Palm Sunday

This past Sunday was Palm Sunday.  I bought this cute bunny dress at Cracker Barrel (who knew that Cracker Barrel had cute kids’ clothes?) last year in Arlington the week on Easter Sunday on clearance.  I’m so glad that it fit her this year.  Here are a few pictures of Emma before and after church. 

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Art Line

I have been searching for creative ways to display and store kids’ artwork.  Emma LOVES arts and crafts.  She loves to explain her artwork to me when I pick her up from school.  I can’t stand to throw any of them away or just put them in a shoebox up in the closet.

I saw this idea on a blog recently and decided to give it a whirl… We have a hallway adjacent to the kitchen that is somewhat hidden from plain view but we still walk by daily.  I thought that would be a good place to display Emma’s artwork.  Robin hung the art line up this weekend and I really like the way it turned out.  Emma LOVES it.  She walks by it several times a day and talks about each picture.  I plan to rotate the pictures frequently.  I write the date on the back of each picture when she brings it home.  I have a huge storage accordion art folder where I will keep the extra special pieces of art long-term.

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These are a few of my favorites (I love all of the art that includes her handprints- there is just something special about your own child’s handprints.  It’s neat to watch how much her hands grow over the span of 1 school year!)

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Emma loved this apple art… they used actual apples (that were halved) and stamped them in paint.  

 

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Emma’s name spelled out of mini marshmallows… Koby has tried to eat this one off of the wall a couple of times.

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Rainbow Head

I got this package of headbands for Emma at the Dollar Store- 8 headbands for $1.  She likes to wear ALL 8 of them at the same time and there is NO arguing with her about it.  I pray that she doesn’t try to wear them like this out of the house!!!

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Go Baylor Bears!

As I’m sure you ALL know, the Baylor Bears made it to the ELITE 8 in the NCAA basketball tournament!  We were so excited for our Alma Mater.  Here are Robin and Foster before the game vs. Saint Mary’s on Friday night.  The onesie that Foster is wearing is a 12 month onesie that fit Emma when she was about 15 months old.  Remember, Foster is only 4 months old and it fits him now.  Yikes!

(for some reason these pictures turned out blurry and weird but you get the idea!)

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Foster and Daddy watching the T.V.

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Fire Station Birthday Party

Emma’s good friend Eli had his 3rd Birthday party at a fire station and we were so lucky to get to join in on the fun!  What a cool idea for a party. :)

Unfortunately, Emma was very timid at the party.  She didn’t participate in the group pictures, the games, or the pinata breaking.  When we got home she said, “Mom, I want to play Pin the Tail on the Dalmation now.”  “I want to take a picture on the firetruck with my friends.”  I explained that she was about an hour too late. :) 

We still had a great time and created some great memories.

Here are Eli (Birthday boy) and Emma… one of the few pictures Emma posed for!

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Emma very quickly walked through the fire truck.  She didn’t really take time to look around very much!

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This was the most hilarious part of the party for me… after they broke the pinata, ALL of the kids (except for Emma) quickly scurried to the floor and knew exactly what to do… hoard candy!  Kids were holding 10 pieces of candy in each hand, stuffing it in their pockets, in their shirts (not really), etc.  I had to coax Emma to join in on the fun.  She very quietly walked over to the crowd of kids, bent down, and picked up 1 Hershey’s kiss and quickly ran back to me.  Sweet girl.  That’s no way to get a bunch of candy for mommy!!!  I love her to death.

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More Park Pics

I posted a couple of park pictures in a previous post… but here are the rest of the pictures from a recent trip to the park.  Emma really loves being outside!  I just love all of her facial expressions in these pictures.

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Daddy is such a good sport…

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And here is Foster… doesn’t it look like he’s pouting?  Don’t worry Foster- you’ll get to play soon enough! :)

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Baby Blues

Do you think Foster’s eyes will stay blue forever?  I sure hope so…

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Do you think we have a “3 finger sucker” on our hands?  I think so…

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Do you think this baby boy has his mommy wrapped around his little finger?  I know so…

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Living Room, a.k.a “daycare center!”

Apparently we are approaching that phase of babyhood with Foster where our living room is beginning to look like a daycare center!  Seriously, I walked into our kitchen this morning and glanced into the living room and thought, “When did that happen?!” 

