Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Happy 4th of July!

Such a fun weekend at home for the 4th of July!  Annabelle got to see her first fireworks Sunday and Monday nights.  Our neighbors had a great show Sunday then Monday we went to a close town, Irondequoit, for their show.  It was a little late for her and by 10pm she was "all done" but she really loved them.

Saturday we went to see Finding Dory, it was really cute and the first time Annabelle went to the movies.  After we went to a friend's house for a picnic.  Very busy, fun filled weekend <3

Playing Play Doh with daddy

Ready for fireworks, ears protected

First sparkler!!


View of the fireworks in the neighborhood

Homemade banana ice cream, she's so excited!

Family pool time, perfect size for us!

Waiting on the fireworks, playing with glow sticks


The group at Finding Dory 

LOVE this theater, first time there for both of us!

So cool at the picnic

Friday, July 1, 2016

First week of summer break

We have had a very busy first week of Summer!  We only get 2 weeks before summer program starts so we pack a lot into a short time.

Monday we did our grocery shopping and for the first time Annabelle walked the store rather than being in the cart.  She was so proud and, as always, made me laugh the entire trip.  After shopping we went to the Strong museum with friends.  It was close to 90 outside and so humid so a nice indoor afternoon was perfect.

Tuesday night we went to tour the El GaleĆ³n, a replica of a wooden Spanish cargo ship.  It was amazing & Annabelle loved it! After we stopped for dinner on the water.

Brian won tickets to a Red Wings baseball game so Wednesday afternoon we spent at the ball field.  We had so much fun and Annabelle really loved it!  She made friends with all the guys behind us and one even gave her the t-shirt he caught from the shirt cannon.

Yesterday we went to Seabreeze for the first time this year with some friends.  It was so fun and now that Annabelle is over 38" she could ride a bunch of new (to her) rides!  We went on the log ride, bobsled, the spring, balloon race - and loved them all!!

Stopping to smell the roses

cupcakes and graham crackers



Wegmans "shopping" at Strong museum





Playing vet at Strong





my friend Lisa and I - we all have fun at the museum ;-)


I think it's time for a bigger swing!














Great seats for Annabelle's first game!

At the baseball game - family selfie



after the ariel act


so sweet!

Waiting in line for the log ride!





Annabelle and Natalie ready to go swim

ready for the roller coaster!




Thursday, June 23, 2016

Preschool Graduation

Today was Annabelle's preschool graduation!  For many kids it's a transition to kindergarten but for us it's also a time of reflection and realizing how far she has come in these past three years at CP Rochester.

When she started she was only 2 1/2, turning 3 in December.  She couldn't walk at all and her only form of communication was a few signs and pointing / gesturing.  She had trouble holding items and transferring them from hand to hand was a challenge.  Fast forward 3 years and she's running around crazy, communicating with sentences and has much more upper body strength.

This was her first / last day pictures from 2013-2014:


Now for her pictures from 2015-2016:


She has grown so much and is doing great.  People keep asking if I'm ready for kindergarten and I tell them yes, with out a doubt.  Annabelle has come so very far I can't wait to see what our future holds!

Walking into the gym, surprised with all the people

Her smile after she saw Brian and I

Mr Ben reads her name, it took her a second to realize

Getting her certificate


Our friend Jason who "wasn't graduation today" ;-)


Singing "if your happy and you know it"

Miss Laurie and Annabelle

Mary, Annabelle, Laurie, Julie, and Gabby
the most wonderful group of caring women!

Annabelle and Miss Laura (OT)

Annabelle and Miss Kim (Speech)

Miss Linda stole a kiss <3

Annabelle and Miss Linda (PT)




Drawing at Red Robin after graduation

Grandma Linda, Annabelle, and Papa

After graduation we had lunch with Grandma Linda and Papa then they went back home to Erie.  We spent the afternoon working on Annabelle's play area - moving a ton of rubber mulch!



All raked, weeded, landscape fabric put down and mulch ready to be spread

First bag out of 50

Just finishing up, looks beautiful

New sandbox


Finished!