3-year-old Emma

by Rebecca on August 29, 2014

Emma, dino pictures, 3 years old         Emma turned 3 a few weeks ago, and we kept with our tradition of taking her picture with her favorite stuffed animal, Dino. The idea is for her to still be taking pictures with Dino when she’s a teenager, but with all the loving Dino gets, I’m not sure the little animal will make it that far. Emma may end up as an 18-year-old posing with one scrap of a dingy pink piece of material.

3-year-old Emma is sweet and happy. She loves to smile and make people laugh. This is the face she makes when she thinks something is awkward. The face accompanies an “Uhhh” followed by a giggle. It always makes us laugh.Emma, dino pictures, 3 years old 5

3-year-old Emma loves her baby brother, and never gets upset with him or the attention he’s getting. She also loves her big sister, but DOES get upset with her quite often.

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3-year-old Emma talks. And talks. And talks. And if her sister isn’t around, she talks some more. That girl has more to say than anyone I’ve ever heard.Emma, dino pictures, 3 years old 15

3-year-old Emma loves hugs, and always begs to be “tickled,” which means, “Stroke my arm gently NOW.” If I pause to scratch my nose, she squirms, whines, and shouts, “TICKLE ME.” On a related note, 3-year-old Emma also has us all wrapped around her finger.

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3-year-old Emma can play by herself for a long time. She sets up her toys and has them all talk to each other in elaborate imaginary games. Emma, dino pictures, 3 years old 10

3-year-old Emma loves to do “homework,” which is anything I come up with to help her practice letters and numbers. She’s very good at holding a pencil, circling pictures, drawing faces, and tracing letters.

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3-year-old Emma loves to dance and sing. She loves to run and play outside. She loves to help me cook, and she loves to be read to. She loves the library, the museum, the park, and the splash pad.

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3-year-old Emma’s favorite TV show is “My Little Pony.” She loves Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle. 3-year-old Emma knows every word to every song in the movie “Frozen.” She loves to have her hair done like Anna (two braids) or Elsa (one braid).

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3-year-old Emma is very much a 3-year-old as far as tantrums and preferences go. But underneath her 3-year-oldness, I can see a very easygoing, happy-go-lucky girl. I can’t even begin to adequately describe how wonderful and fun this little girl is. She is such a joy in our family.

2-year-old Emma and Dino:

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1-year-old Emma and Dino:






Rex’s blessing day

by Rebecca on August 29, 2014

My parents’ 1-year mission as employment specialists to Detroit for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ended just a little bit after baby Rex was born. It was perfect timing because by the time they made their way to Utah on their way home to California, Baby Rex was 6 weeks old, and I was ready to bring him to church so he could be blessed. In the Mormon church, babies receive blessings in their congregations, in which their names are officially put on the church records and the babies are given promises through prayer that we believe are from Heavenly Father. It’s a very special event for a family, and I was so glad my parents could be there. We missed a lot of other family members, but unfortunately that’s just what happens when you choose to live two states away from most of your family. Special events always remind us how much we wish we had more family close by.

Here is the little star of the show, dressed in his blessing outfit from his Aunt Vanessa.Rex, blessing day, August 17, 2014 5

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My brother and his wife, Vanessa, and their four girls also came to the blessing. They live about 20 minutes away from us, and I swear — if they ever up and move again (they lived in Costa Rica for half a year!), I will die. Do you hear me, Vanessa? I’ll die. If we lived next door, our kids would be running in and out of both houses all the time, but even though we don’t, it feels like that. My girls feel as at home at Vanessa’s house as they do at ours, and they feel as comfortable with Vanessa as they do with me. I hope her girls feel at home at my house. And the six girls of our two families combined get along so well; Vanessa had two girls for every one girl I had. Isn’t that so nice of her? We aren’t yet sure how little Rex will fit into this world of girls, but so far he’s pretty adored.

Abby, Rex, Cameron, Lydia, Reagan, Shae, Emma. Rex's blessing day, august 17, 2014

We tried to get a nice family picture after the blessing, but Emma was grumpy and a cry-face, Ryan opened a tube of melted white chapstick that spilled all over his black pants so he had to force Lydia to stand in front of the stain, and I forgot to leave my heels on. This is the best we could do.

Rebecca, Rex, Emma, Ryan, Lydia. Rex's blessing day. August 17, 2014

Grandpa Rex and Baby Rex got along splendidly. I’m so happy Baby Rex has such a wonderful and perfect man to share his name with. It’s very important to us that our children have names that once belonged to another person who made good decisions, so that they always have somebody to look up to and aspire to be like. It was hard to choose a name for a boy. We want our son to grow up to be strong yet gentle, driven yet focused on God and family, kind and caring. How do you capture all that in a name? His grandpa is all that. Of course I know Baby Rex will forge his own path and be his own person, but I’m happy he has a head start by sharing a name with such a great example.

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I’m kicking myself that we didn’t get a picture with both my parents. Re-do! Come back to Utah, Mom and Dad!


Emma’s third birthday party

August 21, 2014

Having a baby just one month before your daughter’s third birthday means you have no energy to do anything for said daughter’s third birthday. Thank goodness for a summer birthday that could be held at a park, and thank goodness for friends and family members who are willing to step in when Mama is a […]

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Baby Rex’s birth story: Part 1

August 9, 2014

This is a long birth story. I thought about cutting out major parts (and believe it or not, I actually did cut out quite a bit), but ultimately decided to keep it all for my posterity’s sake. I won’t be mad atcha if you don’t read the whole thing. Part 2 here Part 3 here […]

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Baby Rex’s birth story: Part 2

August 9, 2014

Part 1 here I paced the delivery room. Each time I had a contraction, I signaled to my husband and he would come near to rub my shoulders and neck while reminding me how to relax. That’s what I loved about hypnobirthing: it taught me how to trust my body and work with it, and […]

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Baby Rex’s birth story: Part 3

August 9, 2014

Part 1 here Part 2 here The doctor, who finally came in, tried to get me to relax, to move my legs, to get me in the bed. I couldn’t do any of it. Ryan had to move my legs for me. I was as tense as a corpse – and wished I was one. […]

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Ode to the belly table

May 29, 2014

I’m so tired. I’ve had mono before, and I feel like I’m walking around with double the mono I had. My husband tells me I felt this way with my other pregnancies as well, but I think he’s full of it. Nobody could forget this amount of tired. The other night, my husband was gone […]

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The giraffe looked at me funny

May 2, 2014

The quirks of my children are reward for every hard part of parenting. They’re also the reason for the hard parts of parenting, but they’re oh-so-fun. 2-year-old Emma is decisive and bold. When we pulled up to the dentist the other day, she announced, “Mom, I’m not going to open my mouth.” Thankfully, her big sister […]

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A first soccer game

April 18, 2014

Lydia (6) had her first game of soccer, or as my mother in law suggests — “bunch ball.” If you’ve ever watched eight 6-year-olds attempt to play soccer, “bunch ball” is a most appropriate term for what the children are actually doing – bunching together around the ball and moving up and down the field, oblivious to […]

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Pregnancy is responsible for this too?

April 3, 2014

This morning, I felt sympathy for fire-breathing dragons. As little chalky Tum after little chalky Tum made its way down my throat with no relief for my pregnancy-induced heartburn, I decided fire-breathing dragons need to be given a little credit. I’d snatch up some flighty, singing princess if she wandered near my dragon lair too. And […]

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