Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: A Beach Photo Shoot That Never Made the Blog...until now!!!

Topsail Island, NC
December 2009
Emerson - 2 1/2 years

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Swim Lessons 2010: Round 2, Week 2 (Monday)

I'm seriously behind in posting and trying to catch up on this very sunny and hot Saturday, so pictures of swim lessons are pretty refreshing.  These pictures are from week 2 of Emerson's second round of swim lessons this summer (view week 1 here).   These swim lessons were the same as the week before, Mary worked with the kids on kicking, blowing bubbles, using their arms, jumping, and swimming on their backs.  Enjoy the pictures!!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Hanging out with Daddy before the lesson!!!

Using the float bar to practice her kicking and arm movements!!!
(I love Emerson's facial expressions)

Goofing off!!!

Back swimming using the float bar!

Swimming on her back and then swimming back to
 the wall on her tummy!

Time to play in the "play" pool!!

I love this jump series with Emerson and Danny, especially the expression on Danny's face in the bottom left corner.  

Emerson finally warmed up to the Splash Fountain!!

My Favorites from the day!!!
Can you tell she is bossing telling her dad to do something!

......still LOVE that baby tush!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Show-and-Tell #49: Handy Manny Cellphone

I am so far behind in blogging right now.  So, this is last week's Show-and-Tell post.  As I may have mentioned in previous posts, Emerson loves Handy Manny.  I actually think she might have her first crush on him; I think she could watch him everyday and not get sick of him OR his talking tools.  So, on a recent trip to Target, Emerson had $1 to spend in the dollar spot, when she didn't find anything she liked there, we ventured to the toy section.  I knew there was a place that had small toys under $5.  We walked through several aisles and as we rounded the corner to the next aisle, with a shrill in her voice, Emerson exclaimed, "HANDY MANNY!!"  She looked at several of the toys, picked up this cellphone, held it up to me, and said, "Mommy is this a dollar?" Looking at the $12.99 price tag, I nodded my head and said, "Yes, it's a dollar." (I'm such a SUCKER!!)  Emerson put it in the buggy, kept her $1 close at hand and then promptly gave the $1 to the cashier at checkout.  I guess this is the start to learning the value of money, not sure it was a great lesson, but it was worth every penny to see her light up and grin ear to ear.  Priceless!!!

Show-and-Tell #49
Handy Manny Cellphone
August 13, 2010

Since I just loved this picture...
I thought I would put it in by itself!!!

I Heart Faces: Fix-It Friday!!

I'm back with another I Heart Faces post.  Every Friday, on their site, they host Fix-It Fridays, where their contributors edit the same photo and readers get to join in the fun and submit their edited entries via a link party.  I decided to join in the fun this week, check out my edits below and make sure to hop on over to the party and see what other readers are doing with this picture!!

Original Picture

Fix # 1 - Color

Fix #2 - Black and White

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

I Heart Faces: Got to Wear Shades!!

I love the site I Heart Faces.  If you love photography (or even like it) this site is a must visit.  Every week they have a photo challenge and this week I decided to take part in it.  This week's theme is "Got to Wear Shades".  What better entry than a picture of sweet Emerson playing on the beach with the essential accessory, her shades!!  This was taken during our family trip to Topsail Island, NC the week after Christmas 2009.  Although it was chilly and there was no swimming in the ocean, Emerson still had a great time and looked cool doing it, with her shades on!!  Who knows, maybe this will become another weekly series, or at least a series to participate in every now-and-then.  Enjoy and go check out the site, at the link above, to see all the other great shots from this week!!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: A Kid at Heart!!!

I ♥ My Dad!!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

An Ice Cream Date

Aunt Di and Uncle Ed were visiting this past week from Wisconsin.  Since they had to miss Emerson's birthday party (yes, I realize I haven't posted any pictures from the party), they wanted to so something fun for her while they were here.  So, we decided to continue with the ice cream theme and headed to Rita's on Friday afternoon for a quick treat!!  Emerson had a great time leaving school early, sharing ice cream with Aunt Di, telling secrets with Uncle Ed, laughing at her daddy talk in a Donald Duck voice (her favorite thing right now), running around, and of course, eating ICE CREAM.  Thanks for the treats and smiles Auntie Di and Uncle Ed!!!

My Favorites!!!
(You know when there is ice cream involved, there are bound to be lots of favorites)

It's The Little Things....

