Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sisters in pigtails!

I'll have more stories to post soon. I'm so busy with my dissertation right now, but I'm almost to the end. For now, here are the girlies in their pigtails :)

It looks like Blogger cut Annabelle in half. If you click on the picture, you can see the whole thing.

Friday, May 01, 2009


I took this video to record my favorite Annabelle word of the moment. It's also a good example of her personality--cute and happy until she loses interest, and then it's "Go away!"

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


We went for our annual frolic in the bluebonnets last weekend and got some fun pictures. It's hard to get Annabelle to sit down and smile for us, but we did the best we could. They spent most of the afternoon running circles around trees. We had to stop Annabelle from picking up ants, until one bit her and she got the idea. After that, she just pointed and yelled at them, "Go away bug!"

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Sorry I've been away so long!

I know that there are a couple of great-grandparents who look forward to these posts, but we've just been so wrapped up in our busy lives lately that I haven't had the time. Not to mention the FIVE trips to the pediatrician we've made over the past couple of weeks. Also contributing to the problem, both girls love the computer so when I sit down to do something like this, they try to climb in my lap and take over. I'm not going to try to update everything that's happened in the past two months, so I'll just let you know that everyone is healthy now and generally up to their old tricks. I'll try to give some more detailed updates on each of the girls this week.

For now, here's a new picture because I know that's your favorite part:

A couple of weeks ago I bought Rebekah her own cookbook, and she made dinner for us. She made potato skins, and they were really tasty! I did help her, of course, but you would be surprised how much she could do on her own--pretty much everything that didn't involve a sharp knife. When I was shopping for her cookbook, I found a used copy of a Little House on the Prairie cookbook for 49 cents, and I bought it so Annabelle could have her own cookbook, too. We have already baked Laura's maple cakes, which you might remember if you read the Little House books as a child. Now we are planning our Valentine's Day meal, and Rebekah has already picked out a cookie recipe from her book.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

by the way...

It's snowing here.

A new aunt!

Rebekah and Annabelle have a new aunt and we have a new sister-in-law! We went to Derek and Melissa's wedding last weekend at Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth. It was quite a trip. We had a wonderful time, and everything was beautiful. We are excited to welcome Melissa into the rapidly expanding Peters family. Rebekah handed out programs with her cousin Drake and acted very grown up while she did her important job. Annabelle was a different story. She is at a fun but difficult age. She loves to run and climb and talk and yell all the time, and I spend the whole weekend chasing, catching, and restraining her. But I achieved my goal: keeping her from ruining the wedding! The poor thing had to miss her nap, which made my job even harder, but she soon caught up on her sleep at the reception.

These are literally the only two pictures I have from the wedding. I didn't even get a shot of the bride and groom! As much as I love to take pictures, my hands were full! I guess I'll have to buy some pictures from this wedding. And if anyone has pictures they'd like to share, send them my way.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Thanksgiving preparations

We've officially started planning for Thanksgiving with a marathon shopping trip. I've been hosting Thanksgiving at our house with my parents and brother since we moved here, and I really enjoy it. The cooking goes on for days, and I've started already making some apple butter in my slow cooker for breakfast.

The Thanksgiving menu looks like this:
  • Smoked peppered turkey from New Braunfels Smokehouse (Dad ordered that for us and it will be delivered in a few days)
  • Cornbread dressing (baked in muffin tins so everyone gets some of the crusty edges)
  • Sweet potato casserole (mashed with eggnog and topped with marshmallows)
  • Chunky sweet potatoes roasted with orange juice, brown sugar, and pecans
  • Mashed potatoes and gravy
  • Purple hull peas
  • Sweet green peas (some plain and some covered in white sauce)
  • Rolls Mom is picking up at the Mennonite bakery
  • Pecan Pie
  • Italian Cream Cake

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Mean Kitty

Annabelle's new favorite game is "Mean Kitty." A couple of weeks ago, she started crawling around the house saying "Meow" all the time. I mean all the time. It's the first thing she does when she wakes up and the last thing she does before she goes to bed. But she is not a sweet little kitten. She scratches. So now most of our interaction with Annabelle involves teaching her how to be a nice kitty and not scratch people. We actually don't see Annabelle too much anymore--just Mean Kitty. (I blame Shannon--one of his favorite games to play with the kids is "Mean Dog." You can imagine how that goes.)

Halloween fun

We had great fun with Halloween. Annabelle wasn't sure about her costume at first, but as soon as we started trick-or-treating she perked up. She tried to go in and stay at the first house we went to--I guess she thought these people were pretty nice for giving her candy. They both had just as much fun handing candy out at our house as they did trick-or-treating themselves.