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Wednesday, June 28, 2006
 
Look! Grass!


Posted by Kristina at 6/28/2006 10:14:00 PM

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Monday, June 26, 2006
 
Annika does so many cute things lately. Every time she bumps or hurts herself, she doesn't cry. No, she says "Uh oh" and then "kiss it." Then she comes to Kris and I and we have to kiss her boo-boo. This never gets old. And she does the same thing to us. If we have a bruise or cut or even if I just say my finger hurts, she comes over and kisses it. To her, moles are owies too so she is constantly kissing my moles on my neck and chest. It is so cute!

Annika loves singing now too. She'll be happily playing alone and then bust out in a song. Yesterday she circled the end table while singing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" over and over again. Today, outside she was picking up rocks and then singing her "Bubble Gum" song. Part of the bubble gum song you wrap your arms around your body while saying "I like it, I like it." You all have got to see her doing this. It is too adorable. I have to get that one on camera if I don't already have it. Tonight in the bath tub we sang "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star", "If Your Happy and You Know it" and "The ABCs." Annika can sing most of the abc's by herself. She mumbles the LMNOP part like most little kids do. I remember not having any idea whatsoever what the heck my mom was saying during that part for the longest time. Like seriously I must have been 6 or 7 by the time I figured it out. I make sure to sing that part very clearly for Annika. It's funny what oddities we pass on to our kids, isn't it?

Every night at bedtime, after I put her pajamas on, I turn off the light, pick Annika up and we snuggle for a minute or two. Then I put her down in her crib, cover her up and walk out of the room. I love our night time ritual. She always grabs my shirt and pulls it open so she can place her cheek down on my chest. Then she kind of burrows in and snuggles. If I skip this step and put her directly in her crib she stands right up and demands to be held. So, every night we have a short cuddle session. I love it. And if I lay her down and forget the covers she immediately asks "Covers?" It could be a hundred degrees in her room and she would still ask for covers. She is her mother's daughter. I'm the same way. It's the middle of summer with no air conditioning and I must have at least a sheet covering me. Lately she's also been asking for "Puppy?" after she's snuggled in her covers. This melts my heart too because the puppy she is asking for is my Pound Puppy from when I was a girl. We found it while cleaning out Grandpa Dan's basement and Annika has become a little attached to it. So, each night after covering her up, I make sure she knows where "Puppy" is. Then she is content to lay down and go to sleep. Man, I love this kid. Maybe tomorrow I'll tell you about her tantrums. This post has been brought to you by syrup. No tantrums allowed.

Posted by Kristina at 6/26/2006 08:27:00 PM

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Friday, June 23, 2006
 
The landscapers were back yesterday. Kris went outside to talk to them. They finished up all the sprinkler work and told Kris that sod was coming today! I don't really believe them since our yard is still full of weeds. Maybe the sodding company is coming today to start mowing down all the weeds, re-grading the yard (parts have washed away with the rain), etc. and then sod will be here next week. I can't wait!

Annika's friend Brianna has learned how to crawl out of her crib! Scary! I'm sure if Annika wanted to, she could figure it out too. She is a little climber like Brianna is so it might not be too long. I just hope she doesn't start climbing out and then fall. I've already moved all toys and books away from her crib just in case. Usually when Annika wakes up during the night she just stands next to the side of her crib and jumps while whining. She knows Mom or Dad are coming if she does that.

The other night Annika wanted a snack after dinner. She asked first for a popsicle. I said no so then she asked for some ice cream. I again said no so she asked for some boobies. My eyes bugged out as I looked at her and asked her if she really wanted some boobies? She said again boobies. Oh, wait, you want blueberries! Yes, yes, okay, you can have some blueberries and up and to the kitchen we went.

Here's an odd quirk of Annika's for you. Each time we wash Annika's face and hands after eating, she always asks us to wash her feet. Every time. We have no idea why and usually end up running the washcloth or paper towel over her feet.

