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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…

Here, There, Every where


So, basically I could tell you this story every week… We get up, we do, we go to sleep. Mondays we take K to school, and try to clean and/or run errands, get Kinley, have lunch, nap, snack, play, dinner, pick up, bath, bed. Tuesdays are school, book club for Em and same as Monday after that. Wednesday is a slow morning, no school but both girls have Kindermusik classes, then lunch and same as before. Thursday is school and art class for Emery, hurry home, quick lunch and nap, snack in the car, dance class, dinner, bed. Nothing on Fridays, but it’s always something anyway, plus a blog post if you’re lucky. This is what we do. It’s busy, but not typically exciting and there are rare opportunities for new and different picture ideas. At the museum I’m lucky if I can capture the back of Emery’s head, and sometimes I feel like I only see Kinley when she’s sleeping (though I know it’s not true). ¬†Anyway, hope y’all don’t feel as bored with the pictures as I sometimes do.

This week we took the girls to the zoo which has in the past been a weekly outing, but 90+ degree temperatures make it less enjoyable. It was warm (83) so the girls took a dip in the fountain. Em got a huge bug bite on her face (9 out of 10 bugs agree, she’s the tastiest human on the planet), Kinley got a pedicure. Then something exciting. We played hooky from Kindermusik and went to meet Ana Dewdney (author of the Llama Llama books) at Kinley’s school. She was amazing. We got to watch how she draws Llama Llama, she read two of her books and did a signing and took pictures. One of the parents owns llamas and brought them over to the school courtyard. It was pretty great. Last thing, I know you all want to see pictures of Kinley at ballet and doing her thing, but I’m very much against posting pictures of other peoples kiddos (unless I have their permission), and it would be difficult to get Kinley alone in class without being disruptive. The dance room is small and cameras are a distraction. I’ll keep trying, but this is it for now.

*The color on Kinley’s toes is Sinful – 24/7 and she picked it.

Birthdays and Preschool.


Josh and I were informed on Thursday night that after this year of preschool Kinley will be able to write her first and last name, count to one hundred, start sounding out words, and cut circles! WHAT? They are going to give my baby scissors to play with? I woke up on Friday with a strong desire to teach Kinley everything I knew about scissor safety. So I did. In other news, something is different with the app so I can no longer post from my phone, ugh.

imageEm and Daddy at her birthday dinner.

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K and Em in their law chairs… too sunny to look at the camera.

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Resting with Dad.

photo (41)Scissors and glue!!

Snooze Zoo


Mom and Kinley are hit and miss with the blogs. I’m having a crack at this photo Friday. We’ve been to the zoo twice in the last two weeks (sorry I don’t have picture of that), but it’s been a complete “zoo” both times! The parking lot totally full before 10 AM. I mean why would we stand in line to see the same tigers we see almost every week? Kinley wanted a stuffed orangutan, the only one we could find was $54! Mom said “no way.” It’s 75 degrees here and there are flowers blooming. I’ve been refusing my afternoon naps a lot lately , it’s pretty much driving my mom crazy. Check me out I’m 11 months and 1 week old. That’s big time, I can walk and feed myself, I don’t need no stinkin’ nap.