Monday, December 31, 2012

Some shots

Anna June has been spending lots of time with me since I've been off work and she's been out of school. Here are some shots of one of our girls-only days.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Worn out

Anna June is worn out from this holiday break, although presently she still has more energy than her parents.

Friday, December 28, 2012


Sometimes, Anna June knows she's doing something cute and asks to have her picture taken. I present the unedited version of one of those occasions, from last night.

One day, I'll read some of those tips about how to take pictures of animals without the glowing eyes, but for now I will just enjoy that Radar and AJ were snuggling and just being their usual, well-behaved, adorable selves.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Anna June is finally asleep after a great day of eating, shopping, visiting, playing games, and watching a movie at home.

I'm exhausted, too, though not as tired as last night when I literally fell asleep while blogging.

So here is a picture of Radar in his sweater from Granny. I'll try to post something more interesting tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Ups and Downs

Oh, Anna June had a great Christmas. She got many wonderful gifts she'd wished for, and spent a great day during which she saw 4 grandparents, 2 great grandparents, 2 cousins, 4 aunts (some great), 5 uncles (some great), and various others.

But the day itself didn't go so great for me.

I got woken up twice to be told I was snoring, in addition to all those other times I woke up. AJ slept great, despite a 6 pm unplanned nap. By 6 am, Ben, Gary and I were all awake and waiting for AJ to get up. The video camera wasn't charged. The regular camera had no batteries. Moments were lost, but when she finally did wake up she was so precious - filled with wonder, awe, and excitement. She got the gift she most wanted: a whoopie cushion.

I cooked breakfast, but my sleep-deprived husband had to nap. We got ready to go to Kym's house, and as we gathered up our packages and bags, Radar escaped, upset that he wasn't invited and that he'd been duped into coming into the kitchen by a piece of bacon. Half an hour and about 6 3-point turns later, Radar was home and we were on the road.

It was a foggy morning, but at least there was no traffic. We made it there fine.

AJ tried out her whoopie cushion on Uncle Ken and he flopped down it - and it broke! We saw Teygan's Santa haul and visited briefly. Then, we had to get back to town for the Tucker Christmas celebration.

Ben went to shower. I went to use the bathroom. Seeing one flush was insufficient, I flushed again. The toilet overflowed (or, overflew, as AJ said). I screamed - Ben brought towels, and held his nose while he scrubbed the floor for the second time in 4 days, because, of course, I had volunteered to fix broccoli salad. Of course it was not prepped, even though I should have at least cooked the bacon when I was making bacon, eggs, and biscuits for breakfast. Of course, I ran out of mayonnaise.

AJ was bossing the barking dog around. I did eventually see it as a blessing that they played so well, but I shushed her.

Better turn in - good night

Monday, December 24, 2012

Email from Santa

Santa sent Anna June an email again this year. Like many old people, Santa calls her "Anna" instead of "Anna June".

Here's the email video.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Bah Humbug

Anna June is doing great. She is well-behaved, if a little hyper, and very sweet. On Saturday morning, knowing her Grandpa would arrive in a few hours and the house was a wreck, AJ ran into my room when she first woke up and declared, "Let's get to the cleaning!"

She's great, but I'm once again suffering from insomnia. This is not good - I'm supposed to be spreading holiday cheer in a few hours. Bah humbug.

Here's a picture of the cookie basket Granny sent to put us in a wintry mood. Happy winter.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Hey Santa

Anna June may not have wanted to talk to Santa Claus when we visited him at the mall, but she has no problem adding last minute things to her list! Two days ago it was an Easy Bake Oven, yesterday it was a Nintendo DS, and this morning it was walkie talkies! Good thing Santa is magic! Also, she knows she won't get everything on her list. But it doesn't hurt to ask, she thinks.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

You Never Know

Anna June doesn't understand what I mean when I say that something is outside of my skill set. So when she told me that she wanted me to bake Angry Birds cookies for her class Christmas party, I said OK.

I keep trying these projects, and I keep failing, but I promise I learn something each time.Like that icing spreads. Or that AJ is a way better artist than I am.

Although "Angry Birds" didn't scream "Christmas" to me, I thought that it was a reasonable request. Here are the results:

Pretty sure I'm going to see this picture in one of those "Nailed it!" memes.

