Thursday ~ January 16, 2014 ~ Day 16

Posted by danaandtammy on Thursday Jan 16, 2014 Under Daily Life, Kid Pictures

Before and After!

(This finished room is actually a few days later.)

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Wednesday ~ January 15, 2014 ~ Day 15

Posted by danaandtammy on Wednesday Jan 15, 2014 Under Daily Life, Kid Pictures

Meet: Gummy Bear (Kenny’s doll). Kenny resurrected his old doll after we ate at the American Girl Cafe for Emma’s birthday.

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Tuesday ~ January 14, 2014 ~ Day 14

Posted by danaandtammy on Tuesday Jan 14, 2014 Under Daily Life, Kid Pictures, Winter

Only in Wisconsin can you get 9 inches of snow and not have a snow day!

Thanks Papa Swany for snow blowing our driveway!

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Our first stop was lunch at the American Girl cafe.  The rest of the day we all rode rides.

I’m glad we decided to bring just our point and shoot camera and truly just enjoy the day. Happy Birthday my sweet!

Our annual birthday letter to Emma-

Dear Emma,

We just returned from just a great day at the Mall of America. This year it was just the four of us. We ate at the American Girl Doll Store and then spent the rest of the afternoon riding rides. It was so nice that more than once, you choose to sit with Kenny on a ride and mom and I rode together. You are such a great big sister (though you do have your moments :-) ).

This year you have returned to competing in gymnastics. You have done so well and we look forward to how you will develop with you skills. Because of abilities that God has given you, we pray often that you will realize the power that you hold. So many with great skills use their position to gain popularity and become prideful. We pray that you will remain humble and use your position to encourage those around you who are younger and look up to you and to encourage those that might have less ability but are trying their hardest.

Your 8th year of life has really been full of great memories. We are so glad that you are our daughter. We thank God for you daily.

Love,

Mom and Dad

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Happy 8th Birthday Emma!  We started the day with our birthday tradition of opening the family presents as soon as everyone was awake.  And then we headed to the Mall of America to celebrate.

After opening all her friend and family presents she has quite the Lego collection.

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The celebrations continued into the evening with her family party.  My mom (Grandma Fish) baked and iced the cake and we all had fun decorating it.  It was the first time I had used fondant but I’m impressed how easy it was to roll out and cut the shapes we wanted. Emma loved it!

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Today we celebrated Emma’s 8th birthday.  The celebrations  started with her friend party at the gymnastics center.  Both gymnastic and school friends joined us for the celebration.

 

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Emma Birthday collage - school friends

Emma Birthday collage - gym friends

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Saturday ~ January 11, 2014 ~ Day 11

Posted by danaandtammy on Saturday Jan 11, 2014 Under Daily Life, Gymnastic Meets, Kid Pictures, Travels

Emma had another awesome gymnastic meet this weekend; she got 2nd place all-around!

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Friday ~ January 10, 2014 – Day 10

Posted by danaandtammy on Friday Jan 10, 2014 Under Daily Life, Kid Pictures

Emma’s obsession lately is making the Rainbow Loom bracelets.

This is how we spent our Friday night: XBOX Kinect.  What great exercise and by the end they were both so hot and sweaty! So far this is the only video game we have.  Dana is trying to convince me that it’s not realistic to never get any other games.  Do any of you have older boys who don’t play video games?

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Thursday ~ January 9, 2014 – Day 9

Posted by danaandtammy on Thursday Jan 9, 2014 Under Daily Life, Kid Pictures

More Lego fun!

You have to look closely at Emma’s door but this is a contraption that she made to keep Kenny out of her room.  You can pull down on one ribbon and “Do not disturb” shows up and and when you pull down the other ribbon “Come in” pops up.  Love her little engineering mind!

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Wednesday ~ January 8, 2014 – Day 8

Posted by danaandtammy on Wednesday Jan 8, 2014 Under Daily Life, Kid Pictures

Good old fashioned fun jumping off the coach and being silly.  You might not believe it from these posts this month but we actually don’t always wear our jammies:-)

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Tuesday ~ January 7, 2014 ~ Day 7

Posted by danaandtammy on Tuesday Jan 7, 2014 Under Daily Life, Kid Pictures, Winter

We had another snow/cold day today.  The high day was -13 with a windchill of -34.  When can we move somewhere warmer?!?!  It really hit me today that my days won’t look like this next fall.  I am not ready for Kenny to go to Kindergarten!  I have to treasure each day.

Emma is enjoying her favorite YouTube channel – Bratayley.

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Monday ~ January 6, 2014 ~ Day 6

Posted by danaandtammy on Monday Jan 6, 2014 Under Daily Life, Holidays, Kid Pictures

With the high temperature of -5 and a windchill high of -18, school was cancelled today.  Dana even took off work to spend the day with us.  The most time consuming event of the day was taking down our Christmas tree.  Kenny was just so sad that we had to take it down.  He cried and cried but finally calmed down when Papa Swany called and said he would like to use it in his backyard for the birds.

Here is our tree on Christmas Eve.  One of my traditions is to buy a glass ball ornament from all our travels. I think we are at a all time record with two getting broken this year.  One from Hawaii and one from Colorado. I am hoping Dana’s family can get us one from Hawaii when they go this Spring.  Hint Hint:)  Or better yet – can we come with?

Cousin Landry braved the cold and spent the day with us.  She even helped take down the decorations!

This little dude wanted me to rock him to sleep tonight.  It has probably been a couple years so I was so surprised when he actually fell asleep.  I was in heaven.  I can’t believe that I sometimes still miss nursing; but not enough to have another kid:-)

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Sunday ~ January 5, 2014 ~ Day 5

Posted by danaandtammy on Sunday Jan 5, 2014 Under Daily Life, Kid Pictures

My cute little helper!

Visiting Dana’s aunt and uncle.

Pretending to sleep.

And here they are actually sleeping.

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Saturday ~ January 4, 2014 ~ Day 4

Posted by danaandtammy on Saturday Jan 4, 2014 Under Daily Life, Gymnastic Meets, Kid Pictures, Sports, Video

Today was such an exciting day for Emma; she got first place all-around at the Stevens Point Gymnastic Meet!  We are so proud of all her hard work and dedication even though she was sick.  If you would like to see the awesome video Dana put together of her doing the different events you can check it out here.

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