Wednesday, September 30, 2009

She's Happier and Happier Each Day

We were so excited when our guide followed up with the White Swan hotel in getting us our Barbie Adoption doll. Every adopting family that stays at the White Swan receives one. But we didn't. So our guide took care of us and told the hotel we would like one if possible and we would pay for the shipping. So we got her this week! She cannot be bought. Although there are two I saw on Ebay being sold for $200. This one is an Eighth Addition.

Emma Dorothy is just blossoming and teething again! A molar has now come through! And it looks like she may have others. It all makes any kind of schedule and napping a bit harder for us all. She has definitely reached that 14 month old stage of getting a little more aggressive in what she wants and doing the whiney noise. She way too cute though and we love her no matter what. Try to give in only a little without her causing too great of damage!


She was going to town on the keyboard and then going back and forth with the cell phone. Oh boy!



The new Spongebob Squarepants bubble bath makes great bubbles and is tear free too. Comes in Dora too, but she picked Spongebob. She loves Spongebob...that's my girl! She loves the intro song when the cartoon comes on...that's her favorite part.

Getting little Emma Dorothy dressed and ready for another day. She's a wiggle worm!
I was really lucky to get these shots. Although, the camera still doesn't capture her personality. But these are the closest...look at that smile!
And she's not only kissing but hugging her stuffed animals, lying her head on some of her books, and also hugging us! It's amazing how she has grown and learned to love.

Okay, so she and the cats share some toys! Whatcha gonna do?! She loves that little mouse. You pull the string and it vibrates and will move across the floor...she just loves that. She's also playing on the 100 Good Wishes Quilt we made for her in her room. So glad we did that for her.
This is priceless. This is how she will hand you something or point to something with her arm up to her face.
She loves to spend time with Daisy and Archie although the feeling is not mutual yet. But they tolerate her well ;) And Daisy is easy if there is food involved...



And Emma Dorothy is ready to GO GO GO

She loves this little remote steering wheel that makes the pictures on the back of the front seat make noises and music. This is one of the gifts from Dennis' company that she got a couple of weeks ago. So loves them. They are so unique.
And here we GO GO GO to Gymboree. Missed a couple of weeks because of her runny nasty nose. But all is good and she didn't skip a beat...
She spotted Gymbo and made a B-Line to him!
And gave him a big {HUG}
She just loves him!
We've been showing her how to kick her little Gymbo beachball at home and now all of a sudden at Gymboree, she was doing it all on her own!
What-a-know!
Even the big kids have fun at Gymboree!
Well, our shopping cart will never look the same again. Spongebob bubblebath, diapers...
...little fingers into everything...
...she likes to help you shop ;) She loves Goldfish and spots them right away!
And here's some scrapbooking things. I got to participate with the SIStv event online last weekend and was able to do one challenge. It was called "So You Think You Can Scrap." There were three "dances" you would be assigned to. "Graphic," "Frilly," or "Artsy" I was put in the Frilly Dance/Category. So I used this cute photo of Emma at the White Swan Hotel in China and using all of the rules: lots of flowers, the bigger the better; pastel colors, no bright colors; no printing, only cursive or script writing, and ribbon or lace I had soooo much fun doing this and being able to participate in one thing.

And to my surprise I WON!!! Yes! Jeannie, the facilitator and Fashionista over at SIStv picked my layout and SIStv will be sending me a prize! How cool is that?! And the layout also made the Catwalk over on SIStv. So Emma is already styling!

And finished up our trip to China scrapbook. Got a lot of misc. paperwork and things that I think will be cool to look at later tucked away in the pockets I had made. Sorry for some bad shots. Just in a hurry!







Oh, and this got caught in between the book...had picked the clock up when we had first gotten back from China...at Target I think??? Very cheap. So just added some buttons all the way around it for a little fun!




Well, Emma is waking up from nap.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Little Things

Not so little...but Emma got all three of her 12 month shots! Measles, Hepatitis, and Chicken Pox.

Stopping to appreciate the very little things that lie about the house...the overlooked, special things to remember with having a little person added to our family of us and two cats...


Well...this isn't special...Just Daisy's issues with the kidney disease...she was doing good for a couple of months at least getting her diarrhea in the littler box or at least in the bathroom, but started outside. Dennis spent all morning Saturday cleaning this up.
One of Emma's favorite toys...the Universal remote! She changes the channel, turns the system off, has set up Spongebob to record, etc! She knows this thing controls the system, so the dummy remote we tried to substitute didn't do it for her ;)
Emma loves our cell phones. On Dennis's she has scheduled an appointment with www, has called his manager, has taken pictures, has sent a picture of herself through email... On mine, with the iPod part, she plays the song by Duffy Syrup and Sugar over and over and gets the biggest smile on her face. She loves that song.
Besides always having my water bottle, which Emma and I now share, I keep stocked of Coke Zero and Coffee to keep me going!
Dirty diapers and lots of papertowels...mainly for cat cleanups though ;) I showed Emma how to bring her little diaper bag to the trash, and now she gets very excited to hold your hand and carry the little bundle to the trash. We cheer every time she makes it to the trash! ;)
Emma loves to help with the laundry.
The faces she makes...just priceless!
She gives open-mouthed kisses!
After her nap, we took a drive to see Aunt Holly and Uncle Mike and then had an early dinner.



More scrapbooking things... Dennis loves his little teeny tiny album he puts in his planner...
Got September calendar going...
I'm so glad last November on Thanksgiving, I took a photo of our living room area of how it looked then knowing it would look different once Emma was here...so did this for the layout for the September layout.
For general scrapbooking, this new glue gun by Glue Glider is awesome! It's about $14...and about $8 for the cartridges of glue. So easy and really sticks. Has really been great at moving fast and not having to change out cartridges often or dealing with my liquid glue all of the time.
I don't really like to scrap trips just because it can be not so great photos or stuff you really don't want to take a lot of effort to scrap, at least I don't. So here's some of the pages of lots of photos I couldn't decide from and/or wanted to have printed to look back over and not stuck on a DVD.




This one is my favorite...look at her little hands and foot in the photo!












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