Variations on a Theme

Anna June often is looking for something to do in the car, and I've given her permission to access my blogging journal that I carry around. Here are a couple of things I found when I went to write down some ideas:

I think the first one was written while the car was in motion. Not too bad. You can still tell it is her name, and some sort of protest. "Anna June Gallitz. I don't want you ..."

The second one, due to the neater handwriting and my contribution, must have been we were sitting somewhere. You can tell that after her famous sentence, "I have the dog!" She wrote "Pes" first before asking me how to spell it, which I demonstrated as peace. Not too bad. She'll get the hang of this reading and writing thing soon.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Getting in the Christmas Spirit: Part 3

Anna June has been busy lately, and somehow, it is getting me all in the Christmas Spirit, slowly but surely. Here are some more things we did.

December 11: Avondale School Christmas Program. AJ did very well. She looked beautiful and stage-appropriate in her sparkly red headband. Ben also had a Christmas lunch at work, and my version of Gooey Cake was a big hit - you've got to love a recipe your mom can recite from memory in a doctor's office waiting room and includes the instructions "bake until it doesn't jiggle anymore."

December 12: This was our night off. We received some sweet Christmas cards. We have the best friends with the most adorable children.

December 13: I volunteered at the PTA's Secret Santa Shop. It was sweet to see kids picking out gifts for their loved ones. Then, I read to AJ's class: In the Desert One Christmas Eve.

December 14: We made a second attempt to watch a Christmas movie, The Search for Santa Paws. Anna June got upset when the plot thickened, and we sent her to bed instead. I read her some Christmas books as a bedtime story.

December 15: Decided to skip going to Zoolight Safari and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in favor of a date night to The Outlet Shops of Grand River. Anna June ended up spending the night with her grandparents, which allowed us to continue our tour of the Wal-Marts of the greater Birmingham area. I think we hit 3 for a total of 4 trips in a 24-hour period. Possibly a personal record, but certainly not a world one.

December 16: Wrapped a bunch of Christmas presents. AJ enjoyed writing the to-from tags to stick on each one. Radar ate approximately 4 candy canes while he was briefly unsupervised. We came home to the whole house smelling like peppermint.

December 17:  AJ brought home an ornament to hang on the Christmas tree that she made at After-School Care. Recently, her After-School Care teacher pulled me aside to tell me that AJ has made HUGE progress in ASC. She participates in all the activities and interacts with the other kids. At the beginning of the year, she was very shy and didn't do much of anything. Now, she's the life of the party, evidently.

December 18: AJ gave me a snowflake tumbler for my birthday! It keeps ice cold!

Here are some scraps I had in my car of AJ's ubiquitous writing projects. You have to look hard, on the bulletin, but there are lots and lots of letters on there.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Note

Anna June loves to write - I wonder where that comes from? She can almost always be found with a writing implement in hand, and asking me how to spell something. The inside of this card is a thank you note to Granny (which I promise to mail, eventually). On the inside, she asked me how to spell almost every word and wrote them on lines that she drew. She colored a picture, and then, turned it over and wrote her very own sentence. This is a remarkable achievement for a still pre-literate four-year-old. She wrote, as you can see in the picture, "I have the dog."

Too bad what may be her first unique, independent looks like the beginning of a ransom note!

I posted this, along with the above observation, and I believe I may have set a new personal record for number of "likes". She is the funniest, best kid around.

There is no doubt about it, I love her being this age.

And I love being my age, too: 35 years old, as of today. This is going to be a great year.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Volunteer Day

On Thursday morning, Anna June witnessed a strange phenomenon: neither of her parents were going straight to work. It just so happened that we had both signed up to be out of our offices to volunteer that day.

First of all Cadence Bank is sponsoring two Habitat for Humanity houses. Ben joined the Cadence team for a day of painting in the new space. He got to meet the new homeowner as well. It was a great experience, which left a few clothing articles paint-splattered in the process. Ben was glad to have the chance to do something for others (that his company not only approved of but encouraged). It also served as a good reminder that he a) hates painting and b) is glad for his office job!

I went to Anna June's school for the PTA's Secret Santa Shop. In an effort to do something different and fun for the children while raising money, the PTA decided to host this Santa shop. The merchandise is all on consignment and the school makes 15% of the proceeds. The kids came by class to shop for their moms, dads, and other loved ones. There were lots of fun toys intended for siblings, and it was my hardest task of the day to keep the children on track to buy gifts for their families instead of for themselves.

