Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Don't Blink

I don't know where the time has gone, but today my baby is six. When did this happen?

I chose the title for this post for two reasons. The first is the obvious, your babies grow up when you're not looking.

The second reason is that Peanut Head, the father of my children, Daddy, has gotten my babies hooked on the Dr. Who series. Which has been great up until the episode "Don't Blink." Now my kids cannot even use the restroom by themselves for fear of a weeping angel statue hurling them back through time.

Yeah. Good one Daddy.

Anyway, the point of this post was not to give Peanut Head the tongue lashing he so deserves, but to reflect on the highlights of Annika's last six years. Well, my favorite pictures anyway. I think she and I would disagree on what the highlights have been.

Here is the Annie we know and love today. All boisterous, in your face, and the boss of everything. I'm sure that this is the first time Zoe starting believing that Annika thinks she's a superstar. That's what she tells her all the time. "Annika, you think you're such a superstar. You think you're so hot." Zoe is a little bitter.

This is my girl. She knows how to put away some cake. How can you not love that?

This picture pretty much sums up Stinkerbell's attitude about life. She can do it herself and she doesn't need anyone else to show her how. In fact, tell her how to do it and she'll find some other way to do it and she'll take her sweet time.

I was pretty deflated after months of potty training Zoe and I just wasn't ready to face another round of that, so Annika took charge and did it herself. Thank you, Girlfriend! I'll be forever grateful for that.

Here's a little peek at the silly side of Stinker Dinker.

I seriously want to know why does my child know how to pose like a model? It's a little creepy.

Annika sees herself as the Fix-It Guy in our house, right along with Daddy. He's so proud.

Also like Daddy, she gets a little crazy about her video games. And that's not a very lady-like lounging position either, Missy.

Again, could you please not have so many cute pictures for me to choose from?

Little Miss Doesn't Follow Directions is sitting during her preschool graduation when she is supposed to be standing, twirling and singing. She's so prissy having to fix her hat and she won't be rushed. She couldn't give a rat's behind what everyone thinks.

I just love this picture. The caption on the shirt is a bit of an oxymoron in this case though. It really should say stinker.

I loved Annika as a witch. I thought she was the cutest witch ever, and I realize that I'm biased. She is believable as a witch though, she can be so mean. Although I should really just say that she is passionate, because she's just as lovable as she is mean.

First big girl bike, or in this case, big boy bike for a big girl. She's not a girlie girl, except for lip gloss and OCD things. For some reason Girlfriend is obsessed with lip gloss. Sometimes I find rocks in my dryer, and sometimes I find lip gloss. I just never know what I'm going to get.

Just a few months on those training wheels before she kicked them to the curb. Again, Daddy is so proud.

My baby went to Kindergarten this school year. That was a bittersweet day.

Being home with my girls during these first years has been the best gift I have ever received and I wouldn't trade them for anything. Watching them grow and learn is priceless.

Happy Birthday, Annika! But please, could you please, please, please just stop growing? Thank you.


  1. What a beautiful post. I so enjoyed looking at your photos. Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. She is so cute and very photogenic! Happy B'day A!!!!


  3. Very nice! Happy Birthday!!! That was a great post! I totally agree...where does the time go?!

  4. Happy Birthday Sweet Annika!

    Call me when you become a teenager and need to vent about your crazy momma ;-)

  5. She's beautiful. Those first 6 years move so quickly, don't they? My boy has just turned six, and my heart still hurts.

    That first pic is lovely. :)

  6. Happy Birthday, little one!! The pictures are absolutely adorable!!

  7. Happy Birthday! She is so beautiful and loved all the photos. I feel like time is hurling past way too fast as well. I'll blink and my guys will be 6 before I know it. Can you make them all stop growing for a while? Just a little while so we can enjoy it.

  8. I have one in college. I've tried!! They won't stop!!

  9. what a sweet post! they do grow WAY too fast! I loved all the pictures! (and don't tell my nieces, but I may agree with you about the cutest witch thing) ;)

  10. I LOVE this post! Annika is just adorable! The time definitely flies cause I can't believe I have a 10 year old!!!!! She was just Annika's age the other day......

  11. Happy Birthday Annika! She is beautiful and she has such pretty eyes! I can't wait to have a baby of my own, but I know it will fly by so fast! Just wanted to say hi from SITS!

  12. someday, she's going to be quite impressed with the fact you posted neekid pics of her online.

  13. All those pictures of her under 2 years old reminds me of when you came to visit and i was so IN LOVE with annie, i didnt want to give her up! She was an adorable baby but i think she just keeps getting cuter! somehow...if that is EVEN possible!

    You two are doing a wonderful job as parents! Just be careful, she could end up one of those top models one day, youre so right about her somehow knowing how to look like a model, somehow having the right expression and angle to her.

  14. Happy Birthday!! She is absolutely adorable!!

  15. AHHHHH yeah don't remind me, I always tell Aria she is my baby and she says no I am not. I am not a baby! Yes those young years are precisous and I will say a little prayer that she stops growing;-) Happy Birthday Annika! Hope you have a great day celebrating this special day.

  16. She's so beautiful! Happy birthday, Annika!

  17. Happy Birthday to that beautiful baby girl of yours. They do grow up way too fast!!

    Swinging by from SITS to spread some bloggy love. You were before me in Roll Call today. Off to snoop around a bit more. Have a great day.

  18. Such sweet, sweet photos! And ditto...they grow up in a BLINK of an eye!

  19. Happy Birthday Annika! You Rock!

    Yeah, its so sad how fast the time goes. Oh, I miss my kids being little! I wish I could go back and do it all again! Well, maybe not ALL of it again... no, definitely not ALL.

    Keep enjoying every precious minute!

  20. Beautiful pictures. Happy Birthday to your "baby". They DO grow way too quickly.

  21. Happy Birthday, A! They grow up SO fast - my little baby turned 18 on Monday! What?????

  22. You have beautiful girls. So sweet. My girls are 16, 14, and 11. They really do grow up way to fast.

  23. Sounds like she has tons of personality and spunk. Happy Birthday to your gorgeous girl! : )

  24. Hi Jill... Belated Happy Birthday to your gorgeous lil Miss.....

    Its been awhile since I last visited and I enjoy reading your posts that I missed.... Have a lovely day.....

  25. Unfortunately, it dosn't get any easier. My baby just turned 15. Sorry, those aren't really words of encouragement...

    Happy Birthday!

    BTW - I 8 Tagged you (see my blog) Sorry I couldn't resist.

  26. What a sweet birthday tribute! I tell my Journey and Faith to stop growing all the time! I don't know what I will do when they reach 6 or even 16 for that matter...

    BTW, your cinnamon rolls looked very yummy! And I would like to hire you to be in charge of the treat bag/thank you note department next time I have a party ;-)

    Hope things are going well!

    P.S. I started writing for the blog for UV Skinz (http://blog.uvskinz.com) I would love for you to do a review of their swim shirts. Let me know if you are interested! kalisha@uvskinz.com