Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween (#3) !

First she was a CareBear, then a ladybug, and finally a bumblebee, all very cute :) Both grandmas came over to celebrate! Anna really got the knack of saying "Happy Halloween" and "trick-or-treat", also very cute.

Mommy got to scare Nana with Daddy's scary mask!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

DeSan Park

What is the meaning of life?

Being a kid again!

I love being OUTSIDE!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Halloween #2

In Geneva they always trick-or-treat on Sunday afternoon. AnnMarie joined in the fun!

Here is a slideshow.

Anna was all dressed up for pre-trick-or-treat brunch!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

New teeth

Anna has been getting some "new teef" for quite some time now, but they've yet to pop out.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Halloween #1

We visited some people at the Geneva Nursing Home. They just loved Elvis' performances!

Here is a short slideshow.

Here the little ones are watching Tinkerbell put on a show, sooo cute!

Early this morning, in her crib, Anna was getting stylish without any help.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Merry May Memories 2007

Today Anna was getting a kick out of saying "okey-dokey" and "ready, set, go!" We hope you enjoy the video below that is from the whole month of May! The next video is going to include June through August; hopefully it will be ready soon! Anna is getting excited for Halloween, loving pumpkins and scarecrows. Happy weekend to all!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Last Day of Story Time at the Library

Doesn't she just look ready for school...

Friday, October 19, 2007

Fall fun in the leaves!

Anna and her three cousins (Giuseppe, Violetta, and Dionisio), better known as Seppe, Yetta, and Don-Don, just had a ball in the leaves this afternoon! Fall Fun Slideshow

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Anna and Kevin sittin' in a tree

Anna had Kevin over for a play date! We found out that Anna really needs to work on her sharing skills. Sorry Kevin! Thank goodness, when there were no toys to compete for (for Anna to take from Kevin) and there was just space to run around, inside and out, they had a great time together. Lunch was pretty fun too -- they were cute mimicking each other's sounds and words back and forth.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Patterson Fruit Farm and Hawaii and LA Photos

Happy Fall everyone! Here are some pictures from HAWAII! Also here are some pictures from our visit with Billy in Los Angeles. Our trip was so much fun, and now we are having so much fun being back home! Today we went to Patterson's Farm where Anna, David, and Erika all had a ball! Last week we went to the Nature Center with Tyler and Joey, and lately we have been frequenting Squire's Castle in North Chagrin Metroparks.

Anna has also been having a blast playing with her cousins, Seppie, Letta, and Don-Do. Hopefully I will link a video here soon of when she first sees them -- it is totally adorable! - she gets incredibly happy and excited. Thank goodness we did finally catch one of those moments on video because you never know when things like that just morph into some other cute habit.

This beautiful bay is where we swam with wild dolphins!

This was the happy ending
to our hiking adventure that we thought might be leading us to a crazy man's cave.

This water was FREEZING, but the "3 Bears" Falls were well worth the chills!
Behind us is Baby Bear.

Snorkeling was a definite vacation highlight,
and this place was the grand finale!
...perhaps some underwater photos will be posted later.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Squire's Castle and the Nature Center

Here is a link to the photos from the whole day, it's the same as the one above called "Tyler and Joey". Anna had a great time with her cousins hiking and playing around all day!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Marview Street Party

Anna really enjoyed the Marview Street Party (there are a few Geneva photos in there too). She marched in a parade dressed up as Dora the Explorer and even won a prize (we won't tell her that she was the only child in the under six category)! She rode on the Max Wagon Train! Max was the puppy Anna met a few months ago (you may remember the video ~ she was a little scared), and now she and Max are pals even though he now weighs maybe 6x her weight (150 pounds)!! She proudly wore her sheriff's badge even though sitting in the police car was pretty frightening. She ate all kinds of yummy treats all night too! Then we came home to find Mike still painting the deck, and he and I kept on working out there until almost 2am! Happily, our first project of power-washing and painting the deck is complete!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Home Sweet Home

We are happy to be back from a fantastic trip (Mom and Dad to Maui and LA, and Anna to stay with her grandparents) and are excited to settle into fall! Later you'll hear about our adventures (dolphins, waterfalls, lava rocks!!), but first we have to tend to some backlogged posts! Stay tuned because this time I promise there will be something to see!

PS- now there are several posts for August and September!

Anna was 18 months old today! She seems so much older than just a week or so ago! She is chatting and eating up a storm, loving her letters and clothing (pants, socks, etc), as well as getting crazy excited whenever there is any child near by, especially Seppe, Letta, and Do-o-nicie-o. She's 33 inches tall, 25 pounds, has a big head, and 10 big teeth! Some new words: airplane, abc, "happy birth-day Daddy", yeah/yes (to answer questions - so cute!), plate, ring, watch, Anna's shoes, Mommy's jeans, Grandma's shirt, Daddy's socks, di-aper, peas (please)... Oh, what a joy and blessing from God! Happy October!

Going Bananas

By the way, Anna now (in mid-November) loves to say Anna Banana, and one of her grandmas is now called Nana, but Anna likes to call her Bana.