Anya had her first nightmare. She woke up last night hysterical and screaming about snakes.  In a weird twist, because she was sleeping with us at the time, she actually insisted on leaving our bed and going to sleep in her own bed in her room where it was "safer".  Of note, as far as we know, Sasha has never had a nightmare.

Sasha & Anya witness the neato date of 10/10/10

Sasha is again awarded "Citizen of the Month" after only her first 3 weeks of school!  She's 2 for 2 now!

Sasha's lost her first tooth!

Sasha's First Major Injury.  Shooting a basketball while jumping off a trampoline in the backyard yesterday, Sasha made the shot, but broke (fractured) her arm.

Update: Anya continued her crime spree a week later at the grocery store.  Out at the car after shopping, Holly discovered she had nicked a chocolate bar.  When she went back in to return it, they noticed that she had already eaten half of it.  The store decided to let her keep the candy and she got away scott-free.  No lessons learned.

While browsing through a souvenir store down at the beach today Anya's babysitter Michelle noticed, after they left the store, that Anya was wearing a new Corona Beach Hat that she had swiped.  Anya's first crime: Shoplifting.

It Snowed in Virginia Beach!

Sasha is awarded "Citizen of the Month" after only her first 3 weeks of school!

Sasha's First Day of School

Anika walks, crawls, scoots, has her first birthday, goes swimming, goes to the beach, has teeth!

Anya's First Valentines Day

Anya starts eating semi-solid food.

Anya says "Da Da" (It doesn't mean anything to her yet but she likes to say it over and over!)

Anya can sit up by herself!

Anya's First Christmas!

Anya Meets Her Cousins!

Anya Meets Santa!

Sasha goes Bowling for the First Time.

Anika's First Visit with Grandma & Grandpa Wiseman

Anika inadvertently rolls over.  She's done it a few more times since then.

Anika's first walk on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk

Anika's First time going out to eat at Captain George's All You Can Eat Seafood Buffet 

Anika's First Visit with Grandma & Grandpa Fisher

Anika's First Trip to Dairy Queen

Anika's First Visit to Dr. Kevorkian's Office

Anika watches first movie with Sasha and Daddy, The Simpsons Movie

Anika's First Day Home

Anika's First Trip to Taco Bell

Anika's First day Ever!

Sasha has her first official art showing in a Federal Building.
(The US Post Office)

Sasha makes her first snow angel

Sasha has her first International Globally Broadcast Television Appearance

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Sasha's First Pony Ride!

Sasha is awakened by a thunderstorm and comes into Mommy & Daddy's room to sleep with us!  (She can do this now because her big-girl bed offers the option to get out of bed and roam around at night.)

Sasha goes to see a movie at the theater twice for the first time!  Alan and Sasha go back for another viewing of The Simpsons Movie!

Sasha goes to see her first PG-13 movie at the theater!
The Simpsons Movie!

Sasha sustains first major injury.  She falls while running through the kitchen knocking her head above the eve on a drawer pull.  This became a big black eye the following day.

Sasha gets her first "Time-Out" for kicking her best friend at school.

Sasha goes on her first nature hike.  City View Park, Virginia Beach.





Sasha Plays in Snow for the First Time!

Sasha goes to her first St. Patrick's Day Parade

Sasha is Terrified for the First Time by a Movie
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Sasha goes Potty!

Sasha goes to see her first movie at a real movie theater.  Happy Feet!  

Sasha eats her first Taco all by herself, and loves it!




Sasha goes Trick-or-Treating for the First Time!  Hurray!




Sasha goes on her First Hay Ride and Picks out Pumpkins for the first time in a Pumpkin Patch!

Sasha goes to her first Petting Zoo!  Rides her first Ferris Wheel and other assorted carnival rides.

Sasha has her first sleepover!  MaKenzie spends the night!  Hurray!





Sasha takes her first Big Wheel ride down the Board Walk.

Sasha gets her first scratches and cuts from skateboarding!

Sasha's "Peach at the Beach" Picture is recognized as one of the best pictures in America this week on

Sasha's First Dentist Appointment.  (And probably the scariest and worst day of her life so far) 




Sasha celebrates her first 2nd Birthday!  Also goes to a water park for the first time.

Father's Day.  Sasha says 
"I love Daddy!"  Daddy is pleased.

Also in June:  Sasha begins, what we hope will be a short lived fascination, with throwing everything she can get her hands on in the toilet.  Daddy is NOT pleased.

(Fake Picture, Don't Worry)

Sasha finally, to Holly's great joy, starts saying "Mommy" instead of "Mama."

Sasha walks DOWN the stairs for the first time.  Now she insists on doing it "by herself" every time.  

Sasha goes to her first Movie!  (At the Cinema Cafe) She saw Curious George and Loved it!

Sasha goes to her first Monster Truck Show.

Sasha goes to the Zoo for the first time!

