Tonight we celebrated Emma’s kindergarten graduation from Firm Foundation Christian School… and it was awesome! The night began with the kids saying, in unison, scriptures they had memorized followed by songs like, “This Little Light of Mine.”
After 46 days in the NICU you learn some creative ways to entertain yourself. Like having staring contests with your 6-year-old daughter. Lacie laughs at us because I won’t let Emma win and so we stare at each other forever until her eyes start to water. Emma gets me this time because she starts talking smack to me and makes me bust up laughing!
We went to a cabin on Mt. Hood for a few days with our family, Loretta, Gunner, Chloe, Ben, Daniel, Sarah and Jake. It was so fun and I plan to post pictures of the cabin soon. But what I’m most excited about is how awesome Emma did on her first snowboard trip!
Here’s how it went…
So last night I took Emma to her first hockey game! We picked up grandpa at the car lot and the 3 of us drove down to Portland to watch the Winterhawks play Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals vs Kelowna.
She did so good and I’m glad I took her. She had a blast and loved the fact she could yell and scream and not get in trouble. Plus, she liked to watch the mascot, Tomohawk, run around the rink and do funny things. It was like Where’s Waldo for her… she would scan the arena looking for Tomohawk and get excited when she spotted him.
I bought her a bag of caramel popcorn and a water and she was so happy. She ate the whole bag all the way to the bottom where she actually chewed some seeds, which made her cry for a second.
It was a great experience! I’m blessed to have kids who love me. And I’m grateful I can do things like take them to hockey games. Life is good!
For the last five months we’ve been enjoying life with two beautiful daughters, Emma Grace and Lily Joy.
It’s been a blast being a dad, and I really mean that. One of my favorite things to do these days is to play with my girls. And since I work from home full-time I get to see them a lot, which I love!
So here are some photos our girls over the last five months.
Thought I should update this blog since it’s been a year since the last post. So here’s an assortment of photos (90% of Emma) from our first year in Bend. We just moved into a new house to start our 2nd year. I’ll post some pics of that as soon as I get a chance. (By the way, you can click on the small photos to enlarge them).
Here’s some recent photos of Emma Grace… she’s getting cuter by the day!
The last 5 weeks have been some of the best days of my life. That’s because on March 17, 2012 at exactly 3:58am we welcomed our first child into the world… little Emma Grace Monen was born 9lbs 8oz and 21″ long! And I must say, she is adorable.
I was going to update this right after Emma was born, then I blinked and it’s 5 already weeks later. Apparently time flies when you’re having fun. And I can already hear all you parents saying, “Just wait, the next 18 years will fly by just like that. It goes so fast.”
And I bet it does. The last 5 weeks have seemed like only a few days as we’ve enjoyed watching our little baby girl grow up right before our eyes. It’s kind of crazy to see her change so fast. One day she looks more like Lacie and the next she looks more like me.
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