Tuesday, November 9, 2010

happy nights

Brant has been home in the evenings a bit more lately, so Annie and I have been enjoying all the time with him we can! And Annie sure is one crazy girl!

Her favorite spot to be lately is on the kitchen counter while Brant and I cook, wash dishes, eat dinner, anything! Here she is after church in her pajamas, as I try to convince her it's time to eat dinner . . . 

Over the weekend we bought a toddler bed! Annie still has shown no inclination toward climbing out of her crib (yay! knock on wood), so we're not going to set it up quite yet. But we will make the transition sometime in the next few months, probably. We had the bed parts and mattress in the living room on Sunday night, and Annie just couldn't help herself! Hopefully she'll forget all about the fun she had playing on her bed when it comes time to actually learn to sleep on it!

She and Memphis love chasing each other around the dining room table. I think she was the one being chased here  . . .

And Annie's also gotten really good at scolding and commanding Memph. She points at him with a serious alpha face and goes, "SHH!" or "DON'T!" It's funny, and he really listens to her, actually.

Crazy hair!

One of the other nights when Brant, sadly, was not home, I pulled out my old blocks for Annie. We've had these for a few months now, but I was waiting for Annie to show real interest in them. Well, I pulled them back out for her, and she got right to work. Within minutes she had built this awesome city! She was talking to it and explaining stuff to me, showing me all the buildings and where she put it all. What a creative little architect! :)
(I just love all her funny different smiles!)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Happy Thursday

You would just never guess that this little girl throws about ten tantrums a day, now would you? :)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

singin' on a saturday mornin'

I know they're the same ol' songs, but she just really likes singing them!

Monday, October 25, 2010

bike ride along the C&O canal

On Saturday Annie and I loaded my bike up into the car and drove down to meet my parents for a lovely fall bike ride along the C&O Canal in Maryland. We were between the canal (which was mostly dried up) and the Potomac River the whole time. And it was a gorgeous day!

driving down . . .

Getting the bikes ready!

and here are all the pictures I took along the trip!

we stopped at a dam and lock for a picnic lunch.

here's the lock keeper's house!

picnic time!

then we hopped back on the bikes and rode a little further!

 It was such a wonderful day!

Then on Sunday we drove down to Gettysburg and had a birthday dinner for my dad with my parents and Thomas and Caroline. Everyone finished off with a rousing game of Royal Rummy. :)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Festive Books for Fall!

Here are some of our favorites this year! :) Happy reading!

 one of the older Arthur adventures--Annie loves all things Arthur!

 We love to count all five pumpkins on every page, and Annie is so good at finding the black kitties too!

a happy story written in a fun-to-read poetic verse!

 I got excited just reading through these ideas. Simple, fun!

beautiful. fall. colors. Everything is in cut-paper illustrations. Puts you right in the spirit!  :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

more cute pictures of Annie

I feel like this is all I post lately. But oh well!

These pictures were taken by the Banburys, who watched Annie on Saturday so Brant and I could have a date night! Anne was there too, and of course so was Lucy, Trey and Michelle's adorable girl! I bet these three rockin' girls were a handful!!

Well, I've got chicken for tacos cookin', and the little goober pictured above is about to go down for a nap, although she doesn't know it yet. :) Happy Monday, everyone!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tuesday Treat

here's a little musical video cheer . . .

Sunday, October 10, 2010

impromptu visit!

GramE and Great Grandma Jane arrived last Wednesday for a "surprise" visit to Pennsylvania to see us! We were so excited! They were here for only two days, but we had so much fun! The only pictures I took were from our hike at Chickies Rock overlook. It was a beautiful fall morning!

We also enjoyed some yummy meals at Brownstone and Cracker Barrel, bought a bunch of cookies at the first official opening of Missy's Ugly Cookies, and played and played as much as we could!

Can't wait to see you again!