Anna has taken on the temper tantrum phase of toddler hood with great enthusiasm on her part, let me give you an example. She came up to me in the bathroom while I was getting ready for work the other morning. She had her hands up asking to be picked up. I didn't want to pick her up, so instead offered her my hand to walk along side me. She melted into a puddle on the floor, and she cried and she kicked her legs. I'll call this "baby attention seeking behavior", or BASB for short :) So, I walked out of the bathroom without her and went to the kitchen. She then proceeds to stop crying, walk up to the kitchen, finds me, and lays down on the floor. And then she starts crying and kicking again. Holy moly, talk about drama! This girl has the game all figured out... She not all tantrums all of the time though, I promise. She is a ton of fun and she is busy busy busy, as always. These pictures are from tonight, during one of the special times she sat down with me one on one.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
I just finished The Longest Trip Home by John Grogan, and it was a great read! You may recognize his name from his other bestselling book: Marley and Me. (which was also fabulous by the way) He has a wonderful writing style that makes reading his story effortless, and it doesn't hurt that he tells hilarious tales from his youth too. The book takes us from his youth, explaining his parents extreme belief in the Catholic faith and finishes in his parent's elderly years. Of course, just like Marley and Me, this book is a tearjerker. I was a crying fool last night as I finished the final pages close to midnight laying next to my sleeping hubby and dog. I highly recommend it, and if anyone wants to borrow my copy...you are more than welcome!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
What's that you ask? Yes, chokecherry trees...we got 2 of them in our 'parkway' (that grassy area between the sidewalk and street) today courtesy of the City of Chicago. Wowzers! Our condo association realized a while back that we have a large tree-less stretch right in front of our building, so we called 311 and asked for a few trees. And it worked, who knew? Now the only question is why chokecherry instead of maple, ash, birch, or oak? It just seems a little random... right? At least we will have fun spring cherry blossoms to enjoy, and I understand the cherries are good for jams and pies... not so sure that I will go there though.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
I have been meaning to post about this, but Shannon beat me to the punch! What heck I'll post anyway... Straight No Chaser, the men's a cappella group from Indiana University, just reassembled, recorded, and released their first national album called Holiday Spirits. And you guessed it, it's a Christmas CD! My dad preordered (he's a super fan) from Amazon and surprised me with a copy a few weeks ago; it is super fun and super good. Yes, I admit...I have listened to Christmas music already. Matt and I (well maybe just me) hold a special place in our hearts for the guys. Those of you who attended our wedding may remember that the group gave a special performance during our reception! So if you liked them, you may want to think about ordering this new CD. It would also be a great gift. Let the holiday season begin!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
A few pictures of Anna the Bee. We walked around my dad's neighborhood and showed her off a little bit on Halloween night, and that was a lot of fun. She didn't get any candy this year (just too young) but she did enjoy the goldfish that one family was passing out! ps, that is not Lilly on my lap! It is a neighborhood dog who looks JUST like Lilly!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I am very sorry for the lack of posts, and for the lack of a Halloween costume picture post! (seriously, I think Claudia might disown me soon :) ) But I have a very good excuse, and it's called Walking Pneumonia! Yes, that's right...after a week of being very sick, a trip to the ER and countless nights of no sleep... I finally have a diagnosis. I am on the mend, and I will be posting all about Halloween and other Gibson activities very soon!