18+ months.

Dear Emery Jack,

I feel so guilty for not having this post written right away. There were many times that I thought about it this past month, but every time I sit down to write, life happens. I cannot believe that my tiny little baby that I brought home from the hospital in his sweet little blue striped tiger pants is a year and a half already. Where does the time go? When you get older you’ll see what I mean.
There are so many new things you’ve brightened our days with. You recently had your 2nd Halloween, but this time you were able to trick-or-treat and get candy. I only let you have a few suckers, but those suckers were the best things EVER in your eyes. You dressed as Elmo this year and you were the cutest Elmo EVER!
October was a very crazy month in our household. I had parent teacher conferences and it was SO stressful. There are so many times I wonder if going back to work was the best thing for our family. Yes, you’re doing great at daycare, but there are some days that you’d rather have your mommy and even more days where your mommy would rather have you. I feel extremely guilty for leaving you each morning and going to a class full of children that half the time would rather be anywhere, but the classroom. I don’t blame the kids, but the families are a whole different story. Most of these kids do not have support from their parents OR they let their children run the house and tell them what to do, which makes my job extremely difficult.
I love you to pieces Emery and that’s why dad and I decided that this may not be my niche. I went into teaching thinking I would make a big difference, but I’m not sure all the time away from my family is making that difference. It’s very disheartening. This is a job that you can’t necessarily leave at the door. There are a lot of nights that I come home with a heavy heart, but you and your daddy lift me up as soon as I see your face.
You have started to be very snugly. Every time I pick you up from daycare you run to me with your hands in the air and lay your head on my shoulder. Sometimes you even pat me on the back. I am so in love with you.
You are really working on your words and have a couple favorite words that you throw around daily: NO, nine, “melmo”- Elmo, Momma, Daddy, TRACTOR! This one you say over and over when we’re in the car and you see anything on wheels. 🙂
You are the silliest little guy I know and everyone that comes in contact with you loves you. When we go out to dinner you wave at everyone and tell them Hi. When people stand up to leave you tell them bye.
I love you to the moon and back.
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17 Months

Dear Emery Jack,

It has been a crazy month obviously since we’re 11 days into October, and I’m just getting around to 17 months! You are such a handsome, smart little man! I know I say it every month, but you really change so much every single day.
I picked you up at daycare a few days ago and you immediately ran to me, put your hands up for me to pick you up, and kissed me. Then, you blew a kiss to all of the girls in your classroom and pointed to the door, as if to say, “Let’s get out of here mom. I have places to be!”
We have been spending countless nights looking at your baby board books working on animal sounds. You are getting SO good at them!
You know:
Cat- “NooW
Cow-“muuu muu
Lion, Tigers, and Bears- “Graaaaarr
Owls- “ooo oooo
Baby Chicks- “cheep cheeep
Monkey- “ahh ahh ahh
Aunt Stori– “ahh ahh ahh
I love you to the moon and back Emery.
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16 Months

Dear Emery Jack,

I have officially started my new job at Ash Grove teaching third grade. I have to say that as much as I was ready to have a job and get out of the house a little, I miss you so terribly much. Some days I have breakdowns and daddy has to reassure me that I’m doing the right thing. I know that we both needed this, and you absolutely LOVE your daycare, but some days I wonder why I’m taking time away from my own baby to stay with 18 other kids. I know the answer to this question, It’s because some of these kids get all the attention and love from school not from home. As sad as it is Emery Jack, not all parents take care of, or love their children as much as your dad and I love you. You are such a lucky boy! We are very lucky parents.
This month has been full of changes! You started daycare full-time and so far we’ve been doing great with that. I started work this month and then a week after I went to work it was your dad’s turn. We have settled, for the most part, into our new schedules.
You are really working hard on saying words and some new words that popped out this month were: Meow which sounds like Noooowwww, Hi which sounds like Hiiieeeeee and you put anything you can to your ear and talk into it like a cell phone, E is what you call all of your foam letters for the bath, You have really been saying daddy lately and it sounds like daDEE.
You are also quite the imitator. We have a dvd in our cabinet at home and you always look for the Wild Kingdom DVD with the Cheetah and Gorilla on the front, then you point to the cheetah and growl and point to the gorilla and bounce up and down doing monkey noises. You are such a silly boy.
You have started teething again and earlier this month you finally got your 6th tooth so you’re even again. You have 4 on top and 2 on bottom, but you’re getting 2 more right now and you have been a cranky boy lately.
Your Aunt Stori got you a tractor that is a power wheel and you push a button on the steering wheel to make it go, you LOVE IT! You’ve just started to get into riding on things and this tractor blows bubbles while you drive, which is something else that you’re very much into right now.
Last month we got you some fish because we took back the puppies we thought we needed and apparently giving back the dogs was a good decision because we’ve successfully killed all of your fish. 🙁 We bought 4 more fish and 4 days later we have 1 fish, 1 snail, 1 shrimp and a sucker fish. At least dad and I have managed to keep you up and going. 🙂
Emery Jack every day we love you so much more than the last. I cannot wait to see what then next year brings us!
We love you to the MOOOON and back!
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Things are going Way to quickly these days!

