Sunday, December 28, 2008

Just What I Wanted

So today I got the best Christmas gift of all...a friend of mine let Emily into nursery 3 glorious weeks early. She has been going BANANAS at church for the last few months. Usually she is pretty good about sacrament and then Sunday School and Relief Society are madness. Today was an especially bad day in sacrament. We got there a little late and had to sit on the first row of the overflow. That means no pew in front of us to contain wandering little girls. Despite the yogurt, magnet board, books, slinky, dolls...I couldn't keep her entertained and wanted to sell her to the Gypsies by the end of the meeting. I told Ryan I was going home, when my friend said "why don't you take her to nursery today"!!!! Right then I decided we were not going home, I was going to sit and enjoy two glorious kid free hours. I could hardly contain my joy and Emily seemed to enjoy nursery. No crying, whining, or sad faces when we left her. When we peeked in the window she was sitting in a chair doing some type of actions with all the other kids. I don't know how they got the kids to sit, but I am seriously impressed. The cruel joke of having babies almost exactly 18 months apart is that, were it not for Emily sneaking into nursery early for the next few weeks, we would have kids with us in all three meetings for 3 straight years. I know I am a whiner, but seriously things have been madness at church since Emily started walking.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas

Some how today I got a good long nap, and I am now feeling like million bucks. Emily is still asleep and I am not sure where everyone else is, so the house is very quiet. Our Christmas was wonderful. We got SOOOOO much snow. Here is Ryan and my dad trying to clean it up. Thanks for bringing your snow blower dad.

Then last night we got even more. I don't think the pile will melt until May! This is what I found when I opened the front door Christmas morning....

Some of the snow fell off the door onto the door mat, and predictably I later found Emily trying to eat a snow cone. So gross, but I couldn't resist taking some photos.

Emily still was not sure about the presents. She found that opening the paper was a lot of work and she would rather play with the toys that had already been opened. We opened her final gifts around 7:00 last night. We didn't get her tons, it just took a long time to open. She has loved playing with her new toys though.

I am waiting to scrap until I get all the photos off of my mom's camera. Hope you all had a wonderful day full of family and friends.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Poor Santa

Last night heading over to my Sister-in-laws house I couldn't help but listen for Santa's bells. I'm pretty sure I heard them at least once. Looking at the lights of the copper mine reminded my of when I was a little kid leaving my Grandma's Christmas Eve party, going home and looking for Santa in the sky. By the time we left last night's party I would not have wanted to be outside for very long, and I definitely felt bad for Santa. If I were a reindeer I would have gone on strike. If you are missing some toys under your tree this morning, they probably blew out of Santa's sleigh.

I'm not sure if any snow has actually fallen, but I do know that the hurricane force winds have blown all of the nicely manicured snowbanks all over the place. I can't see out my front windows, or any of my windows for that matter because they are covered in snow. Everyone is supposed to come to our house later today to open presents and eat dinner, hopefully they make it. I seem to have this condition that makes it so I cannot sleep when the wind blows really hard. Those of you who live by me know that means that I don't sleep a lot in the winter. Since about 1:00 am last night when I finally tried to go to sleep, I have watched the Christmas Story, 2 episodes of Bones, stalked every blog I can think of, slept for a few hours with a pillow over my head, checked on Emily a million times, and got the sweet rolls out of the fridge to rise. I have a feeling it is going to be a long day.

Emily spent most of the night snuggled on the floor. At one point she rolled out of bed and started crying, by the time Ry got there to check on her the crying had stopped, but he couldn't find her. He could hear her breathing, but couldn't see her. Finally he found her fast asleep, under her bed. He put her back in bed and pushed the pillows under the bed. The next time she rolled out of bed she didn't even stir. I guess she was worn out from the fun time she had with her cousins last night.

Merry Christmas all. I hope you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Farewell Good Friend

So last week Emily was throwing a fit (unfortunately this is becoming more typical behavior), so I put her safely in her crib where I would not hurt her and closed the door. She threw her fit for about 15 minutes, when I heard a big thud and even more hysterical screaming. I ran into her room to find her laying on the floor. That's right friends, at 17 months she pulled a Rocky the Flying Squirrel and flew out of her crib. That day I decided that I needed to lower the crib to the lowest setting, which I managed despite my frustrated attempts at remembering that "righty tighty" doesn't work when you are not facing the screw. I took the bumper pads out and hoped that all would be well.

So yesterday during another tantrum Ryan went in to check on Emily and found her over the rail hanging in mid air screaming for her life. We rescued her and hoped that she had learned her lesson.

This morning I went to get her out of bed and learned that in fact she had not learned her lesson and was hanging off the crib again. SOOOO, I got out my handy hex wrench and transformed my friend the crib into a toddler bed. Emily was delighted and wouldn't get out of it for about 30 minutes. I don't really want to think about what this means for bedtime. The good news is that she doesn't know how to open doors yet.

Below are some photos of Emily in her "new" bed. By the way if anyone has any good ideas for dealing with tantrums I am all ears. The last three days if Emily doesn't get what she wants she flies into a rage. I have been told to ignore it, but so far she has been able to outlast me, we are talking 20-30 minutes of hysterical screaming. Ryan is awesome about trying to help, but it seems all she wants is ME and I am about to loose my mind.

MErry CHristmas from Em....

Saturday, December 13, 2008

It's Beginning to Feel A Lot Like Christmas

I LOVE this time of year. Some how this year it has been especially nice. I have had time to work on gifts for family and friends, I have spent lots of time with Em, and I have made lots of Holiday crafts. I have not been so good with cleaning my house, making dinner, or blogging, but I am trying to do better. Below are some photos of the projects I have been working on and of Em in all her cuteness.

Here are Emily and New Baby's stockings. I was really happy with the way they turned out. I think New Baby is going to be named Chloe, but I am not certain enough to sew names on them yet :-)

Here is Emily playing in the snow. She LOVED the snow, and somehow decided that licking the ice on the concrete was a good idea, I know kids are gross sometimes.

Here was our Thanksgiving. It was a nice day spent with friends and family eating amazing food. Thanks mom for all your hard work it was fantastic. The table was pretty nice too. I promised to only take one photo, so I got one with everyone smiling, after this my mom went crazy with the camera, and I am not sure she got any this good because her subjects were not very cooperative.
Here is Emily before Thanksgiving dinner. She LOVES dogs, I mean she REALLY loves them. She found this stuffed dog at my moms, found an old camera strap and figured out a way to "walk" the dog. She dragged the poor thing around for hours. Scooter mostly liked to chase it and then when he caught it the two of them would fight over it.

This is Emily at Discovery Gateway. It is such an awesome place. We got a family season pass. I can't wait to go back again. The photo below is also at Gateway. I have tons more, but Emily is having a fit and I really need to put her to bed. Hopefully I will get a post or two in before Christmas.

Oh this photo (below) is one of my favorites. I walked into my room and found Emily and Ryan playing this game. Emily would stick the yellow block in Ryan's mouth and then try to stack more blocks on top of it. The two of them come up with some of the most imaginative games. Yes her hair is crazy, despite my best efforts this is how she looks at the end of pretty much every day. When she gets tired the pony tails are the first things to go. She is also very into things that go around her neck and LOVES necklaces.