Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Emmy had her 6 month photoshoot with Brenda at A Bunch of Smiles. On the way to the studio, Emerson wouldn't stop laughing. She was in a great mood. As soon as we arrived and the camera started flashing, hello sour-puss! Even though she didn't smile much, the pictures turned out great. Brenda takes great photos and is very patient with her "subjects." We thought we'd share some of our favorites:

Isn't she just too cute for school?!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Emmy's first snow day

This past weekend, the Lihns went to Strawberry and spent the weekend at the Muenich cabin. We were so excited for Emmy to see snow. On the way up, we stopped at the Strawbery Lodge for dinner. Mommy and Emmy kept warm by the fire.

The next day, Emmy met Jamie the Goat at the Fossil Creek Creamery.

And made her first snowman with mommy and daddy in front of the cabin.

All-in-all, the Lihns had a blast and got in some much needed R&R before the hectic holiday week!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Thanksgiving Fun

Emerson's first Thanksgiving festivities started when her Aunt Stephie and Uncle Peej came to town. She went shopping with mommy and Aunt Stephie and out to dinner at Abuelos. Apparently, Emerson is no longer a fan of sitting in the car seat whilst others are trying to eat. She wants to be in the mix and see what everyone is eating.

Thanksgiving morning, the morning of the Turkey Trot. We all rolled out of bed, rain coming down. We decided to drop Emmy off at Grandma and Grandpa's house. Mommy was sad; the jogging stroller was ready and waiting. Oh well, there's always next year. Caleb and I ran with Steph and Paul...and the ladies beat their hubbies!

Rush, rush to Grandma Lihn's house for Thanksgiving lunch. Emmy had fun with Grandma and her new kitty, Cashmere.

You'd think Ms. Emerson ran the turkey trot herself, she looks tuckered.

Then we rushed, rushed off for Thanksgiving dinner (yes, more food) to see the Muenichs. Great-grandma stole Emmy as soon as we walked in the door. She spent time with everyone and never made a fuss. She ate her sweet potatoes and chicken dinner but then was ready to go. A busy day, a restful sleep.

The Friday and Saturday following Turkey Day were quite eventful. Emmy went to her first sporting event, the Suns game. It was VERY loud, but again, she didn't mind. In fact, she passed out on Grandpa's shoulder, orange beads in one hand, Lola the Poodle in the other.

Steph and I had a good time too!

On Saturday, we had lunch with Steph, Paul and my parents at Lis Doon Varna, an Irish Pub, before Steph and Paul returned to San Fran. We ate, listened to live music and pried the beer away from Emmy. Daddy is going to have to keep her on a tight leash!

We hope you had a festive and restful Thanksgiving too. Come back for Christmas updates!

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Last Six Months...

Yes, I know. Ms. Emerson is 6 months old and I'm just now starting this blog. Well, the first six months (for all of you who have not yet been blessed by children) was quite the learning curve. Coming home with a new baby; what are we supposed to do with her now? Call grandma and grandpa!

The last six months have been both frightening and fun. The cats don't seem to mind Emmy much and have grown accustomed to her babbling and crying.

Emmy is sleeping through the night, although I find her in some interesting positions at times. She always starts off well in the Miracle Blanket (a true miracle indeed) but ends up looking like she's weathered a tornado by morning.

She's a trooper though and sleeping 12 hours straight!

Her pediatrician, Dr. Manny, says she's in the 2nd percentile and needs to eat solids. So, we gave it a go. At first, no dice. But after a few sessions in the highchair, she took to oatmeal cereal. She eats like a champ now and her favorite seems to be sweet potatoes.

Everyone is amazed at how happy and content she is. We must be doing something right! We'll keep up the good work if you'll come back and visit from time to time and see how Ms. Emerson is doing. Until then, we'll just be hangin' out and enjoying our happy little family!

Thursday, December 11, 2008