Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Who Is That Baby?


Giggle Gut Jr.

I know I look pretty silly, but ignore me and just enjoy Emily giggling her head off!

Monday, June 23, 2008

A Week In Pictures

Emily is continuing to experiment with new foods. Her favorite so far is squash, but she will eat just about anything. Of course we love the messy girl she is after she eats. I love it!
Check out those cheeks! Justin's sister Kati graduated high school this week. Emily showed off her school spirit with Tesoro colors. We are really happy for Kati! Congrats!
For Christi's (Matt's wife) birthday we met at a shopping complex called The Spectrum and had dinner. Afterwards Emily and Justin hung out in the foutain. Walking around the mall we found a pet store. Below is a picture of Emily trying to touch the puppies. She was very excited the whole time. She sure loves the doggies.
On Saturday we went to Huntington Beach. We all had a lot of fun. If you want to see more pictures of our exciting day you can look at Matt and Christi's blog (on the side of mine). Above is obviously Emily playing in the water. She didn't like it too much. She was actually screaming in this picture, but I thought it was really cute.
In the picture below we (well Justin) buried Emily in the sand and then made a mermaid tail. Our fellow beach mates thought it was fun. There was even a couple that had been on a walk that stopped and watched us like it was a sand castle competition. It was pretty funny. Emily is such a trooper.
After our day at the beach we had a bbq and made smores. Emily's favorite part was the marshmallow. She didn't even need her hands.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Father's Day at Our House

Father's Day was fun at our house. It started with breakfast in bed for Emily and Justin. Emily decided that she wanted to have Cherry Limeade flavored food, so she knocked over Justin's drink. As you can see though, she had a good time. She had a good time having daddy daughter time. 

Above was Justin's present. I made him a little twist on the traditional coupon book. It wasn't so much a book as it was a jar of candy with coupons stuck in it. I practiced digital scrapbooking for all of the coupons. I found it fun to personalize each one with pictures of Justin and Emily. 

Emily wore her "I love Daddy" outfit to church. It was pretty cute. 

This isn't from that day, but I love it anyways. Justin is a great dad to Emily. She and I are the luckiest girls in the world!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

A Fun Week

We had a few little celebrations this week that I neglected to blog about. The first would be Emily is now 6 months old! I can't believe it. I look at her and don't even see my little baby anymore. She is growing into a beautiful little girl. Recently she has started eating baby food, saying "dadada", reaching for her mommy, laughs, and has her own distinct little personality. We get stopped constantly and asked if our baby is "always this happy." She really is. We sure love her. 

Justin and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary. We celebrated by going to a delicious restaurant in Huntington Beach. It was on the second level of a building overlooking the ocean. It was so fun and nice to spend time together, just the two of us. Matt and Christi (brother and sis-in law) watched Emily for us. After dinner we walked through a street market and down on a pier. It was a wonderful night full of reminiscing and just enjoying being in love. 

I don't have a picture of this specific event but it was too funny. We took Emily swimming again yesterday. This is probably the first time she actually enjoyed it. She layed in her little floaty thing, scooted her body forward so her head could rest on the back part and just chilled in the water. It was too cute. It is moments like this that I know she is definitely suppose to be MY daughter (I love just floating around swimming pools). So we had a good time. 

OH! Last little update- Justin and I were called to be Primary Teachers. We teach the 9-10 year olds. This is especially fun for me because they are 3-4th graders which is MY FAVORITE age to teach at school and now I get to teach them at church. We met our class last week and they were all little sweethearts with hilarious personalities. I know we are going to have a great time. 

Friday, June 6, 2008

Viva La Mexico!

Well- I finally have pictures of our trip up! Yay! The first section is our HUGE ship, a few family pictures from around the boat, and of course our little Emily. While we were on our trip she started sitting up all by herself. 


                                                                                                                              The next set (above) is at our first port- Cabo San Lucas. We started off by parasailing. It was very exhilarating. While Justin and I were soaring above the ocean, we looked down and saw a huge sea turtle swimming along. It was pretty cool. After parasailing, we had some lunch and then went to a beach to enjoy the day and snorkel. On our little ride on a smaller glass bottom boat, we saw this rock full of sea lions. It reminded me of being at Pier 49 in San Francisco. 

Our next port was Mazatlan. Here we shopped all morning and then spent the afternoon at the beach. Shopping was exactly what you think shopping in Mexico will be. A man even tried to explain to how there are "real fake" and "fake fake" Coach purses. Some of our favorite lines were "For you a deal" "Best price just for you." Yeah- uh huh. However, we did buy Emily a darling dress & some sandals, me- a christmas ornament, bracelet, & "Luis Vuitton" sunglasses, and Justin some "Oakley's." At the beach it was crazy how all of the vendors BOMBARD you. There was a little tent set up with a masseuse and I enjoyed an hour long beach side massage ($20- oh yeah!). 
I know that I continually claim that I have the most wonderful baby in the world. This day PROVED I really do and am not just a raving mother. We were in the hot sun all day- Mexican taxis, shops, the beach- and Emily just enjoyed the ride. She even took a fantastic beach side nap in her stroller. Mazatlan was such a fun beach town. I LOVED this day! 

For our third port, we landed in Puerto Vallarta. It was fun to be there since it is where Justin and I honeymooned. It is such a beautiful city. The jungles are gorgeous and downtown is thriving with shops, sand castle builders, and people who do crazy aerial tricks. ( At this point, I will say if anyone is thinking of taking a Mexican vacation- Puerto Vallarta is THE PLACE!). So while we were there we went on a jungle tour. Not just any tour, but we soared through the jungle on zip lines. The company was very accommodating with Emily. At first they offered to babysit her for us (YEAH RIGHT!- but still a nice thought), but then eventually gave Justin and I a private tour after the others were finished and could watch Em. While we were waiting, we enjoyed our surroundings. They had a cage full of monkeys. Emily thought they were pretty cool. 

This last little group of photos is fun things from the ship. One afternoon we spent at the pool. They did kick Emily out though since she wasn't potty trained. Oh-well. The boat had a rock climbing wall that was really fun! I did feel a little bit of "scared of heights" at one point, but Justin just flew up it! We meant to go to the Speed Climbing contest- but we forgot. We also spent a lot of time playing ping pong. They had tournaments throughout the week. Justin placed 2nd in the adult contest and Kody was the teenage champion! Not pictured here is our greatest obsession throughout the week- Bingo.  Sadly, I'm not kidding, we were sucked in numerous times. Luckily Kathy (Justin's mom) did win once- so it was all worth it. :)
Oh- and if you ever go on a cruise- skip karaoke night. I won't go into details, just trust me. 

As you can see we had a very fun filled vacation. All of the adventures were very fun and exciting, but at the root of it all, it was nice to have  week dedicating to enjoying time as a family.