Even though things have been topsy-turvy around here lately, Anna June has managed to stay busy. Here are some highlights of the past few days:
Easter Egg Hunt -
On Saturday morning, we went to our church as planned for the annual Easter egg hunt. AJ's friend Sipsey came, too. There were 5 kids altogether, so each child got about 50 eggs! They had so much fun. It was a lovely day, the children shared, the parents were nice, and AJ wasn't the only one who kept stopping after each egg to eat the candy inside.
Anna June wore the pink and white striped dress she just wore in her portraits. Ms. Dena gave her a white hat with a pink flower, which just happened to match, so she was all ready for Easter a week early.
Normally, a visitation at a funeral home is not much fun for a two-year-old. But with all of her aunts, uncles, and cousins present, AJ was well-entertained. She spent a lot of time in the lobby with Aunt Liz and Aunt Beth playing with some of her new plastic Easter Eggs. Everyone commented on how beautiful, big and well-behaved she seems to be now.
Again, not really a highlight. Before the service, Anna June played with my youngest cousins, Ella and Claire, picking dandelions and walking around hand in hand. AJ did well at the service, despite the fact that it was right during her regularly scheduled lunch/nap time. She was quiet in the chapel, thanks to Aunt Kristy breaking out her day planner and a pen for AJ to color. She sang along to "Because He Lives" and blew her nose quietly as all the rest of us were trying to do. She had to get changed right before the procession started. We went up to the graveside and she did well there, too. Except when the soloist was singing "Amazing Grace", an airplane passed by overhead. AJ thought we should all be aware of this fact and announced, "There airplane, everybody!" Then, after we were dismissed, she had a total exhausted meltdown over not being allowed to go play "up on the hill" and we left in a big hurry.
We zipped through a drive-through and got AJ some chicken and fries. We were at the drive through box and AJ declared, "Anna June want kid's meal." Yes, I am embarrassed that she knows what that means. But a kid's meal she received. She got a chocolate chunk cookie, which was warmed by the heat of the other food. When I say the melted chocolate got all over her, it is not an exaggeration. The problem was that she fell asleep in the car. I made the decision to leave her sleeping, and moved my chocolate covered baby to her crib, where she slept just fine. The sheets and new dress, of course, may never be the same.
After nap, we went to visit my grandmother and see everyone we didn't get to talk to much at the funeral. AJ entertained them all by running in circles, dancing and singing. I am told this is just what everyone needed. Then, we went for some retail therapy at the Riverchase Galleria. Actually, I have been trying for over a month to find a weekday to take Anna June shoe shopping, but had not found one where we weren't sick, I didn't have to work or something else more important was going on. We hit Stride Rite, thinking a Tuesday evening would be less crowded than a dreaded Sunday like we did last time. It was not. Eventually, a salesperson helped us figure out that Anna June now wears a 7.5. The last time we bought shoes, it was a 6. So, AJ, I'm sorry for cramming your feet in small shoes! We got some white patent-leather Mary Janes that were on sale and will go great with her Easter dress. I have started purging her shoe drawer - there are some pairs that have to go. We're still keeping the ladybug rain boots even if they're a tad too small - we can't bear to part with them just yet. We rode the carousel and got some food to-go from the food court. AJ was happy when we returned.
Other tidbits -
When passing Ben's work on Highway 31, Anna June called out "There Daddy's work!" I realize we had been there a few hours before, but I think that is really, really good for her age.
Bedtime stalling has gotten worse. Last night she was, according to her, hungry, thirsty, in need of a baby doll (who then needed her diaper changed), in need of Mommy, etc. She woke up twice: once was normal, the second one she woke up hollering: "There's a hair in my mouth!!!" I tried to remove said hair in the dimly lit room, blurry-eyed with no glasses on. I went to get her some water to perhaps wash it out with. I came back and offered it to her, and she said, "No, Anna June need MILK!" I told her she was fine and she went back to sleep.
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