Father’s Day 2009

Father’s Day was a great low-key day for our family.  We had a great day just enjoying each other’s company! 

Robin truly is the greatest daddy in the world.  Emma has no idea how lucky she is.  Robin works from home so she gets to see him most of the day every day.  Last week Emma was out with my mom and I shopping and out of the blue she said, “I want to go home and see my daddy.”  She really starts going through withdrawals when she is away from him for more than 3 hours.  We really are very fortunate and I’m so thankful that he get to participate so much in her life.  She truly is a daddy’s girl.

Here are few pics from Father’s Day morning…




and Father’s Day afternoon…


Opening presents…


Father’s Day night- reading a book before bed…


Dinner with Chloe

Last weekend we had a great evening with our good friends, The Hedgecocks.  We had dinner at Oliveto’s and then treated ourselves to some yummy snow cones.

Here are a few pictures from the night:


Chloe and Emma eating ice cream.  Chloe was finished with hers in about 2 minutes and Emma took teeny tiny bites and finished hers in about 20 minutes. 




Waiting for snow cones- both girls requested “PINK” snow cones.


Finger Painting and Potty Training…

Two weekends ago I had scheduled on my calendar 3 intense days of potty training.  That was my FIRST mistake.  I scheduled potty training according to MY schedule.  I was off work for several days and Emma had just turned 2 and half and I decided NOW was the time for Emma to tackle this challenge of toddler-hood. 

I read several books, talked to several friends, and ultimately decided on the “ditch the diapers, wear big girl panties, stay at home and learn to go potty for 2 day” method.  The first day was rough.  The second day was more rough.  The third day Robin and I looked at each other and said, “Wanna try again in a few months?” 

Emma is such a smart girl, I know she understands the concept, but she also wants to do things on HER time table.  She did not like me telling her what to do and when to do it. 

After talking to our Pediatrician, we decided to hold off for a bit and wait until she shows more signs of readiness.  I’m confident that she’ll let us know when she’s ready. :)

I will admit that I had a great 2 days at home with Emma while we attempted potty training.  I was completely focused on her for 2 days- I wish I could do that more often!  She is so much fun. 

Here are a few pics of her finger painting in her princess big girl panties- she got some finger paints as a special treat after going potty in the potty. (this was one rare successful attempt!)



We’re having a….




And his name will be….


Ok, so we got a sneak peak ultrasound last week and found out that we are for sure (like 110%) having a boy.  Words cannot express how excited we are!  I would have been fine either way- I know that Emma would have loved having a little sister and we already have all of the “girl” stuff.  However, I know that mommy will really love having a little boy.  Since I was a little girl, I’ve always dreamed of having a son, is that weird?

I also think that Robin will love having a son- he feels a lot of pressure- you know, for him to turn out ok!  However, I have no doubts that Robin will set a great example of how to be a nice Christian man.

We have decided to name his Foster, my maiden name.  We haven’t quite settled on a middle name but that will come very soon.

Yes, I’ve already ordered a personalized onesie from Pottery Barn with Foster’s name on it.  :)  I’m just a little bit excited. 


Trip to the Kiddie Park




Saturday night we took a road trip with our Connect Group to the Bartlesville Kiddie Park.  It was really neat for me to be able to go back the Kiddie Park because I practically grew up at the park when I was little.  My grandparents lived in Bartlesville for many many years and this was my favorite place to go with them when I went to stay with them for a week every summer.  It’s very funny how the park seems a lot smaller now that I’m an adult.  When I was little, I remember thinking it was like Disney World! 

It was really neat to be able to bring Emma to the Kiddie Park.  It’s the perfect place for toddlers and preschoolers.  I knew that she would be timid and a bit scared of the rides… and she was!  We tried to convince her to ride several of the rides but she was content to watch her friends!  Finally, after an hour and a half daddy asked her if she wanted to ride the swings and she said, “Yes!”    So we threw her on the swing and held our breath.  She did great!  She smiled the entire ride. 

She also agreed to ride the train with both mommy and daddy and the carousel with daddy twice.  That was the extent of her riding adventures- the swings once, the train once, and the carousel twice.  I’m positive that she’ll ride more rides next time we go- she just has to take it all in and observe once first. 

She loved the ice cream cone and cotton candy that we got to have- what a treat!


