Thursday, November 29, 2012

What We have been up to.

 Anika's sitter took this picture of her playing. She has so much fun there.  If you remember, Anika's old sitter returned to a professional career at the end of the summer and Anika started at a new place. Two girls Anika got babysat with at the old place went to the new place too. IT is just the 3 girls and the sitter's son, who is in school half the day.  We have been so extremely blessed and fortunate. We LOVE this sitter too.
Anika turned 20 Months! Ah

We did the annual Turkey trot Thanksgiving morning. There are no photos because Anika was NOT happy. She usually loves walks/runs, but oh no. Miserable little girl. I don't know if it was being all bundled up because it was so cold, or WHAT her deal was.
We went to my Gram's for dinner.
my cousin insists on giving Anika the whoopee pies she makes.
I couldn't find Anika and I walked out in the hall and she had gotten up on the bench and was playing some tunes :)
We got home from my Gram's about 8 PM Thanksgiving night and we put Anika to bed. I put my jammies on.  Andrew and I looked at some black Friday ads and I realized that all the sales were THURSDAY night. I was WIDE awake, so I got dressed again and headed to walmart (25 minutes away). I parked and walked right in around 9. I went and bought the on sale Leappad.
Then I looked around for where the Ipad line was. I found it. I was 21st in line. They couldn't sell the Ipads until 10 pm. They were selling 85.
I waited and was very entertained playing on my phone with no husband or baby wanting me :)
Then I got thirsty. REALLY thirsty, so I asked the girl behind me to hold my place. I  went and got some water. I came back and talked to the girl and we just chatted and before I knew it, we got our Ipads. There was no pushing, no yelling, nothing like you see on TV. This is rural NH, people.
After the Ipad, I went and got a few more things.  Then, I went next door to the outlets. Jcrew was 50% off so I got a gift for someone and some tights for me. It was so crazy to see TONS of people out shopping at midnight. The parking lot was full. Everyone was happy and I thought it was very neat.  I know IM an asshole for supporting Thursday shopping, bla bla- so Un hippie of me, I get it. I went to a few mores stores and went home. When I got home at 1 AM, Anika was awake! WHAT?? Andrew said she woke up at 10, wired! I have my suspicions of why she was up wired, but we finally got her to sleep with us, but it wasn't real sleep.
Friday, we went to my parent's house to get our Christmas tree. We always get it from my dad's. They are not always the prettiest, but they are free and my dad grew them.

 I had to crop this because for some reason, Andrew's hand was on his crotch.

my niece helped us!
Anika was SOOO much fun decorating the tree. It was a lot of work pulling out all the decorations from the basement and such, but she loved hanging ornaments. She is so gentle and followed directions quite well. I was really impressed. We played Christmas music. She LOVES the nativity Scene. My mom bought her one - a nice one made in Italy. She loves putting baby Jesus night night.
The Star!
Charlie Brown Tree
ON Saturday, Anika and I went to a baby shower. It was fun. THen, we went shopping and I returned a bunch of the stuff I bought Thursday night! ha.
I got carried away. I also returned the leap pad. We are going to let her use the Ipad with apps (sometimes) instead.
We also went into Ann Taylor Loft and this happened: there was a display of women's headbands and Anika reached for one so I let her try it on and then she started saying mirror so I brought her to the mirror and she smiled and said "Anka want one" ! I said, you have some at home and she was ok with that response.
Then we went to walmart, and she started yelling Barbie at a Barbie display. I don't even know how she knew what that was, but She picked it up, and I asked her to put it back and after a few times  of asking, she did, but I saw it was $5 so I got it for her! ha.
I cant believe I did. Andrew calls the doll YUCK, so now Aniak drags it by its hair and calls it Yuck too.
Andrew and I exchange ornaments.
I got him this one with the new NZ house painted on it from an etsy shop.
It came in the mail today and I let him see it. I'm so bad at surprises! ha.
We also get Anika one. Ill post hers later.
I posted about this picture on FB, but if you are not friends with me, here is the story:
The other morning  we were JUST Getting up.
 Anika wanted to play with my ring, and I wouldn't let her. She started to cry and have a little tantrum. I said "If you are going to cry, please go do it in your room. There are toys in your room you can play with"
  She stopped crying and walked immediately next door to her room. It was VERY quiet, so after a minute or two I walked into her room and here she was.
I asked "what are you doing?"
Anika: "time out".
Me: No one said anything about time out. You don't have to sit there
Anika: OH. (got up and played).
Seriously, I don't know what's up with her doing that. We don't even USE TIMEOUT!
Oh friends, I could go on and on, but this is pretty long. I wish I could keep up on a normal basis.
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. 



  1. We went Black Thursday shopping! I live for it :) this year was definitely one of the calmer years that I have seen. It's so fun and weird at the same time. We got Lexi te leap pad 2 and she loves it so much! :)

  2. Hadley likes to put herself in timeout too. So I'm not sure what we are suppose to do when she actually needs a timeout.

  3. Basically Andrew can't name anything anymore. Guzzi, Yuck... :) I considered going Black Friday shopping on Thursday night, but there wasn't anything I wanted that badly that was on sale so I stayed home. We are getting Cooper the Leappad 2. We have an iPad but he is way too rough. I canNOT believe that A is almost 2! How did that happen so fast?!

  4. Love all the pictures and especially the tree! Love that your Dad grows them!! Anika looks so much like her Daddy!

  5. My mom is a nurse and has had to work holidays and so have my cousin and uncles that are cops and firemen work on thanksgiving and they don't complain. I think if you are going to work in retail then maybe you have to realize that's part of the job now. Not that I go. Does her sitter use time out? That first picture her eyes are so big and she looks like she has mascara on!

  6. So great to catch up on your blog!! Love the tree pics!