Each night this week while taking a bath, Annika has asked to get out and go potty. Even though it's annoying to take the dripping child out of the tub and set her on the potty, I do it. I figure at this stage, you can't say no when she asks to go potty. Wednesday night she did the same thing and when I set her on the potty, she actually went and went a lot! Wow! She asked to get out of the tub and go potty! Amazing! Of course, then we she was done taking a bath she went into our bedroom and peed (just a little bit) on the floor. I reminded her that she only goes pee in the potty or in her diaper - not on the floor. Progress is still progress though, right?

I have lots of picture to download from the camera and then upload here. Sorry I haven't gotten to it yet. I'll try, really try, to do it this weekend. We don't have much planned this weekend. Kris is going to help Jon and Michelle move their big furniture out of their condo tomorrow morning but that's the only plans we have so far. I'm hoping it stays that way.

Posted by Kristina at 6/23/2006 07:56:00 AM

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Monday, June 19, 2006
 
Well, we had sprinklers. Until it monsooned Friday night and the dirt washed over and covered them all up. The landscapers will have to come back out, uncover them and test them again. Oh what fun! Another delay in getting grass!

Otherwise, we had a lovely weekend. Kris had a nice Father's Day yesterday I think. He got a table saw from Annika. She and I picked it out on Saturday. We started the day off with brunch downtown with Nana, Papa, Uncle Dusty and Aunt Kim. Annika was a perfect little girl during brunch. She's always such a good girl in restaurants. After brunch we headed over to the Como Zoo. Annika had a great time watching the monkeys, zebras, lions, giraffes, etc. We didn't have a stroller with us but she was content to walk or sit on somebody's shoulders. She could see better that way anyway. And of course she was spoiled rotten (two frozen ice treats shared with Uncle Dusty and Papa and then part of Uncle Dusty's ice cream cone too!).

After the zoo we headed to Grandpa Dan's house for a BBQ with him, Marcia and Auntie Krystle. Annika had fun exploring and playing in the backyard. Grandpa has lots of bird houses and feeders. Annika got to see three birdhouses full of eggs. There were also lots of birds by the feeders including an oriole, woodpecker and cardinal. It was a nice, relaxing afternoon.

And when we got home there was still more excitement! Our neighbors Andrew and Katie got a new puppy yesterday. When we got home, I rang their bell so we could meet the little guy. His name is Gusty and he is absolutely adorable. He's only 2.5 pounds right now. Annika was too shy (Katie's family was over celebrating Father's Day) to show much attention to the puppy but she did pet him once. When I put her down she took off and ran back to our house and into our garage. Andrew loves playing with her so he and Annika started chasing each other around the driveway.

It was a jam packed day yesterday. Luckily this week is the exact opposite. We have no plans (other than scrapbooking tonight with Auntie Krystle) and no plans this weekend. Jon and Michelle are moving out of their condo this weekend so Kris may have to go help with that. And now I'm going to go call home and check on my family.

Posted by Kristina at 6/19/2006 08:36:00 AM

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Thursday, June 15, 2006
 
We have sprinklers! They tested our sprinklers yesterday. I think there is more work to be done in the backyard still but at least they're working on it! I talked with our neighbors Andrew and Katie last night and Katie said she called the builder again (she's been calling weekly since March) and they told her we should have grass within 2 weeks. Yay! Finally! Now it's time to make plans to build that deck! I'm hoping to have that done before the summer's over.

Annika has always been a mama's girl. Lately whenever I'm home she is super clingy to me. She has to be in whatever room I'm in and if she wants to go somewhere else (like downstairs to get some milk for example) I have to go with her. Daddy just won't do. While I secretly love this, it does make things difficult sometimes. There is one person though that trumps even Mommy. That would be Elmo. Yesterday I had to call into a meeting while working from home and the only way Annika would go with Kris was for him to bribe her with Elmo. That girl LOVES Elmo. Aren't we the best parents ever? Bribing our child with TV (Elmo for goodness sakes!) at such a young age? Oh well. You gotta do what you gotta do.

I think Annika is getting close to being ready for potty training. She's been peeing on the potty for quite some time now. Kris sits her on it after most meals. Lately though, she's been recognizing when she needs to go. Yesterday she looked at me and said "poopy?" I think she had to actually pee at the time but hey, she's recognizing it! If Kris and I wanted to, we could probably start the training now. It just seems like so much work when she is still this little though.

