Monday, January 25, 2010

Oh Emma, How I Adore You....

It was a celebration of "Emma's" this weekend. First off, My Emma Jayne turned FOUR! I can't believe it! Time goes by so fast. It seems like just yesterday that she was born and now the toddler years have turned into the pre-school years. Before you know it, it will be (gasp!) HIGH SCHOOL! Not that I don't already have a high schooler, but still! ACK! Can't we slow time just a little? So we celebrated her party with good friends, family, a Desert Tortoise (and other great animals thanks to the Nature Center), and Tinkerbell cupcakes. I love you sweetie! Here she is in all her "Birthday" Glory...

And petting "Rex" the Desert Tortoise...

Happy Birthday Emma J!

As if one Emma celebration wasn't enough this weekend, Masterpiece Classics's new adaptation of Jane Austen's classic Emma (Emma Jayne's namesake!), started this Sunday.... Great timing PBS! I absolutely love the book Emma. I read it for the first time in 2003 and knew immediately that if I were to have a girl, I would name her Emma. Now Jane Austen herself said that she was "going to take a heroine that no one but myself would like", but I think she underestimated the Emma's appeal. I admire her spunk and intelligence. She never means any harm, just thinks she knows best, when usually she doesn't. Now Emma isn't my favorite Austen novel (P&P), nor is she my favorite heroine (Elizabeth Bennett), but there is something about her that is endearing and lovely. Not bad for a book that is almost 200 years old! So if you missed the first showing, you can watch it online here: then watch the next two episodes on January 31st and February 7th.
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There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart ....Jane Austen


  1. Paige, Thanks for visiting my blog. I LOVE the name Emma Jayne. One of my daughters has already claimed 'Emma Jane', and a sister has laid claim to the name Emma, but so far she's only had boys.
    I loved this version of Emma. Janeites all over the world will be settling down with popcorn again on Sunday night!

  2. I came to your blog from 2 peas and as soon as I saw your free Valentine's Day images, I thought to myself that it would be great to use as a Jane Austen inspired card! Then, I see your Jane Austen postings and your daughter is named Emma! I also watched Emma on PBS this past week. This is just perfect! :) Thanks so much.

  3. I'm pretty partial to Emma's too - we have a special Emmalee Beatrice we call Emma Bea in our clan.

    Happy Birthday to Emma Jayne - I have a little something I'm sending out for her tomorrow. : )

  4. I came through Shona Cole's blog and so glad that I did. Happy birthday to your Emma. I wait all week for Sunday when Masterpiece Theatre has these wonderful stories on. Emma has been fabulous. Cranford was a treat every Sunday night. It's been the best part of the week. Love your blog. Will definitely be back from time to time.