Monday, November 3, 2008
Here is my attempt to try to catch you up on the Dever happenings in August and September…. (picture link is below). August August for the Devers was fairly tame. Danny didn't do any traveling except for a one day trip to Chicago. We attended the Brazile Bash (as in Kyle Brazile)…a party at our friends and one of Brooke's co-workers homes….we literally had another party across the street to attend so it worked out well. After socializing at the Brazile Bash we headed to Avana Pittman's birthday party. Emerson was in awe of all the girls getting their fingernails and toenails painted and making their own lip balm. Everyone looked like a princess!!! I was pretty busy at work the first week in August because we had a huge conference in town for NCAC, a new organization in our office. I got the privilege of helping plan the events with a co-worker and the first week of August was all about executing them. I must say most of the events went off without a hitch and I think they were pretty pleased with the success of the conference. I hope I get to work on it again next year…it was a nice change of pace. We were also very fortunate to be invited to the Holbrook's going away party. We are so sad to see them go but we know they will be very happy in South Carolina. The funniest event of this party was that Emerson actually told Roy Williams "NO" (she was in a No phase at this point, wait a minute, she still is). We were outside on the porch and he said come see me baby girl and she looked right at him and said NO! Too funny!!! Although she didn't know what she was saying No to or even WHO she was saying No to, it was still hilarious. The biggest event in August was Emerson's move from the infant classroom to the toddler classroom. She had outgrown the room months before then but they just didn't have the space for her to move up. She was certainly a big fish in a small pond and just itching to get into her new class. Emerson has seemingly adjusted well to life in the toddler classroom…she is certainly the small fish in a large pond as she is the smallest kid in the class. Her vocabulary has skyrocketed since joining the class and she is trying to sing songs all the time. We get bits and pieces of the ABC's and Ring Around the Posey.
September was another relatively quiet month for us. Emerson got to experience yet another attempt at water fun and used the pool her Grammy and Papa got her for her birthday. As you will see from the pictures, she loved it and we couldn't get her out of it….she stayed in until all the water was drained out and even then, didn't want to get out. We will surely bring it out next summer for what will be many adventures. The Wisconsin Devers came to visit but more importantly moved their son, Corey, down as he started culinary school at Johnson and Wales in Charlotte, NC…it was good to see them though and we are glad one more Dever is in NC. September also brought Emerson a new playmate in Macie Herman. Our dear friends and neighbors welcomed the second baby girl Macie into the world on September 10th. As you have seen in several pictures Ivie, their older daughter, is also a playmate of Emerson's. There is a lot of estrogen on or block now!!! Danny also had a birthday in September, pretty mild one this year; doesn't that suck that the older you get, the less hoopla is made over your birthday. We still love ya though Dan!!! At least you got to play golf in September, Danny had two golf tournaments to play in; the first was for one of his customers in Charlotte, and the second was the 6th annual NYK Logistics golf tournament. Danny and his office have hosted this golf tournament since its inception and it is really fun. It was a good time for me to get away as well, meet some of his staff, and a have a great dinner (thanks again to the Marchicas). Another great event for us this September was attending the opening night premiere of The Biggest Loser. As many of you know one of my oldest friends, Heba, is appearing on the show with her husband Ed. We were honored to have been invited to the opening night celebration at The Franklin Hotel. We are watching every week and cheering them both on until the finals!!! Check them out at the Biggest Loser website. Emerson and I also ventured to the NC Museum of Life and Science with Monica, my dear friend, and her boys and my godchildren, Carter and Cameron; and with Ann, another dear friend, and her boys Connor and Will. Yes, Emerson was the only girl amongst all boys; but I think she held her own. The last big event for us in September, really October 4th, was Cameron Malboeuf's Carnival themed birthday. Emerson had a blast at the party.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy hearing and catching up on the Dever's escapades…hopefully when I get more caught up on blogging…stories will become a more regular feature.
Enjoy the pictures below (click on link)….
Friday, October 31, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I wouldn't say Danny and I are VERY religious people….we both grew up going to church and we feel our values and morals reflect that. We don't attend church regularly, if at all, but we are looking for a church now, as we both feel it is an important aspect we want to introduce into Emerson's life and growth. With that being said, I do feel we have tried to introduce spirituality early….we have several books that we read to Emerson that incorporate an honest and pure message and we say "our" prayers with her every night. So normally the night time routine goes something like this…Mom or Dad will give Emerson a bath, then it is off to her bedroom to get in her PJ's while Dad usually tries to distract her with a toy or song and mom gets her ready for bed. Sometimes we blow dry her hair if it is still really wet, in which case we spend time sitting on mom's vanity and Emerson laughs and talks to herself in the mirror. Then it is off to Emerson's room again where Daddy tempts Emerson with her "Ba Ba," and she promptly perks up and starts saying over and over again in a high pitched toddler delight…"Ba Ba! Ba Ba!" (sometimes she will even whisper it back to you if you whisper it to her.) We then proceed to sit in her chair and give Emerson her night time bottle (this is the last bottle we are still trying to wean from her.) While she drinks her bottle I read her several night time stories (I say "I" because usually I am the one carrying out this part of the routine, although Dan jumps in from time to time, but he lets me have this time with her because he knows how much I enjoy it.) After we have finished the bottle, we turn the light off and Emerson flips herself over and snuggles into my shoulder in the burping position, this is the same position she has ended up in since she was an infant, most of it stemming from when she got burped after bottles, but now this is just snuggle time that I look forward to all day. Once she is situated, I start our prayers….
