Friday, April 16, 2010

Baby Love

Miss Emma is obsessed with babies. She absolutely loves them and there is definitely not a shortage of dolls around our house, much to her father's dismay. Anytime she sees a baby at the store, she'll scream out "Baby, baby" and say hello. It can be very amusing, especially since a portion of the children she points out are her own age.
She loves her dolls and carries them around the house all day long. Right now there doesn't seem to be a favorite, but I'm sure that may change in the future. She likes to take them for walks, give them quad rides around the dining room, take them in the bathtub, shower them with kisses and cuddle up with one (or two) at night. The other night I happened to catch some of her antics on camera and it melted my heart.

She fed her baby dinner while I made dinner for us.

Later, she brought her rocking chair into the office while I was on the computer and gave her baby a bottle.


I know this little girl will be a wonderful big sister someday and further (MUCH further, like 25+ years :) down the road she will be an awesome mommy.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Live for Sundays

Sunday's are something we look forward to in the Klein household. They are coveted, in fact. It is the one day of the week where we are able to spend together as a family, completely uninterrupted by the demands that have consumed us during the week. I love spending the day with my little family of three. This past weekend we were even able to enjoy the outdoors together for the first time this year. We started off with a Jeep ride to Timbertown, planning to have a gourmet Subway picnic and then feed the ducks. Our plan failed when Emma fell asleep on the way to the park- it still baffles us that she can fall asleep with all the noise and wind that go along with a customary ride. Instead of a family picnic in the grass, Jason and I enjoyed our subs in the Jeep while watching the other families play and feed the ducks. We let our little one catch a few zzz's in the back because everyone knows that you don't wake a sleeping a toddler. We saved pieces of our sub buns for Emma to feed the ducks once she woke up. We both figured she would get much enjoyment out of this task since she is obsessed with ducks- "quack, quack" was one of her first words and the only animal noise she could make for a while. Even though she has moved on to learn many other animal sounds, she still seems to have a soft spot for these feathered creatures.

Once she woke up and had a snack, we headed to the water where daddy pointed out all the ducks to her.

We showed her how to throw the bread to the birds. They weren't flocking the beach though because they had already ingested close to a loaf of bread since many other families had already taken there turn feeding them.

But what does my daughter do? Does she feed the birds? Nope! She feeds herself! It was fairly amusing. I was glad I hadn't brought along the heels of bread I've been saving in my freezer. At least this was fresh stuff!

Then we headed to the library so mommy could quickly check out a book. We also walked to Centennial Park and let Emma run up and down the hills until she was so tired she couldn't walk straight. Before we left, daddy let her "drive" the Jeep. I'm afraid we are going to have our hands full in 15 or so years!

Once we arrived home, Emma followed Jason around asking, "Quad? Quad?" She can also make two-stroke noises, much to her daddy's delight and mommy's terror. She was very pleased to ride around the neighborhood with daddy and wasn't thrilled when the ride was over.

It was a wonderful day. Not only was I able to spend the whole day with my family, I was able to watch daddy and daughter bond. During the week they don't get a chance to spend much time together. I love these little glimpses into their relationship and pray that God continues to strengthen their ties. Sunday's ground us, and remind us what is really important in life.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Day Late and a Dollar Short

I'm terrible at this blogging thing. I'll think about something I want to post several times throughout the week and then life happens and I never get around to it! Here's a brief glimpse of what's been going on in the Klein household over the last few weeks.

Emma helping mommy in the yard- we are cleaning up the site of her soon-to-be play set and play house daddy is building for her.

With all the beautiful weather we've had, Emma and I have spent lots of time soaking up the sun at local parks. This kid loves the slides!

We had our first outdoor picnic of 2009. We may have to do this more often- so much less to clean up!

Grandpa Spence came for an early Easter visit with some special ears for Emma.

Here is the one and only picture of Emma Easter morning- she was going through every one's basket when they weren't looking and stealing candy. This kept her frazzled mom more than a little busy!

All dressed up and ready for church.

She loved the Easter egg hunt we had at Great-Grandma D's house later.

She was pretty good at it too- she found all her big eggs (shaped like ducks) and even some of her uncle's smaller ones.

I think she was kinda disappointed when it was all over :)

Emma worked up an appetite after the big egg hunt and she decided she loved Grandma Kirschner's chocolate fondue!

Emma in her stylin' piggy jammies ready to hit the road again after a long day.

Emma letting her Luna moths go- an experiment in our home courtesy of Grandma Kirschner.

That's about it for now. Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend. I promise I'll try to get better at this whole thing- it's a work in progress!