Saturday, April 30, 2011

Happy Birthday, JR!!

Happy Birthday to my most awesome husband, Jonathan!

We are the luckiest family in the world to have you as a husband and a father.  We hope you have a wonderful day and a great upcoming year!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Be Still My Heart (Anna's First Day of Pre-school)

Anna's first day of pre-school was a success!

We were all up bright and early and waiting for the bus (probably the only time we will be waiting for the bus).  Anna's Grammy and Papa got up even earlier to help see Anna off on her first day.

There were no tears - at least not from Anna.  A phone call from her teacher confirmed what we all knew...Anna was doing great! =)

Here is a little video of Anna's first day (hopefully it is working now!)...

Let's hope the rest of the week goes so smoothly!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter 2011

Happy Easter to all!!
He is Risen!!

We were surprisingly blessed with a beautiful day for Easter.  After a month of cold weather and rain, today the sun was shining and it was warm.  No jackets required to cover up those cute little Easter dresses =)

Here we are trying to look our best...

Our attempt at a family pic on Easter

Funny Face Out take

Ready for yet another egg hunt

Cute hat!

Attempting a cute picture, but Anna is more interested in texting on her new phone

About the best we could get

My handsome boys!

One more try...maybe not!

Super Saturday

Super Saturday is that day in April when we get together with family to celebrate Anna's birthday (4/15), Paige's birthday (5/4), Jonathan's birthday (4/30) and, if it is in April like this year, Easter.

It makes for one crazy day =)

Here are a few picture highlights from our day....


Paige found the golden egg

Cousin Hudson

Cousin Eliza

Baby Matthew's First Easter!

The Easter Bunny brought lots of goodies

Anna getting cozy with Uncle Les

 Cake for the girls...Paige requested a cake with "Paper that she can eat"

The Birthday boy and girls

Want more cake!!!!!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Decisions, Decisions...

We went to pick out frames for Anna's glasses today.  She was a pretty good sport about letting us put things on her face.

Here are a few samples...

a little big =)

And my favorite...


We didn't choose any of these.  We should have the ones we chose next week and you can see how cute she is in them then! =)

And, for those wondering - we went with a pair of regular frames instead of Specs4Us.  They seemed to fit pretty well, and we decided to see how these worked before spending the extra money for the Specs4Us frames (not that they are outrageously expensive - but for insurance purposes).

So, Anna should be seeing well soon!

Monday, April 18, 2011


I am not surprised.  Her eyes have given her trouble since birth (tear ducts), I started wearing glasses when I was pretty young, and children with Ds have a tendency to be farsighted, so I kind of figured it was inevitable.

Her doctor described Anna as extremely farsighted, with the left eye being far more so than the right.  He was concerned about the difference in the eyes because this could lead to the left eye basically shutting down, then we would have the eye drifting, and a host of other problems.

So, now we begin our quest to find the perfect pair of glasses to accentuate Anna's beautiful blue eyes. ?  We will see. 

Don't worry, when we get the glasses - pictures will definitely be posted because she is sure to look cute in them =)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Great Experiment (That MUST NOT Fail!)

So, now that Anna is a big 3-yr. old, I have been thinking it is time to ditch the crib.  Actually, I have been making plans in my head for months now about where the furniture is going to go, what to do with the crib and glider, what kind of bedding, etc.  But, in all my thinking and planning, I really gave very little thought as to whether Anna is ready for this transition.

But, tonight, we find out!

Anna's bedding arrived on Friday.  As we were admiring it yesterday morning, Jonathan says to me, "So, are we doing this today, or what?"  Ummm... I guess so!

So, we spent a good portion of Saturday morning taking the crib and glider out of Anna's room, listing them on Craigslist if anyone is interested ;), disassembling the bunk beds in Paige's room, and carrying the top bunk twin bed into Anna's room.

Everyone was pretty excited!  Especially Anna.
Anna's new bed!

Naptime was,  I am pretty sure we put her back into her bed about 20 times.  She did eventually fall asleep, but I think that was only because she was up so late the night before and had a very short nap on Friday, so she was exhausted.
Finally crashed at naptime

Last night went great!  She went right to bed, slept all night, and was sitting there nicely when we got her up this morning.  Again, I am pretty sure she is completely wiped out from Friday, so we will see what happens when she is not so pooped at bed time.
Where we left her

Where she was when we checked on her before we went to bed

Waiting for us in the morning

But, I love her new room.  We still have a few items to get (curtains, pictures, a few storage bins), but it is so cute and girly - just like Anna.

So, this is the Great Experiment going on in our house right now.  I say it must not fail because I refuse to move all that furniture around again!

Here's to sleeping well!

Oh -- and an update on our other great experiment, a.k.a. potty training... Things are going pretty well. The good news is that I have yet to change a stinky diaper since my last post on March 24 (4 weeks)!  She has been doing her business on the potty!  She goes tinkle on the potty every now and then, but nothing consistent.  But -- she would sit there all day reading books if you let her. =)  So - moving in the right direction...slowly.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Anna's Birthday -- Lots of Fun and Lots of Love!

Despite not having a huge birthday bash, I think Anna had a pretty good day!  She was definitely showered with love and attention.  We had countless birthday wishes via phone, email, facebook, etc.  She is one loved little girl!

She started off her morning by being greeted by her adoring siblings who could not wait to go in and wake her up =)

silly faces!
Later, we went for a special birthday lunch.

After a quick nap, we had a few friends over for cupcakes.  But first, we had to make them!
sneaking a taste of the batter...yum!

And then, we went to our church for their annual Faith Fair and Egg Hunt.  Anna loved running around carrying her bucket like she was actually looking for eggs...

...but this was her take =)

Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl!