*** I am very behind on blogging. Honestly, I didn’t take many pictures during the last month because we were sick for a week and half and we just didn’t have any big events. However, I plan to catch up on the blog with a lot of pictures from my phone over the next day or so!***
It is very apparent to me that Emma’s primary love language is quality time. There is NO doubt about it. This girl loves to spend one-on-one time with the important people in her life! A woman that I admire and look up to as a Mom at my church spoke about Children’s Love Languages about 2 years ago and I will always remember what she said about quality time kiddos “You know if you have a child who thrives on quality time… it doesn’t matter what you do together… even cleaning lint out of your drier together fills their love tank.” At that moment, a light bulb went off in my head and I realized that Emma thrives on quality time. Whenever she starts acting whiny or just particularly needy, I realize she needs me to drop what I’m doing and do something with just her, totally focused on her! I’m really working on that!
So… that leads me to Emma and Mommy dates. Last Fall, Foster just went to school two days/week in the mornings, just 3 hours. It occured to me that if I let him go for the full 5 hours, I could have 2 hours with just Emma (because I pick her up around noon.) SO, I now pick her from school on those two days and we have “Mommy and Emma dates.” She LOVES IT! Every day she asks how many days until the next date. We think up ideas for things to do on our date. Most days I write out a list of choices and she puts a check mark next to the one or two ideas that she wants to do! (so cute.) Here are some pictures (all taken with my iphone) from our recent Mommy and Emma dates in January and February:
Making homemade blizzards with the new blizzard maker that Craig and Fallon got Emma for Christmas… There were a lot of steps but it was all worth it in the end!
This next date may be my favorite so far… We went to “Purse-a-nality” a local purse/jewelry boutique in Tulsa. I had heard that they were having a major sale on hair accessories for little girls.. as in 10 for $1! This included headbands, feather clips, bows, etc. Emma tried on about 100 bows and we bought just about all of them. I didn’t take any pictures of the bows but after bows she moved on to glasses… she is so so silly.
She was really excited to go to Cherry Berry with Mommy. She picked out vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips, sprinkles, gummy bears, and a cherry. Mine was very yummy as well.
Bad picture of Mommy but I cherish the moment… We went to Nibbles, a cute little bakery/tea room in Tulsa. We sat on the pretty red velvet couch- we always sit there. They served us our lunch and we just cuddled and chatted. Emma had chicken fingers and I had the most incredible shrimp crimpes.
Here is Emma at Nibbles eating a yummy flower cookie for dessert
We’ve had some beautiful weather in January and February here in Tulsa. On this 68 degree afternoon, we decided to take advantage of the nice weather and hang out outside! We went home, packed a picnic lunch and headed to the park. We laid on the blanket and looked at the clouds in between bites. Then Emma played on the playground for over an hour. She wanted me to do everything with her of course. I got to teeter-totter, go down the slide, swing, etc. Sometimes it’s fun to be a kid again.
Last week we went to Mazzio’s in Jenks to take advantage of Mazzio’s buy one get one free buffet. Emma loves pizza (and who am I kidding, so do I!) She especially loves ALL of their dessert pizzas. After Mazzio’s we went to Reasor’s in Jenks and loved just browsing the bakery goodies and the flowers- what a great store!
That’s all for now… but many more dates to come! I’m so glad I’ve had the opportunity to do this with Emma this semester. Next year she will be in full-day Kindergarten and I am going to miss her so much! She’s my little buddy.