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Anna’s First Recital

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Miss Anna has been taking pre-dance classes this year, and tonight (and tomorrow afternoon AND tomorrow night) she got to perform in her first dance recital!  I took some photos and a little video last night at the dress rehearsal.  Her class of 3 and 4 year olds wore little mermaid costumes and danced to “Under the Sea.”  They were very cute!  Not very accurate, but cute, nonetheless.  The video was shot with people walking in front, etc., so it’s not great, but you get the idea.

Miss Anna turns 5!

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Our baby turned 5 today!  She had a wonderful, monkey-filled day.  I keep wondering how long this monkey phase is going to last, but I have to admit, I much prefer it to Barbies, or Miley Cyrus, or the Jonas Brothers, so I’m not discouraging it!

She took cupcakes to school, wore her monkey mask, went with Mama to have her hair cut, went to ballet class, and then finally got to come home and open her presents.  She got monkeys, a zhu zhu hamster, Polly Pocket, arts and crafts, books, a musical doll, Kai Lan, and the biggest hit of all, a grabbing tool!  What bliss!

Tonight, in bed, she asked me if she could start going to kindergarten tomorrow, now that she’s 5.  We kept explaining to her last fall that Will was going to K because he was 5, so obviously, she should now go to K as well.  I managed to make examples of her friends in preK who have already turned 5, and who are still in her class.   I think she finally understood that she’ll be going next fall.  I really think she’s still just jealous that Will gets to ride the bus!

Anna and her cake

Anna and her cake

I’m so far behind on the blogging that I have no hope of catching up, so I’m going to try to modify my blogging approach and try to post just short items with a picture or two, instead of the novellas with 20 pictures I tend to put up, which take me several hours to edit and post.  I do have photos from Christmas, Will’s birthday, and our trip to OK in March that I want to share, so I’ll try to select the best and get them up.

School pics 2009!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Here they are!  My devilish little boy and angelic little girl!

I’m going to try turning commenting back on to see if the spam attack is over …

Will "the pill"

Will "the pill", age 5

Anna Banana

Anna Banana, age 4

Happy Gotcha Day, Anna!

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Three years ago today, a little girl in Nanning, China, took this middle-aged couple and made us a family.  She wasn’t happy about it that day, naturally, nor was she happy about it for the next few months.   But, with a lot of work, and patience, and especially love, she is one of the two most important things that has ever happened to us.  We are so proud, and thrilled, and amazed every single minute of every day, to be the parents of Miss Anna.  Thank you for joining our family, sweetheart!

PS – I have temporarily turned off commenting on the blog.  I was hit with 87 spam messages this evening between 6 and 10 PM, so I need to figure out how to regulate the spam hits a little more.  I apologize that you will be unable to comment at present, but please feel free to send me an e-mail and I can figure out a way to get them in!

Anna the very special banana!

Anna the very special banana!

Will’s first day of “real” school!

Friday, August 28th, 2009

I realize he’s now been through TWO whole days of kindergarten, but here is the report on his first day!  He did very well, I think.  He was a little worried, but we had a lovely open house in his classroom on Monday afternoon, so he was familiar with the place, his hook for his backpack, his cubby and his mailbox, and all of his classmates.  There is only one little girl in his class new to the area, that he didn’t know last year.  A wonderful situation for him.

He ate his breakfast, got dressed, posed for some pics, then went outside to wait for the bus with Daddy.  Mama was ready for work already, so she was lurking about outside with the camera.  The bus arrived, he marched right up, climbed on, got in the seat behind the driver, and sat down.  I ran to my car, hopped in, and headed off for the school.  We are virtually the last stop on the way to school, so by the time I got there and parked,  his bus was already unloaded and pulling away.  The librarian (a neighbor of ours) was outside directing kids indoors, and she said he got right off and headed in.  I had some vaccination information for his records, so I went in and gave them to the secretary, then went down the hall to peak at him.

His little backpack was already on his hook, and he had already given his money to his teacher for lunch, and placed his order for a hot dog.  He still looked a little worried, but he did everything right.  I saw him in there with all those big kids, marching around like he knew what he was doing, and then I finally had to cry.   Didn’t help that his beloved preschool teacher was also there helping out, watching him proudly.  I gave him an extra kiss and got out of there.   I was misty-eyed all day.  Of course, I had to work, so I didn’t get to see him come home, but Joe reports he got off the bus, gave the driver a thumbs up, and marched down the driveway.  Overall, a successful first day.

