may. a belated post.

it’s been a bit crazy around here for the last little bit. (end of school, new comput
and i’m playing a giant game of bloggy catchup.
we head to the beach saturday, and i will obviously have about 40 things to blog about that, so hopefully i’ll be all caught up before then.

first up. a catch-all may post.

back to may 1. when isaac had to give a massive presentation on alexander graham bell.
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and then he and derek went on a boy scouts camping trip.
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so, the girls and i snuggled in for a movie night.
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then we picked out plants for our garden.
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super helpers.
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we took poor, neglected, lonely chicken harry potter out for some play time. he’s the perfect size for hazel to hold.
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we made a very poor decision to attempt to eat at a mexican restaurant on cinco de mayo. it was sooooo long. and they didn’t give me a cool poncho for my corona. lame.
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this seems like a million years ago. the wednesday before mother’s day, anna’s preschool class had a mother’s day tea party. they performed a cute little poem. and fed us cut up foods on sticks and dirt cake. and gave us the cutest little preschool presents.
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this was also the weekend of anna’s epic frozen birthday. so there was much frosting and cakery taking place.
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on the day of anna’s birthday, i had to go to her class to celebrate and delivery delicious frozen themed foods and then RUSH out to get to isaac’s class picnic, which was obviously scheduled for a month before school was out.
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thankfully, it was super laid back. after lunch on a towel, they handed out bubbles to all the kids and they pretty much just frolicked about for awhile. i guess there were tons of activities all morning, while i was slaving away, feeding preschoolers.
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anna recieved a fresh batch of kinetic sand for her birthday, so we busted that out to play with. (side note: isaac calls it “connecticut sand”).IMG_7637

 

we finally planted our garden.  anna is a great helper (and probably the only reason we are even having a garden this year).IMG_7751

 

um.  the preschool musical.  anna knew all the songs.  and was so ready.  and then was completely paralyzed through the entire little performance.  she stood facing me, eyes locked on me, with tears welling up the whole time.  poor kiddo.  IMG_7785

after a much better day of preschool, we went out to lunch with our friend sam (whose mom is my friend jen. conveniently).IMG_8003

and then. after lunch, isaac’s teacher called to say he had a fever.  so home he came.  and then he completely MISSED his musical.  i was so excited for it too.  it was all schoolhouse rock songs and he (and anna) had been working hard on them.IMG_8006

some isaac artwork.  blue lucy.IMG_8016

hazel has gotten handy with the ipad.  which is fantastic, because now there’s three kids to fight over it instead of just two.IMG_8031

the remaining chicken is most likely a rooster.  nevertheless, he’s very chill and lets anna do whatever she wants with him.  like swing him.IMG_8046

so, remember that bit about isaac getting sent home?  after a few days, his fever spiked a bit and we got a little worried, so off to the doc we went.IMG_8059

and the doc sent us for x-rays.  (where this lady was awesome with isaac).  and the diagnosis was pneumonia.  blerg.  IMG_8055

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three little lid kids all in a row.  watching a screen.  IMG_8259

i’m hoping to write a seperate full blog about camping over memorial day, but if i can’t this one picture will have to do.  our friends, the hungerfords, hosted a massive campout and bbq at their house.  swimming.  tons of food.  campfire. smores.  a terrible night’s sleep.  what’s not to love.  here are some of the kiddos.IMG_8301

matchy jammie breakfast sisters.IMG_8323

derek’s mom bought the girls matching dresses.  anna picked out matching shoes.  and the rest is history.IMG_8359

 

and then. there was the last day of preschool.  anna ordered me to wash her dress so she could wear it again.  here’s a pic from the first and last day.  the girl has grown a bit, but she’s still a little pip squeak.IMG_8365

more pool fun.  with natalie.IMG_8391

natalie has adopted the lidkid sisters.IMG_8427

crazel the crazelnut.IMG_8425

such a sad face.  because i wouldn’t let her play with the hand sanitizer.  then, to add insult to injury, i wouldn’t let her have my phone.  tragic.IMG_8451

almost done!

 

at the end of may, the kiddos got baptized.  we all got dressed up (girls in the matchy dresses, of course) and managed a decent family pic!!IMG_8477

after baptism brunch with gramma.  i took about 20 pics and this was the best one.  there’s several where hazel is participating, but the gramma and the anna look weird.  i wish i could photoshop all the best faces.  IMG_8496

 

and that brings may to a close.  the end.

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bethabara park adventures.

the weather on memorial day weekend was fantastic, so on saturday, i dragged derek and the kids to historic bethabara park for some exploring and climbing and frolicking. and a quick wendy’s picnic. i’m not even going to caption these pics. that’s how lazy i am.

