Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Emma's 5th Birthday Cake: Princess Tiana

Wedding Cake in August, it was one of the best ones I've done! I hand made all of the flowers (except the stephanoitis and rose petals at the bottom). It turned out beautiful!

Friday, September 10, 2010

When I Grow Up.....

Sofie loves her big sister. She wants to be just like her. After Emma left for school the other day Sofie put on her sweater and stood in front of the door and said, "Cheese!" She wanted me to take a picture of her like I did Emma. Funny girl! For the past week she has consistently come to me and told me she needs to go potty. She will take her diaper off (whether I tell her or not) and will sit on her little potty and pee. She is so proud of herself. I thought it was good practice but really didn't want to potty train her right now. Emma was horrible to potty train so I wanted to wait a while with Sofie. Well this morning she refused to put on a diaper and has gone potty in the toilet consistently. She has only had one accident so far and I have only had to remind her a few times to go potty. Wow. She is awesome and such a big girl. We had Pop Tarts with breakfast this morning so after everytime she went potty she would ask for a pop tart. Funny girl. We ran out of Pop Tarts so we have now moved on to Skittles. Emma cries each time Sofie gets a Skittle so maybe this will help Emma remember to go to the bathroom too!

2nd Day of Kindergarten

Emma loves Kindergarten! I asked her a few questions about school:
What's your favorite part about Kindergarten?
"That we draw."

Do you like riding the bus?
"Yes, I like riding the bus because it's really fun"

What is your teacher's name and what is your most favorite thing about her?
"Mrs. Vance. I like her because she's really nice and I like that she gives us stamps on our papers when we finish them."

What have you learned in Kindergarten?
"We learned about fish and the Pledge of Allegiance and we learned the "3 Little Fishy" song."


Brinley has been crawling for a while now and she has a couple of favorite places.

#1 The magazine rack

#2 Under the table

" Look what I can do mom!"

"I think I'm stuck"

"Why are you still taking pictures of me? I can't get out!"

"You are so mean mom!"

Diaper Cream Anyone?

Brinley got into the diaper cream a few weeks ago and really enjoyed herself :o) "Somehow" the top of the diaper cream tub "just came off." I don't know who opened it for her, no one has fessed up yet. Oh the joys!

Monday, August 30, 2010


Our little Emma is all grown up! Today was her first day of Kindergarten and she was sooo excited! She is in afternoon Kindergarten and her teacher is Mrs. Vance. She seems like a really great teacher so I was relieved :o) We are so blessed to have Emma as our daughter! She is such a wonderful daughter and sister. She is so smart and loves to read and write and color. Emma was so excited when we walked through the doors of the school today. She was holding my hand and then didn't want to anymore. It made me sad but she is so grown up and I hope we have prepared her enough for the crazy world out there. There are two Emma's in her class so she is now Emma E. and she thought that was pretty cool! I can't wait to pick her up and see how her very first day of Kindergarten went! We love you Emma!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


We had Carter come stay at our house while his mom was on bed rest to keep little baby Sam from coming out too soon. Carter is such a sweet boy. He was so nice and I never had to discipline him, my children on the other hand.....horrible. I hope we didn't send Carter home with too many naughty habits :o) We loved having Carter come stay with us, and are so excited that little Sam arrived safe and sound today! Congrats Kim and Sean!

All Grown Up....

Can you believe Emma is 5 years old? She is so smart and so cute with her little sisters (when they don't take her toys away from her :o)

This is the classic Sofie face. She is so onery sometimes :o) If only she wasn't so stinkin cute.

Sweet baby Brinley

Our beautiful girls!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Brinley's blessing :o)

We are blessing Brinley Paige, Sunday, March 14th at 1:30pm in mom & dad Erickson's ward. There will be yummy food afterwards. :o) Please email me if you need directions: starlaerickson@gmail.com

PS: I got my stitches out last night. It is still pretty open so now I have steri- strips for another week. Every time I get out a "sharp" knife to use, Emma comments, "Be careful mom, dad will be so mad if you cut your hand again." :o)

Monday, March 1, 2010

50th Percentile

That's right folks, Brinley's weight is in the 50th percentile! She is our only child to EVER hit that magic 50. The other 2 have always been in the 25th or less (mostly less). (Sofie is at/below 10%, Emma at 15%) I've always wondered if my milk was the reason they were so little, but it's not, woohoo. Her stats:
Weight: 10 lbs 15 oz (53%)
Length: 22 inches (37%)
Head: 38cm (31%)

Brinley is so cute and is so good at smiling. I can't believe she is 2 months old!

Monday, February 22, 2010


So just when I wasn't feeling like a crazy woman anymore, this happened. Saturday night our friends/neighbors invited us over to play games. I was hurrying to get dinner done (we were running late, as usual) and I was trying to remove the pit from an avocado and the knife slipped. I sliced my hand pretty good and it hurt so bad! I kind of panicked, luckily Ryan was there to wrap my hand and then he asked me if I could drive myself to the hospital! Funny guy, he didn't want to take all 3 kiddos to the hospital, so I suggested calling our friends, the Hamblin's, and they were so wonderful and came over to our house instead to watch the girls. We went to the ER in Brigham City and I had to get 5 stitches and a tetenus shot. For some reason the anesthesia didn't work on me so I never was numbed the whole way, the stitches weren't fun. Luckily I have some painkillers leftover from Brinley so they have helped. Needless to say it has been an interesting day! Hopefully it heals fast!

8 weeks old!

My sweet baby is 8 weeks old! I can't believe how fast time goes by. I am not going to lie, the last 8 weeks have been tough, really tough. At 2 1/2 weeks old Brinley started to cry and it seemed like she never stopped until a week ago. We think she had silent reflux so we were giving her Zantac which seemed to help a little. Finally last week she started spitting up and the crying stopped, woohoo! I had to let her scream for a day because she was used to being held ALL the time, but now she is awesome. Brinley is such a sweet baby and we really see her sweet little personality shining through. She is so happy and content, it is wonderful. I love her little smile, it melts my heart! Even though having three kids has been very challenging I love my girls. They are so fun. They are all growing up so fast and make us laugh, we love it! I think they are loving having mommy back :o) I don't feel like a crazy woman anymore :o)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Colic :o(

Does anyone have any ideas on how to cure or help with colic? Brinley has become colicky, it seems like she cries all day. She has her good moments, like while she is eating and for about 20 minutes after, but then it is non-stop crying periods until it is time to eat again. Mylicon seems to work every once in a while, and she gets so mad at her binky now. I miss her wide-eyed expressions and sweet little smiles!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Brinley Paige

She's here! Brinley Paige was born Monday, Dec 28th at 8:12pm. She was 6 lbs 10 oz and 17.5 inches long. She is so beautiful! Everything went really well and she is such a doll. We are currently working on sleeping at night (she thinks it is day time still). Emma and Sofie absolutely love her. Emma is especially obsessed with her, it is really cute :o) Sofie loves to hold her but she also likes to "pat" her...on the face. She isn't the most gentle child. We sure love our girls and are very grateful Brinley is here safe and sound!