His second day was a success, too.  I didn’t go out to the bus with him this AM, since I was still recovering from dealing with that nasty old woman last night until about 2AM, but I met him coming home on the bus.  He doesn’t quite understand the procedure for crossing the street yet; he is supposed to get off, then wait by the door and wait for the driver to give him a thumbs up before he crosses in front of the bus and crosses the street.  Today, he marched in front of the bus, then stopped, looked at her, and gave HER a thumbs up.  She made him go back to the right place and start over.  We’ve been talking about it all evening, so I hope he has it figured out now.  If he can’ t get it, he will have to stay on the bus for another 5 minutes or so, while she goes up the street to drop off a few other kids, then turns around and comes back by our house on our side of the street.

Here are the day 1 pics!

Circus Smirkus

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Recently, we took the kids to an area youth circus in Greensboro, Vermont.  The Circus Smirkus is a very professionally presented group of teenagers who progress through summer circus camps and train to present a show every summer throughout New England.  We had never seen them before, and we were very impressed.  I haven’t seen Cirque du Soleil for a number of years, but the types of acrobatic displays were very similar.  These kids were good!  Almost the most impressive part was the grace with which they carried on when they dropped the item they were juggling, or fell off their unicycle.

The theme for this year’s show was fairy tales (I was a  bit disappointed in myself to realize that my kids don’t know many of those stories; I have to work on that.)  One of the common threads running throughout the show was the Big Bad Wolf chasing Little Red Riding Hood.  The young man playing the wolf was one of the veterans of the group, and was very entertaining.  Anna was absolutely smitten with him.  We waited a bit after the show to mingle with the performers, and Anna and Will got a chance to chat with him for  a bit.  Anna was dumbstruck; it was very cute!

Why can’t they stay 4 years old forever?

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

This evening, after I picked the kids up from day care, I was heating up dinner, and Anna started talking about wishing she had a pony.  I told her I thought most little girls wished they could have a pony.  She then told me that if she could find a genie, she could have all the wishes she wanted.  I don’t have any idea where she heard about genies, but they seem to find out about such things despite my best efforts.

So, I asked her if she would be willing to share her genie with me if she happened to find one.

“Sure, Mommy.  What would you wish for?”

“I would wish for my little girl to grow up to be happy and healthy, and smart AND wise.”

She thought for a couple of minutes, then she replied,

“I wish we could be best friends forever!”


_I_ wish I had that recorded so I could play it back for her when she’s 14 years old, running to her room, slamming her door, and yelling, “I hate you, Mom!”

Memorial Day (only a month behind)

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

I’ve just updated my installation of the WordPress software, after resisting for about a year, because of the fear I would have to reset all my templates, etc.  Fortunately, it seems to have gone quite smoothly, and I haven’t noticed any problems yet.  If anyone encounters any difficulty reading anything, or commenting, etc., please let me know so I can figure it out.

We had a bit of a break over Memoral Day weekend, which also happened to be the mama’s birthday, so we headed over to our favorite vacation spot in Wells, Maine.  Our motel had a good deal for a 3-night stay, and the weather was no worse than it has been in the subsequent month, so overall, a nice weekend.  And the mama got to go shopping at the outlets in Kittery, so all was well with the world.  Here are some photos to enjoy.

Catching up a bit – Oklahoma, Day 3

Friday, May 29th, 2009

I’ve got so much to post, so I’ll have to try to do it in a few small sections.  These are the photos from our trip to Woolaroc on our trip to OK in April.  The kids enjoyed it, except that Anna had a meltdown because there were no monkeys, and then she dropped her blankie in the museum and Grandma had to go convince an employee to dig it out of a bag of garbage that had already been taken out to the dumpster.  It is so hard to be 4 years old.

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Buffalo, ostriches, and goats; oh my!

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4-28-09-13.jpg 4-28-09-14.jpg Anna was enchanted by the collection of flying  bears!

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And here’s a little clip of Anna reading the description of one of the huge murals at the Woolaroc Museum:

Day 2 in Oklahoma – Aunts and Uncles

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

We now resume our “odd”essy in pictures of Anna and Will’s excellent spring adventure to Grandma and Grandpa’s house.  On day 2, Aunt Cheryl from Oregon, and Aunt Ina, Uncle Don and Aunt Jean from Oklahoma came for lunch and a few hours of visiting with the kiddos.

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4-26-09-04.jpg Aunt Cheryl has Will tied in knots

4-26-09-06.jpg Anna has to get in on the action

 4-26-09-07.jpg Checking out the blog

 4-26-09-09.jpg 4-26-09-08.jpg Lunching

Outdoor fun:

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4-26-09-18.jpg 4-26-09-19.jpg Saying goodbye

4-26-09-22.jpg 4-26-09-21.jpg Self-portrait

4-26-09-20.jpg 4-26-09-23.jpg The whole family.  Note that girls have nice smooth hair, and apparently, boys have hair that sticks straight out from their heads.

4-26-09-24.jpg Grandma and Grandpa.  I think Grandma is on the higher step.  He generously gave Grandpa a full head of hair.  Quite long, too!