Margaret (Curtis) McDaniel + Curtis McDaniel = Curtis.Squared

March 27, 2014

A Break From The Winter

Curtis gave me the gift of a trip to Florida when I got sick of the Indiana winter.  It was supposed to be a birthday gift, but it quickly became part of my Christmas gift as well when we realized the price.  I think it could have been a gift to my parents also, honestly.  We flew down on March 5th and stayed until March 11th.  We had a nice, relaxing week visiting them.  But we sure did miss Curtis!  Here's my dad bouncing Anna around in his new Purdue RUF shirt.
We planned a play date with several of my friends in the area.  It was really fun!  Anna was the only girl - she was with Timothy Calem, Jayson, Tripp (not pictured) and Joshua.
Anna wasn't really enjoying the swing and the sun at first.  I think she wasn't used to wearing so few clothes either!
...but she warmed up!
I couldn't have asked for a nicer day!
We took Anna to the GCS park.  This is where Curtis proposed to me and where I have a lot of childhood memories.

Anna was able to wear her cute 6 month outfit to church one last time.  She's so petite!
Grandma and Grandad had a bubble machine!
I'm not sure who delighted in it more - Anna or her grandparents. :)
Grandma took this amazing picture of Anna and I.  I just love the the bubbles were captured!
We headed to St. Augustine and went on the carousel. Grandad also came on the ride!

She now loves outside swings!  I'll have to find them around us in Indiana.
We spent a little bit of time on the beach also.

It was so refreshing to get away.  Anna and I are really looking forward to being able to explore outside when it finally warms up here!

March 24, 2014

Anna's Winter ONE-derland Party!

Everything was ready for Anna's special party.
The 12 months of pictures of Anna were hung by the fireplace.
 The icicle lights were on.
 The signs were up!
 Snowflakes were everywhere!
 Frozen blowouts were ready to be disbursed.
A 1600 picture slideshow of Anna's first year and Disney's Frozen music was continuously playing!
The balloons were in position.
 The hot cocoa bar was set up.
The snowmen-shaped pizza was ready to be eaten.

 The build-a-snowman craft was ready to be made.
 There were even examples of snowmen to help!
 All the information you'd want to know about Anna was given.
 Appetizers and cake waiting to be devoured.
Delicious, winter ONE-derland cake. (Thanks, Magda, for doing such an awesome job on it!)
But where was the birthday girl!?!  She's up stairs nervously awaiting her party to start!! :)
 Then, guests begin to arrive with gifts!  Even Grammie and Papa were able to make it!
 Anna is excited to celebrate her birthday with all her favorite people! 25 people, actually.
 She admired her gifts while Mommy and Daddy opened each one. 
 She especially loved the birthday cards she received.
 She was given books, toys, clothes, even a purse and potty.
 Caroline was excited to show her how to color on the Frozen coloring pages.
 Hannah and Elena were getting to know each other better.
 Hazel, Gideon and Caroline were ready to use the Frozen blowouts!
 Everyone got into position to watch the awaited cake eating begin!
 Anna's clothes were removed in the great expectations of a messy cake eating experience!
 Here we are just about to light the candle for the smash cake.
 It went surprisingly smooth with little mess.

 I guess our little girl doesn't like to get her hands too messy!
 The end result.
And don't worry...Daddy and Mommy finished it later! :)

Anna turns ONE

So, this post is a little late, but Anna turned 1 year old on February 23.  Some of the milestones from that month included saying "Mama," discovering earrings, walking with her push toy and laughing as she goes, playing with a ball and rolling it back to people.  She's becoming more clingy and cries when her parents aren't around.  She also is more content to sit on our lap instead of always being on the go.

On her actual day of birth, we were at RUF Winter Conference and she had around 73 college students sing to her. (Note: It takes a little time to load)

We decided it was time for a professional photo shoot to document her first year.  Enjoy!
Her usual pose with her giraffe!
Her birthday party was a Disney Frozen/Winter ONE-derland theme, so this group of pictures goes along with it:

 I love how it looks like she's holding up a 1 in this picture!
 I loved the way these pictures turned out with the ONE letters:

 Enjoying her new Olaf book (from the movie Frozen):

 We also took some family pictures.  We read her the Jesus Storybook Bible often.

 Lastly, we got a few shots with the special "Hope" necklace that I purchased after my miscarriage with Brooks in the hopes that I would have a daughter to give it to one day.  I plan on giving it to Anna Hope! :)