On June 7th 2001, I was up watching Mtv's movie awards, went to bed and within 15 minutes felt a powerful kick from the little person in my belly. The kick broke my water and sent Rick and I scrambling to race to the hospital to find out whether it would be a boy or girl. At 4:31am we would meet our first child, Emma Leigh. 6lbs 4oz and screaming the instant she came out. Now at 12, she is all leggy and smiles. It's funny because when Grandpa and Grandma came to visit her at 3 days old, she was also all skinny legs and smiles. For her June 8th birthday, she wanted a cheesecake. So, I went to foodnetwork.com and found Alton Brown's Sour Cream cheesecake recipe. It was considered an intermediate recipe level..oooooooo It cooked for 1 hour and then sat in an unopened oven turned off for another hour, to prevent cracks.
She wanted to go out on the boat and snorkel for her birthday and had 1 more little request.....
to try parasailing for the first time. So, with the support of her Dad and Reece, Emma got geared up for the ride of her life. When asked, while the harness was being put on his legs, if he was scared, Reece replied " YES!" Jesus( our captain and launchman) told him not to be, that it would not even be as scary as the Wonder Wheel.
Adeline absolutely refused to even consider going up parasailing, ahhhhhhhhh
The big Yellow Parachute was named Smiling Bob and he was way bigger than he looks here. Just his eyeball alone was twice the height of Rick.
Sit your bum in your swing belt, here on the back of the boat
And they are off, think those kids look nervous
slowly being reeled out. Then when you are at maximum length of rope out, Jesus comes along to shake the rope a few times, to freak you out.
the mandatory dip in the water, the kids loved it. Here Sharky, Sharky, Sharky. The teenagers who went right before us, got dragged along sideways, thank God, that didn't happen to them.
THAT WAS AWESOME!!! Straight out of the harness, we LOVED IT!!! Best birthday ever.
And now the moment she has been waiting for all day. And Reece can't contain his boredom with how slwly she is opening things. Adeline kept being disappointed everytime something was opened and it wasn't a toy.
Finally, Adeline a toy. Just wait. This is what Emma wanted. A 400 piece marble racetrack.
Light up spectacles and a cheesecake to end the night. Happy Birthday, baby giraffe!