Monday, December 28, 2009

Emma is 2 years old!

Today Emma is two years old! Happy birthday Emma! Yesterday we had a party for her with family and friends. We had an Elmo party and she loved it. I made the cake and decorated it with Elmo's face (see previous post for a picture!) Daddy helped by tracing out the template from a picture online. Emma really loved the cake and enjoyed eating it.

She has grown and changed so much this year. Her hair is really getting long, and she's so tall. Tomorrow we go for her 2 year appointment. I think she's at least 35 inches tall, we'll see tomorrow! She is speaking in sentences and saying so many new things. She says "no way", "surprise", "more please", "need help" and so many other things. It's really hard to kept track. She has 4 teeth left to come in, her back molars. I may never know when she gets them, she doesn't really let me check her mouth too often.

She sings all the time. She'll sing "Mommy" over and over to the tune of "Twinkle Twinkle" or Barney's "I love you, you Love me" song. It's really sweet to hear "Mommy" repeated so many times! Emma's new favorite song is "The Wheels on the Bus". We sing this all the time, even when I'm putting her to bed. She asks for it by saying "beep beet?", which is how she says beep-beep for the horn on the bus. As we've been singing Christmas songs this month, she's picked up words to those too. She can get parts of Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red-Noses Reindeer. Mostly she says the last line of each verse, it's so cute. She also likes to call us "MommyDaddy" as one word when she's talking to us both.

Emma loves to read and is really good at pointing out what she sees in the book. She will see an animal and say "pet?" and pet the picture. She knows a few colors, red, green and blue, and she's counting more. Sometimes she will count and say "2 by 2 by 2" but now she's said "1, 2, 3."

She really enjoyed Christmas and opening her gifts, for Christmas and her birthday. She received a tricycle, a basketball goal, a guitar, lots of Elmo toys and books, lots of art supplies, a new table and chairs, and a train set. So far I believe that Mommy and Daddy love the train set more than Emma does, we are always trying to make new designs with the pieces!

-Ronda

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Tonight as we put Emma to bed, we read "T'was the Night Before Christmas" to her. Then after I left, Tony read her a book called "What is Christmas About?" He told her about Jesus and that we celebrated Christmas because it's his birthday. She then said several times "Happy Birthday Jesus." It was very sweet! Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Duck!

Today Emma said duck! It was cute (you're surprised, I'm sure)! She was actually playing with a little soft penguin that she found with a small baby rubber duck. She decided that the penguin was the mommy duck and started saying "Mommy, Mommy, Mommy...duck!"

She also put on pants by herself for the first time today! They are soft cotton pants and she was able to get them on in the right direction, but they were inside out. She pulled them up as much as she could but her diaper bump stopped them in the back.

She really loves to see school buses these days. We see them often when we are taking Daddy to work and picking him up. She says "beep-beet" when she see one. She also loves to sing the song "The Wheels on the Bus". If we see a bus go by she'll ask me "Mommy, beep-beet, me, please?" Which means "Mommy can I see another school bus please?"

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Playing in Ernie's house

Emma gets down on the floor for maximum playing room!

No more gates (mostly)!

This weekend I decided that I was sick of the gates dividing our living room and kitchen from the rest of the house. So we took them down, except for the gates on the top and bottom of the stairs. We still have the big fence keeping Emma from the TV, but the two gates being gone is so nice! I feel like our house is bigger and we can move around easier. Emma seems happier to just have the option to go in the other rooms, but mostly she stays where ever we are. She's even stayed out of the little bathroom with the cat box.

This morning I was getting Emma dressed and told her that I had a hoodie for her to wear today. As I pulled it over her head she said "hoodie, Emma's hoodie". Also this morning she very clearly said "Big Bird" when Sesame Street came on and he was on the screen! So there's two new words just in an hour this morning!

She really likes to hold hands, especially when we are in the car. She asks so sweetly, "hold hands?" I love to hold her little baby hand, it's so soft and sweet.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Ernie's house!