After the shop closed, I ate lunch with Anna June's class, and then we went back to her classroom for story time. I read them the children's Christmas book that my grandmother and Aunt Eunice wrote, In the Desert One Christmas Eve. It was a great experience - the kids were very engaged and interested. I asked them questions, and they wanted to tell me all about their own Christmas trees and lights (and none of them had a cactus for a decoration).

The day left us exhausted, but full of good cheer. I hope you have the opportunity to serve others this Christmas season.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

A Thing We Did

Last Saturday morning, Anna June woke up at 5:55, so excited she couldn't stand it. It was her dad's 34th birthday.

After being asked repeatedly what he'd like to do that day, he decided that he just wanted to play it by ear.

We took him literally, and we got him a keyboard for his birthday gift.

We then got dressed and took him out to breakfast at Jack's. Who would have thought he'd order a sausage gravy biscuit, but my goodness they were good. AJ ate pancakes so buttery she didn't even use syrup.

We went home, rested, played music, and showered. Then, it was time for lunch.

We asked the birthday boy where he'd like to go, and we ended up at the best restaurant in the area, Rusty's. Mom, Beth and Rusty all happened to be there, and Beth brought us out red velvet cupcakes. They didn't have the whole crew come sing to him, much to his disappointment.

Then, we were off on an adventure. We went downtown to the Birmingham History Center. Ben and I both have a love of Birmingham history, and we happen to know a bunch of people who have been involved in this relatively new addition to our city's cultural offerings. It is a small place - just a few rooms. There are some absolutely wonderful items on display, though. There are two real historic buggies in the front of the museum, fully restored. It looks like you could just hitch them up and ride down to the opera house (pictured above, in a later incarnation) or church.

The rooms are filled with local memorabilia, and there are several interactive exhibits as well. My favorite seasonally appropriate piece was the hand-written sheet music to "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," penned by Birmingham's own Hugh Martin. A great article about the song and its author can be found here.

We hope the museum can expand its holdings soon, as the experience was slightly underwhelming. But they managed to cram the past century or so in a few small, significant objects: mining gear, medals from war heroes, bottles, and drawings. It's got a lot of potential.

We then took Anna June to my mom's house to help her and Grandma Hazel decorate the Christmas tree. We were glad to have a "date" afternoon, although, as usual, after a little while we ended up running errands. It was nice, though, to spend some relaxed time together.

Then, we were off to dinner, and we ended up at Chili's in Trussville. Yes, this is the famous Chili's where we contracted the stomach bug of doom back in 2008. We've finally forgiven them, and we enjoyed hanging out together.

It was a nice day, filled with love, laughter and music. Here's hoping the rest of year 34 will be just as good.

Friday, December 14, 2012

More and Less

I'm sure Anna June has no idea what a New Year's Resolution is, but she sees me start ideas with new resolve constantly. She is my most enthusiastic supporter, and I love sharing my goals with her, because she can be helpful at keeping me in line.

I know that small, measurable goals work best in being able to say, "Yes, I achieved that!" when one looks back on the year. But to heck with that.

Here are some goals I have for the new year for me personally and for us as a family, in no particular order:

See my Zumba instructor more and my pharmacist less
Go to the park more and the doctor less
See my family more and my co-workers less
Say no more and yes less
Stay home more and go out to eat less
Smile more and frown less
Give away more and buy less
Pray more and worry less
Problem solve more and whine less
Go to the farmer's market more and the grocery store less
Shop local more and big box less
Read more and watch less
Exercise more and eat less
Tea more and soda less
Hug more and yell less

What are your resolutions?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Night In

Anna June has been dragged hither and yon a lot recently. Last night, we finally had a night to just stay home. It was delightful.

I wish I could say I made a gourmet meal. Instead, we had frozen spring rolls for an appetizer, thanks to Ben, my sous chef. We had meatless whole wheat spaghetti (sauce from a jar - but I did splurge on a block of real Parmesan cheese to grate on top!) frozen garlic bread, and salad from a bag. I realize the preservatives, sodium, and such in the bags of bacon bits and croutons and the bottles of salad dressing are not good for us, but they can't be worse than drive-thru, right?

