Thursday, November 12, 2015

Happy 3rd Birthday, Emma

Oh baby girl, what can I say about you?  You are the feistiest little girl I have ever met and I wouldn't want you any other way.  You keep me on my toes whether it is chasing you down the road, getting you down from the amazingly tall places you climb or stopping you from pounding on your brothers. I have always dreamt of having a little girl.  I knew I would and I made it happen.  I thought she would be sweet, quiet and maybe a bit of a bookworm....boy, was I wrong.  You are energetic, wild and full of life (not at all as boring as the little girl I was thinking of).
  Thank you for being adventurous.  Thank you for putting your big brothers in their places.  Thank you for sticking up for yourself.  Thank you for being wild and crazy.  Thank you for never meeting a stranger.  Thank you for being so cute that I can't stand it.  Thank you for being sweet (once in a while).  Thank you for being my daughter.  You constantly amaze me.

Emma started out her birthday snuggling with her brother.

She was very excited for the cake.  When asked what she wanted for her birthday, she always replied "cake".

Cake and presents from us

Singing Happy Birthday

While we were singing, she had the biggest smile I have ever seen.  She loved the attention

She played with the big girls in the car during the party.

Gramma and Grandpa brought presents when they came to visit.

A new princess bed set

She loves the new things for her room and makes people march in there and check them out.

Mimi and Papaw sent her a "Let it Go Snowman Baby" (or as the rest of the world calls it, an Elsa doll).  Can you tell she was excited?

Melissa gave her a handmade doll with "hair like Grady".  She adores it.

We got her a few small things.  Our house is so small we really didn't get her much.

On the day of her birthday, I drove the carpool to Sonic for ice cream.  I think she got some of it in her mouth.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Photo Session

A friend of mine from Chimney Rock wants to get into the photography biz and asked if she could take some pictures of the kids.  I gave her fair warning that they were wild but she wanted to do it.  We rolled up in the mini van, Emma wearing nothing but her underwear and one boot.  I think she understood what I was trying to tell her at that point but it was too late to back out.  Emma had a major meltdown before we left and refused to get dressed.  Hence arriving in her underwear.  
It started out bad but ended up ok.  My friend was able to get a few good photos of the kids which was more than I expected.  They loved her and thought she was fun.  What more can you ask of a photographer?

Myles chose to wear a three piece suit...of course.

Look at the beautiful Japanese maple

I love this one

This is my favorite from the day. 

This is what they really look like

Another favorite

Halloween 2015

We were lucky enough this year to have Shelley and Peter visit us for Halloween.  It was a great help to have extra hands when carving pumpkins and wrangling kids on the big night.  Gramma and Grandpa stayed for the weekend so Josh and I were able to go out one night, which is a rare occasion.    The kids are already talking about what they are going to be next year.

Gramma helped Emma carve her pumpkin.  Em enjoyed playing with the squishy seeds.

I love this photo of Gramma and Myles

The cutest shortcake

An attempt to get all three in a photo

Myles, the Pokemon

Bilbo Baggins from the Hobbit

Strawberry Shortcake

We met up with the girls

The whole gang

Grady helping Emma to the door

and making her leave the door with only one piece of candy

The boys

The moment she realized that she could get candy at every house.

Gramma and Emma