Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It was wonderful :)

My little family had an absolutely delightful day celebrating the Bear's birthday this weekend

We started off the morning with an all-out sensory arts and crafts time, which included new paints and stickers as a present from Big Brother.

 As with most things, there is a Mommy way of doing things, and a Daddy way of doing things ...

Daddy's way, for the win :)

"Hm. My hands appear to be a bit messy."

"You guys may have lost your minds, but I'm not complaining!"
 After awhile, Mommy had the sense to change into one of Daddy's old grubby T-shirts and just embrace the mess!  It was lovely :)

Charlie, of course, got in on the action with a Star Wars themed watercolor masterpiece.

And when the Bear got cleaned up a bit, she opened her stickers from Big Brother and carefully went about selection the perfect spot for each one of them on her fresh new picture.

"Um, Daddy?"

A colorful, artistic triumph!

Next, we got all cleaned up and went out to find some bowling for our family.  Emma truly loves it!  She sets up her ball on the ramp, Big Brother lines it up for her, and she enthusiastically pushes it down the lane

 She watches her ball go down to the pins ... and does a little Bear dance as the pins crash down.  It's adorable!

Loves from Daddy

 Loves from Big Brother ... who was focusing more on her smile than his own :)

"Ok, Mom!  I think the moment has been appropriately captured!  What's next?"

Off to find some frozen yogurt!

Emma doesn't eat much by mouth, but she is willing to make an exception when it's something cold and sweet.  She LOVES ice cream and frozen yogurt!

 And then we headed home for a long winter's nap.  She was exhausted!

It was truly a wonderful day.  Happy birthday to my Emma!  We love her so much, and she brings us SO much joy!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Happy. Birthday.

Seriously, how is this girl six years old?

Ok, if you know me at all, you know I think my daughter is amazing.  I'm proud of her and blessed to be her mom and love her to the moon and back.

But can I be real with you and tell you that I've really been sad today?

Birthdays are hard.  There are a lot of "shoulds" and "supposed tos" on birthdays.  They are milestones that mark a vast difference between Emma in my world and the Emma that "would have been"

Of course, "would have beens" and "shoulds" are not helpful.

But that doesn't mean that my emotions are any less real.

And I've been sad.

I'll be fine, and the Bear will, too (despite the visit to our Pediatrician Who We Love today to get some medicine for a rash she's had for awhile ...).

We're going to declare Saturday our birthday celebration day and spend a lot of time doing things a Bear will love.

Hopefully then I'll post a more happy birthday post.

For today, I love her and I hope she's having a great day ... I am not, and that's okay.