After dinner, AJ wanted to make smoothies to use a mushy banana. We ended up with a banana-cherry-orange smoothie. I suggested we drink from the special milk-flavoring straws Granny sent. We chose the strawberry, because AJ informed me that the chocolate tasted like poop.

The smoothies were great. I asked AJ to help clean up afterwards, and she said, "This is terrible!" "What's terrible?" I asked. "We only have one more strawberry straw!" I assured her we could get more - there's a display of them right up front at Publix. Whew! Drama averted.

Other than that, we had a nice night at home. AJ did her homework and then, because she wanted to, she wrote the whole alphabet on both sides of her new easel. She was having so much fun she didn't want to go to bed, but she finally did.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Outsourcing Content

Anna June's school had their Christmas Program last night. I also had to visit the grocery store, bake a cake, do laundry and dishes. And, oh, yeah, I have "allergic rhinitis" which means I still have a cold, but my doctor gave me drugs this morning.

So some things didn't get done. Pictures and video didn't get uploaded, etc. Today's content, then, is outsourced.

Luckily, though, the Avondale PTA's treasurer uploaded some pictures of the Tree Lighting ceremony that was held in Forest Park last month. Here you can see Rev. Harris' pictures of the event. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Getting in the Christmas Spirit - Part 2

Anna June's December has been busy! Here's an update on how we're celebrating the season

December 5 - we didn't end up seeing Santa that night, because AJ backed out. But we did hang up some Christmas-y artwork AJ has been producing and then we continued reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. I think it is still hilarious, after all these years.
December 6 - saw Santa.
December 7 - I started addressing Christmas cards. Some have pictures of AJ, and some don't. If you don't get one and you want one, please let me know. I never know what to do with all those random pictures of friends' kids after Christmas. It seems wrong to toss them, but it also seems wrong to keep them. AJ also decorated our kitchen window with the festive winter gel clings that Granny sent.
December 8 - Ben's birthday! AJ was so excited she couldn't sleep. We did manage to listen to Christmas music and ate a snowflake cookie from the cookie bouquet Granny and Aunt Nonny sent from Cookies by Design. Beautiful and delicious! AJ also spent time with her Nana, Grandma Hazel, and Uncle Drew, decorating Nana's Christmas tree while we went out for a bit.
December 9 - This was a very church-centric day. First, we went to morning worship, where AJ dressed up in a fancy dress because we had been asked to light the advent candles. AJ actually lit them herself (from a candle that was already lit), with minimal instruction. Then, after lunch, we bought candy canes for our Christmas tree, and AJ hung the ones that weren't broken. Then we baked banana chocolate chip muffin/cupcakes for the reception following the Church Christmas program. Surprisingly, AJ did NOT want to take off her fancy dress, but did don an apron. Then, we had what was supposed to be a dress rehearsal. We did go over the whole drama, but not the whole program in order, which caused some confusion in the end, but it was OK. Then, we came home for a bit and then went back for our performance. AJ did very well and miraculously learned all the words to the first verse of "Silent Night," her assignment. She sang with our friend Francie, and they were very cute and did very well. AJ applied her own lipstick, but that is not my biggest regret of the night. It was adorable and everyone loved it. The cupcakes were good, too, if I do say so myself. My solo was pitiful, but I blame the laryngitis I contracted on Friday. I credit my recovery between rehearsal and performance to Organic Throat Coat tea and a concoction recommended by Ben's Aunt Renee: 8 oz. warm water + 1 tsp organic apple cider vinegar + honey. It worked as well as anything else. Water and Ricola cough drops were about the only other things I tried. I still don't feel great, but I toughed it out. It's over for another year, at least.
December 10 - Took a sick day, but finished addressing the Christmas cards. We finished reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and found that our neighborhood theater troupe is doing a performance of it running now. We may take AJ to it this weekend. Ben announced that he was already Christmas-ed out!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Some Pictures

In anticipation of Anna June's performance of "Silent Night" at the church Christmas program, I decided to spend some quality time with my real camera. Not the iPhone, for a change. I spent some time organizing the photos I have managed to take via Picasa.

Because I have no memory and not a great deal of time to go back through my archives, I will say that I don't THINK I did anything to the picture albums prior to June, but I am posting the links to all the photos just in case. I may have moved them from where they were, so if links in earlier posts no longer work, please let me know if you run across them. Otherwise, I trust that you don't have time to browse my archives, either.

