Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Inquisitive Two's

Our little Emma is such a doll. She makes us laugh all the time. We love to see how her minds works, especially when she becomes curious. The other night I came home from work to find Emma getting into mischief...I just watched quietly and started snapping pictures...
this is what she did...

Emma was digging in a storage box...

She was really concentrating on the baby wipes inside...

I thought she had lost interest but boy was I mistaken... The wipes were so much fun to spread around the floor.

She was so proud of the mess she made.

All Mommy & Daddy could do was laugh until we cried.

We loved seeing Emma be a typical inquisitive two year old.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

We Have Twins!!!

We got Emma a new state of the art toy...
Well actually, we bought her an acrylic safety mirror for her to see herself and to practice her speech therapy with. She loves to see and play with her "twin". She kisses the mirror and plays in front of it for hours. She is so cute sitting in front of it, as she babbles, crawls around in circles, bounces on her knees and kisses herself...We are so proud!! She is actually making the kiss sound when she puckers to kiss herself.
Way to go Emma!!!
Keep it up little missy, you'll be saying more words in no time.
Double take...Oh its Emma and her twin..
Giving Kisses...

Hi there friend...wanna play?

Monday, October 29, 2007

CHOC Walk 2007

Our team, Emma's Entourage walked in the 17th annual CHOC Walk on October 21st. We had a very successful campaign to raise money for the children that CHOC hospital helps when they are in need of medical treatments and can't afford them. We wanted to thank our sponsors who helped us raise $3074.00 this year. Without your support it would not have been possible to meet and exceed our goals. The walk itself was a lot of fun. We were able to stop and take pictures and see characters throughout the park that we would not have been able to experience otherwise. Unfortunately we were not able to bring Emma with us again this year as she had just come home from the hospital a few days prior and we couldn't risk her getting sick again. She had quite a nice day with her Nana while we walked in her honor. Thank you Marci for watching her instead of walking. Below are a few pictures of the walk and our wonderful team.

Alissa, Amy, Lee (in front), Carol, Peyton, & Nikki

Alissa, Carol, Mark, Jack, Julie, Karen, Davd, Dee, Denny, & Marci (not pictured)

Our Fairy Godmothers....Well actually they are Princess Aurora's from Sleeping Beauty

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Getting Cabin Fever

It is amazing how many people are affected in so many ways by the local fires. It saddens us all as we hear about how many people have lost so much. Like many others, we have been forced to stay inside to keep Emma safe and healthy. The smoke in the air would be very dangerous for her lung disease and airway issues. This has had a huge impact on all of us because Emma absolutely loves being outside. We are trying to keep busy with activities but our creativity is running dry. Poor Emma just doesn't understand why we can go outside and drive around. (Even in the midst of RSV season we could take a family drive) And it is so hard to tell her that we can't play outside. Please pray for the fire firghters and those who have lost so much....
We all need these fires to be put out.
Below are a few pictures of Emma and our creative activities.

Hey who's that in the shower...Can I come in?

Coloring Fun...Which color should I choose?

Emma in a Box...

Wow, who knew what fun we could have in something so simple

Keeping one eye on Daddy, he likes to sneak up on me..

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Last Weekend, Before the Hospital..

Here are some pictures from our latest trip to our local pumpkin patch. Emma loved being outside feeling the Fall breeze blow through her hair and feeling the warm sun on her face. The pumpkins and straw weren't as big a hit as we had hoped but all in all the day was fun and it was just nice to be outside as a family.

How tall is Emma??? Well actually, she is 28 1/2 inches tall

You there Daddy??

Smiling pretty in the wagon...

I think I'll try touching that orange thing...

Family Fun

That sun feels sooo good...

Pumpkin Pile Princess...

In the Wagon...

Friday, October 19, 2007

Emma is home again...

Emma had a very quick recovery...and is home now after only staying 2 nights and 3 days in the hospital. Thank you for all your prayers while she was there. It was very reassuring to know that we were all being prayed for. Thank you Daddy and Grandma for spending extra time with Emma at the hospital so Mommy could get some work done and help the other parents who were in the hospital with their kids too.

Feeling very YUCKY!!!

Feeling Much Better...Cruising in her car

Taking one more lap around the hospital halls with Grandma

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Back In The Hospital Yet Again....

On Monday morning Emma woke not feeling like herself. She was lethargic and throwing up. As a precaution, her doctor had us go to the hospital for fluids and to run tests. All of her tests are coming back normal, which is wonderful news but still leaves us with no answers as to why this happens to her so often. Emma has been such a trooper through all of this. She has slowly started to feel better and is acting like her smiley little self again. Hopefully she will be on the mend soon. Please pray that she heals quickly, she can go home soon and that we can get some answers to her puzzling and frustrating tummy issues.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Sweet Treat This Halloween

It is finished!! Yippie! This Halloween Emma is going to be one of Mommy's favorite Halloween treats. Yep, you guessed it, Mommy loves candy corns so it was only fitting that I make Emma a candy corn costume. Of course, Emma will probably still fit into it next Halloween and the next, But she looks darling in it today too. She makes quite a sweet treat, ok maybe I am a bit biased.
Take a gander...

Just Thought We'd Share...

The following are pictures from the last couple of weeks with our sweet baby-big girl. She is changing so much that we are taking pictures on a daily basis just to capture these sweet memories. Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as we enjoyed taking them.

Quiet time with her bear...

Hey, He's got me.

Sitting pretty in the front yard at dusk, the best time for pictures...

What a contagious smile...

Big smiles after Mommy cut my hair...She looks like such a big girl with her new do..

Blowing kisses to Mommy

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Emma's Latest Milestones

Emma is quite the little crawler...She has come to love her new found freedom and is really enjoying exploring her surroundings. She recently learned to open drawers and constantly looks for ways to get into the kitchen. Her curiosity is very amusing and she makes the silliest faces when she is really concentrating on getting into something she knows is a No-No. We love seeing how her mind works.
Emma has been working diligently in Physical Therapy as she is continuing to practice her crawling skills. She takes walks around our community with her Physical Therapist and loves to find piles of leaves to CRUNCH as she stomps on them...Emma have been authorized for a walker to assist her with her balance. We hope that once she gets the walker, she'll really start to take off and gain the ability to walk. As she gets stronger, and builds her core strength, she will hopefully be strong enough to get her trach out sometime in 2008.
On the topic of getting stronger and gaining weight, Emma went to a scheduled Doctors visit. She tipped the scale at 15 pounds 8.5 ounces. She is also 28 inches tall. We are so pleased that she has grown and gained. We are thankful for God's faithfulness in growing Emma...We know that as she gets bigger she'll get stronger and healthier.
Just Cruising Around the House...

Looking For Leaves to CRUNCH...

Ah Ha...Leaves Make Such Fantastic Sounds!