Mike and I have each been trying to have more one-on-one time with Annie where we leave our house. And when I say “leave our house” I mean for more than just errands. When Mike has his time with Annie he usually takes her to the movies. When it’s my turn I usually arrange a play date, but yesterday I wanted some time with just my girl, so I decided to be spontaneous. Well, as spontaneous as one can be with a two and a half-year-old. I put Annie on her bike and pushed her to the playground at the end of our street.
Just before we left, I grabbed my camera. I haven’t picked it up much lately…when I’m feel especially down I forget about my camera, and with everything going on this summer I decided to take a semester off from taking classes. But something told me to bring my camera, so I did. Annie saw it over my shoulder and was excited. “Mama, you gonna take pick-shures? You gonna take pick-shures of Annie?”
She had a ton of fun at the playground. I like taking her there because it’s fenced in, so she can run around like a little loon and I don’t have to worry. There are a couple different swing sets, a few jungle gyms, and tons of grass. As she played in the different places, she said, “Mama, take my pick-shure! Mama, I say ‘cheeeeeeese!'” When it was time to leave the playground, she didn’t put up a fight; instead she said, “Can we look at the pick-shures of Annie?”
I loaded all the photos onto my computer, and then Annie sat next to me while I scrolled through them. She described what was happening in every single picture, but in her “Annie” way. I was cracking up. The stuff that comes out of her mouth is endlessly amusing.
“I was running away! Really really far away! But then I wanted to come back because I was so cold!”
“Mama, my mouth is open! I was saying, ‘Hi mama! Hi!’ And I was running back to you but then I stopped to talk.”
“Look! I’m pointing! Mama, remember? I heard a doggy, and then another doggy, and they was barking? Look!”
“Ohhhhh….I gots princess hairs.”
“Oh I’m driving da car! If you don’t feel good I can drive the car to see Dr. Looove. You can sit in Dada’s seat and I will drive. Okay?!”
“I went down the slide, remember? And then I waved to you! And I said, ‘Come on Mama! Come down the slide Mama!’ And you went down the other slide and I was on THIS side!”
“Ohhhhh, I pushed my bicycle at da school! It’s gonna be my school! I go to school next week, okay?”
“I was twirling on da grass. I saw a bug. EWWWW!”
“Mama, look! Annie is a big girl! She’s gonna pee-pee on the potty! She’s funny! HAHAHAHA! Annie! I’m funny!”
This is why I wish everyone had an Annabel.
Oh yes! I totally get it! I want one, too!!!
I can’t wait till our youngest son (who is about Annie’s age) starts talking in more than two-word sentences. Our four year old twins usually save all the funny talk for each other, when (they think) no one else is listening.
Love the narration, and was going to comment on how beautiful her hair is when she nailed it with the “princess” hair Looks like you had a blast.
The picture of her “driving the car” might be the most adorable picture ever! Gosh that smile is so sweet!
She is precious. Princess hair – what a sweet girl.
I love Annie’s captions! I would like to know where I can get an Annabel!
everyone should be blessed with an annabel! she is amazing.
I want to know where I can get princess hair! Is it bad to be jealous of the hair of a two year old? No? Okay then!
The “Driving The Car” photo…stopped me in my tracks. STUNNING is the only word that comes to mind.
You should make this a recurring post, because it made my morning. I’d love to hear her take on art too – what would she say about Mona Lisa?
As if I didn’t already know, this completely illustrates why she’s the Amazing Annabel!
Erin @ One Particular Kitchen says:
I DIE at “princess hairs.” That is beyond cute.
Love the one of her “driving the car.” And those captions? Perfection.
She is so smart! I love hearing how she talks, it is adorable. Annie gave a lot of people a smile today.
What a sweet-heart! Love the peek into her mind!
Kate C. says:
Annie has the most gorgeous hair I’ve ever seen on a toddler – you always make it look so cute!
Kristen @ The Chronicles of Dutch says:
These crack me up! Such a big girl!
I love the princess hairs and her offering to drive you to the doctor! One day she’ll be thankful you’re a blogger so she has these cute captions to look back on!
Oh, I’m sooo looking forward to having an Annabel someday — hope she will be as sweet as yours! The narration is absolutely adorable. Love it. And hey, who wouldn’t like a pint-sized, live-in chauffeur?!
She is too stinkin cute
Awesome. And she totally does gots princess hairs!
Every time I read Annie’s talk I tear up. I have been with so many kids for many years and some of them are very smart but never saw anybody like Annie! She is the brightest and most intelligent kid I have ever seen (Of course I never saw her personally but from your blog)! What did you do in your pregnancy and after her birth to nourish her brain? She does have all the good genes from you and Mike for sure but she is amazingly smart. I really wish to have a baby like Annie! Thanks for sharing your family with us. You are very much blessed!
Rachel W. says:
I have to agree with all of this. Annie really does seem to be VERY smart for her age. Not only because of how well she speaks, but she seems intuitive, as well. She is such a special kid.
It’s nurture, plain and simple. Ever heard of epigenetics? The right kind of nurture apparently enhances certain genetic predispositions.
That does it. I really do need an Annie of my very own! She is unbelievably cute, especially running away but coming back because she’s cold. Ha!
