Sunday, February 21, 2010

Emmy Da Vinci - Van Gogh

Part of being a parent is being proud of the small things your children do.  It just comes with the territory. 

Emmy has been loving to draw and color lately.  This is a new thing for her.  She used to color for just a few minutes at a time and then she was done, and when she would "draw" it was her telling me what to draw for her.  But now she can sit and draw and color for a good 20 minutes, as long as she has lots of markers/crayons and paper.  It's so fun to see her little mind come to life on paper!  And she's starting to stay in the lines of coloring books a little.  I love it!

So the other day, we were going over letters of the alphabet.  I would show her the letter, how to write it and then draw pictures of things that start with that letter.  I started with "A".  I drew and apple and Ariel (gotta add in the Disney Princesses!).  I turned my attention to something else for a minute and looked down at the paper.  There was a perfect little apple that looked like mine.  I couldn't remember drawing it so I asked Emmy if she drew it and she excitedly told me she did.  It was so good!  She also showed me the whale she drew.  It was also very good!  I was really impressed that a 3 year old that just started drawing shapes and objects by herself could do such a good job! 

And just to prove that is really is good, I scanned the picture so you can see it:

{Don't judge my artistic skills - I'm not an artist!}

We then moved on to the letter "B".  She had fun drawing some more and she ended up drawing lots of balloons and her first little man!  She showed it to me and told me it was daddy.  I love it! 

Here is that picture:
{I love that the head probably started out as an apple and turned into daddy with only legs, no arms}

It's so fun to get a glimpse into the minds of these precious children!  Can I help it if I'm proud of these adorable squiggles?  I think they are actually pretty good.  But I am the mom.

Monday, February 15, 2010

{Valentine's Day}

We had a wonderful {Valentine's Day} this year!

It started on Friday night when Jake and I went to dinner and a movie.  We saw Valentine's Day.  It was a great Valentine's movie to watch.  It was so lovely to go on a date with my husband!
Then on Sunday, the girls got a couple of surprises.  

They got balloons:

{Kate loved her balloon!}

. . . a movie:

. . . and some toys:
{this one was supposed to be for Christmas but we decided to wait to give it to her, so she got it for Valentine's Day}

Emmy played with Cinderella and the Prince all day yesterday.  She changed Cinderella's outfit every five minutes and we are already missing some of those darn mini shoes.

It's also a tradition that Jake gets the girls each a white rose every Valentine's Day.  This tradition started when Emmy was a baby and will continue until they are grown.  Jake loves doing it for the girls!

Emmy got heart-shaped Valentine's pancakes with red syrup:

And we ended the day making sugar cookies.  Emmy loved helping me make them.  She loved rolling out the dough:

We had a great {Valentine's Day} and hope you did, too!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Once there was a snowman . . .


A couple of weeks ago we got a lot of snow.  Emmy, like most kids, loves the snow! 


 Jake got on the 4-wheeler to plow the parking lot of my mom's office and took Emmy along.


After, they built a snowman.  She was in love!  And she named him Frosty :)

 Giving Frosty a nice hug


She also made some beautiful snow angels. 

 My little snow angel

And once she started, she just couldn't stop.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Growing up


Someday, Emmy, someday . . .

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Valentine Project

It's so fun making crafts to help decorate and celebrate each season and holiday.  Jen over at Tatertots & Jello inspired me with her XOXO Marble project.  So fun and cute!  If you haven't seen her blog, you should definitely go there right now!  She always has some really fun and affordable projects going on with lots of tutorials so you can do it yourself.  She is so crafty and talented and I LOVE reading her blog and getting fun ideas.

So, I was feeling a little lazy and wanted to do something easier than gluing marbles for the project.  I was at the craft store and found some cute, glittery chipboard letters and knew they were just what I was looking for.  I got two different scrapbook papers, got the chipboard letters, and went to Walmart to get some mini frames (they didn't have any black ones that were mini at the dollar store, otherwise I would have gotten some there). 

And voila! 

I love the way it turned out!  Now I have a fun and unique Valentine's Day decoration.  Thanks for the inspiration, Jen!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Kate {7 months}

Here are some updates on this adorable 7 month-old:

-  She now has two teeth.  Both of her central incisors have broken through {those are the middle teeth on the bottom}.

-  She is eating us out of house and home!  She love, love, loves to eat!  She even ate pizza crust today, and she got mad when I tried to take it away.  Do not mess with her food!  And she loves to eat Cheerios :)

-  She has added ma ma, da da and pa pa to her vocabulary

-  She's starting to try and get her knees underneath her.  She may be crawling soon!

-  She's finally sleeping through the night!