Category Archives: Emma

BFF stage

Emma has this little friend that lives down the street from us.  They ride the bus home together and since her house is on the way to ours from the gate they walk home together too.  She’s been over three times in just the last week, every time choosing to come over to our house.  Her mother and father are divorced and her dad described the mother as a Disney mom, absent from the picture.  Her dad is very involved and came over to meet us and see who her daughter has been spending so much time with.

Emma has had other little friends but nothing quite like the little friendship she has with Taylor.  They are such girly girls playing dress up and doing each other’s makeup.  They love when I paint their nails and helping me in the kitchen.  They helped make Thanksgiving rolls the other day and were excited to see what they made.

Taylor came over the other day with this adorable Best Friends necklace and asked me to help her put it on.  They went back and forth over who would get what color.  I think I might have been a little more excited about the necklace than either of the girls 🙂 .  It just signified so much to me that my daughter is getting older.  She gets baptized in 6 months time and I can’t believe how big she’s getting.  I still remember her being this tiny little dark-haired thing when she was 5 days old at Megan and Mike’s wedding.  She has changed so much, although she’s still a little wisp of a thing 🙂 .

I’m so excited to be stepping into this phase of life with my daughter.  She’s so much like me in that she loves to read, do crafty things, and is perfectly content with solitude but also so much unlike me that it will be such an adventure!  She loves to talk on the phone, something I hardly ever did as a child which is exactly how my dad knew something was up when I would talk to Jared for hours on the phone 🙂 .  Oh, I just love being a mom and watching my children grow but also celebrate the now!


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Coat Shopping

Tonight for my date with Emma I took her shopping for a new coat.  She outgrew hers by the end of last winter.  For some strange reason it’s starting to get colder out here in the desert.  They are starting to put cold weather clothing out in the stores and so I thought it would be nice to go and get a coat now, when we have lots of choices, rather than wait for everything to go off the shelves.

We chose to hit Target!  There were so many cute options, some that are not even practical but they look so stinkin’ cute that you have to at least try them on.  We grabbed hats and gloves and scarves and coats and hit the dressing room.

Emma is so ridiculously  cute I couldn’t help but snap a few pictures of her trying on the clothes.  We ended up getting both hats and the pink coat.  The blue pea coat didn’t stand a chance once she found out that the pink one zipped apart and turned into two coats!!!  She was sold!

So now we’re ready for the cold weather but knowing Vegas it will get warm for the next few weeks until we hit December.

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School Pumpkins

Today I had to finish decorating the plastic pumpkins from the kids’ classes for the Fall Festival this weekend.  There are so many things I want to do for Halloween but there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to get it all done.  We finally just put up the decorations and I’m planning on buying some pumpkins next week to carve.  Last year we never got around to that and I want to make sure we do that this year.

I like to make sure I get a wide variety of pumpkins for the teachers to pick from and make sure that they get the most bids possible.  I had two pumpkins to decorate for Joseph’s class (am and pm classes) and this is what I came up with…

Emma’s class got the pumpkin chopped in half to make two matching frames (I thought Emma’s teacher would pick the sparkly one but I guess I was wrong and Emma was a little disappointed too)…

and Benjamin’s class got the crazy cauldron with the “IT” popping out of it!  Fun stuff!!!

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Change of Picture Plans

Brandon, Kyrina, and Brayden have been in town for a few days and I had convinced Kyrina to let me take some maternity pictures before they leave.  We were going to try to squeeze it into my day this afternoon but their plans got changed and so we cancelled the session.  While running loads of laundry up and down the stairs, prepping dinner, cleaning and setting up for the shoot, Emma had convinced me to paint her nails like I had painted my toes the other night at Young Womens.  It was super easy just a little time-consuming, as is everything.  With her nails done and wearing this super cute headband I knew I needed to take some pictures of her.

I love my daughter!  She’s such a beautiful and talented little girl.  I’m so excited to watch and help her grow in to an even more spectacular young woman!

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Studying Ballerina

We are still getting used to going back to school and dealing with the demands of time which made me so happy to see Emma working hard on her homework before her ballet class started.  The best part was that she did it all on her own, she didn’t need me to tell her what she needed to do!

