Thursday, July 21, 2011

E's Blessing Day

We decided to bless little Emery at home instead of at church this time around. We invited just the grandparents over and had a small dinner to celebrate Emery. And I am thankful for the intimate experience we were able to have with this sweet little girl. It was great just to dote on her and relax at home for a while not having to think about anything else. Miss E got to wear a beautiful blessing dress that both of her cousins Kiana and Maiya wore on their blessing days. It was really special. Her blessing was beautiful as well. It had a lot of wonderful and beautiful promises regarding the life ahead of her. I was overwhelmed honestly. It was emotional and lovely. I am so thankful for this little girl in my life, what a wonderful blessing she is.

One Month Old

Little Miss E turned one month old on July 8th. I can't believe that that much time has gone by already. I feel like Emery has always been in our family. She is so special and sweet. I love this girl so much. She is so alert and attentive, so mellow. I feel like she is kind of an older soul....she is so calm and chill all the time. She is adored by our whole family.....the boys are just in love with her. Thankfully they are mad at me for the lack of attention instead of her. :) They keep giving her a ton of kisses, sing to her, and get in her face with silly voices all the time. Emery is also doing a great job with her eating and sleeping, giving Teage and I about a 5 hour stretch at night. Amazing! I am not the greatest at sleep deprivation, so this is good news for me.

I am so thankful for this little pink bundle! We love you Skittles!!!!

The Boys Turn 4!!

The boys have been very excited about their birthday for quite a while now. We didn't even have anything monumental planned, they just wanted to finally be 4 years old! :) This year was really low key since they had a 2 week old baby sister, but they seemed to have a lot of fun anyway. The day before their birthday we spent the day as a family and went mini golfing and out to dinner at their favorite restaurant, Red Robin. We met my great friend Kim (or Kimmypoo as they call her) at the restaurant, and the boys were completely embarrassed by the servers all singing Happy Birthday to them. They turned their backs and wouldn't even look at them until the ice cream came out. :)
Their actual birthday was on a Sunday, so at church all of the primary kids sang to them as well. They played it cool at the time, but came home just beaming from all of the attention. :) The rest of the day was made up of family members dropping by and celebrating at different times. I think the boys loved it actually. Grammy, Papa, Uncle David, and Papa Christensen came over for lunch and opened presents with the boys. And then Tutu and Poppi came over for dinner and cake later. It really was a fun day for everyone, and I think the boys felt so special that all of these people were there for them on their special day.

I asked the boys what their favorite part of their birthday was and Dylan said going to Red Robin, and Lucas said that eating his Ichiro cake was the best part. :) I am not the most creative person in the world when it comes to cake making, so I just made two round cakes and decorated them to look like baseballs with a #51 on each for Ichiro. :) They loved them though, so I guess that is all that matters.

Some things that these big 4 year olds love right now:

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Flash Cards- they can do all of the single digit addition ones, and some of the double digit. It is cute to watch them quizzing each other on what the answers are. :)

Baseball of course, and they are getting really good.

Mariners- they know all of the players, their numbers and positions, and can even read some of their names.

Playing at the park

"Flash Mob"- You know, the guy who dances on the commercial?! They love him and take turns dancing with them every time it comes on.

Board Games- Tic, Tac, Toe and Connect 4 are their current favorites. They love strategic games that take a little more thought.

4 years ago I gave birth to these two beautiful boys. They have been such lights in my life since then and every day I am thankful for them in my life. Raising twins has definitely been a unique challenge, but I wouldn't change it for the world.

Happy Birthday Dylan and Lucas! We love you so much.....your sweet spirits, the examples you are to your little sister and others, and how unique and special you each are. Always remember that we are extremely lucky to have you in our family, and that you are very loved.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Emery's professional pics :)

I have a good friend named Rebecca who is an amazing photographer and was nice enough to come over and take some newborn shots of Miss E when she was only 13 days old. She was so patient and kind, and stayed for almost 3 hours just making sure that she got the right shot. I am so thankful, and really excited about how some of these turned out. Emery looks adorable!