Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Every time I go to the bathroom, Annabelle comes in and sits on her potty. Today when we got home from the beach I went to the bathroom. Annabelle came in and I asked her if she wanted me to take her diaper off so she could go potty. She said "Yesh!" So I did and she sat on her potty and actually started pooping! I was so excited for her. I was cheering for her, but when she turned around and saw what went in the potty she was not happy! She started crying and freaking out. She wasn't done going to the bathroom, but she wouldn't sit back down and she wouldn't let me put her diaper on. So I set her in the tub, cleaned out her potty and then clean the tub when she was done. Needless to say, we aren't quite ready for the potty. At least she is learning what it is for though!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
We went on a six day adventure up to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. We had a lot of fun and got to see a lot of cool, yet scary things. Our first day we just settled in and went to the beach. The weather was beautiful! It was in the 80's everyday and was nice and sunny. Our second day we took a cruise to Green Island. We spent about 2 hours there, walking through the rain forest and chilling on the beautiful beaches. We then went out to the Great Barrier Reef. We went to a section they call Norman. Our boat hooked up with a pontoon there. We started off by going on a semi-submersible to see all the fish and coral from there. It was nice because Annabelle got to see everything that way. She fell asleep, so we decided to grab a quick bite to eat and head out to do some snorkeling. My Mom watched Annabelle while Dave and I snorkeled. The water was surprisingly warm and we saw really cool fish and coral. We also saw a shark! We were swimming with sharks!! They were just reef sharks, so they won't hurt you, but they are still large and scary. I traded places with my Mom. When Annabelle woke up we all walked down to the underwater observatory before taking off back to Cairns. I loved the trip, even though it was the first time I've ever felt nauseous on a boat. The water was pretty choppy, but I was very glad I didn't get sick as I watched others spewing their breakfasts.
On the fourth day, it was my birthday, so we went to 4 mile beach. Annabelle, Mom, and I played in the sun for a while. It got to be pretty hot though, so we left and went out to lunch in Port Douglas. We went to the markets there as well. We went into downtown Cairns for dinner. We ate at a great little Italian place and the food was actually pretty good.
On the last day we went to Hartley's Crocodile Adventure. We got to take a cruise on a river full of big crocodiles! We also got to feed cassowaries (big, mean Australian birds) and see other wildlife. We then went to Cairns and swam at the free outdoor pool by the beach. It was great! We flew home that night and Annabelle slept the whole way. It was a great trip and definitely recommend seeing the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest and all the incredible wildlife and beauty they hold!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Annabelle is getting bigger and more independent everyday. She is an "I will do everything myself" child. She doesn't let us help her do anything, which in some ways is good, but it means we have to be even more patient and wait longer for things to get done. She is standing alone now and is trying to take steps on her own. She is getting braver by the day and makes bigger transitions between objects while "cruising." I really can't believe she will be 1 soon. They really do grow up too quick! Below are some recent videos of Annabelle with her new favorite purse.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
So let me first off explain that Annabelle is shirtless because we just got home from church and were about to eat and I didn't want her to get her dress all dirty. I also didn't want to put a new shirt on her until after she made a mess eating. We don't let her run around like a Mexican wrestler all the time I promise =).
Annabelle has become quite the little climber lately. She even piles things like books up so she can climb onto surfaces that are too high for her to muscle her way up to. Yesterday she discovered she could climb into her stroller (pram for our Australian friends =)) from the couch. So like any good parents we let her do it under close supervision and captured it on video =).
Here's a picture of her in her Sunday dress as well. Enjoy our little monkey climbing away!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
She has a constant runny nose, like someone turned on a mucus faucet. It's really gross. I try to dab at it all day, but it still runs constantly. It drives Annabelle crazy because it is wet and probably tickles. So this evening Annabelle pulled a roll of toilet paper off the counter top in the bathroom. She proceeded to put the roll onto her arm, like it was a bracelet. She then discovered she could use it to wipe her nose quite effectively. She wore it around wiping her nose and tearing off pieces along the way. I thought it was hilarious! It was great for me because I no longer had to worry about her wiping her nose all over everything. What a clever little girl and she isn't even 1 yet =).
Friday, July 3, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
She has also started talking to the crows that live around here. There are really big, loud crows here and they sound a lot like babies trying to talk. Annabelle's new game is to mimic them every time she hears them and she is delighted when they answer back.
Today Annabelle took a raw potato and started eating it (I had cleaned it off). She chewed on it for half an hour. I can't get her to eat any variety of cooked potatoes, but give it to her raw and it's her new favorite food! She is learning so much everyday and getting to be so smart. I love to watch her eyes light up as she learns new things. I love you Annabelle!!!!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Annabelle loves to explore. She crawls all over and gets into EVERYTHING! She's so quick about it too. I had just gotten her out of the bathroom, only to find her doing this in the kitchen. She has learned to open cupboards and drawers now as well. Luckily, we pretty much baby proofed everything when we moved in, so she can't get into too much trouble. In fact, the only reason the trash can isn't in the cupboard is because it annoyed Dave to have to open the door to get to it. Her latest favorite is the cookie cutters. She loves to pull them out and dump them all over the floor. I'm pretty sure they could entertain her for most of the day. She's so cute!!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
The language here is very different as well. We are learning new words everyday. I need to start an American-Australian dictionary. Below is a list of some of the words we have learned. I put the Australian word or phrase first and the American equivalent next to it.
Goodonya: Good for you!
How you going?: How are you doing?
Way Out: Exit
Mobile (pronounce Mo-bile): Cell phone
Savo: This afternoon
Lift: Elevators and Escalators
Chemist: Pharmacy or drug store
Bottle Shop: Liquor store (we told some guys how to get to a recycling center =)).
Bogan: white trash
Sheila: a woman
Sheepshager: New Zealander (can you tell they’re fond of New Zealanders?)
Dinky-di: the real thing
No worries: thank you, you’re welcome, it’s okay, no problem and about 20 other things =)
There are a lot more, but those are just the ones we've figured out and can remember right now. Probably one of my favorite stories is from Dave's work. At lunch one day a coworker of Dave's was going off about things people put on cars here. About 20 mintues into his rant Dave was like, "why do people here put French Panties on their cars, I've never seen that?" They all laughed because they were talking about the flowers Frengi Pennies, but Dave couldn't understand them. They eventually wrote it out for him. My embarassing story comes from another thing that is different here, kissing. To greet you and say goodbye, people here kiss on the cheeks. At Dave's company party, his boss went to kiss me (he tried twice) and since I didn't know what he was doing I gave him a cool handshake and patted him on the back. It was very awkward, but I learned my lesson. Now I know people are trying to kiss me, but it still weird, I'm not a fan of it.