Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pinterest in the Park

Last summer I started a Mommy and Me group on Facebook in hopes of having lots of play dates and making new friends. We didn't really do much last year, but for the past few months we have been hanging out a lot. Emily and I decided to get creative and host "Pinterest in the Park" once a month. We had our first one the first week of July and it was SO much fun!! 

We chose water as the theme and created a few activities for the babies to do. We had several bins filled with different colored water and lots of toys to take in and out of the water. We filled up water balloons for them to play with and they loved those! We also had a bin full of ice with things stuck in it for them to dig out - which was a favorite! A few of the older kids did a little finger painting, too. All in all it was a major success and so fun. We made some new mommy friends, too! Of course I forgot my real camera, so iPhone pictures will have to do. 

How cute are all these babies?! 

Sweet Abbie. Isn't she the cutest thing ever?! 

It might not look like much, but we are proud! ; ) Now we just need an idea for next month. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Fourth of July 2014

If there's one thing that I love, it's dressing sweet Emory for the holidays! The week of the Fourth, Emory was decked out in her red, white, and blue every day. I love being so festive...and I hope she grows to love it, too! These are all iphone pictures and not the best quality, but still too cute to not share.

What a cute and festive baby!! 

We had a really fun, low key Fourth of July. Justin and I were both off...yay! We headed over to Aunt Pam's house for a little swimming and a lot of eating. Papaw grilled burgers for us and our friends Emily, Brice, and Cameron came along to hang out. 

Emory doesn't really love to get in the pool, so we brought the kiddie pool along and she really enjoyed it. She kept throwing her pool toys to daddy and then climbing out to get them and starting all over. 

Little bathing beauty! 

This was right after Cammie's sad cry because she was hungry and no one would feed her! Poor Cam! She just couldn't understand where dinner was?! Hahaha. But she sure was a happy camper after getting some food in that belly! 

Speaking of food, the only other thing that I took a picture of other than babies...

...was my beautiful and very patriotic strawberry and blueberry trifle! It was SO delicious and I felt like a little chef bringing my cute dessert to the party! Melissa - aren't you so proud?!

Emory decided that she wasn't done swimming and climbed in, clothes and all! 

Throwing the balls with Aunt Pam! 

Cammie came to play! These two are the cutest together! It has been so neat to watch them learn to play together and share with each other. We are still working on the sharing part sometimes, but they've definitely learned to interact together so much more lately!

Who needs a swimsuit?! Emory had so much fun swimming with Aunt Pam. We were a little (or a lot) late leaving, so we went totally redneck and gave her a bath in the backyard with the water hose and a little bit of soap. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. ; ) 

Grandma and grandpa came to visit the next day and we headed to the park after nap time. I brought my real camera because I wanted to try to get some cute pictures...and WOW...I really did. Grandma and grandpa are going to have to come over every time I need good pictures. They made it so easy! 

Having a little thoughtful moment on the playground. Isn't she a doll?! 

Swinging with grandma! Swinging is her favorite thing! 

I just love her little outfit and the silhouette it makes on her. Sooo sweet and classic. 

Walks with grandma and grandpa! Emory is so lucky to have these two - they love her so much and would do anything in the world for her. They drive up every single weekend to see her! We love y'all!! 

These two are gonna be the best of friends...

...and trouble together! She has grandma wrapped around her finger already! 

Our little firecracker - the light of our lives!! 

She is seriously the cutest, sweetest, most precious baby ever!! How did we get so blessed?!

That topped off our Fourth Festivities and we were finally able to stop wearing red, white, and blue. ; )

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Play Dates in Pineville

In May, we took a road trip down to Pineville to hang out with everyone and go to the zoo. It was SO much fun. We don't have a zoo here, so it was nice to finally go to one with Emory. It was really shady and made for a pleasant stroll as we looked at all the animals. 

Babies who snack together, stay together! Another one for the slideshow at their wedding. ; )

Landry, Grant, and Emory - cutest things around! 

Of course our BFF Cammie had to make the trip with us! She's our favorite! 

Emory "patting" Grant. For some strange reason, she likes to pat people on the head. Haha. She must have picked up that weird trait from her father. 

My little zoo cutie! Look at those rosy cheeks - she was having too much fun! 

Aunt Candy came to play for awhile! YAY! She is the best friend ever and loves Emory so much! 

My sweet girl. I am so blessed! 

One thing that I noticed, I didn't take any pictures of the actual zoo or the animals. Oops! Haha! I guess once you have a baby, you just focus on them all of the time. I mean, she's the cutest monkey anyway! 

We took another road trip in June to see everyone - and to visit with our dear friend Shanny who was back in town! We sure have missed her! 

