Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Evelyn Starts School

I have agonized about school for Evelyn.  Sometimes on here, but mostly just in my own head.  What Scott and I wanted above all, was what was best for her and feasible for the rest of the family.  Having Celiac disease added an extra layer of difficulty to the decision.

After much discussion and research, we finally decided to send her to a small, local private school (Whitefield Academy) instead of the original plan to homeschool.  It was a HARD decision.  But at the end of the day, we decided it was an environment that would allow her to flourish and that homeschooling wasn't the best option for me.  

And let me tell you, one week in, it's one of the best decisions we've ever made for her and our family.  

She adores her school.  She excitedly gets dressed in her uniform each morning, runs into the building, and has a giant smile on her face every day when I go to pick her up.  The highly structured environment with lots of stimulation and activity is the perfect fit for her.  Seeing her do so well makes me laugh at how stressed I was about the whole thing.  

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Annabelle: 3

You're three now my little Annie.  And you are every ounce of it.

You appear to have two distinct personalities.  There's the side of you that is so talkative, joyful, and loving.  The side that wants to wear pigtails and princess dresses and tell strangers your name.  Then there's the side of you that is frustrated that you don't run the world and will let us know it.  It's amazing how fast the switch from one personality to the other can happen.

You and I started out your 3rd year at a donut shop.  A brand new experience for you, and your eyes lit up when you saw the case full of donuts.  You quickly decided on a pink on though; which came as no surprise.

You wanted your birthday party to be at the Deanna Rose Farmstead, one of your very favorite places.

You requested m & m cake and were thrilled to see a giant cake covered in your favorite candy.

For the first time this year you were able to answer the birthday interview questions.

Who is your best friend?


What is your favorite color?


What is your favorite animal?


What is your favorite thing to do?

put on makeup

What is your favorite thing to wear?

my heart dress!

What is your favorite food?


What is your favorite show to watch?

the catepillar movie

What is your favorite thing to do when we go to Iowa?

build towers

What is your favorite thing to do with daddy?

go somewhere to get cake

What is your favorite thing to do with mommy?

wash dishes


What do you want to be when you grow up?

a mama

What should I tell everyone about you on the blog?

That I'm Annie.

Oh yes, you are.  My little Annie who thinks just about everything is scary (slides, swings, fast moving vehicles, the car wash...).

You love all things carbohydrates.  Particularly baked goods and french fries.

You still sleep with your sheepie and blanket every night.  You take a nap most days right now, but a couple of times a week I find you up in your room having a good ole time instead of sleeping.  Thankfully your version of a good time is a bit different from your big sisters and you mostly just play with toys in bed when you don't fall asleep.

At your 3-year-old check-up the doctor said you were very healthy and seemed to be developing right on track.  You weighed 30.4 lbs. and are 37 inches tall (putting you in the 50th percentile for both).