Anna's signature thumb suck - I love how she always hooks her finger around her nose
This photo cracks me up - check out their annoyed faces when we put on the birthday hats
Their favorite trick right now - putting their hands in the air when we say "Hands Up!"
Our first ride on a carousel - Margaret absolutely loving it
Anna - not so much
Margaret was desperate for another turn and couldn't believe the ride was over
Showing their determination in attempting to scale the slide
Totally loving climbing up this plastic tube
Not quite comfortable in the prickly grass
On an unrelated note, Joey and I test drove a Honda Odyssey minivan today, and we loved it. I make myself a little nauseous just writing that - if you'd have asked me 2 years ago if I would ever consider buying a minivan, my answer would be a definitely no, no way, never gonna do it. But seriously, this thing rides like a dream, has an infinite amount of storage space for the caravan of junk we take along while traveling with the girls, and you just push these little buttons and presto!, the doors close. Purchasing a car that gets a mere 16 miles to the gallon in this economy seems like a sin - but I've still got my head wrapped around buying a car that doesn't feel like the clown car I'm driving around town right now.
On the way to the dealership, I asked Joey if he feels like his fun and crazy bachelorhood is truly long gone since he's taking his wife and 2 kids to look at minivans. You know what he said? That he loves his family so very much, and that this is exactly what he wants to be doing. I truly married the right man, and 2 days ago, as we celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary over a romantic dinner and a dozen roses that he brought home for me, I was reminded of how lucky and blessed I am. I love you, baby. You are an incredible husband and father.
July 31, 2004
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana