You know you haven't blogged in a long time when the sheet of paper you've been carrying around taking notes of what to write about is full. It's time to sit down and try to remember the last week and a half with at least some detail...
Last Tuesday was my sister Krystle and my friend Pam's birthdays. I hope they both had great days! Last Wednesday Auntie Krystle, Uncle Pierce, Grandpa Dan, Uncle Mathias and the four of us went out to dinner to celebrate Krystle's birthday. James was sitting between Mathias and myself and was having such a great time. He was just adoring his Uncle Mathias. He was playing with him, teasing Mathias with a french fry (Here Uncle Mathias, let me share my fry with you - Just kidding!) and making silly, funny faces at him. Annika had to act shy around everyone at first but as soon as she was finished eating she had crawled up on Grandpa's lap to have her dessert - M&M's of course. Grandpa always has M&M's for Annika each time he sees her. The other sweet thing was about two weeks ago Annika had a post-it note that she drew some lines and letters and pictures on. When she was done she declared that it was a picture for Uncle Mathias (whom we hadn't seen since Christmas - I thought it was sweet that she was thinking of him). It sat on the desk for a week or so and when we were leaving for dinner I put it in my purse and told Annika that she could give it to Uncle Mathias that night. When we sat down at the table I took it out and laid it on the table next to her. As soon as Uncle Mathias walked in she grabbed the picture and held it. When he bent down to give her a hug and kiss hello she got all bashful and just stuck the picture out at him but wouldn't say hello or even look at him. She loves and misses him though. This past Sunday we saw all our family except Uncle Mathias. Annika was so upset that we were seeing all the grandmas and granpdas and uncles and aunts except for Mathias.
Speaking of Easter, Annika thought it was great. She doesn't get the true meaning yet but she was super excited that the Easter bunny came to our house and hid our baskets and some eggs. She really enjoyed searching for them all. And each time we had to leave a party to go to the next (first up Kris's family for a couple hours then my Grandpa Dan and Marcia for a couple hours then Gramme and Papa Merv for a couple hours before it was time to head home) Annika would at first resist until she remembered there was going to be another hunt. And each party did not disappoint. Annika hunted for eggs four different times yesterday. When we were getting ready to leave for Gramme's Annika came over to me and exclaimed "I bet Gramme will have" and then she thought for a moment "10 eggs for me to find!" And guess what, Gramme did have 10 eggs for Annika (and James) to find. It was a great day. I love that we were able to see most (missing Mathias - so sad) of our family.
One day last weekend the kids and I were sitting at the table eating when Jamesy started laughing. I told him that I just loved it when he laughed, that I loved the sparkle in his eyes when he did. Annika stopped eating, looked up at James and started searching for sparkles. I told her that she had sparkles in her eyes too when she was happy and smiling and laughing. Then she started trying to see the sparkles in her eyes by moving her eyeballs all over her eyes, searching. It was really cute how literal she took me. A few times since then she's gone up to Jamesy to look for sparkles. Silly girl.
Last Tuesday when I got home from work I reminded Annika that it was dance class night. The girl was so excited that she ate all her dinner (rare for her) then when Jamesy and I were still eating she declared she was going upstairs to change into her dance leotard. She came back downstairs with her tights, leotard and skirt. And she made me stop eating to help her change. By the time Jamesy and I had finished eating and I had the dishes put away she had her clothes, shoes and coat on and was standing by the door waiting to go. It was only 5pm at that time and we didn't need to leave for another 40 minutes! I tried explaining that to her but she just told me she'd wait. We ended up leaving early to run to Target so she didn't stand there for 40 minutes, but she did for 15-20! After dance class was over Annika came rushing over to me, happy and giddy from her class. Then the teacher reminded us parents that there was no class this week due to spring break. Annika then turned to me, sobered up and sad because there was no class this week. I assured her that it was only a break and class would resume the week after that and she cheered back up. I think it's safe to say she likes dance class! Jamesy likes going to dance class too. He loves spending the entire time looking in the window (actually a 1 way mirror so we can see in but the kids can't see out) of the dance class room watching his sister in class. He's always pointing to her as she moves around or when I ask him to show me where "sister" or Nika is.
Jamesy is starting to communicate more and more. Not only does he point and babble but he also shakes his head no, leads you to what he wants or pushes you until you do as he wishes. For example if I'm standing by the kitchen counter he will wedge himself between the counter and me and then push
with all his might against my legs until there is separation. Then he puts his arms up asking to be held.
If you ask Jamesy where his nose is, he'll point to it! If you ask him where your nose is, he'll point to his nose. Oh well, close enough! He also likes to find belly buttons. He tries to lift up my shirt all the time to get my belly button and stick a finger in it. Then he raspberries my belly. What is it with my kids and belly buttons? Annika still has to play with her belly button each night while she sleeps or as she's relaxing watching cartoons.
Annika has been telling us for a few months now that she has a sister. Before her "sister" always had a different name and it was usually incomprehensible. Last week though her sister was named "Sarah" and that has stuck. Sister Sarah sleeps, hides, is naughty, is on the phone, is standing next to you, etc. I guess it's Annika's imaginary friend. Annika even tells me now that she has a brother (James) and a sister (Sarah). I wonder how long Sarah is going to stick around.
OK, one last cute kid story before I wrap this longwinded post up - Sunday during church I was holding James while singing a hymn. Every few words James would look up at me, kiss me and then go back to cuddling, looking around or singing as well. It was completely adorable how every few seconds he would lean in for a kiss. My baby boy is such a doll.