Friday, May 01, 2009

Our family is expanding...

It is with much joy that we declare that we have "outgrown" this blog, and its time to move on to another blog now that our family is expanding. We want to keep up with both Anna and Kate's adventures at our new site for both girls. Please come visit us there! (And, please forgive the general lag in updates these days...we're still adjusting to our new "schedule" as parents of two...)

Little painter

In anticipation of Kate's arrival, Anna and I went to the local pottery place and did a little painting. Anna painted a monkey for herself, and a little piggy for Kate...such a good big sister! We were also able to get Anna's "three year" handprint plate made...amazing how big her little hand is getting! I'm afraid we're going to have to upgrade from the salad plate to the dinner plate for next year's handprint!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Daddy...

...from your girls! We love you very much!!
(P.S. Please ignore the terrible picture of me...I had been planting flowers in our flowerbeds all was just the only pic I had of all three of us...)

Spring fling

Daddy and Anna had fun decorating brownie bites at the Spring Fling at Challenger Park...

In the bluebonnets

For whatever reason, Anna has been somewhat obsessed this year with me taking her picture in the bluebonnets. There is a field of bluebonnets outside of her school, and every day that I pick her up she insists on me taking her picture there. Most days its with a pretend camera, but on this day I actually had my real camera with me so got an actual shot. I was hoping to get a picture with she and Kate in the bluebonnets this year, but I'm afraid we may have missed our window...oh well...its been a kind of crazy last few weeks so I guess we have a good excuse :-).

Egg hunter

Hunting eggs was definitely a popular Easter activity with Anna this year. While she's not quite to the age yet that we're getting creative with hiding them, so thought running around and picking eggs up out the grass was a blast! The top picture was taken at her MOMS Club egg hunt, and the lower picture is her hunting with her school friends. We definitely got some mileage out of her Easter basket this year...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Easter!

Ok, so we're a week and a half late...we were a little occupied on Easter this year...:-).

Anna was completely in LOVE with the Easter bunny this year, so was none too upset to have multiple opportunities to have her picture taken with her favorite rabbit.

The top picture was taken at the mall (I succumbed to the temptation and paid the outrageous price that they charge to have your picture taken at the mall...Anna just loved him too much for me to say no!), and the bottom is from the Easter party at Anna's school.

We hope everyone had as outstanding an Easter as we did!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Big sister!

As many of you know, Anna became a big sister on Friday, April 10th! She welcomed her new little sister, Kate Amelia, to the family at 3:16pm. Anna has been doing an amazing job as a big sister--bringing Kate toys and giving her lots of hugs, snuggles, and kisses. She's even "helping" with diaper changes!
We've been a little behind in blog postings, but I'm going to try to get caught up in the next few days. After I catch up, we're planning to switch to a new blog for both of the girls...more on that soon...

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Big sis in training

We took Anna to a "Super Siblings" class this Saturday to help her get ready for Kate's nearing arrival, and she had a great time! They learned all about what babies eat, what they can play with, how to hold a baby and support their head, etc., etc. I think Clint and I appreciated the refresher as well...ha! Here, Anna is learning how to swaddle a baby. If Kate is anything like Anna was as a baby, this will be an invaluable skill...that Anna LOVED to be swaddled! I think I finally stopped swaddling her when she was about 10 months old because I realized that it had reached the point of ridiculousness...

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Especially since I know our carefree "mommy-daughter" days are likely coming to an end for a while pretty soon, I've been wanting to do some special activities with Anna in these last few weeks before Kate arrives. (Does that sound like I think our life is going to end when Kate gets here?? I don't mean it that way at all...I just know that things will definitely get more complicated for a while...:-) ). Yesterday we went to Build-a-Bear so that Anna could make a bear for her to give Kate when she's born. We of course also made something for Anna--she picked out a beautiful white seal as her "friend". Above you can see her putting the stuff in Kate's bear (dubbed by Anna as "Care Bear"), and then giving him a hug.

After Anna finished stuffing the animals, she went and gave them a bath. She thought that was the greatest! We followed up our animal-building morning with a lunchtime trip to Chick-fil-a and the Great American Cookie Company (a special treat!), and a visit to the Easter bunny. We had a great day...

Monday, March 23, 2009

Country cousins

Anna and I went on a little adventure last week during Spring Break, and went to Caldwell (Grammie's hometown--to the land that she was raised on) to meet up with my family. Anna had a blast in the country with her cousins!

She and Natalie seem to have struck up a special bond during these last few visits (her birthday and the trip to the country). I think they're finally old enough to really "play together", instead of just play beside each other.

Ok, I'll sister and I are raising a bunch of city girls! Their idea of "roughing it"--eating Cheetos out of the back of Grammie and Bucko's car.

Anna did have her first experience with crossing a barbed wire fence. Mommy was WAY too big to get over or under the fence, so Aunt Kel helped her across and did the rest of the hike with her. Thanks Aunt Kel and Bucko for taking her the rest of the way (and thanks Grammie for staying back with me!)...

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Taking a dip

While the weather is certainly warming up here in Houston, we're still not quite to "pool season" yet. But, the heated hot tub seemed to satiate the need to swim for Anna and her cousins last weekend. Forgive the photo quality--everyone was having way too much fun to stop and look at the camera...

Thanks again to Grammie and Bucko, and Kel, Syd, and Nat, for coming to visit us last weekend...we had a great time!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Jump around

Ok, we have one last birthday wish and posting for Anna...yesterday was Anna's 3rd birthday party at a local "bounce place" called Jump N Jungle. We had a blast! We had originally planned her party for her favorite park, but the weather in Houston yesterday was terrible (rain + 40 degrees...that's FREEZING), so made a last minute reschedule to a drier, warmer option.