Dear Emery,

On our way to your first day of daycare!
You thought you needed your mommy 🙂

Today was your second day at daycare and things are going really well! I’m so excited for you to meet new friends, you seem to get along well with the other kids (all girls) already. Yesterday when I dropped you off for the first time on your own I was a little sad, but you eased my mind when you just walked into the classroom like you’d been there forever. I feel like your dad and I have done our job because you seemed so confident and well adjusted. Lots of people ask me if I was sad that you didn’t cry and reach for me when I left and I honestly can say that I’m so happy that this has turned out to be such an easy transition for you.

Sitting in your school table eating breakfast. 

I called a few hours into your first day yesterday and the teacher said you were doing really well and the only time you got mad at her was when she told you not to eat rocks. 🙂 That’s my boy! When I picked you up you had a handful of them playing outside with the other kids. As soon as you saw me you dropped the rocks and ran to me with your arms up and jabbered all about your day, or at least that’s what I think you were talking about with me. That made me feel really good! I missed you all day long and was just as excited, if not MORE excited to see you! It’s an adjustment for all of us.
The only problem that you had on the first day was at nap time and that was because the teacher said you weren’t crazy about the idea of being in your pack n’ play when there were so many things you needed to do in the room, like drag out all the toys. I can’t say that I blame you. I’ve dropped the ball a little with nap time at our house because you are such a pleasant boy (most of the time) so I let you continue playing when you’re being good. That being said, it’s time to get you back on a nap schedule so we don’t drive the teachers nuts! You did do so much better today at nap time though so maybe we’re on to something!
I am SO PROUD of you Emery Jack and I love you to the MOON and back!
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Happy Birthday to my 1 year old!

Dear Emery Jack,

Picture first thing in the morning on your birthday!

Once again it’s late, but I didn’t want to take any time out on your birthday to sit and write anything down. I wanted to spend as much time with you soaking up the moment. Everything goes by so quickly and I cannot believe that my little baby is now a toddler! Happy Birthday to you my little munchkin, Mommy and Daddy LOVE you SO very much!

I cannot even begin to explain all of the changes that you’ve gone through over the past couple of days let alone an entire month. We’ll start by saying you now have 4 teeth!! I really wasn’t sure you would have any teeth by your first birthday, but now you have two on top and two on bottom! Did I mention that they work? 🙂 You haven’t gotten really bold with them yet, but you have clamped down on me a couple of times. (No hard feelings)
Sweetest little smile EVER!

They are the cutest teeth I’ve ever seen and every time you crack your smile they just shine 🙂 Although, I can see an orthodontist in your future. 🙁

You have been such a ham lately and talk and talk like you’re really trying to tell us something important. We’ll say something and you’ll respond and raise your little eyebrows, I have conversations with you all day long.
My amazing boy!

You now get to sit front facing in the car and you LOVE IT! You zone out watching the other cars, or the windshield wipers since it’s been raining nonstop for over a week. We were going to go to the zoo for your birthday, which was on Easter this year, but we were rained out and instead stayed home and had a mini celebration before the part on this coming Saturday.