Emma loves to play with her little Ernie doll. I found him at a garage sale for .25 cents. She has decided that her Little People House is now "Ernie's house". She loves to put Ernie in the house and then yell "we're home!" That's one of her favorite phrases right now, "we're home!". She yells this anytime we pull into the garage, and often when we arrive anywhere, not just our house.

The new words continue to pour out everyday. I just can't list them all, she's just talking too much for me to keep up. "Dirty" is a new word, but that's all I can remember. She also knows what a computer is. Tony and I were talking about the computer and she went over to the laptop and pointed at it and said "duh-duh". I think that's her generic word for things she doesn't know how to say yet.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Haircut and a Visit to Santa!

We've had an incredibly busy but good weekend. Friday evening Tony's office had an open house at their new offices. We dressed Emma up and took her to the party. It was hard to manage her at times, she wanted to run around and there was an awesome deluxe train and village set that she was very interested in. And Santa made an appearance so Emma was very excited. She was first in his lap and made two more trips back to just sit on his lap! She received a little car with Santa in it and she's been playing with that all weekend. Here is Emma in Santa's lap on Friday.
















Saturday morning we took Emma to get her first hair trim. We went to my hair dresser, Morgan. We just wanted the front of Emma's hair trimmed up because it was really getting long and in her eyes alot. She's not always happy to let me put it in a ponytail and clips don't usually stay in her hair. Emma did so great. I brought along a lollipop and that made it so easy. Emma was very content to sit and let Morgan trim her hair. After the trim Morgan gathered up the hair (despite my best efforts to knock the hair on the floor) and tied a pretty purple ribbon around it, so we have that for Emma's baby book. Here are a few pictures.


































After Emma's haircut we dressed her back up and headed to the mall for another visit with Santa. Emma was excited, but she did pretty well waiting in line. We got there early but still had to wait about 45 minutes. She was so happy and her picture came out great. I've got to order Christmas cards with the picture now. After the picture Emma got to ride a little train they have set up. It just goes in a circle but it was very neat, the train cars had doors and windows. Emma sat in a car to herself. She kept yelling "Hi Mommy, Hi Daddy" every time she went by us.

--Ronda

No more hair in Emma's face!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Thanksgiving Week

Last Monday Emma and I left town to go visit my parents, her Grandmom and Granddad, for a few days before Thanksgiving. Emma had a great time there. She loves to play in the yard, looks for the kitties, and explore. When it's time for Grandmom to feed the cats, she claps her hands and calls for Callie and Scruffy. Emma quickly learned this brings the kitties running, and she was soon calling "Callie, Callie" and clapping her hands together!

Grandmom and Granddad just live 2 blocks from the train tracks, and we took Emma to see the trains several times. She would point and say "my train!". I told her that they were her trains but they had to keep going and make their deliveries. We also picked pecans and Emma enjoyed eating them. Once she spit out a big mouth full of pecans, I guess she got a bitter one.

She enjoyed swinging on the porch swing with Granddad.































She had fun playing with Grandmom's hat.
















Surprise!















On Wednesday evening Daddy arrived from Austin and we set out for Lindale to visit Grandma and Grandpa. Emma was really good on the drive. We sang the "Wheels on the Bus" for a long time, and it eventually evolved into a weird Star Wars version! For example, we sang " The Yoda on the bus goes "there is no try", "there is no try", "there is no try", etc. It was fun and Emma enjoyed hearing new words to a favorite song.

Thursday we had Thanksgiving with Grandpa and Grandma, Uncle Todd, Great Uncle Rickey and Great Aunt Sharon, and Tony's cousin David, his wife Susan, and their kids, Chance and Chloe. Chloe is about a week younger than Emma, so they enjoyed playing together. It was nice to have kids running around playing together. Unfortunately I wasn't feeling great on Thursday so I didn't get any pictures on Thanksgiving. I did get a few pictures of Emma playing the bass and mandolin and I posted those previously.

