Saturday, May 31, 2008
While Emily was napping I also worked on a little experimental project. I dug a hole in the rocks on the south slope of our backyard landscaping jungle and planted a couple hills of pumpkin seeds. I've always wanted to grow pumpkins, and I figured the most I'm out is $.99 for the packet of seeds. I'll keep you updated on the progress.
Friday, May 30, 2008
- You can catch Emily trying to sing almost every day. Usually it's a bit of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." It usually goes, "Twinkle...Twinkle...star...how...wonder". Sometimes it's random ABC's. Recently she even started singing/responding to the "Wee Sing Silly Songs" tape that runs continuously in the van. Her favorite song on that tape seems to be "The Ants Go Marching." She says "Hurrah!" on cue. :o)
- Speaking of the van, that is also Emily's favorite play area. She shrieks with delight as soon as she's let loose from her car seat, and I swear she would be happy playing in there for an hour if you let her. I can unload and unpack an entire grocery shopping trip and then still have to carry her kicking and screaming back into the house. It's actually quite convenient and might really come in handy this summer as we sit around waiting for parades to start!
- Emily also really enjoys playing with watering cans as she pretends to feed/water everything.
- Emily recognizes basic shapes (see videos). She knows the names of a lot of letters and numbers, but in no particular order and not necessarily connected to a written character.
- On a not-so-cute note, Emily says "Ouch!" really loud anytime you do something she doesn't particularly care for. This includes washing her face, wiping her nose, removing her from playing in the van, etc.
The May video player is posted below and our May pictures are updated on Winkflash. Happy viewing!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
On a not-so-relaxing note, I ran errands in Waterloo today with Emily in the driving rain. I now know why I haven't really ever attempted that before. Toddler+Umbrella+full shopping cart in Target parking lot = comical sight.
Yesterday I received the email asking for baked goods for Orchard Hill to distribute to the storm victims and clean-up volunteers in Parkersburg. I was ecstatic--finally a great reason to bake up a storm without trying to figure out who was going to eat it all (besides me)! I happily dug through my recipes and loaded up with supplies this morning. I had just put the first pan of ginger cookies in the oven this afternoon when I received the second email--they were overwhelmed with the response already and didn't need anything more until further notice. Bummer dude! It's okay, though. I didn't have quite enough molasses for the second batch of ginger cookies anyway. They will freeze until VBS in a few weeks, and they are currently Emily's favorite treat--straight from the freezer. I just suddenly find myself extremely well-stocked with baking supplies. Now I just have to figure out how to use the 2 1/2 dozen eggs sitting in my fridge... ;o)
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Also, after her bath Emily asked to sit on her little potty chair without a diaper on. Nothing happened (and I had no expectations it would), but it's a big step in the right direction! :o)
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
- Emily has begun taking after her Grandpa Lorenzen lately and often doesn't like getting her hands dirty or sticky--mostly while eating. This is a bit of a problem since she's still learning to eat with silverware and often gives up and just uses her hands. Sometimes I have to keep a washcloth at the table to wipe between every bite (think mac & cheese). I must say, however, the last couple mornings we have had the neatest consumption of oatmeal to date. I'm getting better at getting it the right consistency so it doesn't easily slide off the spoon yet is not so thick it's too hard to scoop up. :o)
- Speaking of hands, Emily thinks it's quite amusing to take her socks off and put them on her hands as "mittens". She walked around for 15 minutes like that after her nap yesterday.
- Grandma B would be proud--I think Emily has figured out how to correctly say the 'l' sound and likes to practice saying words like "closet" and "clothes" with a strong emphasis on the 'l'. She can also now say all the syllables in her name, but she goes really fast and sometimes her tongue gets twisted.
- I laughed out loud this morning when Emily told Cheney to "sit". He obeyed and then she said "Horsie" as she tried to crawl on his back. Cheney just licked her and walked away. I was surprised b/c she's never done anything like that before, and although she knows what a horse looks like and points them out from the van, she has never seen one up close or seen anyone ride one. Maybe there was one on "Curious George" once when I was making dinner. ;o)
Friday, May 16, 2008
However...I put Emily to bed at the normal time (7:30pm) in the normal way. At 9:00pm she was still (as in this had been going on for quite some time) literally bouncing off the sides of her crib. I could hear all sorts of movement and squeaks. Then I'd hear, "Jumpin'...Bounce...Funny!" along with many other random sounds and words. She fussed for a bit around 9:15pm and all was quiet by 9:30pm. I don't think she'll be ready for a "big girl" bed any time soon. Maybe we'll have to double-think giving her ice cream like that right before bed, too. ;o)
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
On Saturday morning Brandi & I walked to some of the Denver city-wide garage sales. I had my big find the day before when I picked up a cute little purple/pink/white Radio-Flyer tricycle that has a bell, streamers on the handle bars and can be folded up. Meanwhile, Austin took Emily up to West Union for a 5K Fun Walk sponsored by the hospital. Apparently Emily did great and chattered her way through the morning. She even won a door prize! She was very possessive of her Clermont Implement hat for the rest of the day! :o)
After lunch we all headed up to Fayette to join the rest of the family in attending the Upper Iowa University commencement where Austin's mom fulfilled a dream and received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education graduating Summa Cum Laude. The kids did great thanks to strategic bleacher seating and a bag full of toys, but they were definitely ready to be done! Everyone came to our house afterwards for a celebration meal.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I have been waiting to do a tulip photo-shoot all winter. I got this dress on clearance last summer and have been excited to see how many of my recently planted tulips would come up. Emily semi-cooperated. I think this is the best shot I got. I had to hide her little stuffed bear (that she insists is a kitty) in the tulips for her to get close enough. I think this was my only chance b/c the tulips peaked today, and as I write this a severe thunderstorm is rolling through and the gust front may have torn them to bits. If you would like to see the complete collection of tulip photos feel free to view the slide show below. :o)
Monday, May 5, 2008
- The neighbor kids from across the street delivered a May Day bag of goodies to Emily. It included a blue sucker, which she has never had before. She sucked on it a couple times, used it to "stir" the popcorn and GoldFish crackers that came with it and then dropped it on the floor. It lasted just long enough to make her tongue blue. :o)
- Emily has started referring to herself in the 3rd person sometimes. For instance, she imitated Austin & me standing on a kitchen chair to change a light bulb in the kitchen and said, "Emmy stand" over and over.
- Emily has had a runny nose for almost 2 weeks now. It has changed from the yucky yellow cold snot to clear runny teething snot. She has two eye teeth starting to poke through on the bottom. That always makes for fun times. Today was a no nap day because of it. :o(
- I picked up a cute little bug barn the other day and Emily has had fun playing with it. Luckily (sort of) there is an abundance of Asian Beetles in the house these days for easy catching. Emily seems less interested in the bugs themselves and more interested in the plastic tools. (also see video in May video player)
- Emily requires quite the entourage wherever she goes these days. Her crib seems to be half full of stuffed animals along with her favorite baby blanket. She thinks she has to take all of it with her every time she gets in and out of the crib. It's funny watching her trying to desperately grab everything at once. It takes her arms and at least one load by me to carry it. Then she tries hauling various combinations up and down the stairs. Sometimes she just gets frustrated and ends up chucking them all down as far as she can.
- Emily has also turned into a monkey climber. I've caught her twice trying to scale the outside of her crib to get at something still in her crib. The same day I walked into the scene in the video below...