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anna’s preschool farewell picnic

last friday, anna’s preschool class had their end of year class picnic. she still has one more day (today), but this was the last partay. it was a beautiful day for the park…

of course hazel was along for the ride.
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the monkey hanger.
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hazel tunnels.
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anna tunnels.
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the bridge was terrifying with all the big kids jumping around.
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swingz.
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anna LOVES mrs. lyon. every time i looked over, she was snuggled up with her (and that’s also why i have considerably more pics of hazel than anna). isaac had her for preschool too, but she’s retiring, so hazel will never have the chance… maybe i can talk her into babysitting.
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then some lunch. or in our case, snacky grazing.
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and then cupcakes.
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this kid is a sugar addict.
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it was quite chilly in the shade, so we relocated to the sunny grass.
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then, more playing. the sand volleyball court was a perfect gigantic sand box.
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happy almost-preschool-graduate.
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and that was it.
today, they are having a little ice cream party in class to end the year. in 10 minutes, i’ll go grab her (and i’m guessing bags and bags full of crafts and trinkets and glitter) and i’ll have an official kindergartner.

the end.

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lidbom family camping adventures. round 2.

last fall, we attempted a family camping trip. (in a sweet circus tent). it was a little tough with a tiny, semi-mobile, terrible sleeping hazel, but we still had a lot of fun, so we decided it was time to give it another go.

this time, derek bought a super easy tent to set up (and take down. and dry out if it rains). we found a more open spot for the very mobile, much bigger and busier hazel. and we set up shop.
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by the time we were all settled in, it was time for dinner, so derek got to work preparing italian sausages.
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the kids went with the old standby. hot dogs.
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hazel had her first not-cut-up hot dog in a bun. she’s a big kid now.
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anna, proudly displaying her self-prepared meal.
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after dinner, derek took the kids to the lake to fish a little. derek’s dad bought anna this super cute little fishing rod.
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isaac, derek’s mini-me.
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anna was way more interested in fishing that i would have anticipated.
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anna and the dad.
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back at the campsite, we stirred up the fire for some marshmallow roasting. and by “roasting”, i mean “slight warming so as not to get any brown or tan or off-white”.
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after hazel went down, isaac and anna snuggled under a blanket and were actually nice to each other for a few brief moments.
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then. there was a very long night. hazel woke up at 2 am. and really didn’t sleep much after that. fifteen minutes here and there. some of the time, she just wandered around the tent, playing. i managed a few good stretches by dragging a chair into the tent and holding her. it was horrible. and it’s not like she was going to sleep in, because at six am, the bright sun shone straight through this roof, and we were all up and awake. hooray.
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so, i pressured derek to hurry along with the coffee…
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then derek took isaac fishing and i took the girls to the playground.
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they attempted to color, but then we realized there were approximately 18 wasps hovering around us, so we made a quick departure.
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back at the camp, hazel took a nap, while anna and i played quietly with figurines. or maybe i dozed off while anna played. i can’t remember.
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derek came back with a dripping wet isaac, who had decided it was warm enough to swim in the lake. he and anna had lunch and derek took them back out to swim. i waited for hazel to awaken and when she did, we had a dorito picnic.
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then we headed out to find the older kids and dad, stopping to feed doritos to the geese. super bi-polar geese. they were hissing at us, as they followed us around hoping for more doritos. geese are terrible. but don’t tell hazel that.
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dorito dirt face.
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we took the kiddos for ice cream and then headed back to hang at the campsite. i gave hazel a good wipe down. she was as grubby as they come. look at this fresh baby-wiped face.
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we had dinner. and then just hung out mostly.
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we made the executive decision that one of us would take hazel home to sleep. we wouldn’t be able to function with another night like the first. after much deliberation, it was determined that derek would be the lucky winner of a good night’s sleep. :). so we packed up a lot of our camp and the baby and off they went.

the older kids and i packed some snacks and a blanket and headed over to a giant field where they were playing maleficent. anna really wanted to go. isaac didn’t. anna fell asleep. and isaac made me stay until the end. we were the only two except for a couple of pot smoking teens that rolled in for a little bit.
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the second night of sleep wasn’t terrific, but it was a million times better. when we woke up, i packed up while the kids played. we went over to the rec hall area and had a delicious breakfast and waited for derek to come rescue us. and then he did. and like that, our fun family camping adventure was over.

