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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Emma: 15 months

Emma has changed a LOT since I wrote about her update at 12 months. We went to the doctor last Friday so I have updated stats. 

Weight: 25 pounds 4 ounces (92nd percentile)
Height: 30 1/4 inches (39th percentile)
Head: 46 3/4cm (78th percentile)
Diapers: Size 5
Clothes: 18 months 
Shoes: 4.5/5 depending on the brand

 My attempt at a picture. It's impossible these days!

Milestones: Since your first birthday you have become a master at walking (running really ha!) and are ALL over the place! You have started in the toddler room at school and are down to one LONG nap in the afternoons. You are finally getting adjusted to the new room at school but are such a big girl. You eat at a table in the school cafeteria for your meals and take naps on a mat on the floor. You have started mimicking us more lately. You are very aware of what we are asking you to do even if you can't verbalize back to us what you want to say. You are very much still babbling most things but "mama" is your favorite word. You can follow one-step commands like "bring me your babydoll" or "take the book to your daddy". 

Since you turned one you have been to the beach 2 times, spent a weekend away from mommy/daddy, had your first surgery (tubes), had your first ER visit (this was not fun!), gotten your first goose egg on your head at school, switched classrooms, started drinking whole milk, dropped the bottle, dropped a nap, got 4 molars, and so much more. We love watching you explore new things and love seeing you grow. You are such a bright light and I hope you never change that. Your smile could light up a room and your beautiful blue eyes just stare into our souls.

Likes: still basically all food, splash pad/pool (any body of water for that matter), Cooper, your ball machine, playing with your food in your kitchen, the ABCs being sung to you, any books about animals being read to you, and jumping on the bed. 

Dislikes: when your nap gets cut short at school, when I take your paci away (since it's only allowed in bed), riding in the car after school, and being told no. 

We are so lucky to be your parents and are having the time of our lives watching you grow. I thank God every day for giving me the job of being your mom. May you grow to treat others well, love those around you no matter what, and that you always know who your Lord and Savior is.

A few recent photos:

Thursday, August 10, 2017

10 Year High School Reunion

This past weekend I had my 10 year high school reunion (Walton High School). I was Vice President of my class in high school and my close friend, Christy, was President so we were part of the planning crew to put this event on. Two weeks ago we were getting worried because we hadn't sold enough tickets to cover the cost of the event. Well the week leading up we just about doubled in ticket sales. We ended up with just under 150 people come which was a great turnout! We did it on the rooftop of Fado Irish Pub in Buckhead. It was really fun seeing so many faces I haven't seen in ten years. It was really a fun night! A guy I graduated with organized an after party for us at Lost Dog after and we had wristbands which got us drink specials. A large portion of people went there too so it was a fun night catching up with people. I can't believe I've been graduated and out of my parents house for ten years now. So much has changed but also so much has stayed the same. A few of my closest friends are those I grew up with which is such a special thing. Here are some pictures from the night! 

 The best we could do for a group shot!
 The four party planners!

 cute photo booth props Christy bought!

 These are my people! Boy do we miss Andrew and Christy with them living in South Florida. 

HERE is the slideshow I made that played throughout the night. We had a facebook page for our class where people could send us pictures to include. 

We had a great time and cheers to another ten years!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Life Lately

So Summer break is over and I'm back at work. I started last Thursday and teachers all come back tomorrow. Here's a little snapshot at what we did the last little bit of the break and the past two weekends! 

We checked off going to Piedmont Park and walking/picnicing with Cooper. It was a really nice morning and the park wasn't crowded at all. We walked a good long loop around the perimeter and then found a little garden area to sit for a picnic. Cooper, Emma and I really enjoyed the fresh air! 

The day before I went back to work my mom and I took Collier and Emma to the aquarium. It's so HOT in Atlanta right now that we wanted to do something indoors. We got there just after they opened (around 9:15am) and were able to really see a lot of the exhibits before it got too crowded. we left just before noon to get the kiddos back for naps. We had a great time! Thanks for joining me mom!

This past weekend we met the Willis at the splash pad when they first opened. I wish we had gone sooner because Emma loved this! It was nice for us because she's not submerged in any water and can just wander as she pleases. She doesn't care at all when a fountain splashes on her face. This was a great little activity to get outside but it didn't take the whole morning. We will be going back for sure. 

Two weekends ago we took some friends of ours to my parents beach house and left Emma back in Atlanta to spend time with both sets of grandparents. We went one night early and got to have a day on the beach just the two of us and out on a datenight. We really needed the alone time. The three other couples came on Thursday night. The three guys all lived with Tommy in Buckhead before we got married. We hadn't done a trip with just the 8 of us before and it was wonderful. These are our people who we are so grateful to share so many memories with. Thanks to my parents for letting us stay at their house!

Thomas Hoffman turned one and I went to celebrate him last weekend. Laura did such a cute job decorating for the "par-tee". 

For Bonnie's birthday on the 24th we had a family pool/pizza night at our neighborhood pool. Such a fun night celebrating and we were so glad the rain/storms moved on. We were the only ones at the pool until just before we left. 

Emma is adjusting to the toddler room at school. She is SO tired when she gets home because naps on a mat aren't quite as long as naps at home. 2/4 days so far she has needed a cat nap when she got home because she was just completely exhausted. I hope she learns to nap longer soon. I love the snuggles and naps on me (she hasn't done this in MONTHS) but I also want her to be happy when we get home. I'd love to still enjoy the pool in the afternoons after work while we still can. Other than naps she is doing great in the toddler room. I am moved into my new office at work and excited to start this year in my new position as math coach. I have a really strong feeling about the successes we will see this year with our students. Can't believe it's already the start of another school year. 

Just some playtime photos from recently. Emma is at such a fun age. I love watching her explore and learn something new every day. She is such a bright light in our lives.