My parents came to visit from CA a few weeks ago. My dad has always had a way with babies. He knows how to cheer them up, make them laugh, and keep them entertained. Well, with McKenna, it's no different. She was getting fussy one evening (as she often does before bed time) so dad disappeared with McBaby for a good 15 minutes. When it really was time for bed, this is where I found them.
These videos are from a couple weeks ago (hence the helmet).
She figured out her helmet makes a clunking sound when she bangs it against things. Funny girl.
Sometimes she gets a little distracted when we're trying to feed her.
In her defense, we were at a loud, busy, restaurant. :)
First Pickle. Not even the slightest bit of a funny face. You'll notice at the end of the video, I had to pull pretty hard to get her to let go. She would make her grandpas so proud! :)
Dan and I support each other in our choice of schools even though we're rivals. So, one Christmas I got Dan this pen which plays the Utah fight song. Well, to my dismay, McKenna likes it quite a lot...
Babbling LOTS + Learning to dance to ANY music she hears = CUTENESS!
"McPod" update: We had a check up this week. The doctor said her head is pretty much "normal!" So, just night time and nap time wear for the next month, which means you'll be seeing less of the helmet. :) YEA!
As many of you know, I (Laura) have recently had a pretty major life change. For the past three years I've been employed by the Davis School District teaching First Grade. I made the decision back in January to quit at the end of the school year. Read on for the reason...
I'd like you to meet my new full time employer.
Isn't she cute?!?! Instead of a yearly salary, I'll be getting paid daily with hugs, kisses, smiles, and giggles! I'm SO lucky!
I am now, officially, a stay at home MOM andI couldn't be happier! Sure, I got a little taste of this job already from Oct.-Jan. (maternity leave) and then every time I had a three week break. However, during those times I always had in the back of mind other things I needed to do and get done for work. And that stuff always hanging out in the "back of my mind" was pretty distracting and stressful! Now, ALL my focus can be on McBaby (and Dan still of course). I know being a mom won't necessarily be easier. But, I'm pretty sure it WILL be easier than trying to juggle BOTH working and mommy-ing.
Ending the school year was great fun and pretty surreal. A great time of reflection and anticipation for my future plans.
We had our First Grade Program
(In case you were wondering, they're singing about a "monkey in the treetops, swingin' with ease. Scratchin' his back and pickin' at fleas...")
I received many generous gifts and cards from parents.
I said good-bye (but not forever) to some WONDERFUL co-workers.
My First Grade Team!
I packed up my classroom!
And now I'll be spending my summer (and probably longer) organizing my things and deciding what to keep and store, give away, or leave out for McKenna to use in the near future.
It's official! I'm a Level 2 teacher in the state of UT. (This means I'm not a "rookie" anymore.) Now I'll just keep this license current by substituting and taking classes here and there.
Wish me luck on my new life adventure!
I would like to go back to teaching someday... Who knows if that will be 5 or 20 years down the road??
Happy (late) Father's Day and Happy (late) Birthday to DAN the man!!
You're the BEST father and husband (also uncle, brother, and son) anyone, especially McKenna and I, could ask for! You're my best friend and I love you! Enjoy your "late" twenties. ;) xoxo
To celebrate, he took the day off from work. Went out to eat for breakfast with his dad, lunch with his mom and some siblings, and dinner with ME! He got lots of awesome new clothes and the 4 Indiana Jones movies!
(Don't mind what looks like a forced smile on McKenna's face. She really does like it. :) You'll notice she's touching it with her pointer finger. She touches everything she likes with her pointer fingers!)
Snow White and Cinderella (and a not so good corner). Belle and Aurora (and a much better corner) :) The top and bottom of the block say Princess in fancy writing. :) I realized, after the fact, that my first block should have been made with fabric that didn't need to be exactly centered in order to look good. Oh well.
#4.) More cloth baby shoes! MUCH easier and faster to make the second time around.