Sunday, October 28, 2007

Rainy Day People

We've had some most-welcome rainy days recently. Not being able to go "utsiiide" was difficult for the little girl. So, what's there to do on a rainy day? Well, we watched the DaDa video A LOT, got a flu shot (she didn't even cry!), tried to put up a tent in the living room, but I broke the poles (oops!), baked cookies, did a little shopping, and ended our rainy days with a visit from Granny and Pa Pa! They came yesterday morning and left this afternoon. It was a great visit. Pa Pa made quick work of several chores and projects I had been saving for him. My stove now has 4 working burners, instead of just 3, my bedroom has curtains (how long have we lived here now?), our gate to the backyard is fixed, and he helped me get a surprise project going for Da Da's R&R next month. Besides all that, Anna enjoyed tons of outside time with Granny and reading books and watching football with Pa Pa.

What do you all do on rainy days?

Friday, October 19, 2007

Foam Number Fun

Look at me! 2 posts in one day! I've finally gotten my head out of the Kleenex box long enough to do a little catching up on the blog. It was 9 months ago today that Dada left for Afghanistan. John said, "Wow...we could've had a baby in that amount of time." Well, that would've been one alternative. I'm probably just as tired, but thankful to say it's not for want of sleep at night. It's more of a mental fatigue, I guess. I have the utmost admiration for friends who have babies during or near deployments. Anyway, at least this day brought some pretty cute photo opps. Anna and I were having fun during bath time tonight with her foam numbers. A "Lellooow" (that's Anna for "yellow") 9 (or is it a 6?) helped us think about today; 9 months down, 6 to go! Hopefully Dada will be in Month 10 photos for R&R! There's a happy thought.






You may notice the prominent red splotch emerging on Anna's forehead. That was the result of her putting her noggin ahead of her feet while doing laps around the kitchen and dining room. Obviously, the "bi ba" (Anna for "splish, splash) time was a consolation.

Thank you again to all of you out there who are praying for us and supporting us in adventures with Daddy afar. It means so much.

Back to her Peachy Roots

Over the past week we spent a few days back in Anna's birthplace - Columbus, GA! We headed down last Thursday for a few days with our dear friends, the Johnsons, sans Chris/Dada. We got to meet baby Sam and Anna had a blast playing with Nathan, one of her first friends. Of course, the mommies had a great time catching up, watching great movies when the kiddos slept, laughing with and at our babies, and sharing the adventures of Mommyhood with deployed Daddies. We decided we don't recommend it. Here are some cute photos of the kids.

Anna and Nathan had many good chats over their meals.



She couldn't get enough of Baby Sam. She'll be a great big sister...one day.



Playing peek-a-boo with the camera...



"Utsiiide" (that's Anna for "outside") checking the perimeter of the Johnson's yard.



What a fun time! Unfortunately, one of the souvenirs we brought back was a nasty cold! Anna came down with it our first night there. Then it was my turn Tuesday night after we got home. Is it just me, or does there seem to be a pattern here with Anna getting sick every time we take a trip?

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Down on the Farm

Yesterday Anna and I took a little field trip 5 minutes away to our favorite local farm that sells us their yummy produce in the summer. We met up with Anna's little friends, Grace and Bella, and their mommy, Betts. Anna and pals visited the ox that mooed at them (they all took refuge in their Mommies' pants legs), the chickens that clucked, the ducks that swam, the sheep that baa'd, the goats that me-ee'd, a bunny who sat there, and horsies that trotted. She also got to meet a friendly little pig, Oliver (the male version of Olivia?), who was being led around on a leash by his owner. The girls loved sitting and watching the ducks swim by on their big pond.



The hens weren't too thrilled about having 3 toddlers peeking in at their nests, but Oliver and Anna enjoyed it just the same.



I think Anna thought she was back in Fincastle when she spied the big tractor and exclaimed, "Pa Pa! Pa Pa!" Well, she thinks any sighting of a tractor, lawn mower, or other such vehicle is my dad. He's quite proud.

In other news, I haven't changed a poopy diaper in a few days! She's really making progress with using her potty. Hooray!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Tiny Dancer

I snagged the video camera just in time to catch Anna performing her moves a couple weeks ago. Enjoy, Aunt Mary!