Saturday, April 30, 2005
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Saturday, April 16, 2005
I Love You, Baby!
...and if it's quite alright I need you baby... (can you sing along?), ok I digress. Well, I took Anna and Sam to Main Place Mall yesterday, my first outing alone with the two of them, other than the neighborhood park (yeah yeah, I know, a mall, but I didn't want any sun exposure and also wanted extra stimulation to keep Sam calm, it's amazing how much background noise a mall has!)... Sam cried almost the whole drive over and I was about to turn back but then he fell asleep, whew! Even though we were at the mall I spent minimal money, only on lunch (ok, and Mrs. Fields cookies too), and we were there for a total of 2 hours just walking around, window shopping and eating and chatting (with Anna that is)... but what was an unexpected surprise was this new "family lounge" where you can change/feed the baby and warm up formula, and in the adjoining restroom there's a kid-size toilet next to the adult one which is great for toilet training, also a nice tv viewing/toy area for kids, so Sam and Anna were equally entertained, in fact we were in the lounge for more than 30 minutes. I love these family-friendly touches in a mall. (As I reread this it's pretty funny what excites me.)
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Last week Anna, Yumi and I went to the Rainforest Cafe where Anna got this amazing balloon hat. It was the second one made for her, as the first one popped and I almost cried. I told her once we got home we'd take a picture so that even after the hat popped or deflated we'd always have a photo memory.
Anna currently enjoys eating lots of fruits such as apples and strawberries, and now likes drinking plain old water. She also insists on brushing her teeth at least twice a day. I guess the story about the two silver front teeth got to her... and she goes to school more eagerly now, as dropoffs haven't been traumatic these past two days. Don't pinch me if I'm dreaming.
I had a tough time at school yesterday so I was really looking forward to coming home to anything, to a crying baby or a loud little girl. Instead, Steve, Anna and Sam were quietly sitting out in the backyard telling stories.
Sam seems to track Anna's almost every move when she's in the room. She is smitten by him as well, calling him "Little Sammy". Anna tells us Sam's full name is Sam Sunshine Brown Goeller, I love that.
Saturday, April 09, 2005
This afternoon Anna went to her classmate Mikayla's birthday party. The invitation stated it would be a "gymnastics party", so Anna was very excited. Steve and Anna strolled over to her house at noon. A party company brought over trampolines, balance beams, and exercise mats among other things which filled up the front and back yards. It wasn't a free-for-all for the kids, as a coordinator led them through the activities while the kids took turns. There was also a pizza lunch, balloon sculptures, not to mention a large snake for even more entertainment. Anna had a great time, as was evidenced by the 115 digital photos Steve took of the event.
Thursday, April 07, 2005
"Disneyland and Ralphs (the supermarket)."
To encourage Anna to brush her teeth daily, I told her about a boy who has two front teeth that are silver because of cavities (no joke, this first grader was my student a few years ago).
Anna then asked, "Why don't he love himself?"
When we leave for work/school, Anna says, "When you are sad just think of me."
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Saturday, April 02, 2005