Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Since then Emmeline has started singing up a storm. She sang her first song all the way through all by herself. . .Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or according to Em, "tinkle tinkle ittle sta". She has also now sung "itsy bitsy spider" and "snowman" all by herself. It is so fun to listen to her grow as well as to watch her grow.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Last week while we were at the zoo with some friends, we discovered the petting zoo area. I dont know why we havent seen it before. . .somehow we have always missed it. But theres a a small area with little goats and sheep free roaming where the kids can go in and pet them. Great. Of course Emmeline loved it. She had a great time running from animal to animal having to pet them each at least twice. We did have one close encounter. The rule is that you cannot pet the animals on their heads, only on their backs. Emmeline would often go at them from behind and pet the south end of their backs. . . .if you catch my drift. Well, she was headed for one big sheep and just about upon it when the zoo keeper helper hollard "wait, get back, I think that sheep is about to pee." I grabbed Emmelines arm and got her away just in time. We saw the evidence dripping from the thick coat of wool. Not clean animals those sheep, not clean at all. But we did avert a mess and I'm sure Emmeline will go back in to give it another shot on another occasion. :)
We have been regular zoo visitors for the past year and we have passed the gator swamp dozens of times. Always it is the same. . .find the log that looks like a gator and move on. Nothing is ever happening. Well last week we saw some gator action and it was really cool. Emmeline loved it (it was the longest we have ever spent by the gator swamp before) so I thought I'd share it on our blog. enjoy.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Brett and I decided to go over the Atlanta and listen to the conference sessions with the Parker family (My aunt, uncle, and cousins) in Atlanta Georgia. We thought we left early enough in the morning to arrive in time for conference to start, but we forgot about the time change and so were going to arrive in Atlanta and hour after the meeting started. We really wanted to hear the sustainings of our church leaders. So we called my mom on our cell phone (thank goodness for free weekend minutes) and had them put their phone right up to the t.v. speakers and we put our phone on speaker and held it up between our two heads. We actually could hear what was being said and we were able to raise our hands in support of our leaders. The part of all this that was the most interesting to me was that while President Monson was being sustained as the Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Brett and I each raised our hands in turn, despite the distance in which the broadcast was happening, despite being bounced from Salt Lake City to a television in Virginia and then running through a phone line to our car somewhere between Birmingham and Atlanta, despite all of that and despite the noise of the traffic on the freeway, I could still feel the strength of the Spirit witnessing to me that President Monson truly is called by God to be the Lord's Prophet on the earth today. I'm sure the spirit in the Conference Center must have been overwhelming because I felt it so strongly just in my little car. What a wonderful witness to me of the power of the Spirit of the Lord and that It can come to each of us individually to relay important truths to our hearts.
Well, we did make it to the Parker's house and enjoyed a nice relaxing couple of days in Atlanta. When we weren't listening to conference, we were playing card games, eating delicious food, hanging out in the hot tub and playing at a very cool castle park. I'm not sure what Emmelines favorite part was. . ."swimming" in the hot tub or playing in the sandbox at the park. Or perhaps it was seeing Cassie and Chippie (the two dogs). Either way, we all had a wonderful time and are very glad that we were able to go to Atlanta.
* Note * If you would like more information about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you can visit www.lds.org
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Mabel is obsessed with food. If she notices that Emmeline has dropped an Apple Jack on the floor (or a noodle, or a pea, or anything at all) she will make a mad dash for the coveted item. Unfortunately for her, her "mad dash" is still slower then mama and the food item gets cruelly intercepted. She has begun demanding that she get to sit with the family during dinner time. She is sneaky. She sits calmly on my (or Brett's) lap and then when I least expect it---she swipes for my plate. She is usually quick enough to get something in her hand, but not quick enough to get it to her mouth.
Well the other day we finally gave in and gave Mabel what she wanted. "Real" food. And by real, I mean the pulverized mesh that Gerber calls baby food. We started Mabel off with sweet potatoes and she sure loves it. She already wants to hold the spoon by herself. She has now also enjoyed peas and applesauce. I believe a whole new world has just opened up for our little Mabel Jane.