Tuesday, February 22, 2011

At 5 Months

Emmy is a little over 5 months now. I am still nursing her, and she likes to tease me by taking a bottle every so often and vehemently refusing most of the time. I'm hoping to wean her soon...especially by April when I get to take a kidless (hopefully) girls trip back to Ohio!!! We feed her solids kind of sporadically, but she is definitely interested in table food and since she can grab things now, our food is no longer safe. A couple months ago she rolled from tummy to back several times, but we haven't seen her roll since then. It's on the horizon though. So is sitting up on her own. Here we are practicing:
She is so kissable. It wouldn't be an Emmy post without a picture of her big wide eyes:
The relationships between these three is priceless. They love each other to pieces, and I can feel the loyalty, trust, and bonds growing each day.

Her smile is a melter and she gives it out freely. She has Nate wrapped around her finger. Because of his schedule, Emmy doesn't see Nate sometimes for days and days. But when she finally does, she LIGHTS up. Loves her daddy.
We are finally at a point that I can lay her down awake for naps and she will fall asleep with only a few tears, if any. Her naps are getting a little longer and more predictable. Night sleep is still a bit of a roller coaster. She is an early early riser like Jansen, but things are improving.

Monday, February 21, 2011

One Too Many Episodes

Hopefully she's not too far gone...
Hopefully there wasn't any permanent damage...
Hopefully I will get a second chance at regulating her screen time...
Because I think Natalie watched one too many episodes of something that day. 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fly Me to the Moon

A rocket ship miraculously appears on the floor in your family room.

So you gather all the really important stuff.

And lift off!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dumb Teeth

I'd been having a toothache over the weekend and I pretty much knew I was going to need a root canal. Tooth pain is the worst. Somehow it also hurts in your nose and ears and your brain and then you get nauseated. The pain got pretty bad, so I called several doctors on Monday morning trying to find someone who could get me in that day and accepted our insurance. Luckily, I found a great endodontist and had it completed Monday afternoon. I felt great until the Novocaine or whatever it was wore off. Then the pain really started. I hustled over with the kids to get my prescriptions filled. They told me it would be about an hour and I drove away to get the kids a Happy Meal, but soon realized I didn't think I could wait even an hour. It was the kind of pain where you can't hold still. I felt so silly, but I drove back through the pharmacy drive thru and basically cried to the pharmacist and told her I was in a lot of pain and needed my prescription NOW. Some of the longest 20 minutes of my life I tell you! I called Nate in tears and tried to get a hold of myself to get the medicine in me. To make a long story short, it was a miserable evening. When my pain medication wasn't working I even had Nate try some of the battlefield acupuncture he had learned recently. Night went okay. I woke up this morning and as I went downstairs to get Natalie some milk I suddenly got sick as a dog. And really sweaty. Thankfully after I got some food in me I was okay and things have been going good since then. So glad that is behind me.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Words to Live By

Jansen style.

Lately, if Jansen agrees with me about something he says, "Mom, I believe with you."

Yesterday he asked me, "Am I bad at being bad?" Meaning, am I a good kid?

The other night he told me it wasn't HIS fault he was so tired. I am asked him whose fault it was. He answered, "It's because of how long Jesus made the day!"

This morning he was sitting by Natalie when he said, "Natalie smells bad. Natalie, move. You're going to make my smeller explode!"

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Perfect Night

I had one of those perfect nights a little over a week ago. Here's what makes a perfect night:

-Kami here visiting
-Kids in bed
-Cherry Coke Slurpee
-Other treats
-Magazine of choice
-Snuggled in bed 

Just writing about it makes me long for it!

While Kami was visiting we also went shopping. Of course. The first time we took this picture we accidentally took it in front of a Victoria's Secret store. Yeah, we had to have a do-over.
Bought these for a dollar. We'll see if any of us ever actually wear it.
***Written by Jansen
                                      again emmy and kami ar together/eachother having fun!
Nate worked Sunday morning so it was soooo nice to have someone help me get to 9 o clock church.
I think I'll go have a Pretend Perfect Night. Popcorn and OJ this time.

Friday, February 4, 2011

And Then

SeaWorld is free for active duty military families. Very cool. I was also touched when they had all those serving or who had served stand up before starting the big Shamu show. I was a proud wife. We didn't take a lot of pictures...I am not a fan of photos of just animals at places like this. You'll see a whale in the last picture of Jansen though. Let it be known that I love San Diego.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


The drive to San Diego went well...uneventful and fairly minimal amount of crying. There was a time that I thought I was going to have to have Natalie just pee into a jacket (it was the best idea I could come up with) because there was nowhere to pull over. Thankfully we avoided that exploit.
After the quick trip to the beach on Monday morning, we headed to the place where heaven meets earth...for Jansen anyway. Perfect weather. Not crowded. I hope that Legoland employee with the camera doesnt feel like a total failure...not only did we reject her offer to take our picture, we got a picture of her!
Emmy was happy that we let her come despite her nighttime antics at the hotel room.
We kept running into this issue: the kids are in heaven and happy as can be in a certain area of the park, but there is so much more to see. Do we usher them along? Or just let them play to their heart's content?
Don't worry. It's not a real lion. Just a Lego one. They aren't nearly as dangerous.
Jansen's really gotten into something created by the Lego company called Hero Factory. We were so pumped that there was a Hero Factory area at Legoland. Here's my little hero: 
A favorite ride. You can shoot water at other ships and also at people just walking around at the park. BUT, there are guns positioned that they can use to get you back! Notice poor wet Natalie!

Plotting her next evil nighttime scheme...
                                                          Yes, it's made of Legos. Very cool.
                                            There was a Las Vegas display as well. This is the Luxor.
                                                                             Good doggy.
Can't wait to go back. Jansen's already asking when. But then again he's a planner...we've already written several letters to Santa already this year.