FC: Anna Board 2009
1: how I have fun: playing dress-up, coloring, painting, playing on the playground, swimming, reading, riding Princess bike fashion statement: sundresses, putting skirts with built-in shorts under dresses my friends: Gaby, Olivia, Maudie, Luke, Cole, Will, Keith what I like to eat: frozen peas and carrots, olives, popsicles, Daddy's snack cakes, juice box what I like to read: American Girls books, Little House on the Prairie books what i like to watch:: Little Einsteins, Wonder Pets, Angelina Ballerina, youtube videos what I like to listen to:: KBAQ (classical music station), Raffi favorite places: friends' houses favorite family activity: movie night what makes me proud: when someone praises something I have done, like coloring something I learned this year:: how to count to 10 in Spanish, how to do the butterfly stroke in swimming, how to write the alphabet, how to spell words like zoo and go | what I like, as told by Anna
2: Anna's first official class was a ballet class through Gilbert Parks and Recreation. The class was set up for the girls to learn a different dance every week, practice it during the class, and then at the end of each class, dress in costumes and perform the dance in front of parents, siblings, and anyone else who came along. Anna was a bit reluctant to go in at first, but she quickly warmed up to the teacher, the dance class, and especially to the costumes. However, when it came time to perform, she refused to let me into the class. In order for her to perform the dance, I stayed outside in the hallway. This continued until the very last class. I had to sneak peeks through the narrow windows beside the doors. Regardless of this inconvenience for me, the class itself was a great experience for Anna. We signed up for another dance class after this one. Also, we got in the habit of playing on the playground outside the building afterwards, so we got to know some other kids. We also met Maudie (pictured below, with Anna) who is a very energetic girl who remains a friend to this day.
4: The Chinese New Year | year of the ox
5: We celebrated the lunar new year by visiting the Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix, where the kids saw a dragon dance, played games, and did crafts. We went to a celebration at the Chinese Christian Church, and ate dim sum at C-Fu's with our small group.
6: Toby and Anna often choose to dress up in "fancy clothes," and on this occasion asked for their picture to be taken together.
7: “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” ~Desmond Tutu
8: Anna's first day of preschool in Miss Carolyn's class | I was so impressed with Anna's teacher and the activities they did through the Gilbert Parks and Rec program. Miss Carolyn focused on the alphabet, colors, and numbers, and had tons of extras, especially incorporating animals, like this huge snake, other reptiles, birds, and butterflies.
9: Anna's first preschool class
10: Princess Puffball | My favorite project from Anna's class was watching a caterpillar transform into a butterfly. Each student got a tiny caterpillar in a small cup, which also had some food for the caterpillar. As days passed, the caterpillar became quite large, created a cocoon, and then we transferred it to a jar. It was fascinating for all of us when the butterfly made its appearance. Dye dripped to the bottom of the jar, and the brand new butterfly sipped orange juice while she waited for her wings to dry. Anna named her Princess Puffball, and released her in our backyard.
12: Anna and Daddy
13: “When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.” ~Joyce Brothers
14: These are all pictures that Anna took at Tumbleweed Park.
17: The kids were thrilled to hunt for Easter eggs in the backyard. And, unlike the previous year, the eggs even had something inside them.!!
18: Summer Visitors
19: Grammy, Grandpop, and Aunt Beji braved the summer heat to visit us by train this year. They took a side trip to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon, which we are not quite ready for. | family picture in Gilbert
20: . | More than anyone else I have known, Anna can go from full speed to zero with seemingly no time in between the two. However, we limit her naps because they interfere with regular night sleeping. But, when she really needs it, she can fall asleep anywhere at anytime. | No day is so bad it can't be fixed with a nap. ~Carrie Snow
21: Anna really blossomed in swim class. She took classes at Aloha Aquatic Center, mainly with Miss Taryn, the owner. Anna motored across the pool with all four strokes: freestyle, breast, back, and butterfly. It's amazing to think how far she has come since the first lessons in our backyard. Now she is confident and more than competent. | Aloha
22: After an initial slow start, we spent a lot of quality, fun time with our small group. We hung out at different homes, including Preston and Gayle's farm, and had other special times at Jeepers and C-Fu Restaurant.
