Friday, March 27, 2015

The Girls

Swinging together on Sarasota Bay.


Posing as "Twins".


In their pool!


Getting ready for the first swim of the year!


Trying on swimsuits (Annabel's was much too small!)


Matching dresses from H&M.


Picking flowers.


Being silly at dinner!


Making my birthday cake. 


Dinner last night, Kefir mustaches ;-)


Monday, February 23, 2015

8 Years

Can you even believe I've been married 8 years already?


We look so young!!


This was last year on our anniversary.


And last year at Thanksgiving


We've been through a lot and I'm sure we'll go through a ton more (shhh...there are talks of leaving my native Florida.....freaks me out..) but over the years we've never been better than we are now, even though we only see each other on the weekends because of our work schedules!

Love him.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

That Annabel..

I always find it so hard to believe that Annabel is already 3 years old.

Wasn't she just born?

She's become such a feisty, fun, stubborn child.  She's daddy's little princess and I think most of our friends have a special place in their hearts for Annabel.  While Annika is a lot of fun and way more talkative there is just something about Annabel.




I've had people stop me the last few weeks saying she looks like The Little Mermaid because of her curly, long red hair.



She's really in love with Annika lately too.  I took Annika to a party at our neighborhood's clubhouse (Annabel isn't old enough to go) and Annabel spent the entire 2 hours asking where Annika was and when could we go pick her up.


We made cupcakes while Annika was gone and she didn't want to lick the spatula or the bowl!  She didn't even want to eat any frosting (all of Annika's favorite things to do).  Once we were done she went into the freezer and got out some blueberries and ate about half the bag.  She's totally our healthy child, she loves to eat fruit and veggies.

Annabel is also begging to take ballet classes.  Last year I tried to get her to take classes but she didn't like the teacher so we didn't go back after a class.  This year we agreed to wait until the fall season and start her in August with a teacher we already know she likes.  She's so excited that she's already talking about it.

Her favorite thing to watch on TV is Sofia the First. She has 2 Sofia dolls and we own 4 of the DVDs which have about 4 episodes of the show on each one.  She knows all of the songs too.

Love this girl.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Reasons Why I'm an Asshole

I wouldn't let them get a cookie from the bakery but I did offer to buy them cupcakes.


I told her if she swallowed her gum it would make it hurt when she poops.  She swallowed the gum.


I gave her the wrong cup.


I wouldn't floss MY teeth.  Yes, MY teeth.


It's not her birthday (this was Annika during Annabel's party).


I gave her the wrong color spoon.


The ice cream was cold.


I wouldn't buy her a beer.  Yep, a beer, she has no clue what soda is, she thinks all drinks in cans are beer.


Friday, February 6, 2015

5 Year Check Up

Yep, it's been a while since I've posted but I have to remember forever Annika's 5 year check up which was today, 4 months after she turned 5.



I prepped her a little for her appointment.  I told her she'd be getting shots (she didn't understand), I told her if she didn't cry I would buy her ice cream, I explained the nurse would look over her body and that she would check her privates.  We've been explaining to Annika that only Josh and I can see her privates and no one else, so I had to explain that the nurse at the doctor's office also can see them but only because we are in the room too.

I got to the appointment before Josh and the girls so I went in and did all the paperwork.  Josh had to run to work so he dropped the girls off and left.  The nurse (she's a PA and new at our office, our doctor gets booked really fast and we couldn't get in to see him) calls us back and immediately Annika looks at her and says as loud as possible "Are you gonna want to see my PRIVATES???!!"

OMG, the entire staff started laughing, other parents were laughing, Josh was about to walk out the door but he came back in to laugh and apologize to everyone along with me.

Then Josh really did leave and Annika and Annabel were weighed and measured (both are perfect!).  We went into the room and Annika immediately starts to strip off her clothes and the nurse laughs and tells me she doesn't have to get naked.  Annika just kept trying to get naked and I told her to chill and keep her clothes on so she says "this doctor needs to check my body and I need to be naked".  No!  So I got her to keep her clothes on and she played in a little toy kitchen with Annabel that was in the room.

