Category Archives: Toddler Tales

The Divine Miss Em


Everything is over the top with toddlers. Their anger is extra angry, their joy is glorious, excitement intoxicating, wonder awe-inspiring, and their giggles are contagious. A cookie can blow their minds and a piece of trash can break their hearts. Emery is no exception to these things, but… She is the funniest toddler I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She’s a take charge kind of girl, no wall is too tall to scale, no puddle too disgusting and wide to wade across. She is fearless, and I mean it. Not a day goes by without several gasps in fear that she will break her neck or crack her head open. I am constantly putting her back on the floor, but nothing keeps her down for long. Perhaps a picture series entitled “A Toddler’s Guide To Climbing Anything” is in your future. She now knows the difference between “yes” (yeah) and “no” (no-no, oh no-no) and uses them correctly most of the time. I find her conversations with Kinley particularly entertaining. She loves turkey sausage, broccoli, green beans, blueberries and “dough-doughs” (name for any sort of sweet treat thanks to an early encounter with a donut hole). She calls bananas “bellows” and doesn’t have a name for Kinley yet. She says 10 different animal sounds and loves books, babies, and getting to do whatever Kinley does. She gives perfect kisses, not in the way that every parent loves their child’s kisses (Kinley gets slobbery and silly and will continue kissing until you are uncomfortable with being mauled by her), Em is all pucker, smoochy sound, release, repeat. Ladies and Gentlemen, without further ado, the divine Miss Em…




Hello everyone. Been a while since my mom let me do the blog. As many of you know I’m three years old now. Today I’m going to tell you a little about myself in my own words. My favorite color is pink, and I’m not just saying that, I know all my colors. My favorite food is blueberries, and strawberries, and bananas (oatmeal and chocolate too). I love to wear dresses and high heels. My favorite thing to do is play dress up, and my favorite birthday present was dress up clothes (no offense to the rest of you present givers, everything was awesome!). I love to go to the park. I also love to play outside with Em (no dog poop though). That’s about it. I’m doing swimming lessons in July and start school in August. There are more pictures, but they are trapped on the iPad at the moment, we will try and do another post this weekend.





Photos by Kinley


So, my mom and dad gave each other new iPhones as early Christmas presents. If you know me, you know I’m sort of a phone expert. My mom had this old Blackberry before, super boring, I couldn’t even stand to use it (no touchscreen?! Come on it’s 2012). I told her, “iPhones are super cool mom, you’ll see.” The very best part is that you can take pictures without unlocking the phone, which provides me with a creative outlet. See for yourself. Mom says that in the last week she has deleted no less than 300 super up close index fingers from her camera roll, now that’s productivity!

The real news is that it’s my daddy’s match day and we get to find out where we are going next. Mom will post for y’all later, until then.










Here’s what I like…


So, here’s what I like: donkeys, the zoo, presents, turkey and “casseroles” (dinner rolls), LEAVES! I like to say, “oh, it’s so beautiful” and “that’ll be yummy for you” and “ask please (followed by “no” if you do).”




I just know you all are going to be sooooo excited and surprised to hear from me. I have so much to tell you. Since Emery’s last post in July, we have been to Montana to see my godfather, Evan, and my mom’s cousin, Erika, get married (not to each other). My grandpa, Ben, came to stay with us, and my grandpa, Bill, retired. We went with daddy to interviews in Tampa Bay and St. Louis, and my Auntie Coco and Uncle Justin came to visit. In the interest of time I have decided to focus on myself and let mom and Em fill you in on what they’ve been up to. My biggest news is that I have completed my potty training and though I’m still using pull-ups at night (and sometimes during my nap) I rarely wake up wet. I’ve also completed my first Kindermusik class and gone to a preview day for a preschool. I know how to spell my name, and daddy taught me the alphabet in French. Here are some pictures of ME.

Independence Day


Guess what!? It was my sister’s first 4th of July! I practiced saying “Happy Independence Day” and when my dad got done with work we had a picnic in the park and went for a little walk. Then we took some pictures in the backyard and played. THEN we had another picnic and watched FIREWORKS!!! Two picnics in one day, we sure are lucky girls.