Tuesday, April 17, 2012


My Sweet Emmalee Caroline is officially a year old.  I still can't believe it even as I type it.  It doesn't seem like its been an entire year since I brought her home.  Actually, it was exactly one year ago today that she came home...April 17, 2011.  I remember bringing her home like it was yesterday.

Getting ready to leave the hospital.  She looks so tiny in her seat.

Parenthood has been an amazing journey - each day you learn something new and watch your precious child grow and learn.  It seems like they change everyday, and they certainly grow up way too fast!  Nothing can compared to the joy Emmalee has brought to our lives.

To celebrate as a family, Brant and I both took off work yesterday to take Emmalee on her first trip to the zoo.  I, personally, think going to the zoo every year for her birthday would be a fun tradition.  Yesterday was perfect weather - high of 76, partly cloud with a slight breeze.  It was the perfect kind of Zoo-Day!
Here are a few pics from our day!

I love the color of the bird.  It stands on one leg & looks almost like a miniature flamingo!

Getting ready to go inside & see the reptiles & amphibians!

This tiger was so beautiful!

One of my personal favorite - the white tiger!

This is probably my favorite picture of the day. I love how Brant is explaining to her what an elephant is! She was very intrigued by them!

So precious!

Em had so much fun when we would let her "explore" on her own.  She would look and point at everything and say "That?"  Its her favorite word these days .
The Jaguar!
Well I hope the tradition stick and that we have another fabulous trip to the zoo when our little angel turns two!


Jennifer said...

Oh my goodness, I can't believe she is already a year old! Happy birthday Emmalee!

Lacy said...

She is to cute. What a great family tradition for her and y'all..

Anonymous said...

She is ADORABLE! I agree, what a GREAT family tradition you've already started, with just the three of you spending a fun day at the zoo!That will be something she'll probably always look forward to doing on her birthday and will always be so special to her! Afterall, how many bday parties do any of us really remember as a child...everyone has bday parties...but always getting to go to the zoo..great idea!

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