Happy 3rd Birthday, Sweet Anna

by Lesley on July 19, 2014 · 6 comments

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Happy 3rd Birthday, Sweet Anna from Lesley Miller on Vimeo.

Two has not been terrible at our house. In fact, as I lay down next to Anna last night, in the final hours of her second year, I thanked God for the little girl blossoming in front of our eyes. She is inquisitive and obedient, affectionate and silly, smiley and giggly with those she trusts, and a nonstop chatterbox. How we love watching her passions and interests develop. These days she loves: Thomas the Train, taking her vitamins, washing her hands and going potty, Fancy Nancy, the stars and moon, picking avocados, washing the dishes, her “Jesus” (worship) CD,  donut holes, raisins, french fries and applesauce, helping Mommy bake, being chased, playing with sand, swings, pushing buttons, playing dress-up, and driving toy cars.

Some of our favorite things she says, on the regular:

“Here me are!!” (“Here I am!”) “I’m making messes!” “I do it alllll byyyy myyyyyself.” “I need a snack.” “I wanna watch TV.” “Higher, Mommy, Higher!” (On the swings) “We love you, Little Man.” “Maybe tomorrow we go to the beach after my nap, maybe?” “Whatchyou and Mommy talkin’ about?” “Mommy, that works wonderful!” (Said about the new outfit I was trying on from Stitch Fix! ha!)

Yesterday we celebrated Anna by giving her a “new” playhouse for the backyard which we plan to fix-up over the upcoming months. We ate aebleskivers for breakfast, visited the firetruck at our neighborhood fire station, went to Chick-fil-a for lunch, played with some new toys, ate frozen pizza for dinner–a favorite–read a few new books, and let her fall asleep in her new tutu from Auntie Allison.

Sweet Anna, you are so loved and we thank God for your beautiful life.

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MichelleAckerPerez1
MichelleAckerPerez1

Love, this. What an adorable little girl you have and what awesome video making skills you have! Serioulsy! Do share. What program do you use? It to me forever to make Elena's and I couldn't edit it or add text. If I am gonna do this every year I gotta learn from a pro :)

LesleyM
LesleyM moderator

@MichelleAckerPerez1 Thank you! I loved the video you made for Elena. I used iMovie on my phone to make this movie and Owen's 1st birthday movie. The app is super cheap (or maybe even free? Can't remember!) I moved all my photos and video to an event within iPhoto (which you could actually be building on your computer throughout the course of her next year) and then I moved it to my phone temporarily to build the movie. I actually pieced this together here and there over the course of a few weeks, working on it for no more than 5-10 minutes at a time. It was SUPER SUPER easy and fun and didn't feel like a hard chore. Highly recommend! 

tamarajpowell
tamarajpowell

Sweet little birthday girl. Elmo, Sienna, and I miss you, Anna!

tim_fall
tim_fall

You and Jonathan have a wonderful family, Lesley. Thank you for that video giving a glimpse into life with Anna. Happy birthday Anna!

LesleyM
LesleyM moderator

@tim_fall Thanks for taking time to watch, Tim. Means a lot!