Miscellaneous firsts for the month of April.  Sasha can say sentences now, like: "Daddy is a Baby!"  Which she thinks is hilarious.  She's a crazy climber now.  She'll climb up on anything and throw herself off with reckless abandon.  This is the first month that Sasha sleeps for the entire night in her crib.  She somehow figured out how to answer the phone, which is kind of complicated.  Her vocabulary has increased quite a bit.  

Sasha says "Thank you" all the time now.  Whether it's appropriate or not.  She says it when you give her something or when she gives something to you.  It actually sounds like "Tee-Too" then she'll just stand there and look at you impatiently until you say "You're welcome."

Sasha's telling jokes now. Yesterday I was updating the pic of the week on her website and I pointed at the screen and said "who is that?" She knows who she is and she usually says "SASHA!" or if it's a pic of me she says "DADDY!" or Holly "Mama!" but she pointed at the pic of her yesterday and said "Monkey!" and then cracked up laughing. I asked her who it was again and she said "Kitty!" more laughing. I guess that's comedy for a kid who's almost 2.

Sasha does some hilarious animal impressions now.  Her best are the chicken and the monkey.  The chicken involves a wing flapping pantomime while the monkey is more of a vocal mimicking. 
See video here

Sasha's first Carousel ride.

Sasha gets her first haircut.

Sasha's First Enemy:  
For the first time in her life, someone was mean to Sasha (See story below)

Sasha has started to mimic words and is expanding her vocabulary.  One of her new favorite words is "baby."

Milestone: Sasha's 18 Month Birthday!

Sasha Bleeds.  First a fall upstairs at Grandma's House gives her a bloody nose, then a tumble in the basement results in a bloody mouth.

Sasha has figured out how to climb down the stairs (as opposed to her former technique of falling down the stairs)

When Sasha Met Santa!

Sasha's newest skill is "cramming."  As in, shoving food into her ears and up her nose when no one is looking.  So now we have to have constant surveillance while she's eating.  The other day she sneezed and a little pea flew out of her nose.  This was an hour or two after I extracted what I thought to have been everything she stuffed up there.  The gross little monkey! 

Sasha can say her own name!  It's so cute.  She raises her arms above her head and says "sha-sha!"

Sasha can play catch with a ball now!  You roll it to her and she rolls it back to you.  Also she likes to pretend she's talking on the phone using TV remotes and anything else that she can hold up to her ear and babble into.

Sasha marched in her first parade today.  Down at the Ocean front.  She wore her Corpse Bride outfit and marched in the Screech Street Children's Halloween Parade.

Sasha did her first perfect somersault today.  It was inadvertent, as she was trying to stand up on the downward incline of Mt. Trashmore, but was nevertheless a gymnastic of perfect form and grace.

Sasha rolled down her first hill today!

Sasha can now communicate pretty much anything she wants by shaking her head "no" and pointing at things.  It's like living with a demanding little mute.

Sasha can now climb up onto the couch, and in doing so, has discovered a whole new number of ways that she can hurt herself.

Sasha goes to her first Virginia Children's Festival

Sasha goes to the beach and runs around without trying to eat the sand.

Sasha finally says "Mama" and kisses Holly without provocation 

Sasha figures out how to use a sippy cup.  (This one is about 6 months behind schedule)  She's been able to pick the cup up for months but she never understood that tipping it would release the juice.  Now she knows.  (She can also kind of use a fork and a spoon now too!)

Sasha eats her first slice of pizza!

Sasha goes on her first Bike Ride!  

Sasha climbs all the way up to the second floor of the house during an unattended moment

Sasha draws first picture

Sasha's first day at daycare.  Today will be the longest time she has ever been away from her parents in her whole life.

Sasha goes to her first Rock Concert to see the


Sasha can walk and run now, and she's starting to climb!

Sasha's First Birthday!

Sasha's Sort of Toddling!

Sasha has first public grocery store tantrum.  (Luckily it was with Holly and not me)

Sasha takes first steps without holding onto anything!

Sasha's first full length DVD is released.   Sasha: Year 1 

Sasha can now wave and say "Hi" and we're pretty sure she knows what she's doing.  She also seems to distinguish when she says "Mama" "Mom" Mommy" and "Dada" "Daddy" now.

Sasha eats cat food for the first, and what we hope will be the last, time.

Sasha can stand now without holding onto anything!

Sasha pukes for the first time! 

Sasha goes to the hospital ER for the first time because of her fever.  Doctor's unable to determine cause.

Another first:  Sasha eats her first large foreign object.  At the hospital Sasha was obsessed with peeling the "Hello My Name Is" sticker that they make you wear in the ER off my shirt.  At some point after we got home she got a hold of it and while I was feeding her dinner I found what was left of it in her mouth.  About 1/2 of it had already been consumed.

Sasha gets sick for the first time!  Fever 104

Sasha stands!  She can stand without holding onto anything until she tries to move.  Then Sasha falls.

Sasha can repeat things you say now!  She's been saying "Hi Daddy" all morning!

