Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
here she is feeling the weight of 'Sponsibiliy. and nighty night!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
our little Anna is a little less timid at the dawn of 2008, now it's little sister's turn.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
when we got home, it was time to prepare for Santa's visit. so we decided to make his favorite cookies. we have the book Santa Claus, which has Mrs. Claus' cookie recipe. Anna was so excited to make it. once the cookies were on the plate, it was time to pour the milk and write Santa a thank you note for all of his hard work. Anna went to bed just like any other night, i don't think we'll get too many more years like that.
Jason and i thought we heard some rustling downstairs, and low and behold we saw Santa had come. i was pretty sure Anna got at least one of the presents she asked for, because if you look closely the package on the left is a little see-through. it looked like a bike to me!
it was a lovely night, with the promise of a fun morning.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
this is not a loving hand on the knee Henry is giving Anna, it is actually a push. i believe he actually used these candy canes as weapons at one point to knock over the friendly gingerbreadman. and the smile Anna seems to be making was the only one, and fleeting at that. i'll say it again, hurray for our 2007 Beardsley cousin photo shoot. well done children!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
i call this series of photos, "you lookin' at me?" so, one big difference i notice in Anna and Maddie's personalities so far is that Madeline is sort of a dare devil, and Anna - not so much. Anna sat in this swing happily watching Henry and Madeline swing, "high in the sky." she on the other hand did not want to swing AT ALL, even a wind gust was too scary. we'll see how that develops. it definitely tests my patience, since i was more outgoing as a kid.
we also visited the wildlife world zoo. this is my favorite zoo. the phoenix zoo is okay, but this one seems more authentic. you get to feed the animals which is worth the drive.
something that surprised me, floored me really, was Anna's total bravery with the animals. she was all over feeding the giraffe, and even braved the petting zoo. and this is not your ordinary petting zoo - the animals are, well, animals. they are very aggressive and have even made grown men cry. they wait by the feeders and literally attack the people getting food. a deer actually ate part of Anna's dress, but she happily petted it and gave it food. i was stunned.
back at the train park, we rode the Christmas train and saw such characters as Barney, Henry's personal favorite. oh how i wish i snapped a pic of him dancing with this large purple dinasaur.
this picture sums up the week of fun. here we are all together smiling! it was a blast. we hope our cousins come back soon! though i'm told Barrett won't have another break until summer after the boards. good luck Bear.
i wish this could have been our Christmas card, the ones of our individual family weren't as good. funny how that works, you take a million like, "here lets try to get a shot for our Christmas card," and none of them are too good. and then you pat the guy in front of you on the train and ask him to take a quick shot of all 8 of you before the train takes off and you get perfection. oh well, better luck next year.
i could not have been more surprised to win this, a few weeks ago, and then to receive my winnings only to discover that i either, 1) forgot and told you Tonya how much i wanted to learn cake decoating, or 2) have a sweet friends who is somewhat of a mind reader. i really think it's the latter. so, funny. well, thank you, this package will surely make our Chrismas a little sweeter! "Merry Christmas to all! And to all a good night!"
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
so, Christmastime is in full effect in the Earl household. we have made a gingerbread house, decked the halls, trimmed the tree, (which fell over two nights ago), and had our annual Christmas party on our street. now, we are enjoying some holiday fun time with our cousins Henry and Laine. oh, and we had a Christmas miracle - Anna sat on Santa's lap, not once but twice this week! 'tis the season
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
hearing these words set my mind racing, "where did she get makeup? how did she get it downstairs without me knowing? how much damage has been done?" to my shear delight, i discovered the "makeup" was nothing other than this:and my only duty was to guard against any eye poking. Maddie loved it, check her out, leaning into the lipstick portion of her makeover:i was also given a touch-up. and i couldn't stop laughing when i asked Anna, "how do i look?" she replied, "better!" i mean, you know it's bad when a 2 year old wielding a purple crayon can improve your looks! so there was no eye gouging, only giggles! a day for the blog.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Maddie wasn't one for turkey, yams, or potatoes - she prefers cardboard! Anna's whole purpose for coming to "Caniforna" was to go with Henry to the choo-choo and ponies. so, we took the kids to Irvine park for some choo-choo/pony madness. Anna and Grandpa were really excited.
it was time for the pony ride, and Anna decided maybe she wasn't ready. she sat on the pony, but ultimately she did not want to ride. Henry on the other hand was ready to go, he even decided on a "trotter" this time. but then something happened that hasn't happened in a loooooong time. Anna decided that i, her mommy, might be able to do something better than her dad!!! she requested i escort her on the pony ride, and it was smooth sailing after that. (tough loss Jase.) she even said next time she wants a "fast pony" like Henry.
for the choo-choo portion of our day, i was nominated yet again to take Henry, Anna, and Maddie on the ride. Henry was very protective of Anna, keeping his arm around her until the tunnel, when he raised his hands above his head and screamed his head off!
Henry needed to look down at his cheat sheet/shirt for the answer to "how old are you?" and Anna needs to learn how to hold up the fingers she needs to answer.
here's Madeline ready for her train ride.
next it was off to feed the ducks. unfortunately we were less than prepared for this activity. fortunately, i always have Cheerios on hand for the girls, oh and the ducks. i seriously thought i'd be jumping in this less than pristine water after my little girl. happily she kept her balance all day, thank goodness for small miracles.
now, about the ducks. i snapped this shot (which didn't turn out that great) to show what we deemed the ugliest duck and the most beautiful one. we wondered if the other ducks were like, "how did a duck like that snag such a hot mallard?" and what is the deal with ducks that have tumors? it seems like everytime i am near a duck pond, i spy a duck with some sort of growth on his head like this one. curious? and a little gross.