we collected all of Emma’s pacis and put them in front of her. We told her to say goodbye to each of them… and she did! She kissed each one of them, told them goodbye, and put them in the box. My favorite part was when she put the very last one in her mouth to suck on for 15 seconds before giving it up. :)

We then closed the box, taped it shut (with duct tape so we wouldn’t be tempted to open it in the middle of the night!) then sang “For they are jolly good fellows, for they are jolly good fellows, for they are jolly good fellows, but now we must say goodbye.”- made up by mommy and daddy on the spur of the moment.

All in all, it went great. Emma went to sleep without asking for a paci at all! We were amazed. She did wake up twice during the night and just wanted some TLC, and we were more than happy to give it to her.

I think this whole process was more traumatic for mommy and daddy than for Emma!

Those of you who have seen Emma with 2 pacis in her mouth at the same time know that this is HUGE.

One more huge transition down, 500 to go! Now… on to potty training. :)

Emma and Nana

After moving into our new house, the biggest transition for Emma was not seeing Nana every day! Nana AND Emma were spoiled getting to spend time together playing, reading, and singing, everyday.

We try to make it a point to see Nana 2-3 times every week even though we’re not living with her.

Here are a few pictures of Emma and Nana at lunch after church on Sunday.

Emma seems to be cheesing it up for the camera these days. :)

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We love you and miss you Nana!