Monday, May 31, 2010


What is under there???

I know it is there.... somewhere.....


One day these pants will fit.... we will keep trying them on:)

A few from the past few days.....

Someone LOVES pasta and sauce....

A trip to the zoo... in the rain:)

We had to go and get our zoo pass because we knew that we get our money out of it in June!
I am sure we will be making MANY trips to the Burnet Park Zoo with Aidan, Delaney and Hadley!

We decided to change some cupboards around.... After Jeff organized Emma decided she needed to reorganize:)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Another Froggy:)

I went all around town yesterday looking for this pool for Emma. We went to Walmart, Kohls and then went to another Kohls... When we got to the second Kohls the only one they had was the frog! I thought that was pretty funny!
Emma LOVED it and I enjoyed putting my feet in the pool to cool off.

Friday, May 28, 2010

A note from Kassi

I'm feeling reflective again :(...this is mine and Lael's last day with our precious Emma Rose. I thought I'd write Emma a little letter from me that maybe Jill can keep in her baby book so that one day no matter how far apart we all may be, Emma will have the opportunity to know some things about her first year of life from my perspective. here's the letter :)

Emma Rose,

When you're old enough to read this you and I may be miles apart or we may be in the same city. Who knows? Whatever the circumstance, I want you to know that even right now I am still thinking about you and loving you dearly. This past year with you and my little girl Lael has been crazy, exhausting, busy, entertaining, and absolutely wonderful. You are such a sweet dainty baby girl. At the beginning, when you were just a few months old I thought your personality would definitely match your petite size. Lael's loud shrills and cries would scare you silly when you two first met. I remember thinking you were going to get trampled and overpowered by her when the two of you became mobile. Well, Emma Rose, you sure shocked me!! You have grown to really hold your own around here. You make sure we know when you don't get your way and you don't take any bullying from anybody. Such a large personality for such a tiny frame. I'm sure one day your mommy will have fun with your tantrums and your "my way or the highway" attitude. Yes, you're quite the independent little girl, able to play on your own, needing to feed yourself, always wanting to run out of my sight, but on the contrary you are a loving downright huggable child as well. The hugs may not happen often but when they arrive, they are well worth the wait. Your "head bump" kisses are an added bonus :)! Your laugh is contagious and your smile is priceless. The days when you and Lael play sweetly and giggle at each other are the best and I'll surely remember them always. I'm so glad to have shared in the milestone moments when you began crawling, scooting, feeding yourself, "knee" walking, drinking from a cup, walking, and most recently, running wildly. You and Lael have evolved into good buddies too who most of the time can get along well as long as she doesn't touch you too much or try to take your toy. The other day you even started taking Lael her lovey like you were taking care of her, as the older friend should. Once, Lael walked into your room to help me get you up from your nap and she yelled "sissy sissy sissy"!! I almost cried even though she probably had no idea what she was saying, it was one of the sweetest things I'd ever heard. You've been such a blessing to us Emma Rose and the best first friend for Lael that she could have ever asked for. I'm so glad your mommy and I found each other and I was given the privilege of sharing in your first year of life. You'll enjoy being with your mommy as she embraces her new role as a stay at home mommy. The two of you will make wonderful, special memories for a lifetime to come. You were blessed with awesome parents, baby girl, who will love you and guide you the right way, and I can't wait to see what life has in store for you. I truly love you like you are my own.

Thursday, May 27, 2010


I know these pictures are not the clearest but I had originally planned on making a really cute photo book with pictures that Kassi had taken of our girls... well if you know me you know that I am QUEEN of procrastination... So I ended up making a scrap book because I wanted Emma to give her the gift and not have it shipped to her house...

Here it is....

There are NO words to express how Thankful I am for Kassi. She gave up time with her sweet baby girl to share it with Emma. We are very thankful for Lael and Vaughn for allowing their mommy and wife share her time and love with our family.
Without the 3 of you we would have NEVER made it through this year!


What a Year!

This has been the LONGEST and the FASTEST year all mixed into one. Tomorrow is going to be a huge day for me and for my family!
Tomorrow I will be saying good bye to the PERFECT class! My first grade class this year was perfect! They were all incredibly bright and extremely sweet kids! They each added so much to our class community and I will never forget any of them.

Tomorrow I will be doing what I have always dreamed of doing... I am going to begin to be a Stay at home mommy! There is nothing more in the world that I could ask for. I am so happy that I have the opportunity to do this! I know that there will be long days but to build those memories with Emma is going to mean the world to me and I hope that she will cherish the memories as she gets older.
Although this is a scary time cutting back to one income I keep remembering what my principal told me a few months back when I notified her of our plans.
Sometimes you need to take a leap of faith.
Know that the faith will always be there when you think you may be falling....
(it went something like that:) I know there will be adjustments but I am READY!!!)

Tomorrow we are going to say good bye to the person that made this year possible!!! Without Kassi, Lael and Vaughn I would have NEVER made it through the year! She has loved Emma as her own and has been a huge part in her life! We will never forget all that she did and the love that she shared with Emma. This is not Good Bye for good but just for the daily visits. We plan on seeing Kassi and Lael as soon as we get back to SC from our trip to NY for the month of June.



Emma 14months:) (47 photos), by jill grevelding

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sick Day

Story Time with my books from my friend Jack

Snack Time with Guinness and Sabol!