After rummaging through some boxes in the closet we found some 3-6 month sized clothing, yeay! I remember this dress and having been so excited for Emilie to wear it. She looks so darling in it! Her favorite pastime is pulling the dress up into her mouth and soaking it in dainty drool, though here she's making a fabulous pose ;) Emilie is so different compared to George when he was a baby! Emilie is dainty, sweet, fragile, and has a fantastic scream that a toddler is capable of. George has only started full on screaming a throaty scream recently, Emilie's mastered it by four months! George as a baby was a ball of cuteness, hardy, and sweet... and later got into everything and became a tornado! I suppose Emilie will get there too once she crawls and reaches toddlerhood too! Anyway, George and Emilie are different but I wouldn't have it any other way! I'm so blessed to have them and love them with all my heart!
Yesterday George found a basket ball and hoop at AMVETS! I thought, sure, why not? Little boys need as much outside time as possible and I knew this would help him get out. Ok, I admit I'm the one who keeps him in so much, but for my own reasons. This basket ball hoop keeps him contained in one area, and that's the one thing that was much needed! When I carry Emilie in the Sling I can't chase George as well and my back hurts so much (especially with the spinal pain from the Epidural). This hoop keeps him in one area so I can have Emilie gaze at the trees happily from her bouncer and let me sit and watch him score hoops... and take tons of pictures! George realizes he's the center of attention when the camera is on him too, and he really likes that ;) Anyway, this was a great investment for $5!!! George got the ball from a kind older gentleman who was leaving the store. I was shocked when the elderly man handed George two whole dollars and said "You like that ball? Here kiddo, you go buy that ball!". My mouth dropped open. Oh my goodness, there's people that kind in the world? Again and again I'm proven so, as I start to doubt so. Was he just old fashioned, kind, or both? I don't know, but he stood as an example too the world and made me rethink myself too.
After some pictures and hoops, it was time to go visit a friend. Well, I'm sorry dear friend, but my car is dead! Why? Um, I don't know exactly, but it might be the battery or the "starter", or another culprit. My mom taught me how to pop the hood though and I learned how to look in the hood. She also taught me how to clean the battery with soda pop and a wire brush. I think that's to help it if it's corroded, but it didn't work. I at least learned a new thing or two.
Emilie wore a dress formally the first time to church yesterday (the one time a month ago leggings doesn't count ;)). After finally getting some tights at Target, I finally felt she could start wearing dresses. I was worried she'd grow out of them, just after I got them about a month ago on eBay. Little ones grow so fast, though a little bit slower once at Toddlerhood, that I couldn't wait another week! Already the dress has gone from her knees to just below her rear. Freaking out just a bit! Anyway, I couldn't pass up on a good portrait picture! It's as good as JC Penny's right? George looks so cute in his Cherokee thermal shirt and corduroy pants too!!! I did have to bribe him with ice cream after 3 shots to get him to sit back down, but it worked! Emilie was having some tummy problems so it made it a bit hard as she arched her back and rolled out of George's arms! I got one perfect pic though out of them all and here it is! Good job guys!
To give you a "behind the scenes," this is what it looked like before church as we got the kids dressed. Can you guess what is on George's head? If you guessed Emilie's tights, you're right! He grabbed them from me and put them on his head (Ok, I may have helped him since it was so cute), and proceeded to hop around on the bed like a bunny! Cute huh? ^_^ Nana had just bought him the book "The Runaway Bunny" and he's been liking the books so much. He might have gotten an idea from them!
After church, and before pictures, we all went on a hike . George made lots of little stops as he sat to rest and also some science observing of ants and such. Luckily we did not find a whole deer leg, like George did last time with daddy! I've never seen a mountain lion here, and never want to. Scott showed me the mountain bike trail George and him just recently started too. They're going straight into the brush and it looks like they have a lot of exciting work to do. It's good father and son bonding time too. :)
My cousin Tom was in town and decided to drop by today. We had a splendid time chatting and catching up, and mom (aka Nana) was thrilled for the surprise visit! George and Emilie were quite excited too, especially when cousin Tom whipped out his very own DRONE!!!! Oh my goodness, was it cool. His very expensive specialty drone got us an amazing video of a panoramic view of our whole property, along with some cool snap shots. Tom loves flying it and I can see why; you can see everything and feel like a bird, watching the video! I would post more pics on here, but I'm withholding them for privacy reasons since anyone can view this blog! Well, it's been an awesome day. Emilie finally warmed up to Tom (though she's quick to the "bottom lip stick out quiver" still!) and George flirted from a distance by destroying the house with his foam base ball bat (he only got 6 hours last night). After this big day, both of them are out (*me doing the "SAFE!" referee signal*). Yep, it's been a good day. Tomorrow Tom will be off again in his high tech RV (and I mean high tech, with solar panels and everything) to go visit more family. We wish him a safe trip with many pictures and fun adventures. Thank you for visiting Tom!
