Thursday, January 29, 2009

Valentine's Day

Yes, I am already thinking about it. In fact, I have been thinking about it since Christmas, because it is the next excuse we get to spoil our kid and celebrate like crazy. We don't see Valentine's Day as a romantic holiday around here. It's a celebration of everyone we love. Which means, sometimes (if I'm on top of things) our friends even get a valentine from us. This year, Emory might actually make her friends' valentines. She's at least going to make some for the grandparents and her teachers.

Every year since we've been "involved", Eric and I have chosen to stay in on Valentine's night. We don't usually give each other a gift (we did the first yaer when we were engaged, but hey! you're gross and in love at that point). There is usually a funny card involved because we like to see if we can make the other laugh. This year I have a couple of really good ones picked out. And, I have a few sweet treats I might hide around the house. We always order in from a local dive, alternating the years we choose. I chose last year so he gets to choose this year (it's gonna be wings from a new place he's tried close to work). And, we'll make sure Netflix sends us something fun to watch. That's about the extent of our celebrating.

Until now...

Emory is old enough to understand gifts now and really got into the spirit of Christmas - gettin' stuff! So, we've been telling her that all the special things she sees in Walmart might end up in her Valentine's basket that Cupid is bringing her this year. And, she's terribly interested in all the cool things they've got out right now, so I'm really excited.

Since the last thing the kids needs is more candy (we still have Halloween candy not to mention stocking candy), she's getting a lot of small trinkets. I completed Cupid's shopping today and Emroy will be getting: a blinking hearts necklace, a plush Woodstock, a Valetine cup with a built-in silly straw, a plush frog carrying a heart that she's had her eye on every time we've gone to Wal-mart, Snoopy Valentine stickers, a Snoopy card that plays the Peanuts theme song, a card with chocolate alligator lips, Dr. Suess's Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?, pink strawberry flavored jelly beans, and (of course!) conversation hearts. I hope she'll enjoy. I'm so excited!! I've had to hide her basket from even myself. And, she's getting so much "crappola" that we've been dining on leftovers and anything else I could scrounge up from the freezer. Cupid's budget had to come from somewhere!

So, what do you do for Valetine's Day at your house?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

i was tagged...

The rules...

1.) Go to the place on your computer and choose the 4th folder.

2.) Choose the 4th picture in that folder.

3.) Explain the photo.

4.) Tag 4 others to do the same.

Sincerely tagging Margaret, Renie, Robin, and Tiffany.

This is a picture of Emory almost exactly a year ago. It was our church's womens retreat time and I had decided to steal 15 minutes to work on some retreat stuff. While my attention was diverted, Emory got into a bottle of Arbonne sunscreen (Which, by the way is the world's best sunscreen and the ONLY kind I will ever use on my children. I have several friends who are consultants, so I can hook you up if you want some of this magic-in-a-bottle.) I only noticed something was up when Jackson, who you can see in the background holding the dustpan, came walking by the office door with the broom. For those of you who do not know the layout of my house... Emory's room is directly across the hall from our office/guestroom. This is the scene I could see from the desk where I was sitting. Gee, how well was I watching the kids that day?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009


....was the look on my non-veggie eating, dear darling's face when I told him I was craving stuffed cabbage soup!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Baby Luke...

.... Last Tuesday, our friend Jackson became a big brother. We even had the privilege of participating mildly in this event by hosting the big brother while mom and dad were at the hospital "getting baby Luke". We got to visit Luke on Wednesday. Being the terribly efficient folks we are, we were able to combine an OB visit with a new baby visit. Emory was with us since we were having an ultrasound (there's only one in there!) and because we would never dream of visiting a new baby without her. She loved baby Luke so much that she got pretty antsy if anyone else held him and the only was we could get her out of there without a display to rival the Exorcist, was to get her to sing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and put baby Luke to sleep. I think she's going to like being a big sister. At least as long as the baby likes to be held, that is.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

just because...

... it has rained for like a year here and we have exhausted our supply of rainy day toys over the last week, already been to McWane twice and Chuck-E-Cheese once, and I just thought she deserved a little bit of outlaw fun! Ain't she cute?


Checking out her goods in her stocking. She got lots of candy as well as some smaller gifts. Like good parents, we were going to let her make herself sick on candy because it was Christmas, but she only wanted the chocolate santa that is in her right hand and she didn't even finish it! And, she never asked for candy again the whole day. She completely surprised me!

Santa made sure that our princess had a tiara!

Checking out the well-stocked fridge.

Here are the pictures from Christmas day. There are not many because once we were opening gifts as a family we were spending all of our time keeping Emory from madly ripping open any package she could get her hands on. She was totally into the unwrapping part this year and did not pay much mind to what was in the present. That came later when there was nothing left to open.

As I mentioned before, Santa brought her a play kitchen with dishes, cartons of food, and plastic fruit that you can "cut". She was a little overwhelmed, as you can see from her expression in the photos, because there were 5 adults watching her reaction. I think she may have gotten stage fright for the first time.

When she woke up that morning, her daddy got her up and changed her diaper while I got her special Christmas juice (orange juice). When I went into her room I told her, "You are never going to believe what Santa brought you!" And she was really excited. And that was the best part, the anticipation. Despite her initial subdued reaction (maybe she was mad the Santa didn't wrap his gift for her?), she had played with her kitchen more than anything else that was bestowed on her at Christmas.

Friday, January 2, 2009

the Skocelai Christmas

The weekend before Christmas we headed to Biloxi for our Skocelas Christmas with Eric's brother and his family and Eric's mom. Emory's cousins are a tad older than her, they are 16 and 17 years old, so Emory is like the only grandchild. She's second string. We had a lot of fun announcing our expected blessing by wrapping a big sister shirt and having Emory open it. Both ladies say they suspected at Thsnksgiving, but I don't know how since I didn't know then. Maybe just intuition?
Emory came away with a new baby doll and accessories, including a new high chair for baby doll, and a cash register. Enjoy the picutres!

Eric's older brother, Wayne.

Wayne's oldest, Johnny (17!)

Emory exploring the goodies in her baby doll diaper bag from Grandmother.

Wayne's wife, Tanya, and youngest child Kierstn (16!)