Then Annika starts singing "Amber is the color of your energy" and the nurse laughs, pauses and says "Is she singing a 311 song?"

Why yes she is.

(I can't get the video to post so here's the link to the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUFSB2plwzM  )

By the way, this entire time Annabel is a quiet angel.  She let the nurse check her, do her blood pressure, check her eyes and ears, no problems.

Annika on the other time questioned every single thing the nurse did and said.  The nurse said she was the funniest and sassiest 5 year old she's ever seen.

Then the nurse left the room and I explained to Annika she was getting 3 shots in her arm to remember that if she doesn't cry she gets ice cream on the way home (that was her bribe).  The nurse sets Annika up in my lap to hold her still, she puts the first shot in and Annika starts yelling "owe" and by the 3rd one she was crying.  The nurse said she was all done and I told her to stop crying and she starts laughing like a crazy person and says "just kidding, I'm not crying".

One of the other nurses said she needs an academy award for the entire performance today.

Welcome to my world!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Best Friends

Facebook is my constant reminder that people have best friends.  They've been hanging out since high school best friend and I drifted to a point of no return.  We have nothing in common.  I find her parenting to be entirely different than mine (and my current friends who have encountered her and her child).  I felt like each one of my accoplishments in life made her jealous, whether she admitted it or not.  Sometimes she did admit it.

It's hard to be friends with someone who is jealous of you.  It's hard to be friends with someone who lives a completly different life than you do.

I'm married.
She's single.
We bought a house.
She lives with her parents still.
I had the girls after Josh and I were married 2 years.
She had her daughter at 19 with a boyfriend.
I've been promoted numerous times since I started my job.
She's been making the same pay since 2009.

The list can go on.  She claims the final straw for her was that I look down on people who eat "poorly", like fast food, Crystal Light and junk.  I don't.  I offered advice when she asked if it was okay for her daughter to drink a certain thing, I said I wouldn't give it to her and that the girls wouldn't be allowed to drink it.  I never accused her of being a bad mother for giving it to her child

My final straw is personal.  I don't want to say what it was on a public forum but people I have talked to it about it agree that it was time to let go.

There are times where I miss her but in all honesty the constant drama and me not being able to relate to her life were causing us to drift apart.

I can say that I am not anyone's best friend and I do not have a best friend.  I don't have a person to call if I need to talk.  I don't have a girlfriend to go out with for drinks or dinner.  I actually haven't been out to dinner with a friend in over a year.  While that does make me sad I have to image that there are other people in the same situation as me.

Right?  Do you have a best friend?  Do you keep in close contact with anyone from high school still?


Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving and Pictures

Our Thanksgiving ended up being awesome!

I did all the cooking and we only had my aunt over.  She ended up staying for a large part of the day and got to watch Annika learn how to ride a bike!  I can't believe she learned how to ride a bike and now she's already a pro!  I can't seem to figure out my You Tube account but once I do I'll post a video.

Here I am making Thanksgiving dinner.  Yes, I chop green beans with scissors and throw them in a steamer.  Soooo easy.



The prepared meal!  Annabel looks miserable and Annika looks like a weirdo!


Then we took some pictures.

Annabel's birthday invite picture.  I did my yearly "tradition" of forgetting Annabel's birthday is so soon after Thanksgiving and ordered invites way late.


The sister picture!  LOVE this picture.  I need to print it so I can frame it.


Our Christmas card picture!


Our little skater girl.  Not only can she ride a bike she's pretty awesome on the skate board too!


Annabel, eating pumpkin pie covered in whip cream, with her hands.


Do you have professional pictures taken for Christmas cards?  Do you include a picture or just send a normal card?  Do you even send cards?

I always send cards and since Annika was born I have made picture cards.  Last year was the first year we did professional pictures.  Usually we hope a family member or friend can get a good picture of us!