Friday, April 25, 2014


Did I mention we got a new dog??

Meet Bandit!!

Bandit is a spunky terrier mix that we adopted just after Thanksgiving.  He has definitely been a fun addition to our family -- and the one sure-fire solution to cheering Anna up when she is being a cranky pants - ha!! :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Long Road Ahead

So, I haven't given an update on how Anna's new school is working out.  Not because there is nothing to report. I just haven't taken the time to actually write a post about it.

I can sum it up with this: So much progress, but there is still a long road ahead!

Anna joined her new school at the end of October.  It took her a couple of weeks to accept and fall into the new routine they were introducing to her.  But, right away, we could see the impact.  Anna is still a stubborn mule, but her resistance to transitions was much less.  Her teachers encouraged us to to keep reminding Anna of the end goal, or "prize", be it a video, a trip to Dunkin Donuts, or whatever it is that she is looking forward to.  Not gonna' lie, I often feel like Dora repeating our three steps to get to where we are going..."Potty, Shoes, Playground!  Say it again! Potty, Shoes, Playground!!"

Then came the holidays and winter.  I don't think Anna had a full week of school from the beginning of December to the end of February due to holidays, snow days and illness.  And boy, could you tell that the lack of routine was affecting her! The lack of routine and her never-ending winter cold really took their toll on her energy and attitude (not to mention mine!!).  But let's face it...this winter sucked!!

Since March, however, Anna has been going full-time, and again, her growth and development are noticeable.

I have been to her school a number of times for various reasons, and it is pretty amazing.  Anna is a completely different child at school. She is calm and seems so comfortable and under control - not to mention happy!  It is really a beautiful sight for this Mama who witnessed the chaos of her first couple of months of kindergarten.

We got to go have lunch with her on her birthday (and see that she really does have manners and know how to use her napkin!).  They had a little celebration for her that was really sweet.

Then we stayed for a couple of her therapies.  What an eye-opener those were!  Anna has definitely been holding back on us!  Anna was saying full sentences for her speech therapist and the pride on her face was priceless!

Anna's PT has also been giving Anna great reports in her communication book.  One thing that Anna has been working on and has finally gotten the hang of is riding her trike!  I am so thrilled about this!  I think she rode her trike for 5 hours one day when we were camping last weekend.  :)

So - definitely progress and growth!  We are so thankful for our prayers being answered and for Anna finding a place where she can thrive.

However, as we embark on the adventure of potty training this week while she is home for spring break, I am reminded of the long road ahead.  But, I am feeling a lot more confident that we are on the right road this time.   :)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Easter!

He is Risen!!

I love Easter!  I think one of my favorite parts about Easter is how pretty all the girls look in their dresses and how handsome the boys look all suited up.  :)

We had a great weekend!  The kids had off Friday and Monday, so we decided to go camping. (Check out "That's How We Roll" blog for more details on our camping trip.)  We came back for Saturday night so the Easter Bunny could find our baskets on Sunday morning -- and so we could all have a shower before church - lol!

Anyway - below are the results of our attempt to clean up.

Hope you all had a Blessed Easter!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy 6th Birthday, Anna Banana Pants!!

Happy Happy 6th Birthday to our beautiful Anna Banana!!

Wow! I know this blog has been sorely neglected, but what better reason to revive it than Anna's birthday?!?

More catch up later -- especially about Anna's new school.

For now I will stick with wishing our crazy, beautiful, movie loving, little girl a very happy birthday!

I can't wait to see how Anna grows over the next year!  It should be an exciting one!