Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Emma's Special Day with Giffy

People keep asking me about "Giffy." When Brittany (my daughter and Emma's mom) was little, she pronounced my name as "Giffy." It stuck as my husband's nickname for me. Before Emma was born, Brittany asked if she could call me Giffy instead of Grandma for sentimental reasons. I was all over that! I like it because it's different, and it sounds way younger than "Grandma." LOL

Anyway, Emma and I got to have a special day on Monday, which was her actual birthday. By "special" I mean spoiled~after all, that is my duty as her Giffy! First, we went out for a special breakfast. That meant doughnuts, which is something we rarely do. She insisted on wearing her "pretty princess crown" as she calls it (from my SIL and brother, Kristin and Dave). 
I let her choose her breakfast: a pink doughnut (of course!) with sprinkles and chocolate milk. Of course, Emma was the star of the show. Everyone had to stop by and tell her how pretty she looked with her crown on, and to wish her a happy birthday. When she was finished with her donut, it looked as though it had been sliced in half like a bagel: she ate the top half until the frosting was gone, and then she was done!
After breakfast, I asked her what we should do next. Her answer was "watch Sully and Boo," which translates into the Disney movie Monsters, Inc. It was so sweet of her to choose my favorite Disney movie. I wonder how she knew...

After the movie, she asked to go to the library. How cool is it that a 2-year-old loves the library?! She really does love it~she begs to go all of the time. It has a really great children's section. The kids can run around and play with puzzles, puppets, trains, a dollhouse, etc., as well as two gerbils and two guinea pigs. Even though the guinea pigs are named Finnie and Winnie, she thinks they are named Zam as is the guinea pig in my book. Once she saw the guinea pigs, she talked about Zam sleeping on Billy's pillow (the opening and closing of the book). So of course we had to read the book while we were there. Since I was eight years old, I have dreamt of being a children's author. When my first book was published two years ago and I first held a copy of it in my hands, I couldn't imagine that the dream could be any sweeter. Reading it to Emma and hearing her laugh at the story is the icing on the cake. Seeing her read it in a public library is the cherry on top!
We played at the library until lunch time. What better thing for lunch on your 2nd birthday than a Happy Meal from McDonald's? Unfortunately, this McDonald's doesn't have a playland, so we ate at home.
Then we played dress-up. Here's a short video clip of Emma talking with me.
After that, we went wild with Play Doh until naptime. It was such a great day!
Happy 2nd birthday, sweet Emma! I'll love you forever and for always....

Still Celebrating...

Do you remember what it was like to want your birthday to arrive? If they're this fun, then why not?!

Dave and Kristin, my brother and SIL, sent Emma this ladybug raincoat with matching rainboots. Emma keeps playing dress-up in them. Here she is waving "hi" to Great Uncle Dave and Great Aunt Kristin.
Brittany gave her the most adorable Ariel vanity table. Ariel appears in the mirror and speaks. Emma loves it! 
Here, she is combing her hair with Ariel's "dinglehopper," known to humans as a fork. 
Emma is still loving her cupcakes! There's only one left. She's going to be so disappointed when it's gone.
Here she is making her "silly" face. It's the same "silly" face she's been making since she was about 9 months old.

Here is a short video clip of Emma eating a cupcake. It's dark, but you can still see and hear her.

Have a nice day!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Emma's 2nd Birthday Party

Emma stood at the front door waiting to see her friends arrive.
Here are Brittany and Emma.
Here are Brittany, Emma, and Audrey. Brittany and Audrey have literally been friends since they were born! I've been friends with Audrey's dad, Mark, since we met in the 7th grade. 
Dave and Kristin, my brother and SIL, gave Emma this princess crown. I have a hard time convincing her to take it off for her nap!
When Emma opened this, she said, "Cute puppy!" He hasn't left her arms since.
Check out Emma's stylin' sunglasses!
Here are Keaton, Emma, and Brennan.
Brittany's friends, Kristin and Adam, gave Emma these fairy wings and a fairy wand. She wears these with her crown all day long!
Keaton's girlfriend, Tina, gave Emma this Elmo puppet. She loves it!
Emma LOVES cupcakes! She is going to be so sad when they are all gone!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Catching Up on Bella Challenges

Thankfully, the stomach bug has finally left our house, so I can get back to crafting and blogging. Yay! 

I finally had some time to catch up on the SCS Bella challenges. First up is BCC65. I used the sketch for SCS MFTSC08.
Stamps: Leaning Tower of Stella by Jan Dolby for Stamping Bella
Paper: CTMH Baby Pink, Clover Meadow, Blush, and Ocean
Accessories: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Bella's Dots in Glitter Poppy, Stickles in Cotton Candy, Taylored Expressions Ribbon

BCC66 is next. I borrowed this sketch from SSC MFTSC41. I just love this HuggABugg line of stamps!
Stamps: BedbuGG HuggABugg by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella; sentiment by Stamping Bella
Paper: CTMH Sorbet, Topiary, Autumn Terracotta, and Indian Corn Blue
Accessories: Nestabilities, CTMH Edge Distresser, CTMH Paper Piercer, CTMH Buttons, 3-D Dots, Greenhouse Flowers

