Thursday, July 23, 2009

Big Girl!

Last week, when I was checking my emails I noticed in one of my parenting emails that Anna-Kate was no longer considered a toddler. Instead she's moved up to a preschooler! I had to read it twice myself! Since when is my 2-year old baby a preschooler?? I've heard everyone say how fast time flies, but it's really hitting home!!

2-years ago we brought home the most beautiful little baby girl. That's when Derek and I learned what it meant to be a family. The past two years have been tough but absolutely amazing. I know I say it all the time, but I feel so blessed to have Derek and Anna-Kate in my life! Derek has been such a rock and support for me, through all of my crazy antics and parenting philosophies. Always trusting me but always making me think things about from all perspectives. I know that we're going to continue to be challenged and we will continue to grow. I'm so excited to see what this next year holds for our family, especially as Anna-Kate moves up from being the baby to the big sister! (I sure am sappy today!)

Derek and I celebrated Anna-Kate's birthday on Saturday by throwing her an ice cream sundae party. Derek's family and some of our friends came over to enjoy the day with Anna-Kate too! We had so much fun!

Despite all of my attempts to keep Anna-Kate eating healthy and away from sugar, she's managed to find a love for chocolate and just about anything sweet. I love my share of sweets, but it's Derek that saves room for dessert so we're gonna stick with him as the source of her genetic affection for all things sugar. Since it was her birthday and she can't exactly tell me what type of party she wants, an ice cream party seemed like a great choice! I filled little dishes with gummy bears, m&m's, sprinkles and nuts. Both Anna-Kate and Kristen loved it! In fact, it was very difficult to keep them out of the candy! Lucky for Derek and I, Anna-Kate played so hard that the sugar high wasn't so bad! She had fun and loved it, so I can handle the sugar splurge!!

I realized that my picture viewer has a really great tool for making picture slideshows! I'm so excited to be able to post more pictures than I normally would be able to, plus videos from Anna-Kate's birthday party!! Sorry this one is a few minutes long- beware!


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