Tomorrow we'll be off to take Lucky (our dog) to an appointment. Since we took him back from my mom, he's been doing well, but recently has gone down hill a lot. Failing kidneys and hurting teeth are no fun... I won't go into more detail, but our poor dog has been better... He's happy to run around leashless and free (every dogs dream), but like any old person, once you reach retirement, doing the things you always wanted to do is less fun because you're body just isn't like it once was. It sucks. Wish us luck (and pain meds for him) for tomorrow.
Last night, George said his first prayer all by himself to bless his own food! I can quote the prayer in a sentence. "Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for this day. In the name of Jesus Christ amen." We were so ecstatic! I was a bit bummed though, that he said "thank you for this day" which is a "Mormon habit of prayer" which seems to plague all members of the church, but oh well! I've done my darnedest to thank God for the qualities of the day, like the wind and sunshine, but if George says "thank you for this day," well at least he's got the basics down! ;) Scott has also been helping him say his own personal prayers, which the one this morning consisted of, "Thank you for Monday, thank you for Tuesday, thank you for Wednesday..." and so on. It was very cute. He's getting good, really good!
Emilie has been doing pretty well herself, and living the highlife by staying in the sling as I go about the kitchen. If she's awake she hates being left alone on the floor or bouncer and will scream her cute squawk if I do (can't blame her really)! Well, Emilie loves being held and bathes in the warmth of affection and attention. I do love holding her, though as she's growing day by day, my back with my epidural mess-up is killing me (Ginger Essential Oil is a must in the morning and is the only thing keeping me from agony.)!
I really worry when she squawks though... squawking was not in the dunstan baby language nor have I every heard another baby do that before. Guess she's just special and amazing. ;) At times I've wondered and've been worried about it, but I'm pretty sure she's just a strong independent girl, and knows what she wants. Her personality is screaming that she's going to be the leader type, and I hope I'll be able to guide her without her resenting me. I need to find that "Children are from Heaven" book, that goes over the different personalities and how to guide and parent them differently to their own needs and strengths. The author is the same man who wrote "Man are from Mars, Women are from Venus".
Another update is that Emilie has really started to laugh these past few weeks. She loves to crack up over me pretend sneezing, at Scott's playfulness with her, and when she gets raspberries! Speaking of raspberries, her new favorite pastime is blowing them with her lips too! It's been hilarious as she sporadically breaks out in raspberries and occasionally blows them on your arms. She's a little ball of cuteness and smiles!
I have finally found the rival to dairy milkshakes! Its so fluffy, cold, and feel like a down to earth milkshake! This is NOT a smoothy, but a creamy, rich, dairy-free bliss! With that said, I highly recommend good quality caned coconut milk, for this is the most important ingredient for cream and texture (Golden Star is my absolute favorite and sold at Walmart. Golden Star is all pure fluffy white inside, meaning lots of good quality fat). Depending if your frozen strawberries are sour or not (they tend to freeze berries underripe), you may want to and a little more sugar or some sweeter berries. You can also probably switch it up with other fruit and berries and still get a great shake, but try to stick to the ratios below. If you add too much frozen berries or fruit, you'll need more liquid for blending properly.
1 Can (13.5 oz) premium coconut milk
1 slightly rounded Cup frozen Strawberries
1/2 slightly rounded Cup frozen raspberries
1/4 Cup sugar
Add all ingredients to your kitchen blender and blend till well blended! This serves two glasses exactly. It can be refrigerated for a day or so without harm, but be warned it does taste best when freshly done! Hope you enjoy it! I'd pick this coconut milk milkshake over any dairy shake, any day. Then again, maybe I'm just so dairy deprived that I'm just desperate for anything to substitute a milk and ice cream filled milkshake... Maybe? ;)
Just one of those average amazing moms... Cause you know, mommy = amazing.