There are babies everywhere again! My friend Jen announced her pregnancy a couple weeks ago. Congratulations Jen and Jim, Audrey and Ava! Also, yesterday I found out my cousin Melissa had a little boy on June 7th. Congratulations Melissa and Ben!

Posted by Kristina at 6/15/2006 08:18:00 AM

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Monday, June 12, 2006
 
What a fun, but busy, weekend! Friday night was spent getting ready for Saturday's party. Saturday morning was busy getting the food ready. Then Annika and I took a 2.5 hour nap, waking up just in time to hop in the shower (Annika loves taking showers - she stands under the water and just lets it beat down on her upper back - it's too cute) before guests started arriving. I think my 30th birthday party was a success. There was a lot of people and a lot of food. People were both inside the house and in the garage so Kris and I tag-teamed. He spent all of his time outside since he was grilling and I spent all my time inside. I didn't want my guests to not have a host around. After all the inside people left I joined my friends who were still outside. They stayed for another couple hours. I think everyone was gone by 11:30pm. Annika had a great time playing with all the kids that were there. We brought out her jumping castle and the kids (all who are 7 and under) loved it! I didn't hear of any fights or injuries (whew!). I think Annika spent most of her time in it herself. Every time I'd ask where she was, since I was in the house, someone would say "jumping."

Sunday after we were done doing some clean up, Auntie Krystle came over again. She was our babysitter for the day so Kris and I could go on a charity motorcycle ride. Yesterday was the first time I had been on my bike since Mother's Day of last year! It ended up raining on us for part of the ride so we left early and came home. I was so cold! My jeans were drenched and my hands were so cold that they were cramping up. We were out for 4 hours or so and I figured that was long enough for my first day out. There were a whole bunch of bikes out there too. It was pretty cool to be part of this long line of bikes going down the road. We even had a police escort through Savage to get us started.

Now we have a pretty low key week. Thursday is the only night Annika and I have plans (dinner with Grandpa, Krystle and Mathias to celebrate our birthdays). It's good to have weeks like this. It makes the busy weekends more tolerable!

Posted by Kristina at 6/12/2006 07:36:00 AM

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Friday, June 09, 2006
 
Annika is just this amazing little person. She continues to learn and grow and show off new skills all the time. She talks in sentences now, like "Daddy, where are you?" And she can count up to 12 or 13, even including seven now! And she can identify every letter of the alphabet. We're working on colors and shapes but she knows what a heart and star is. We're working now on circle and square, etc. And if Kris and I actually wanted to try, we could probably potty train her. She already uses the potty each day after lunch and breakfast. Daddy has made it part of her routine. I've even bought her itty bitty little underwear. So cute! But, we're not tackling that project just yet.

The last two nights we've watched Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" reality show. Both nights Annika has asked me to get up and dance around the living room with her when the show is on. She loves grooving on down to the music. And it's so fun to watch her dance! However, when we dance together she wants to hold hands and spin in circles. Mommy can only do that so many times before she is dizzy and needs to sit down. Annika could spin for days, I swear. Man, she is so fun!

Tomorrow we are having a 30th birthday party for me and there will be lots of kids for Annika to play with. I'm sure she's going to love it!

Posted by Kristina at 6/09/2006 12:49:00 PM

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006
 
Saturday was a busy day. First up was the CAbi season end sale. I scored another pair of pants for the summer plus one of the two items I had on reserve. The other was not finished being laundered. When I got home from that, we had lunch and then I was down for a nap. Annika had fallen asleep in the bike trailer on the way home from the park so she stayed up with Daddy while I slept. I tried to get her to sleep with me but she was strongly opposed to that idea and kept wanting to play! Since I was all relaxed from laying down, I stayed there and handed her off to Kris. After I woke up, we headed out to my cousin's graduation party. Annika, of course, fell asleep in the car on the way there, scoring about a 45 minute nap. After the grad party, it was time to head to party number two - my uncle's 50th birthday party. A few of my cousins were there, including Jason and Jennie and there 2 year old son (as of May 12th, I think) Jack. He and Annika didn't really play together so much as near each other. Annika had a great time on the swingset in the back yard and on the trampoline next door. The trampoline had a net all the way around it so the kids couldn't fall out, plus some of my other cousins and cousins fiances jumped with them. Annika was having so much fun that she cried when it was time to go home. It was an hour after her bedtime though so we couldn't stay too much longer. Plus, it was starting to get chilly and I didn't have anything with me for Annika to wear.