This place ended up being a great alternative! They took care of all of the real-time logistics like setting up the room, getting pizza and drinks for the kids, serving cake, etc...a big relief given that I'm about 13 months pregnant.

And, the kids seemed to have a blast! The pictures aren't the best...turns out taking pictures of a crew of 3 year olds jumping and bouncing around in close range requires significantly greater photojournalistic skills than I possess. Oh well...these may be blurry, but they capture some of the joy!

We attempted to take a "group photo" of all of Anna's friends, but had some lack of cooperation from the party attendees. Oh well...this was as close to a quorum as we could get...

Friday, March 13, 2009

An evening in the rainforest

Last Saturday, after our full day of birthday celebrations, we decided to conclude the day with a trip to the Rainforest Cafe in Galveston to celebrate Anna's birthday. We had attempted to go the night before on her actual birthday, but she had a bit of a tummyache so we decided to wait for her to feel better.

She had such a blast! She loved all of the animals, and is still talking about the "dancing gorilla", the "butterfly...she's so cute!", and the mama and baby elephants. While the Rainforest Cafe admittedly has a bit of a "theme park" quality to it, it was just perfect for a birthday celebration. Its amazing how much more fun places like this are when you see them through the eyes of a child!

They even brought Anna a birthday sundae and sang her a Happy Birthday song. They had talked about asking her to get on the table and act like a gorilla (great...that'll be a fun habit to break at home...), but I think they saw her slight timidness and decided a song and candle were probably celebration enough! Happy Birthday, our little monkey!

Sunday, March 08, 2009


Anna had a fun-filled Saturday yesterday making her rounds on the birthday party circuit. She started the morning with an indoor pool party for her friend Ava. Mommy opted to not exhibit her now whale-sized tummy by getting in the pool, but stayed on the sidelines for photo ops of Anna and Daddy. Anna loved spending some time swimming and then having a yummy lunch with the birthday girl, Ava!

After the pool party, we headed to a "jumping" party for her friend Kara. Anna has definitely turned over a new leaf when it comes to these bounce houses! We went to a party at this same place a few months ago and Anna spent most of the time being held by Mommy and watching the other ones jump. Well...she decided her days of being a wallflower were over, and we basically had to pry her from the jump area when it was time to go have pizza, cake, and ice cream with her friends. She's growing up!
We then finished off the day with a family birthday celebration for Anna at the Rainforest from that coming soon...

Friday, March 06, 2009

Happy Birthday, sweet Anna!

Happy Birthday to our little doodlebug!! Anna had a fun day today, starting with a birthday serenade and presents at home this morning, a trip to the donut shop on the way to school, and then a fun school day with her friends. We had thought about keeping her home today, but Fridays are the most fun school day filled with Tumblebus, show & tell, and her school birthday party. So, she was pretty insistent on going today!

Above, she parties at school with friends, a birthday hat, cupcakes, and ice cream--what could be better? Below, she shows her favorite birthday present (a magic wand with Sleeping Beauty--her favorite princess--on it) to her favorite Christmas present (Monkey). If only I had known that the $4 plastic wand was going to be the hit of the birthday...could've saved us a lot of money!

We love you Anna Banana! We can't believe its been three years since you first blessed our lives...

Monday, March 02, 2009

First braids

Last Friday was "Go Texan Day", so I decided to take this as a good opportunity to attempt to braid Anna's hair. Between her hair's general shortness and thinness, and Anna's wiggliness while I fix her hair, I've never tried braids before. But, she was excited about looking like a "cowgirl", so was pretty patient with the braiding adventure! You'll have to forgive the crookedness...we'll work on straightening them in future iterations...

Saturday, February 21, 2009

When the cat's away...

...the mice will play! Daddy had to go to Denver for work for a few days this week, so Anna and I were on our own. We took full advantage of the opportunity to break all of the rules--of nutrition (one day did actually consist of donuts for breakfast and McDonald's for lunch--what?!?), personal hygiene (who needs a bath?), and bedtime routines (we had a "slumber party" in Anna's bed one night). While we missed Daddy immensely, we did have a good time!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat paid a visit to Pottery Barn Kids today, so we decided to venture up into the city to see him. Anna loved him! While she looks mildly scared in this photo, she actually thought he was a hoot!

She also enjoyed a little reading (and snuggle) time with her friend, Zachary, who went with us (with his mom, my friend Rynee).

It seemed like a little harmless toddler snuggle time until the shot above. I'm not sure how I feel about Anna sharing a small chair with a boy who's drumming his fingers, licking his lips, and looking mischevious...hands off my daughter!!
Soon after this photo, Anna proclaimed that Zachary was her Valentine. I guess she was wooed by his fancy toddler moves...sorry Owen...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Lots of love

Happy Valentine's Day! Anna shared the love with one of her most favorite people, her teacher Ms. Monica, at yesterday's Valentine's party at school. Anna was awfully excited that she and Ms. Monica had on matching shirts...she pretty much thinks Monica hung the moon! (To put it in perspective, her prayers before dinner recently have been "Thank you for this food....and for Ms. Monica" least we know she's happy at school!)

She also shared some love with her Valentine, Owen. They both proclaimed each other to be one another's Valentine. Given that we know that Owen comes from "good stock", we can't say we're complaining. :-) Anna is a fickle one these days though...she did come home from school a few weeks ago and proclaim, "Mommy, Owen's a boy. And he loves me very much. But, I don't love him back." Oh well...I guess he's found a way to charm her since...