Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer Sweets

Munchkin Girl is managing in the brutal heat of summer - and managing even better when you add in friends and treats.

Not a day goes by that we are not running from place to place - and on this day, Addie was all about trying to figure out how to conquer the massive amount of cotton candy she held in her little hand. 

She really wasn't sure even where to begin

but she decided to sit and relax with friends while trying to figure it out.

A couple bites later, she was more than willing to find the nearest trash can to dispose of the sticky mess before her

and then set out to find the nearest source of hydration!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Nothing Like My Childhood Summers

Growing up, we sure didn't have access to event after event to keep us busy.

I am beyond thankful that my children do, which means they are more likely to stay out of trouble!

Addie has enjoyed a field trip to Oak Mountain, the swimming pool and skating, to name a few.
She is having a blast and has such sweet helpers to make her days perfect.

She is also surrounded by great friends who keep her laughing!

Amazing teachers are pure gold and I am so thankful for those that cross Addie's path!

Addie has also encountered dress up like a pirate day.
I let the day slip up on me and I was left scouring Addie's closet for anything pirateish I could find.  

When all else fails, a tutu and pearls can come to the rescue.

A yogurt parfait and chocolate milk is the perfect start to Addie's day - a snack she just so happened to pick out the night before.

A little rougher looking than when I dropped her off...

but walking the plank seemed to bring her sweet spirit out once again.

All the fun just wears Addie out and on this particular day, she didn't make it past the cat bed before she needed to lay down and rest.

She is most definitely enjoying her days!

Sunday, June 07, 2015

The End of Soccer Season

Soccer season was a blur.
I have tons of pictures that I just haven't gotten around to looking at.
This little blond girl of mine keeps me occupied every waking second of every single day.

She loved soccer this season!
It helped that she had a phenomenal sidekick to encourage and help her.

A game of Duck Duck "Juice" at break time.

It was also a huge help that she had several friends participating with her.

Addie's sidekick, Katherine, was so sweet and helpful!
Addie was a lucky, lucky girl!

Bergen and Addie were just thrilled with their trophy's.
These girls earned them!

We are looking forward to next season and for the opportunity to play - once again - with an amazing group of children!

I Miss You

For this to be the lazy days of summer, we sure have been busy.

Getting everyone together has been a little more challenging and Addie has really been missing her aunts and cousins.

We finally managed to schedule dinner at my house this past Friday, and when everyone came through the door, Addie was SO EXCITED!

I was in the kitchen but heard her laughing and screaming with joy and then I heard her say, "I missed you!".

That.  Was a first.

I think Addie has made progress with her speech, but yet we still only hear some words and phrases one time and then not again.

This phrase, was a big one, and let me know that she continues to make connections and use the appropriate words at the appropriate times.

She - is still learning.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Summer Camp

Summer Camp is off to a great start!
Addie is excited to go each day and she is one busy girl all day long!

Day two was full of mixed emotions.

She loved the little turtles

and didn't even seem to mind this little guy,

but THIS, did NOT make her happy.

Honestly, she took it better than I would have!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Mighty Minions

Addie truly is a child who so rarely asks for things.
So when she asked for a light up spinning minion, I didn't hesitate to get it for her.
She was intrigued by it and it made her smile, so it was money well spent.
On one trip to Harry Potter, she noticed that people were walking up to the store fronts with the "magic wands" and waving them in order to make objects move and fly.
Since she didn't have a magic wand, she thought the mighty minion would produce the same outcome.
Lucky for me, each attempt by Addie was a success due to the people nearby who actually paid for the magic wands.
We didn't even bother to tell Addie that the power of the minion was ineffective - we just stood by and smiled at her efforts.

Addie took a liking to the many minions throughout the parks, and for the second time - asked for a minion - this time, it was minion slippers
did we have some close calls with Princess Attitude.

Thankfully, I have (mostly) learned to pick my battles and this was one not worth my time and effort.
If she wanted to wear them through the halls, so be it.

Striking a pose.

The next morning, it was also not worth the battle.
I didn't even think twice when Addie grabbed her slippers and asked to wear them to the pool.
We took the hidden side elevator down to the pool and stayed out of the main flow of traffic anyway!

A few days into the trip and Addie knew the routine.

Julien just had to hurry up and open the gate to let the Minion Monkey through.

Nonchalantly examining her fingernails as she patiently waits for us to grab towels.

Addie walked around with Julien, exploring the big kid area, all the while waiting patiently for her turn to go to the big pool.  
This kid is a mess and never misses a thing!
She is so amazingly observant and when another child was doing something she knew they shouldn't, she would give me a questioning look.
Nosy, nosy girl.

Julien was such an amazing help to us during the entire trip and was rewarded with a GoPro
Addie became the subject of his efforts to figure out how it worked.
I have to admit, it is a pretty awesome little toy!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Vacation continued...

(I think I have achieved an all new record of being a slacker)

One of Addie's favorite parts of vacation was the High in the Sky Trolley Ride in Seuss Land!
I think she could have stayed on the coaster all day long.
Of course Julien was there to hold her hand, which made all the difference.

In order to keep Addie tame, we had lots of downtime at the hotel.  
I was incredibly thankful for the play areas.

She was content just to hang out and people watch.

It took a few days for Addie to acclimate to the new schedule and my little girl was so sleepy!

Monkey girl had random moments of panic - and for whatever reason - the penguins sent Addie over the edge.
She was frantic to get away from them!

However, the prospect of seeing dogs and cats run around on stage made Addie happy
and she even agreed to a picture while waiting for the animal show to begin.

Since Addie hardly ever asks for anything, Julien decided to pick up the slack.
He was the one harassing me to "hurry up and get the money" before the dolphin necklaces sold out!
He was all about the light up dolphin necklace and Addie managed to score one as well.

Cats - crawling across a rope suspended above the ground. 
If only I could teach Rudy to be more compliant.

After a morning with rabid penguins and animal acrobats, Addie was exhausted and was more than happy to head back for a night relaxing by the pool.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day

We met up with my siblings and enjoyed a wonderful brunch in celebration of this Mother's Day.
This day was incredibly, incredibly difficult, but it was made easier by being surrounded by my family and my sometimes sweet babies.

It was a beautiful day to celebrate with those closest to me!


Loving and missing my beautiful Mom!

Speech Evaluation...

Addie had another speech evaluation last week simply to rule out a possible issue - that didn't exist.
I am going to be positive about the entire experience, and focus on being thankful for this little Miracle Monkey!

Addie did SO GOOD during the evaluation - and I swear she had to have seen this book before, because she knew exactly what to do!


My seemingly utter lack of enthusiasm came from me trying not to yell and clap and disturb everyone in the surrounding rooms.
I was trying to sit quietly and be a good observer.
It.  Was.  So.  Difficult!


I am so proud of Addie!
She was a perfect little angel right up to the point when Julien went to put her back into the car.
I am pretty certain security had the camera's zoomed in on us in an effort to determine if we were beating her.

She is a rotten little mess - but a rotten little mess that will  not require surgery to correct any portion of her speech delay.