I have a boy version of Annie! Aren’t we blessed!!
She totally does have princess hairs! What a cutie!!
“I got princess hairs” is my new catchphrase.
My goodness, what a sweetie. And she really does have princess hair!
I love her captions! She’s awesome! I wanted to tell you I ordered a box of clothes from Wittlebee for my four year old, Charlotte. It was filled with mostly purple items, as it is her favorite color. As I was thinkig about how much she would love it all I was thinkig about your Maddie too.
she is so so cute! reading her captions made me tear up as i would give anything for my son to be able to talk to me like that (he is 4 and is autistic and so far non verbal) she has so much personality…what a joy she is!!
Gale @ Ten Dollar Thoughts says:
“Princess hairs” definitely takes the cake. Is she a Kate Middleton fan? She certainly has the hair for it!!
Michell DuBose says:
Just priceless! What a cutie! So so smart!
I have an Annabel – her name is Kelsey. LOL!
I have an Annie of my own. They’re as good as advertised!
(Caution: packaging may vary. Features may vary. Do not immerse in water for long periods of time, unless you want a water baby. Warranty void where prohibited by law).
I have a Dannica and her captions amek me smile on the darkest of days.
Annie made me laugh out loud with the car driving offer and princess hairs is my new favorite thing she has said thus far!!
You and the Mister sure do make some beautiful babies
I totally want an Annabel, complete with princess hairs.
Lisa F. says:
She really does have princess hairs. What a cutie!
I have a Cassady and I am constantly reminded of what she was like at this age by your blog. Princess hairs – so flipping cute.
Rumour Miller says:
Love those locks. She is gorgeous!
Oh yay I DO have an Annabel and I really look forward to hearing her talk like this someday!
And can I just say that her hair is incredible!! Princess hairs, indeed! Wow, I’m so jealous!
I don’t know what’s my favorite – stopped to talk, princess hairs, driving da car…amazing! Love her sooo much!
(Oh, and by the way, I have a feeling Annie will be “stopping to talk” a lot in her future!)
This….“Ohhhhh….I gots princess hairs.” Just totally made my day. Too cute.
These were all great but I love the “princess hairs” caption.
What a doll!!
Amy Stone says:
Yes, I have a Jenna, and she reminds me of Annie with every post! She is just a few months younger than your Annie! I agree, everyone needs an Annie!
Meg @ Soup Is Not A Finger Food says:
I am done having kids, but after reading this I’m totally wishing I had an Annabel, too! What a delight she must be.
What a doll! I wish I had princess hairs like her! It’s so thoughtful of her to drive you to Dr. Loove’s too.
She totally does have princess hairs! Lucky girl.
Awwww, I love this post so much. The pics are awesome and adorable, as usual.
I didn’t realize you were still taking classes/ Are you going for a degree? Or taking classes just for fun/to learn?
Yep! I’m not going for a degree, though – I’m enrolled in a certificate program at UCLA. It will take me like…oh, 10 years to finish at this rate! But I really enjoy it.
That’s really cool! I was looking into a certificate program in digital and film photography at my local community college, but haven’t felt like I had time for it. I will definitely put more thought into it now.
I would Love an Annabel? Are you “lending” her out? Love the pic of her driving da car! So precious.
LOVE these. Laughed out loud.
This is one of my most favorite posts of yours, ever. How adorable and precious!! She will love reading her captions one day!!!
Also, her language is AMAZING for not even 3!!!! Wow!!!
You and Mike seem like such wonderful parents.
Oh, this made me smile! And then smile some more. And then think of when my own little girl was that age. It really is magical! I’m glad you and Mike are soaking up every moment of the good stuff and keeping a sense of humor about the not-as-much-fun stuff.
Consider this a submission of an official request for more Captions By Annie posts!
Damn. She does have princess hairs.
She DOES have Princess hairs.
I hope if I have little girl turns out to be just like Annie!
I agree, that kiddo has one gorgeous head of hair! My Mom always tells me how frustrating it was that had the shortest, finest hair until I was about three years old. I’m so afriad my poor kids are going to suffer the same fate.
You better tell Mike to start putting the chains on the doors now. With her gorgeous looks and awesome personality (at not even 3!) she’s going to have tons after her!
Since there is only One Amazing Annabel, rather like Tigger, I am so grateful that you share her with us!!! I have close to an Annabel, I have a Teagan-niece…but Annie’s are especially rare!
I think my favorite caption was: “Ohhhhh….I gots princess hairs.” cuz she is not exaggerating!!! Her hair is incredible!!! Mwah!
My next fave was: “…And I was running back to you but then I stopped to talk.” cuz it’s hard to run & talk at the same time. I often have a hard time walking & talking at the same time. Frankly, I often have a hard time doing nothing else at all & talking, so I totally get her.
Annie, my love, you get more gorgeous day by day!
Heather & Mike, you’ve discussed the “no-dating-til-you’re-40” rule with her, right?
You need to make more videos of this sweetie pie so that we can HEAR her talking! I love her little mind lol
She DOES gots princess hairs! And good to hear she’s excited about going pee-pee on the potty!
These are fantastic.
Ahhhh! So cute!!!