Saturday, April 27, 2013
For Ani Rose's 2nd birthday, we spent a weekend in the Poconos at Great Wolf Lodge. Everyone told us how great it was and how expensive it was, but we were looking forward to a mini family vacation after working way too hard all winter long. This post is extremely picture heavy because not only are our kids incredibly photogenic, but there was so much to do in this one building. It was kid heaven. As for the grownups, Todd and I made sure we had a nice room with a king size bed and a whirlpool tub and then proceeded to spend the weekend stuffed on ice cream and completely waterlogged.
The birthday girl in the special crown her teachers made at school.
The bracelets we had to wear gave us access to our room, the water park and gave us the ability to charge things to the room. Ani's wrist is so tiny she kept shaking hers off. So, a couple times during the day, I would show her my bracelet and ask her if she was wearing hers. This worked so well that she wore that bracelet two days into the week and said, "oh, no!" when she lost it in the sleeve of her jacket.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Two years have gone by and I cannot believe how much this little lady has changed. She's gone from a quiet, peaceful infant to a wild, adventurous little girl. She has such joy and she's such a smart child. Over the past couple of months leading up to her birthday, she's converted to full sentences and become much, much more sneaky. She's pretty pushy about what she wants and she makes it pretty clear when she's displeased with an answer. Norrin is her best accomplice, but she is a complete mama's girl at the moment. She gets one heck of a death grip on me and she won't let go. I don't know if its because she's my second child or because she's a girl, but I feel much more at peace with raising her. Our relationship ebbs and flows with ease and I don't feel horrible desperation to make the perfect decision. I sometimes act exasperated that she won't give me any alone time, but the truth is I don't really want to miss a minute with this little girl. She's interesting, she's joyful, she's silly, she's just a beautiful human being. There will be pictures of our Great Wolf Lodge adventures soon, but for now I just wanted to post some pictures of my girl. When she was first born and now. My life is blessed and I never forget it.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Norrin started looking for all the eggs the Easter Bunny hid as soon as he woke up, at the not-so-ungodly hour of 7 am. He made a brief stop at the dining room table to inspect his Easter basket and he was back on the hunt.