Give Me S' More!

We were lucky enough to get a free fire pit... however it needed some work. So last weekend, we Kevin spent a lot of time cleaning and fixing it up. This involved washing it, removing rust, washing it again, removing more rust, sanding it and finally painting it with high-heat Rustoleum paint (several coats). It turned out great!

Last night we had our first fire and made s'mores. The girls loved it! Tonight we had friends over for dinner and... yup... more s'mores! :)



Lea likes to take pictures....lots of pictures. It's pretty funny because her favorite thing to photograph is the toys. Our camera becomes filled with Craigslist photos! lol

Here's some of her work...

Lea & Emma

I took these pics of Emma a few days ago and it reminded me of Lea so much. After some digging, I found these pics of Lea! (Lea is 16 months old in the photos and Emma is only 12 months old but there is still quite a bit of resemblance.)



One Year Comparison

Emma on her 1st Birthday

Lea on her 1st Birthday


Some Bunny Is One!

We celebrated Emma's first birthday yesterday with a bunny themed party. It was so much fun! We had bunny decorations, bunny candy and even live bunnies for the kids to play with. I made bunny cupcakes, bunny peep pops and a 3-D bunny cake just for Emma. It really was a great day!

Chocolate covered bunny peep pops with a marshmallow tail!

For the first hour, we all played with the bunnies.... 12 baby dwarf bunnies and 1 lop eared bunny to be exact! They were adorable and a big hit with the kids. :)

Looking at all the bunnies!

Miss Violet was REALLY excited!
After Emma pet this bunny, she blew it a kiss. ;)

This is honestly the best picture I could get of both girls together.

After we all ate and had cake/dessert, Emma was wiped out! She took a nice long nap before we opened her gifts...



Happy First Birthday, Emma!

This very night, one year ago, I started feeling stronger contractions. They were consistant for awhile and then were not at all. So, by midnight, I decided to go to bed. I told Kevin, who was working in the dining room, that this could be the night!

Sure enough, about an hour later, I woke up with much stronger contrations. We called my parents shortly there after and told them to hurry over to stay with Lea. Immediatley after hanging up the phone, we knew we didn't have much time (my folks live 30 min away). So, we called a friend to hurry over. Amie got there and we rushed to the hospital.

By now, it was a little after 2am. As I sat in the waiting room, Kevin was checking me into the hospital nearby. My contractions were very strong and about a minute apart. When the front receptionist noticed, she immediatley called to get me a room. Nurses showed up with a wheelchair, but I wanted to walk. I got about halfway to the room (which was very close) and had to stop for a huge contraction. I could see the door to my room.... like I said, it was close, but it seemed so far away! I made it to the doorway and another strong contraction hit me. I told the nurses I needed to push! They were calm and told me to get on the bed so they could "check" me. Just as I was about to sit on the bed, I felt like I needed to pee. So, I went to the restrooom.... no pee. I slowly made it back to the bed and climbed up. It was very uncomfortable sitting. Just as a nurse was about to "check" me, my water broke and I was pushing!

Kevin didn't even get me checked into the hospital and my midwife hadn't even arrived. After a few pushes, Emma was born!

Emma Margaret born on May 1st at 2:49am
(Here's the original birth story that tells what happened right after she was born. And, some update posts about her while we were still at the hospital are here and here.)

Emma has quite possibly completed our family... she is such a beautiful blessing!

Happy Birthday to our little cuddle bunny!!

Lea's First Haircut!

My 3 1/2 year old, Lea, had her very first haircut today. I was extremely anxious and thought about cancelling her appointment several times. But, I went through with it... Lea did fabulous and her hair is still just as beautiful as ever.

Here's a cute picture of the girls playing with a worm in the backyard. It's also a "before pic" of Lea's hair. :)
She's ready to go!

She said it tickled to get her hair washed!

Snip Snip

Lindsey blew it dry with a round brush...

and it was beautiful!
As we were leaving, Lea said she wanted to get her hair cut again! lol :)