Aubrey and Emma thinking about riding the boats- Aubrey did!:



Emma and Kinley:



Emma thinking about riding the cars- she decided NO!:



The parents (and Emma) waiting on the other kiddos:



Yummy ice cream:



Wes and Aubrey, Robin and Emma on the train:



Emma and  Daddy on the train:



Yeah, Emma rode the swings!!!:






Emma and daddy cuddling on the carousel:


We all scream for ice cream!

Last Saturday we met my family at Marble Slab on the Riverwalk to eat ice cream and celebrate my cousin Haley’s 10th birthday!

Emma thoroughly enjoyed her “pink ice cream.”  She didn’t care what flavor she got- she just requested that it be PINK. 


Haley and Emma:



Mmmmm, ice cream!:






Most of the ice cream ended up on her shirt but we told her it just looked like another ice cream cone on her shirt:



Mommy and Emma:



Gail, Sara (Dad’s Cousin), and Haley:



Emma and Haley going to look at the fountain:



Nana teaching Emma about flowers:



Emma and Uncle Boom (with a cheesy smile):



Haley, Emma, and Aunt Judy checking out the flowers:


Kennedi’s Birthday Party

One of Emma’s sweet friends, Kennedi, turned 2 last week.  Emma was very excited to be invited to her Bounce House Birthday party!

Emma stayed in the princess bounce castle pretty much the entire party.  She LOVES to jump. 

She did come out of the bounce house for cupcakes. :)


Emma and daddy chillin’ in the bounce castle:



Jill and Julie (my good friend from New York- she was in town for a week and came to the party with her niece, Isabella!):



Katie and Isabella:



Kylan and Emma jumping and shooting the ball in the basket:



Emma playing in the sand box:



Daddy helping Emma climb the swing set stairs:



Emma and Caroline waiting for cupcakes:



The birthday girl eating her cupcake:



Kylan eating his pink princess cupcake!:



The birthday girl running down the slide:


Thanks Campbell’s for a great evening!

Play Dates with Emily

Last week Emily got to come over for a morning of fun.  The girls started their day by having a tea party.  When I asked them what they were eating and drinking Emily said, “Coffee and crackers.”  I promise I didn’t really give them coffee!



Emma and Emily on Emma’s play set in the backyard



Playing in the gazebo:



Emma loves to peek through the fence to our neighbor’s yard- yes we are missing a picket!  Emma and Koby don’t want us to fix the fence though!


2 days after Emily came to our house they invited us to come swimming at their neighborhood pool.  The girls had a great time playing in both the baby pool and the “big girl pool.”  Here are the girls taking a quick snack break.  They devoured the grapes in about 2 minutes!



Swimming Time

Summer time means SWIMMING TIME!  Yippeee!  I’m not sure who loves swimming more, Emma or mommy? 

Unfortunately, we don’t have a neighborhood pool  like we did in our previous neighborhood, however, we have several sweet friends who have invited us to come swimming with them.

Last week, we went joined my good friend Carrie and her 3 sweet kiddos for a fun afternoon of swimming.  Carrie and I were good friends in the youth group at church during high school and I’m so glad we’ve kept in touch.  I always have so much fun when we get together.  I’m kicking myself for not getting any pictures of her kids!  She also invited Lorie (also in the youth group with us!) and her little girl Addy to come swimming.  It was great to catch up with Carrie and Lorie. 


Ready to go swimming!




Taking a lunch break at the pool, mmmm, PB & J!:


Following Addy around:



“Do I want to get back in the pool or not?”



Interesting pose!


Thanks Carrie for inviting us to swim- we had a great time!

Hangin’ Out

Our summer is off to a great start!  Who knew a 2 and half year old’s social calendar could fill up so quickly during the summer?  We’ve been swimming, going to Birthday parties, and spending tons of time outside. 

Here are a couple of pictures of Emma and Koby hanging out in Daddy’s office last week.  Koby loves to watch out the window and Emma often goes to sit on the ledge by him.  (little does she know she kind of blocks his view!)



Last weekend we went over the our friends’ house to hang out for the evening.  Emily is about 5 months younger than Emma and they love playing together.  We ate yummy Lanna Thai for dinner then played outside (bubbles, sidewalk chalk, running in the grass, etc.) until the girls were clearly exhausted.  We ended the night by eating ice cream cups and drumstick ice cream cones.  Emma had one of each. :)

Emily (2), Emma (2 and a half):



Hanging out in the patio chairs:



Sidewalk chalk fun:



The daddy’s feeding the girls ice cream:



Eating ice cream drumsticks:


Thanks John, Susan, and Emily for a very fun evening!