Sunday, April 23, 2017

Emily Rose is 9 Months!!

  • 18 pounds and 6 ounces
  • 28.25 inches tall
  • 17 inch head circumference
  • walking from couch to couch while holding on
  • adventures out in the backyard
  • hides under the beds and waits until we are frantically searching to say anything
  • loves graham crackers
  • Gwen is her best friend
  • climbs on top of everything--toy containers, chairs, books, and Fred
  • poor baby Fanny has had several double ear infections and we're both getting sick of it

Emily is such a blessing in our family. We've all grown from having and loving her. We love you, Baby E/Fanny/Em!

At her well check appointment

Modeling her new mermaid swimsuit

Emily Rose is 8 Months!

Emily loves making people laugh, but is very conservative with smiling at people. She makes us work hard for a smile. Still no teeth, but they could be coming soon because she's been extra slobbery lately and because her need of something to chew on is greater than ever! She has started pulling herself up on the furniture. We love this girl!!!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

March 2017

March is always an eventful month for our family because we start and end it with birthdays!

For Christmas (2016) I got Jake a few sets of tickets to different Phoenix Sun's games. We got to go together to one, and had pretty decent seats! It was so much fun, and I'm always happy for date night!

The following Saturday, I successfully threw J a 30th surprise birthday party! It was very low key, and we met our friends at the park so all of the kids could play while we talked and ate. I had been telling Jake all week that we would be going with our friends to the zoo on Saturday (party day) morning. Right when we were "supposed" to go to the zoo, I let him know that our friends had JUST cancelled. Since we were already dressed, I suggested a park play date and we walked on over. My parents brought the cake and balloons I had purchased and dropped off, and Carolyn was there with signs to lead us to the party. Jake had mentioned that if he ever had a surprise party, he wanted the most expensive sign twirler I could find. . . so Carolyn was a perfect fit! She is the best! Jake didn't even realize what was going on even though he saw balloons. He thought it was just a kid's party. It wasn't until we closed in on the friends and family that he realized it was for him!

On Jake's actual birthday (March 8), we went and got doughnuts at Krispy Kreme! Gwen had so much fun watching the doughnuts get made, and Emily had fun watching us eat and not share with her.

St. Patrick's day was semi-uneventful, but Gwen wore a green head sash for about  6 minutes that made the entire holiday worthwhile. We had a fun family dinner that involved Mar-mar(Grandma) declaring her disgust of corned beef! It was hilarious and a highlight that I'll always remember!

The Roller family visited from Texas and we had fun playing with them as much as schedules allowed! We sure love them, and it's so much fun to see their interactions!

The girls and I went to the zoo! I haven't been since elementary school! It was so fun! We had no expectations, but the day went so amazing. I lost Gwen once and that was terrifying, but she ended up only being a few yards away from me at a play area, and I just couldn't see her. Scary.  I liked the baboons the most. There was a baby one that would screech, and I loved it! There is a large tower thing that Gwen really had fun climbing with her friend, Farris. One of the best parts of living back in the valley is having such great friends with little people the same-ish ages as our little people! Farris is the boss of Gwen, and I love it so much.

The HOA for our neighborhood put together a movie night, and Gwen and I did a girls night and walked over! We got hot dogs, popcorn, and ice cream, while we watched Pete's Dragon in the park! It was so fun!

We really like to go on Sunday drives because after naps, we have no big plans and church for us is over at 11 am! Gwen loves seeing the temple, and so we switch between Mesa and Gilbert. When we went to the Gilbert one last, Gwen had a meltdown because of something that I can't remember. It was comical, and I took a picture of it.

Next up was Gwendolynny Face Cutesy Popsicle's birthday! SHE IS THREE! How did this happen!? She loves trolls and playdo, so that's what we got her! She also loves bandaids, and when I saw Trolls bandaids, the birthday gods smiled at me and encouraged me to get those as well. She was very pleased and asks for a bandaid every night. Kyndra made Gwen a cake, and her family celebrated Gwen and made my heart melt. We struck gold with Kyndra.

