Sunday, May 29, 2011
Emmett went poo in the bathtub for the first time today. So gross! I know this is the first of many times, but I still hate dealing with it. As soon as it happened I tried draining the water and getting him out, but he had already started "discovering" the squished substance that sat beneath him. I won't go into detail. Needless to say, it was a messier job to clean up than I expected!
Friday, May 27, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Matt and I watched a movie last night called Amish Grace. It's based on the Amish school shooting in Pennsylvania from 2007. It has a couple of well-known actors too. This movie really affected Matt and I. It is such a powerful story and will change the way you look at forgiveness. The story is so sad, but it opens your heart and helps you to understand the power of love for one another. I would encourage everyone to watch this movie. It's a great one to watch with your family on a Sunday.
Monday, May 16, 2011
This video is just an example of what happens multiple time a day. Ethnie does anything around Emmett, and he smiles, laughs and looks at her in adoration. Here, Ethnie is taking a bath and Emmett is laughing at her every move. She doesn't even have to try! He loves her so much and is, without a doubt, her biggest fan.
I am so blessed to be a mother. I love my children more than I could ever express. They bring pure joy to my life and make it complete. I also feel very lucky to have a girl and a boy. I am excited to raise them both and to discover their individual uniqueness. Being a mother may be the hardest job, but it is definitely the most rewarding. I admire all mothers and hope you all had a wonderful mother's day!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
I have to give my brother- and sister-in-law, Franz and Jules, huge props for having brilliant taste for picking out toys for my kids! You all know who Ethnie's dolly is (it's basically sewn onto her). Well, Franz and Jules bought that little stuffed doll for her before she was born. It's nothing special, but Ethnie revolves her existence around it. She has carried it with her everywhere since she's been able to hold things.
Ethnie attends pre-k at J. J. Hill Montessori in St. Paul and loves it. Last week, the school had a "circus" performance of the circus-like skills they had been working on. Ethnie's class learned how to juggle with scarves and how to act like a real clown performer. Here is a video of one of her skills. The kids were asked to wear bright, mismatched clothes to enhance the feel of the theme! Ethnie is wearing a flowered jumper with striped leggings underneath and mismatched socks. She was very proud of herself and Matt and I loved watching her.
This video was taken of Emmett one random Sunday night in March. I wanted to post it because it is my favorite video of all time. Emmett was discovering his vocal cords and was yelling/screaming like this for a couple minutes straight. The look on his face and the way you can tell he is putting so much effort into being loud is priceless. Ethnie is in the background laughing at him and trying to mimic him. What a cute boy! Love you, pup!
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
I must admit, it was a bitter-sweet day for me. I knew I would be emotional, but I didn't think I would cry as many times as I did! I realized that my little brother is all grown up and now has a lady of his own. In a way, I felt like I was giving my brother away. All of a sudden, I wanted to be 10 years old again swimming at our lake home or playing in the yard with him. Something started to hurt and I couldn't help but feel a little sad.
It's interesting; tears of joy followed by some tears of sadness can be exhausting! The emotion and energy it takes to cry is tiring enough, but then to throw those happy emotions in there at the same time takes it to a whole new level. I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster for awhile.
Before dinner was served, I gave a toast. I wasn't planning on giving one; it just happened. I started to cry towards the end of my toast and made Alison tear up as well. I am grateful to have her as my sister-in-law. It was a great weekend!