Aug 28, 2009

We're Hooked on...

Veggie Tales. Yes the strange singing vegetables. I have one feature length movie, and one sing-along. Every day, multiple times a day Stella will look at the TV, point and ask for "tales." She will sit and watch and is even beginning to sing along (she knows when to say yeah in The Dance of the Cucumber).

This is what she looks like during the sing-along. She climbs up in the chair, and asks for a blanket. Every time. Even when it's 90 degrees out and we aren't using the AC. I try to limit the number of times per day that we watch 'tales' to one. But knowing that I can walk out of the room and not worry about what is going to be said, or done, in the videos is a great thing.

So in our house we are hooked on Veggie Tales!

Check out Hooked on Houses to see what other people are hooked on this week.

Aug 27, 2009


Stella will be 2 in October. That is a very hard thing for me to grasp. How did my baby get to be a toddler already? She is growing so much and so is her vocabulary. This is the fun part. She has so many words that only I, or people close to her would know. My favorite is her word for dog. She doesn't say doggy, or even puppy, though she is starting to, she says Gooey! and always very excitedly. It is usually accompanied by shrieks of delight and some frantic pointing at the dog, real or stuffed! She also says shirt. Only she can't pronounce the 'R'. Go ahead. Say shirt but leave out the r.

It makes me laugh every time. Does that make me a bad person?

Aug 26, 2009

One of those days

Today was "one of those days" for me. I had a short list of things to get done, and they did, mostly, but with many stops to put the plastic food storage tubs back in the cabinet (again!), and to put the DVD's away (again!), and to wipe up a spill (again!). Then when you finally sit down to close your eyes and take a deep breath, or look over the mail the adorable child you would give your very life for puts her face right in yours so you can't see, and you want to scream, so you put her down and stand up only to realize you have to put the plastic tubs away, again, (sigh). What do you do? Pray for patience?, hand the kid over to your husband when he walks in and say you're going out, alone?, scream?, all of the above?

I feel better just getting it off my chest and knowing that tomorrow is a new day.

Aug 24, 2009


This weekend I accompanied my Husband, and two other adults on a youth retreat. We took just over 20 teens on a weekend work retreat. We had so much fun, working in the dining hall, serving coffee and tea, and clearing plates and cleaning up. Working in the dish room, making sure all the dishes got cleaned up, and put away. And working in the snack shop serving ice cream and making milkshakes. I went to bed way too late both nights because I got the awesome opportunity to hang out with 13 teenage girls from our youth group, and slept in the same room as two of them. Too much fun. We played Dutch Blitz a lot and the girls froze Sid's hat while he was in the pool. I jumped/was thrown in the pool by a ninja (I took him in with me!) and hadn't yet taken my phone out of my pocket. It is mostly working right now. I have no pictures to show because I forgot to take my camera.

Stella had a wonderful time at Grandma and PoPs' house. Grandma got her new shoes, which she loves. She got to play at the pool too, with Grandma and Aunt Sue, whose name she can now say! She learned new words with Grandma and PoPs too, like Piglet, and mouse. I'm glad to have her back, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time away too.

Aug 21, 2009

Family Lovin'

I am headed out this afternoon to go on a retreat with our youth group! I am so looking forward to this, and have been all week. My wonderful parents are going to watch Stella for the weekend so I can go (Thanks, Mom and PoPs!). They will have almost as much fun as we will.
Having moved back to the area where I grew up, and where my family still is, has been such a blessing. Watching my daughter be loved by my parents, brother, cousins, aunts and uncles, has been an amazing thing. My mom and I were talking one day about how quickly kids understand the safety of Family. We watched as Stella, then only barely walking, went from one room to another, toddling fearlessly between people she barely knew.

But she was happy and safe, and knew almost by instinct, that she would be fine with these people. The same is true with Sid's family. Now, she isn't exactly a shy kid, which is good, but when we aren't with family, she likes to at least be able to see me or Sid.

I am constantly reminded that the love of our families is a finer thing!

This post is linked to Finer Things Friday at Amy's Finer Things

Aug 19, 2009

Hello World!

Hello, World, It's a brand new Blog!

I'm Annie, and this is my little piece of the blogging world. I am a wife to Sid, the Ninja, my wonderful Husband of three years and Mom to Stella, our Gummy Bear. I
have the awesome privilege of staying at home with her. Isn't my family cute?

A little about me. I love to sew, and to spend time with my family. I like to bake, but I don't too often. I am not a fan of cleaning my house. I am learning every day how to be a better wife to my Ninja. I am trying to live a life that will please the Lord and raise my daughter to do the same!