Sunday, April 25, 2010


Living 1-2 hours away from family and having your friends scattered across the Southeast does not provide for very many vistors. But today this guy stopped by:

He had to check out all of Emmy's stuff and make sure it was comfy enough for her.

He gave Emmy lots of kisses! It was so so sweet!

He is getting to be such a big boy! We love him! and his mom and dad too.

Why do we buy toys?

Why do we buy toys when we have eight exceedingly interesting Schnauzer feet hanging around for Emmy's entertainment?

No Schnauzers were harmed in the creation of this blog post.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

An Update

I haven't posted in a while. For a couple of days I didn't have much to say. Then I was at my parents' house with dial-up Internet (no drug on earth would give me the patience to deal with that!). Then, I was at home recovering from days without the Internet and had little to say.

I'm pretty sure that none of the above has to do with my unhealthy obsession with Confessions of a Pioneer Woman.

So, here is a pictorial update.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

I can't be bothered

I can't be bothered by blogging tonight. I am much too busy being obsessed by this Web site: and plotting how I can become Ree Drummond when I grow up.

My obsessive reading of the Pioneer Woman got started because Emmy was having a rough day and I have spent the majority of mine on the couch with her:

Yep, I held a sleeping baby. If you fought with her to get to sleep as many times as I have today, you'd hold her as well. Poor Charles, if Emmy has it her way he'll never have a home cooked meal or clean underwear again.

Anyway, my hours on the couch with a sleeping baby also gave me ample opportunity to take pictures of her precious little feet:

I'm obsessed with her feet. I could probably make an album of pictures of her feet. They are soo soo soft, too. Amazing how soft little feet that have never been walked on are. When I took this picture I was thinking about a blog with just pictures of her feet. Maybe another day...

She finally conked out for good (I hope) and now the other end of the couch looks like this:

They leave very little room for Charles and me, huh? I think we need to get another couch so that the humans in the house have somewhere to sit.

Friday, April 9, 2010

sleep...since when is sleeping so complicated?

The past two nights have been tough! Emmy has only slept in her bed for short periods of time. I would walk into her room and she would be on her belly and MAD! I rolled her over, gave her a pacifier and a pat. She would grin and kick her legs. So, I think, "no way is she going to sleep" and I pick her up. Almost instantly she would fall back to sleep. I hold her for 10 -15 minutes, lay her back down and those little eyes blink open. This goes on for hours. Both nights I finally threw in the towel and slept with her in the recliner. It probably wasn't the smartest of moves, but Mama has to sleep. I have no idea how parents with babies that don't sleep make it, especially those that go to work. I would be a terrible mess. Who am I kidding, I am a terrible mess with sleep! (or at least my house is!)

Taking my child into public places is always an adventure. Today we have been to Walmart and to the high school for a fundraiser dinner. She smiles. She coos. She kicks and waves her arms. Basically, she flirts and charms every person she sees that will look at her. It is a lot of fun, but it does make it difficult to get things done.

Another new favorite at our house is the Jumperoo. (I think I've already mentioned this) Emmy is so short that we have to put a pillow underneath it so that she can reach to jump. But boy when she gets going she is wild! She jumps with her whole body, arms thrown up, head back and both legs goin'. Maybe I should get some video to post...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Chattanooga Shopping Trip/Cousins

Caroline gives today's blog a "thumb's up".

Today Emmy and I trekked to Chattanooga to meet my cousin Dana and her daughter Caroline at the largest shopping mall in Tennessee. It was a great day. Emmy was excellent in the car (an hour each way) and a total sweetie in the mall. I hope she is always this good of a shopper! While there she got her first bathing suit, er suit(s), and her first pair of sunglasses. Stay tuned for photos!

The best part of the trip was seeing Emmy and Caroline together. Dana and I are first cousins. Our babies were born two days apart. Crazy, huh? People see us together with our babies and say, "Oh, the two of you must of planned it." Nope. Not even close. It was totally unplanned but very cool. At any rate, the girls are finally old enough to notice each other and were adorable together. Unfortunately, I don't have pictures of them being adorable. I do, however, have pictures of them being tired and cranky. You know you are cute if you can be cute while being tired and cranky.

I have multiple motives for posting these pictures from today. First, because they are cute. But second, to show how my tiny Emmy girl is movin' on up! Check out these earlier photos of the girls together. I think Emmy is gonna catch up with Caroline!

Emmy was born 11/16/09 and Caroline was born 11/18/09

First meeting: December 13, 2009

Second meeting: February 18, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

They grow in their sleep!

I've heard older people talk about children growing in their sleep. I've always thought that was just one of those things that old people say. Since Emmy, I've decided that they really do grow up in their sleep. Today Emmy woke up a little less baby and a little more big kid. She played in her Jumperoo and on a blanket on the floor happily all day. She seems like such a "big kid" in her Jumperoo. The Jumperoo is a seat suspended by springs and surrounded by toys that plays music when the baby jumps. When Charles came in this evening he realized that she knows how to operate it. I thought she was just wiggling and bouncing at will. He figured out that she was waiting to until the music stopped and then jumping to make it start back. She is so stinkin' smart. We better get to work on that college savings account!

Amazingly, Emmy and I didn't take any pictures today.