Monday, February 27, 2012

Annabelle's first birthday party

What in the heck was I thinking when I told Annabelle she could have a birthday party?! Here I am, 37 weeks pregnant and trying to plan a pirate-themed birthday party for 10 4-6 year old kids. I can only hope that I'll get some extra best-mom-in-the-world points for doing it. A special thanks to my sister (who was a HUGE help in helping me decorating the cake, though Michael was instrumental in the eye-patch on the cake) and my good friend who helped with the set up, the clean up, and everything in-between. I couldn't have done it without you guys!

We played several games, opened presents, and had cake. I think all the kids had fun. One of the games we played was "pop the cannonball". My sister and I had filled black balloons with treasures (beaded necklaces, gold coins, tattoos, etc) and the kids had to try and pop them to get the treasure. It was so funny to see them try and sit on the balloon and bounce right back off. Eventually with some help from the adults, all the treasure was collected. It was interesting to see how Annabelle acted during her birthday party. I don't think she really understood what she was supposed to do as the birthday girl. But she got some fabulous gifts and got to play with her friends, so overall, I'd say it was a success.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Happy birthday, Annabelle

Annabelle turned 5 last Thursday! I can't believe she's that old already and will be starting kindergarten this fall. Where has the time gone? We had a nice family celebration that night. After eating her choice of birthday dinner - stromboli- we opened presents and had cookies and ice cream (we were saving her birthday cake for her first birthday party on Saturday). She has such wonderful grandparents and cousins and aunts and uncles who were kind enough to think of her and send gifts. Thank you to everyone. It was great evening of family fun. Happy birthday, Annabelle!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Puppy children

A few days ago, we went to Walmart for a few items. Walmart was promoting the new release of the Disney classic Lady and the Tramp, and employees were giving out free balloons and other things, among which was a dog mask. Annabelle and Jillian each got one and couldn't wait to get home and try them on. For the rest of the day, they were crawling around on their hands and knees wearing their dog masks. It was really funny to watch.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

New bunk beds

In only a matter of weeks, we'll need a crib available for a new baby, which meant that it was time to get Jillian out of it and into a real bed. So, Michael and I decided that instead of moving Annabelle downstairs to a room in the basement by herself (I wasn't ready for that), we would get bunk beds and have the girls share the room that Annabelle has. After waiting for weeks, the bunk beds finally arrived last Monday morning. After Michael got home from work that night, he got started putting them together. It took a little longer than expected, but he got it done and the girls slept in their new beds that night. They were both so excited. I was a little nervous about how Jillian would do. Annabelle has slept on a top bunk many times before at grandparents' houses, and I knew she would be fine. But now that Jillian didn't have the bars of a crib to protect her from falling out at night (and she is a mover when she sleeps- I would usually find her feet where her head should be), I was nervous. But she certainly was excited.

That night, they both did great! Jillian didn't fall out and I think she slept better than she ever did in her crib. It was funny to see her in the bed though because she's so small and can get lost in the covers. It's been a week now and neither kid gets out of their beds once they're tucked in. Jillian seems to be sleeping better and I'm loving it.

They also love playing pirates on their beds. They have lookout towers and they use their blankets as flags. It's so fun to see them playing so well together. The only downside of their sharing a room is that they wake each other up in the morning. Before, one of the girls would usually sleep in longer than the other and because they each had their own room, it wasn't a big deal. But now, they both seem to wake each other up a little bit earlier than usual. But so far, it hasn't been too big of a deal. I have early morning piano lessons three days a week so I'm up already anyway. The other days, if I haven't slept well (which is pretty much every night now), I can ask the girls to go downstairs and play for a half hour and they do it. Although they do try my patience pretty often, I really do have some great kids.