Sunday, January 10, 2010

Play Dates

After Christmas we scheduled our week full of play dates for AnnaKate. I mean FULL...

First we went to Taylor's house. He was sweet and even announced when we got there that he was going to share his toys with AnnaKate. We had a great time and Cassie baked this wonderful Apple bread. As I post this I am just remembering how good it was...I need to get that recipe!

AnnaKate and Taylor had a great time playing in Taylor's "cardboard cottage".

They took a nap...


and peeked out the windows...

Taking a break to play with a chopper...

Time for a snack...


We had so much fun at Taylor's house. AnnaKate even tried to say Taylor's name when we left!




That night we had a "Dinner and Bath" play date with Emerson. Emerson gave AnnaKate an Ariel bathtub Barbie for Christmas. She decided that it would be fun to take a bath together so they could play with it!! What a great idea.


At first they danced to a little NutCracker Suite...


Had a tea party with cupcakes...

Played tiger under the table...And took a bath
(I wasn't sure of the proper etiquette of tub pictures...I mean this is the internet...)


A little jumping on the bed...
Kisses
"Whew...we are worn out...let's have a snack"


Mommies need a "snack" too..
Dress up time!

Let's read a bedtime story

**Photography note...I am learning how to take night time pictures without the flash. These are not that great...any DSLR photography suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

The next day we went to Will and Melissa's house. Will was really sweet too share his toys with AnnaKate.


This picture makes me laugh...they look like they are keeping a close eye on each other while they have snacks!



Will got a good-bye kiss!


That night Lou-Lou and granddaddy came for a visit to see the Christmas gifts.




The next day Rebecca and Carrie came to our house. They loved cooking in the kitchen and playing together while Carrie and I caught up.


Whew...it was a busy week! I love being off of work so we can do fun things like this.

Side note: I do worry about days when playdates are not as plentiful. I know as special needs children get older they can appear more different and become less accepted by their peers. My hope is that the kindness of our community and friends will remain so as she gets older. But I do worry...

13 comments:

Cindy said...

What a fun post! It's wonderful to see AK playing with so many of her friends.

Tom and I worry about the same thing you mentioned...and in one case we've noticed a family not putting a priority on Natalie as a friend of their daughter, even though the little girls love each other. But we know that Natalie doesn't know the difference (doesn't know that opportunities have been left to fall)...AND we know that she will have new friends, just like our typical kids will have other new friends that will come and go. I'm confident that the BEST friends will see the joy that our kids bring to their lives, and will value keeping friendships alive.

Jessica mommy to Alex/ RTS said...

So many friends! I gotta get Alex out and about, but dang it those germs...help me:)

Lori said...

Your pictures are great! Let's get the girls together soon! :)

Tarah said...

How fun for AK, it looks like she had a great time.

I worry about the friend situation too.

Girlfrog said...

Oh my, it does look like you guys have been busy! Just remember that it is not just AK who is getting something from these friendships- the other children (and parents!) are getting and learning just as much. Parenting is stressful- there is always something to worry about!

Brandi said...

Nathan would love to have a play date with you AK! When can we do it?

BTW, Nathan loves to hold AK's Christmas card, he smiles and signs happy when he has it. He has always loved looking at pictures of other kids his age, especially when they have a smiling face.

Kristi said...

That was a fun post. I worry too. It is not a great feeling I know... Hugs.

Kerri H said...

Beautfil pictures of all the kids..a fun time was had by all it looks like!! Reminds me of how important it is keep up w/our playdates (even when I don't feel up to it because it makes me nervous) ..your thoughts are on my mind also!! Trying to stay positive..

Christine said...

I think we will always worry. I gain comfort from knowing that our close family friends see Nathan as he is. The kids know he has special needs but to them he's Nathan and that is that! these kids are older too. I love that about being with them.
Perhaps the solution to this would be for all of us to move to the same city and have playdates with one or another??? Especially with mommy snacks!!! Who's in?

Melissa said...

I laughed at the tub picture. I have a hard time with tub pictures.
The pleasure was all ours. AK is such a sweetie.
Melissa

Anonymous said...

LOVE this! i am going to need copies for photo album! That was so much fun, and the flower on the bum is PERFECT. You and AK are a treasure ad a gift to us. Love you, mean it. C

Anonymous said...

We had a fabulous time with you guys as well. Taylor and AnnaKate will always play. Taylor adores her!!!

Cassie

Kelly said...

AK does so well playing with her friends! I worry too. . .

Kelly F