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Monday, June 30, 2014

Anna turns 2 YEARS!!

      Um, say what?  How did she grow up so fast?! She is definitely not a baby anymore.  It's almost silly to call her a toddler too.  She's just too darn smart.  Her personality comes out with everything she does and she is definitely her own person.  We just love her and the fun she brings to everything.  How could you not love this girl? She's hilarious, adorable, sweet, and fun.  Ty and I feel so lucky that she's our daughter.  While we've had to introduce time-outs, she's pretty well behaved most of the time.  It's very interesting to see how her little mind works and processes things. We've always said she's a smartie pants and she's constantly proving it.

      I'm incredibly late in posting this and since you won't see another post like this until she turns 3, I'll just update you with what she is up to now.

- She is so smart and learns things really well.  We're always so surprised at how quickly she picks up on things and makes connections.  I wish we could take credit for her intelligence, but let's be honest.  She is just smart and the shows we choose for her to watch are pretty good.  Haha.

- Her imagination has grown exponentially, even in just the last few months.  She pretends to talk for her stuffed elephant and doll, with adorable voices to match.  It gets even better when she has conversations with the elephant and answers back.  We love it!

- Along with that, she definitely gets my flair for the dramatics.  She will repeat and even act out scenes from her favorite episodes or movies.  She can pretty much recite the entire episode of Mickey's Adventures in Wonderland (her favorite).

- She also loves to sing and does so well.  She's even started to make up her own songs.  Adorable.

- Her hair has grown so much! It's amazing and beautiful.  I love the little curls she's developed in the back.  I hope they stay for always.

- She is so active and LOVES to be outside.  You'd think that it would wear her out.  However, it seems to have the opposite affect on her.  Her absolute favorite thing is rocks and dirt.  I'm serious when I say that I think she might have a future as a geologist.  Haha.  For grass is cool and all, but what it doesn't hold a candle to dirt and rocks.

 - Her favorite thing to eat is Mac n Cheese.  She does eat lots of fruit and we've been really enforcing that she eats what we do at dinners.  She doesn't really love everything, but she's done really well at trying everything. 

- We tried potty didn't work out.  Haha.  I think she's as well prepared for it, but she just doesn't want to yet.  That's cool with us.  (Especially me.)  It was and extreme amount of work to start potty training her and by the end of the week, I really couldn't take any more of it and not see any progress.  We'll have a go at it again when she can tell me that she wants to go.  She's too dang smart that I know when she's ready and really wants to start using the potty, she'll just tell us. 

- She knows shapes, colors, counts to 21 on her own (sometimes higher!), and letters.  It's getting harder to keep up with knowing what to teach her next.  She watches a show called Super Why! and they do a good job sounding out letters and words.  She's been doing this all the time and will start figuring out what letter different words start with. 

- She thinks she's the funniest person you'll ever meet.  She loves to laugh and loves to make people laugh.  Her laughs are pretty contagious. 

- Because she is so smart, she gets incredibly frustrated when she can't figure something out or it doesn't work the way she is expecting it too.  We usually have to end up taking toys away from her because she gets too upset. 

- She went from being incredibly introverted, to absolutely loving being around people and doesn't quite understand Stranger Danger.  Haha.  She won't exactly run up to and give hugs and kisses just anybody, but she will play and laugh will almost everyone. 

      We just love this baby girl!  She is such a joy in our lives.  Parenting a toddler isn't always fun, but when that toddler is Anna, it can definitely more fun.  It's hard to not be able to see family because we live so far away and not get to show off Anna.  We can't wait to be around family and let them see all the amazing, funny, and awesome things that she does.  She's so easy to love and we just are so happy that she's ours. 


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