Your Nanna, Papa, Giddy, Grandma Cookie, Papaw, and Uncle Jake were there and so were your cousins Maggie and Macee. You played and played, you love to follow Maggie and Macee around and I’m sure it has nothing to do with the giant lollipops they kept sticking in your mouth that they got from the Easter Bunny.

You also got your haircut and look so different. You look like a big kid now, no more wispy hair sticking out from under your hat. You have grown so much and it makes me feel slightly out of breath, because I know that all of our snuggles, and the fact that if anything happens to you , you come straight to mommy are not going to be like this for a whole lot longer. Time flies when you’re having fun.

Soon there will be huge changes in all of our lives, because I just got a job teaching third graders at an elementary school close by. We have all of the summer to pal around and as soon as August comes Mom and Dad go to work and you will be going to daycare for the first time in your tiny life. My heart is breaking. I am so thrilled to get to go back to teaching and get back into the swing of things, but it is very overshadowed by the thought of someone getting to spend more time with you than I do and that thought hurts my heart. I hope you know how much your mommy and daddy love you and that me going back to work is the best thing in the long run for all three of us.

Emery Jack, I love you to the MOON and back!
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Emery Jack

Oh how things have changed since I last posted. We met our son Emery Jack on April 24, 2010. I could not be a more proud mama. He weighed 7 lbs. 7.5 oz., 20 in. long, born at 1:11 p.m.

The birth story will come later, but for now I’ll say we have a happy and healthy little boy…(technically not so little anymore) He’s growing growing! We’ve been through our first smiles, rolling over, laughing, solid foods and it keeps getting better. I knew life would change, but did I ever think it would be this fantastic? No. It’s amazing and extremely exhausting, but we’re working through it.
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31 weeks

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but a lot has been happening! First of all today is March 1st and it was 60 degrees today, the weather was amazing and I have SPRING FEVER BIG TIME! I can’t wait to have this baby and stroll him around in the nice weather. 🙂

So we’ve booked our flight home for May 9th, the day after Colby graduates grad school. (Mother’s Day! ) Woohoo! Colby had three interviews in Chicago in February and he had one call back really quickly. He’s flying to Fort Wayne, Indiana tomorrow to have more interviews. Which means we will know about this job very soon. Keep your fingers crossed.
I’m counting down the days until our baby is here and we’re on our way out of Pullman, Wa – See ya West side.
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Bangable Blog Babe….

So I’m minding my own business getting ready to post to my blog when I notice that in the live feed I see that people are arriving to my blog via: bangableblogbabes.blogspot.com

Hmm…” I say to myself and decide to check it out. I’m scrolling through the page when I SEE MY FACE on June’s Top 5 Bangable Blog Babes! I’m not sure if I should be stoked that I’m #2 or if I should be disgusted (leaning more toward the stoked if you care to know).

Here’s what the post said:

Char-Marie : She’s graduating with her degree in teaching this year, but I’d like to hire her as my personal sex education tutor.

The most hilarious thing of all is that I am in no way Smooth or Sexy. Anyone who knows me knows that I am the most uncoordinated, ungraceful girl, but you can bet that the next time I’m out and some random girl is hitting on my husband I’m going to lean over and say, “Move over bitch, I’m June’s #2!”

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Here comes the sun….

Spring break has officially come to an end. Tomorrow I have to go back to work, and it’s bittersweet. I know that going back to work means we’re closer to warm weather, but I also know that I’ll be there all summer long when I could be out in the nice weather. BLAH. I’m looking forward to interview time again when I can maybe find an elementary job. I would be SO SO happy working with older kids again. I love my preschool kids, but I like to actually teach. I like talking about history, science….even math is fun. I miss all that so much. I miss having my own room to do my own thing in, and not having to wait to see what the other lead teacher will do. I’m in a funk.

I’m ready for the sun.

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Happy Turkey Day!

Once again I’ve made it to another Thanksgiving. Each year it seems to show up so soon and just like that, it’s gone. Although I won’t be spending this Thanksgiving with my parents, siblings, or in-laws I am going to be spending Thanksgiving with my Husband. What more could a girl ask for?

This Thanksgiving we will be spending with our friends Ben and Nichole. They’re in the same boat we’re in- no family and in grad school. Ben works with Colby in the art department. Nichole is going to grad school for Psychology. I want to go back to school…


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