Here’s Emery’s first self written letter to Santa Clause. Ashley helped her spell the word but this was Emery’s self formed sentence.
We were painting before the letter and Emery just loved painted nails!
Yesterday we took Emery to Stone Mountain Park, just south east of Atlanta. We’ve been there many times already but not with Emery. At the center of the park is a very very large rock. So big that it’s really a mountain that is hike-able. Surrounding the large mountain are parks, lakes and recreation buildings. It’s a great park and is a tourist spot in Atlanta.
We convinced Emery that she had to walk up all by herself. We told her how her friend Kate had done it all by herself. This seemed to have work because while she did complain a bit she seemed pretty game to walk up all by herself. Of course the minute we got on the trail Emery had to go “potty”. We managed to have her hold it for 30 minutes. However this didn’t stop her from declaring every minute outloud that she “really needed to go potty”. The mountain hike was quite crowded and lots of people chuckled as they embarrassingly heard her remarks.
The hike managed to become very steep in some places and we help Emery’s hand. Emery was very brave overall and was pretty determined to make the climb. In the end we got all the way to the top without holding her one bit.
Ashley and I have been dating for 15 years! It’s amazing how much time has past. We like to celebrate this special day because it really was a very special milestone for us where we formally decided at that time to be girlfriend-boyfriend.
We went out to dinner to Osteria Matonne, an italian restaurant near our house. Since Emery has not been very receptive to baby sitters, we brought Emery with us and we all had a great time. 🙂