Thursday, December 15, 2011

Braeden's Graduation!

Braeden graduated from Weber State University on December 9th with a Bachelors Degree in Public Relations and Marketing! He wasn't so sure he wanted to go to his on graduation... but with some convincing he went and walk and I think he's glad he did! : ) I'm so proud of him and so grateful that my husband is such a hard worker! It's not easy working full time, supporting your family, being a great dad and husband, going to school full time, and finding time to play some basketball here and there! He really is incredible and such a good example to everyone around him! I'm one lucky lady! : ) Thanks to everyone that came and cheered Braeden on as they called his name and walked across the stage! 

He's in there somewhere! 

This is a good picture of our little family, but look at Emeri's pig tails aren't they the cutest! : ) 

Proud Mom and Dad! 

Showing off the goods! 
   NOW WHAT you ask?  In May he is going to start his Masters Degree at Weber State (pending on getting excepted into the program, things are looking very promising)! I'm so excited that Braeden has the next semester off before he starts working on his Masters, but I'm excited for this next chapter in our lives as well! It's just one adventure after another! : ) 

Emeri Sillies!

Emeri has started a new thing lately! Her new favorite thing to do is put on my keys (or any other lanyard she can find) and a purse! She puts them on the first thing in the morning, crawls around with them all day (that's right she still isn't walking) and if there is a grocery bag around she will put that on too! It's seriously the cutest thing! 

She has everything on while helping me with laundry! 

Ready to go grocery shopping! 

Having so much fun!

Love that face! 

Yeah!! What??

Oh my word I love this girl!!! Here's a picture of the other silly thing she as started doing... 
...Looking at you through her legs! How can you not smile and this?

Thursday, November 3, 2011


This Halloween was so much fun! Braeden and I actually dressed up! We can be party poopers when it comes to these kind of things, but having kids changes everything including putting all the fun back into little things like dressing up on Halloween! : ) At Braeden's work they do a Halloween party instead of a Christmas one because it's an easier time of year to do a huge party!? The funny part is they do a Halloween party every year and this was the first time Braeden had even mentioned it to me! I guess last year he didn't want to go so he didn't even ask if I wanted too! HAHA! But like I said having kids changes everything including Braeden wanting to go to work parties now, so he can show off his cute baby in her cute duck costume! : ) 

We bought Emeri's costume in August I think! (I was excited to dress her up!) Once we had her costume I got the idea that we should all be farm animals! I mentioned it to Braeden and suggested he should be a COW and I would be a sheep half joking... he agreed! I was a pretty surprised to be honest I never thought Braeden would agree to dress up like a cow, but since he agreed I got to work! I found a white sweat shirt, glued some felt cow spots on it, and made him a head band with cow ears and horns! For my costume I got a white t-shirt and hot glued cotton balls (6 bags of cotton balls) all over it and made a head band with sheep ears on it as well! As you can tell they were both very simple and easy to make and it's fun to say "I made this"! : )
At Braeden's work party we even won one of the family halloween costume prizes ($25 bucks to Target) ! AWESOME! : ) 

On actual Halloween we went to the trunk-or-treat our ward was putting on with Kathy and Toren! Going along with the farm animal theme Kathy dressed up as a Farmer so we looked pretty cute all together! (Toren didn't dress up! Party pooper!) We got a good amount of candy, and lets be honest the candy wasn't for Emeri it was for Braeden and I! : ) Braeden told me the other day that the only reason he wanted to have kids was so he could go trick-or treating again, so it's a good thing we used Emeri to her full potential and got some candy for Daddy! : ) (Silly candy loving boy!) After trunk-or-treating we came back to our apartment, put Emeri to bed, and we all watched an episode of The Walking Dead while we had some smoothies! 

The farmer and her farm animals!

Grandma and Emeri! : ) 

Every time anyone put candy in Emeri's bag she had to see what she got! It was really cute! : ) 

It was a great Halloween night! : ) 

Here are some more darling pictures of Emeri in her costume!LOVE HER!  

oh and one more thing! Her costume has a duck tail so when she crawls it waddles back and forth! SO CUTE! 

We hope everyone else had a safe fun Halloween!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

10 months today! (well on Monday!)

Emeri is getting SO BIG! She is TEN MONTHS old and I can hardly believe it! Where has time gone? Since it is her 10 month birthday (I know that was early this week, the 10th, but I've been trying to get his post done since then!)  I'm going to take this opportunity to share all the fun, silly, and cute things she is up to!

1. Emeri has discovered how to control her hands and copy what we are doing! She loves clapping for everyone and everything, she will wave to say hi and bye, and if you are lucky she will give you a high five!


2.Braeden had a goal to have Emeri walking by the time she was 10 months old, thank goodness, he didn't make his goal! (I'm not ready to clean up all the messes she is going to make once she starts walking! She already makes enough messes crawling around! :) Even though she is not walking Emeri will stand up by herself until she discovers what she is doing and then she will sit down slowly! However lately she has started walking with her scooter! Check out how cute she is...

Pulling herself up on everything! 
Yeah Mom I know I'm cute! 

She wasn't in the best mood while we 
were taking these pictures
but this is a good one of her standing up by herself! 
Look how proud of herself she is! 

UPDATE... as of last night Emeri has started taking steps by herself! Braedens goal for her to walk by the time she is 10 months isn't going to be too far off I don't think! 