Sunday morning Kris woke up feeling awful. We think he got some food poisoning from something he ate on Saturday but we're not sure where or what it was. He spent most of Sunday resting though. Annika and I made a couple trips out of the house. One was to Circuit City where I picked up my birthday present - a Canon PowerShot SD700 IS digital camera! I am so spoiled! I love my new camera. I've taken a bunch of pictures already. I'll work tonight to get some uploaded to the photo album. Now I need to figure out how to work all my new features!

We were supposed to go out to dinner Sunday night with our neighbors Andrew and Katie but Kris was feeling too awful for that. We cancelled on them (boo!) but ended up chatting with them for a little while in the driveway!

Happy birthday to me! I turned 30 years old yesterday. You know, I think I'm going to like this decade. We all know that I was never cool! And I was never much of a club crawler, preferring to spend my nights at home with Kris or with a small group of friends. I think the 30's are going to be good. I think I'm suited for them. A lovely birthday it was too. Annika was kind enough to sleep in late, spending the last hour of her sleeping time snuggled up between Kris and I. Krystle and I had a spa day yesterday. We spent 4 hours getting massages, facials, pedicures and manicures. It was so relaxing. I think I fell asleep during part of the facial! After that, Krystle and I picked up Mathias' birthday gift. His 21st birthday is Saturday. Then we stopped for lunch before heading back to our house. I received one card in the mail (Lynn), two happy birthday phone calls (Grandpa, Mathias) and three happy birthday e-cards (Amanda, Gramme and Pam). Everything was great until last night when Annika was crawling around on the couch. She crawled up to the top and before I knew it, she had fell off the back! She cried right away and I scooped her up and snuggled with her. She was fine a few minutes later until I tried putting some ice on the bruise forming by her right eye. Then she started crying again. I tried putting some ice on it for the next half hour but she kept resisting each time. I'm hoping she's doing okay today and that the bruise isn't too nasty. I'll have to be more diligent with her and her climbing. I'm also hoping this scared her a bit, as awful as that sounds, so that she doesn't climb up on things so much. After it happened, I called Kris at work to tell him that I had damaged the baby. OK, I didn't so much as damage her as I didn't prevent her from damaging herself! Oh, the guilt!

Posted by Kristina at 6/06/2006 11:51:00 AM

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Friday, June 02, 2006
 
So in my panic yesterday of "Oh my god I don't have anything to write about, think Kristina THINK!", I totally forgot to tell you that Wednesday we brought Annika to the dentist. OK, she didn't actually have an appointment herself, she just came and observed Kris' appointment. She watched him get his teeth cleaned and polished and watched the dentist do her thing. There were a couple times when she asked "Daddy?" in a "I'm a little concerned about what is going on here" way so we reiterated that Daddy was getting his teeth cleaned and that it was okay and look, Daddy's waving at you and such. Of course each time the hygentist or dentist would look at her or talk to her she would bury her face in my chest. Girl is getting a little shy towards strangers or people she hasn't seen in a while. If you give her some warm up time she is just fine. Anyway, what was I talking about? Oh yes, dentists. We'll probably keep bringing her with us each time we go so when it's her turn, she's not nervous and knows what to expect.

We have a busy weekend coming up with 3 parties to go to tomorrow and dinner with Andrew and Katie (neighbors) on Sunday. I think Sunday afternoon after picking up Grandpa and Marcia from the airport, we're going to go shopping for a new digital camera. Yay! Birthday presents for me!

Posted by Kristina at 6/02/2006 07:15:00 AM

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Thursday, June 01, 2006
 
OK, I can't think of anything to write about so here's a little Annika-ism. I usually sneeze twice in a row when I sneeze. Annika has picked up on this and now whenever I sneeze she immediately says "bless you, bless you!"

Posted by Kristina at 6/01/2006 08:58:00 AM

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