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Obviously, I know that babies do not NEED all this stuff!  As a matter of fact, I recently heard from a Parent Educator that this generation of kids (Foster and Emma’s generation) are becoming known as “Container Babies.”  We are always putting them in some kind of container- a bumbo seat, a boppy seat, a bouncy seat, an exersaucer, a jumparoo, a carseat, a swing! It’s so true!  When Emma was a baby and I went back to work, Robin had a rotation and he would move Emma from container to container every 30 minutes… and she loved it!

I know that it’s important for Foster to have free time where he is free to rock and roll on the floor… outside of all containers!  It will be the first to admit that it is helpful to have a place to put Foster when I need some time to clean or tend to Emma.  His favorite right now is the hanging Elmo/Big Bird toy pictured above- he talks to Elmo constantly- they have some serious conversations every day!

Below are some pictures of Foster’s first experience in an exersaucer.  He’s still a little young to truly enjoy the exersaucer but he seemed intrigued by all of the toys!  Emma showed him how each toy worked. :)

*** I want to thank my sweet friend Terra for letting us borrow her exersaucer and her jumparoo that her sweet little girl recently outgrew.  What a relief not to have to buy these items brand new since he will only use them for a few months.  Thank you thank you thank you Terra!  What would we do without wonderful friends?

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3 Years and 3 months

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Emma is really growing up.  I mean, she’s been growing up every day of her life but this past month has been really huge for her…  No one told me that 3 years and 3 months was such a dramatic stage… maybe it’s just Emma. 

First and foremost Emma is finally POTTY TRAINED! 

HALLELUJAH!!!

I’ll spare you the details about how this took place but let’s just say that it was pretty much Emma’s idea and after reading about 4 potty training books and 20 hours of on-line potty training research, Emma did not respond to any of the suggested potty training techniques.  She did not respond to big rewards, parental affirmation, rigid routine, consistency, inconsistency, modeling, peer pressure, praise, videos, books, etc.  Nope, Emma’s method was more like, “Leave me alone about going to the potty, I’ll decide when I’M ready to go, don’t make a big deal about it (except sometimes, please DO make a big deal about it), I don’t care if all of my other friends have been wearing panties for a year now, let me try when I want to, stay with me in the bathroom sometimes but leave me completely alone other times, I’ll figure it out in my own way!”  Emma has never done anything by the book, I’m not sure why I expected potty training to be any different?!

Our Pediatrician advised us not to push Emma… to let her guide the training.  He said he has never had a patient in his practice turn 4 before being trained so we were banking on the fact that Emma would not be the first!!!  (And we were also praying that she would be closer to 3 than 4!)

We casually tackled potty training over Spring Break and by Monday following Spring Break she was staying dry all day.  Today she went to school all day in Elmo panties and stayed dry all day.  I almost burst into tears when her teachers told me! 

She is the last person in her class to be potty trained and her teachers were so proud of her… and I was too as you can imagine.  The hilarious thing was that Emma acted like it was no big deal- like it’s something she’s been doing for years. 

Another funny story on this note… on the way to school yesterday I said, “Emma, do you want to tell Miss Susie (her teacher) your big news or do you want me to tell her?”  She said, “I’ll tell her.”  I said, “Great, practice what you’ll say to her.”  She said, “Miss Susie, I got new shoes!!!”  She did get new shoes over Spring Break but I was referring to the POTTY TRAINING being the big news.  Funny how we are on such different pages sometimes!

Another huge change for Emma… she seems to be coming out of her shell a little bit.  On 3 different occasions in the last week my mom or I have taken Emma to the park to play and she has been a “new girl!”  Rather than sitting right by us on the bench, she immediately runs with all of the other kids, runs to the highest point of the jungle gym, takes risks, meets new people.  WHO IS THIS GIRL???

Here is a picture of the play gym at the Jenks park.  I took her there several times last year and the MOST she would do was get about 2 feet from this apparatus and look at it.  Even when I tried to go with her on the stairs, she was timid.  Yesterday I took her there to celebrate her potty training achievement and she immediately climbed to the highest point and went down the biggest slide!!! 

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So… 3 years and 3 months is proving to be a pretty big milestone for Emma. 

Emma… I’m so proud of your recent accomplishments.  Mommy loves you so much.   I love it that you don’t do anything by the book.  I can’t wait to see what other tricks you have up your sleeve for us in the coming years. 

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