Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Did you miss us? I know, I know, I have been such a slacker!!!

So, I am hoping to share a few of our silly moments from the past month or so and let you know what we've been up to since we saw you all last.

Annalie has discovered that she can make "silly eyes" and she likes to make them often since they make us all laugh.

Brooklyn finds joy in playing with lids of all kinds. This one was especially fun since you can see through it.

Annalie learned how to ride her bike. Don't you love the kissy face??

My girls have become pretty joined-at-the-hip. Brooklyn adores her big sister and wants to do everything that she does.

We also love reading books at our house. We have been studying the articles of faith as part of our family home evening lessons. Annalie even surprised us when she recited the first article of faith almost two weeks after we talked about it, nearly word-for-word. We are so proud of her.

We raked up all the leaves that have finally fallen off the trees here. It made quite the pile. Brooklyn didn't like them so much (which the occupational therapist thinks is a sensory "issue" —I'm not sure that's the right word for it— as a result of her stroke) ...

...but little miss Annalie just couldn't get enough of them. She even made a leaf angel for us!

It has been horribly cold here recently. I know, it doesn't get cold in Arizona, right? But I would say daytime highs of 35 degrees is cold pretty much anywhere. We even had a pipe burst to our sprinkler line in the backyard and ICE at the temple. Can you see it behind little Brooklyn? Not as cold as Rexburg, but cold just the same. (Jealous Sara? We love you and are sending warm thoughts your way.)

To try and combat (or celebrate) the cold, we decided to build snowmen. Here are my girls looking lovingly into each other's eyes as they waited anxiously for momma to bust out the snow.

I thought it was funny, but Brooklyn actually didn't mind playing in the sticky stuff.

Annalie on the other hand, didn't enjoy it so much.

They were both pretty happy about the snowman family we made though.

Don't they look so accomplished as they worked on them? It was a fun afternoon.

Sara, Brooklyn is your little twin, let me tell you. She loves shoes and any other accessory but especially hats. She will put them on and leave them there the rest of the day. She gets mad when we take them away. We thought she looked like you before, but wow...the more her personality comes out, the more she reminds us of you.

And last but not least, little Annalie has had some really goofy stomach bug off and on the past few days and to help brighten her up and make her feel better, we painted RAINBOW TOES! She picked the colors and loves them.

We hope you all are doing well and will try to be better about keeping in touch. We love and miss you all.

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