Church Shower

Yesterday morning, our church family threw a wonderful, surprise shower for Anna!  I guess Joe knew, but I had no idea.  Of course, that’s not all I had no idea about, as Pastor’s e-mail giving me the hymn numbers for the service (I was playing the piano) never arrived, so I was flying by the seat of my pants for that.  One of the vagaries of e-mail!  Anyway, there was a lovely cake, finger food, and gifts galore!  In addition to all the nice things shown below, Anna received a US Savings bond and a full piggy bank from the whole congregation.

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Pastor was thrilled, because Anna decided he was the one to help her open her gifts, and she actually wanted him to hold her before we left.  And he didn’t even have to ply her with Cheerios for the privilege! 

Today Miss Anna and I spent the afternoon at home struggling mightily to take a nap.  We had to run out to the PO in the early afternoon in the arctic cold (high of about 3 degrees with a stiff wind – predictions are for a windchill of -35 to -40 degrees tonight!).  Naturally she fell asleep in the car for the 10 minute drive, and then wouldn’t go back to sleep when we got home.  We tried, and cried and screamed for about 1-1/2 hours until I finally gave up.  She was so tired, but she just wouldn’t give in.  I put her in the carrier on my back, and went downstairs to walk on the treadmill.  Of course, that’s when she went to sleep, at 4:45.  Good timing for a kid that’s supposed to go to bed by 9:00.  Fortunately Grandma Winter called at about 5:45 to talk to Anna, so she had to wake up then.  After her conversation with Grandma, she rode her scooter for awhile, took some pictures with her digital camera, and then played the piano to provide some after dinner music.  Surprisingly, she had no problem going to sleep at the appointed time.  So, a decent day overall. 

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Tomorrow morning, it’s back to work for me.  I always have a hard time going to work on Tuesday morning after having spent a nice afternoon with my daughter.

I meant to mention above that I did an inspection of Anna’s teeth today.  If you look at the photo above where she’s holding her camera, you’ll see she’s pointing to her cheek.  She was doing that quite a bit, so I peeked in there.  She has 16 1/2 teeth.  I have to look up how many she’s supposed to have at this age, but she’s definitely cutting a big molar on her mandibular arcade on the left.  I suppose that’s one of the infamous 2 year molars.  I thought she was a bit droolier than normal.  I wonder what she’s going to be like when she isn’t cutting teeth.  She was getting her lower canines in when we picked her up, and I suspect those were uncomfortable, too. 

One Response to “Church Shower”

  1. MOM says:

    What a wonderful surprise the church did for Anna. You certainly have a wonderful church family. It seems like Anna has a mouth full of teeth already but I guess there is room for more. She is finally warming up to Pastor and that is great. I enjoyed the phone call with Anna and when she learns to speak english we will have a great time on the phone. :lol: I can’t imagine coldness that low on the termometer. Give me Oklahoma any day. You and Joe have made such progress with Anna, it seems like she has been in our life always =P