Monday, January 31, 2011

Learning to Walk

Our little bit is working very hard learning to walk.  She loves to practice while pushing her toys around.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Finally...a Beautiful Day!

We've finally had a reprieve from all the cold, windy, rainy, winter weather...thank goodness! So we decided to take advantage of the beautiful day and take the girls to the park.

All of us enjoyed the sunshine, fun and laughter.

Addison thought she was a big girl sliding down the slide.

Sisters had fun swinging together!

Audrey got brave and with the help of Daddy, slid down the fireman's pole.

Sweet Addison, soaking up the sun while swinging and sucking on her paci.

Higher, Daddy!!!

This was the funniest part. We would sit Addison on the bottom of the slide and she would try her best to crawl up. She never could get anywhere, just crawling in place. Never giving up, though. We called it the baby treadmill. Corey and I got good laughs out of it.

Such a fun, beautiful, happy day!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Silly Hat Day

Today was "Silly Hat Day" at Audrey's preschool. We decorated her hat together last night. She told me what design she wanted and I assisted with the more difficult things.

The students wore their hats to school and had a "silly hat" parade. Everyone looked adorable!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Big Girls" Day Out

It is rare for me to be able to spend time alone with my first born...just her and me. So whenever the opportunity presents itself, I jump at it. Today, we got to have, what Audrey called, our "Big Girls Day Out".

Our day started out at the eye doctor. Not exactly "fun", but time together, nonetheless. Audrey had been complaining about her eyes, so after a several days of the same complaint, I decided I'd better take her just to get checked out. Thankfully, other than sensitive eyes, everything looked perfect.

Next, we dropped off some items that we were donating to a local Christian pregnancy center.
After that, we went to get my hair cut. Audrey thought she was such a big girl because, since noone else was in the salon, they let her have the run of the show. She checked out every chair, dryer, brush, etc. in the place. That lucky girl even walked out of the place with a pocket full of candy.

Then we set out for the fun stuff! We went to Toys-R-Us, where we walked around playing with all the toys and searched for a special toy for Audrey for being such a great patient at the eye doctor. Audrey also purchased a present to give Addison for her birthday.

Once we left there, we enjoyed a delicious lunch at Jason's Deli. Topping that off with some yummy ice cream.

Finally, we couldn't end a girls day out without a stop by the mall. I had to exchange a couple of things I had purchased for Addison. Then we just walked around with her little hand in mine, enjoying our Mommy/Daughter time together.

At the end of the day, Audrey said, "Mommy, I had such a fun girls day with you!" "It was a great day!". That was the perfect ending to a perfect day!

What a wonderful, special day we shared! I can't wait to do it again!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Cutie-Pie in Pigtails

Pigtails are not her favorite...she has to sit still twice as long. But they look so darn cute on her.

And since she is growing up so quickly, I love putting pigtails in her hair because it makes her look like my little girl just a little longer :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Addison- 11 Months

Sweet baby girl,

In less than a month we will be celebrating your 1st birthday. How can that be??? Surely it was just yesterday that we were bringing this tiny, easygoing, quiet baby into our house. Well, those adjectives no longer describe you. In 11 short months, you have become a spirited, loving little girl who's full of personality. We have started the weaning process, and I'm not sure who it is more difficult or Mommy.

I am holding on to these precious days as tightly as possible as I kiss those dimpled knees, soft toes and feel you snuggle against me as you grow sleepy.

Here are some things I don't want to forget...