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girlz strawberry picking day.

last week, i took the girls strawberry picking at a little farm nearby.
(isaac had no desire to go, whatsoever, so that worked out nicely for a little weekday trip while he was at school).

so, i dressed them in sort of matching, sort of strawberry-ish outfits and away we went.
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anna worked very hard. hazel just sampled the goods.
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anna was very good at carefully selecting only the most perfect berries.
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hazel hearts strawberries.
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hazel in the field.
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and anna in the field.
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happy strawberry sisters.
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more of anna working and hazel tasting.
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finally, anna tried one. she’s a fan.
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this kid is ridiculous.
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sticky strawberry hand.
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drippy strawberry juice arm.
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slave labor. i saved a dollar a gallon, by putting this kid to work.
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enjoying the literal fruits of the labors.
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they don’t look like this in the grocery store.
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we might need to go back for more. isaac discovered that he does, in fact, LOVE strawberries and two gallons of these beauties were gone in no time.

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the frozen cakery

when we settled on a frozen themed birthday for the girl, i began to pin approximately 800 cakes and cupcakes. after much deliberation, i settled on these.

first. some snowflake decor. i made two trays full of sparkly fondant snowflakes.
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i was just going to shove plastic rings on plain cupcakes for school, but then i decided to give the rings and make pretty cupcakes. i don’t think the kids cared.
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for the cake, i enlisted derek’s candy making expertise for the ice “shards” on the top tier. the bottom was hastily piped rosettes that i should have redone, but time was of the essence. i hid the more terrible spots behind carefully placed snowflakes. :)
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i should have noticed that most rosette cakes have some sort of trim hiding the bottom of the cake. it’s hard to fill that part in and still look good. oh well. and i cheated on the top, with toy figurines. i don’t have the time, energy, or sanity for making fondant characters.
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derek made me three big trays of blue sugar for ice shards. breaking it into shard-like pieces proved to be more difficult that we thought. we threw out approximately two and a half trays worth of tiny un-shard-like sugar fragments.
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overall, i’m super happy with the cake. just wish i had piped rosettes more carefully. and maybe that i had waited until closer to the party to put the ice pieces on, because they began to sag and get a little sticky overnight. now i know. :)

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the epic frozen extravaganza.

so. a little background first.
the trip i took to florida with the girls last month was supposed to also have a trip to disney and universal tacked on. as we planned, it just wasn’t looking like the best financial decision. and the logistics of it all weren’t coming together as wonderfully as we had originally hoped. so, we chatted with the kids and negotiated a consolation prize. they said they would rather go to ny to see my parents (a trip which we would likely do anyways) and isaac wanted a voldemort wand and anna wanted a princess at her birthday.

so. i ordered an elsa.

and then proceeded to plan a frozen wonderland extravaganza….

she has wanted elsa’s coronation dress FOREVER. so, that was our gift to her. testing out the photobooth/backdrop for elsa.
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the cake table. special thanks to derek for streamer assembly contributions. i made miles and miles of that snowflake garland and i couldn’t be happier with how it looked. the table skirt. i will never do that again.
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hazel knew she wanted to get her hands on that cake.
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close up of the cake. (i’ll dedicate another post to the cake and cupcakes, don’t worry). by party time, it was a little saggy.
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the first bit of the party was getting nails done by the lovely and talented natalie p.
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then, i had a little wand making craft, involving hot glue and a lot of grownup assistance. but, i think it went well, and the girls assembled for a group wand pic. hazel/rapunzel was not interested in photo ops.
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another annababy pic, while we waited for the main event…
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when we received the text that our princess(es) arrived, we rushed out to the step. we hadn’t told our anna that princess anna would also be coming, so she was so surprised and excited. (a couple of days ago, the princess party people called and asked if i would mind if they sent a free princess-anna-in-training. um. duh. no.)
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this face:
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the meet and greet. my anna was in awe and speechless. the princesses were so great. they never broke character, even when they were talking to each other or me.
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the princesses came right in and elsa settled in for story time. the kids were mesmerized.
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after stories, there was a good bit of dancing and sing-alongs.
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and then. the photoshoot. all the party kiddos. minus one, who was a little nervous about real princesses.
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hazel, who had a wardrobe change from rapunzel to olaf, joined in the pics. minus the olaf head. this was non-negotiable.
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derek captured this olaf-elsa moment.
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and my kiddo, with her heroes.
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they practiced some cool ice moves.
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i think if she died at this exact moment, she would have no regrets in life.
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sisters with the sisters. (isaac was around for the party, and you might spot him in the background of some of the pics, but he wanted nothing to do with actually participating).
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i don’t know what’s happening here, but anna’s face is just sheer joy.
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after the photos, the princesses busted out a tea party with real tea cups and “melted kristoff ice tea” (water).
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then it was cake and singing time.
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seriously. look at her face.
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candles.
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the princess hugged anna goodbye and headed back to arendelle. we ate a lot of cake and doritos and drank a lot of blue koolaid. and surprisingly, my carpet gained no blue stains.

then, it was onto the presents. i won’t bore you with the pics of all of them, except for this happy face when she opened the anna and elsa sisters figurines from new gramma.
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anyhow. it was the best party ever and i hope anna can remember it forever, because i don’t think she will ever have a better one. :)

we were super pleased with the princesses. they were so great with the kiddos and it was definitely worth it. we got them from the party crew in greensboro.\

and that’s the tale of the epic anna and elsa super frozen wonderland birthday party.

