Tuesday, January 29, 2013

First Birthday Party

We had a small gathering of family over tonight for Annabel's birthday. She was crabby and difficult all day, most likely because I had a TON to do. Not exactly easy while holding a small child. She was better once we left the house to pick Rand up from work (of course) and then it was too late! She put on her party dress and hammed it up during her party. I have never seen a one year old so into her own presents. She loved the whole thing. From ripping the paper, to peering into bags, to finding new shoes inside. I mean really, girls are SO different from boys! She was IN LOVE with her new shoes. I put them on for her and she marched all over the house like she was just "all that"! She squealed and giggled and swung her feet back and forth and stared at them with delight. Seriously. I have witnesses. Cutest thing ever. I'm afraid she loved every minute of all that attention. (Next birthday coming up will be the opposite of that! ahem, Easton.)

It was a fun, first, girly birthday....for all of us! :)

We started the day off with Annabel-cakes

Monday, January 28, 2013

Annabel::12 Months

We made it!!!! Tomorrow is Annabel's first birthday! I clearly remember nearly everything about this day a year ago. What the weather was like. How I spent my whole day from waking up with contractions, sending Rand to work (it was a Saturday), walking with the boys around the property, my sister coming over, my picture taking friend coming over, Rand taking care of the boys until bedtime, then Rand sleeping on the couch until about midnight when I said it was time to call the midwife....and then the rest of it! This year with her has been hard. Wonderful, but hard. I feel like breathing a sigh of relief that we have crossed over into the "she's over a year old" phase. Just got done teaching her how to sleep through the night, only  nursing her 1.5 times a day, she eats anything and everything, she is happy playing and being played with, she can walk herself (she may not go in the direction we are going yet, but still).

She is so girly, but SO one of the boys. She walks with such determination I wonder what she will do when she grows up! She is confident and unafraid almost all the time. Ready for anything. She is so much fun I can't even imagine not having her!

Happy Birthday, Annabel, lovely girl.

wish this one was in focus! This is in the gym at ORLA. In my dream-house, I have a room like this attached!

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Enjoying indoor, wintery activities!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Kid Quotes::Vol. 52

It's sunny here today. COLD, but sunny. It has me day dreaming about spring....

Me: I have dreams guys. I want to build a big ol' vegetable garden down in the lower yard. And I want a chicken coop with at least 10 chickens.

Brendan: (interrupting and talking as fast and loud as he can as if that might make it more possible)
I want 100 tree houses with zip-lines going from tree house to tree house!

clearly we all have different dreams

Friday, January 4, 2013

2012::Looking Back

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