Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Thanksgiving and more

We had a wonderful time in Erie for Thanksgiving.  We celebrated with lots of food, a birthday party for Annabelle (4 on Dec 18th) and Curtis & Sydney (14 on Dec 2nd), and Christmas with my parents.  Luckily that winter storm in Buffalo hit the week before and most of the snow was melted by the time we made our trip down I-90!

Last weekend we got to be in the Webster Electric Parade.  Annabelle's dance instructor asked her to be on the float with all the other little girls.  It was lots of fun and she loved waving to all the people along the streets!  

We have been getting ready for Christmas, decorating and having pictures done.  I finished Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving so it's one less thing to worry about this month.  I have a lot more pics on my phone that have yet to be transferred but I was up early this morning so I wanted to get some up while I had time. 


So excited about the Christmas Tree!

My little elf <3

Annabelle & I on the Dancing with Denise float, our first parade



LOVE this smile!

Our happy family

Lucas and Annabelle hanging out

They could be twins <3 <3 <3

Annabelle's preschool picture

Giving Clyde some love


American Girl fashion show, she loved it!

Annabelle and her friend Scarlett at the show


New dance outfit from Grandma

Annabelle and Sydney

Curtis, Sydney, & Annabelle - cousins <3

Birthday cupcakes

putting on her makeup with Grandma Linda

Playing with daddy (under the blanket)





She's showing me her makeup here, so fancy!

Dress up outfits she got for Christmas

First year with no tears :)  She was all smiles for Santa!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fall update

I'm not even sure where to start, this fall has flown by!  One reason I no longer have time for blogging is because Annabelle has given up on her naps for the most part.  She will still nap in the car or in bed with me but refuses to nap in her bed.  We are still working on independent play but that isn't going very well either so I'm usually in the playroom or kitchen playing with her all afternoon.

We love morning preschool, Annabelle is definitely more attentive than in the afternoon.  She was approved last month for music therapy at school 2 x's a week which is a great addition to her current therapies.  She still receives PT, OT, Speech, and AT (assistive tech therapy - working on using her proslate for communication).  

Outside of school we have also continued with music therapy and horse therapy weekly.  Just for fun we decided to add in dance and gymnastics.  She loves them both and they are great for strengthening her low tone upper body and work on balance along with numerous other things.  I'm also looking into yoga for her this winter, she loves doing the poses and again it will help with strength.  

A couple weeks ago we went to the circus and Annabelle loved it!  She was so amazed with the dancers, elephants, tigers, dogs, horses, and guys on the trampoline.  She kept pointing at them then looking at us with the biggest smile.  It's amazing how big she is getting and how much "communication" she has with being nonverbal.

I'm sure I'm missing a ton of what we have done so I'll close with lots of pictures :)  


sweet girl

Out for a cruise in her car

Playing dress up, Clyde loves being with her


Always smiles in the car, loves to run :)


One of her new chores is to help empty the dishwasher,
she LOVES to help <3

At our friends eating (Grayson, Lucas, & Annabelle)

Halloween pics - our little Minnie Mouse

I can't even handle the cuteness <3 <3 <3

It's so hard to get a picture of her standing still LOL

Working on a bagel, trying to increase to table foods

She loves to help cook - we made french toast together

Family storybook time at Spectrum where she has music therapy

Arts and crafts are still a favorite

Before dance one day, had to add the cowgirl hat

She brought all Clyde's toys to him

Silly girl waiting for me and the dogs to come back inside

Getting a haircut at Golden Shears, she loves going there
which is good because her hair grows so fast


At the race track while daddy was driving

Love that smile <3

Our little Penn State girl

Meeting Elsa at a carnival

Daddy & Annabelle in the big pink truck

Hayrides are fun :)

Annabelle and her friend Scarlett at the pumpkin patch.
They go to school together & have become great friends (mommies too)


Trick or Treating at Zoo Boo



Watching the otters 


Daddy's 40th surprise Birthday party


Lucas and Annabelle playing on the phone at the party -
two perfect angels during the entire time <3

Super Scarlett and Minnie Annabelle after the Halloween school party

Circus fun

Family selfie <3

I was so happy there was an empty seat in front of us, she could stand and watch