We've been pretty busy lately. Emily moved to the two year old room at school at the beginning of May. She has learned so much since she moved to her new classroom. Although it doesn't seem new anymore since she has been in there for almost 3 months now. We've really got to start buckling down on potty training, but it just seems so hard for me to focus on it when I get home from work so late at night. Yes, I am depending on the school to help quite a bit, because Emily spends the majority of her day there and I do not have a way around that. I'm a working Mom, and I chose that path. Jayson seems to do a really good job helping here. I'm not sure why I fall through here. Sometimes I'm on top of it, sometimes I'm not. I can't be winning all the time it seems! Anyway, Emily turned 2 on May 12th. We just had a small party for her at the Children's Park in Ringgold with Family and a couple close friends. My Mom made Emily's cake and it turned out awesome. We did her birthday in Abby Cadabby from Sesame Street. The kids really enjoyed playing on the playground. We didn't do a lot of decorating for the party. My focus was on her cake, food and a few other things. I learned the first party that I could sink a lot of money in decorations that I would rather spend on something else. Some good friends of ours little girl's birthday is the same day as Emily's. She's exactly 1 year older than Emily. So later that evening we went to her birthday party. They had inflatables for them to play on. Emily had a really good time. They had a small one and a large one so the smaller kids could play also.
Emily with my Mom (GrandMom)
It was actually kind of cool on this Saturday. Her birthday party was on her actual birthday.
I took this picture Downtown on a Sunday Funday in May. I just love it.
We were unable to go down to Destin Spring Break (the first week in April, which normally falls on my birthday) this year because I was unable to take off of work that week, so I took off a couple of days around Memorial Day which is our anniversary and we went down that weekend and spent a few days. We had a really good time.
These two are in front of a restaurant we went to. There was a playground down in the sand and Emily insisted on going down there after dinner! I just loved these two pictures at sunset even though they were a ways down the beach from were we are.
Just the two of us :)
The trip ended a few days early. Emily got really sick. The only thing we could come up with was that she drank some ocean water because she kept filling up plastic water bottles while playing in her swimming pool. Yuck!
June we celebrated the birth of our newest niece Alyssa, although I haven't been able to see her yet :(. They live out of town, and I can't remember what was going on when they were here.
This brings our grand niece/nephew total to: Nieces: 6, Nephews: 2 Madison, Taylor, Georgia, Bryce, Kaylee, Matthew, Clara, Alyssa . Maybe I haven't forgotten any! Whew, this is a lot to keep up with. I was just trying to put them in order of birth! We also celebrated Jayson's birthday, Bryce's birthday and Father's day in June. For Jayson's birthday, we made a quick trip to Cherokee to go to the casino. We haven't been since before I was pregnant and it's one of our favorite places to go. They have totally remodeled the entire place. It's a short drive for an overnight stay. We met some of our good friends that have moved out of town, there. Since it was kind of in the middle. It was great to get to spend some time with them. We never get to see them any more.
Yay we made it!
After a birthday celebration drink, or two? Who's counting?
July rolled around, and We didn't get to celebrate the 4th. Mainly because I had to leave a couple days afterwards for convention. We could have planned something, but there's always too much that has to be done before I'm gone out of town for a week to try to plan a weekend right before of something to do. So we just hung out around the house. It was WAYYY too hot to grill out. I wasn't about to ask Jay to grill anything. We went to Taco Mamacita's one of my favorite places to eat downtown. I couldn't have been more happy with that choice for dinner! I had to leave on the 7th of July for Orlando for a week. Jayson does a really good job taking care of Emily while I am out of town. I know it is not the easiest task for a Dad to undertake for such a long period of time, but he does such a good job at making sure she is well taken care of. I think they really had a good time spending time together just the two of them this time while I was gone. It's hard right now, because I can't talk to Emily while I'm gone. She knows what's going on, but it makes it harder if I try to talk to her as bad as it sounds. She doesn't understand I'm not going to be right back home. I only travel twice a year, which isn't much at all.
When I got home from Orlando, we decided to go ride the Incline. Jayson and I had never been. So it was nice to take Emily and do something together. She enjoyed it!
So after I got back from Convention I was in the office for a couple of weeks, we decided to go down to Destin for a couple of days last week. I've got some time coming up in August when I know I will need to be in the office so I thought that would be the perfect time for me to take a couple of days off. So we headed down last Tuesday night, and planned to stay until Sunday but of course I knew in my heart that meant coming home on Saturday because we never stay the full time. Jayson always wants to leave a day early! So Saturday we came home which was okay in the end. I like to be back a day before going back to work so I can get settled get all the laundry done, washed, ironed put away. Get everything ready for next week. I can't come home on a Sunday night and start that, I would lose it.
I really didn't take many pictures from this trip last week, but here's one of the water. It was so beautiful. One of the reasons we decided to make another trip back down was because Emily had such a good time in May playing on the beach. This time was even better. Everyday she would say "Let's go to the Beach", "I wanna go to the water". She absolutely Loved it. She made one little friend who had to be 3. His name was Tristen. We invited him to play with her, they had the best time. He brought all his little beach toys over, and was diving in Emily's pool. He went and got his beach chair and brought it over beside her's it was so cute! That's what it's all about. I really enjoyed just sitting there taking it all in!