So until last week, Emerson would then lay on my shoulder for another minute or so snuggling while I sang to her or rubbed her hair, and then I would get up, say "Nite, Nite," put her in her crib with Lovey Bear, that she would then proceed to strangle, and cover her up. Last week though I was surprised when Emerson, at the end of our prayers, promptly replied to my AMEN, with an AMEN of her own. What is this? A 15 month old can say AMEN. It was probably the cutest thing I have ever heard in my life…she was half asleep and it came from this little soft voice inside her like she was at peace (cheesy, I know!) but it seriously melted my heart and I fell more in love with her at that moment. So I finished the routine, told Danny about the AMEN and that was that…..
The next night I put Emerson in her high chair as I finished preparing her dinner…..I also usually get this responsibility because Danny isn't home from work yet, but don't worry, he usually gets to clean up the mess and load the dishwasher…I'll take my end of the bargain any day!!! So as I was bringing her food over to the highchair, Emerson clasped her hands together as if she was going to pray and then said clearly and with much enthusiasm, "AMEN." What is this new phenomenon? Where has she learned to say this and why is she, all of a sudden, doing it now? I didn't put two and two together until later that evening when I was telling Danny about the dinner Amen. We then decided that she must be learning it at school (she attends a Baptist daycare.) I confirmed on Friday with one of the teachers that all the children say their prayers before they eat lunch. We think she must have heard the word Amen before meals and then started associating it with meal time. Since, she was hearing the word a lot at school and nightly at bedtime prayers, we think she just learned to say it early….
Now AMEN is a daily word that Emerson loves to say for no apparent reason and sometimes out of the blue…..but we also now say it at the appropriate times as well…before dinner and before bed, and a toddler saying AMEN will tear at your heart strings every time!!!! AMEN!!
Moral of the story: It is never too early for AMEN!!!!
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Thursday, October 9, 2008
July ended up being a crazy month for us, as we had tons of things going on. The week after Emerson's birthday party was her 12 month wellness appointment… and it was a tough one. Those of you who have kids know that seeing your child get shots for the first time is pretty awful and most of us moms shed a few tears. Usually the administering of shots gets easier, at least on the parents….well, my friends, no one prepares you for the 12 month appointment. Emerson was pitiful and I again, like I did the first time with her shots; shed a few tears with her. Usually kids will hold their breath and turn red and then finally let out this god awful cry but for some reason this time, Emerson went right into screaming and then, for the first time ever, she sobbed uncontrollably and continued to do it until we were outside of the doctor's office. Poor little girl, I felt horrible for her. The bad news is the nurse mentioned she might remember this experience (because apparently she has a memory now) and that the next appointment to the doctor for shots might not be as easy (like this visit was easy, Sheesh) !!! The good news is Emerson is a growing 12 month old and in perfectly good health.
Danny left that same day after the appointment and traveled pretty much every week for the rest of July going to New Mexico, Jacksonville, Minnesota, and Philadelphia. I too was also busy at work preparing for a huge conference that would start the first week in August. I actually had a blast planning it, as I got to work with a new co-worker and had a great budget to work with (wink, wink)!!! The weekend after Emerson's party we had another photo shoot with our friend Amber to capture Emerson at a year old. We ventured to the Carolina Inn early the morning of July 19th to take some indoor and outdoor pictures of Emerson along with Danny and me in a few of them. I must say, Emerson did pretty well for her first time being "professionally" photographed. It took her a few minutes but she soon warmed up to Ms. Amber and by the end of the shoot, they were best buds…of course, if you know Amber, you could understand why. She is so full of life and truly loves every second that she is taking pictures, and she was great with Emerson. So after an hour and half of picture taking and 4 outfit changes…Amber got some great pictures. That slideshow will be posted soon for all of you to see, but I thought I would post a sneak peak for you……
We were also visited by the Wisconsin Devers in July. (A couple of years ago when the Dever families were all spread out we started referring to ourselves by state; Danny and I were the NC Devers, his mom and dad were the Florida Devers, and his brother's family were the Wisconsin Devers. I guess that is going to change now that two sets of Devers and a single Dever live in NC) Corey, our nephew was coming to orientation for Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte and they came over for the weekend to visit. Corey was accepted early admission and will finish his senior year of high school there. We are all very excited that we will soon have a professional chef in the family. You know I'm excited, 'cause a fabulous party always needs fabulous food!!!
The last event for us in July (well really first of August) was a trip with our dear friends and neighbors to a concert. This was our first concert in, well, years…. so we were super excited to get away for the evening and enjoy some good 'ole country music. We headed out that evening with Dale and Amy (god bless her, cause it was HOT and she was very pregnant) to see Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift. I forgot how much I love going to concerts…so my new goal is to go to at least one concert a season now. We had great seats for the show and would have had an even better parking spot if Dale hadn't driven… (Gotcha!!! J) Anyways, it was tons of fun and I can't wait to do it again…. Here is a picture from the event taken with my cell phone (sorry the quality is horrible)!
We hope everyone is well and the 13-14 month update will be sent soon!! Until then…
Emerson – 12 to 13 months pictures http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=l05z5pu.1idawbfq&x=0&y=hw5l37&localeid=en_US
Birthday Slideshow http://www.photodex.com/sharing/viewalbum.html?bm=168809