i have been wanting/looking/needing a nativity. i found this idea on pinterest. i don't have any fancy cutter so i decided to just paint it. i started this project weeks ago at a girls craft night and am just now finishing it. i guess that's life with a one year old. it didn't come out perfect but that's okay. i still really like it!
i found an idea to display christmas cards on rings. just punch a hole in the corner of the card and then add to the ring. thats great but we already had a christmas card board so i decided to hang all our old christmas cards that we have saved over the years below the current ones. it is so fun to see how people have evolved and changed. right now i only have 4 years of old cards but i can only imagine the more years that pass the harder it will be to display all of these. then i will have to come up with a new idea, but for now it works great.
emma taylor is really getting into coloring these days. we have had to confine her to her booster seat while coloring though because she took a crayon and colored just a little bit on on comforter. in her defense it is a big plain white cover. she has taken to do some relaxed coloring. feet up and all.
we have had a set of plain silver ornaments that were handed down to us from another family when we didn't have enough ornaments to fill our tree. the are old and scratched so i decided to do something different with them this year. i picked out some Christmas cloth and wrapped them up. i wasn't sure at first but now i really love how they turned out!
dec. 1 we spent the day decorating for Christmas. we picked out a tree. decorated it. hung our first ever wreath on the door. strung lights on the porch. read the first advent reading in our Jesus Storybook Bible. i am so excited about this Christmas season!
...tay and i wore our boots and tights to church. it was very matchy-matchy. who knew i would dress my little girl just like me. i never really did the baby doll thing growing up, but now i have my own real baby doll. it's pretty fun!
our photo storage problem is fixed! i am now uploading photos to photobucket and inserting them on the blog. well over thanksgiving week h's sil took some photos of all the scogin grandkids. here are some of my favorites...
this morning i told emma taylor to say cheese and she promptly took direction smiled and repeated her own version of the word cheese. this might make taking pictures a tad easier! also, i never thought i would willingly put my child in a tutu, but she loves it and looks pretty darn cute in it.
emma taylor turned 16 months this week. this post is late because i totally forgot that she turned 16 months. how sad. oh well. she pretty much looks the same today as she did a few days ago.
this month emma taylor started walking! she took off 2 days before she had her appointment with the orthopaedic dr.(everything is fine by the way). what timing! she also seemed to take off in terms of language. she still spurts out strings of nonsense (although i am pretty sure she thinks she is saying something that means something). she is really into animals. we have gone to the zoo several times and she gets so excited to be there. she knows many animal sounds and laughs when she sees a funny looking one. she has also been saying momma nonstop. like every 2 seconds for 10 minute stretches. it kind of takes the charm out of hearing her say it. she is still working on getting her top canines in and seems like she's been teething now for 2 months! she still loves books, loves to snuggle, and loves balls. well, emma taylor, we love you!
last year i had to go to vista lights (a celebration downtown where they light the christmas tree)without glen. this year he got to go. we watched them light the tree which was a bit of a let down, but e.t. seemed to like it. we got some free shrimp and grit and shared some food truck bbq. and we ran into a surprising amount of people we knew.
also it was so cold. here we are all bundled up...
i so stole this idea from my sister-in-law...thanks h! i had been thinking what a great idea, and how fun this will be when emma taylor is a little older. then i thought, why not start this tradition now? glen and i need to be more thankful and this excercise helps us do that. plus we already had all the materials laying around. we started a little late but our goal is to add at least one leaf (which lists what we are thankful for) every day of november. feel free to steal this idea...i did.
this summer i ordered some vanilla beans through my friend's coop. add some old leftover vodka. let it sit for a couple months, and you've got the most delicious smelling vanilla ever. it was super easy! we will be doing these for gifts next year!
a friend of mine told me that she started collecting milk caps for her son to play with. the idea was that he could put them in an old wipe container then open it up and get them out. so i started collecting some caps for emma taylor, and it is amazing how a simple activity can entertain for so long. an added bonus...you don't have to buy anything. you just use what you have. i recycled an old sanitizing wipe container to hold the caps, and she has been entertained all day!
e.t. has pretty much not let us spoon feed her since 11 months (besides yogurt and the occassional applesauce). so we are forced to do all finger foods. i have been reluctantly letting her feed herself with a spoon, but oh the mess. i guess it's got to happen sometime.