One moment while I brush the dust off this blog. Okay, we’re back in business …
So much to fill you in on! Where do I start? When last I posted, Emmett had finally started saying ‘mamma,’ and while he still sometimes prefers to call me ‘dadda,’ it’s pretty much a regular thing now.
In other news, we had a great time visiting my family in NJ and PA for Thanksgiving, and I think it’s safe to say Emmett and his cousin Gus became pretty good friends, despite the occasional sharing mishap.
Emmett also experienced his second Christmas in Boston and Maine and was much better at opening presents than he was a year ago. His favorite gifts included a harmonica from Gran Lucy and Grandpa Mac and a new laptop (video) from GranD and Nana.
Emmett’s SpongeBob themed second birthday warranted a fun visit from Aunt Lulu (video), Nana, GranD, Uncle Shawn, Aunt Sara, cousin Ben, and a few friends and resulted in a new basketball hoop, some yummy cupcakes, and Emmett’s first sledding experience.
So … what now? I’m pleased(?) to announce that we’re now embarking on the exciting new adventure that is… POTTY TRAINING!
Brace yourselves, everyone. James and I are sure to be in for a wild ride…
Age Timer: 2 years
The slide! Last weekend, Emmett’s 1-year-old cousin Ben and his family stopped by for an afternoon visit, so we headed to the playground, where Em expressed his undying love for the slide…
Age Timer: 21 months, 3 weeks
Today my awesome little nephew, Gus turned 1! I just got back from spending a few days in Michigan visiting my family and celebrating his birthday, as well as my brother-in-law’s birthday and the 4th of July in an all-in-one extravaganza. Needless to say, my sister the event designer made sure it was fabulous!
Emmett had some reservations about Gus at first, but in the end, I think he warmed up to him. Here are a few shots of the birthday boy and the awesome weekend.
Emmett: 17 months, 3 weeks
Gus: 1 YEAR!
We’re engaged! I couldn’t be more thrilled. To be honest, I was feeling a little out of the loop for a while, since both James and Emmett share the same last name. Well, it looks like I’ll soon be able to join the Vaughan Club, too!
It happened on Father’s Day — June 20. James and I had headed back to our same camping spot from last year, on an island in Casco Bay off the coast of Freeport, Maine. Emmett was staying right across the bay with James’ parents. The weather was fabulous, and we were enjoying all the sun, extra snoozes and s’mores that a camping trip usually offers.
After watching a short afternoon thunderstorm roll in, James thought it’d be fun to set up the camera to take a picture of us in front of the sun setting over the water. On take two, James knelt down and proposed — and we have the picture to prove it! Clever one, that James. Neither of us can even remember exactly what he said when he proposed, but the gist of it was that he was so happy with our family already and that he wanted to be together forever. I said, “Of course!” and then proceeded to tell him to “put the ring on my finger already.”
Besides the wrong ring size (I just got it back from getting re-sized today!) and the resultant scare in the woods that involved me briefly losing my new bling (it was too small for my ring finger but apparently way too big for the pinkie I ended up wearing it — and losing it — on), I couldn’t have dreamed up a better engagement. What was Emmett’s reaction, you ask? I’m pretty sure he couldn’t care less, and it sounded like he actually said something like “so what?” when we told him. But let me tell ya — he’s going to make the most adorable little ring bearer. Now let the planning begin!
For more photos from our trip, check out the album, “Camping Engagement.”
Visit our wedding website, http://jamesandpamgetmarried.com.
Age Timer: 17 Months
Last weekend my immediate family, minus one sister (sad face), met for a family rendezvous at my parents’ house in New Jersey. We spent some great quality time together, enjoyed watching baby Gus rock out in his doorway jumper, visited the (great) grandparents in PA and had a lot of fun witnessing the two goobers interact (especially in the bath tub). Emmett had a bit of a cold (which translated to a couple of family members), but other than that, it was a successful trip. Check out some of the visual highlights below, including a pretty awesome video of Gus gnawing on Emmett (with a surprise ending)…
I’m looking forward to the next time Gus and Emmett get together. Gus will probably be Emmett’s current age, and Emmett will be 19 months.
For more pictures from last weekend’s visit, check out the “NJ Family Rendezvous” set on Flickr.
Age Timer: 13 months, 1 week