Emma loved the bass and kept asking anyone who would listen to take her back into the back bedroom so she could look at it. She lovingly padded it and told it "hi bass" many times. She also slept great while in Lindale, going until 7:30 most days and 8am once. She also starting singing the Barney song very clearly, getting more and more words in the song. I just love to hear her sing that song!

It was a good week despite my getting sick, but we were glad to be home on Sunday. Now it's time to get ready for Christmas and a certain little girl's two year birthday!

New hat and coat!

Swinging in the Cold.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Emma and Pawpaw play the mandolin

Emma plays the bass

Emma is 23 months old!

Today Emma is 23 months old! She's doing and saying so many things, here a few that I can think of.

-She says "ho ho ho" when you mention Santa Claus or point him out in a picture.
-She loves to play in the dirt and play outside anytime.
-When she sees a horse she says "yeehaw, yeehaw". Sometimes she calls still calls horses "neighs" too.
-She sings Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and the Barney song (I love you, You love me) but she doesn't know all the words, so she just uses her baby speak, it's so cute!
-She loves to watch Caillou, and can now say his name. It's so sweet, to hear her pronounce something with her little baby girl voice.
-She still calls baby bottles "baby bokles"
-She still calls Elmo "Melmo"
-She loves to take a bath, especially bubble baths. She can say bubbles and bath.
-She loves to paint and asks me everyday if she can paint. We don't always paint but we do color everyday.
-She calls her grandmothers both "mom", and my dad is "dad" and Tony's dad is "papaw"
-She can tell me when something hurts, and she says quite often "hurt me" when I try to brush her hair or put it up in a ponytail. Sometimes she will tell me that I hurt her during a diaper change or when she's eating. I think she's just exploring the concept. But sometimes if her pants are too tight, she will tell me they are hurting her. That's helpful to know when she's uncomfortable or hurt by something.
-She loves to look at pictures of our family, and herself. She will ask for "more Emmas" and go to the computer. We sit on the couch and look at all the pictures I have posted online.
-If she wants something but we can't understand what, she will take us by the hand or finger and lead us to it.
-She loves to put on our shoes and attempt to walk in them.
-She wakes up everyday smiling and gives us hugs and kisses. She is a very sweet and loving girl!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Potty Time and Even More Words

Emma has started to use her little potty. She first went pee pee on Nov. 10th. Daddy was present, but Mommy had given up and left the bathroom. Emma was very proud of her success. She's gone a few more times, and now Mommy has decided it's time to get a seat reducer and an extra potty.

The new words and phrases continue to come daily. Here are few: stuck, broke, empty, belt, help, ant, mouse, more (sounds like ma,) pretty, milk, hair, no way, heart, pie and coke. She knows exact what coke is and will demand a drink if she sees anyone drinking it. She also picked up "shoot", from Mommy. Mommy is working on changing that to oops or oh no. It's especially embarrassing when we are around others and Emma will say "shoooooot", drawing out the word. She has also started to say cat, puppy and cow, instead of "mow", "ruff-ruff" and "moo". I am a little sad that she's saying the real animal names, it is so cute to hear her say the animal sounds.

Emma can identity these shapes: heart, circle, triangle, square, and star. She can say heart but she knows the other shapes too. When we are playing outside, I draw the shapes and then ask Emma to run to the star, or the circle, etc, and she always goes to the correct shape.

One of our neighbors a few houses down has some little scarecrow men staked out in her yard. They are about Emma's height, and she is very interested in them. Every time we play outside, Emma has to go over and hug and kiss all three scarecrow men. It's very cute!

All fall we have been showing Emma how to make the Hook 'Em sign with her hands. She knows the Longhorn symbol and will point it out on our T-shirts. Then she grabs her hand and says "help hand", asking for us to help her make the hand sign. She can't hold her fingers in the sign by herself, but she tries! She also knows the sign for mouse and frog. She doesn't use her signs very much anymore, but sometimes she still does.

I know tomorrow she'll say more words and I'll think of others that I forgot to write down. She is really learning so much everyday!