This card is for BSC67. I made it for a dear friend's anniversary. (Happy 22nd Kristy and Brad!) This is my new favorite paper pack!
Stamps: Jugglabella and sentiment by Stamping Bella
Paper: CTMH That's Amore
Accessories: SU Word Window Punch, Bella's Dots in Glitter Dark Cocoa, Prima Flowers

This card is for BCC67 and BSC68. This was a great pair of challenges! Hope gave us an "inspiration" color challenge: she posted two photos, one of chocolates and one of shoes and a purse, and the challenge was to make a card inspired by those photos. To me, this spelled frilly and romantic. I was still mulling it around in my head when I saw Jamie's sketch challenge. I knew they would work perfectly in combination for a special card for my brother's 20th anniversary. (Happy 20th, Dave and Kristin!) Inside, the sentiment says "Love is in the air."
Stamps: Jugglabella and sentiment by Stamping Bella
Paper: CTMH That's Amore
Accessories: Bella's Dots in Glitter Poppy, SU Ticket Corner Punch, Velvet Ribbon, 3-D Dots, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Here's the funny part: after I finished these cards, I put on my new reading glasses and realized that I had colored out of some of the lines. Guess that's why I needed glasses 4 prescriptions stronger than my old ones! LOL

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My Funny Valentine

Emma suffered from a stomach bug all last week. Needless to say, we didn't accomplish much other than a LOT of laundry. After a week, I think the bug has finally left our house! It is true~some visitors just don't know when to leave!

So we had a pretty quiet Valentine's Day. Rick and I went out for a nice dinner on Friday night. On Saturday, we made a nice dinner at home and celebrated with with Brittany and Emma. After all, Emma is the cutest little valentine! 

Here is Emma with the card we made for her mommy. Indy just couldn't resist sticking his head into the photo. 
Rick and I gave Emma a new outfit and some puzzles. 
Mommy's present to Emma was the biggest hit of all, as it should be! She gave Emma two stuffed princess dolls (Cinderella and Snow White).
Emma loved the bag as much as anything else! It has princesses all over it, with a little mirror.  
The marketing reps at Disney are geniuses. Emma is just turning two, and she already knows who all of the princesses are! Cinderella is her favorite, and that's who she pretends to be. She says that her Mommy is Pocahontas because of her long, dark hair. She says that I am Ariel because of my long, red hair. The sad part is that she wants us to sing like Pocahontas and Ariel, and our family was so NOT blessed with good singing genes! But it is nice that my granddaughter thinks I am special...

Monday, February 9, 2009

Dancing Queen

Some of Brittany's fellow social studies teachers performed a lip sync (for a fundraiser) to the Abba song, "Dancing Queen" from Mamma Mia. Afterwards, one of the teachers gave these beads and tiara to Emma. Of course, she loves them! The hard part is getting her to stand still for a photo.
The next day, she added her Mommy's shoes and scarf to her ensemble. How cute is she?!!


This is for BSC66 on SCS. 
Stamps: Jugglabella and sentiment by Stamping Bella
Paper: Wild Thing Flutter by KI Memories, Inc.; misc. red
Accessories: Copics, Copic Spicas, Bella's Dots in Glitter Platinum, SU Ticket Corner Punch, Prima flowers

I made this one for Emma to give to Brittany.
Stamp: Beeemine HuggABugg by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella
Paper: CTMH Black, misc. pink and DP
Accessories: Copics, Copic Spicas, Taylored Expressions Ribbon, CTMH Paper Piercer, 3-D Dots, Nestabilities

This is the stamp inspired by Emma. I adore this stamp!
Stamps: Lovey HuggABugg and sentiment by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella
Paper: CTMH Black, SU Barely Banana, misc. red and DP
Accessories: Copics, Copic Spicas, Bella's Dots in Glitter Coal, Shimmerz in Angel Wings, Taylored Expressions ribbon, CTMH Sanding Block, CTMH Edge Distresser, CTMH Paper Piercer, 3-D Dots, black thread, sewing machine, Nestabilities

How cute is this sketch? I borrowed it from Hope. Check out her card here, and you'll see why I couldn't resist using it!
Stamps: Sending You Love and sentiment by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella
Paper: CTMH Black, misc. red
Accessories: Copics, Copic Spicas, SU Ribbon Slot Punch, misc. ribbon, Nestabilities

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Happy Birthday, Indy!

Yes, I am one of those dog people who celebrates her dogs' birthdays. My family is quite amused as I sing (and I use that term loosely) "Happy Birthday" to them. It's a lot more fun now with Emma here. When I told her it was Indy's birthday, she immediately said, "Indy need presents and cake!" So we went to the grocery store and I let her choose two toys for Indy. She chose two noisemakers, of course! We also got Elmo hats and cupcakes (the human kind) and some dog treats.

Emma was determined that Indy was going to wear an Elmo hat. Ahh, the innocence of a baby!
Yeah, the hat lasted about 2 seconds. But Emma enjoyed playing with the rest of them. In fact, she decided that they'd make nice shoes.
Emma was so excited to give Indy his presents! He is STILL squeaking them. I wonder how long those squeakers are going to last... 
Once they got hold of the toys (Indy is on the left, Wylie is on the right) , the dogs crawled under the table and refused to cooperate with my camera.
Emma sang "Happy Birthday" (even though the dogs were still under the table) and then announced, "Cupcakes!"
Emma's birthday is a few weeks away. If she was this excited over Indy's birthday, can you imagine how excited she'll be for hers?