Saturday, November 30, 2013

Birthday Questions: Annabelle at 4

Happy Birthday to our wonderful little girl!  Even though it's a little late, as per our new tradition, here's the next round of questions for Bellie (she just said, "I have a lot of words to say"):

  1. What are 3 words that describe you? A person... Fun... and I don't know
  2. I'm really good at:  playing basketball in the backyard
  3. What makes you happy?  going to the pool
  4. What makes you sad?  Not going on the right path where my Mom and Dad go when I'm right behind them (side note: she's never gotten lost, I don't know where this came from)
  5. What is your favorite animal?  MONKEY
  6. What is your favorite food? Tomatoes
  7. What is your favorite color? Pink and Purple
  8. What is your favorite part about church?  everything in church... and treats in primary
  9. What is your favorite scripture story?  Moroni
  10. What is your favorite holiday? Why?  Valentine's Day because it's so fun
  11. What is your favorite treat?  Lollipops
  12. What is your favorite type of music?  "I have a Family Here on Earth," "Let It Go" and the Frozen music
  13. What is your favorite toy?  Coloring
  14. What is your favorite sport to play?  Hula-hoop
  15. My favorite books are:  ALL of my Princess books
  16. What is your favorite movie?  Frozen  TV Show? Octonauts
  17. If I could go anywhere, I would go to: Disneyland & Disneyworld
  18. What songs do you like to sing?  "Let It Go" & "Reverently, Quietly"
  19. Best thing our family does together:  Go on walks and go to the pool
  20. If you could pick any pet, what would it be?  a cute cat
  21. When I was little I used to: go to the zoo
  22. My best friend is:  Alex & Elise
  23. What do you like to do with Mommy?  play a game
  24. What do you like to do with Daddy?  go on a Daddy and Annabelle date
  25. What do you like to play inside?  Color
  26. What do you like to play outside?  Play in the sandbox
  27. If I had one wish, it would be:  wishing to go to the pool (I think this girl likes summer)
  28. Are you afraid of anything?  Only crocodiles and sharks and everything that eats persons and snakes and lizards, but not Mema's lizard (hilarious)
  29. When I grow up, I want to be:  the best baseball and basketball player
  30. Who is the coolest person you know:  Mommy (sweet!)
  31. *EXTRA*  My favorite memory is: playing my matching princess game.

Gratitude Turkey 2013

I kind of dropped the ball the last five days before Thanksgiving, but we still did most of the month, so it still counts... right?  Our list still has plenty of things we are grateful for... in order it goes:

Greg, Amber, Jared, Annabelle, & Luke*

1:  Friends, Coupons, Burgers & Fries, Grilled Cheese, feet
2:  Leaves, Our Van, Mommy cleaning my cut, Sea World, Sweet Rides
3:  Primary Teachers, Books, Sleep, Temples, his stuffed Mario
4:  Home Teachers, Doctors, Medicine, Jesus, Mom
5:  Mommy, Daddy, Thanksgiving, Mommy, Noodles
6:  Jared, The Spirit, Mrs. Miller, Turkeys, Green Blankie
7:  Belle, Carpools, The Prophet, Preschool, Naps
8:  Service, Willing Helpers, Birthday Cake, My Party, Jared & Belle
9:  Luke, Asgard, Books, Mema & Deda, Using Signs
11:  Work, Aunt Meggie, The Earth, Books, Blocks
12:  Priesthood, Priesthood, Daddy, Oba & Jiji, Milk
13**:  Good Books, Anthesthia, My Tonsils coming out, Jared, Oba
14:  Grandparents, Phone Alarms, My Life, Leaves, Cheerios
15:  Patience, Chocolate, My Family, Heavenly Father, Daddy
16:  Race Cars, Technology, Trying New Food, Aunt Megan, Kitty-Kat Maggie
17:  Ward Members, Sharing Talents, Church, Church, Sippy Cups
18:  Medicine, Rocking Chairs, Rest, Daddy, Cuddles
19:  Co-Workers, Tile Floors, Ice Cream, Luke, Balls
20:  Callings, Good Blankets, School, Gatorade, Boxes
21:  Cuddles, Alone Time with the Kids, Special Thanksgiving Food, Priesthood, Learning New Things
22:  Showers, Prayer, Doctors, Granni & Grandad, New Teeth
23:  Testimony, Warm Jackets, My Body, Prayer, Playing in the Decorations

*Since he's only got a couple words under his belt, we took turns saying what Luke was most grateful for.
**Day of Jared's Surgery

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Four Years of Annabellie

It's so hard to believe that she's four!