-Ronda

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Professor Emma

Little Mommy

Funny that she's using a bottle for her baby but would not take one
herself!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Playing the xylophone

Playing chase!

Emma chasing Lola.

Emma and Lola

Emma had a playdate with her friend Lola. Emma is saying cheese in
this picture.

Emma's lollipop

Last Wednesday Emma got a lollipop at the doctor's office. She really
liked it!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Emma is 22 months old!

Today Emma is 22 months old! She is still learning new words every day, and exploring her world in new ways. She loves to pull out the chairs at the kitchen table and climb up in them. At first I tried to tell her no and keep her off the chairs, but it was a losing battle. So now I can’t leave anything on the table or she will get it. Also, she can reach pretty far onto the kitchen counters and pull stuff off, so I have to keep things away from the edge.

Emma knows the Longhorn sign is Bevo and she tries to do the Hook 'em sign with her fingers. She will say "hand, help", meaning for us to help her make the sign with her hand. She can't hold it but she is trying. She also loves to color and finger paint. She still loves Elmo but Barney is becoming a favorite too.

Some of Emma’s new words are “play”, “happy”, “sit”, “kite”, “bite” and “pap-paw”. She has started to call Grandpa Smith “pap-paw”, or possibly “paw-paw”, sometimes it’s a little hard to understand her. She still calls her grandmothers “mom”. I’m interested to see what she calls Granddad Mangrum the next time she sees him.

Emma has an unusual but still cute habit that I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned here before. She has been doing this for at least the last 3-4 months, if not longer. When we mention the name of someone she knows (but not ourselves) she will make a fist and knock on her head. Yes, she knocks on her head just like she will knock on a door. She knocks herself pretty hard too, we tell her not too but she always does it. If I tell her that her grandparents are coming to visit, she knocks on her head. If I ask her if she wants to play with her friends Lauren and Emily, she knocks on her head. After she knocks, then she’ll get excited and scream or laugh, or make another appropriately happy sound. I hope one day she can tell us just exactly what the knocking of her head means.

If I'm eating something and she wants some, she asks for a "bite". She will ask for a "bite" of banana, instead of wanting to hold the whole thing.

Halloween is in a few days and I will posts pictures of Emma in her costume. I’ll try to post a sneak peak before Saturday. Until then enjoy these short videos of Emma riding the choo choo train at the Elgin Pumpkin festival on Oct. 18. In the 2nd video if you hear a baby crying, that is not Emma. At the end of the 3rd video, you can see Emma sign "more" with her hands.


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Friday, October 23, 2009

Daddy's turn for bath tonight!

So nice!

Mommy this is really moisturizing, you should try it!

I need more?

More on the cheeks, got it!

Not the face!

What's that you say mommy, more paint on the face?

Getting a little dirty!

Finger painting fun!!

Napping in the swing

Notice the little hand still holding onto the chaulk tightly.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Why I Love Barney

This is a story about how I came to love Barney. This is the kid's TV show about the purple dinosaur. I decided to let Emma watch Barney because we were getting very bored of the same old Sesame Street episodes that are currently being aired. Barney sings songs and talks about manners, among other things, and since the first time she saw it she has been interested. Just this week Emma has gotten very excited when Barney comes on the TV. She screams his name, something that sounds like "Bompy" or "Boppy" and runs up to the TV. She jumps, dances and is just so excited. Well today we watched Barney and she screamed and yelled his name again. Then later in the show, at the end, they sing the "I love you, You love me" song. Emma knows this song and loves it. Today when they got to the line "with a great big hug from me to you", she put out her arms to me, and when I picked her up she gave me the biggest and strongest hug she's ever given me! I started to cry it was so sweet! So that's why I like Barney.

--Ronda

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Sleepy little longhorn.

On our way to watch the UT-ou game Emma fell asleep. Probably because
she woke up at 6:00am! And yes that is one of her pigtails sticking
up. I'll try to get a better picture of that for later.

Hugs for kitty

Balloon kitty

We went to Serranos for dinner and Emma got a pink ballon kitty. She
loves it so much.