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theannababy turns five.

on friday, may 8th, the anna baby turned five.
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we kicked things off with a frozen themed photoshoot in front of the big chalkboard.
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and then an oatmeal breakfast complete with a birthday candle.
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at school, she had a little birthday celebration, complete with gramma stopping by to read knuffle bunny and a rousing version of the happy birthday song.
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i slaved over a delicious batch of frozen themed cupcakes and anna chose doritos as her favorite snack. it was also mrs. lichtefeld’s birthday, so another mom brought in fruit, to tone down the processed sugar overload that i supplied. :)
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i left anna to run to isaac’s school for field day and she and hazel got to spend the afternoon with gramma. then, just as gramma left, anna’s teen bff, natalie showed up. they ate pizza and played outside and played with the dollhouse. then, they snuggled up for a movie before heading to bed for a sleepover.
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now. a bit about theannababy.

she’s loves to read, write and draw. in fact, she’s a fantastic artist. she’s just starting to sound out words, with the help of isaac. she’s not too shabby at math, either.
she’s a strong willed, spirited little thing. sheesh. when she gets an idea about how things are going to go, she digs in and fights tooth and nail until the end. we’re working on compromising and not always getting your way. it’s a long and tough road, i suppose.
she can be the sweetest little person you’ve ever seen. always asking for one last “hug-kiss-snuggle”. although, that might just be a delay tactic, too. ;).
she loves to garden, especially with gramma. as evidenced in this blog time and time again, theannababy loves loves loves the chickens.
she and isaac have a love/hate relationship. they sure can press each others buttons. she definitely likes to play with hazel, who until now has been decidedly less opinionated, although that seems to be changing. she loves to pick out matching sister outfits, which are oftentimes ridiculous.
her favorite thing in the entire world is princesses. mostly elsa. and frozen. but, any disney princess will do in a pinch. she likes to read about them. watch movies. draw and color them. we have barbie sized, doll sized and little tiny figurines with clip on dresses of most of the princess. it consumes her (our) life.
she’s turning into a little person from a baby so very fast and i’m so excited and so sad all at once.

anyhoooo…
i might add to this later, but i really want to post about the PARTY tomorrow, so i wanted to get this in tonight, before the massive undertaking of blogging about the epic frozen extravaganza. :)

the end.

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the april post.

ugh.

i started this post on may 1.
but it’s been a bit crazy around here with projects and school parties and anna’s birthday!!!
(that post to come. soon. maybe.)

anyhow. rewind about 40 days and that’s where this post begings.

park day with friends.
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anna, swinging with her bff, natalie.
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the crazel.
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hazel and sully. :)
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another park. another swing.
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anna’s easter gift was the cinderella dress. and we discovered that hazel fits into the rapunzel dress that anna wore when she was three. :)
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cute princesses.
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more parks.
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pretty anna.
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the three knuckleheads. hazel is sure she’s big.
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bouquet.
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we went to a super cute robot birthday party for this little guy.
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princess art, by anna.
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matching sisters.
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bought these red sparkly shoes at megathrift for anna. she’s a fan.
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chicken rides.
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we are spoiling the lone survivor. it probably thinks it’s a human.
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doctor.
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swings.
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cool tricks.
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more swings.
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chicken holders.
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boy scout chili cookoff. in the miserable cold and rain.
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but there were hot dogs. so that helped.
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the big crazel with her oatmeal.
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more princess art. it’s all princesses. all day. every day.
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hazel meets a chicken. and they are both a little unsure.
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so. there. april. done.
bye.

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kristin boone is the bomb.

my pal kristin boone, who is the best photographer around, took some pics of my kids a few weeks ago.
and like always. they are AMAZING.
i like to think my cute kids have something to do with this. but, seriously though. kristin gets the best out of them. and they are always way more awesomer than i expect.

i’ve uploaded them all to flickr. if you want to see them all. but here are some highlights.
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sorry for so many. it was hard to narrow down. they are all so good.
thank you kristin boone!!!!!

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