The babies LOVED playing in the kitchen, which made me see that we need a kitchen! Emory loved it so much. Hear that, grandma and grandpa?! ; ) She carried that phone around for awhile. We were laughing though because we were surprised that the kids knew that it was a phone since most of us don't have house phones, just cell phones. 

Emory and Cameron cooking. I can see this happening a lot in the next few years! 

Alyse with Savannah and Grant - what a sweet picture!!! 

Justin is always such a trooper with my girl play dates and he always entertains the kids. He's a keeper, for sure! 

Such wonderful friends! I'm so thankful for each of them - and for all of those sweet, beautiful, healthy babies. 

Aunt Alyse gives the best cuddles! And we think she should move here, just saying!! 

6 years past college life sure has changed! But our friendships are still the same. These are my sisters!! 

My angel baby. Love her so much! I was holding her and smiling when Justin snapped this and he said, "Oh did you think I was taking a picture of you, too? I just got Emory." Hahaha! Thanks honey! 

Much better! Mommy's little girl! 

It was loud and fun in Lissie's living room with all of the adults and kids, but it was a blast! The babies all did so well with NO naps all day and they played together perfectly. 

Is this not the cutest thing you've ever seen?! Cammie and Emory decided to do a little reading on the way home. I mean, they are the cutest BFFs ever. 

And yet, it gets cuter...

Then they decided to take a little nap together! WHAT DOLLS!!!! I love them! Although the naps sure didn't last long! ; ) 

We are so thankful for our friends in Pineville and the fact that we don't have to live in the same city to live life together and be such great friends! 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Scenes from the Week

Summer is flying by and we are having SO much fun! 

One weekend when grandma and grandpa came in, we went to the play area in the mall. It was SO nice to be indoors in the air conditioning and still "playing" as if we were really at a park. Emory had a blast running around and climbing everything. 

Climbing is certainly her new favorite thing to do. She tries to climb anything and everything now. It's so funny to watch her try to figure it out. We have a couple of kid's chairs in our living room and she climbs up and down, up and down...and sometimes she tumbles to the ground. But she's getting so good at it! 

This was the only picture that I took on Father's Day. : / But look how cute Emory is! She wore her firetruck dress to honor her hero daddy. It takes a special person to rush into burning buildings when everyone else is rushing out. Emory is so lucky to have such a great, hardworking, dedicated, honorable father. 

Eating dinner and being SO silly. I cut a pickle in half and gave it to her and she thought it was the coolest thing ever! Haha. Babies are so cute! 

For some reason Emory is OBSESSED with Diesel and loves to run after him, pull his tail, and try to pet him. He was laying down and she decided to lay down with him. 

I was in the kitchen and I heard a lot of giggling next and this is what I saw when I looked up...

Hahahaha! She thought it was so funny! She was kicking her feet and just giggling. I'm not sure what Diesel was thinking, but he didn't jump up and run away. He is really good with her and doesn't mind her following him, mostly because she usually has some crumbs he can find and eat. ; ) 

Last week Melissa and Wade came into town...with just one baby, baby Grant! We had such a great time walking around the Boardwalk and eating everything in sight. Melissa has an excuse - she's pregnant! I don't know what my excuse was, though. ; ) This woman is one of my favorite people on Earth. She is a sister to me and is someone I look to for inspiration as a Christian and as a mother. I'm so thankful for her!! 

These little babies are so cute! This will be shown at their wedding slideshow. 

Who is that cool baby?! I feel like she is posing in this one and it makes me a little bit nervous for what is to come! Haha! Poor daddy! I'm sure he will set all the boys straight. 

We hang out with our BFFS Emily and Cameron almost every single week day. I'm so thankful for our easy friendship...and for our cute little girls! They are seriously adorable together. Double trouble! 

Emory was rocking Cammie and saying, "Rocky, rocky, rocky, rocky." (In a language only I can understand, mind you, but still.) ; ) I mean seriously, how cute are they?!

One day I decided to be a "Pinterest mom" and we did a little sensory playing with ice and water. Emory liked it for awhile, until an ice cube stuck to her hand. Then she was over it and never looked back. It really was fun and so easy, though! 

Last weekend we went to a surprise birthday party for Justin's dad. He turned the big 5-0! We left Emory at home with my parents and enjoyed the night together. It was so fun and Justin's dad was SO surprised. Emory did so well for grandma and grandpa. That was only our second date night since she's been born, so it was definitely time. Baby steps. : ) 

After playing one day, we went to lunch with some friends. Cammie could NOT get over how delicious her spaghetti was and she didn't care who knew it. Haha! All of the tables around us kept laughing and saying how cute she was...and she just kept right on eating. She even licked her mat a few times for good measure. Mmmm mmmm good! These babies sure do like to eat! Just another reason she and Emory are BFF!