It's the little things in life that sometimes make you stop, take a breath, and appreciate everything around you.  On Friday, I was on my way to pick Emerson up from school.  I was about an hour earlier than my normal time because we were headed to an ice cream date with Aunt Di and Uncle Ed (more on that later).   About a quarter mile from Emerson's school there's a small lake on one side of the road and a small pond on the other side of the road.  Occasionally, in the mornings, we see deer hop across the road but I have never seen them in the afternoon, until last week when I was driving to school.  Well, on Friday, I saw the same two babies and (I am assuming) their mommy.  I was driving down the road and they just happened to be standing on the side, near the pond.  I quickly pulled my car over, and since I was headed to a photo opportunity with Emerson and ice cream, I had my camera with me.  I grabbed my camera and snuck up to the small deck on the edge of the pond to take a few shots.  How's the saying go, "Take time to stop and smell the roses!"  I'm sure glad I took the five extra minutes to catch this sweet moment with a Mommy and her two fawns!!

Show-and-Tell #48: Snowflake??

I actually had to go back through my Show-and-Tell posts to see if Emerson had already taken this cute little puppy to school and surprisingly, she hadn't.  This fuzzy, white puppy was left under the Christmas tree this past year by Santa.  We never named the puppy so on Friday when I asked Emerson what she wanted to name the puppy, she said "Snowflake, cause she's white". So, as of right now, the puppy's name is Snowflake....we'll see how long that lasts!!!

Show-and-Tell #48
August 6, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Mommy's New Car!!

This past Saturday when I dropped my car off for a service appointment (oil change, tire rotation, recall maintenance), I never thought I would walk away with a new car.  I certainly didn't need a new car, my current car was only 3 years old.  But, when I made my appointment online the Wednesday before, I started receiving emails from salesmen saying they would like to buy my car.  Apparently there is a shortage of pre-owned Acadias in the area and they needed cars to put on their lots.  So, I took the bait and told them they could evaluate my car when it was there Saturday and then let us know if they could work a deal, fully expecting them to come back with something Danny and I wouldn't agree with.  We dropped the car off on Saturday morning for it's scheduled maintenance and headed to dance class.  During dance class Danny kept getting emails from the salesman stating they wanted to buy the car and they could make it work and we wouldn't have to put any money down and our payment would actually be less?!?  What?  Too good to be true, right?  Well, after lunch, the entire family headed over to find out if this was actually going to work and if it wasn't, at least we could pick up my car. We looked around a bit while Danny talked to the salesman and then Danny came out and said, you can basically pick any Acadia on the lot that you want.  Based on the current features of my car, I narrowed it down to a 2010 Pearl White or a 2011 Black....if you know me, you know there was no contest; I went with the black!!!

Emerson checking out the new car!!!

After we decided on the black, Danny had to go in and work the numbers and "wheel and deal" for that specific car.  By this point, it was past nap time, but Emerson was hanging on (by a very short string).  We walked around the lot, played with her new LeapFrog toy, made silly faces, and went to the waiting room play area to keep ourselves (ahem, her) occupied.  But, as good as she was, Mommy was quite sure she needed a nap since there hadn't been one at school the past week.  So, Emerson and I eventually got in Danny's car and headed home, knowing the ride home would put her in a deep sleep.  We left Danny there to make deals, with hopes he would come home with the new car.  

As I predicted, Emerson fell fast asleep on the ride home and I successfully transferred her from the car to her bed (although she is usually pretty good about that).  Emerson took a great 2 hour nap and when she woke up, Danny still wasn't home but had just called and said he was on his way home with the NEW CAR!!  The salesman was right; no money down, and our payment will be $3 less per month for the exact same car that's three years newer!!  That's what I call a NO BRAINER!!!  The bad thing was we actually had to go back to the dealership since the car was going to be in my name.  UGH!!  I got Emerson ready and we jumped right back in the car, grabbed a quick (turned out to be a long) dinner, and then headed to the dealership so I could sign the papers.  I also secretly had to check behind Danny and make sure he got everything out of my old car, not that I don't trust him, I am just that OCD.  When we pulled up, my old car was sitting right there....Emerson insisted that she get out of the car and say goodbye to the old car.  So, she got out and ran through the car saying, "Bye-Bye old car", while I checked to make sure all of my personal belongings were out.  I ran inside to sign the papers and that was that.  As we pulled out of the parking lot, Emerson said "Mommy, I am really going to miss my old car!"  But as you will see from the picture below, it took all of about 5 minutes for her to get acquainted with the new car!!  Welcome to the family CADIE (pronounced Katie)!!!