On Sunday Annie went to the 3rd birthday of her friend, Ryan, at this awesome indoor play center that has two slides, a bounce house, a giant jungle gym/clubhouse… it’s basically heaven for kids. Ryan had his 2nd birthday party there last year, but everyone had such a great time that his parents decided to throw it there again. I was stoked about this because it gave me the unique opportunity to see Annie interacting with the same kids, in the same environment, exactly one year apart. It was very cool to witness – not only because it showed me how much she’s developed in a year, but also because she did the funniest thing I’ve ever seen her do.
Here’s Annie a year ago:
And here’s Annie on Sunday:
So, yeah, you could say she’s done a little growing up, but it wasn’t just physically. Whereas last year she went down the slide once and then was over it/traumatized by it, this year she couldn’t get enough. She isn’t such a big girl that she’d go down it alone, though, so I had to somehow wiggle my six-foot-three, two hundred pound body up to the slide at the top of the jungle gym/clubhouse. Once there I took out my iPhone so I could take a video of us on the way down as Heather did last year:
Annie’s expression is so funny that Heather and I watch this video at least once a week. We’re probably responsible for about six thousand of its 6,614 views. Annie was too cool to be that scared in my video, but she’s still pretty cute:
Now for the funniest thing Annie’s ever done. It happened on what must have been our fifteenth trip up to the slide when – about halfway up the jungle gym/clubhouse – we came across a little girl who asked if she could go down the slide with us because she was too afraid to go down alone. I told her she could, then asked what her name was.
“I’m Jasmine,” she said, then looked to Annie and asked, “What’s your name?”
Annie thought a second, then got a mischievous look in her eye.
“My name is… Aurora.”
Annie then looked at me and I swear she raised her eyebrows like Groucho Marx.
“Hi Aurora,” Jasmine said.
Annie grinned and let out a Beavis and Butthead-esque, “Heh heh heh.”
The three of us went down the slide together about five or six more times, and Jasmine called Annie “Aurora” the whole time to her never ending delight.
Eventually, the little girl left with her mom and shouted over her shoulder, “Bye Aurora!” When she was out of earshot Annie looked up at me – very pleased with herself – and said, “Dada, I told her my name is Aurora!”
I’m in trouble with this kid, I think.
Can’t wait to see which Disney princess she’ll be at Ryan’s fourth birthday party.
Love this! I can just imagine her cheeky little smile – this made my morning!
When my daughter was 2 yrs old, she INSISTED everyone call her Santa, and her brother Rudolph! I wonder if Annie, er, Aurora, thought Jasmine was pretending to be the princess from Aladin? Or if she just wanted to have a ‘princess’ name like her new friend. Either way it is too stinkin cute!! I love reading you and Heather’s ‘Annie’ stories!!!
Becca Masters says:
Ha ha ha ha!!! OMG! That’s hilarious!
I literally laughed at loud at that.
Also, way to go Annie for choosing the best Disney Princess too! Aurora is also my favourite!!!
You are going to have your hands full, Mike!!! Are you sure she isn’t 13 instead of 3????!!! LOL
The other girl was obviously a princess, Jasmine. Very clever of Annie to want to be a princess too. She reminds me so much of my youngest, they could be twins!! Sorry to say, you are going to have your hands full with this one. My youngest is now 13!!
Hahahahahahahaha! Love it! You can’t expect a girl to have the name of a COMMONER when her new buddy has a DISNEY PRINCESS name!
That is awesome. I too laughed out loud. Annie is a character! Good luck Dad!
I ALSO laughed out loud – we love Annie! My daughter is two months younger than Annie, and my son is due in about two weeks – so we can relate to almost everything you guys write about. I’m a filmmaker, and have been thinking about sending you guys a video of my daughter’s reactions when she watches Annie’s videos. Hopefully one day soon! Lots of love from halfway across the world.
OMG she is such a hoot! very witty of her to come up with that on her own!
That could be the funniest thing I’ve ever heard. Crazy funny.
OMG! This made my morning! Brilliant, Annie, er, I mean, Aurora. My name is Belle.
OMG that is hilarious!! I love that she picked one that has a name that wouldn’t stand out as much…like Cinderella or “Hi, my name is Snow White”. She’s one clever little girl = I’m going to love these stories as she grows as I am the mom of two teens + one pre-teen.
Ha! Very cute. When my now 16 yo daughter was two, she INSISTED her name was Franklin (after the turtle). The only thing was she was incredibly shy and wouldn’t talk to strangers. So, we’d be somewhere and someone would ask her her name. She’d refuse to answer. If I told her real name, she’d be FURIOUS and pitch a fit for the next twenty minutes about how her name was Franklin. It so wasn’t worth it. So, instead, there we’d be in the grocery store with her in a frilly lacey white dress with ribbons in her hair, and some old woman would say hi to her and ask her her name, she’d refuse to answer and I’d reply casually, “Franklin. Her name is Franklin.” to the complete bewilderment of the stranger.
that is adorable I love it she is so smart to think of that
Lol! I cannot stop laughing about that!!!! What a clever hilarious little girl. Truly priceless!!!
Ha! I love this … Annie is such a firecracker!
I have been told that, when I was three, I went to an art class and insisted my name was David Bowie (I loved the movie Labyrinth). I even have a piece of “artwork” from that day with the name “David” written on the back!
Sooooo cute and silly!!! Also, please tell me what place this is! I need a location for my son’s bday party and this looks perfect! I’m in Ventura county too.
It was at the Clubhouse Fun Zone – http://theclubhousefunzone.com/ There is a big bounce house inside, too. AWESOME for parties!
Oh my! That was too cute. Annie is SO smart and clever and witty!!
Erin @ One Particular Kitchen says:
AURORA!! I am crying laughing. I love Annie.
That stinker! I love it!! I can just see the gleam in her eyes!
You’re cool for not calling her out & making her tell her real name but instead letting it play out…
Now if she starts lying about random things all the time…that’s when you might be in trouble.
So funny! I love seeing the change from year to year.