Weight: 37 lbs (50 %)
Height: 40 1/2 inches (75 %)
Hair: whispy strawberry blonde
Eyes: depends on the day--- dark to amber brown
nothing's changed
Shoe Size: 8 to 10--- depending on the shoes ;)
Clothes Size:  5T dresses and shirts, 4T shorts/skirts
Nicknames: Belle, Annabellie, Bellie, Little Mama, Little Girl, Sissy, turkey, button
Luke, Jared, Daddy, Mommy, Pink Blankie, anything Disney Princess, Sea World, anything girly/princessy, singing--- the newest thing I would add to the list would be COLORING and art.  She will take any opportunity to sit and color in one of her MANY coloring books or create something new.
Dislikes: she absolutely HATES (and I try not to use that word a lot) being bossed around--- she's a very independent soul, Luke touching her stuff, and she's recently become a much more picky eater--- much to the frustration of her parents.  Dinner conversations sometimes go like this...
A: I don't like this
M/D: You've had this before.  You ate it up last time
A: Well, I don't like it now.
Favorite Food:  Mac & Cheese with Chocolate Milk is still her meal of choice.  She also gobbles up tortellinis, most burgers, cheese pizza (anything cheese actually), and Japanese food (phew).
Favorite Toys: Princesses & their Castle, her baby dolls and her big dollie Princesses.
Favorite Books: Scripture Stories, All of her Princess books, her new mini Book of Mormon
Favorite Things to Watch: She'll still watch Mickey and Disney Princess movies (without the scary parts).  She also now likes Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood A LOT.  I hear the songs from that show ALL. THE. TIME.
Other New Tricks:  She's gotten really good at writing her letters.  She usually mentions something new every time she comes home from preschool.  The other night in the car, she counted to 29 and got stuck at 30--- it was cute.  She picks up songs really easily and in relationship to her new love of coloring, she's started to color in the lines and be particular in her colors.
What's next: Continue to learn to count, Reading more stories, remembering to use words when she communicates
How she drives us crazy: Her independent (and very similar to my) nature gets us to not listen to each other fairly easy.  We want her to be able to make choices, but sometimes she doesn't listen to us before she makes those choices (like most of us).  She also does a little bit of reverting when Luke gets too much attention (i.e. whining, pointing, using one word)--- frustrating considering she's been talking since the womb... well, not THAT early.
Why she's so awesome: She's my girl and keeps me sane among all of the boy-ness.  She's so sweet and loves to take care of anyone and everyone.  She's also willing to be silly with me, even if it may be embarassing.  She's also really thoughtful; she made FOUR Get Well cards for Jared's surgery yesterday.  I don't know what we're going to do with all of her art projects, but she usually makes something for a specific reason in her mind.  Already willing to serve.  Her smile also lights up the room, or your mood, because she looks at you with complete adoration.  Annabellie-button is the best button girl for our family.  Luke and I definitely miss her on preschool days and I think her growing-up will be the hardest on both Greg and I.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Jared was supposed to get his tonsils and adenoids out today.  I've been using this time before mentlely prepping myself that everything would be okay.  (Like it wouldn't be... because Jared's ENT is incredible and very experienced).

However, we had to reschedule it for next Wednesday (the day before Deda comes for a weekend visit) because Jared and his BFF Caleb LOVE to share everything and this weekend Jared finally picked up the Scarlet Fever Caleb had last week.  The poor boy was not himself on Sunday, so tired and barely ate three crackers.  I took him to the doctor the next day and between getting up and actually going he broke out with the classic rash.  No worries, though, it's just Strep with a rash (it's great what modern medicine can fight).

He actually had to stay home a couple days this week.  The first day, he still felt out of it, but on the second day, he kept asking me for things to do.  Um... rest and get better?  Psht--- way too boring for this Kindergarten!  I don't know what he's going to do when he's home recovering for a week.

So, since he got sick, we have to wait until after he's done with his medicine---which will be next Tuesday--- so Wednesday.  Time to relive the 'week before prep' all over again.  It's a blessing we had to reschedule since we have a big birthday weekend ahead of us... a Princess Party and our little Annabelle turning FOUR!


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