Thursday, January 29, 2015

19 months

19 momths *cough practically 20 cough* has been so much fun. Emerson is learning so many things on a regular basis and it has been so neat to watch her experience things.
I know all parents are bias, but she is growing into such a beautiful little girl. she loves her necklaces (which are actually mine) and headbands, and frequently tells me 'pretty'. That's not to say she doesn't LOVE playing in the dirt and being outside. she is really the best of both worlds!
She has been showing some minimal signs of potty training (at 19 months, I know... whaaaa?), but we know she's not ready to jump in yet. In preparation for when that day comes, we've purchased her a small potty seat, and she loves to tell us 'potty' and run to the bathroom. we hear some thumping around, quiet, and then hear her exclaim 'all done!' slam the lid down and run out with a grin. She has yet to actually use the seat for its intended purpose, but we are in no mood to rush things.
We frequently find toys in the toilet, so its safe to say she's not quite ready to use it yet, lol.
She is the queen of making a mess! She loves to have her toys arranged 'just so' and will spill the entire bag/box/container of items so she can pick out the exact one she wants.

Which usually results in her play area looking like this.. =/
She dumped nearly every container out, looked at the mess, looked at me, and walked away.

She is still a water baby, through and through, and we look forward to bath time! in her stocking this year she got some washable 'paint' and we create many masterpieces each bath.

Now that our house is big enough, I can finally proudly display my grandma's sewing cabinet!  I cant wait to get started on projects, but until then, Emerson is convinced it is a new fort for her. #winwin

She still sleeps like a champ (although lately, her wake up time of choice has been just shy of 5am!), and the best night's sleep we've ever had was new years eve. she was asleep by 7:15pm and slept for over 12 hours! mom and dad were quite happy :)

She threw a fit for me to take the gift out of the box so she could put her 'so soar' (dinosoar) in it, and then promptly climbed in and gave him a kiss. loved that I captured it!

We have been working on animal noises lately and she is learning them at lighting speed! Enjoy the video :)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Christmas at the Akleys

Christmas has come and gone, and boy was it a blast this year!  Emerson seemed to understand the concept of opening gifts a bit more this year, and  it was so much fun to watch her experience things!
One of my favorite holiday traditions are the Christmas ornaments that we would receive from my grandparents.  Some were hand carved, some purchased on trips, and others very thoughtfully selected throughout the course of the year.
Growing up, my families' tree was decorated with mine, and my siblings ornaments, but when we started our own families, we got to take them with us.  Our family tree is decorated with my childhood ornaments, but we have also started the tradition of getting an ornament for each vacation we take.  Emerson has also started to receive ornaments with each Christmas that passes, so our tree has great sentimental value.
Each year there are increasingly sentimental moments when I dig them out, but when we decorated the tree this year, it brought tears to my eyes.  I had put the lights up during the evening when E had gone to sleep, and the next morning we woke up and took out the ornaments one by one, and as I'd hand them to her, she would 'Oooh and Ahhhh' and 'Wow!' with each one I gave her.  She helped us hang them up (or set them on a branch for me to hang up later) with such care.  Its like she knows how important they are and treated each one so gently.  The photo below is just a glimpse of how she would look at things.  Such pure wonder and amazement each time she would touch one. It was one of my favorite things of the entire holiday season- just watching her take things in and experience them.  So many times I'd see her walk over to the tree, step in-between the branches and select an ornament to study intently.  I can't tell you how many times I heard her mumble 'so pretty' to herself as she inspected them.
We also attempted to make sugar cookies! Emerson mainly ate the raw dough and threw the cookie cutters on the floor, but they turned out well in spite of her efforts ;)

The rest are a few snapshots of our holidays.  We spent Christmas Eve with the Akleys, Christmas morning as just the three of us (Brandon was on call) and then Christmas afternoon/evening with my parents.  My brother, sister in law and two nephews came home so it was great to see them again and spend time together.

She is in a phase where she LOVES baby dolls.  She got two for Christmas and carries them everywhere!

Her baby came with a pacifier, and her reaction when I showed it to her was priceless!





Oh how these two love each other!

We were fortunate to have a white Christmas and took Emerson sledding around the neighborhood.

She LOVES the jingle bell hat that she got from her Great Grandma Scherer and shakes her head every time she wears it :)
We went to the local Storybook Island and looked at the lighted displays. it was snowy and cold but a great experience :)

And just like that, the Grinch came and stole our tree, and left a ridiculous mess for us to deal with.
I hope your Christmas was blessed with friends and family, ours sure was, and we are so grateful!