Monday, June 26, 2006

Happy Birthday Emma!!

Today is Emma's 2nd birthday! Aunt Linda and cousins Abigail and Rachel came down from South Carolina to help celebrate this weekend. Mom, Linda and I took the kids to the pool for about an hour Saturday afternoon. (I forgot to take my camera in but my mom had hers so I'll attach some pictures later.)

When we asked Emma what she wanted to do for her birthday, she said she wanted to ride the Choo Choo. So, after everyone took a nap, we went to Stone Mountain to ride the Choo Choo Train and eat a picnic supper. Although it was very hot while riding the train, the red faces were from being at the pool during the hottest part of the day. About halfway around the mountain, they stop the train for you watch a short little show. Emma seemed to enjoy the ride & show, while Daniel could take it or leave it. In fact, he almost fell asleep during the ride.

Tom, Camille, Hayden and Sophie were coming down to help Camille's parents get their house packed up and ready to move to Nashville this week. Before going to Lithia Springs, they came to mom's house help us celebrate Emma's birthday with cupcakes, ice cream and presents. I think everyone had a good time (although we didn't get to spend much time with the TN crew, maybe next time).

On Sunday, we had a great lunch at Grammy & Papa's house. Everyone took an afternoon nap (except Abigail). We ended the evening with pizza at Everybody's in Decatur (yum!), then back to Grammy and Papa's for watermelon.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Blissful Summer!?

So, yesterday the kids and I went to the grocery store. I was quickly reminded of why I try not to take both kids to the store by myself. First, Emma always pitches a fit if I don't get a cart with a car on the front for her to ride in. As they were getting in, I told them that if they didn't behave they would have to ride in the seat of the cart instead of the car. Of course, all through the store I continually have to tell them to sit down, stay inside, stop fighting, etc. Did I put them in the seats? Of course not - I didn't really want to listen to the crying. At the checkout, I made the comment that this is why moms don't like summer. The lady behind me chuckled a little and then reminded me that they grow up too fast so enjoy them being little while you can. I know she's right, but sometimes it's hard to think that far ahead.

Later, I took Daniel to the pool for his weekly therapy session and all was going well until . . . the Boys/Girls Club group walked into the pool area with about 40 kids. The noise and number of occupants in the room more than tripled in a matter of 2 minutes. Daniel doesn't like loud noises so he immediately shut down (covered his ears, clung to the therapist, and kept looking around for me). After a couple of minutes, the therapist was able to calm him down enough to be able to finish their session.

When we got home I thought the kids would take a great afternoon nap because neither had had one yet and they were both so tired. I let them play for a few minutes and listened as they went upstairs and into Daniel's room to play. It got so quiet that I thought they had fallen asleep. So, I went upstairs to check on them. Instead of finding a Kodak moment, I found the Crayola kids. Somehow they had gotten into some markers that were on top of the chest of drawers and had proceeded to write on whatever they could find - the walls, door, floor, sheets, their clothes and their bodies! Fortunately they are washable markers so I was able to get most of it off of the walls, door and floor. However, washable doesn't mean that it washes off of them. Today (after two baths) they still have some marks to show for their work.

It's going to be a long, hot summer!!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Emma's 1st Haircut

My parents get a haircut every 4 weeks or so. The kids and I usually take my dad to the salon and my mom meets us there. Daniel actually sat still for his haircut tonight for a change. Emma's hair was getting so long that it was beginning to pull some of the curl out and her bangs were always in her eyes. So tonight we had Kiki give Emma her first haircut - including a shampoo. This picture shows a classic "Sophie face".

And here's the final product. . .

As you can see, she loves her new look ;o) (isn't this the typical look of a woman when she first gets her haircut?)