Friday, January 13, 2012

Update.

Let's just get the elephant in the room out of the way:
I'm not a very good blogger
Phew! That felt better.
 
Now I can move along to what's been happening in our lives...
 
In December, we took Emmalyn to her first theme park--Sea World. She loved it!
 
Okay, so as a Floridian, I should know what to expect from the Shamu show, right
 
I mean, I should have the common sense not to sit in the "Splash Zone," right
 
Ya, you'd think. 
 
But nope... not this girl
 
For some reason, I remember the splashes not being so bad, so we all thought we were safe in the last row of the Splash Zone.

Wrong!

The following is a picture of just before we were hit with a frigid tidal wave of icky killer whale water.
 We tried to cover ourselves under my sister-in-law's jacket, but that was just a big, plain, major fail. Immediately, Emmy started crying from shock. I got all mama bear and stormed out of the stadium, stripped my child down to her birthday suit, and put on her change of clothes. I was furious for a solid five minutes, then decided I was not going to let this ruin the rest of the day. 

I knew then, that soon I'd look back at that catastrophe and laugh about it.
I was right ;)
 
We had a great time bringing Emmy with us to pick out a Christmas tree. Last year, since she was so tiny, we didn't even bother picking one out--we just mooched off of my in-law's tree!

 This was Emmalyn's first encounter with Santa Claus. Classic right? 
I couldn't stop laughing!
(I know, shame on me... sorry Em!)
But doesn't every parent just have to have this picture?!
Emmy was completely fine if we were 2 feet or more away from the Big Man, and kept saying, "Ho Ho Ho."

Also, in December, I turned the big 2-5!
I pretty much had the best birthday...
All I was told was to dress up 80's style, and the rest would be taken care of!
Against my husband's liking, I wore a true vintage getup... my mother's Jazzercise outfit.
 
Yes. I went out like this.
 
I was whisked away by my girlfriends to a Drag Queen show! ...something I've always wanted to do. & let me tell you... it exceeded my expectations!
I had the best time!!


Emmalyn has been growing so much!! Lately, she's really been into going to kids' play places, and story times.

I was so proud she knew what to do with a crayon in her hand. She didn't even try to color on the floor!
(Like mother, like daughter)

Emmy also looooves playing outside! The cold doesn't bother her one bit!

This pic cracks me up because I asked my nephew to "Hold onto Emmy." I guess you can't expect too much from a 3 year-old ;)

Lots of fun Christmas activities went down this season. We went Christmas trees & lights watching... we gathered family and close friends for caroling, & had a few different rounds of Secret Santa!



Christmas morning brought reindeer pancakes and mini snowmen.

& This little one had a blast opening up her gifts and testing them all out. I'm happy to say, that as a mom, I'm thoroughly pleased with the gifts people so graciously gave Emmalyn. We didn't get a million-bazillion stuffed animals or super annoying toys!

Four generations, yo!

One of my favorite moments this season was bringing Emmalyn to West Virginia for the first time! She's met my mom's side of the family a couple of times, but this was the first time we headed up north to see them.

We (me, Blake, Emmy, Indy, my Mom, my Dad, & their dog, Joey) all hopped in one full-size SUV and drove 17 hours straight to WV.

Thankfully, I remembered to do my snow dance before we left! & I'm super glad I bought Emmy a $10 snow suit from a consignment shop. It was totally worth all ten Mr. Washington's because this kid l.o.v.e.d. the show! It was so funny to watch her ride on the sled, saying "Weeeeeeee..." all the while.


 Emmy had a blast playing with her cousins Carter & Will on our way back, in North Carolina.

 & she had even more fun riding shotgun in Carter's new Mustang!!
{daddy can't believe he let her loose like that!}

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I still want to write about Emmalyn's amazing first birthday party.
...I'll get there someday! ;)



Loyally,
Katie


2 comments:

  1. So much to love about this post. Shamu story was very funny. Icky whale water is dang straight. You know they don't drain that thing. Yuck. lol. Loved all the pictures. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed in the "You might also like" section below your post picture from your pregnancy. I clicked on 27 weeks. Wow, I'm showing so much more than that at 23. You suck. :)

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  2. Looks like you've been busy and spending a lot of time with family which is wonderful! Don't apologize for being absent - it's your blog and your busy living your life ;)

    I am absolutely LOVING what you wore for your birthday outing with your friends! SO awesome!!! haha Happy Belated Birthday!

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