It’s taken me a week to write this. Argh! I hate that because then I forget all the cute little stuff – anyway – here ya go!
So many exciting things happening! First last Saturday was the sunday school orientation party. Kris stayed home with Jamesy while I took Annika there. Annika and the other little kids were shown the various classrooms they would be in and met their teacher(s). They had a little snack and a little talk by the pastor. Annika was her usual quiet, reserved self. The only time she really got into it was when we were in the fellowship hall and she was able to play in the kid-sized Ark with giant stuffed animals. Then she and the other kids went nuts for a few minutes before we reigned them back in to see their classroom.
After that we headed home to clean the house. Woo-hoo! Not. But we had a party to get ready for so everything had to be cleaned! I swear. I’d love a housekeeper. Maybe just once a month or so? Must figure out how to work that into the budget. Either way Annika kept asking me to play this with her or that and I felt terrible for having to say no all the time. I’d stop every once in a while to dance with her or whatever else she was asking. Eventually though she decided she needed to help clean so I handed her a clorox wipe and let her have at it. She cleaned walls, doors, etc with that wipe. Quite handy! I’m going to have to train her in on other tasks too!
After the house was clean and James was down for his nap I took off for a 6 mile run. Two loops around our neighborhood (and too many minutes later – man, am I slow!) I was back and as I was walking back into the house I noticed Krystle and Bailey walking up. Krystle was out for a walk with him (to try and get him tired for the evening) and stopped by our house on her way. Well, Bailey didn’t need anymore walking when he was done at our house! The kids wore him out! And then Dagur got in on the act too! Bailey and Dagur played and played and played! Bailey would try and take Dagur’s bone (As if! – he couldn’t even get it in his wee little mouth if he tried!) or they would chase, then Bailey would submit and lie on his back. When he did that Dagur would put his head down on Bailey’s stomach to “pin” him to the floor. Dagur’s head was as big as Bailey’s body! Hilarious! It wasn’t too long though and Kris was pushing me to get into the shower. We had things to do! Namely – go to Sears and purchase a water softener. Fun times! When I got out of the shower though I was so weak and nauseous and stayed that way through our trip to the mall and until we got our appetizer at Buffalo Wild Wings. That run really took all my energy and I needed to replenish! And we “had” to go out to dinner at a sports bar because we couldn’t get the Gopher game at home. What is this ESPU business? Krystle and Pierce met us there. We all watched the first half together. By then the kids were getting squirrelly (that is to a word!) and we needed to run to Target yet before heading home. Well, Kris and Pierce didn’t want to leave so Krystle and I left them there (with Krystle’s car) and took the kids to Target and then home. (Quick side story about Target – Krystle took the kids to the toy section so I could get Annika a birthday card. When I was walking back towards them I see this little ball go rolling out of a toy aisle and across the main aisle. Two seconds later I see a little Jamesy go running after it. It was too cute. And luckily late at night so there weren’t too many other people in the store.) Kris doesn’t go out very often so I didn’t mind that he stayed. I often think he needs to get out more and we’re not very good about scheduling dates for the two of us so this “no kid time” was definitely warranted. As long as he still got his chores for the evening done of course. You see, he still had to go to the grocery store! After I got the kids to bed I hauled Annika’s birthday present out of the trunk of the car and started assembling it. It was a big doll house and I wanted her to be able to play with it right away. I was about half way done with that when Kris got home. He immediately grabbed the car keys and headed back out again. When he got home from the grocery store I was just cleaning up my doll house assembly mess. It was almost midnight by this time and as soon as the mess and the groceries were put away we fell into bed. Man that was a long day!
Sunday morning I got up and got started on food prep while Kris ran in to work quickly and then picked up the birthday cake. Before we knew it, it was time to leave for church. Sunday was Rally Sunday at church to kick off Sunday school for the year. The kids stayed in church with us and then they had a little ceremony before dismissing them to class. I think Annika liked her little class. There’s only 5 other little kids in there with her so that’s good since there’s only one teacher. They did little crafts and Annika was still putting stickers on her book she made when we got there. Her teacher, Lori, said Annika was quiet (yeah – she’s shy and won’t talk to anybody until she warms up) but did tell her how to say her name (Why do people always call her Ah-NEEK-ah – I don’t get it!) and did all the activites like she was asked.
