Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Highlight...Watching Emma Grow

 The highlight of 2010 for us was watching our sweet Emma grow and grow.
She doesn't seem to be slowing down one bit but we are having a wonderful time watching her learn new things all the time.
God blessed us with a very special little girl.
She is sweet, gentle, funny and gives her mommy and daddy lots of snuggles.

Here are some pictures in order, from the beginning to the end of the year,  for family and friends to see how big she has gotten. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Holiday Pictures

If you don't like pictures just skip this post.  In no particular order here are some pics of Emma during Christmas.  It took about four days to get everything open.  It took quite some time because she still opens pretty slowly.  It took her about 40 minutes to open three gifts.  At least we were able to spread it out a bit.
On Christmas Day James worked so Penny came over and kept us company.  We watched movies and ate...I ate a lot of food!  ha!  Thanks for keeping us company Penny!
 Emma wearing her pajamas that Grandma made & playing with her new puzzle.

 The girl loves to run.

   Emma chatted with Penny all day.  When Penny's hubby got out of work he came over in the evening.  Emma chatted their ears off the whole evening.

We hope you made some great Christmas memories like we did! :)

Monday, December 27, 2010

James and Emma's Time Together...Last Week

James took Emma to Home Depot during the day. 
He came home and brought her in the house with a ring pop in her mouth.
She was a sticky mess but seemed to be enjoying it.
I had to remind James that I love candy so the next time he should really bring me home one to.
I don't think I've ever even had a ring pop.
How sad.
My hands always seem to pick up Pop Rocks at the store if I buy candy.  I love, love, love how they pop in my mouth & so tasty to.
If he is buying her candy now what is he going to get her in a couple years???  
A Dairy Queen perhaps!
That would be AWESOME!!!  I love ice cream...especially vanilla cones dipped in chocolate.
Emma and I could have ice cream every day!  

After she was done getting sticky it was time for a bath.

After we got her cleaned up she and James had more fun.
She loves hanging upside down.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

 Merry Christmas
James, Theresa & Emma
Lily & Daisy

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Russian Tea Cakes

My niece asked me to put a picture up of the cookies I made & I've included the recipe.

Cream until fluffy:
 1 C butter
4 T sugar

2 C flour
2 tsp vanilla
1 C chopped pecans
2 tsp water

Roll into balls & bake 15 minutes at 350.  Roll in powdered sugar while hot.  Cool & then roll again.

The cookies were a big hit with Emma!

Christmas Week

We have been baking this week although I did almost give up because I seemed to be burning everything at first.   I thought some yummy roasted, sugar coated almonds would be good...until I burned a few of them.  I've always had good luck at cinnamon rolls.  Well, not this week.  I was wondering why the timer kept going off when I thought I had taken them out of the oven.  Then I realized ten minutes later they were still in the oven.  ha!  Yesterday I made Russian tea cakes and to my delight they turned out perfectly yummy!
Emma loves to color while I'm working in the kitchen.

I don't know about any of you but I have a hard time not going in and taking pictures of Emma when she is zonked out.  Sometimes my flash wakes her up.  ha!  I also go in at night if I'm crocheting hats and try them on her and occasionally get her out to snuggle.  I don't know if anyone else does this but I just have to.  I know soon enough she'll be to big to snuggle and I want as many snuggles and moments that I can get.
Just in case you are worried...she goes back to sleep just fine and she gets plenty of rest.

Emma enjoys sitting with her dad.

These next two pictures are for my mom and dad.  I think I used to make a lot of funny faces to.   

It's Christmas time and one of my favorite things about Christmas is the special foods.
Two of my favorite delights during the season is peppermint mocha creamer and little Debbie Christmas trees.  

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Little Star

This morning I was determined to crochet a little star.
They are so cute.  Emma played nicely while I was able to get both sides crocheted and put together.
You can find the directions here...
Lucy has the most gorgeous things.   It is one of my favorite blogs...ever!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Packages & Such

We have been receiving packages from grandparents in the mail.  Emma has been helping me put all the goodies under the tree.  She loves walking around with one or two in her hand.  

James took Emma and I shopping a couple hours away yesterday.  It's really not the shopping I look forward to but the eating lunch out that excites me.  We went to Ruby Tuesdays and it was so yummy!  On our way home we had to drive through a snowstorm or blizzard.  I'm not really sure what it was.  It was kind of gross.  I drove most the way and according to my husband, I drive like a granny.  At least I got us most the way here and not in a ditch.  ha!  

Sometimes Emma tries to be so serious. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Update on our Exciting week so far....

James has been working a lot the past few weeks.  Emma and I have been taking it pretty easy playing at home, crocheting, baking and running to the post office here and there.
Yesterday we received two packages in the mail from my mom and dad.  I can't tell you how excited I get!  I know my mom puts lots of homemade things in there.  I can't wait until Christmas to open them.  James always makes me wait.  There was one package though that had a special note that told me to open now.  Thanks mom and dad!  It was great not to have to wait to open every package.  Emma helped me open it.
This morning I've been wondering if James would notice if I opened the gifts under the tree and wrapped them back up.  That's what I used to do when I was younger.  ha!  I wonder where I get that from.

It is an awesome bag!  It will be perfect for library and post office trips that we make.

I told Emma if she ever really needed glasses we were going to get big, round ones just like her grandma C used to wear in the 1970's.  Wouldn't that just be to awesome!  Maybe grandma would give us the frames so they could insert the right prescription for Emma.  
I just think she is a hoot in these.

My turkey shutting her eyes on me while I try to take a picture.  She thinks she is pretty smart...what she doesn't know is that I still just take the picture for all the world to see.  ha!  :)

Of course I've been staying busy with more crocheting projects.  This is my little basket I keep everything I'm currently working on.  Don't you just love that sweet pink color?  Perfect yarn for baby hats. 

Daisy and Lily seem a bit lost since Sarah left.  This morning Daisy was sitting on my lap and Lily plopped down right one top of her.  I'm pretty sure Daisy was able to stay cozy warm.