Monday, July 29, 2013

Solid Foods

July 14, 2013
First Time Eating Solids

So I am a little bit of a by-the-book parent when it comes to Emery and eating solid foods which meant that she wasn't eating solids until her 6 month birthday. I had been doing tons of reading, researching, etc (if you'd like any baby food outlines, you know where to find me. lol) so I bought the organic baby rice cereal and away we went. We stripped her down to just her diaper (much easier than a bib), set her in her Bumbo, got the camera ready, and tried her first bite. As per Emery's usual, we got no facial reaction but her eyes seemed to say "Hm, this is interesting."


First Bite

Dad's Turn


All Done!

She did pretty well, although I'm not sure if she liked the food or just being able to bite the spoon. People always say that once their baby starts eating solids they sleep so much better at night. Unfortunately for us, that did not happen but that's okay. Since then, we've changed from rice cereal to oatmeal and I think she likes that better. Later this week, we'll probably start feeding her some vegetables. She's growing up so big!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Our Prescott Getaway

This summer has been crazy busy for Jefferson at work so we decided to take advantage of the long 4th of July weekend by going to Prescott and enjoy the cooler weather and 4th festivities.

We started off the trip by stopping by my parent's house on the way up and visiting for a while. My mom had a cute red, white, and blue breakfast and we had a great time hanging out. After that we headed a little farther north to the outlets and had a fun time walking around, shopping, eating, and buying a couple nice things. Then, it was back in the car for the "little over an hour" ride the rest of the way to Prescott. Unfortunately, there was a car fire once the road went down to two lanes and it took us over an hour to get not very far. Fortunately, Emery was great and slept most of the time and then played the rest of the time. She really only fussed for the last 15 minutes.

We pulled in to Chino Valley and visited with a lot of family, including Jeff's cousin and her family who have been in Jerusalem for the last 3 years. I hadn't even met her yet! We visited, played games, ate dinner, and visited some more. This is also when Jefferson and I became known to one cute boy as Jefferlyn. I guess we have our own star-celebrity name. We were going to watch fireworks but Emery started to get really tired (she normally goes to sleep at about 8:30) so we decided that instead of watching fireworks with a screaming, cranky 5 month old we would go back to Prescott and put her to bed. Of course, once we got to the new surroundings she was wide awake looking at everything and didn't go to bed until 10:30, go figure.

Friday morning, we woke up, got ready, put Emery down for her morning nap while we visited and then headed off to see Prescott as soon as she woke up. Our first stop was Sharlot Hall, a historic center with a bunch of buildings and...artifacts...? from early Prescott life. I'm not sure what the word I'm looking for is because artifacts is a word for things much much older but you get the idea. It started sprinkling halfway through which was so nice and cooled off the already fairly nice temperatures.


Once we were done there we walked around the square where they were having the Rodeo Arts and Crafts Fair. They had tons of vendors selling things and a band playing some music. It is always so interesting to see the different things that people make and sell. We also saw Jeff's grandpa's name on the war memorial in the square. After walking around for a while, we headed back to Aunt Gerry's house so Emery could take her afternoon nap. She slept so great in Prescott. She napped longer and better (even when there were kids and people making lots of noise) and slept through the night only waking up at 5:30 to eat and then go back to sleep for another hour or so. I think it's because we had the windows open and there was almost always a breeze. It was so peaceful. Anyway, later that night we got Pizza Hut and watched a movie before heading off to bed.

Saturday was the big parade so we got up and headed out to watch it with Uncle Grant and his family. They had some nice pop up tents that kept us shaded. Emery did pretty well at the parade. One group was giving out American flags so we got some and I let her hold one and she just held on to it and waved it around. It was so cute!! We left the parade a little early because Emery was needing a nap and a parade is not the best place to be able to fall asleep. GT, Victoria, and Aunt Gerry had lunch ready when the gang got done at the parade so we ate and then packed up and headed home, not without stopping at Dairy Queen for a blizzard.

Aunt Gerry

The backyard overlooking Prescott

Outside Jeff's grandparent's house.

Emery did great but was definitely happy to be home. This is literally 3 minutes after we walked in the door.

We had a great weekend and really enjoyed being able to have a weekend getaway in the middle of such a hot and busy summer.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Fathers' Day

Jefferson's First Fathers' Day
June 16, 2013

Emery is so lucky to have Jefferson as her daddy. These two have a great time together and Jeff was the only one to get a smile or laugh for the longest time. Her personality and quirks are already showing a lot of her dad. We always say that these two are two peas in a pod. When Jeff gets home from work Emery will smile, kick her legs, and get so excited that dad is home. These two love each other and I can't wait to see their relationship as she grows up.

Some of my favorite pictures of Emery and Jefferson:

Emery at less than one day old

Eskimo Kisses

Loving Dad
Playing with Dad

Blessing Day
First time laughing. Guess who got it out of her...Dad!

Hanging out on Dad's birthday. This picture still melts my heart.
Looking at the animals, right before Dad saved her from the cow!

This is her favorite way to play.

"Dad, I just looovvveee your face!"

These two have quite the bond.
We sure love Dad!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Barnum and Bailey's

I wasn't kidding when I said that we were trying to take advantage of Jeff's long weekends. The weekend after the aquarium, we went to the circus. Jeff's parents were nice enough to take all of the kids and grandkids to the circus and we had a great time! We showed up an hour early so that we could go down on the floor and see the performers. Emery, of course, exploded all over her clothes in the car on the way over but this has become a daily occurance so we're always prepared with an extra outfit or two...or three...or four.

Watching the performers before the circus starts.

The clowns

Binky clips provide additional entertainment

This girl is loving the circus already
After the pre-show we made our way to our seats and settled in for the ride. It was great! Tightropers, gymnast/acrobats, tigers, elephants, trampolines, clowns, and that wheel of death thing. The kids and adults all had a great time!

Enjoying our family of 3!

Watching the circus.


Intermission. This little one actually fell asleep for about half an hour of the show.
What a great day!
It was so nice to be able to have a little in-town day of fun, especially inside since we had record breaking heat of 118-122 degrees that day. Once again this outing wore her out. She fell asleep right when we got home and after a 2 1/2 hour nap we had to wake her up so that she would be able to go to bed later that evening.