Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Photography session

Rather than spend hours uploading pictures from our wonderful photography session at the Botanical Garden, I'll provide the link to peruse at your leisure. Esther was quite a handful that day, so we were very pleased with all the wonderful pictures Lorin captured. (Link to proofs)

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and blessed New Year!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Video Share

We have dance parties quite often in the Fleming household. I'm so glad Esther shares our love for 'getting down'. Here's her and Papa having a boogie-session in the kitchen. Sorry it's so dark. This video is from our little camera, but at least it captures moments like these. She's got some great moves!
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"If you're happy and you know it..." It was a British kids video I found on uTube. Esther was a bit thrown off my the different version, but enjoyed it enough to do it 'again'.
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Finn came over to play with E today. They ended up cuddled in bed together reading a book. Ben is very upset with their continued affection (remember the kissing scene last year), though I think it's the sweetest thing in the world. I'm afraid he is going to answer the door with a bat (not into guns) when boys come over to take E out on a date.
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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Birthday Bash!


We made it through Esther's 2nd year and what a blessing it has been. We all had a big birthday weekend and are partied out (in a good way)! Here are A LOT of pictures to recap our weekend.

Esther's Montessori class had a special birthday ceremony for her. We brought in pictures from birth to now and her teacher went over the progression of her time on this Earth. She then walked twice around a candle holding the Earth - representing her two years (candle=sun, E holding globe and circling twice=Earth's yearly rotation). We finished off with apple muffins, candle and all, and a round of Happy Birthday song. She enjoyed celebrating with her class. I'm so happy that she loves her school so much.


Friday night was a mad rush of sewing, baking and other preparations. We finished her birthday outfit, baby doll, crown and cake in the wee hours of the night. Ben went over to a friends' (thanks, Josh) to put the tricycle together, so we were both busy bees. I may have gone a bit overboard, but it was totally worth it to see Esther enjoying her special day.

I love how her outfit turned out. The fabric was adorable and the '2' turned out great! I hope that she appreciates it later in life.

Link for crown pattern

Here's the link for the baby doll pattern. I love its precious simplicity.



Grammi let Esther open her present Friday night. She made some really cute felt food (apples, oranges, watermelon, pizza, pancakes, eggs, and bacon). The most exciting item were the fries - she has an out-of-control love for french fries.


I could not fall asleep Friday night, figuring my body was awaiting E's time of birth, 12:56am. I lay there thinking of my labor and Esther's entry into this world. Though very painful (broken tailbone), it was such an blessed event. I am so grateful for the gift of being a mother and for my amazing husband, who is also a wonderful Papa.

And then for the big day!





PARTY TIME!


Playing with our godson, Jay, in the balls

Hugging her new baby

Esther has been asking for a bicycle for months (I think since she knew the word). The utter joy on her face at seeing her big present from us was amazing. She also loved all her cooking paraphernalia, tea pot, more really cute felt food, dress-up doll, books, tractor (yes, she asked for a tractor), clothes, music instruments, movies, stickers and all the other sweet gifts. Thanks, everyone!

I know I've mentioned E's love for the color orange, hence the orange outfit, crown, balloons, and playdough. All the kids played w/ playdough and made handprints to take home with them. Poppi helped Esther make little animals. The turtle was too cute!


Cake time! This was quite a treat! Keeping with the orange theme (she wanted orange cake), I made carrot cake. The cream cheese icing was especially good and the main thing she ate. She has been practicing blowing out candles and got them both before the song was over.



Thanks, everyone, for giving our girl such a special day! Thank you also for all your prayers and support through her two years of life. We definitely could not do it without those blessings!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Oh, Christmas tree



We got our Christmas tree last weekend, which made Esther very happy. She ran around and around the trees. I grew up with an artificial tree, which has a lot of benefits (environmentally, safety, etc). Ben and I got a real tree the year E was born and now I can't go back. It feels good to support the NC family we've gotten them from every year. And they smell SO good! Here's a few pics of E making laps. You can see the pure joy on her face.



We got the tree home and put on the lights. E kept trying to blow the lights out. She has been practicing blowing for her Birthday cake (the countdown is on for Saturday - I have so much to do).

Bad Santa

Good Santa

More pictures of the decorated tree and Christmas shots to come. I have Birthday on the brain, as well as trying to finish up the many homemade Christmas gifts I'm making this year. Time is flying way to quickly!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Random pictures

This is what Esther's hair looks like when she wakes up

Family self-portrait

My very attractive husband

Me and my girl

Thanksgiving and family


Ben's Aunt, Cousin, and cousin's daughter, Maggie, came in town from Louisiana a few weeks ago. Maggie and Esther are only few months apart, so they really enjoy their time together. Esther was a bit puney with this never-ending cold/cough, but they still had lots of fun.

They ran circles around my in-laws' house. I'm surprised there aren't tred marks in the carpet!

Some cuddle time with Poppi and a book

PJ play


For Thanksgiving, Esther and I went to my brother's house in Marietta. Ben had to work and was greatly missed. Esther had fun playing with her cousin, Spencer and the grands. We had two delicious turkeys (one smoked, one fried - thanks, Kris) and all the trimmings. We all really enjoyed the time with family.

Such hard work! We gave them a break after they had hauled all the wood to the house. :)

Pops and Spencer time


Pre-Thanksgiving preparations. At 8:00pm, Ben informed me that he wanted to take a sweet potato casserole to work with him. This was also my contribution to the meal on Thursday, so we made a VERY large batch of sweet potatoes. Esther helped, as usual.

I wish I could remember what she was telling me. It seems quite serious!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Basking in the leaves


Most of the leaves have fallen off our trees, so we've taken advantage of playing in them before they get picked up.


Then we enjoyed some warm apple cider (apple spider, Esther calls it)

E drew on the a whiteboard on the fridge for almost an hour last night. If you have a toddler, you know that is a long time. Wouldn't it be great if your whole refrigerator door was whiteboard?


A few nights ago, Esther was very quiet, so Ben and I went to investigate. She was quite resourceful in using our MANY books to make a tower. It is so neat to see her come up with creative ways to play on her own.

Even though it has been quite cold the last few mornings, I've enjoyed some nice hikes in the woods. Yesterday, a few ladies from work enjoyed a refreshing hike on the Bot. Garden trails. This morning E and I went over to Lake Herrick to hike around after running some errands and letting it warm up a bit. Since the time has changed, our walks have been cut out and greatly missed. I need to make a point of taking these morning hikes, as they are very invigorating.


And lastly, preparations for the upcoming birthday (2yo on the 13th)! I'm not sure if I've mentioned Esther's obsession with the color orange. She loves it! She wants everything to be orange, right down to her birthday cake (I think we're going for carrot cake). So this morning we went and picked out some fabric for her birthday skirt (see corduroy below). I'm also going to appliqué a '2' on an orange shirt I bought her. And then (as if that wasn't enough orange), she will have an orange multi-colored felt crown like this one. I'm trying not to go overboard, but it is just so much fun now that she can get excited about her birthday.


And we still have Christmas to prepare for....