 3. Emeri has started dancing all the time music or not! Usually she will get up on her knees and bounce up and down it's the best! : )

You will also see at the end of this video that she has started eating out of Braedens hand like an animal! (Yeah I know!)

Sorry I don't know how to flip these videos, so just tilt you head to the side a little! : ) 

4. Emeri by herself is really good at playing while I get things done around our apartment! She loves to just play with her toys and talk/sing/yell at herself! It's so cute that I would rather just sit and watcher her play than get things done! : ) 

I had a video here, but I can't get it to work so here's a picture of her being silly!

Emeri smiling BIG in her jack o'lantern sweatsuit! She makes
a very cute pumpkin! : ) 
5. Emeri is working on her top two teeth right now and man is it hard on her! (and us during the night) The last couple of nights have been really tough! She has a meltdown at some point during the night for several hours and there is nothing we can do to help (even though we try really hard)! I feel so bad for her I know she is hurting and I just wish I could take the hurt away! One is almost all the way through and the other has just started so hopefully her hurt and the long nights will be over soon!

Eating watermelon and making a HUGE mess at 
grandpas house! 
6. Emeri is such a good eater! She does have a hard time eating her veggies, but other then that she loves eating! She will eat all fruits including peaches now (she had a hard time with peaches at first), she loves oatmeal like LOVES it, she can down pizza like nobody's business, we started giving her Bologna (I know gross) so she had more protein in her diet and she really likes it (I was surprised because she has problems textures), and when we eat dinner she eat what we eat! If I had to pick her favorite food I would have to say that it's Bananas! She can eat a whole banana in one sitting! 

7. Emeri is finally getting some hair! YAY! I can put a little pony tail on top of her head and I can put pig tails in however, its really hard to get her to hold still while I put the elastic in! But when I can man it's cute!

Piggy tails! : ) 
I can now put little clippies in her hair too! 
8. Emeri loves talking on the phone! Whenever Braeden, my mom, Braeden's mom, or anyone else for that matter calls and I can convince them to talk to her and say her name she freaks out with excitement! It's hilarious!
Emeri talking to Braeden! (new favorite picture!) 

9. Emeri sings a lot while she is playing, but the best is when I'm putting her down for bed or a nap! When I put Emeri down I sing to her and rock her, and when I sing to her she sings with me! She looks up to me, get a real serious look on her face, and sings along! It's the cutest thing, it melts my heart, and I love it! Life doesn't get any better than these moments! I love being Emeri's mom!

10. Emeri loves playing games! Her two favorites are peek-a-boo and bonk! She will play peek-a-boo anywhere she can find somewhere to hide! Today she was doing it with her bedroom door, she would open and close it and every time she opened it she had the biggest smile on her face just waiting for me to say peek-a-boo! I LOVE HER! Her new favorite is BONK! Braeden will say bonk and Emeri will head-butt him (softly)! She will do it over and over as long as Braeden keeps saying Bonk! It's hilarious to watch! : ) Silly girl!

This is a video of her playing with Braeden and I! I love her giggles!

You'll have to tilt your head again! Sorry! 

11. Since Emeri is mobile she makes messes everywhere she goes and gets into everything she's not suppose to! Keeping up with her gets harder and harder everyday! She has learned how to open drawers and empties them very quickly, she is fascinated with cords, she attacks my computer anytime I open it (I have little finger prints all over the screen), she started spiting out or throwing her food off her tray when she's done, she can stand up, open the trash can, and take trash out of it, the list could go on and on. I should be happy to pick up after her because she's exploring and learning like she's suppose to be! Right?

Emeri playing in our great window treatments! 
She enjoys bitting Braeden and I  
with her two sharp teeth! I shouldn't 
think this is so cute! 
Emptying the wipes container!
She's really good and fast at this!
The other day we were at my older 
sisters new house I was helping 
her pick out paint colors, I turned around
Emeri was gone! She was well on her
 way up their stairs! We don't have stairs
 so I had no idea she could climb them!
Her first encounter with stairs and she
 has them figured out already! I'm in trouble! 

Emeri also loves emptying the laundry basket!
She does it one hand after the other over her
shoulder and laughs the whole time!
Look how much fun she is having! 

Hiding under her toy basket after she emptied it! 

12. Emeri loves books and to be read to! I have been reading to her since day one! I use to read to her while I rocked her to sleep, but now she is way too interested in my book, so we read her books now (the ones she can chew on and not rip) whenever we get a chance!

Doesn't she look so big sitting there reading?
She love her books! : ) 

13. I have mentioned on my blog before that I love taking pictures of Emeri sleeping! While here are some pictures of her sleeping lately! It's a good thing she sleeps in a cage/crib : ) because she moves all over the place! 
She's suppose to be sleeping here! I have no
idea how she got both of her legs in between
the bars or her crib! She is real

Yes I found her like this! Don't worry she was
still breathing and I uncovered her head after I
took the picture!

14. I want to put this on here just because its HILARIOUS! Take a look...
She holds very still and lets me 
balance things on her head...
... and then she tries to get them off 
without them falling! 
Oh man she make me laugh!

15. And to finish it off... Emeri makes a really funny face when we wash her hair! Watch this video and you will see what I mean!

I love being Emeri's mom and I'm so grateful that I get to be a stay-at-home mommy!  I'm also grateful that I have a healthy happy baby who brings joy to everyone she meets! Life has never been so good! 

Hope you enjoyed! : ) : ) 

Much love Jenni! : ) 

One last picture of my cute blue eyed baby! : )