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Friday, January 7, 2011

Retired old man alert...oh wait, that's Emma


Emma has been a big help with chores lately.  Just the other night she helped Dan unload the dishwasher, but I don't know if she'll ever forgive me for dressing her like an 80 year old on the Florida coast, as unintentional as it was (notice the black socks).  

The sweet little thing below will never get mistaken for anything other than the cutest girl on the planet.  We were at Wahoo's and just for fun I did a little tilt of my head and said, "ooohhh," and then to our surprise Emma did the same thing right back, "ooohhh" and all.

We kept doing it and she kept doing it, then we'd raise our hands and she would raise hers, then we would tilt our head and she would tilt hers.  It was so fun, and it made us realize how much of an influence we already have over her (as if we didn't already know it).  Time to watch our p's and q's :-)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Another Christmas down (lots of pics)


Emma's second Christmas was gangbuster and she doesn't even know how excited she is about the fun things she got from adoring grandmas and grandpas and aunts and uncles.  We started on Christmas Eve with a "knock your socks off" version of "Grandma's Attic" and then the kids opened up their gifts.

Emma got the coolest little car race track, an Elmo airplane (with critical underseat storage) AND a talking rocking horse.  
Then we carried on an annual tradition at Grandma and Grandpa Ellis's by opening up one present on Christmas Eve.  Here's our sweetest Christmas Eve darling...
By that time she was so dog tired that we high tailed it home for a quick rendition of "T'was the Night Before Christmas," put her down to sweet dreams and visions of sugar plums dancing in her head, stuffed the stockings that were hung by the chimney (aka our skylight) with care, and went to sleep so Santa could do his thing.
Before Santa's visit (notice the disproportioned construction paper ornament from Emma to daddy mentioned in the previous "Pretend City" post) :
And after Jolly Old Saint Nick stopped by...
 When we woke up Christmas morning, Emma was ready to tear into her presents and didn't waste any time.  Of course, we started with our family tradition of reading the Christmas story from Luke to remind us what Christmas is really about, then Emma opened her few gifts.  We went low key this year anticipating an onslaught of gifts from others (and we guessed right).
After Christmas morning at our house, we headed to Grandpa and Grandma Ellis's house to continue the fun.  She got this rockin' leopard print coat contributing to her serious swagger style.
Grandpa and Grandma Sumner also came by to celebrate with the awesomeness that is ooey-gooey coffee cake.
Here she is enjoying her Elmo plane...
 Here's her ball pit, and the play tent in the corner (right next to the ball pit), and the rocker girl that makes her rocker daddy super proud...
Here's a repeat of the talking rocking horse, but notice the perfect form.  And, let's talk about that dismount.  I mean, really!!
Christmas was so fun.  Time with family, irreplaceable time with my sweet baby, and lots and lots of rain made Christmas 2010 one for the books. 

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Pretend City


Over the holidays, Emma and I had some fun extra time together so one afternoon I took her someplace I know she's just been dying to go (okay, really I've been dying to take her there and she had no idea it even existed but she loved it when we got there).  Last year I noticed a new children's museum open up literally 5 minutes from our house.  It's called Pretend City and I couldn't wait until Emma was at least old enough to take in some of it's awesomeness even if she was too young to really "get it."  So, last week after her nap I decided it was the day to give it a try.  I was thinking that an annual pass would be a fun Christmas present for her, but didn't want to get it until we had at least been inside once!

Well, we got there and it was INCREDIBLE!!  It really is like a little city inside with a grocery store, garden, fire house, restaurant, beach, stage, town center, and more.

Emma arrived via her BMW convertible (just like mom)...

Then headed over to the gas station to fill up her Hummer...

Before proceeding to the pond for a round of (attempted) fishing...

Then, it was time for work cleaning up at the restaurant...

Before her on-stage debut as the center of her universe...

And, after a quick stop at the grocery store to pick up some mustard...

It was time to check out the boys and cruise out of town in her Little Tyke's car.

Needless to say, she literally conked out on the 5 minute car ride home and we both had fun.  She even had time to stop on the way out and make a very original construction paper Christmas tree ornament for daddy which I'm sure he will just cherish until the end of time.

I can't wait to do it again with her, and I'm sensing an annual pass in our very near future.