Here is the first 11 months of our year, in review.


I hope to snap some pictures in December, as well.

Happy viewing.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

My Desk

Anna June wants a desk in her "new" room, but if she gets one, I really hope she takes better care of it than I take of mine. I have a full-on clutter problem at my desk at work and my desk at home.

I set the ambitious goal of having my entire desk (the surface, not the trays) cleared off by December 21, when our office closes for the holidays.

I have a long way to go. I basically have the left side of my desk as work things, roughly or neatly separated into piles, and the right side is a disaster of all manner of personal papers. I have a tote bag I bring back and forth to work, but unfortunately when I decide to clean it out, it just ends up being a big pile. I have all of these piles all over the house, too, but my work desk is my stated goal.

Here are some pieces of AJ's artwork/school work that I have uncovered. I have no idea when they were completed, or where, exactly. 

This last one does say "hugs and kisses" in purple, but I'm not sure what else it says, or what it depicts.

Here's one I meant to post in October:

Other interesting things I have found on my desk that may be worth a mention.

1. A new library campaign called Geek the Library. It's a fundraising campaign - it may have come from a Shelby County library rather than through our Jefferson County ones. On the site, many people talk about what they "geek" over. It's kind of neat. I have some stickers, a bumper sticker, and some bookmarks that ask "What do you geek?" If you want one of these, let me know. Incidentally, the Birmingham Public Library has a wish list of things they want - you can contribute directly towards toys, a bulletin board, or other cool things needed by the libraries in our system.
2. Thirty-one gift catalog. This home-based party-style business is one of my new favorite things. I keep buying gifts from here. I actually have a rep already, but my friend at work just became a rep. If there's anything you need (or want to buy for me!)  I would suggest visiting the websites of these two lovely ladies:
Leslie Hughes Nuss or Dawn Fizer. I like everything.
3. A flier for a Yoga for Stress Management class at the UAB Resource Center. I can't make it - it's at the same time as Zumba! - but it offered this nugget: "This yoga class is all about the unique being that you are." That's sounds pretty awesome.
4. A flier for the Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis walk. The walk in Birmingham will be June 1, 2013. Ben and I each have a cousin suffering from Crohn's. Consider joining the walk or making a donation. 
5. A business card from Alabama Grief Support Services. This agency provides free grief support groups in the area, and I believe they do very important work.
6. This recipe for Farmer's Market Vegetarian Quesadillas.
7. A generic letter of appreciation from my division director. It has a food stain on it, so it's getting tossed.

Thanks for letting me get that off my desk.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Seeing the Big Guy

On Tuesday night, on our way to get Ben's birthday and Christmas presents, I asked Anna June where she'd like to go for a quick dinner, just the two of us.

"Can we go to the mall?" she asked. I wanted to know why she wanted to go. "Is Santa still there?" she asked.

I was floored. She had previously said she did NOT want to see Santa. Years past have brought her to tears at the mere thought. Peer pressure, I assumed. Surely other kids she knows have been to see Santa.

I probed deeper. She vowed not to cry, to tell Santa what she wanted for Christmas, and to sit on his lap for a picture.

Never trust a 4-year-old.

Tuesday night, I explained we didn't have time, and I put her off until Wednesday. Wednesday night, she went to change out of her school uniform and ended up in bike shorts and t-shirt. Her daddy vetoed the outfit, and that was all it took to cause a meltdown. She declared that not only that she didn't want to go right then, but she NEVER wanted to go.

I should have trusted my four-year-old.

Thursday night rolled around, and there were two HUGE boxes from Granny on our porch. We let AJ open just a few things - we needed to run an errand and didn't want to wait for AJ to open every wonderful thing. She pulled out some dresses. When she got to a green velvet one that she loved, I casually mentioned that it would be a perfect dress for a Santa visit. She agreed, and rushed to put it on.

Since she was interested again, we wanted to strike while the iron was hot. She seemed like she was excited.

When we got there, there was no one in line. AJ got closer, and turned back into her shy and stubborn self. She did NOT want to talk to Santa. She did not want to sit on his lap or beside him. She would not talk to him. She answered, "nothing" when he asked what she wanted for Christmas, although I supplied that she wanted a whoopie cushion, hoping that silly thought would make her smile. It did not. Basically, the picture is awful and overpriced, and AJ is not even smiling, even though both Ben and I are doing our best.