Sasha can wave "hello" and "bye, bye!"

Sasha's First Visit from the Easter Bunny!

Sasha's a full blown "cruiser" now.  She can stand up holding onto anything and move all around the house.

Sasha Swims!  Sasha goes swimming for the first time!

Sasha Kisses.  Sasha can give kisses now!  Hurray!

Sasha's new crawling ability has given her a new hobby - untying every shoe she encounters.

Sasha is now crawling everywhere.

Sasha gets her first tooth!  Hurray!

Sasha's First Valentines Day!

Sasha assumes the crawling position.  She can only rock back and forth but she's getting ready to go!  She's also getting pretty good at cruising (holding onto things like chairs tables and walking around.)

Sasha attends her first Polar Plunge down at the Ocean front.

Sasha says "Dada" over and over throughout the day.

Sasha eats her first bowl of solid food (A delicious rice cereal gruel)

Sasha says "Mama"!  It's just one of her babbling baby talk words but she now says it all the time.  It's especially cute when she says it while reaching for Holly to pick her up!  She also uses the abbreviated version "Ma"

Sasha sends her first email that she typed by herself (received by Bendera Howard)  The text went something like "jsadfh7 93ry3b nf4u"

Sasha rolls over by herself!

Sasha's First New Years Eve Party at Grandma and Grandpa Fisher's.  

Sasha grabs her binky all by herself and pops it into her mouth!

Sasha goes to Lansing, MI for the first time.

Sasha's Grandma and Grandpa Wiseman throw a big party for her at their home in Warren, MI.

Sasha meets her Aunt Dawn and Uncle Beans at their new house in Howell, MI for the first time!

Sasha spends her first meal strapped into a highchair at her cousin's house in St. Johns, MI

Sasha's First Christmas!

Sasha opens her first Christmas presents!

12.24.04 Sasha meets her cousins (Madelyn, Tess, Anna, Sylvia), Aunts (Lisa, Angela), Uncles (Jeff, Mark) and great grandfather (William Johnson) for the first time!

12.23.04 Sasha spends her first night at Grandma and Grandpa Fisher's house in Owosso, MI

12.23.04 Sasha sees snow and experiences freezing cold weather for the first time.  Sasha is unimpressed.

12.22.04 Sasha spends her first night in a hotel.

12.22.04-12.23.04 Sasha goes on her first road trip up to the frozen wasteland of her parent's birth - aka. Michigan

12.1.04 Sasha can stand up now if you hold her hands!  She could stand up almost from birth but now she supports herself instead of you supporting her.

11.25.04 Sasha's First Thanksgiving

11.11.04 Sasha Laughed Out Loud for the First Time Today!  Ha Ha! 

11.3.04 Sasha experiences her first crushing Democratic defeat

11.2.04 Sasha participates in her first Presidential Election Party!

11.1.04 Sasha's First Visit to a Playground!  Mt. Trashmore

10/31/04 Sasha's First Halloween!

10/11/04 First Trip out of town.  Visits Historic Williamsburg.  

10/9/04 Sasha gets her first DVD from Grandma and Grandpa Fisher, Baby Einstein: Baby Mozart. She now watches it almost daily

Sasha's first word that she repeats all the time "a-goo"

10/2/04 Sasha and her Daddy watch All 5 Star Wars films for the first time together on DVD! 

10/1/04 Sasha learns how to wave

9/30/04 Sashi's 2 Months Old Today!  Hurray! Hurray!

9/28/04 Sasha learns how to self-activate the music and lights on her motion sensitive gymboree play set

9/25/04 Sasha goes to her First Neptune Festival down at the Boardwalk

9/20/04 Sasha learns how to do High-5's

Other Misc. September Firsts:  Sasha can babble out baby talk, sit up if supported, hold up her head and follow you around the room with her eyes, She smiles all the time, Snores when sleeping sometimes, She can swat at toys and is beginning to grab toys and stuff (like Holly's hair)

9/11/04 Sasha goes to Ghent for her first trip out for coffee with Mom & Dad

9/3/04 Sasha goes to the airport for the first time and meets her other Grandparents!

8/30/04 Sashi's 1 Month Old Today!  Hurray! Hurray!

8/28/04 Listened to and Liked First Radiohead Album.  "Hail to the Thief"

8/27/04 First Trip to College at ODU (Old Dominion University) Where Mommy Teaches

8/26/04 First DVD buying trip with Dad to Best Buy and Cool Stuff 

8/23/04 First time going out to eat at Captain George's All You Can Eat Seafood Buffet and First walk on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk

8/19/04 Sasha meets her Grandparents!

8/18/04 First Trip to the Mall

8/16/04 First Trip to Taco Bell

8/12/04 First Trip to Dairy Queen

8/6/04 First Visit to Dr. Kevorkian's Office

8/4/04 Watched First Zombie Movie with Dad, Original Dawn of the Dead

8/2/04 First Day Home

7/31/04 First Full Day

7/30/04 First Day Ever!