Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Spoiled: A Tale of Anna's Valentine's Day

Anna is so spoiled. She is the only grandchild for both sets of grandparents, and because there's no one else to divide the loot with, she gets TONS of presents at every major holiday. Most of the time, she receives such wonderful gifts that she shows absolutely no interest in the stuff Brandon and I get for her. So little interest, in fact, that I didn't even bother taking pictures of her opening the gifts we got her this year. I did, however, take photos of her for the grandparents.

Disclaimer: These photos are terrible and I know it. Bad lighting, wonky flash, messy house that you will pretend not to notice.

Clothes from BB and Granna:

She was rather excited about the nail polish. Brandon was just thrilled (note the sarcasm) and immediately forbade her to wear the red and then told her she could only wear light pink and clear. Anna and I are planning to use the purple tonight, though. Don't tell!

She was also very excited about her doctor kit and hasn't left me alone, wanting to doctor me half the day. She also enjoys giving me pretend shots, which she then expects me to cry about so she can tell me it will only hurt a little while. Apparently her recent trips to the doctor and emergency room have made quite an impression!

Brandon and I also got her a little bear for Valentine's Day, but did she hug it like that? Nope! You can see our white teddy bear in the next photo, laying where it was quickly discarded.

Anna's had a thing for snow globes for a while, and she was thrilled to get an Ariel one and a Toy Story one (in the photo after Ariel).

This was her big present from Papa and Mimi. The bag was so big that she practically got her whole body in to get the gift out.

Have I mentioned that her favorite thing to do is to play "dress up"?

Posing for the camera in Belle's Christmas dress. I totally wish I had dresses like she does when I was little. She really is spoiled with all her princess dresses and accessories!

The girl loves her shoes. LOVES her shoes--the higher the better--and calls them "click-clock shoes"! We had to take a photo of this pose because this is how all the princesses sit on the floor--with their shoes peeking out from under their dress!

Hope your Valentine's Day was as wonderful as ours!

Monday, February 15, 2010


Check out my friend Faydra's blog, Groundspeed, this week. She is spending the week interviewing moms with different numbers of children and talking about the whens and whys (or why nots) of family planning.

I've spent some (ok, maybe more than some) time thinking about having another kid (or NOT having another kid) and I'm curious to see how other moms think about it. So, for a look into my head, check out her post for today, "One," and then keep checking back this week as she interviews moms of two, three, and four kids.

And for the grandparents, who might be getting spoiled over the last week with current pictures, check back tomorrow--I'll try to get Valentine's Day photos up by then.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010


I've been trying to update my links on the sidebar ------>
so that they are current (and not linking to sites that no longer exist). If you've noticed anything amiss, please leave me a comment and let me know.

I also had to add word verification to the comments because I was receiving a ton of spam comments, some completely random, like information on Louisville, KY. (?) Please don't let the extra step deter you from commenting.

(This is mostly for the grandparents...)
I will often post photos from Twitter, so check the sidebar------>
underneath the "Twitter Updates" area for links to photos, usually of Anna. It's also linked with my Facebook, but since you're already here, you can click through without the hassle of logging on.

OK, full day of teaching ahead...

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Valentines Freebies

If you are looking for last-minute Valentines ideas, Amy, over at Living Locurto, has an amazing list of freebies!

I used these adorable treat bag toppers for Anna's class:

And this is how they turned out:

(Photo taken on my iPhone.)

I think they look great, and the bonus is that you use them with normal sandwich bags rather than the fancy "treat" bags! There are even matching valentines, but Anna had already settled on one of the other freebies Amy has listed.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Valentines Day Bloopers

I took some new photos of Anna in hopes of getting a good one for her Valentine's Day cards. I didn't get anything fantastic, but here are some of the fun, silly "poses."

Thursday, October 08, 2009