Thursday, February 7, 2013

Anna's Antics

I haven't done an update on Anna Bean in a while and I have some fun stories to share!

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Her mommy's morning out (or school, as we call it) is going SO well. Drop-offs are getting easier and there have been two days now where I thought she wasn't going to cry at all until another kid started crying and set her off. Her teachers report that she cries less than 2 minutes and then immediately jumps into the activities. She loves arts and crafts and will often come home covered in paint and proudly clutching her latest artwork.

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Anna is increasingly interested in helping around the house and especially doing things for herself. She will put things in the trash, put her milk back in the fridge, put her shoes on (although sometimes on the wrong feet!), bring me cloths for the baby, hand me diapers, and put her clothes in the hamper. She also is obsessed with pressing buttons, so if I am making coffee or anything in the microwave, she runs over and asks for "button!!!". Anna also enjoyed watching me clean their bathroom yesterday, and stayed right on my heels so she wouldn't miss a single step of the process. I told her that we had to scrub the bathtub so that it would be nice and clean for her baths, and then I was so impressed later that night when she got into the tub and said, unprompted, "Clean bath!".

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Anna is getting increasingly articulate and often strings together longer sentences. It is fun to hear and even more fun to be able to converse with her. But the most fun of all is when she lies down on the floor or in the crib with Maddie and she just starts babbling to her...I can only understand every fourth word or so and it's gibberish in between, but Maddie soaks up every word. The clear words are usually "Poppins" and "Elmo" and "strawberries" so I like to think that Anna is telling her sister about all the things she has to look forward to when she's older!

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Banana Bean's imagination has really kicked off in recent months. It's always surprising what things she comes up with! She has cobbled together her very own Mary Poppins outfit (completely on her own!) and now has a hat, shoes, scarf, gloves and umbrella, just like her idol. Anna also pretends with other things - just yesterday, she sat down in a big crack in our driveway and announced "Bath!" and then pretended to wash her hair!

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Planting a garden at the park

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Texting with her Auntie Ally

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Anna still loves taking pictures, including self-portraits!

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Anna loves playing hide-and-seek, or at least the 2 year old's version of it. I cover my eyes and count to 10, and she will "hide" in plain sight. When I get to 10, I pretend like I don't see her, and search behind curtains, pillows, and her bean bag while she stands there and giggles like she is the cleverest hider in the entire world. When I finally "spot" her and say "Ahhh Anna!! I found you!!" she thinks it is hysterical. She likes to count too, so I hide in a very obvious spot like under her blanket. You should hear her laugh when she finds me! And of course Daddy plays too, which is always fun.

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Going for a little walk around our neighborhood. She likes to count "1,2,3 GO!" and then jump off the curb. This particular walk was exciting because a school bus went right by us and the driver waved...Anna was in heaven!

She is obsessed with all things large and automotive right now. We are often out driving around when the school buses are doing their afternoon pick-ups and Anna will count the buses that we see. I think our record is 16! She also loves going outside and sitting in the yard and watching for planes and helicopters.

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Teasing Kingsley

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Helping Daddy with the recycling

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Mmmm Daddy made a treat - pudding!

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Anna helped herself to some strawberries. And when I say "some" I mean "all".

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Playing with the puzzles at music class

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Atlanta had some crazy weather last week and I pulled into the parking lot to pick up Anna from school just as tornado sirens went off!! So we spent the next hour in the basement, where Anna entertained herself with her sock puppets.

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P is for Pig.

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Kissing her sister

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Anna is so funny while watching Mary Poppins. She will do things along with the movie, so here Mary Poppins had just taken her hat off, and Anna took hers off right along in time with Mary!

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I think her shirt is appropriate here!

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We had an unseasonably warm day here this week so we went out on the porch to enjoy some fresh air!

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Playing the doorbell game.

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It's been a little turbulent with Anna lately (omg the tantrums!) but so much fun too - we love you Anna Bean!

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