Emma: January and February 2011

It has been a while since I posted a bunch of Emma pictures.  She is such an amazing little girl.  She is growing up so fast!  We just returned from being in Memphis for the weekend thanks to my Winter Break from school.  We had a great time and are so grateful that both of our families are so involved in Emma’s life.

Lately, Emma’s biggest curiosities have centered around “What is that?” and “What are you doing?”  Emma is an inquisitive little girl and wants to do everything all by herself.  I think that she has convinced herself that 2 years old is the time that a person should be completely independent!  We moved Emma into her new room in January and she loves having a big bed and a “big girl room”.  Emma is really into music and books these days.  She loves to clap with the music and she runs around the house singing at the top of her lungs most of the time.  She cracks us up as she can repeat a song over and over without ever getting bored.

Emma loves to hold things, open things, pick up things, and put things away all by herself.  Emma has no fear and no limits.  I’m sure this will lead to some interesting adventures in the years to come!  Emma loves to play outside and is getting better at riding her little tricycle.  She really wants to ride it down the big hill in our backyard, but we are trying to stick to the flat surfaces for the time being.  When it snowed in January, she wanted to sled down all the hills and “go fast”.  We had a huge snowstorm in January and ended up being at home for the entire week…it was pretty cool!

My mom came down for MLK Weekend to help us with Emma’s room and we had a great visit!  Mom had been sick over Christmas, so it was great for her to have a chance to catch up with Emma.  They read lots of books and played with all the dress up clothes!  After we dropped Mom back off at the airport, we decided to take Emma for her first visit to The Varsity in Atlanta and she loved it.  It was crazy to think that just a few years back, Clint was going to school at Georgia Tech and walking over to The Varsity to eat occasionally…never realizing that he would one day be there with his wife and sweet little girl.  It was fun to reminisce!

One of the coolest things that happened this month was the Chick Fil-A Daddy/Daughter Date Night the weekend before Valentine’s Day.  Clint put on his suit and Emma and I bought her a new dress for their big night out.  Clint bought Emma some roses and made sure she knew that she was his special princess for the evening and always.  They had a great time and it is such a blessing to see what a close relationship they have!  A week later, Clint took Emma and I both out to dinner at The Old Mill in Acworth for Valentine’s dinner.  Afterwards, we headed over to Menchie’s for frozen yogurt.  It was a great family date!

We are incredibly blessed to watch Emma learn and try new things.  She is growing taller and loves to run fast.  She has a hilarious sense of humor and loves to laugh.  The only times she gets upset is when she can’t figure something out by herself.  It is really cool to watch her try and figure things out.  As the weather starts to turn towards spring, I am looking forward to a lot of outside adventures together with our little explorer!

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