The day after her birthday, Gwen had her second dental appointment, but first in this new-to-us office! They office was great. She let Gwen take multiple prizes, and Gwen was only scared for a few minutes! We love our doctor, and are excited to see him again! Gwen had no cavities and is an excellent brusher and flosser, thank you very much!

We've had the fun opportunity to babysit and play with our good friends on Fridays while the momma works. We love those sweet girls and all of them are our best friends and soul sisters. We also went to a really cool balance bike park with them, and it was so great watching Berlyn and Gwen tear it up! They are both so brave and independent! Best girls ever!!!

Jake and Emily
Hilarious and unflattering for the both of us!

Diaz girls + Denham girls

Gwen's birthday morning
Jake helping G open her trolls

Post dental visit!

Happy birthday to Jake! Who knows what Gwen is even doing? Not me.
Emily watching the doughnut eating
Happy birthday, Gwen!!!!!!

The Diaz family + Gwen.

G never randomly falls asleep, so this was a first!

Gwen doing what the sign says NOT to do.

This thing surprised me multiple times. It's right behind a corner and I thought it was real every time.


Sometimes they're thrilled to see me after work, and sometimes they are not thrilled at all!


Emily and Holliday

Basketball game date night

Jake's party!

Carolyn and Emily

Best girls ever

Sunday, March 12, 2017

February 2017

I had a whole entry written and then the blogging format I use wouldn't publish or save it! SAD! I'll do my best to remember what I wrote.

We are so blessed with the best February weather. We'd be outside daily and there were no complaints from anyone!

Emily started crawling and will go anywhere EXCEPT grass. She does not like that pokey stuff! Aw, the Gwen memories. They both hate/d crawling on grass.

Gwen is getting better and better with speaking and singing! She will sing us all of the words to "I am a Child of God" and "I Love to See the Temple" at bedtime, and it is the sweetest! We have the best daughters!

Fred is doing well. He loves chasing his tail and loves the garden we put in on Valentine's Day. He reminds me of my previous best dog friend, Cowboy. We've planted tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro, jalapenos, herbs, and carrots! One of my patients is a master gardener and he told me the best time to plant tomatoes in the valley is Valentine's Day---so that's what we did! Anyway, back to Fred. He loves watering the plants and licking the water that drips out of the hose.

We occasionally lose Emily. She was new to crawling at the beginning of the month and was efficient at back crawling, but terrible at going forward. She would back herself underneath beds and would be hidden by bedskirts, or into closets behind hanging clothes and in weird corners of the house that we didn't know existed. Luckily, she is much more effective in her forward crawl and we haven't lost her since yesterday!

Jake loves cooking and his job keeps him VERY busy. He typically works 11-14 hour days, and that's if we're lucky! He's been able to get off at normal times on Fridays and has been loving the chance he has to make food again! He's really trying to get Gwen acclimated to kitchen stuff, and it's so special! Their favorite thing so far is pizza night.

My girls love errands!

Gwen was sad because I told her we weren't going to Target.

Trying on shoes almost made her forget how to crawl!

Gwen and Adam! We love our neighbors!

We spent so much time outside this month! Jake is trimming the tree for kindling.

The girls. . . and Fred. Gwen loves playing with this broom and "qweenin!"

Gwen also takes watching movies very seriously.

Gwen at the Mesa Temple! We love visiting here, and love Ninna's (our nanny!) photo skills.

Emily enjoying a cool carrot on a warm day, also at the Mesa Temple!

I love these friends!
Best sisters ever.

She loves ducks.

Pizza Night! And a sneak peak of my worst secret---my junk cabinet!

She's the best helper.

I don't even mind the big thing in my teeth.

We got to babysit Monte! He loved us and we loved him.

One of Em's many hiding spots.

On one of my lunchtime walks, I found this smiley face in the fallen leaves! I loved it.