Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Grandma & Papa's Overnight

Erik and I had a wedding this last weekend. Jenna stayed at her Grandma and Grandpa Byron's house and had a lot of fun! The pictures prove it....

Monday, September 29, 2008

A Gentle Reminder

On Friday my heart melted! Erik, Jenna and I were driving home from the Mardi Gras parade downtown. It was past Jenna's bedtime, but she was still in a great mood, probably on a candy high from the smatries she got at the parade!
Jenna is at an age where she repeats almost anything you say, or at least part of it. Lately, she will repeat "I Love You" but hers sounds like "I lull you."
On Friday evening, I looked back at her in her carseat and said:
"I love you Jenna."
She said:
"I lull you mama!"
Erik and I looked at each other and our hearts melted. It was such a nice moment and I'll remember it forever.
So, on days when I barely get out the door, and don't have it together at all, I'll remember this, and it makes it all worth it!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I Lied!

Okay, remember in my letter to Jenna when I said I enjoy every moment???
I lied!
She has been sick and now fighting a cold and is just not herself! I know she doesn't feel well, and I try to remember that too, it's just hard when she is so cranky and doesn't want to do anything. You know she doesn't feel up to par when she doesn't want to go outside, color, eat fruit snacks or watch Elmo.
These are the moments when I think we are crazy for wanting another child sometime in the future!

Although, I have to give her props: today we took her to the doctor. For the first time in her young life she did not scream the whole time we were there! This is the little girl, who when we saw her pediatrician in the grocery store, started screaming "NO, ALL DONE, BYE BYE!"

Today Dr. Fox was trying to listen to her heart and for the first time ever Jenna was actually quiet. Jenna soon realized Erik, the Dr. and myself were all giving her praise, and started giving herself some too.
She started saying:
"Good girl! YEAH!" and clapping! It was a nice moment. In the words of Dr. Fox, "The little princess is maturing!"

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Dear Jenna

Dear Jenna,

You are 21 months old and I have yet to even start your baby books and scrapbooks (Hanging head in shame). I had so many ideas, plans and so on, and just never found the time. I will do it sometime, but for now, this blog will act as my thoughts to you and sharing your stories to loved ones.

You have changed my life so much and I wouldn't change a thing! You have brought so much laughter and joy into the lives of your dad and me, and so many others. Your strong personality shines through, in good and bad ways! You are full of energy, very opinionated, happy, social, smart, beautiful and so much more. We are so proud of you everyday. You are learning so much at this stage and getting more and more independent.

Now, if we could just get you to pay attention when you are running through the house yelling "I got you!" then we could maybe have a few less bumps and bruises, or as you say, "Ouchies!" We love watching you dance and jump and your endless energy.

You are also starting to make decisions, granted you say whatever choice we said last...

Dora or Elmo? Elmo

Elmo or Dora? Dora

Juice or milk? milk

Milk of juice? juice

Anyway, I hope you know how much we love you and enjoy every moment we have with you. I can't believe you are almost two years old! I look foward to all we have to enjoy in the future!

Love always,


Saturday, September 20, 2008

I Finally Did It!

Well, I guess this is my formal introduction to the world of blogging. I am copying a friend (thanks Lyndsay) and thought this would be a good way for friends and family to keep up on our lives. I have to admit, it feels a little weird, almost like I'm cheating on my scrapbook supplies and pictures down in the basement.
This weekend Erik is gone at a bachelor party, and Jenna, of course, got sick. I feel so bad for her and for myself! We had a rough day. Speaking of Jenna, here is a fairly recent picture! Pictured here is a happy 21 month old singing the "Dora the Explorer" theme song!