I love watching the kids grow and learn on their own how to prioritize.  It’s such an important thing that they’ll take with them for the rest of their lives.  I’m just glad to think that all that nagging is sinking in, but in a good way!

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So Emma has been attending a new dance studio for the past few weeks and it is amazing to see her progress.  She looks so much the part of a ballerina!  I love watching her through the one-way glass.

Each class they stretch each other’s feet (to make a deep arch) and go through a bunch of other stretches and exercises on the bar.  Today she had the girls walk across the room on their tip-toes while kicking their behinds 🙂 .  It was harder than you’d think for some of the girls and even Emma started off a bit wobbly but then she managed to make everything look effortless and graceful!  I love watching her!

Her instructor, Miss Angela, started working with the girls on their leaps today.

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First Day of 2012-2013 School Year

6:30 am!  That is the time that my kids were up and dressed and ready for school.  Mind you that the school doesn’t even open the gates until 8:45 am.

I have ever so slightly been dreading this day for a couple of weeks.  I’m excited for them to go back to their old school and I’m excited for them to see old friends and I’m excited to have those fun school experiences but I haven’t been looking forward to the yelling and fighting that usually occur because they chose to stay up and play or they’re tired.  I was impressed and a little taken aback.  It was marvelous and made me think that we could possibly move our scripture reading to the mornings.  With my young womens meetings Tuesday nights and Jared now having meetings with the bishop for his new calling on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays it would be so much nicer to do our reading in the mornings.  Plus, it could only help them get used to it for when they start seminary.

All four of the kids started school today.  It wasn’t until just last Thursday when I got Jacob’s acceptance letter for the Child Find program and it stated that he started school August 27th!  I was surprised at that because in the past they usually start that program a week or two after school has started.  So, this morning all four of the kids were getting ready because we were dropping all four of them off at the same time!  Both a little bit exciting and a little bit unnerving.  It took me a while to get used to an empty house when Jacob and Joseph started halfway through last year.

Everyone was literally hopping around getting their chores done.  It made for a nice calm morning with leftover time for pictures.

The kids helped me make a large batch of chocolate chip cookies that I packaged last night for their teacher gifts.  There were four different packages and they each got to pick the one that they wanted for their teacher.

Daddy got to stay home with us this morning so that he could see everyone off.  It’s nice when you have a job that will let you do things like that.  It was a bit weird walking into the school grounds because we had said good-bye just a few months before.  Even though it was odd it still felt nice and familiar, always a good thing on a first day of school!


We had actually already met all of the teachers the other day at Kindergarten round-up but it was nice to walk them to where they’d line up every day and introduce them again.  Emma was thrilled to see her teacher standing in line with a pink parasole!  Emma is so girly and into that kind of stuff, I think she was excited to see that her teacher was like that too.


We then walked Jacob and Joseph to the other side of the grounds to where their teachers were waiting for them.

We ran into Jacob’s teacher first.  I don’t know what happened but all of a sudden Jacob became the most shy and reserved kid in the world.  We had been making so much progress in his seperation anxiety but it seemed to all be lost the minute we walked up to his old teacher.  We gave him hugs and kisses while Joseph was socializing with his old friends that were in Jacob’s class again this year.  I love the fact that he’s in the morning class this year.  I just think it’s a bit much to ask for a little child to be active and alert in the afternoons and then come home, exhausted, and have to do homework and chores at home all while not falling asleep before bedtime.  The morning class will allow him to come home for lunch and then take a nap!

Now taking Joseph to his class was fun!  It wasn’t fun that I was dropping him off but watching him just thrive off of being in class was amazing.  He really is an amazing child (not that I didn’t already know that).  I watched as he walked right up to his teacher, gave her the gift (which made her look up from her clipboard and take notice of him a little more), found a seat and proceeded to smile at everyone he saw.  I did go up to the little boy sitting next to him and ask him his name.  The little boy told me and then I introduced him to Joseph.  After watching me introduce myself, Joseph got the idea and introduced himself to the boy on the other side of him.  There was one point where one of the kids at his table was crying because the mom was leaving.  You should have seen Joseph’s big-brother switch turn on as he comforted the little boy (no younger than him).  Jared and I were so proud of him and showed it with our thumbs-up and blowing kisses as we left.

That kid is going to have so much fun this year!

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