Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Tinkerbell Party

Emmy wanted a Tinkerbell party for her birthday, so that is what she got!

{Emmy dressed up like Tinkerbell}

I made these tissue paper pom-poms:
I've seen them all over blog-land and decided to have a go at them.  I thought they turned out really cute, and they are now hanging in Emmy's room.

For the party, I sprinkled the kids with "Pixie Dust" as they came in the door.  Then they decorated paper stars:

and then played "Pin the star on Tinkerbell's wand":

I read them a Tinkerbell story:

They colored Tinkerbell pictures and we had a Tinkerbell pinata:
{I LOVE this picture of Skye!  She is getting ready to hit that pinata!}

The kids, frantically trying to get their bags of candy filled:

And I made Tinkerbell cupcakes w/ homemade strawberry frosting - yum yum!  They were easy-peasy and super cute.

Emmy made a wish and blew out her candle!

And, of course, there were lots of presents to be opened:

Emmy had so much fun at her party!  I put "Pixie Dust" in the goodie bags (glitter from the dollar store) and Emmy has me put it on her "so she can fly" at least once a day, which means she's always got little glitter flecks in her hair.

I also got to take donuts to Emmy's preschool class for her birthday.  She was really excited for me to come, and I got to meet the kids she always talks about.

Here she is with her teacher, Ms. Charlene:

 Kate enjoyed a donut and some crackers at Emmy's school, too:

And here are Emmy's stats:

{Weight}: 35 lbs, 14 oz (58th percentile)

{Height}: 39 inches (33rd percentile)

{Love this pic - mouth full of donut and frosting on her face, just the way it should be}

We love you, Emmy!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Emmy turns 4!

{The birthday girl on the morning of her birthday}

Emmy turned {four} last week!

My, how the time flies.  For real.  I swear, this little girl was just a little baby joining our family.

She had a great birthday!  
She opened presents:

{She's a big Tinkerbell fan}

 {She had been asking for a Book of Mormon.  She has to hold it every time we sing "Book of Mormon Stories"}

{This present was the big winner - she loves that the fairy wings can turn into the Barbie's dress, and vice-versa}

I made her an Ariel cake, but it was not the best looking cake in the world, so I am not posting pics - I'm too embarrassed about it!  But she {loved} it and that's all that matters.

She had a Tinkerbell party with her friends, which I will post about later.

Here are some things I want to remember about Emmy:

- She still {LOVES} to sing!  And she's got a great little voice (I'm not just saying that because I'm her mom, promise!).  She is always singing her little heart out.

- She has a fun little imagination.  We are constantly "playing" something.  Most of the time she's Christine and I'm the Phantom.  Or I'm Jane and she's a monkey (from Tarzan) or she's Jane and I'm Tarzan.  And it doesn't matter where we are or what we are doing.  It can be while I'm making dinner or getting ready.  She's always ready to play make believe!

- I taught her "I am so smart.  S.M.R.T."  Why?  I'm not sure.  But it is so funny listening to her sing it.  I wonder what her preschool teacher thinks about that one . . .

- Emmy can write her name and she knows all of her letters.  We will be at the store and she will get so excited and say, "Mom!  There's a "L"!!!"  The best was when we were in St. George and she saw the big D on the hill.  She excitedly yelled out, "MOM!!!  There's a "D" on the mountain!!!"

- She is becoming a better eater (YAY!) and is more willing to try new foods.

- She LOVES books!  We try to read to her for at least 15 minutes a day, usually right before bed time, but she could be read to for hours at a time.

These are her school pictures.  So cute!!!  I love them!  I was too lazy to scan it in, so I took a picture of the picture, which is why it maybe looks a little distorted :) 

Emmy and I had a mommy-daughter date a couple weeks ago with my sister and her daughter.  We saw "Phantom" at Dixie High.  Oh my.  She LOVED it!!! 

The girls dressed up in their "Christine dresses" and their "Christine cape's" that Grammy made them last year for Christmas.  We went to dinner first and everyone was loving them in their dress-ups.

{Mysterious . . .}

DHS has changed A LOT since I went to school there!  Their theater department is awesome - it really was such a great production.  Just look at the huge Phantom mask that was outside the theater!

Emmy wanted to get a picture with "Christine" but, of course, I had to be in the picture with her.  She just stared at all of the characters after the play.  Especially the Phantom.  But she would not even let me get close to him!  Apparently he was too scary.

Coming up next, a post about the Tinkerbell party!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A much needed update

Life has been crazy and busy at our house lately.  Here's a little update on our lives.

In June, Jake was called to be in the Elder's Quorum presidency.  When he got the call from the Stake President, he was really scared that he would be called to be the president.  When he found out it was to be one of the councilors, he was relieved!

In July, Jake got a job at the hospital working as a Patient Care Assistant (CNA) in Same-Day Surgery.  He really loved working at the Pediatrician's office and worked there for almost two years, but when he heard there was an opening at the hospital he decided to go for it.  There were around 100 applicants and Jake is the one who got it!  He is such a hard worker and we are so proud of him!

Then in August, I was called to be the Young Women's President.  Yup, the President.  I don't know how qualified I really am to be in charge but it has been so much fun so far!  I have so much fun with the girls, I feel like I still should be one of the Young Women :)

Needless to say, between our two callings Sundays are not the peaceful day they used be.  Jake and I are juggling kids between meetings before church and then trying to juggle Kate at church.  I cannot wait until she is officially in the nursery!

Did I say Sundays are busy?  Scratch that.  Every day is busy.  Jake and I are juggling kids almost everyday, it seems.  Between work and Jake's classes, my voice students and YW responsibilities, we have to schedule everything out so that we know who has the kids.  Luckily we live next door to my parents.  They have really been lifesavers!  If Jake and I both have to be gone at the same time (which happens more than I'd like) my parents are always willing to step in and take the girls.  What would we do without them?!

 {Jake and the Premier Pediatrics team}

Also in August, Jake ran in a 31 mile relay down Cedar Canyon and through Cedar City.  He was on a team with the people he used to work with at the Pediatrician's office.   He had a great time doing it and we were proud of his accomplishment.

 {Jake and the girls}

I also started a new blog, Loving Every Second.  I don't have the time to do new posts everyday - I'm lucky to get one or two posts a week on it - but it's fun to have a place to put the projects I've been working on.

There is a little update on us!  Now you know why I've been MIA on our blog!  But stay-tuned for a new post next week on Emmy.  She turns four next week!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween 2010

Happy Halloween!!!

We had such a fun Halloween this year.  
Emmy was SO excited to go trick or treating.

We decided to all be pirates this year - I have to go with a theme as long as I can get away with it!

Isn't Emmy the cutest pirate EVER?

Along with Kate, of course :)

And Jake actually let me put some make-up on him so that he could really look like Captain Jack Sparrow!  And he did!  He got so many comments at our ward Halloween party, he's thinking of becoming a stunt double :)

All the girls have matching pirate "beauty marks" on their face (I couldn't resist . . .)
Mr. and Mrs. Pirate at your service . . .
We had dinner at the church and then the ward had a Halloween Carnival.
The kids had so much fun!
Jake and I were both in charge of booths (because of church callings, I'll tell you about them in another post), but luckily I got to close down my booth early and take the girls around to the other booths.

After the carnival, we went trick or treating.  Emmy loved it!  So much that she did NOT want to go home.  We've all been eating way too much candy, but that's the fun of Halloween, right?

{Picture complete with Kate's "camera face"}
We had a great Halloween and
we hope you all had a SpOoKy Halloween, too!