We rushed home and started finishing up the food right away. The part was starting in one hour! Krystle and Pierce came over to help which was SO appreciated. Krystle helped with food and Pierce played with the kids and the dogs to keep them distracted. Then it was party time! We had a full house of grandparents, aunts and uncles and friends. All of Annika’s friends that we invited (6 little kids plus siblings and parents) were able to make it! I thought for sure some of them wouldn’t be able to make it. We even got to meet Katie, Michelle’s new daughter, for the first time! She’s a little cutie! And so cuddly and small. Well, giant for Michelle but teeny for me. After everyone had a snack it was cake time. Of course we took pictures and then lit the candles and sang. I was glad Annika was sitting on a stool at the kitchen island with her back to most people. She hates being the center of attention and she had this horrified look on her face when everyone was singing to her. Then I told her she had to blow out her candles and she refused so I put my face down by hers and we blew them out “together” which was really just me blowing them out. She was all over the cake though. Her little friend Madalyn was too. They both sat up on the stools just drooling until I was finished cutting and served them their pieces. A while later I was outside on the deck talking with friends when Annika came and crawled in my lap and snuggled in. Unusual I thought until she then whispered to me “I want to open my presents now.” It was too cute. So we went inside and opened them up. She was excited by all the toys but quickly dismissed the clothes. Even though they were super cute! She got two new Barbie dolls, a magnetic paper doll set, a spelling game (which we played that night and once again she amazed me by sound out words!), a toy food set for her kitchen (I have been served more “food” in the last week ever and we’ve had that toy kitchen since last Christmas!), a Snow White doll set and finally her doll house. The kids there just squealed along with Annika when that was brought out! All of them loved it. I quickly released her two new Barbie’s and her Snow White doll from their packages and those along with the one Barbie she already had were quickly put to use in the doll house. Jamesy, amazingly slept through all of this. Nana put him down for a nap mid way through the party and he slept until everyone was gone that afternoon. After everyone left Annika was quietly playing with her doll house while Kris and his parents were gone picking up the water softener (it wouldn’t fit in our truck with the car seats in it). When Jamesy woke up from his nap he immediately wanted to play with the new toys, especially the doll house. And Annika would stand in front of it with her arms spread to block him. *sigh* I told her she had to share by letting Jamesy have one of the dolls. So she’d give him one of the little dwarfs that came with the Snow White doll and then she’d keep the rest for himself. That was fine with him though. He just wanted in on the action. I moved the doll house to her room that night so if she wants to play “in privacy” then she can shut her door to keep Jamesy out.
This week we met some new cousins! It was under sad circumstances though, Gma’s wake and funeral. Monday night Kris and the kids picked me up from work and we went to the wake. There Natashya and Josh came with their three new children, Gabriella, Anthony and Adrianna. They are so cute! Gabriella is 4 and while it took a little while for Annika to warm up (surprise!) eventually she and Gabby were sitting at a table, having a snack and talking like cute little friends. I heard Annika tell her that she had a new doll house at home. She must really like that doll house. I held Adrianna for a while. She’s only slightly younger than James (she’s 17 months) but she’s a peanut in size compared to my big monster boy. I was holding her and cuddling her and James came over. He must have been jealous because he bit my arm! He’s never bit anyone ever before so I was so shocked! I broke his bite and told him sternly “No bite” and then he crumpled. My poor little baby. I wanted to give Adrianna to someone else and cuddle him and tell him it was all right but Nana scooped him up and made sure he was taken care of. He hasn’t bit since so he must have just been jealous. Poor baby!
Annika has spent more time in her room this week playing with her doll house! It’s been actually pretty quiet in the house! OK, one more cute Jamesy story before I wrap this up. Wednesday night Annika was up in her room so it was just Jamesy and I downstairs. He was playing with a cinderella dressed stuffed bear. He brought it to the sit ‘n spin, sat it down, crawled on himself and then asked the bear if it was “Ready?” and then he responded with “YEAH!” Too cute! Of course as soon as he started going the bear fell off so he grabbed it and held it on while they spun together. Oh, OK, one more cute story. Jamesy loves “dancing” with me now. Whenever there is music on he pulls me off my chair/couch/whatever and asks me to dance. So I stand up and hold him and he puts his head down on my shoulder and we “dance”. It is just the most precious thing ever.