Sunday, March 22, 2015

Peace and Quiet

Addie's favorite place is wherever Julien is. 
Add in a paw to hold and there is a rare peace that creeps into each corner of my house. 

Crazy cat stayed this way for over half an hour.

It is not often that we have these kind of moments, but when we do, I cherish every single second.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hoover East Ballpark - All Inclusive Playground

We visited the brand new all inclusive playground at Hoover East ballpark today and had the best time!

The playground is probably the most "Addie friendly" playground we have ever visited. 

The ground was covered in one solid surface which meant I didn't have to worry about Addie tripping and falling while walking from area to area. 

Other than keeping her away from the swings while in motion and the few open areas on the playground equipment, the rest she was able to maneuver around with limited concerns. 

Oh, the swings - how we love them so!!!!

Addie was safe and snug and never got scared - she loved them too!!!

She was able to climb onto and out of this - and Chris and I could even sit with her to help!

The slides were sturdy and safe and just the right height for Addie to gain her footing at the bottom. 

Pull ups - she tried and tried. 

Shaded areas of the playground gave much needed relief from the glaring sun. 

Umm, nope. 
Maybe she will give it a try next time. 

Addie explored every inch of the playground and we left only after SHE said she was ready. 

This park makes our top three list of favorite parks in central Alabama.

Way to go Hoover!

Monday, March 09, 2015

Sunshine and Car Rides

We are taking full advantage of the intermittent beautiful weather days and getting out as much as possible.

Although there were no fish, ducks or even turtles, Addie was insistent on feeding them - and so we did.

After feeding the water, we walked over to the park and spent an abundant amount of time pushing the baby on the swing.
It was a great opportunity for me to work on coordination with Addie, and as always, she did a great job!

We then went back home in order to retrieve Rudy and take him on his first ride in his new carrier.  

Oh yes, I caught Addie trying to unzip the carrier.
Rotten little girl just wanted to "hold him".  

Rudy loves his new carrier!
The first night we received it, I got him and put him in it in the living room.
Silly cat refused to get out of the carrier and even slept in it for several hours.
He's a very unique kitty.

Friday, February 27, 2015

...and finally...

off to the pit she went.

obviously harder to navigate than it looks.

However, it doesn't stop her from doing it again!

...and, I'm still incredibly thankful for helpers!

He just couldn't stand it and had to test it out himself.

Uh-huh, like I just's harder to navigate than it looks.
Even my husband needed a helper to be free from the foam pit.

The afternoon was wrapping up, but Addie was still going full force.

Despite her energy, she was happy to sit and comply with the taking of a picture.

AND then, her favorite part - the cupcake cake ceremony.

Happy 8th Birthday Bergen!!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Addie - loved - this part!

Seriously - who wouldn't love this?

With her helpers lending a hand, she was out

and racing to get back in line to do it all over again.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Bergen's Party - Continued...

Addie had so much fun, while working hard to keep her balance!

She was very focused!

She looked up long enough to make sure we were watching her

before she refocused her efforts.

She made it all the way through - with two amazing helpers - and loved every single minute of it!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Left Foot, Right Foot

Feet in the night...
Thanks once again, Dr. Seuss for preventing me from thinking like a rational adult. 

The last two nights have brought about lots of praise for Addie. 
Last night, when it was time to get her dressed for bed, she took an interest in wanting to put on her socks. 
She said, "I do it.", so I sat down with her and verbally prompted her as much as I could although I ended up having to physically help her stretch the socks over all her little toes so she could proceed. 

She was so proud!

Yes. Addie is eight. 

In our world, this is a huge step. 

Once again tonight, Addie wanted to try again. My impromptu pictures only give a blurry glimpse of my Little Monkey's hard work. 

She is learning and while we might go through a period of time where she doesn't try again, she will eventually figure it out. 

I love when she surprises me with new words or actions. 

She makes me proud.