Tuesday, February 24, 2009

She Knows What She Wants

Annna's very excited about her upcoming birthday on March 14th. Yesterday we were talking about it and this was our exchange:

Anna: When it's my birthday you have to give me something.
Me: Oh, really? And what do you think that should be?
Anna: (With exuberant glee and arms in the air) A yainbow!!!
Me: A rainbow?! Like one up in the sky?
Anna: Yeah!
Me: We'll submit the request and see what happens.

March in VA can be persnickety. It could snow, it could be sunny and pleasant. I don't know that I've ever seen a rainbow in March, but we'll see.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sleeping Through Church

We've had a GREAT weekend! Anna had been so excited for Valentine's Day and woke up with lots of Valentine hugs and kisses to give out. She enjoyed helping Daddy bring me some gifts (tulips and 2 Goudge books, Aunt Faithie!) We called both Nanny and Grammie to share some love, had a few conversation hearts after breakfast and then we waited for our inbound visitors, Uncle Will, Aunt Mary, and the cousins, to arrive. Once they got here, and everyone warmed up to each other again, we had a quick lunch before heading to DC to check out the Museum of Natural History. I think everyone's favorite was the mammals display. We drove past the White House so everyone could see where Old-bama (as 5-year-old Hannah calls him) lives. We ended the outing with dinner in Old Town at Bertucci's - a yummy, and very family-friendly Italian place. What a great Valentine's Day!

This morning we had a yummy breakfast and once again rounded up everyone for more DC touring. This time we chose the Air and Space Museum. Jacob and Samuel, Uncle Will and Daddy seemed to be more into the displays. The little girls were just happy to be together and held hands the entire time, Hannah offering some expert knowledge here and there. They did let go a couple of times if an exhibit offered buttons to push.

They left this afternoon and Anna went down for a nap. We figured we had plenty of time before our 4:30 church service for her to rest up. Daddy went to get her at 3:50 and she was completely beside herself - an emotional heap of uncontrollable mess. He just left her in bed and told me to try again in a while, even if we would be late, and he went on. Well, it's now 5 pm. I went to check on her at 4:30 and she didn't even stir when I opened the door and walked over to her bed. From the earlier sickness this week and so much fun the past 2 days, I didn't have the heart to wake her up.

I guess a girl can only take so much, but it's sure all been worth it!! (Well, except the sickies) Thank you, dear family, for such a great visit! Come again soon!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Word of the Day

High fevers, cough, and tummy pain sent us to the doctor this morning, who determined we're dealing with a virus. We stopped at Dunkin Donuts on the way home for a treat. Once home she said:

"Donuts help you when you be sick. Donuts are good medicine."

If she becomes a doctor someday, she'll be everyone's favorite!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Pumped Up for 30!

Friday was Daddy's 30th birthday! We began the day with breakfast and then he (I mean, Anna) opened his presents. We spent the morning running some errands and got Anna back for an earlier nap so she could be ready for an afternoon of action.

How many 30-year olds can get away with having their birthday at Pump It Up? Anna and Daddy had a blast at the "inflatable party zone," jumping, sliding, climbing, and more sliding with other kids who averaged about 1/6 of Daddy's age. I stayed on the sidelines watching and laughing (ref. the "beached whale" issue in previous post). I did, however, successfully complete an obstacle course with Anna. I'm sure I was a sight.

After expending lots of energy, everyone was escorted into the party room for cake and presents. Anna had been looking forward to the singing of "Happy Brithday," because, according to her, "I'm pwetty good at that song." I will say, though, that this particular party, the presents, cake and singing, weren't for Daddy, but for our little friend, 5-year old Marcus whose birthday party happened to occur on Daddy's birthday. But it's pretty cool when you can enter a new decade, the "prime of a man's life," so says Daddy, with a chaotic hour and a half of sliding, jumping, climbing, more sliding, cake, and presents with 15 pre-schoolers. We had a great time, and followed it up by spending the evening at Marcus's house with his family and grandparents, whom we go a long way back with, and some other friends. Good times.

Yesterday we celebrated in a more adult fashion. We had some friends over last night for cake and conversation. I'm sure I laughed harder at Pump It Up, but it's great to be able to enjoy the spectrum of birthday parties in one weekend. It was a special treat to have our friend Chris J., here in DC for work, spend some time with us yesterday touring museums and enjoying cake with us. Anna was also thrilled to host Mr. Huber, Miss Angela, and their sweet baby, Ruth.

Happy Birthday, Daddy! We love you! We hope you had a wonderful time and we are so thankful for another new year with you!