Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Fun At SeaWorld

We lived right by SeaWorld in San Deigo. We had season passes while we lived there. If you ask any of my siblings, SeaWorld holds a special place in our hearts. It was a part of our childhood. SeaWorld was just another playground to us. We went there all the time. We knew all the shows. I even got to sit on Shamu--seriously, I got to sit on Shamu. Isn't that cool?

Anyway, so of course, I wanted to take Emma Jane there as a present for her 2nd birthday! We went this past weekend. And, we all loved it-- especially Emma Jane!! She never wanted to leave. Any time she left a place, she would beg to go back. She could have looked at the sea turtles or the sharks or the penguins all day. It was a well needed vacation. Here are some pictures...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Emma Jane Too

Right now, Emma Jane is all about equality or she just likes to say the word "too" a lot. If you give her pancakes, she'll say, "CJ pancakes too." Or, if you give her a drink, she'll say, "CJ drink too." At dinner, I made an airplane sound and flew the green bean into her mouth. As soon as she swallowed, she said, "CJ airplane too."

She is just very aware of CJ. It is really cute. The other day, CJ started crying, and she got him a toy. If CJ coughs in any way, she'll say, "CJ okay?" or "CJ coughing". I am just very surprised how concerned she is with CJ. She loves him so much. I love to watch their relationship. It is really cute.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Special K Squares

Special K Squares were a staple in our family. They are like Rice Crispy Treats but better! Seriously, they are so good. I was making them tonight for Emma Jane's party tomorrow, and I just wanted to share the goodness. That is true love-- sharing good recipes! Here's the recipe:

8 C Special K Cereal
1 C (finely) chopped walnuts
1/2 C Brown Sugar
1/2 C Sugar
25 Lg Marshmellows or 2/3 a bag of small marshmellows
1 C butter
1 tsp Vanilla

Directions: Bring Butter, Sugars, and Marshmellows to a boil. Dissolve Marshmellows. Stir in Vanilla. Pour over Cereal and Walnuts. Mix. Then Spread in a 9x13 pan. These are best if made the night before you want to eat them. And Enjoy.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Emma Jane

Today is Emma Jane's 2nd Birthday! We are so grateful to have her as a part of our family. She is such a bundle of joy. Seriously, she is one happy kid. Here are a few fun facts about Emma Jane:
1. Emma Jane is now potty trained! Woo Hoo!
2. Emma Jane just learned how to blow bubbles in the pool.
3. Emma Jane's best friends are Mabel (our dog) and CJ.
4. Emma Jane's favorite show is Caillou.
5. Emma Jane can make a dang good elephant sound.
6. Emma Jane became a big sister at 14 months.
7. Emma Jane's favorite song, at the moment, is "The Itsy Bitsy Spider."
8. Emma Jane's favorite foods are pancakes, corn, and hot dogs.
9. Emma Jane's favorite movies are Tarzan and Finding Nemo.
10. Emma Jane doesn't have a mean bone in her body. She is the happiest, most playful person ever! She has a very sweet nature about her. She makes us want to be better people. We are so grateful to have her in our family. We love that little girl so much. Happy Birthday Emma Jane!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Grandma Mortensen's Miracle Wash

Okay, so the Haynie's have an awesome pre-spotting wash, and I put it to the test last night. Emma Jane got the stomach flew. CJ had gotten it three days ago, so we thought it would skip Emma Jane. But, yesterday, Emma Jane and I got it. After we put her to bed, she started screaming. I went in there to find her bed covered in red cool aid and peanut butter sandwich and pizza throw up. All her meals from that day. It was every where, and it was disgusting since I was so nauseated and hadn't eaten anything all day.
Anyway, I tried the Haynie's miracle pre-spotter. I didn't even scrub the sheets, bumper, mattress cover, or quilt. I just sprayed the stuff on, and I threw it in the washer. Anyway, everything came out perfectly clean, and this was red cool aid on a white mattress pad and white chenille fabric on her quilt. And it came out! And I didn't even scrub. You should try it. Seriously, it is awesome. I have never used anything even close to as good as it. Here's the recipe:
1 cup Ammonia
1 cup water
1 cup dawn dishwashing soap (I used Palmolive b/c that was all I had, and it worked great!)

Monday, February 9, 2009


Emma Jane LOVES the pool! She will stick the noodle under her arms and swim the whole length of the pool. She's also taken to going potty and will stay dry the whole night through (most of the time). I thought video of the second feat may not be as appealing.

And CJ refuses to get up on his knees, but he's a pretty good army crawler. It's cute to watch. Couldn't be a prouder papa of the two.

Monday, February 2, 2009

A warm day at the zoo this past week!

This past Monday was warm for once, so we took advantage of it. We went to the zoo and had a great time with some friends. Then, we went to the park that afternoon. Then, the next day it was a high of 40, and it has been cold ever since. CJ and I both got sick, but now we are the up and up. Hopefully, the warm weather will come back.
Tracker Ridin' Girl. That's what it is all about in BAMA!