Friday, December 14, 2012

She will keep me honest!

I asked my mom to make up a small Christmas arrangement for a lady that hangs out with Anika most mornings I do spin. She comes into the gym daycare, but Anika is the only one, so she gets a lot of special attention from her. I have gotten to know this lady and I am also very fond of her. She has a background in early childhood education and development, and works with Anika on so many fun things. Lets call her L.   When we see L around town, Anika gets excited to see her and vice versa. We even went Trick or treating with her this year (and many other people I have met through Anika!)
I realized today would be the last day we see L for FOUR months because she goes away for the winter. I didn't have anything at home to make her something special, so I called my mom last night. My mom has all the greens and decorations to make arrangements because she makes a lot of them this time of year.  My mom also knows L and thinks she is someone very special to Anika.  
My mom goes to the gym Friday mornings too and she brought the flower arrangement and I got it out of her car. I kind of wanted to pass it off like I made it...well, more the fact, I didn't want L to know that I had MY MOM make a gift for MY Daughter to give her. Ya know? I'm an adult and I should have arranged something myself. 
Anyway, I had Anika hand the arrangement to L, and L looked at me and said "Ohh, did you make this?" and before I could answer little miss Big Mouth Anika said "Nona Did"

I wasn't going to lie, but still I found it funny Anika piped right up.
She has already told on me a few times in the past.
She is a chatter box to boot. Speaking in sentences and telling me what to do, but she is so sweet still. Mostly.  

We gave Anika's sitter who watches her 3 days a week, a big arrangement like this:
Except hers was bigger and nicer and had more fun stuff in it.  My dad made the wooden boxes. The arrangement looked great on her porch and can stay outside or inside.  I wish I got a picture of the one I gave her sitter.
This week its really been made clear to me how many special people Anika has in her life.  People who really love her, and not just family.  The sweet things people say about her and how much they love spending time with her. I know MY family is bias because we are her family, but its pretty nice to hear non family people say how much they enjoy being around my daughter. I hope she continues to be the type of person people love being around.  It has been a fear of mine that I would have a kid that everyone hates to be around.  Admit it, we ALL Know a  kid like that.
I now need to get MY mom something VERY Special for all that she does for Anika (and me). She is going to Hawaii next month, so I think I might get her some gift cards to restaurants and activities.
I did get her this wreath for her Birthday.  My blog friend Ashley made it.  She has an etsy store that you can find HERE.
Happy Friday!!


  1. Crafty! That box is beautiful. Make one for me next year!

  2. I'll never get over how smart she is! That's so nice that she has so many people in her life that care about her. I know I kind of keep Chase sheltered. My dad watches him twice a week and I don't go to a gym but I am always saying I wish there were more people that loved Chase.