It's Snowing!

Sydney is excited for snow to play in. Ironically, it snowed on Jan. 31 last year. She is already talking about making snowballs to throw at Daddy (who is hopefully coming home from work early today - the roads are supposed to get worse.) Oh, yeah - we're out of school today.


Meet our two new residents

Our first new resident is Anastasia. Uncle Timothy took Sydney to Build-A-Bear for her birthday and she built Anastasia, a bunny in a Tinkerbell dress complete with wings (which will be important in a minute.)

The first couple of days Anastasia took a back seat to all of her other birthday loot, but from Wednesday on she goes EVERYWHERE. Everyone who meets Anastasia has to listen to her "heartbeep."

If Sydney goes potty, so does Anastasia. She has been to ballet, to school, to Wal-Mart, and of course she has to go to bed with us, too. The wings are really pokey, but Anastasia can't take her Tinkerbell off at night because she doesn't have pajamas. Sydney has a birthday party to go to this afternoon so we bought a Build-a-Bear gift card for her friend. While we were there Anastasia got a "bath" and new pajamas. (Sydney decided that would be a good use of some of her birthday money.) So, now she has to change at night and in the morning.

Now, onto our other new resident.
What, don't you see her? This is a picture Sydney took of Khana (I'm guessing on the spelling since Khana has yet to tell me how exactly I'm supposed to spell her name.)

The other night I was in the bathroom getting ready to go out on a date (thought I should document that since it happens so infrequently) and Sydney brought a blanket in and said, "There, is that better?" I asked her who she was talking to. "My pretend friend," she said. She goes on to tell me that Khana is very tired because they'd been playing so much. They'd played school, dolls and on her jungle gym. Well, you know me - I started to worry that it was bad that she had an imaginary friend, but then I read this article on Babycenter.
Don't worry, your toddler is not only normal, she's also very creative. Her burgeoning imagination fuels this wonderful fictitious creation, someone who accompanies her as she explores the world. Firstborns often have imaginary friends, as do very bright kids.
So, for now I'll worry less and just get to know Khana, who is apparently Anastasia's sister. She has long blond hair and loves her family. That is all I really know about her so far - I just hope she's nice.


Happy Birthday Bear!

Well, after an entire week of exhaustive partying, Sydney is three!

Party #1 - On her actual birthday.
On her birthday she asked at the last second to go to Chuck E. Cheese. Well, really she invited her Daddy to go with her since Mommy said she could (except that Mommy said to talk to her Dad.) But, we're suckers and she is spoiled so we went. The new Chuck E. Cheese is a lot bigger and better than the one in Fayetteville. My only complaint is that they only have one dancing robot thing. When I was a kid that was what made Showbiz the coolest place ever. But, Sydney seemed content, especially since the REAL Chuck E. Cheese came and sang happy birthday to her.

Party #2 - Friend Party.
We had her friend party on Friday night which of course had to be a Cinderella Tea Party. I made skirts for all of the girls and we painted their nails, made princess wands, and of course topped it all off with tiaras. Minus one melt down (because someone handed out one of the hats and she wanted to) things went well. I'm sure I'll be scrubbing apple juice off of the floor until her fourth birthday party, but that is to be expected when you let three-year-olds be in charge of pouring their own "tea." Of course there HAD to be a Cinderella cake. Oh, and did I mention that she also requested a purple on the inside cake. (and of course she got it.) When she first saw it Sydney said, "Mommy, it is the most beautiful cake I've EVER seen." So, she was excited and couldn't keep her fingers out of it. When I told her to quit touching it with her fingers she found a toothpick and was using that to scrape icing. Such a literal child. :)

Party #3 - Family Party.
Due to poor planning on my part, Sydney's party at the Jones Center didn't happen because I planned it in the middle of David's class. So, we had to opt for two parties at our house. (Sydney didn't mind.) Her reaction when she couldn't blow out her candles (and no, I didn't so that on purpose.)

Her cake

Thanks to everyone who took the time to come! Sydney loved having you all here.