Sunday, August 28, 2011

What we've been up to...

Well, it's been a usual! Here are some photos to catch you up on what we've been up to. These first few David took but the rest are from my phone. They aren't the best quality...

Here we are at our friend, Bonnie's birthday party. Emery had a lot of fun playing with Bonnie's niece and nephew's toys.

Here's Emery with our friend, Carla. Carla was trying to get her to make her funny face...

This is Emery's newest trick! David has taught her to do this face. We will count to three and then she'll do it. It is adorable because she tries to do 1-2-3 with her fingers like her daddy.

This is probably our only family picture of the summer!
The birthday girl! Happy birthday Bonnie #1 - she's #1 and I'm #2 - we both work at Amarillo High together.
Here are a bunch of pictures from my phone...
Emery standing up in her highchair. She does what she wants...I give up!

We watched Maddie a few times this summer. Here they are playing dress up! I can't believe how big they are getting!
Emery loves apples now - and she only wants to eat them like a big girl. She insisted on wearing this hat and shoes. She looks like a cute, little old lady, huh?!

Feeding the ducks at the park! We did this several times this summer. She loves to try to quack like a duck. She has added that animal sound to her collection!

Her hair is long enough for piggies now! It took a while but she will actually let me put them in now and will leave them alone!

We bought her a big girl potty and will start potty training soon. For now, she is teaching all of her babies!

This summer we loved sitting on the front porch after dinner and enjoying a yummy popsicle!

Who needs a pool when Grandma and Papa have ginormous dog bowls?! Emery loves running around naked and playing in the water.

A couple of weeks ago, Emery had to be sedated for her hearing and vision tests. These are just part of her protocol. She has had her hearing tested twice before in Houston while she was undergoing treatment. The audiologist said everything looks great and she has no hearing loss! She will have her vision tested again when she has scans in January. This first vision test just serves as a base line because everyone has their own "normal" response time. It's called a VER - can't remember what it stands for but basically it records how long it takes for her brain to receive the message that her eyes detected light from these super cool goggles. Emery did great with the sedation as always, but it took 6 people to hold her down for her IV. She is not a fan.

Here's our last picture for today! I watched our friends' little girl Saylor not too long ago and Niki and Maddie came over to play too. Here are the girls having fun in the bath! Nothing better than cute little girls playing in the bath!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Weekend with Friends

A couple of weekends ago, we took a little road trip to Santa Fe with two other couples. The girls took one car and the boys were in another. It was really nice to have some girl time. We talked about our kids - we all have girls close in age. We talked, we cried, and of course did lots of laughing. I'm sure the guys were pretty happy they were in their own vehicle.

We rented a great house close to the square. We did some shopping and lots of eating. I forgot how great it is to eat out! We don't do it much because our daughter is awesome in restaurants. Here are a few photos of our weekend.

Here we are with Blake and Jennifer and Matt and Niki.

The boys.
Us girls.
David and I - we never have pictures of ourselves these days!

Well, this was our first time to go away on a little trip without Emery. I never would have agreed to it during the school year when I feel like I don't see her enough, but after having her to myself all summer, I was okay with it. Actually, it was really nice! We had a great time with great friends! I look forward to doing it again!

Mommy and Me Dance Class

This summer I decided to enroll Emery in a mommy and me dance class. My friend from work teaches the class and told me I should enroll Emery. The class is for 2-3 year olds so I didn't know how she would do since she was only 18 months when the class started. She did pretty well considering how busy she is! She had a lot of fun dancing to the music and stretching. I loved watching her stretch...little kids are so limber! Her favorite things we did in class were the itsy-bitsy spider, the choo-choo train, and running and leaping over mommy's legs. These photos are from our last class where the daddies were invited to watch.

Here are some of Emery stretching, doing knee bounces, and leaping (or stepping on) my legs.

In the left photo, we're supposed to be doing knee bounces and Emery decides to do jumps! She caught quite a bit of air! In the right photo we're doing toe rises, but Emery was doing her own usual!

The daddies were asked to do the last dance with the girls. Here's David swinging Emery in the air. Notice none of the other dads are doing this. Daddy likes to do his own thing as well...wonder where Emery gets it? At the end of each class, the girls always do a choo-choo train and Emery decided to lead it this time. I can't believe the teacher let wasn't good! I love the one of them tooting their horns! Oh, and notice all of the little girls are wearing cute little ballet outfits...when I signed Emery up online, it said dress comfortably, ballet shoes not required. So, in the first few classes, all of the kids were dressed in regular clothes. By the end of the summer, they were all decked out - except for our child. Oh well!

At the end of the class, all of the girls were presented with certificates. Emery loved hers and crumpled it up pretty quickly. Then we took some pictures at the barre. The left picture is what she would have liked to have been doing the whole class, I'm afraid.

So proud of herself! We were proud of her too, especially since she was the youngest in the class. It was lots of fun and I look forward to doing it again.