Welcome to year three, September 2005 to 2006. This year was about the time that Anna’s core personality really became recognizable as who she is today. She was always happy and fun to be around, but it became really obvious that she was going to be a great person with her kindness and empathy.
This is one of my all-time favorite pictures from Halloween night, 2005. She is ready for her big adventure, but still wanted to make sure Mommy was close by. It was only a couple days earlier that she went to the emergency room to have her hand checked out. She managed to smash it in the door jam at Tutor Time. Luckily, nothing was broken and there was just some swelling and bruising. Nothing that could possibly stop the Halloween festivities!
This one was from just before Christmas, from one of our attempts at getting a good picture for our yearly cards. We didn’t wind up using this, but I really like the picture of both Vicki and Anna.
Here is a picture from Christmas morning at Grandpa Jerry and Robbie’s house. Living large!
Here she is at 2 1/2 years old right out of the tub. There were some super-cute ones of her in the tub too, but I don’t want to embarrass her even more than I already am.
This is from May, 2006. During these years, Anna always helped her Mom plant and water the garden. This year was special in that Grandma Pat was also here for a visit. She was the one holding the hose here.
We always have a great time at Kevin and Michelle’s 4th of July party at Portage Lake. This was Anna chillin’, taking a break from playing.
This was also from the same 4th of July party, enjoying a sweet ride on the inflatable dinosaur!
I really like this picture of Anna meeting her cousin Jackson for the first time. He is one day old here on September 1st, 2006.
Here is Anna at her 3rd birthday party. The cake theme was from the movie Madagascar. I seem to recall some dancing at the party to the song “Move It, Move It” which was incredibly cute.
Speaking of incredibly cute, this is Anna with three of her favorite friends from Tutor Time. Aditi, Rohini, and Bhargav are triplets and really loved Anna. Unfortunately, they moved away before elementary school, so Anna didn’t get to grow up with these guys as friends, but I’m sure they are all doing great.