Monday, January 27, 2014

Emerson Rose V. 4.0

Every day I thank my Heavenly Father for this little girl. She is the kind of girl I always imagined I'd have. She is still both incredibly sweet and sassy. She is FABULOUS. We love you so much, Emerson Rose!

*3 ft. 5.5 inches tall (82nd percentile!)
*She is a dancer and loves her dance class, but admits it's hard. She takes it so seriously. It's so fun to watch her practice.
*She still sings ALL the time. This started as a baby when we introduced solids. She'd hum between bites, and we knew that meant she wanted more. She is always singing a song.
*She loves dolls and her doll house
*She can practically do a backbend by herself!
*She is obsessed with cottage cheese!
*She LOVES primary.
*She loves to pick "flowers" (sometimes they are weeds) and give them to me. She also loves to draw me little things, cut them up, and put them in an envelope. 
*She likes to give everyone a pretend birthday every day.

She is so sweet. We love love love love love her.

Since her birthday was on Sunday, we started the celebrations on Saturday with her first ever manicure & pedicure. Any time I get home from one, she begs to go with me next time, and I promised I'd take her on her birthday. I took one for the team and got one myself. :) 

Started off her birthday morning with requested donuts:
And then moved on to presents:

She played with her bubbles when we got home from church:

And then that night we made a strawberry cake (per request) for the birthday princess. An awesome birthday weekend for an awesome little girl.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam!

In our church, children get to start attending nursery at 18 months of age (that means Knox gets to be in there in a couple weeks!). Then, they get to move on up to primary the January after they turn 3. Well, Emerson's birthday is January 26, so she just barely missed the cut off last year. Needless to say, she has felt a little grown up for quite some time now (even though she does love playing in the nursery). She was counting down the days until she got to move on up to primary. The little class of 3 year olds is called Sunbeams. Cute, right? So her birthday is around the corner, and she will be 4, but she is SO excited to finally be in with the big kids. We love sour little sunbeam! 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

I love this time of year, and I love that my kids are really beginning to understand the true meaning of Christmas. They can tell us the birth story of our Savior, and they know we pray in his name, because they say their own prayers, and they believe and know our Heavenly Father hears and answers them.

I always love the Sunday before Christmas. I love listening to the Christmas program in our sacrament meeting (our worship service). 

I also love taking pictures of my children in their Sunday best...

Christmas Festivities

We have a great group of friends here. We love them! We are surrounded by wonderful friends with children that our children love. Last year, we started what I think has become a tradition. We all went out to eat in Lindale, a town about half way between Longview and Dallas, and then went to Santa Land. Santa Land is magic for these kids. The lights are incredible, and all 3 kiddos soaked it up. We opened the sun roof, and let them poke their heads out. So much fun!

Then, with our same group of friends, we went to Marshall on Christmas Eve. Marshall is such a cute town, and they have the most festive set up. A light show, ice skating, a giant rocking horse, hay rides, mini train rides, bounce houses, etc. Our friends joined us afterwards for our family Christmas Eve tradition of Chinese food. We are grateful to have such wonderful friends to enjoy these fun traditions with.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Santa's Lap

This was the first Christmas we had a crying baby on Santa's lap. We all need one of these, right?! We were in line to see Santa. Cliff was holding Knox, and Knox was staring at Santa, appearing to make an opinion on judgement on the man. He was perfectly content unit the moment we placed him on his lap. And then this happened...

Below is the official picture they gave us (they let me take my own candids before), and for a SPLIT second, he stopped crying, and we got it. Except now my other two seem like they could not be less interested in him. But take it from me, they LOVED their few moments with Santa.