Annie's Summer

It was nice having you home this summer. You really grew and changed over the summer months.  You begged me to get your hair cut, short.  You walked out of the salon with the cutest stacked bob I have ever seen!  The back of your hair is as short as can be and then it gets longer around your face.  Darling!

Some of your favorites this summer included getting to ride your bike to the pool by yourself.  You and Thomas would pack your bag, making sure to have a snack and towel and then head off to the pool.  It was so nice to be able to let you go when Pete was still sleeping and I wasn't ready to go yet.  You spent a lot of time swimming as I slowly watched your lovely skin turning darker and darker!
We found out this summer that you really are affected by the heat.  Twice, after being outside all day in the heat and sun you got dehydrated.  From then on we made sure you had water with you and you probably were annoyed with me asking you ALL the time if you had your water bottle.
You had your friend Tess over one day to play.  You decided on baking something, and so after looking through all your cookbooks and narrowing it down, decided to make meringues.  You were so good to let Evelyn be a part of it, so thank you.

We spent the fourth of July in Norfolk.  Oh, how you love your baby cousin Sylvia.  She's such a squeezy baby and lovely to hold.  You helped Laura and I pick cherries and pit cherries the whole time we were there.  You also got a chance to ride in a helicopter.  You were so excited at the thought of getting to ride in one, and then after Pop had paid for it and you were waiting your turn to go, you panicked and held on tightly to me.  I kind of forced you to go, knowing how much you would love it once you were up there.  And you did.  I was so proud of you for going and when you landed you couldn't stop talking about how FUN it was!!
This summer was a first for spending the night with your friend Abby.  We figured since letting Thomas and Joe do it, that you could stay with Abby and Kate.  I've never seen you so excited! 
You, Abby and Kate also decided to have your own lemonade, coffee and cookie stand after seeing the boys great success with it the weekend before.  We had the girls over to make the cookies and wrap them up, then headed over to the Vaceks to set up your stand. 
You mastered the front flip on the trampoline!!  Every time we were out there you would ask me to watch you as you would get closer and closer to landing it on your feet.  Then one day you did it!  You talk a lot about wanting to do gymnastics.  I'm amazed at your ability on the trampoline!
If someone asked you what your favorite thing to do is, I guarantee you would say "going to get a pedicure and then to Yougrtini."  You LOVE to get pedicures and we went a couples time together this summer.  Then watching you try the different flavors at Yogurtini and trying to decide which one to pick is an event in itself!

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