Santa tried, but AJ wouldn't even take a candy cane from him. On some level, I think I'm supposed to be proud that she didn't take to a strange man with candy.

Anyway, we ran into my cousin Laurie in the food court afterwards, which was way more fun than our actual trip to see Santa. Her kids, Tyler and Ava, gave Santa their lists, and they were both adorable and very into it. These pics are infinitely better and more special than the ridiculous one with the old guy, anyway.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

That One Day!

So far, Anna June has only been absent from school one day, because she had pinkeye or something like it, and she was tardy once this week for a dentist appointment. Besides that, her attendance has been stellar.

However, the ONE DAY she was absent, a group from the local Rotary Club showed up at her school to take a tour of the Pre-K. They are major contributors to the United Way's Success By 6 program, and they are basically funding AJ's classroom. The one day presented a great photo-op, and of course, made it to the school's website.

So if you were ever wondering what a group of local philanthropists (including Mrs. D's Dad), a school board member, a program administrator, AJ's teachers, and the rest of her class look like, you can find it here. It's a link to her class website. I hope that better and more pictures will be posted soon.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Getting in the Christmas Spirit - part 1

Anna June is showing us that she loves Christmas as much as I do. I am so glad. It is my favorite time of year, although I keep telling myself that I can't do everything! Here are some things we've done so far to celebrate the season.

Dec 1 - attended a Christmas party
Dec 2 - put up our tree, practiced for the Christmas program at church
Dec 3 - ate Christmas cookies from Icing on the Cookie. They are participating in a fundraiser for the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center this week called "Sweet on a Cure" where local merchants donate proceeds from dessert sales. AJ watched The Polar Express at school - They got jingle bell necklaces, the teacher punched their "tickets," and they had cocoa and cookies.(AJ declared the movie was certainly different from the book)
Dec 4 - took AJ Christmas shopping for her Daddy's present. After a quick dinner, we stopped at Whole Foods (another Sweet on a Cure participant) and AJ had candy cane gelato (I had orange fig.) Magnifico! At school AJ watched "Elf on the Shelf". I'm personally very anti-elf (I believe there is evidence on the internet that I recently wished to beat up the ladies who created this) but whatever. I'm trying to honor diversity!

I wonder what we'll do today that could possibly top that. Unfortunately, homework and laundry and regular life goes on during the Christmas season. We're doing our best to get in (and stay in) the spirit. Have a holly jolly day!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Weather or Not

Anna June is ok at getting dressed for school. Sometimes, she'll even ask me what the weather will be so she can dress appropriately.

This weekend, though, it was warm. She picked out her "best dress" to wear on our shopping excursion. It is trimmed in faux fur and is a great holiday piece. I wore my culturally-appropriate Bama sweatshirt. We were both burning up!

Later that night, we changed, and AJ picked out a sundress. I couldn't blame her - we were still recovering, running the a/c in the car on our errands. "I like the coldness," she declared.

Luckily, I brought a sweater along for her, because the nights get cool! It's hard for her to decide what to wear when it changes so quickly!

It's so confusing in December when is warm. It's hard to get in the Christmas spirit when it feels like early fall. We think we should change the lyrics to "Let it Snow" for something that better fits Alabama's climate.

"Oh, the weather outside is perfect..."

Monday, December 3, 2012

Day Planner

Anna June's friend Francie gave her an old day planner to play with that once belonged to her grandmother. AJ doesn't have a planner or a diary that she really uses, but if she did, her entries for this weekend may have looked like this.

Eat strudel
Play at home
Make hostess/Christmas gift for John Clarke's family
Get Mom to download more apps for me on her phone.
Out to lunch
Pile up sticks in backyard with Mom
Visit the library for more books
Shopping with parents
Football/Christmas party at John Clarke's
Spend the night with Nana

Breakfast with Granddaddy, Nana and Mom
Snuggles and playtime at home
Choir practice
Lunch at home (leftovers!)
Put up Christmas tree and decorations
Finish homework
Phone grandparents
Dinner at El Cazador with Maddie

As you can see, we had a busy weekend lined up! AJ picked out these swell boots while we were shopping. Santa has been notified.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Rock Star

Anna June practiced some guitar this morning.