23: Gaby Chu and Anna
24: Since our extended family lives in the Midwest, we rely on friends to be our family out here. The Bastians certainly fill the role nicely. We all get along most of the time, and Lori and I appreciate how the kids wear each other out.
25: Our Arizona Cousins | Anna and Bailey, the only Bastian "daughter"
26: Our whole family adores Grace and Roberta Schamber, and we get with them as often as we can.
27: Another AZ cousin: Grace
28: Camping is getting easier.. The kids are more independent and get how they are supposed to behave when in a tent or just in the great outdoors. They also like to get dirty. | Camping at Christopher Creek
29: Something both kids think is fun is to brush their teeth without a sink. They aim their spit for the tree.
31: Anna has always been a very social person, so friends are important to her. Some of her special friends from this year include Olivia, Karina and Keith, Maudie, and Melissa.
32: Anna mastered the monkey bars and has the calloused hands to prove it.
33: "Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun." - Kahlil Gibran | Anna has a quick and ready smile for most situations. She has a sharp sense of humor and timing.
34: We took a trip to Vail, CO, with Grammy and Grandpop, and Aunt Mary's family. It was great fun. We all stayed in a really big cabin, and then explored the area together. One of the best parts was the "snail trail," a trail within walking distance of the cabin. | “Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future.” ~Gail Lumet Buckley
35: Anna and the boys | Board family vacation
36: Good friends always make camping more fun. At the Labor Day church camp, we were surrounded by friends, old and new. Anna especially enjoyed spending time with the Bastians, Olivia Rokusek, and Caroline Webster. | We had plenty of time to hang out with family. | Rain is the norm on this trip.
37: Anna took her first fishing trip, and even caught one., which we enjoyed for dinner that night. Ray Wallace took different families out on his boat. | new experiences
39: Mother Nature's Farm | Of course, we celebrated Halloween the typical way, trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. We also visited Mother Nature's farm with Logen and Tris. Anna fed a few animals. picked out her own pumpkin, and found her way through a straw bale maze. We went to the famous Bastian Halloween party, dressed as characters from the Wizard of Oz.
40: Fall Festival
41: We were super proud of Anna at the fall festival at her school. She learned all the motions and words to the songs, and belted them out when it was her class' turn. Her class dressed in pumpkin costumes and sang a song about pumpkins, and a couple of other songs. Anna is pictured with Mrs. Figueroa, who was a great teacher for her. She encouraged Anna to be responsible and always believed the best about her. Anna also got to spend some time this fall with the Davenport boys. She loved the attention of these older cousins.
43: The kids and I embarked on an adventurous trip across the Midwest over Thanksgiving and the first week of December, ending up in New Jersey for Kourtney's wedding. We started in Toledo with the Davenports, and made it across to Aunt Beji's house for a few days. Beji is such a great host. We did all sorts of autumnal things: baked cookies, raked leaves, and rooted for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
44: Philadelphia Children's Museum | We spent Anna's birthday in Philadelphia, at the You Touch Museum. She got to wear a big birthday sticker, and had a special ride on the carousel. It is a fabulous museum, with lots of interactive exhibits. There was an Alice in Wonderland section, a water part that focuses on dams and barges, and a gravity room. The big picture on the right is one of my favorites because it shows Anna and Toby helping each other to climb to the top of a hill.
46: We celebrated Anna's fifth birthday with Grammy, Grandpop, and Aunt Mary's family at the hotel. Grammy gave Anna the quilt she made for her. The following day we attended Kortney Wendling's wedding. The four of us had a great time dancing at the reception.
48: Toby and I joined Anna to make a graham cracker house at her preschool, and we also made a gingerbread house of our own at home. She also spent a lot of time preparing for her Christmas show, where she was a cat.