Addison, you-

*weigh 18 lbs 5 oz.
* are 28 1/4 inches long
*wear size 3 diapers
*wear size 9 months and 12 months clothes
*have learned to do the motions to "If You're Happy and You Know It" when I sing to you
*can do the sign language for "more", "please", and "thank you" when we prompt you
*mostly eat table foods. You love just about anything.
*are cruising around the furniture
*can walk while holding on to a push toy
*love to lay your head on us (or a favorite toy) to give love/snuggles
*get the biggest smile on your face when your daddy walks into a room
*are not sleeping very well. You wake up several times a night and mommy is having to let you cry yourself back to sleep :(
*love dancing and bouncing to music
*are still afraid of animals and any loud noises. You scare VERY easily.
*are soooo strong-willed and determined. If we call you to keep you from going to another room you see how fast you can crawl away.
*love sneaking into Audrey's room
*have such fun playing with the play kitchen or in the ball pit
*eat EVERYTHING! Most books are missing the corners and parts of their pages because you have eaten them.
*are loved and adored!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Let Me Out!!

Mommy was cleaning up a mess that this little cutie made, so she had to be confined to her crib so she wouldn't get in the way.

She still looks adorable...even when she's trapped. I couldn't help but laugh when I looked up and saw this precious face peeping through the space at me. :)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Reading Already...

It's no secret that I love to read. And it makes my heart happy to know that my children love to read/be read to. So you can understand how happy I was to look up and see our youngest "reading" her book.

Then when she realized a camera was nearby she had to put on a show.

If you look closely, you can see that she tasted the book, too. (She is such a little goat...eats EVERYTHING!). The experts say that is how they build their reading skills...right?? haha!

I'll be one happy mommy if my two girls love to read as much as I do.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Visiting CHOM

We love our local Children's Hands On Museum. It is a lifesaver on those days when it is too hot, cold or rainy to play outside. The kids love it.

Audrey loves playing dress-up.

And Addison, on this particular day, spent her time crawling around chasing the potato.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Addison- 10 months

My sweet girl,

You are sunshine for us on these dreary days. You always have such a precious smile and the cutest giggle. I wish I could just bottle you up at this age and keep you just like this forever. But, I will just have to rely on this blog, photos and the memories I try to etch in my heart.

We love you, little bit!
* weigh 18 lbs
* are 28 inches long
* wear size 3 diapers
* still wear size 9 month clothes mostly, but a few 12 month
* have learned the sign language for "more", "please", "thank you"; you aren't quite sure when to use it without prompting, but you will do it when we say the words
* point at everything wanting us to tell you what the name of it is
* babble all the time
* crawl everywhere and get into everything
* love chasing Audrey around the house
* smile and laugh anytime Audrey comes around you
* love eating books
* have 6 teeth and more on the way
* still take your socks and shoes off within seconds of Mommy putting them on you
* are still scared of all animals

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Magnet Madness

She loves spending the majority of her days like this...

Playing with the magnets (given to Audrey for Christmas) on the refrigerator.
I'm so glad she can entertain herself...but it makes me so nervous when she attempts to stand up with those slippery footed pjs on the tile.
Obviously, it doesn't bother her one bit! :)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Play That Funky Music...

This child knows how to ham it up!

And how to boogy!

And gets so excited when she plays "that funky music".

Of course, we all get a kick out of it too!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

How Does It Work?

I love watching their inquisitive minds at work.

And it certainly helps that it keeps them entertained for quite some time. :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Masterpiece Blessings

This sweet girl loves to create masterpieces.

And she works very carefully and diligently.

Then insists on giving it away. Usually to her mommy or daddy.
This child has the biggest heart of anyone I know.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Princess, Pajamas and Peek-a-Boo Blessings

I love days when you don't have to get out of your pajamas...unless you want to be a princess.

Playing Peek-a-Boo in pajamas...blessings!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year's Day 2011

Happy New Year! I'm praying that 2011 will hold as many wonderful moments and blessings as 2010 had for us. What an amazing year! Yes it had its valleys, but so many more miracles and blessings! And I pray that this new year has many blessings in store for my family and friends, too.

This year I am challenging myself to do a little Project Life- my style. I will attempt to take a picture every day or at least a few each week and post about it. I want to do this, not only because I LOVE taking pictures...but because I also want to focus on the "little" blessings in my life daily. And what better way to do that than to have to look for them.

So here goes...

Happy New Year!

Spending time with Daddy blessings...playing the Wii

Playing all day blessings...