Sunday, March 14, 2010

Two Years Ago Today

Two years ago today, I received the phone call that would change my life.  Maury from FTIA called to tell me she had just received a file from the shared list and thought this was MY girl.  She gave me a few tidbits and asked if I wanted to see the file.  Unlike my first experience with the shared program I said an enthusiastic YES.  I was home sick so got the email quickly.  This is what I saw!

I started to cry and tried my mom.  I couldn't reach her and called Nic who was teaching.  I reached Kris and sent her the file since she's a good friend but also an RN.  I had 48 hours to make a decision and submit my LOI and Family Plan.  To be continued........

Party Time

Yesterday we attended the third birthday party for one of Emme's favorite friends.  The party was a blast and quite the ordeal for such a little girl.  Her parents beamed with pride and all our special friends had a great time enjoying the day together.  There was an abundance of sweets, a rockin DJ, tons of food, face painting and red velvet cake.  Happy Birthday Little D.  We love you!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


At four years of age, Emme can do the following:

  • State her four names 
  • State mommy's full name
  • Write her name and "mommy", "mom-mom" (grandma)
  • Knows all her letters
  • Can count to 50 forward and backward from 20
  • Knows all shapes, colors, animals, etc
  • Loves to dance and having marching bands (she distributes the instruments)
  • Loves her stuffed dog twinkie more than most things
  • Has daily tea parties or at least one home cooked meal for all her animals 
  • Has an incredible sense of humor
  • Is sleeping through the night, though still co-sleeping
  • Has strong peer relationships (likes a lot of people but has 3 special friends)
  • Will tell you who she DOESN'T like
  • Is  great traveler; loves planes, trains and automobiles
  • Thinks her mommy looks "gorgeous" in mismatched pajamas at 6am
  • Has outgrown the need for physical therapy (at 3 1/2)
  • Loves her gym class
  • Mastered her trike and likes roller skating
  • Has good problem solving skills 
  • Uses manners (please, thank you)
  • Still likes a good nap
  • Got her first library card and loves to check out books about dogs
  • Has decided our family vacation this year will be........Disneyland (umm third time in 2 years)
There are probably oodles of other things I'm not thinking of at the moment.  I think four will be a great age.

Monday, March 08, 2010


Saturday was Emme's birthday party and today my baby turns FOUR.  It's hard to believe that later in the week it will be 2 years since I first saw her face.  Time has certainly flown by.  Last year she was sick for her birthday and her party and turning three, she was still a bit more shy.  She sure wasn't sick for her party but she is sick today and home enjoying the day with mommy and playing with presents from the weekend.  As always the generosity of others amazes me.  Her party was big and despite the cost and the chance she may not remember it, it was worth it 100%.  She had a blast as did her friends.  Just about everyone there has a special place in our life and it was wonderful they could be there to help celebrate her special day.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Wednesday, March 03, 2010